Recall Walker debates heat up as Democrats collect signatures


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After opening the 2011 regular session, the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly passed bills which have caused controversy and debate.

Now Democrats have organized a recall drive against Gov. Scott Walker involving people of all ages from both sides.

Recall supporters feel as though people were misled during the campaign process and that Walker’s actions have been irresponsible. They also feel Walker has not been working well with their party.

“Walker ran on platform of economic security and creating a lot of jobs. Since he’s been in office Wisconsin is one of five states that had job losses since June. In October we had job loss of 9,700. He did not tell us he was going to give tax breaks to corporations. He did not tell us he was going to de-fund public education and Badgercare and the other social programs that have gone by the wayside,” said United Wisconsin Jackson County co-coordinator Sheila Danielson.

Walker supporters disagree. They believe Walker is doing what is right for Wisconsin and that recalls in general can be a slippery slope.

“I am not in favor of recalls. We had an election, the people spoke and whether you’re in for a two-year term or four-year that’s the term you should be able to fulfill,” said Jerry Sweeney, Jackson County Republican Party chair.

“[Walker] is showing true leadership and getting our finances back in order, and that’s really what our state needs to do.”

The recall process is well on its way and those supporting Walker have been working to collect votes. United Wisconsin reports that there were over 300,000 recall signatures in the first twelve days.

“I have been keeping up to date with the recall, and it seems to be going really well. I have been in contact with some of the volunteers, and they have been very busy collecting signatures,” said Garrett Aleckson, recall supporter.

One issue the recall supporters face is voting fatigue. Voter fatigue is the apathy that the electorate can experience when they are required to vote too often. Republicans feel the public is definitely feeling experiencing voter fatigue, but Democrats feel voter fatigue will not be an issue.

“When something like this comes along, people respond. People respond because what’s been going on is absolutely wrong. Look at the hundred thousand plus that gathered at Madison at our capital. People are energized,” said Gaylord Oppengard, Jackson County Democratic Party chair.

While a lot of people have strong opinions on the subject, some feel impartial to the subject but feel the recalls and debates could have been avoided in the first place if people would have voted or known more about the people they were voting on.

“Recalling him [Walker] is a huge deal that could have been avoided in the first place if people would have done their civic duty in the first place and gone out and voted. We have a responsibility to know who we are electing into office…I just think people shouldn’t complain or try to remove some on that has been elected by the majority of the people,” said senior Katie Dvorak.