WI GOP Holds Senate As Dems Fail To Get Needed 3 Seats

What makes this so damned incredible is that the deciding race ended up in Waukesha County where Clerk Kathy Nickolaus has been under fire in the past during the David Prosser v. JoAnne Kloppenburg  battle for the Wisconsin Supreme Court where Nickolaus “found” 7000 votes for Republican David Prosser.

Brad Blog writes:

Within the past hour, the WI Democratic Party issued a statement, accusing Nickolaus of “tampering” with the results. Here is their full statement:

Waukesha County TamperingMADISON-Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following evidence of election tampering in the 8th State Senate District race.

“The race to determine control of the Wisconsin Senate has fallen in the hands of the Waukesha County clerk, who has already distinguished herself as incompetent, if not worse. She is once more tampering with the results of a consequential election and in the next hours we will determine our next course of action. For now, Wisconsin should know that a dark cloud hangs over these important results.”


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Wisconsin Democrats have fallen just narrowly short of an ambitious goal – the attempt to pick up three state Senate seats through recall elections and take a majority in the chamber. As of early Wednesday morning, with six incumbent Republicans on the ballot, Democrats have defeated two — but narrowly missed out in two others.

Democrats defeated Republican state Sen. Dan Kapanke, who represented the most Dem-leaning seat of any Republican in the chamber, by a 55%-45% margin. They also won a 51%-49% victory over state Sen. Randy Hopper, whose campaign was also damaged by a messy divorce, and allegations by his estranged wife that he “now lives mostly in Madison” after having an affair.

This would get Democrats from their previous 19-14 minority, following the 2010 Republican wave, to a 17-16 margin. In two more safe Republican districts, incumbents Robert Cowles and Sheila Harsdorf won by margins of 60%-40% and 58%-42%, respectively.


Democrats were already crying foul in the Darling race, due to late returns in heavily Republican Waukesha County — the same place where, during the April state Supreme Court race, the declared discovery of an election night computer error gave several thousand votes and a margin of victory to conservative Justice David Prosser.

In a press release late Tuesday night, state Dem chair Mike Tate was already alleging fraud on the part of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus:

“The race to determine control of the Wisconsin Senate has fallen in the hands of the Waukesha County clerk, who has already distinguished herself as incompetent, if not worse. She is once more tampering with the results of a consequential election and in the next hours we will determine our next course of action. For now, Wisconsin should know that a dark cloud hangs over these important results.”

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Democratic State Sen. Dave Hansen Wins First Wisconsin Recall Election

Yes! This is just the beginning…

Huffington Post

Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) handily won Tuesday’s recall election, giving Democrats a victory in the first of nine contests being held this summer.

With 65 percent of the vote in, the Associated Press called the race for Hansen, who had more thandouble the votes of his Republican challenger, David VanderLeest.

Democrats quickly put out statements declaring the race a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) agenda.

“Scott Walker and his cronies pulled out all the stops trying to defeat Dave Hansen, and the people of the 30th Senate District said loudly and clearly Tuesday, ‘Enough,'” said the Wisconsin Democratic Party.

“Sen. Hansen’s victory is a validation of the lengths he and the rest of the ‘Wisconsin 14’ went to in their efforts to stall the Wisconsin GOP’s extreme right-wing, anti-working family agenda,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant. “His constituents understand that he fights for them, not for extreme ideologues.”

Former Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold also tweeted, “Congratulations to WI Senator Hansen on his victory. We are one step closer to stopping Gov. Walker’s agenda. Forward.”

Throughout the campaign, VanderLeest was dogged by questions about his legal and personal troubles. He has $25,000 in unpaid property taxes and a history of domestic abuse.

On Monday, he announced he was planning to file a “slander lawsuit” against Hansen and several left-leaning groups.

Six Republican and three Democratic state senators are facing recall elections this summer, withmost of the elections taking place in August. The efforts to change the make-up of the state Senate came after Republicans passed Walker’s controversial measure stripping public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Senate Democrats left the state for 21 days in order to delay their colleagues from pushing through the bill.

Democrats need to pick up three seats to win control of the upper chamber, which would give them the power to block many of Walker’s proposals. Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse), whose district has a strong Democratic presence, is widely considered the member most vulnerable to recall. Sens. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) and Jim Holperin (D-Conover) are also top targets.

