It's Full Speed Ahead for Darling Recall Election as Signatures Ruled Valid

State board rules there are enough valid signatures on petitions to trigger July 12 election in 8th Senate District.

The state Government Accountability Board Tuesday certified that the signatures gathered in the Sen. Alberta Darling effort are valid, a decision that paves the way for a July 12 recall election.

Darling, a Republican from River Hills, submitted a challenge to the recall petition and the integrity of the petition process.

The board agreed to strike 2,813 of the challenged signatures, while validating 22,243 signatures. The petitioners needed to gather 20,343 signatures to force a recall election in the 8th Senate District, which includes Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point and Menomonee Falls.

Among the faulty signatures was “Adolf Hitler” residing in “Berlin.” This signature was rejected by the GAB and was not counted.

A Whitefish Bay man alleged he signed the petition after being told the petition was in support of Darling. In an affidavit, he alleged that he voiced his support for Darling to the recall petitioner, and then the petitioners told him the petition was in support of Darling.

Darling will face Democratic State Rep. Sandy Pasch, of Whitefish Bay, in the election.

The state board only considered the petition signatures against the three Republican senators Tuesday morning, meaning those elections will meet the June 3 certification deadline for a July 12 election.

The legal challenges in the petitions against three Democratic senators - Jim Holperin, Robert Wirch and Dave Hansen - will be considered the week of June 6, meaning a later election date will be scheduled in those races.

Kevin Kennedy, director of the board, said

“We were making every effort to meet the June 3 requirement for certification,” he said. "Bear in mind, we looked at thousands of challenges to the Darling petitions.”

