POLL: Will You Sign a Recall Walker Petition?

Petitions are available starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

Efforts to recall Gov. Scott Walker seem to have started back in February, when his budget-repair bill was first introduced. At the time, however, those efforts were mostly organizational in nature.

In the nine months since, Walker, recalls and the state's polarizing political atmosphere have been a hot-button topic in Wisconsin, and now, official action is being taken.

Recall Walker activists will be attempting to collect 540,000 signatures between now and Jan. 17, starting late this evening as petitions to recall the governor can be signed and circulated starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

For more on the recall effort, , which has accumulated more than 300 Patch user comments and nearly 900 poll votes.

Sam Vedder November 15, 2011 at 10:16 PM
The liberal bias in the media is disgraceful. To think there is no liberal bias in the majority of the media is just naive.
CowDung November 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM
If partisan sources are the only place to get the information you are looking for, you might ask yourself why that is...
Steve November 15, 2011 at 10:22 PM
If you care so much start writing checks. It's always a noble idea when it involves other peoples money, that they too worked hard for.
James R Hoffa November 15, 2011 at 10:23 PM
@HRG - Are you serious? What about MS-NBC - even their 'hard' news appears to be very biased in terms of what they choose to cover or not cover. And what about Politico? They have tons of stories about the Herman Cain campaign controversies, and yet only a handful of articles about the 'Operation Fast and Furious' and Solyndra scandals. How can you say that's not biased media? Also, none of the links you provide show why Walker is labeled ‘anti-education,’ while Doyle escaped this label despite actually cutting state aid to education by far more than Walker has. How is this very clear and FACTUALLY real double standard / hypocrisy not indicative of a biased media or public sentiment fueled on raw emotion rather than hard factual evidence? Come on, even you have to admit that something’s not right with this one!
Jay Sykes November 15, 2011 at 10:28 PM
@Heather... If the kids achieve at the same level, going forward, while we spend less money on education, how are we(taxpayer/parent/kid) coming out behind? While I remain skeptical that everything will work out as designed, so far only scare tactics;no measurable data. The teachers have seen a net 4% decline in compensation. Hardly a devastating pay cut in the present economy. And, if/when we see a problem, we can make a mid-course correction, after a full year of the reforms giver us some actual data to analyze..
Steve November 15, 2011 at 10:30 PM
I don't understand the links. Was it that hard for liberals to figure out how Kaukauna went for a deficit to a surplus? Maybe that is why Doyle put us in the boat we were in and they all followed like rock band groupies. Free ride is over with. Putting contributions into your pension is not a pay cut, you do receive it later in life, with interest. Just like the rest of us in the real world.
Randy1949 November 16, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Heck yes! I'm signing as soon as I find someone with a petition.
jt November 16, 2011 at 12:47 AM
you can't speak for hoffa, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT HOFFA! are you too ashamed to use your own name?
jt November 16, 2011 at 12:57 AM
so mamma, how many vacations have you written off on your taxes as buisiness trips? i have no problem contributing to my future, i just wish you would foot the bill for your own!
Bob McBride November 16, 2011 at 01:05 AM
Well hop in the family truckster and head out to Wauwatosa, Randy. They're signing them by candlelight tonight.
jt November 16, 2011 at 01:14 AM
don't flatter yourself, your really not all that.
Randy1949 November 16, 2011 at 01:20 AM
No thank you, Bob. I see there's an office in downtown Waukesha where I can do it nicely and politely without charges of thuggery or tying up traffic. Untwist your knickers.
Randy1949 November 16, 2011 at 01:27 AM
Thank you for the advice, Mamma1 I'll eat my cake too. You do realize that it's much easier to put away money for the future when you're earning $200K or more per year, as opposed to earning $20K?
Bob McBride November 16, 2011 at 01:29 AM
Hey I was just thinking it might make for a nice, romantic night for you and the wife. You know...a little vino, some candlelight...well maybe not the vino because I've been advised it's a beautiful and sobering experience...plus, I don't want to encourage that with the drive you've got. Actually, I doubt you really need to leave the comfort of your home for this one. Someone should come a'knockin' any day now. Apparently they're about to come down on us like a plague of locusts, if I'm to believe all I'm reading here.
Heather Rayne Geyer November 16, 2011 at 01:47 AM
You can always print one from the United Wisconsin website. Here is the link - http://grassroots.wisdems.org/page/s/united-wisconsin-petition-download
Randy1949 November 16, 2011 at 01:51 AM
Just like the old Woodstock days, eh? I'm glad to hear you're not actually advocating drinking and driving.
Bob McBride November 16, 2011 at 02:11 AM
I was just discovering the fun of popping zits in the mirror in the Woodstock days, Randy, so I'll take your word for it.
Say What? November 16, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Gearhead, It is WEA Trust, and it pays 93 cents on the dollar back in services. It operates just like a credit union, NOT FOR PROFIT. What does the average corporate insurance company pay back per dollar? The only way to decrease premiums at these pay out rates is to reduce coverage. Any school that is switching from WEA Trust is most likely reducing coverage, which is the savings. They can reduce their coverage with WEA Trust and see savings as well, and with a 93% return, I can't imagine too many Corporations coming in cheaper.
Say What? November 16, 2011 at 02:33 AM