VanderLeest, who organized the recall petition drive against Hansen, was never the Republican Party’s first choice as a candidate. Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), who was expected to challenge Hansen, did not receive enough valid petition signatures to quality for the ballot.


Wisconsin GOP: We could be history

This guy and  five others will be toast on July 12th!

The Rachel Maddow Blog

Wisconsin State Senator Dan Kapanke is one of six Republicans up for recall this summer. Mr. Kapanke is making headlines today for telling LaCrosse County Republicans they’ve got to hope public workers “are sleeping on July 12th – or whenever the (election) date is.”

And it’s true that stripping union rights from public workers will tend to turn those workers against you. As will voting to do that in a way that’s not clearly legal. And voting to do that after claiming it’s a fiscal matter and then, when you couldn’t get the quorum to pass it that way, claiming it’s not a fiscal matter after all.

Mr. Kapanke apparently knows this. “We could lose me,” he says on a tape posted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “We could lose Randy Hopper in the 18th or Alberta Darling over in – wherever she is – the 8th, I believe.” He floats the idea of Republicans winning a seat or two back from Democrats, though no Democrats have yet been certified for recall. And then this: “If they gain control of the Senate, it might be over for us. Because redistricting will play a role, as you know, and we lose that power.”

Wisconsin Republicans do, in fact, have a lot to lose. They’re not helping themselves with proposals to raise taxes on the working poor and lower them for businesses — which they really, truly are proposing. As with their union-stripping bill, it’s not clear that the law allows them to do it in the way they’re trying to do it. Other than zeal to accomplish their governing goals before the recall votes, it’s not clear what’s driving them to risk an unpopular measure like raising taxes.

Wisconsin Debate Shifts To Recall Elections

To paraphrase a famous (often misquoted) saying:  Hell hath no fury like a populous scorned!

Huffington Post

Nearly a month after the Wisconsin standoff over union rights ended, some of the fervor from that debate has shifted to recall efforts targeting lawmakers in both parties – Republicans who voted to cut back collective bargaining and Democrats who fled the state to try to stop them.

Now that the law has passed, organizers are focusing on signature-gathering efforts. But of the 16 state senators who were originally targeted, only six appear likely to face an election threatening removal. And before recall elections can be held, supporters need to find candidates to run against the incumbents.

Still, voter outrage remains high in many places, helping to stir interest in the recalls.

“A lot of legislators are going to be looking over their shoulders a little more in the future,” said Michael Kraft, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. “And if they are in the middle of a recall effort, they might be nervous about that. They might moderate what they say and how they approach the budget.”

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Wisconsin Senator’s girlfriend had help getting job

Randy Hopper
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So much for family values and all the  propaganda that goes with the family value meme

Once again, the utter hypocrisy of Republican values comes shining through via the Gov. Scott Walker twisted governing.

Milwaukee – Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

Even though the state is supposedly broke, top officials in Gov. Scott Walker’s team were able to scrape together enough money to give a state job to the woman identified as Sen. Randy Hopper’s girlfriend.

Anything for a political ally.

Valerie Cass, a former Republican legislative staffer, was hired Feb. 7 as a communications specialist with the state Department of Regulation and Licensing. She is being paid $20.35 per hour. The job is considered a temporary post.

Cass previously had worked in the state Senate and for the GOP campaign consulting firm Persuasion Partners in Madison. She also was paid for campaign work for the state Republican Party and U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner before that.

“Ms. Cass’ name was among many forwarded to DRL by the Governor’s Transition Team as potential candidates for positions with the department,” said David Carlson, the agency’s spokesman.

But who exactly recommended her for the post?

Cullen Werwie, spokesman for the governor, confirmed that it was Keith Gilkes, Walker’s chief of staff. She was then interviewed by the Department of Regulations and Licensing’s executive assistant and deputy and hired by Secretary Dave Ross, a Walker cabinet member.

An internal staff directory lists Cass as working in the secretary’s office as the assistant to the executive assistant.

Werwie said Gilkes did not recommend her as a favor to the first-term lawmaker, who voted for the governor’s controversial budget-repair bill earlier this month.   Continue reading…