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Kevin Kennedy Should Not Be Blamed For Heavy Recall Election Politics

May 31, 2011

I was taken aback over the news from some conservative partisans that Kevin Kennedy, the director of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, should step down and resign. SAY WHAT!!   The demand stems from the GAB moving forward with three more recall elections against Republican senators.  At the same time due to lingering unanswered questions the GAB has not made final decisions about recall petitions concerning three Democratic senators.

There is a record number of recall petitions to mull over, but with the same number of staff and the same amount of resources at GAB.  Yet some over-charged conservative partisans are jumping to the conclusion that the GAB is somehow playing a political hand in favor of Democrats.  These partisans calling on Kevin Kennedy to resign are acting as if this were any other typical month of May in Wisconsin.  That thinking is utterly preposterous!

There is a very angry and frustrated electorate that has taken government into their own hands and forced recall elections for at least six state senators.  In a few days that very well may extend to three more across the state.  In the meantime it would seem essential to all that the ground work from the GAB be completed to make sure that the recall petitions were properly filled out and all the rules governing such an exercise was completed properly.  Would anyone really want anything but a through examination to make sure everything was done to the letter of the law?

Several weeks ago many urged that the state legislature provide the needed resources to assist the GAB at this time with their heavy work load.  On April 22nd I posted that the state legislature needed to act on the GAB request.

There is no doubt that the Government Accountability Board is literally swamped in paperwork. As such they are correctly asking for more money to run the operation, and also will request time extensions to complete their work. The Wisconsin State Legislature needs to honor the budgetary request from GAB, and do so in quick fashion. This is not a time to hem and haw when the citizens on both sides of the aisle have spoken and want to force recall elections.

To now have some partisan flunkies demanding Kevin Kennedy step down is just laughable.  Perhaps a more concerted effort weeks back to have the legislature provide adequate funding for the GAB would have been a better use of their time.

But that is not what conservatives really wanted to have happen, now is it?

8 Comments
  1. June 3, 2011 1:48 PM

    Bizz,

    This is a one man blogging operation here and your comment just needed to be read and allowed on the blog. Relax….the world is not out to get you.

    And no, there were no voter fraud cases in Wisconsin that required the bill that was passed by the legislature. You are aware of the games conservatives are undertaking to lower voter turnout and deny certain type of voters from having easy access to the voting portion of our democracy.

    The New York Times had a large story on that this week, and that is just the latest to be reported.

    Since you wish to continue perhaps you might tell me why I find your comment amusing….and I quote from what you wrote. I look forward to your actual response to my question.

    “The GAB is intending to push the vote, if certified, of the recalled Democrats to about 4 weeks after that of the Republicans. That would require getting people out to vote twice, not to mention the cost of two elections!”

    Maybe for you and your fellow Republicans that are involved with vote fraud means you will vote twice! But since each of the elected senators up for a recall election will only face the voters once, and only the voters in said disrict can cast a ballot at the time of the recall leads me to state your comment is pure crap!

  2. Bizz permalink
    June 3, 2011 1:32 PM

    I don’t understand why you haven’t posted my two responses to your latest post. That is typical and it only proves my point that you are wrong. Keep up the good work and since I was not heard on your blog I am thinking that I will just go to Illinois and see how the “Stupid 14” felt. Good job!

  3. Bizz permalink
    June 2, 2011 1:41 PM

    The best I can offer you? What?

    Grave concerns? The only grave concern that the Democrats had was Kloppenburg didn’t win. If the Democrats had such grave concerns, why didn’t Kloppenberg take it further than just the recount?

    Where do I start with voting twice? Are you kidding me? Voting twice and voter fraud was developed and perfected by Democrats. Or if you can’t do that, why don’t we just slash tires of vehicles:

    Representative-elect’s son arrested in tire slashings
    Milwaukee Journal ^ | 11/5 | JOHN DIEDRICH

    Posted on Saturday, November 06, 2004 2:13:28 AM by alydar

    The 25-year-old son of newly elected congresswoman Gwen Moore was arrested Friday by Milwaukee police and later released in connection with the election day slashing of tires on 20 vans and cars rented by the Republican Party, according to police records.

