Six Primaries Scheduled for Wisconsin Senate Recall Elections

Also in Wisconsin news, the conceal and carry bill will be heard in the Assembly on Tuesday, and the Biennial Budget awaits the signature of Gov. Scott Walker.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) recently announced that primaries would be held for six recall elections because more than one challenger seeks the Democratic Party nomination.

The primaries will be held in the six districts in which Senate Republican members face recalls on July 12, with the regular recall election to follow on Aug. 9.

These primaries are a result of the Republican tactic of running "protest candidates" in Democratic Primaries to give the Senate members facing recall elections more time to prep.

In District 10, currently represented by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-District 10), candidate Shelly Moore will be facing off against Isaac Weix, a former Republican Wisconsin State Assembly candidate now living in Menomonie.

The other primaries will be held for the recalls of Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-District 32), Sen. Randy Hopper (R-District 18), Sen. Luther Olsen (R-District 14), Sen. Alberta Darling (R-District 8) and Sen. Robert Cowles (R-District 2).

No primaries have been announced in the recall elections for Sen. Jim Holpering (D-District 12), Sen. Robert Wirch (D-District 22) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-District 30).


Rep. Dean Knudson (R-District 30)

  • On Thursday, June 16, Rep. Knudson voted in favor of the Wisconsin Budget Bill. The bill passed both the Assembly and Senate along party lines; it now awaits the signature of Gov. Walker.
  • The Assembly has scheduled a vote for SB93, the conceal and carry bill; the vote is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21. The legislation, co-sponsored by Knudson, seeks to create a licensing system under which an individual is permitted to carry a concealed weapon. Individuals would be able to apply for said permit through the Department of Justice. The bill already passed the Senate on June 14 with a 25-8 vote. SB93 is the only piece of legislation scheduled for a vote on Tuesday; once it clears the Assembly it will go to the desk of Gov. Walker, who is a supporter of the bill. Currently, Wisconsin and Illinois are the only states in the country that do not allow carrying concealed weapons.
  • Knudson has a Committee on Education meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 9.

Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-District 10)

  • SB 54, legislation co-authored by Sen. Harsdorf that seeks to ban synthetic marijuana in the state of Wisconsin, recently passed the Assembly, and now awaits the signature of Gov. Walker
  • On Thursday, June 16, Harsdorf voted in favor of the Wisconsin Biennial Budget. The bill passed both the Assembly and Senate along party lines; it now awaits the signature of Gov. Walker.
  • Harsdorf has no committee meetings scheduled for the week.

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)

  • An amendment introduced by Rep. Kind to HR 2112, more commonly referred to as the Agriculture Appropriation Bill of 2012, passed with bi-partisan support and was added to HR 2112. Kind's amendment seeks to  to prohibit the use of taxpayer subsidies to the Brazilian Cotton Institute, and will save the United States $147 million a year. In a press release, Kind stated 
    "I’m pleased that a bipartisan group of Members agreed with me that supporting Brazil’s cotton industry with taxpayer dollars is wasteful and unnecessary."
  • While the amendment written by Kind was successfully added to HR 2112, the Agriculture Appropriations Act of 2012, Kind still voted against the legislation as a whole. He commented that "the bill as a whole still irresponsibly overlooks other commonsense cuts such as the billions of dollars in outdated farm subsidies going to very few large agribusinesses. We cannot afford to continue spending carelessly and cutting recklessly, especially in this tough economy." Having passed the House of Representatives with a 217-203 vote, 12 members abstained from voting.
  • On Tuesday, June 14, Kind voted in favor of HR 2055, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012. The legislation appropriates a budget for construction-related projects for the Department of Defense (DOD). Having passed the House of Representatives with a 411-5 vote, the bill now awaits a vote in the Senate.
  • Kind has no committee meetings scheduled for the week.
  • In his weekly Youtube video, Kind discusses missed opportunities to make commonsense cuts to wasteful and unnecessary spending in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill of 2012.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)

  • On Tuesday, June 14, Sen. Johnson appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss the Federal debt, and the best ways to encourage economic growth. You can watch the full interview here.
  • Sen. Johnson has two meetings schedule for the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs scheduled for the week; one is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 at 10:00 am, and the second is scheduled for Thursday, June 23 at 10:00 am.
  • Tweet of the week: "As Greece faces the possibility of another bailout, a sobering reminder of why we need to get our debt under control."

