PeopleFirst rallies behind KloppenburgIn light of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill being signed into law, local opponents of the bill are now making the state supreme court race a referendum on the Republican governor.
By: By Joe Cadotte/Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
In light of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill being signed into law, local opponents of the bill are now making the state supreme court race a referendum on the Republican governor.
UW-Superior Political Science Major Elizabeth Johnson of Superior is making signs that read ‘stop Walker, vote Kloppenburg.’ She’s backing Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg over the more conservative incumbent Justice David Prosser.
“We’re just getting people out to vote,” Johnson said. “Get them aware of how important this election is going to be.”
PeopleFirst has been protesting Walker’s budget repair bill every day since it was announced a month ago. PeopleFirst organizer Mike Raunio says since Walker’s budget was signed into law efforts to repeal it is gaining momentum.
“We’re getting bigger each week,” he said. “More and more citizens are finding out about us and they’re coming out to see what we’re about.”
Raunio says Kloppenburg could be a vital asset to repealing Scott Walker’s cut to collective bargaining rights.
“She is an ally to the people of Wisconsin. If we help her to get into to position then she will defiantly be an advocate to the rights of workers and everyday citizens.”
Since Walker signed the budget repair, Raunio says PeopleFirst and other protest efforts are changing momentum across the state. Besides supporting Kloppenburg, coupons are being passed out to private businesses statewide that remind them of the decrease in money that will be spent at their businesses due to the cut in state worker incomes.