    If Repulicans were worried about voter fraud, why do the Republicans want voter identification at the polls and the Democrats are adamantly against it?

    Money spent on voter identification is just the price of democracy.

    Your arguments are pure crap.

  4. June 2, 2011 12:48 PM

    Bizz, Bizz, Bizz….

    Let us see who the idiot is, shall we?

    First and foremost state election law allows for someone to ask for a recount when the vote totals are as close as they were in the last Supreme Court race. That there were grave concerns about the procedures not followed in a very Republican county was not the fault of Democrats, but instead of those concervatives who did not follow the rules that are in place to prevent the actions that resulted.

    Money spent on recalls are just the price of democracy.

    Then you write the following……and the most laughable.

    “The GAB is intending to push the vote, if certified, of the recalled Democrats to about 4 weeks after that of the Republicans. That would require getting people out to vote twice, not to mention the cost of two elections!”

    Maybe for you and your fellow Republicans that are involved with vote fraud you will vote twice! But since each of the elected senators up for a recall election will only face the voters once, and only the voters in said disrict can cast a ballot at the time of the recall leads me to state your comment is pure crap!

    Really…….was this the best you could offer me?

  5. Bizz permalink
    June 2, 2011 12:22 PM

    You are an idiot dekerivers.

    Democrats called for the same thing with the Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus mishap, but when republicans ask for someone to step down you write, “SAY WHAT!!”. You are laughable.

    Maybe the GAB can take the $600,000 that it cost for the idotic supreme court recount and use that money. Oh wait, that was money already well spent by the Democrats.

    The GAB is threatening to NOT certify the Democrat recalls in fear of lawsuits, yet HAS certified the recalls of the Republicans. The GAB have received more complaints against the recall election for the Democrats than that of the Republicans, this is NOT a reason to delay or refuse to certify them. The GAB is intending to push the vote, if certified, of the recalled Democrats to about 4 weeks after that of the Republicans. That would require getting people out to vote twice, not to mention the cost of two elections! I can go on and on about money and your statement about more money for the GAB and the conservatives not wanting that, but the cost of two elections is just fine for you. This is a clear partisan move by Kevin Kennedy of the GAB.

    It was easier to deal with the certification of the recalls for the Republicans than the Democrats, that only makes sense because when the going gets tough a Democrat will just leave the state. Maybe the recalled Republicans should go to Illinois instead of participate with the recall election. It worked for the Democrats when they felt they weren’t heard!

  6. Greg permalink
    June 1, 2011 3:12 PM

    The GAB’s discretion on recalls is pretty well circumscribed by the constitution and the law. They have a limited amount of time to review the petitions and have to show good cause to ask for extensions. The fact of the matter is the recalls against Republicans gave them less work to do, so they were able to finish in the time alloted after the first extension.

    If they had deliberately delayed those petitions so they could announce all of them at the same time, that would have given Democrats a legitimate cause for complaint that they were exceeding their authority to help Republicans.

    Bottom line, when the facts favor one party, so will an unbiased observer.

  7. June 1, 2011 7:20 AM

    I’m amused that at the same time conservatives are claiming Kennedy is biased that many progressives are also claiming he’s biased due to the Waukeska recount debacle.

  8. Patrick permalink
    May 31, 2011 11:21 PM

    Sometimes, things are often as they appear in the world of politics, not as they should be. Kennedy’s stupid error was that he decided to rule on some of the recall petitions at one time, instead of waiting to rule on them all at the same time. To say nothing of the chaos this will create on recall election day (days), it certainly lends itself well to criticisms and questions of bias. Kennedy seems rather clueless to me.

    It is funny that here we get the usual more money! more people! arguments, though.

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