Recalling a governor is rare - trying to, not so much
Former California Gov. Gray Davis. Davis became the second recalled governor in American history in 2003.
June 5th, 2012
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Recalling a governor is rare - trying to, not so much

Washington (CNN) – Many have tried, especially in California, but few have managed to successfully oust a U.S. governor through a recall election.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faces that possibility Tuesday, due to Democratic outrage over steps last year by Walker and his Republican colleagues in the state legislature to weaken public unions.

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  1. Larry L

    Scott Walker isn't so much a governor as a mouth-piece for the corporate fat-cats. He represents all that's wrong with super-PACs and their impact on diminishing the power of democracy for the working class. It really is a class war and the fat-cats are winning.

    June 5, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The recall fight has its roots in Walker's successful push in early 2011 to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights in an effort to close an ugly budget shortfall.
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    Come on CNN, please get your reporting accurate! He did NOT strip them of ALL of their collective bargaining rights and this statement implies that.

    Walker will retain his position and the unions and Democrats will have egg all over their face. The people of Wisconsin stand behind Walker because his changes are WORKING. The days of unions living high off the taxpayers is OVER. Get over it.

    I sure wish the people of Wisconsin could sue the unions to recover the $20 MILLION they wasted on this fiasco.

    June 5, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. MTATL67

    Even if Walker is not recalled. Seeing the people of Wisconsin rise up to take back their government from corruption was and is inspiring. We have seen citizens putting democracy into action and for that I commend them.

    June 5, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. WireweirdinSF

    I guess I don't undrstand the fuss, all Walker did is to limit labor negotiations to wages, which having read the articles about some of the ridiculous and waseful work rules should not be a problem and make it possible for people to choose whether they belong to unions rather than being clubbed (a favorite union tactic) into joining and allowing the unions to steal their money to contribute to democrat liberal politicians who do not represent their views. I think that is called "freedome of choice" and I guess it is something that the democrat liberals and the corrupt unions that own them despise.

    June 5, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. ST

    Whatever the outcome tonight, Scott Walker has proved not to be the effective good leader. If he was, with this period of one year or so of dispute, he could have persuaded the other side to get together and reach the solution. But he didn't!

    June 5, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    if Walker wins it proves what money can buy and we can thank our SCOTUS for that. But even so it has to be somewhat an embarrassment that after winning an election to office a large amount of citizens in your state want you recalled.

    June 5, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. California

    The referendum continues..............

    GO SCOTT WALKER!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. demwit

    Sure glad my hard earned union dues aren't being wasted on politics.

    June 5, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    MTATL67 - Even if Walker is not recalled. Seeing the people of Wisconsin rise up to take back their government from corruption was and is inspiring. We have seen citizens putting democracy into action and for that I commend them.
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    This is EXACTLY what the people of Wisconsin voted for in 2010 and will vote for again today. The taking back of their government from the corrupt Democrat/union relationship. Governor Walker is looking out for the TAXPAYERS best interest and NOT the best interest of the corrupt unions that are bankrupting the state.

    June 5, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. B.

    lWaker is only part of the National agenda by the Republicans to destroy Labor Unions totally in this country.
    If they are successful in Wisconsin, stand by, because they will continue in other Republican controlled states to Take Over.

    McConnell and his buddies have made their cynical stance clear that they will do anything to take down Obama even if that destroys the economy in the process.

    They have blocked Every single piece of legislation put forward by the Democrats to make positive change and are not going to change a thing to help working Americans through this recession in their hatred of Obama.

    They want absolute control and are attempting to BUY the election through their owners,the Corporations, thanks to the current -Political Supreme Court.

    June 5, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012
    if Walker wins it proves what money can buy and we can thank our SCOTUS for that. But even so it has to be somewhat an embarrassment that after winning an election to office a large amount of citizens in your state want you recalled.
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    It proves the people of Wisconsin are sick and tired of corrput union control of their government with the Democrats. And the embarrasment will be TOTALLY on the impotent and corrupt unions and their Democray lackeys that put the entire state through this fiasco FOR NOTHING, while costing the state $20 MILLION. They have almost guaranteed Wisconsin will be in ROmney's win column this November. Thank you for your help!!

