April 1, 2011- La Crosse-area Democrats say they have collected enough signatures to recall Sen. Dan Kapanke over his vote to curtail collective bargaining for unionized state employees.
Recall organizer Pat Scheller says volunteers have gathered more than 15,500 signatures and will file the petitions in Madison Friday. If approved, it would be only the fifth recall of a Wisconsin state legislator. The Government Accountability Board will determine whether the signatures are valid.
The Republican senator has defended his vote for Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill as a necessary step to balance the budget while minimizing layoffs. Kapanke did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.
The La Crosse Tribune says 19 recall efforts were registered against 16 senators between Feb. 24 and March 2.