Activists Try to Recall 16 Wisconsin State Senators
Matt | On 08, Mar 2011
Voter anger is probably the highest it’s been in quite a while in the Badger State. Efforts are underway to recall 16 of Wisconsin’s 33 state senators.
In the group are eight Republicans and eight Democrats. Protesters are trying to break the stalemate in Wisconsin over the state’s proposed budget, layoff possibilities, and a controversial plan to remove collective bargaining from state union workers. Republicans have supported the budget and cuts in workers and their benefits. Meanwhile, the state’s 14 Democratic senators have fled to Illinois to prevent a vote on the legislation.
The grassroots efforts are a long-shot for those seeking to boot lawmakers from office. They have to have served in their position for over one year. Also, they need over 20,000 signatures in person by April 26 to move the efforts forward. That’s a lot of pissed off people that voters have to find for signatures. Despite the odds of recalls rarely happening, they are moving forward.
At the same time, there are also talks of recalling the governor. Those plans are a bit different because 54,000 signatures are needed. Still people are exploring the ideas. Damn… lol. That’s gotta suck for him. Oh well.
The one thing you can say positive about Wisconsin is that they truly believe in democracy. You can’t fault them for that.