The Wisconsin elections panel voted today to hold separate recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. The Government Accountability Board unanimously certified just over 900,000 petition signatures for the Walker recall effort and about 809,000 signatures for the effort to unseat Kleefisch. Both numbers were well above the 540,000 needed to force the recall votes.
Wisconsin’s senior U.S. senator will not run for re-election next year. Democrat Herb Kohl made the announcement at 11 a.m. today in his hometown of Milwaukee. Kohl, 76, will step down after his current term ends in January 2013.
Kitty Rhoades, who represented western Wisconsin’s 30th District in the Assembly for 12 years, will be the deputy secretary of the state's Department of Health Services, according to an announcement made Thursday afternoon.
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