View Full Version : Scott Walker Supporters Arrested, Dirty Politics.

Gayle in MD
12-06-2011, 11:35 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Underlying all this is a scattered amount of isolated, underhanded activity that may be illegal. The past weekend even saw two arrests of recall opponents.

On Sunday, a man was arrested on allegations that he defaced recall petitions.

"The suspect stood in line to sign a petition and when given the petition clipboard, he scribbled out some names on the actual form, and the recall worker took the clipboard back, and he left the scene without any incident," West Bend, Wis. police Sgt. Matt Rohlinger told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Police arrested another woman from Thorp, Wis. after she reportedly grabbed a sign from recall volunteers, tore it up, threw it on the ground and then drove away. Officers charged her with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

The tenor of the campaign was set right away on Nov. 5, when a Walker supporter surprised Wisconsinites and filed a recall petition against the governor.

As the Wisconsin State Journal reported, Walker opponents immediately suspected the unusual move "was made to give the governor a chance to begin raising money before organizers begin their actual recall campaign." Walker was able to start raising money to challenge the recall 11 days before Democrats had planned to launch their efforts on Nov. 15.

Just one day after Democrats began gathering signatures, Caledonia Patch reported on at least three individuals who were collecting signatures to recall Walker but had no intention of turning in the petitions to be counted. The Government Accountability Board, which oversees state elections, responded that not handing them over would be illegal. In fact, destroying or defacing petitions is a felony, punishable by a $10,000 fine or up to 3 1/2 years in jail.

Although the individuals eventually said they would turn in the petitions, there were online rumors of a larger effort to sabotage the petition-gathering known as "Operation Burn Notice." Police were also looking for a man who allegedly ripped up petitions.

A student from Edgewood College in Wisconsin also reportedly ripped up a petition on his campus, after which he tweeted a confessional message to Walker: "Today I ripped up a petition form to recall you."

"Rather than even attempt to defend Scott Walker's extreme agenda that has torn our state apart and cost Wisconsin workers thousands of jobs, Republicans have resorted to dirty tricks to sow confusion in a desperate attempt to stifle the voice of Wisconsin's middle class," said Ryan Alexander, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Democratic Party.

Alexander added that they hear about vandalism, threats or other questionable incidents on a daily basis from their supporters who are working to recall Walker, although many of them aren't publicly reported or do not appear in the press.

On Nov. 22, the progressive group One Wisconsin Now set up a $10,000 reward fund "for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any individual guilty of fraudulently destroying or defacing recall petitions from today until the end of the recall gathering process on January 14, 2012."

"We cannot allow democracy to be threatened by those who would illegally destroy recall petitions with valid signatures on them," said Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now. "We intend to keep the public informed about its rights during the signature gathering process and alert those who would engage in illegal conduct that they do so at their own peril."

There's also been a significant amount of confusion about the rules of signing petitions. State Treasurer Kurt Schuller (R) tweeted that it was illegal for residents to print off a petition at home, sign it and return it. According to the GAB, Schuller was wrong, and Politifact rated his statement "false."

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Walker is a crook.

Gayle in MD
12-07-2011, 07:16 AM
What are the chances that Walker's group of thugs, his disenfranchisement of WISC voters, and these preparations for election fraud, be brought to justice?