Tuesday, March 15, 2011

More good WI recall news

Nearly half the signatures needed to recall the Wisconsin senators who voted to end collective bargaining have been collected. The Washington Post reported:

Dems have now collected over 56,000 signatures supporting the recall drivers, according to party spokesman Graeme Zielinski, after another surge in organizing activity over the weekend. That’s up from roughly 14,000 after last weekend. This means Dems are well ahead of schedule: In each targeted district, Dems need to amass the required signatures—25 percent of the number who voted in the last gubernatorial election—by a deadline of 60 days after first filing for recalls, which happened nearly two weeks ago.
Wisconsin Teamsters are a big reason the signatures are rolling in. Ric Schmidt, president of Local 344 in Milwaukee, says the recall efforts are moving along strong:
The people running the recall drives are in movie theaters, grocery stores and libraries. It’s a full effort and it’s pretty cool. We have statewide jurisdiction as a package and small parcel, UPS local and we’re working on this recall, as well.
Glenn Grothman is in a super Republican district, and there are lines waiting to sign a petition to recall him. Petitions are being signed like crazy to recall Albert Darling. I think she will be the first to go.
Schmidt says there is plenty that Teamsters in Wisconsin can do to join the recall effort.
We have a general membership meeting Sunday at Local 344 and that’s where we’re going to have recall petitions ready in case members from those districts come.