Recall Elections to Be Held July 12
By Jim Mattes
If the Government Accountability Board (GAB) has its way, all 9potential recall elections for state senate will be held on the sameday, July 12, pending approval of the signatures submitted by therecall petitioners. A Dane County judge Monday struck down aruling that had set an early deadline for reviewing the recall peti-tions that have been filed against the 9 senators. The GAB will nowhave until the end of May to validate signatures and determinewhich petitions trigger a recall election.Democrats are outraged, feeling that the extra time provided the GAB gives out
statespecial interest groups more time to ―protect their investments,‖ according to Democratic Partyspokesman Graeme Zielinski. He feels that the delay benefits candidates like Hopper andKapanke, who are benefiting from out
state corporate cash.
Democrats are alsoconcerned that during this delay, Republicans may try to fast
track bills suiting their agenda, such as the Voter ID bill and Carry and Conceal.
The Court’s ruling affects the 8 recall petitions filed prior to last Thursday. The one recall thatis not affected is that filed against
Green Bay, which will follow the normalreview deadline process.Projections have been made regarding the prospects of each of these recalls in terms of their potential ―success.‖ While it is still early to assign categories of ―Toss
up,‖ ―Lean,‖ or ―Likely‖ratings, we can group these senators in terms of ―opportunities for takeover.‖ Taken together,they suggest that
Democratic gains are more likely than not and that a Democratictakeover of the chamber, while a long shot, is still a distinct possibility.
The projectionslisted below include the percentages of the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections, as well asthe 2010 Governor’s race and the incumbent Senator’s 2008 race.
(Bush 57%, McCain 47%, Walker 58%, Hopper 50.1%)Hopper’s district, near Oshkosh, would normally point to a ―somewhat vulner-able‖ rating, but his recent scandal involving his residence and an alleged mistress put thisseat into the ―very vulnerable‖ category. His opponent will be
, the current deputymayor of Oshkosh.
(Bush 46%, McCain 38%, Walker 50%, Kapanke 51.4%) Kapanke’s district inLaCrosse County showed one of the largest swings away from Scott Walker of any in thestate, and Walker barely carried this district in 2010. Add in the fact that Tuesday saw SteveDoyle win the Assembly seat in the most Republican section of the district, and the indicatorspoint to this seat being ―very vulnerable.‖ His opponent will be
Rep. Jennifer Shilling
, thesame opponent who nearly beat Kapanke in 2008.
(Bush 51%, McCain 48%, Walker 58%, Harsdorf 56.4%) Harsdorf’sdistrict is in the far northwest bulge of the state, which swung heavily against Prosser in April’sSupreme Court election. She did win handily in 2008, so she will be a formidable opponent.The Democrats have selected
, an Ellsworth high school teacher and NEABoard Member to oppose her. Expect lots of anti
teacher advertising to be hurled atMoore in this race.
(Bush 56%, McCain 47%, Walker 57%, Olson–Unopposed) Olson’s districthas a distinctly Republican tilt, with Walker and Prosser both winning there handily. Olson hashad little or no opposition in years, so he appears to be in substantially better position thanKapanke or Hopper. His opponent will be
Rep. Fred Clark
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