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Recall Election – 1 week from today and counting!

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John Eyster
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Recall Election – 1 week from today and counting!

Reading here and there and everywhere studying the RECALL REALITIES in WI, I have noted various sources for information and perspective. This is truly a HISTORY time in WI. I think we will have a RECORD HIGH VOTER TURNOUT on the RECALL ELECTION. What do YOU think?

And, THANKS TO TIM BEGGS, WCLO radio, I was reminded that TODAY is STATEHOOD DAY for WI - May 29, 1848!

As a political scientist, one of my ongoing special interests is to assess the political culture and processes. While I am a citizen of WI who will vote in the RECALL ELECTION, I am also a political scientist who is assessing our political culture and processes.

I wish WI had the benefit which WE THE PEOPLE of OH had when they were able to use a REFERNDUM on the bill repealing collective bargaining in OH earlier this year. IF WI had such a referendum law for WE THE PEOPLE of WI to assess laws passed by our legislature and signed by our governor, we could be using a REFERENDUM to vote on the law repealing collective bargaining in WI. I think that would be a healthier way to deal with POLICY issues rather than RECALL.

The reality now is, WE THE PEOPLE of WI have ONLY the RECALL process to EXPRESS OUR stance on POLITICAL POLICIES. I hope that our legislature and governor will proceed with all deliberate speed after the RECALL ELECTION is over and the state government is settled down will pass and sign a bill to provide for REFERNEDUM like OH’s on all legislation. What do YOU think? I would agree that with that provision, I would support changing the RECALL LAW. What do YOU think?

I was interested to read Roger Bybee’s blog posted on May 24, 2012 titled, “Message to Wisconsin: Fight the Power, Forget the Polls.”

And then, yesterday the New York Times published a poignant editorial referring to our WI RECALL with an analysis and commentary on the “generosity of Diane Hendricks” with $500,000. Contribution to WI Governor Walker, “Political Money Talks.”

The editorial points to the quirk in WI state law, “”The eye-popping donation was made possible by a quirk in the state law for recall campaigns. And Ms. Hendricks has never been shy about what she wants. A newly released piece of documentary video shows her running into Governor Walker two weeks after he took office in 2011. In what was presumed to have been a private discussion, Ms. Hendricks asked, “Any chance we’ll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions and become a right to work” state?”

Whatever Scott Walker has responded on his support of “right to work,” I do NOT trust him to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I learned from the Walker campaign in 2010. What do YOU think?

The COUNTDOWN is running with only 7 days until RECALL ELECTION DAY – Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Are YOU going to cast an INFORMED ballot?

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:32 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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