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Clock runs out for several state Senator recall efforts


MADISON (WKOW) -- Organizers came up short on recall efforts against two Democratic state senators.

Organizers for the committees to recall Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) and Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) did not turn in their petitions by Tuesday's deadline.

Miller isn't home free yet.  A second recall effort organized by the American Recall Coalition has until Wednesday, May 4 to turn in its signatures.

Five Republican senators and three Democrats are currently in line for recall elections for their support or opposition of a bill that curtails collective bargaining rights for most public employees.

Organizers targeting GOP Sen. Robert Cowles of Green Bay say they'll deliver their petition Thursday.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Time runs out Tuesday to recall two more Democratic state senators. 

The American Recall Coalition's effort to recall Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) runs out Tuesday. That goes along with the efforts of the committee to recall Sen. Mark Miller, the Monona Democrat who also serves as the Senate Minority Leader. Miller, however, also faces a duplicate effort, also by the American Recall Coalition, that doesn't expire until Wednesday, May 4.

A Facebook group purporting to be the online presence of a group aiming to recall Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) says they will file signatures with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on Thursday. Beyond that, all other efforts to recall Republicans expire Monday, May 2, as those were all declared the same day. 

Besides Cowles, the other Republicans without signatures filed against them include Glenn Grothmann (R-West Bend) and Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin).

If the American Recall Coalition doesn't file signatures against Coggs, that leaves only the second effort against Mark Miller, and the only effort against Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) possible. 

Recall opportunities have already expired for Democrats Fred Risser (D-Madison) and Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). Among Democrats, recall petitions with signatures have already been filed against Jim Holperin (D-Conover), Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie), and Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay).

Republicans Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac), and Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) have already had petitions with signatures filed against them triggering the start of the recall process.

Recall elections will only be held in those senate districts if the Government Accountability Board confirms they have the minimum number of signatures in each district, and that each one is legitimate.

The American Recall Coalition, also known as the American Patriot Recall Coalition, filed six of the recall drives against Democratic state senators.  So far, the Salt Lake City, Utah based group hasn't filed any signatures against any of their targets, including Taylor, Coggs, Miller, Wirch, Lassa, and Risser.  Though Wirch has had signatures filed against him, that was by a separate committee, the Taxpayers to Recall Robert Wirch.

On its web site, The American Patriot Recall Coalition says they have backed recall efforts against the mayor of Parkersburg, West Virginia, as well as several members of that city's council that voted for a hospital user fee there.  Though the group was not as directly active in that effort as they are in Wisconsin, that effort failed after a deadline passed in mid February according to The (Charleston, WV) State Journal.

The American Patriot Recall Coalition and their supporters in West Virginia contend the deadline there is not legitimate. 

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