Ineffective management props up ineffective workers. This happens no matter whether it is public or private sector. Maybe you should look at what is actually happening at your local school.
Denise Lockwood November 16, 2011 at 02:35 AM
RUSD hasn't been part of WEAC Trust since 1993.
Keith Best November 16, 2011 at 02:08 PM
No way will I sign for I do not want to go back to the days of budget deficits, over-spendning, public employee unions withe their hands on the throats and wallets of the taxpayers. These public employees still contribute less than I and most private sector workers. The governors reforms are working. Don't ake my word for it. Hear what school district and municipal officials themselves have to say about it here: www.reforms.wi.gov
CowDung November 16, 2011 at 02:36 PM
HRG: You actually get paid for your Patch articles?
Dean in O.C. November 16, 2011 at 06:45 PM
I agree with Steve. Why must you take my money to give to your causes? Maybe you can take half of your Patch money and donate that to your causes? Why is it fair for you to get paid to write articles? I don't get paid to do that. I want fairness for all so I should I some of your Patch money. The question for you Heather is, where do YOU draw the line between what is fair and what is not?
Heather Rayne Geyer November 16, 2011 at 06:55 PM
"Why must you take my money to give to your causes?" I didn't want my money to pay for wars - but it did. "Maybe you can take half of your Patch money and donate that to your causes?" Actually, I probably do in one way or another. "Why is it fair for you to get paid to write articles?" Because I applied for the job just like you get paid to do your job. What kind of question is that? "I don't get paid to do that." Then find a writing job and apply. "I want fairness for all so I should I some of your Patch money." You get it in the form of taxes which pay for your roads, police, fire, etc. "The question for you Heather is, where do YOU draw the line between what is fair and what is not?" Taking from poor to give to the rich is unfair. Its not all that hard to reconcile. Its about right and wrong.
Dean in O.C. November 16, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Heather, what dollar amount constitutes poor and what dollar amount constitutes rich? You missed my point. I don't want your Patch money because I know if I wanted money for the writing articles, I just need to apply for a job with Patch. (Though I highly doubt their left leaning editors would like my viewpoints on things.) My point is who is the arbitor of what is fair and what is not fair. You and I cannot agree on that, I am sure we don't agree on the definition of poor and rich and therefore we cannot agree on whether or not Scott Walker is doing a good job. But recalls should not be based on whether or not you agree with his point of view. That is what we go to the ballot box for every four years. Recalls should be reserved for malfeasence in office. Supporting and passing unfavorable legislation (not illegal legislation) is not grounds for a recall. Also remember, if you wish to pay higher taxes, I believe there is a form that you could submitt with your taxes to pay more than you owe.
CowDung November 16, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Say What? WEA Trust has reduced their prices when school districts were considering dropping them in favor of other health insurance providers. Funny how they get a lot more flexible with their pricing when they are actually facing competition...
Kay November 17, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Our Government at any level should provide protection,uphold laws to encourage civility and appoint a government to watch over and manage all of this activity. From the time we ventured away from keeping it simple and entered into every Social Issue imaginable..The system has now become distorted, UN-manageable and wasteful. There are countless examples of fraud,and unfortunately almost ZERO accountability when something goes haywire.. Our so called Representatives spent more time on their Political Games then actually doing the job they were hired by the people to do.. Our Government can't handle it.Throwing more money at everything has NEVER worked..If you like the Socialized Society then move to Europe were they are currently reaping the negative rewards for the very things you are demanding we do here.. America was built on Hard Working Individuals who appreciate the Freedom they are given to at least have A CHANCE to Fail or Succeed.. Just because someone has been more successful than you doesn't mean they have to give their $ to you..Whenever we have a natural disaster Americans are always generous to help,but should not be forced..When you run down so called rich corporations..be prepared to watch your retirement $ go down..then you'll have something new to complain about..You can't have it both ways.. OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO GET BACK TO BASICS AND STOP TELLING ME WHAT I SHOULD DO WITH MY HARD EARNED $. THANK YOU SCOTT WALKER FOR MAKING THE TOUCH DECISIONS..
Randy1949 November 17, 2011 at 05:34 PM
@Kay -- you mean every social issue possible like putting an end to chattel slavery, giving the right to vote to women and men of color, and seeing to it that employers couldn't lock the fire exits? How about making sure that unscrupulous folk don't lace their patent medicines with morphine (ensuring a continued demand) or sell filthy diseased meat? And those troublesome free schools for everyone . . .
Kay November 17, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Randy, Every society has issues arise that need to be addressed.If necessary you put laws on the books to protect Civility. No One is against that.. It would be helpful if we could all stay in the here and now to deal with what is in front of us and not go back to the early/mid 1900's for examples..PLEASE
Bucky January 02, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Bob McBlubber, apparently you were never able to pop the biggest zit or your head would have exploded !


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