Signatures are being filed today to recall Randy Hopper, a GOP state senator here in Wisconsin. Hopper is the second GOP member to have enough signatures gathered to file for a recall (Dan Kapanke was the first).
In early February, newly-elected Governor Scott Walker put forward a bill intended to address Wisconsin's looming budgetary issues. It included salary and benefit cuts for public-sector employees, as well as provisions that eliminated the right to collective bargaining for some, and made it significantly harder for others (by declaring the state would no longer withhold union dues, mandating annual re-certification of union representation, declaring that unions could not negotiate for anything other than salary, and capping salary increases at cost-of-living unless expressly approved via referendum). Things have gotten acrimonious, and both sides have filed notice of intent to recall all eligible state senators.
Good graphical overview of the recall efforts:
Oddly, for a side that has attempted to make political hay on the "out of state" support issue, the effort to recall Democrats is being organized by an anti-immigration group from Utah.
No recalls are active for the State Assembly. Wisconsin law mandates that an elected official serve a full year before facing a recall effort, and our entire Assembly was elected this past fall. There will also likely be a big fight will be to recall Governor Walker. As with the State Assembly, that can't happen until January, since he was sworn in at the beginning of the year. That's the one we'll need support for the most, I expect.
There was a previous thread about the actions by Governor Walker and our state GOP here. That one got sent to fat camp. Let's keep this one focused on Wisconsin State Senate recalls - I'll create others for specific topics like the recent Supreme Court election, the lawsuit over the status of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, or the eventual efforts to recall Governor Walker when there's something new to discuss.
Also: I'd like to plead for us all to make room for dissenting opinions and reasonable debate.