Rooster June 02, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Is that really what you're basing your vote on? Not on issues, not on anything other than she didn't (possibly couldn't) make it to a parade? She posted a thank you on her site (http://sandyforsenate.ngphost.com/content/memorial-day), is that not good enough for you? I'm guessing here that you wouldn't vote for her anyways, and are using this as an excuse.
Matt June 03, 2011 at 03:34 AM
Sandy has my support. The direction the GOP is taking is extreme. Ryan wants to slash Medicare, Walker and Darling want to cut Medicaid and have us all carry guns. Darling's economic theory is to cut taxes and hope that the jobs show up. The more likely scenario is that businesse owners or shareholders will pocket the money. Here is an excerpt from Reuters on negative tax rates for some pretty profitable companies. "With the Obama administration drafting a corporate tax reform plan, the report found General Electric Co (GE.N), American Electric Power Co Inc (AEP.N), DuPont Co (DD.N) and nine other companies had a negative 1.5 percent tax rate on $171 billion in profits over the three years studied." Time for a change. I think I will go watch a video of either Darling explaining Tax and economic policy or Palin giving a history lesson on Paul Revere.
Matt June 03, 2011 at 04:22 AM
You said in an earlier post that Darling and Walker did the right thing. Catholic Archbishop Listecki voiced a different opinion in his letter to the Joint Finance Committee: http://media.journalinteractive.com/documents/02.16.11+Archbishop+letter.pdf Also, the ELCA bishops tried to save the Earned Income Tax Credit in their letter," The ELCA synod bishops specifically mentioned proposed reductions to the Earned Income Tax Credit, which they said "would dramatically impact low-income working families by cutting one of the most successful tools available to escape from poverty." Darling/Walker axed that too! http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/Our-Three-Expressions/Churchwide-Organization/Communication-Services/News/Releases.aspx?a=4744 There are many other religious leaders that do not believe that they are "right".
Keith Best June 03, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Doyle stole money from one fund to another to hide the fiscal mess. There is no denying it. GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER says no more kicking the can down the road. It's time to address the fiscal mess we have and stop blaming past administrations. Alberta Darling knows we fix it NOW!!!! We elected Walker to make the tough decisions that have to be made. We cannot spend money we don't have, smaller government is better government, and people create jobs, not government. Thank you Alberta Darling for understanding this.
Lyle Ruble June 03, 2011 at 11:59 AM
@PeteF...I am a Vietnam War vet. and I didn't place my ass on the line for some kind of meaningless display of patriotism. Alberta lost my vote when she moved so far to the right. Pasch represents all the constituency.
Lyle Ruble June 03, 2011 at 12:07 PM
@Keith Best...What got us into this mess was Governors Thompson and McCallum's mismanagement and Governor Doyle's unwillingness to increase taxes to permanently address the ongoing deficits. Remember the state legislature changed hands numerous times over the last 15 years. This is not a fiscal issue, but a power issue. Ridding ourselves of Darling is a way of wiping the slate clean and finally addressing the state's problems in a responsible manner. It will take cutting government spending and finding new revenue streams.
Lyle Ruble June 03, 2011 at 12:09 PM
@Keith Best...Start exercising your brain, it's beginning to atrophy.
Lyle Ruble June 03, 2011 at 12:11 PM
@Barb...The only thing Darling is working for is the ultra right wing libertarian oligarchy.
Lyle Ruble June 03, 2011 at 12:12 PM
@Kieth Best...Who are the liberal big money spenders you are talking about?
Beth Gregg June 03, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Keith, if Walker and Darling are so vehemently opposed to "raiding funds" like Doyle, please explain how this is any different: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/122731769.html It is a revenue issue, not a spending issue. Making the quality of life in Wisconsin and especially Milwaukee County so awful will hinder job creation. No one will bring a business to an area that is an ecomonic disaster.
Matt June 03, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Joe, The authors of the bill Gramm, Leach,and Bliley were republicans. They wrote the bill to please the Banking industry so that they could make more money. The main premise of the bill was to remove the restrictions to the separation of Investment and Commercial banking. If you do believe that this caused our current economic situation then you should be equally displeased with the gop and the banking industry and also be wary of legislation "written" by corporate special interests. I personally believe that this was caused by greedy banks writing subprime mortgage loans that made no economic sense. Corporate greed caused this mess, not President Clinton. Matt
Lyle Ruble June 03, 2011 at 02:10 PM
MEB...Get your facts right. The raiding of the Malpractice Insurance fund took place in 2007, Pasch was elected in 2008. Also if Darling represents you and your neighbors well, you can afford to pay higher taxes since she only represents the top 5% of the citizenry.
Lyle Ruble June 03, 2011 at 02:12 PM
@Barb...What job creation?
Lyle Ruble June 03, 2011 at 02:16 PM
@tbs...How can any Democrat put forth a budget plan when the state legislature is unwilling to modify the Walker Plan. You are too much of a "Johnny One Note"; NO NEW TAXES! NOW NEW TAXES!
Lyle Ruble June 03, 2011 at 02:22 PM
@Hal...Simple solutions for complex problems, it's all the unions fault. Tell me, are the unions responsible for the recession? What do you care if the unions are getting $800 per year, you don't have to pay it. If teachers don't want to pay it, they won't. You're treating the union dues as if it's like giving the teachers a pay raise and then taking it back in increased healthcare premioums and higher retirement contributions. As I see it, giving up the $800 dollars is a poor trade off for what the union did for them.
Bob McBride June 03, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Beth, Hop in your car and go to the corner of 3rd and Vienna (I'd suggest packing a gun) and then come back and report on the quality of life in Milwaukee County. Money has been and continues to be dumped into that area and others like it in the county and, if anything, it gets worse and worse. On that corner you'll find one of the few remaining inner-city manufacturing facilities and I know for a fact that if they could figure out a way to get out of there they'd do it in a flash. Unfortunately, they'd take such a beating on the property that it's not economically feasible. Yet, even at that, without the incentives government (in this case, the city of Milwaukee) offered to get them to stay there, they'd be willing to take that loss because it's virtually impossible to get good people to work there. That's the quality of life that already exists that years and years of programs like the ones you're worried about has produced. Dumping endless piles of money into schools hasn't changed it, Habitat for Humanity hasn't changed it, persistent police presence hasn't changed it. Open jobs in that facility and the few other in the area go unfilled because people don't want to come into that area and those in the area apparently don't want the jobs. Multiple bus lines run to the area. So you tell me. How is not doing what Walker's doing going to fix the REAL quality of life in areas of Milwaukee County like that?
