On April 2, Governor Walker appeared in Woodruff to sign three bills. About 50 protesters were there to greet him, myself included.
The sun was out, a good breeze was blowing and the protest was peaceful. The governor entered and exited through the building’s back door, and the bill signing was closed to the public.
On the Channel 12 interview, the governor stated, “our real opposition is the out-of-state special interest groups, the big government unions, that are engaged in this. Our opposition is really driven by that. They’re the ones spending the money, they’re the ones driving the attacks.” Here we go again.
The 50 people and one dog (my pound sheltie, Keksi) all live in the Northwoods. Regular folks, men and women, young and not as young.
Of the more than 900,000 recall signatures certified by the Government Accountability Board, 7,300 were from Oneida County.
The day after the petitions were delivered, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announced her candidacy. In her 14 years as county executive, Kathleen worked with the county board, administrators and eight unions to balance budgets and deliver quality public services.
Kathleen has visited Rhinelander several times, and spoken with people in open forums on topics ranging from Northwoods jobs to school funding to the process of governing.
As for the latter, Kathleen’s record on open government is stellar. As governor, she has pledged to:
• Continue to respect and uphold open meetings law
• Post state salaries, contracts awarded, and budgets online
• Have a nonpartisan panel draw the redistricting boundaries, and stop using taxpayer dollars to pay lawyers to do the political parties’ boundary bidding
• Make her schedule public and continue listening to citizens.
Kathleen Falk is a woman of solid character who will lead the state competently and re-open our government.
The recall primary election is May 8 and the general is June 5. Forward!
Mary Kinnunen, Rhinelander