Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Let's get ready to rummmbllle! Wisconsin Election Officials Recommend Recall Date: June 12:
In memos posted online Friday, the staff at the state Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in the state, indicated that the recalls will likely be triggered — with the next issue being exactly when to hold them.
In four key cases targeting Republican state senators — Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, plus Sens. Pam Galloway, Terry Moulton and Van Wanggaard — the staff recommends officially determining that the signatures thresholds to trigger recalls have been met. (The staff did accept some of the challenges that the incumbents had made against signatures — by excluding some signatures from the fully-verified column — but not enough to prevent a recall from proceeding.)
The next issue, however, has to do with the big main events — the statewide recalls targeting Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch — and how to finalize the review of those petitions. And after that, the board must work out the precise issue of timing.
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[T]he GAB’s stated goal is to avoid conflicting too much with the various preparations and post-election activities that the local clerks are already required to do, for both the local elections and Republican primary in the spring, and the party primaries for Congress and state legislature in August. In addition, they want to avoid having the election right up against Memorial Day weekend, with which the current extension saddles them. And they also want to consolidate all the state Senate races with the statewide recalls, in order to significantly reduce the costs of the Senate races.
Optimally, they find this works out to asking for a further two-week extension — for primaries on May 15, and the general election on June 12.
A hearing is scheduled on Monday.
Also on Friday, as a result of the ongoing criminal investigation of his former aides and appointees, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said in a press release on Friday that he is establishing a legal defense fund. Daily Kos: Scott Walker establishes legal defense fund:
With the recall against Walker looming, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is running ads about the ongoing investigation. You can see one of those ads [below], and click here to chip in $5 to help the Democratic Party of Wisconsin keep running them.