Jessica King, who lost to Republican state senator Randy Hopper in 2008 by just 163 votes, is expected to announce today that she will run against him in the recall election. The signatures for that election have already been filed, so that makes two. Almost 24,000 signatures were collected, so hopefully that's at least 24,000 people that will vote for her; and based on previous voter turnouts, that number would be almost 80% of what she would need to win.
Walker -- no longer insisting that other states should stay out of Wisconsin's politics -- is starting up a fundraising tour of the U.S. to gather funds to support the Republicans in the recall elections. (I wonder if he's also planning ahead and fundraising for his own?) Anyway, he basically snuck out of the state -- the fact that he was gone wasn't made public until a right-wing website published an interview he gave in Florida, his first stop.
So much for being so broke, considering he's traveling around on Wisconsin taxpayer money.
He's also threatening more layoffs
if the courts don't let his bill go through. That's right, he's trying to threaten the courts
As for the supreme court election, county clerk Nickolaus has been asked to resign over the whole mess, but refuses, saying she has asked for help in reviewing her procedures to make them more transparent -- because now all of a sudden she isn't laughing about that, apparently -- and wants to spend her last year or so in office "restoring voter confidence".
The (apparently only) Democrat on the Waukesha county canvassing board, who signed off on the election results much to the glee of the right-wing, has now retracted her statement.http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_1d6a7906-64a8-11e0-8b44-001cc4c002e0.html
Ramona Kitzinger, an 80-year-old who admits she knows nothing about computers, now says that the canvass was pronounced finalized before she was ever informed of any possible errors. She was told of the problem just before the press conference Nickolaus gave to announce the "mistake".
But, the observer now says, she does not know where the numbers Nickolaus was flashing around came from. "I am still very, very confused about why the canvass was finalized before I was informed of the Brookfield error and it wasn't even until the press conference was happening that I learned it was this enormous mistake that could swing the whole election," says Kitzinger. "I was never shown anything that would verify Kathy's statement about the missing vote, and with how events unfolded and people citing me as an authority on this now, I feel like I must speak up."
Even the most out-there conservatives apparently know better than to attack an octogenarian over this, though, so instead the story is that she was threatened into this retraction by union goons.
My state is broken. *mourns*