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Wis. Dems Kicking Off Rallies And Training For Recall-Walker Effort


This will be followed by events in other cities: Stevens Point on October 26, Eau Claire on October 27, Appleton on November 3, and Milwaukee on November 3.

These places are all major media markets in the state, and are represented by Democrats in the state Senate. Thus, they are places where the Dems would be able to churn out greater numbers of petitions, as the Dems pursue the lofty goal of collecting 540,206 signatures over 60 days -- more than 9,000 a day, statewide -- plus some significant buffer against signatures being disqualified. The Dems have previously announced that the petition drive will begin November 15.

The state has achieved national fame (or infamy) this year for Walker's legislation stripping public employee unions of most collective bargaining rights, the waves of protests that filled the state Capitol and other locations, and the tens of millions of dollars that were spent on this past summer's recall campaigns.

Wisconsin Democrats, faced with a 19-14 Republican majority in the state Senate, attempted to mount a backlash against Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation, by recalling their way to a majority. However, they were also hampered by the fact that the only recall-eligible districts were ones where the incumbent had won their terms in 2008, even during that year's Democratic wave.

In the end, Democrats were only able to pick up two seats, for a narrow 17-16 Republican majority. Out of the recall campaigns that were waged by both parties, four incumbent Republicans and three Democrats retained their seats, while two Republicans lost to Democratic challengers. However, the Dems still kept the door wide open to trying to recall Walker, and polling data has shown the state closely divided on Walker's approval and whether to recall him.