It’s the most important news item of the day. No wonder The World’s Worst Newspaper hides it in the back of the book.
“Critics of Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin submitted to the state on Tuesday more than a million signatures, nearly twice as many as required, on recall petitions against him to force a new election.
State election officials now begin the arduous, expensive process of studying the petitions for flaws and duplicated names. “
So true. Democracy is Arduous and Expensive. So much better to replace it with the Corporate Oligarchy the “Mainstream” prefers. After all, it can “balance the budget,” can’t it? And we all know how important that ISN’T.
“But leaders of the recall effort said the number of signatures was so large as to put any serious legal challenge out of reach. The anti-Walker forces needed 540,208 names and had estimated that they would produce at least 720,000, so the still larger number came as a surprise to many.
Barring a legal fight, Mr. Walker, a Republican who took office a year ago and set off a firestorm by curtailing collective bargaining rights for public workers, will face a new election in the late spring or early summer. Around the country, only two governors have ever been removed through recall. “
Of course it had to do with a lot more than “collective bargaining rights.” As a poster at Slate notes –
“The media keeps parroting the RW talking point os it being about union bargaining rights. Well maybe that started it, but here in Wisconsin we know it’s about the wholesale selling of our public utilities and dismantling of environmental guidelines. Wisconsin politics is for sale to the highest out of state bidder. It stops now. “
“This sends a message,” said Graeme Zielinski, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, who described the one million names as evidence that this was the largest signature drive, in terms of the percentage of the state’s electorate signing, for a recall effort in United States history.
which is why it must be ignored by the “Mainstream” at all costs.
“Mr. Walker was attending a fund-raiser in New York on Tuesday, but had said earlier that a recall election appeared inevitable.”
“I look forward to talking to the people of Wisconsin about my continued promises to control government spending, balance the budget and hold the line on taxes,” Mr. Walker said in a statement released by his campaign office as the petitions — all 3,000 pounds of them — were being delivered to state officials with great fanfare. He added later, “Instead of going back to the days of billion-dollar budget deficits, double-digit tax increases and record job loss, I expect Wisconsin voters will stand with me and keep moving Wisconsin forward.”
“Buoyed by the number of names, a jubilant, carefully orchestrated celebration unfolded in Madison, where Democrats and union supporters watched a truck pull up carrying box after box of petitions.”
Doncha just love the “carefully orchestrated”? The people do not protest injustice. They’re “carefully orchestrated.”
“Ryan Lawler, a board member for United Wisconsin, the group that led the two-month signature-collection effort, said the numbers were evidence of the emotions involved.
“Scott Walker and his supporters tried to demean and marginalize recall circulators, but in Wisconsin winter, an army of more than 30,000 Wisconsin-born-and-bred recall volunteers took to street corners, malls, places of worship, dinner tables and sidewalks to take their state back,” he said.”
A most impressive “orchestra.”
“Petitions were also submitted on Tuesday for recall elections of the lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, with 845,000 recall signatures, and four Republican state senators, including Scott Fitzgerald, the majority leader who helped pass Mr. Walker’s collective bargaining cuts. In protest last year, Democrats fled the state to block a vote.
Democrats, who are in the minority in the State Senate, 17 to 16, hope to and take control. They controlled both legislative chambers and the governor’s office before the election of 2010, when Republicans swept into office. “
And now a new broom sweeps clean.
Sing us out kids