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5/4/2012 5:26:00 AM
A look at Tuesday's recall primary candidates
Four Democrats, two Republicans on the ballot

The Recall Primary Election for governor will be held Tuesday, May 8.

In addition to the four Democratic Party candidates on the ballot, there will be two Republican candidates as well.

The following is a listing of all candidates.

Democratic Party candidates

Tom Barrett

Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett says Gov. Scott Walker has divided the state and now needs a governor who will work to bridge divisions rather follow what he calls Walker's ideological course.

"We need to bring our state back," Barrett says on his website. "Wisconsin needs a governor who is focused on jobs, not ideology; a leader committed to bringing our state together and healing political wounds, not pitting people against each other and catering to the special interests. This is the governor I will be for the people of Wisconsin."

Barrett says he will make job creation a center of his administration, will restore budget cuts imposed by Walker, and will work to restore collective bargaining for public employees, though he does not commit to vetoing any budget that does not do so.

Kathleen Falk

Former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk says she is the one candidate who has stood in the front lines of the recall movement from Day One, and she has chastised Barrett for "reluctantly" signing the recall petition, as she put it.

"Governor Walker was dishonest with the people of Wisconsin about his antiworking family agenda," Falk says on her website. "As governor, Walker took away workers' rights, made the largest education cuts in our state's history, is cutting 65,000 men, women and children from health care and raised taxes on working families and seniors by $70 million. At the same time, Gov. Walker's economic policies have not worked."

Falk has committed to restoring collective bargaining and says she will veto any budget that does not do so. She says she will reinstate budget cuts made by Walker.

Doug La Follette

Secretary of State Doug La Follette takes issue with Walker's claim that Wisconsin is broke. The state, La Follette says, has an abundance of wealth - financial, natural and human.

"My goal will be to really put together a plan, 'Making Wisconsin Work Again,'" La Follette says. "Doing this will not just involve making campaign promises to create X-thousand jobs. I would utilize the resources of our universities and Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) to develop programs and policies to move our state forward - a renewed Wisconsin Idea."

He says he would bring the state together around support for education, research, health care and investments that would lead to an improved economy, and he would revitalize much of our current infrastructure of roads and bridges and water treatment facilities.

Kathleen Vinehout

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout says she will invest in the state's human potential - the key to Wisconsin's growth.

"Education is the primary driver of economic prosperity," Vinehout says. "Incomes climb with educational achievement. I will restore the $800 million cut in state school aid - bringing back the teachers that have been laid off, restoring the courses that have been cut, returning to smaller classes. I will support a fairer way to fund our schools and will propose a five-year phase in of much of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers' Fair Funding for Schools proposal."

Vinehout also says she would fully fund the technical colleges and the UW System, create a tighter connection between the worker skills required by business and job training programs, and work to make teaching an honored profession again

Republican Party candidates

Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker says that, for eight years as Milwaukee County executive, he faithfully kept his promise to spend taxpayer money as if it were his own. He cut the county's debt by 30 percent, reduced the county workforce by more than 25 percent, and authored nine consecutive budgets without increasing the property tax levy from the previous year.

Walker says his reforms, including limitations on collective bargaining, have eliminated the state's $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes and gave school districts and local governments the tools to balance their budgets without the massive layoffs seen in other states. To date, he says, these changes are saving Wisconsin taxpayers more than $765 million and counting.

The governor says he also remains committed to helping Wisconsin's private sector create 250,000 jobs by 2015 and that, in an annual survey of job creators, 88 percent said Wisconsin is headed in the right direction (versus 10 percent who said that in 2010).


Arthur Kohl-Riggs

Arthur Kohl-Riggs bills himself as a Lincoln Republican who is running to keep Republicans home on primary day rather being able to vote in the Democratic primary.

He supports election reform, education reform, and clean and open government.

"Voting is one of the most important duties of a citizen in a representational democracy," he states on his website. "With pitiful voter turnout, our representatives will never truly represent the will of the people. Elected officials should expand access to the polls, and encourage people to vote."

He says a properly funded public school system is critical for the well being of the state and its residents, as is open government.

"Legislators are meant to sit at the table with their constituents, not with representatives of corporate interests," he says. "The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) facilitates legislators outsourcing their jobs to a corporate funded and driven institution that functions as a shadow government. This is unacceptable in a democracy."

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