Matt June 04, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Joe, Glass-Stegall should not have been watered down. Gramm-Leach-Bliley should not have been drafted by the republicans and signed by Clinton. 75% republicans voted for it and 50% dem for it. Rubin's actions are sketchy at best and the statements made by both Gramm and Clinton proved to be wrong. The amount of lobbying money spent was startling and now we are all paying the price as this bill did contribute to the risky behaviors that got us into this mess. At the very core of this is greed. GLB was drafted with input from the ABA. I agree with most of what you have said regarding GLB. I also get back to my original premise which is to be wary of corporate sponsored legislation. For example, in WI we are seeing mining legislation drafted:http://ashlandcurrent.com/article/11/06/03/who-drafting-mining-legislation-revisions Matt
Jay Sykes June 04, 2011 at 01:13 AM
@ Matt & Joe Peterlin.. If you will just add to you list: the Community Reinvestment Act, passed in 1977; the quasi-government twins, Fannie May and Freddie Mac who both controlled 50%+ of the pre-meltdown mortgage market; Congressman Barney Frank, head of the Banking committee.
Craig June 04, 2011 at 02:46 AM
Right on Jay! The mortgage mess blame can go back to Carter. He wanted minorities to own homes, and underwriting rules changed to assist them. Each President since has expanded the rule changes to make it easier and more profitable to refinance or get a mortgage. Trusting a hair dresser's word that they make $100,000/ year didn't help the meltdown issue. The final straw was sub prime JUMBO loans. Both Parties deserve a kick in the nads for doing this to us.
Lyle Ruble June 04, 2011 at 02:48 AM
@Joe Peterlin...I don't think there is anyone in the state legislature that is qualified to lecture on macroeconomics, microeconomics or tax policy. She's as qualified as the rest and I don't think you have to have an economics degree to serve.
Lyle Ruble June 04, 2011 at 02:59 AM
If we want to go back far enough, the price wage freeze introduced by Nixon was supposed to slow down the runaway inflation. It got worse under Carter who went along with deregulation. Both parties are responsible for the mess we're in. Mismanagement is endemic and can't be isolated to only a few miscreants. There's enough blame to go around.
Lyle Ruble June 04, 2011 at 02:45 PM
@WFBMike...You probably would have to have been there to understand the full impact. To give an example: With pricing frozen, companies had to start eating increased costs cutting into their profits. When the freeze was lifted those same companies raised pricing not only to recover the losses, but raised prices sometimes three times the cost of production. They then would give deep discounts to the wholesalers or retailers who would then discount to the consumers. Also at this time the rebate system was originated. This was all done because of the fear of another price freeze. The price freeze was against published prices and if they had a high published price then they didn't worry about freezes limiting or reducing their profits. Instead of changing list prices they only had to change the discounts. With wages frozen, the workers were losing purchasing power which they didn't recoup when the freeze was lifted. It was then a contest, led by the private unions demanding wage and benefit increases to make up for the higher prices they were having to pay for consumables. Thus began the wage/price spiral resulting in double digit inflation which eventually created the situation we have today.
Jay Sykes June 04, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Anybody have an old WIN button, you can wear it again at the gas station and grocery store. Maybe the Jerry Ford presidential library can send a whole box full to Washington.
Lyle Ruble June 04, 2011 at 06:26 PM
@Joe Peterlin...What do you think; are the ECLA seeing this as a moral issue rather than a political economic issue?
Lyle Ruble June 04, 2011 at 06:38 PM
@Joe Peterlin... AS the federal government finally starts to implode, anyone silly enough to think their state taxes won't go up is smokin' wacky bacy. Everyone understands how inflation works but few understand how deflation works. Where our economy had depended on consumers, people will not have the income to fuel the economy and our lifestyles will continue to plummet. We do not live in a free market economy nor do we live in a centralized socialist economy. It's some sort of a bastardized system. We have to reevaluate how to sort it out and move ahead.
Lyle Ruble June 04, 2011 at 07:10 PM
@Joe Peterlin... I agree that Nixon wage/price controls did not directly cause this mess but it was the beginning point followed soon thereafter by the OPEC Oil Embargo. People naturally assumed we could follow keynesian economics and we would pull out of it, even Reagan with his huge defense spending program. Our model of economics hasn't changed and now we are in the mess. Business with government led us and like "sheeple" we followed. We now know the American Dream was a myth and the new reality is a nightmare.
Dennis Allen June 11, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Yes Chuck , elections do matter. Just look what has happened in Michigan since the last election. The will of the people has become the will of the governor. I fhe doesn't like the way a town is funtioning , he fires all elected officials and appointes someone to tell the people what to do. So what if the people's votes doesn't count ? All that matters is what is good for the GOP . And that is the way you want your state to be run . Charge on King " snake " Walker.
Dennis Allen June 11, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Darling is not helping to fix the problem , she is part of the problem . And as for the " Famous Fab 14 ", God bless them , one and all. If not for them Walker would be living like a king . Did you know what was in his Budget Repair Bill when the Repubs. passed it ? I'am betting not. And neither did most of the " common people ". By the Dems leaving the state , people had a chance to read and understand it, and they decided they didn't like it one bit. Do you really want to put the state power companiec in the Koch bros. hands, to let them charge whatever they want for your electric services ?That's what is going to happen if the Snake gets his way. He knows he's a 1 term Governor at best. He's betting on the Koch Bros. taking care of him after he is recalled. I can't believe you and people like you can't see this.
Dennis Allen June 11, 2011 at 06:49 PM
tbs : " I think of Lena Taylor Comparing Walker to Hitler . All I can say is : If it walks like a Duck, and Quakes like a Duck, then it must be a D_ _ _ . And Joe Peterlin , is that what Huckabee is doing ?
Dennis Allen June 11, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Great comment Beth.


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