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Recall Efforts to Oust Gov. Walker begin in Greenfield

A Greenfield homeowner set up a signature drive in front of her home.

The grassroots effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker and Lieutenant Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, rebuking their conservative agenda that was highlighted by controversial collective bargaining reform, commenced this morning throughout the state.  

In Greenfield, the effort began with a homegrown petition signature campaign in a driveway of an ordinary ranch house in front of a minivan.

"I can't think of a more important thing to do that to defend democracy," said Carol Carlin as she sat on a blue cooler and leaned on a table where clipboards held blank petition forms ready to be signed by passersby.  

"That is what this is. A right to vote, the importance of an educated citizenry is core central to how a democracy works," she said as she instructed the first signer on how to correctly fill out the petition form. "This is where the fight for democracy stands right now in the state of Wisconsin." 

Recall petitioners have 60 days from today to gather 540,000 signatures for each Walker and Kleefisch. Calls for Walker and Kleefisch recalls begin in February after the governor and the Republican-led legislature proposed a measure that eliminates collective bargaining rights for public employees, except firefighters and police officers.

The proposed reform set off a , where hundreds of thousands gathered to voice their frustration with the reform. Act 10, which contains the controversial collective bargaining measure, . 

Although the driving force behind the recall effort is Walker's collective bargaining reform, it is also a rejection of the entire conservative agenda that has been forwarded by Republican lawmakers in Madison, according to Janelle Pegoraro, who was the first person to sign a petition in front of Carlin's home. 

"I just don't like his policies," she said after signing.

From jobs and commuter rail to education, Pegoraro said she has been unhappy with many of Walker's policies.

"You can't pull over a billion dollars from schools and not have it effect every family in the state of Wisconsin let alone the very core of our democracy," said Carlin whose home faces . 

As petition signers began arriving, a woman drove by and screamed from her four-by-four. 

"You guys should stop that. He's a great governor and he's done everything great for this state," said proclaimed as she drove slowing with her window rolled down. "I have a kid in public schools and you guys are wrong." 

Carlin, who lives in the 6900 block of West Coldspring Road, expects to be in front of her house gathering signatures from today through next Wednesday. 

hsmsparent November 16, 2011 at 10:52 PM
a LARGE portion??? 10% is a large portion??? I pay $1167.25 a month for my famiy plan for health insurance. Thats 100% out of my pocket. I pay $8.15 out of my pocket for every hour worked into my pension fund...100% funded by ME!!! Those are my plans set up by my union...yes, I said UNION. Now take the economic down turn, cut my working hours by 65% over the last 3 years and still try and pay your bills. So tired of listening to teachers complaining. You should try living in the real world!!
Ben Hogan November 17, 2011 at 03:10 PM
The City of Greenfield and the school district will gladly accept extra revenue from you as well as people who think like you. please make checks payable to the school district of Greenfield. If you feel you are not taxed enough for said services please, please, please send in extra cash. The citizens of Greenfield thank you kindly. The rest of us have had enough.
Forward>NotBackward November 18, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Thank you guys for having this setup in the middle of Greenfield. What you are doing IS making a difference! I drive by there everyday and see folks stopping to sign. Stand UP for the Middle Class and SIGN!
4 Greenfield November 19, 2011 at 06:15 AM
I am pretty sure we are all living in the "real" world, whether we are working in a union shop, are a teacher or just an every day kind of person living in Greenfield. If you read these blogs, it looks like it is a competition to see who has the suckiest life. The politicians of both parties seem to have successfully pitted worker against worker, neighbor against neighbor, parent against teacher, deflecting the real causes of our current economic situation, namely the ineptitude of many of our local, state and federal elected officials. We should be working toward everyone getting decent, affordable wages and benefits, not stripping everyone of the same.
JustMe November 20, 2011 at 02:36 AM
How come noboby was this gung ho on ousting Diamond Jim Doyle? He's the idiot who got the state in this mess to begin with.

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