    June 5, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Wake up people

    Agreed. There was outrage at Governor Snyder here in Michigan, even some that voted for him wanted him out. But when the petition was circulated, it only went to the wealthiest counties, Oakland and Macomb. Not one signature was collected in the city of Detroit. The next thing we heard was there wasn't enough signatures. Rethugs stick together and as long as L. Brooks Patterson still draws breath, they will continue to run everything.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 5, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    While little scotty may win tonight, he's going to be indicted tomorrow. Won't that be embarrassing for his useful idiots? Of course, they'll just blame the "librul media", President Obama, dems, unions, gays and poor people.

    June 5, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    demwit

    Sure glad my hard earned union dues aren't being wasted on politics.

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    How do you know? Or is your remark a roundabout way of saying you don't belong to a union? You should thank unions for the 40 hour work week, the minimum wage and workplace protections. When the unions go away, so do all those other things, and instead of collecting workers comp when you're injured on your job, you'll be fired and your pay docked for malingering on "company time".

    June 5, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. California

    This election is clearly a referendum on Hussein.

    June 5, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    They agreed to pay more for their benefits, then Walker decided to be a dictator and take away collective bargaining which COSTS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    June 5, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    I guess all those folks being bussed in from other states by the Koch Brothers are just on a coincidental "bus tour".

    B.S. I smell election fraud from 1000 miles away.

    Why does Walker have a multi-million dollar criminal defense fund?

    June 5, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Walker sleeps like a baby? Most babies cry all night and most of the days. He may finally be telling the truth.

    June 5, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. A True Centrist

    Collective bargaining rights haven't even been discussed during this campaign. It may have been the initial surge in the recall effort, but the tremendous results of the changes implemented by Governor Walker have forced the Dems to focus on other issues. When a projected $3.5billion deficit turns into a surplus, when expected teacher layoffs turn into additional hiring, and when your state jumps 21 spots in the best states to do business survey...the unions have nothing to sell. That's why the President abandoned them, Barrett abandoned them and didn't even bring this issue up during the campaign, and that's why more and more union members are dropping out of the ranks.

    Do some research and pay attention CNN!!

    June 5, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    I really don't care what the people of Wisconsin do. Here in California – people couldn't wait to insert a foreign born liar with a history of inappropriate conduct towards women and they got what they wanted. If the people of WI learned anything from the experience here – they will throw Walker out but I don't think they have had enough suffering yet. Some people never learn

    June 5, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. carrie

    Might be rare but in this case for the people of Wisconsin it needs to work!
    If Walker wins , only to be indicted what a loss of money! What walker stands for is not freedom , it is to take away freedoms for that state and others will follow. Like Walker says , divide and conquer..Collective Bargaining is a part of a free soceity.
    Perhaps some people need to Watch the movie Norma Rae again.

    June 5, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ OBAMA 2012-Bend

    if the people of Wisconsin are so tired of what you call union corruption, then WHY are they having this election anyway? Seems to be if they are so happy as you say then this would be a non-issue.

    June 5, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    This election is clearly NOT a referendum on President Obama as the right wing hate monkeys want you believe. This is about Wisconsin and what that State does or does not want. Anyone suggesting differently is only trying to convince themselves that their party is relevant in 2012.

    June 5, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. California

    Yes we already know all liberals think just because someone doesn't agree with Obama that you must be a hater.

    Tha haters screaming hatred. How ironic.

    June 5, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Pete

    It's not about unions,its about politicians who work corruptly for their corporate masters.Walker gave the Koch brothers and others 2.3billion in tax breaks,then turned around thinking nobody saw it or didn't care and said there was a budget shortfall that has to be corrected.He then went after unions at the Kochs request being their long term battles with unions in their own factories in Wisconsin.They felt if can stop the unions collective bargaining power in the public sector first,than the Kochs can try stopping the unions in their own factories stateside,that was the plan and still is.It all hinges on this recall,if it passes,the people are more stupid letting government have their way with people livelyhoods and then there's no stopping them nationwide.Collective bargaining kept unions from striking,but if its repealed than all bets are off and strikes will be..Everyone will suffer then,especially the striking employees not knowing if their jobs will be there when its all over and the states residents having to suffer thru diminished services in all state jobs,nobody but these corporate thugs and Walker win,neither need them,they're wealthy,they'll just hire more minions to serve them...

    June 5, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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