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI)

Happy Badger June 20, 2011 at 11:36 AM
July 12 will be a big test. I wonder how many voters each side can get to the polls. Hardball political reality: A recall election and a regular general election are worlds apart politically and all that really matters is getting folks to the polls. Yard signs don't vote, after all. The heavier reality: the burden is entirely on Ms. Moore and the Dem's to demonstrate why Sen. Harsdorf should be fired now, rather than in the regular 2012 election. If the same "class warfare" drum that’s been pounded on these pages is the best that Ms. Moore will offer the voters, I believe she’ll lose in Aug. Despite all the passion I read, most contributors here with the broadest anti-GOP brushes didn’t vote for Sen. Harsdorf last time and, I suspect, would vote for a cocker spaniel before supporting her now. Most of this debate was held the last time Harsdorf ran in 2008 and again state-wide in 2010. The political/economic Left lost, fair and square. No amount of “upper 2%...” and “Shelly would be a breath of fresh air…” rhetoric will, I fear, be enough to change that today. And now, no matter how much you hate this budget, Sen. Harsdorf has six weeks to come home and say to the average Joe, with a straight face, “I did what you hired me to do,” and, I believe, most will buy it. “Tax cuts to the rich” ticks me off too, but it appears I’m in the minority. It sounds like “pro-jobs” to the Harsdorf camp and much of the general audience.
Happy Badger June 20, 2011 at 12:52 PM
But there is this indication that Sen. Harsdorf is running scared: she's beaking with past practice and rhetoric and accepting PAC money. http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/124167949.html A mixed bag of news for the Moore camp, I think. On one hand, here's a clear about-face from Harsdorf indicating that this isn't the same person we've elected in the past. On the other hand, Harsdorf's campaign might be picking up some politically potent resources. And Moore can't make too much noise about Harsdorf's PAC money if Moore's accepting it herself.
Dan BV June 20, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Note to Michael Foley: It would be great if you published EARLY how people in Hudson get absentee ballots for the July 12 primary. Of course, now that this monkeyshines is going on, I will be out of town, but I do want to make sure my ballot gets cast at every step.
Happy Badger June 20, 2011 at 01:40 PM
Dan, If you check the "Legal Notices" section of your most recent local paper, you should find it there. I saw the official version of the directions in last week's "New Richmond News."
Micheal Foley June 20, 2011 at 01:44 PM
You mean like this announcement that went up a week ago?: http://hudson-wi.patch.com/announcements/special-recall-election
Micheal Foley June 20, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Hudson City Clerk Nancy Korson submitted the same info to Patch. We published it a week ago: http://hudson-wi.patch.com/announcements/special-recall-election
Dan BV June 20, 2011 at 02:07 PM
You are way ahead of me. Thanks Michael.
Jim Bob June 20, 2011 at 08:24 PM
How come the list of what the elected officers are doing always starts with the Republicans? In the journalism business isn't the salient information in the top paragraphs?
Jim Bob June 20, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Does anyone know why the Democrats didn't have a primary with their own candidates? Apparently there were four or five people that considered running. Does anyone know who was on the Democrat panel that select Moore to run? I'm thinking it would have been much better for the Democrats to have four or five people running in a primary against Harsdorf. Now the Democrats have to make sure they get out the vote twice. It would be rather embarrassing to see Harsdorf running against Wiex.
Micheal Foley June 20, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Good point. I think I'll edit it from now on so it starts with most local and ends with least local. I would go like this: State Assembly, State Senate, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate (junior), U.S. Senate (senior). Sound fair?
Micheal Foley June 20, 2011 at 08:59 PM
I'm assuming that the Democrats don't want to split their vote in the primary. I think they want every anti-Weix vote they can get.
GW June 20, 2011 at 11:22 PM
You boys shouldn't be discussing campaign strategy on the internet. It might get to the other side.
Dirk A. June 21, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Besides, apparently Shelly is a godsend, much like Sarah Palin was for the Republican party.
Micheal Foley June 21, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Haha. Good one. I suppose James Carville and Bill Kristol should stop saying stuff on TV too. :-)
Jim Bob June 21, 2011 at 01:11 PM
GW: What do you define as the other side? For the record, I'm not a professional campaign strategist and I don't pretend to be one on TV.
Jim Bob June 21, 2011 at 01:14 PM
"Fair" without the being proceeded by the word "state" should be eliminated from one's vocabulary when they hit the age of 13. Of course, at the rate its been going, all the Wisconsin politicians that win who represent me will be Republicans. Then my comment would be mote.
Dan BV June 21, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Wow, Dirk. That was a sneaky way around the "no namecalling" rules!
Erik Altmann June 21, 2011 at 04:59 PM
JPN- The list of elected officials always starts with Republicans because the list always starts off with LOCAL officials before our folks out in Washington get mentioned. And, as you probably know, since both our Assembly Rep. and our Local Senator are Republicans that means the list will always start with Republicans. Granted, sometimes I've mentioned Sen. Harsdorf before Rep. Knudson, or vice-versa, but if you go back through every column I've written you'll notice it always starts with one of those two.
Jim Bob June 22, 2011 at 01:27 AM
You don't have to be Nostradamos to spot a conspiracy. I've watched enough of the Jesse Ventura series to pick a conspiracy out from 666 feet away.
Thurston Howell III June 22, 2011 at 07:07 AM
JPN, Did you mean moot? GW, Please do tell where you discuss strategy,we'll be glad to tune in. Mike, Is Bill Kristol saying stuff about Shelly? Tell him to STOP IT. ;-)


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