Recall dates set: Primary May 8. General June 5. Time to check in with state senate candidates

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Full text of decision by Judge Niess [PDF format]

Are you feeling those vaguely familiar twinges of optimism that I’m feeling? Despite the crush of bad legislation being pushed through I’m hanging a happy hat on news of election dates and the dead voter suprression bill.

Not only was Wisconsin’s vote suppressing “voter ID bill” squashed recently because it is unconstitutional, we also have target dates for both the primary and the general election. The primary election date for all 6 recalls, assuming it’s needed, is set for May 8. The general election date for all 6 recalls is set for June 5.  Judge Niess signed off on the election dates which were also agreed to by lawyers for the G.A.B., the politicians targetted for recall, and the recall committees.

Earlier this week in his ruling, Wisconsin Circuit Judge Richard Niess also issued a permanent injunction against the GOP’s voter ID bill writing that “Voter fraud is no more poisonous to our democracy than voter suppression. .. Indeed they are two heads on the same monster.” He also wrote, “A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence — the people’s inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote — imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people.”  

I am not the tattoo type but I confess that I feel like emblazoning those words somewhere on my person. 

Wisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in a statement he would appeal Niess’ decision.  Alrighty. Regardless of what Van hollen’s secretary typed up for the press, I think it’s time to celebrate by getting down to brass tacks and recommiting to doing our bit to recall Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Sen. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, Sen. Pam Galloway of Wausau, and Sen. Van Wanggaard of Racine.

I think many of us know who the gubernatorial candidates are by now. It’s time to also acquaint ourselves with the leaders stepping up to run for senate.

These candidates for state senate are ready to carry the baton that volunteers have handed to them in an unprecidented  civic marathon and they’re stepping up to the plate to reclaim our state senate from a set of right wing idealogues that have degraded democracy so deeply that it struggles to still pull in breath. Let’s give them our support.

Please give their facebook pages a “like”, leave them an encouraging note today, and contribute a sum to their developing campaigns. Let’s make this happen.

Running against Sen. Moulton is Eau Claire Democrat Kristen Dexter.  facebook page   Actblue donation page

Running aginst Sen. Fitzgerald is recall organizer Lori Compas   facebook page    web site

Running against Sen. Gallowway is Democratic State Representative Donna Seidel  facebook page   

Running against Sen. Van Wanggaard is former Assemblyman Democratic Party member John Lehman  facebook    web site

MADISON (AP) — A Wisconsin judge has signed off an agreement that would make May 8 or June 5 the dates for recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess gave the agreement an official OK Wednesday. The tentative deal was reached a day earlier by lawyers for the state elections board, recall committees and recall targets.

Under the deal, any required primaries would be held May 8 with a general election four weeks later, on June 5. Otherwise a primary election would have been May 1 and the general election May 29, near the Memorial Day holiday.

Four Republican state senators face recall elections. It appears nearly certain that Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, will also stand for recall.

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