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How the recalls began


MADISON (WKOW) -- These recalls are a result of what started six months ago, when Gov. Scott Walker announced his budget repair bill.

Gov. Walker's plan to strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights triggered massive protests for weeks and divided the legislature more than ever.

The 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois for three weeks to delay the vote -- triggering recall efforts against them.

Democrats were upset Republicans were stripping away 50 years of Wisconsin history. They started collecting signatures back in March, in an effort to recall Republican Senators for going along with Gov. Walker's plan.

Originally 16 Senators in all were targeted, 8 Republicans and 8 Democrats. Enough valid signatures were turned in for just 6 Republicans and 3 Democrats.

The general election for all six Republican Senators were originally going to be held last month, but the party ran fake Democratic candidates to force a primary and delay the election until today.

We have said the entire nation is watching Wisconsin and that is because other states, like Ohio, Michigan and News Jersey are trying to pass similar legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Monday on Fox News, this is a referendum on whether not everything that happened in February and March should be the way the state moves forward and for that matter, the country.

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