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  •  The First Thing I learned. (20+ / 0-)

    I live near and work in Chicago as a labor lawyer.  But once upon a time I was the lawyer for a State Election Commission in a State that shall remain nameless.  Back in the day I handled some pretty heavy duty election law litigation and, drawing on that background, I worked in vote protection for the Obama campaign in North Milwaukee 2008.  

    When they trained us for that assignment, I learned that Wisconsin is one of the most electorally progressive states in the union.  For example, Wisconsin  is one of a handful of states that allows citizens to register and vote and the same time at the polling place.  

    Hence, Wisconsin's lax and relatively easy recall rules don't surprise me.  But actually implementing recall, notwithstanding that, will be difficult, costly and time consuming.  I hope to see a funding mechanism arise soon, as I can assure you I will be one of the 1st contributors.  

    "If you are going to tell people the truth, be funny or they will kill you." Billy Wilder 1906 - 2002

    by LeftOfYou on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 07:57:18 PM PST

    •  So glad you choose that profession. I missed my (4+ / 0-)

      calling and am regretting it big time now. And I love your user name.

      •  Kind of you to say. (13+ / 0-)

        I come from strictly working class stock.  Mom's birthday, 100th, was yesterday. She passed a few years ago. She worked in my father's short order restaurant, a road side joint in the 40's, until they divorced when I was two. After that she was a hair dresser, as they said in those days, but had her own shop built into our house, after she married a guy who worked on an assembly line.  You might say I grew up over the store.  

        The younger of two of two brothers and the 2nd and 3rd in our branch of our family, my older brother and I got our respective Ph.D. and J.D.  

        But when I was working my way through all of that, I was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 1 and I still have my union card today. My spouse of 40 years is a member of the National Treasury Employees Union and proud of it.  

        Although I am currently employed by management in HR matters, my understanding of my roots informs every thing I do.  

        "If you are going to tell people the truth, be funny or they will kill you." Billy Wilder 1906 - 2002

        by LeftOfYou on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 08:49:44 PM PST

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    •  WI Republicans will stop election day registration (6+ / 0-)

      and require photo ID to vote. It is one of their goals for this year. Both of these changes would make it difficult for certain groups of people to vote : students, minorities and low income. It is no coincidence that these 3 groups also happen to vote Democratic in most elections.

      "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

      by Sand Hill Crane on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 11:21:25 PM PST

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    •  25% of the number of votes (2+ / 0-)
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      cast for governor is not exactly what I'd call lax.  I wish in my state our ballot measures had to reach that high a threshold.  It'd keep a lot of trash off the ballot.

      "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

      by James Allen on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 11:22:02 PM PST

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