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The truth of the matter is as president of the United States I’ve got a lot of responsibilities. I was supportive of Tom and I’ve been supportive of Tom. Obviously I would have loved to see a different result, but the broader principle, that what we want is an economy that is not just focused on the few at the top, but is a broad based economy that invests in our future… I think that’s something that in everything that I do shows that those are the values I care deeply about.
President Obama on the outcome of the Wisconsin recall and the criticism against him for not taking a more active role in the campaign. (source)

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mohandasgandhi:

Conservatives Plot to Burn, Shred, and Sabotage Scott Walker Recall Effort

A group of self-identified conservatives say they plan to sabotage the effort to recall Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker,  which begins on Tuesday, by burning and shredding recall petitions  they’ve collected and misleading Wisconsinites about the recall process.
These plans, discussed in Facebook posts that were first reported by the blog PolitiScoop, entail posing as recall supporters and  gathering signatures, only to later destroy the petitions. They also  include telling Wisconsinites that they can only sign one recall  petition (which is false—they can sign different petitions as long as  they each correspond to a different organization) and directing  signature collectors to the homes of registered sex offenders. (Requests  for comment were sent to each of the Facebook posters who allowed  messages from other users.)
In one post, Will R. Jenkins says, “I’ll be able to destroy 15-20K  signatures.” If things go well, he adds, he might even “be able to  destroy upwards of 15-20% of the entire collected ballots in the state  of Wisconsin”:

Click here to view the Facebook posts and even more here.

Michael Maistelman, a Wisconsin attorney and election law expert who   reviewed screenshots of the comments, says the postings could raise  serious legal issues if the plan is to tamper with official recall  petitions. “If a person fraudulently solicits recall petitions and then  destroys those petitions, they will probably go to jail,” Maistelman  says. “The law is very clear on this.”
[UDPATE]: Reid Magney, a spokesman from  Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, says destroying or  defacing an official recall petition would violate state law. (Here’s the relevant statute.) Such a violation, he adds, would be a class I felony in Wisconsin, which carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three-and-a-half years in jail.

Wisconsinites, be on the lookout for this sort of behavior come Tuesday. What’s been described above are premeditated felonies and these individuals were simply dumb enough to get caught. Familiarize yourself with how this recall is going to work and protect yourself against the inevitable GOP dirty tricks. Scott Walker is going down.

mohandasgandhi:

Conservatives Plot to Burn, Shred, and Sabotage Scott Walker Recall Effort

A group of self-identified conservatives say they plan to sabotage the effort to recall Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, which begins on Tuesday, by burning and shredding recall petitions they’ve collected and misleading Wisconsinites about the recall process.

These plans, discussed in Facebook posts that were first reported by the blog PolitiScoop, entail posing as recall supporters and gathering signatures, only to later destroy the petitions. They also include telling Wisconsinites that they can only sign one recall petition (which is false—they can sign different petitions as long as they each correspond to a different organization) and directing signature collectors to the homes of registered sex offenders. (Requests for comment were sent to each of the Facebook posters who allowed messages from other users.)

In one post, Will R. Jenkins says, “I’ll be able to destroy 15-20K signatures.” If things go well, he adds, he might even “be able to destroy upwards of 15-20% of the entire collected ballots in the state of Wisconsin”:

Click here to view the Facebook posts and even more here.

Michael Maistelman, a Wisconsin attorney and election law expert who reviewed screenshots of the comments, says the postings could raise serious legal issues if the plan is to tamper with official recall petitions. “If a person fraudulently solicits recall petitions and then destroys those petitions, they will probably go to jail,” Maistelman says. “The law is very clear on this.”

[UDPATE]: Reid Magney, a spokesman from Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, says destroying or defacing an official recall petition would violate state law. (Here’s the relevant statute.) Such a violation, he adds, would be a class I felony in Wisconsin, which carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three-and-a-half years in jail.

Wisconsinites, be on the lookout for this sort of behavior come Tuesday. What’s been described above are premeditated felonies and these individuals were simply dumb enough to get caught. Familiarize yourself with how this recall is going to work and protect yourself against the inevitable GOP dirty tricks. Scott Walker is going down.

(via pantslessprogressive)

The race to determine control of the Wisconsin Senate has fallen in the hands of the Waukesha County clerk, who has already distinguished herself as incompetent, if not worse. She is once more tampering with the results of a consequential election and in the next hours we will determine our next course of action. For now, Wisconsin should know that a dark cloud hangs over these important results.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following possible evidence of election tampering in the 8th State Senate District race by County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus. Nickolaus is the same county clerk who “found” over 14,000 votes for David Prosser in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race, and reported her results last yet again.

Her office has been suspected of election irregularities several times, culminating in Senator Tammy Baldwin asking for a DOJ investigation after the Prosser win. It’s about time, I’d say. Local news stations in Wisconsin are reporting an investigation is being launched.

(via cognitivedissonance)

Hey Republicans, I found your voter fraud.

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(Source: wisdems.org, via kileyrae)

We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.

From S&P’s actual report on why they lowered the U.S.’s credit rating.  (via zeitgeistmovement)

#2012RecallRepublicans

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(Source: technipol, via kileyrae)

Even if Dems don’t take back the state senate in the end, it seems clear that the Wisconsin recall wars are shaping up as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the 2012 elections. Whatever happens, Wisconsin Dems have already succeeded in creating a true grassroots movement built around an unabashedly class-based set of themes that rely on a type of bare-knuckled class-warfare rhetoric that makes many national Dems queasy. In this sense, success in Wisconsin could offer a model for a more aggressive, populist approach for Dems in 2012.
Greg Sargent, in his Washington Post article “Are Dems About to Make History?” (via wisconsinforward)

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