Today the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board announced that six Republican state senators but no Democrats will face recall elections Republicans submitted petitions to recall three Democrats, but the Board said, in effect, that the signatures appeared to be hinky.
Greg Sargent —
Dems have alleged that the signature gathering by Republicans is fraudulent, and now the board has explicitly claimed that their reason for not approving the recall elections against Dems is that the signatures â€œhave raised numerous factual and legal issues which need to be investigated and analyzed.â€
Translation: The fraud allegations just may have something to them.
The three Dems might still face recalls once the signatures have been thoroughly investigated. But, curiously, the funds requested to pay for the investigation have not yet been forthcoming from the Republican-dominated state Senate.
Tonight in Washington, House Republicans voted as a block against raising the debt ceiling without conditions. Dems split on the issue; Steny Hoyer advised his fellow Dems to vote no, also, and for the life of me I can’t understand why.
I can only assume that Hoyer is worried raising the debt ceiling will be unpopular. And it may well be; as I’ve said earlier, I don’t think most voters understand the issue. But they’ve got to do it eventually. By mid-August, to be precise. And I’m hearing that Republicans are privately telling Wall Street that they will raise the debt limit; don’t worry. See the BooMan for commentary. I’m tired.