Yesterday, January 17th, was the day volunteers in Wisconsin had been anticipating for months. They braved the cold and withstood smear ads to collect Scott Walker recall petition signatures. Finally, their collective hard work paid off as United Wisconsin turned in over 1,000,000 signatures to the Government Accountability Board of Wisconsin at 3PM, triggering a Summer recall election against Governor Scott Walker.
A total of 540,208 valid signatures were needed and with well over that amount turned in, the number is likely too high to fall victim to any tricks the Wisconsin GOP may have had in mind for signature devalidation.
A celebration for the volunteers and their allies, hosted by United Wisconsin, was held yesterday at 5PM.
Walker’s loyal band of protesters greeted him at the State Capitol rotunda on Monday for the state’s Martin Luther King Day Festivities. Reading from a proclamation by the Wisconsin state legislature, Walker was booed and hissed by the crowd which chanted “shame” as he finished. Madison’s Channel 3000 reported that the crowd calmed immediately after Walker sat down and the ceremony focused on King’s life instead of current politics.
Despite heavy (out-of-state) fundraising momentum, many are turning against Walker. The MLK festivities ended with the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, making a mad dash to escape Defending Wisconsin’s “Segway” Jeremy Ryan. Below is video posted by Ryan on YouTube.
As a progressive bonus, University of Maryland law professor Sherrilyn Ifill gave the keynote speech at the MLK ceremony and proclaimed that if King were alive today he would be against Voter ID laws, a sentiment echoed in the pages of yesterday’s Boston Globe.
According to Channel 3000,
She elicited loud applause during her comments when she said that King would not have approved of laws requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. Walker signed a photo ID law last year.
Ifill also drew applause when she said King would have stood up for worker rights.
Walker has been targeted for recall after he took on public sector union rights.
For the Walker Recall movement this is only the beginning. The outpouring of support from Badger State residents will need to remain strong if not grow in the time leading up to the election. Last winter, the people of Wisconsin took to the streets of Madison to protest Walker’s attack on public sector unions and today it is official: Wisconsin is ready to move on from the policies of the short-lived Tea Party and one of its most corrupt figureheads, Scott Walker.