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Pete Cody collected signatures on a Gov. Walker recall petition in the Trig’s parking lot Monday afternoon. (Kyle Rogers/River News)
Pete Cody collected signatures on a Gov. Walker recall petition in the Trig’s parking lot Monday afternoon. (Kyle Rogers/River News)
11/22/2011 7:30:00 AM
Recall efforts picking up
More than 105,000 signatures have been collected statewide

Kyle Rogers
Reporter/Photographer


Activity was a little slow for Pete Cody Monday afternoon, as he sat in his car on the outskirts of the Trig's parking lot, a sign placed outside his vehicle identifying it as a place to go for those looking to sign recall petitions for Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

But Cody, who has set up shop in various places around Rhinelander since the recall effort began a week ago, said he anticipated the Trig's parking lot might be worth revisiting in the next few days with first, last-minute Thanksgiving Day shopping (Wednesday) and then, a major day for Christmas shopping (Friday).

Since the recall effort began, the Northwoods has seen steady numbers of people signing recall petitions, local recall organizers said Monday.

"The enthusiasm is there, the numbers are there," said Jackie Cody from the Democratic Party regional headquarters on Davenport Street. "In Oneida and Vilas counties, (the number of signatures) is in the thousands. If the enthusiasm around the state is like it is here, there will be a change in Madison."

United Wisconsin, the group leading the recall effort statewide, reported more than 105,000 signatures as of Friday night. The number of signatures needed by Jan. 17 in order to force a recall election is 540,208. Cody didn't provide specifics on the number of signatures collected locally and said those figures won't be released.

"It's not what each (region collects)," she said. "It's the big picture."

Cody did say though that thousands of signatures from voters in Oneida and Vilas counties are among that 105,000. Cody said that several people wanting to sign the petitions were already waiting outside the Davenport office when it opened at 10 a.m. Monday. Not long after, some people came in with full petitions to turn in (each petition has spaces for 10 signatures). Satellite signing stations in Minocqua and Eagle River have also had lines of people during busier times this past week, Cody said. People, like Cody's husband, Pete, have parked their cars and made themselves visible for petition signing around Rhinelander and surrounding areas. And more and more signatures are starting to come from people circulating petitions among their family and friends, outside of places like the Democratic Party regional headquarters.

"That's the whole point," Cody said. "So there's the trust issue. People will then know (their signature) will be going back to where it belongs. In the beginning, it was people coming in (to sign the petitions). Now more are coming from (those collecting signatures from people they know)."

The process, thus far, of collecting signatures has gone smoothly, Cody said.

"People feel empowered for a change," Cody said. "The way we do it is non-threatening because people have to come to us. It sets a different tone for the collection."

Cody said people's primary reason for signing the petition has varied. Some have mentioned they're most bothered by the short timeframe, and limited discussion opportunities that have surrounded Gov. Walker's introductions of legislation. Others have expressed concern about the effect state cuts are having on communities. Another segment is motivated by the legislation Walker introduced that eliminated most of public workers' collective bargaining abilities.

"It's an ongoing civics lesson," Cody said of the recall effort. "When has a civics class become so alive?"



Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Article comment by: Joe Davis

I'm sorry, but it is hard to take these comments seriously when the lack of correct grammar is so apparent. It's THEN, not THAN. Thank you.

Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2011
Article comment by: Mary Morrison

I have no attitude Mr. Strid. I would like to see the problems facing this state and our nation resolved and all the bickering gone. At this point there is no right or wrong way to fix things as everything is out of control. If an individual does something to attempt to fix things he or she is all bad and hates everyone and is selfish etc. This is not going to solve a problem, only will make them worse and in the end we all suffer. When the rude day of awakening comes, than whom shall we blame? Ourselves, it is that simple.

Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2011
Article comment by: Doug Strid

Mary, typical conservative with the if your not with us, your against us attitude. My candidate was anyone other than Simac but I was not a huge fan of Holperin either. Good day to you as well and Happy Winter Solstice! (as that is the true reason of the season) )

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2011
Article comment by: Mary Morrison

Mr. Strid..........I was not supportive of any of these recalls period. Ms. Simac made a choice to run, and yes I did support her. I stated to Lisa that she should run also as she is so well versed in government. Maybe you should have run also, but I also know the opposition was your candidate. If one doesn't read the writing on here correctly the back and forth goes nowhere. Have a good day and a happy holiday season as can't say what one used to. Your gift will be the recall of Walker, enjoy.

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011
Article comment by: Doug Strid

"Socialist loser"?

According to comment guidelines...
Don't post personal attacks or insults threats, ethnic, racial or sexual slurs, or otherwise engage in hateful conversation.

"Socialist losers" sounds like both an insult and hateful conversation.

They guy referring to people as anarchists can follow the rules... hilarity.


Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Doug Strid

Mary, speaking of recall...
"If all the recall energies were put into something constructive all of the disgruntled people might find someone who cares about their so called plight. There will be another election and than vote your enemy out, it is disgusting to see all the money that is being wasted for this which could be used for so many positive things, like helping hurting individuals.

I your comment from August 15th in the letter "It's Simac hands down", you appeared to be awfully supportive of the State assembly recall. http://www.rivernewsonline.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=145&ArticleID=48754

Which is it?





Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Stephen Lambert

Help Walker-- sign the petition before he is impeached for something else.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Mary Morrison

Maybe the 9% increase will be used for something positive for the whole community as far as tangible needs go. It won't be going to pay for health care and pensions which is the individual's responsibility for a good portion of it. If I recall correctly the public employees were not paying what they now are expected to pay, which is what the private sector pays. These were in essence not pay cuts, they were called paying you fair share. It is time to get beyond this and on to the more important problems the communities are facing, and we all will be part of the solution. Remember, you can always cast a vote, lack of doing this is part of the problem. If all the recall energies were put into something constructive all of the disgruntled people might find someone who cares about their so called plight. There will be another election and than vote your enemy out, it is disgusting to see all the money that is being wasted for this which could be used for so many positive things, like helping hurting individuals. Why don't you try thinking for yourselves rather than being led by union leaders who will rip the state apart and than leave and you will again be working for them, kind of lame if you ask me. There is no sympathy out there for any of you any more. You have it better than many and should be grateful for that, and it is still better with the changes. You tactics and mouth pieces scare no one.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Article comment by: Marybeth Mack

Way to go Cody!!! When the weather is nasty you might try collecting at the Public Library, if you haven't already been there. Momentum is building and support is strong....and it gets even better each time Walker opens his mouth and lies again about how "It's
Working Wisconsin". One of his ads claims they have "done all this without raising taxes", but in Rhinelander taxes are increasing 9%. I guess ITS NOT WORKING here. I hope more people will realize this and sign the petition!!




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