Labor led insurgency in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Recalls Under Way: Turnout’s Key
by Mike Hall, Aug 9, 2011. AFL-CIO

Verizon

Turnout will be the determining factor today in the six Wisconsin state Senate districts where working family voters have the chance to recall the Walker 6—Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) closest state Senate allies who spearheaded his move to take away the collective bargaining rights of public employees and ram through a budget devastating to working families.

In a massive mobilization effort, more than 12,000 volunteers have made more than a million voter contacts in the six districts and, just this past weekend, We Are Wisconsin volunteers knocked on more than 125,000 doors.

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt says voters “can’t afford to sit this one out.”

Momentum is on the side of working people but we need everyone who lives in a recall district to get to the polls. We have the historic opportunity to put the brakes on the extreme agenda that has been driving the Wisconsin Legislature since January.

The polls opened at 7 a.m.  CDT and will close at 8 p.m. CDT. You can join the get-out-the-vote effort even if you don’t live in Wisconsin. We Are Wisconsin is sponsoring a “Friend Out The Vote” (FOTV) campaign through Facebook and Twitter asking people to contact friends and relatives in the six districts—click here for a map—urging them to vote and providing polling place information. Click here for FOTV instructions.

Republicans hold a 19-14 majority in the Wisconsin state Senate, so recalling three of them means working families can wrest control of the state Senate from Walker and his allies.

Here are today’s six races:

District 2: Sen. Robert Cowles (R) vs. Nancy Nusbaum (D)
District 8: Sen. Alberta Darling (R) vs. Rep. Sandy Pasch (D)
District 10: Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R) vs. Shelly Moore (D)
District 14: Sen. Luther Olsen (R) vs. Rep. Fred Clark (D)
District 18: Sen. Randy Hopper (R) vs. Jessica King (D)
District 32: Sen. Dan Kapanke (R) vs. Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D)

See also: Roger Bybee. http://www.inthesetimes.com/working/entry/11811/stakes_high_in_wisconsin_vote_but_labor_effort_energizing_public/

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