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Breakfast with Barrett, Baldwin's recall dream

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By Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON — ‘Let’s do breakfast’ was Tom Barrett’s solution to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’scancelation of its planned “Unity Rally” on Wednesday.

Instead of the four Democratic gubernatorial primary candidates appearing together publicly with the union presidents that previously had bashed Barrett, they met for a private breakfast at Barrett’s Milwaukee home Wednesday morning.

The Unity March,” sponsored by We Are Wisconsin, which was the planned prelude to the “Unity Rally,” carried on as scheduled. Hundreds of recall Walker supporters marched down Madison’s State Street the day after the primary election to show their solidarity with Barrett, the Democrat's nominee.

We Are Wisconsin’s Kristen Crowell and Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state’s largest teacher union, delivered speeches. Both organizations supported Falk in the primary.

Journalist, author and progressive darling John Nichols also spoke. Earlier in the week, Nichols wrote a piece for The Nation comparing Walker’s turnout in the recall primary to the four Democratic gubernatorial candidates.Conservative blog Breitbart, crunching some numbers of its own, looks at the number of recall petition signers versus number of Democratic primary voters.

Walker spent the day campaigning at manufacturing plants just outside of Madison, while Barrett toured Wauwatosa, De Pere and Schofield. The Weekly Standard wonders what a Barrett budget would look like.

The latest Rasmussen polls show Walker with a 5-point lead over Barrett.

Wisconsin’s book of recall is coming to an end, said U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-District 2.

The Democrat in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race told MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” that she believes next month’s elections will end the Badger State’s long season of recalls.

“You know, I think this chapter will be closed this summer,” Baldwin said. “This was a very rare occurrence, but also one that sprung from the grassroots. I don’t think you can replicate that on a routine basis. This was Wisconsinites feeling like their values were threatened, and that they were being deceived by their public officials, including the governor of Wisconsin. And that’s what you saw unfold in Wisconsin.

“I don’t see that happening again. These circumstances won’t present themselves — I hope — again for a long, long time.”

That may be wishful thinking on the congresswoman’s part, or, arguably, she is disconnected from the political realities of a deeply divided state.

A northern Wisconsin group has been collecting signatures to recall state Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar. His opponents have chastised him for not voting for a Republican bill that could have opened the door to iron ore mining in the job-starved region.

State Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, authored a bill that would slow down what he and others see as a rush to recall in the state. The proposed constitutional amendment would allow recalls only in cases of so-called high crimes and misdemeanors. Or, as Vos, put it in his radio address Thursday, “a real reason for recall.”

“No matter how you voted this week (in the recall primaries), I think we can all agree we must put an end to this never-ending cycle of recalls,” Vos said, noting that he plans to reintroduce the proposal in the next session.