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    Bravest teacher in Wisconsin

    Bravest teacher in Wisconsin

    The second ad released by Scott Walker in response to the recall effort features a Wisconsin teacher.  Anti-Walker commenters at TPMDC identify her full name.  The first ad is here.

    I think this hits the right theme, sour grapes and Walker doing what’s right.  I would call this preparing the battlefield and shaping the debate.  More direct and aggressive attacks on the union-led effort can come later, particularly if and when there is an opponent (which would be only if enough signatures are gathered).

    The recall reportedly has obtained 105,000 of the 540,206 signatures needed, and is bragging that they are on there way soon to 200,000. That likely is the low hanging fruit in Madison and among union members. While I expect them to get the amount needed, we’ll see how long it takes. They have 60 days, ending January 15.

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    eaglewingz08 | November 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Since the repubs knew that the dems were planning this recall, I don’t see why they didn’t pre-empt the dems by filing their own recall petition and thereby upset the dem strategy. The repubs could have sat on the petitions for sixty days and the recall problem might have vanished.

    steveadams | November 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Currently the weather here in the northern half of the state is pretty nice. The signature gatherers were out in force along the streets near the shopping centers today and earlier this week. Sadly finding 500k to sign the recall won’t be as hard as it should be.

    valleyforge | November 26, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Petitions require a buffer, typically 30-50% depending on the strictness of the state’s petitioning law and the quality of the petitioners. So they need at minimum 700,000 and maybe over 800,000 to deter or pass scrutiny. That’s almost 1 in 4 of all registered voters, or more than 1 in 3 of the voters who cast ballots in either of the last two gubernatorial elections. Of course, in Ohio the unions collected 1.3 million signatures for Issue 2 (34% of the votes in the last gubernatorial election) of which 915,000 (~70%) were valid. They only needed 231,000. But they also had 90 days not 60 days to do it. They went all out in Ohio on an issue they were almost certain to win, so it is not a given that the more iffy recall petition will succeed.

    I hope that she keeps good records regarding her absences and past evals vs future evals because they are going to do everything they can to fire her.

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