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The Republican Party of Wisconsin plans on running protest candidates in recall elections. Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Stephan Thompson released a statement on the decision to run protest candidates. He says that in an effort to ensure election fairness, the Republican Party has recruited protest candidates to run in all of the upcoming recall elections. The protest candidates will run as Democrats to guarantee that there is one clear date for the primary election and one clear date for the general election. Thompson says the Republican Party will not actively campaign for the protest candidates, other than collecting nomination signatures to ensure their place on the ballot. Thompson adds that without protest candidates, the Democratic Party would be able to control the dates in which Republican officials face election, potentially separating the elections for State Senate and Lieutenant Governor from the Governor.
(AP) A recall election has been officially ordered against embattled first-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after more than 900,000 signatures were collected on petitions to force a vote. The Government Accountability Board voted 5-0 Friday to order the recall against the Republican, a move that's been expected for weeks given the high number of signatures gathered between November and January. It took 540,208 signatures to trigger a recall. If a Democratic primary is necessary, it will be May 8. The actual recall vote then will be June 5. Walker was targeted for recall after he pushed through a law last year that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most state workers. There have been only two successful recalls of governors in U.S. history.
(AP) Wisconsin elections officials have ordered a recall vote for Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. The Government Accountability Board ordered the vote Friday after nearly 809,000 signatures were submitted on recall petitions. The vote will be May 8 unless a primary is necessary. That would push the general election to June 5. Multiple Democrats have said they are running for the spots, which make primaries likely. Both Walker and Kleefisch were targeted for recall following passage last year of a law they backed that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for public workers.
(AP) Recall elections have been ordered against four Republican Wisconsin state senators. The Government Accountability Board on Friday approved setting the recall elections for May 8 unless a primary is necessary. If so, that would be May 8 and the general election would be June 5. One of the targeted senators, Pam Galloway of Wausau, resigned earlier this month.
However, the recall election will proceed to fill her now vacant seat. The other three targeted incumbents are Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Van Wanggaard of Racine. The Senate is currently evenly split 16-16 between Republicans and Democrats. The recalls will determine which party has control, but the Legislature is adjourned for the year.
(AP) Four former soldiers in the Wisconsin Army National Guard will be inducted into the Guard's Hall of Honor. The four are highly decorated soldiers who enlisted in or were drafted into the U.S. Army between 1965 and 1971. Their tours of duty included stints in Vietnam and Kuwait. The soldiers are retired Brig. Gen. Kerry Denson of Lake Mills; retired Brig. Gen. James Krueck of McFarland; retired Col. Timothy Pfrang of Sussex; and retired Col. David Schumacher of Onalaska. Their induction is ``for exceptional achievement and devotion to duty.'' They'll be honored May 5 in a public ceremony in Madison. The four will join 46 others previously inducted into the Hall of Honor. The soldiers were selected by a committee of current and past Guard soldiers.