As of about 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30th, 1,214 precincts have recounted their ballots and had them entered on the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board's unofficial spreadsheet. Comparing the recounted numbers to the first canvass totals for those precincts reveals that David Prosser, the incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, has gained a whopping 14 votes so far over the challenger, JoAnne Kloppenburg.
That's pretty good if you're rooting for honest and fair elections, but we have a long way to go. There are 3,602 precincts in total, and the remaining precincts include many within Wisconsin's largest counties and cities.
Tonight's spreadsheet is here. I have been saving a copy each night and adding totals at the bottom, which is how I came up with the 14.
Hey, speaking of "The 14", some of the Wisconsin 14 spoke today in downtown Madison as part of the "Thunda Around the Rotunda" motorcycle rally in support of Wisconsin workers. I happened to be there with my little camera. Photos and videos below. Not high quality video, but the audio is pretty good. I was about 10 feet from the speaker tower.
Recount news was very slow today. Not all county canvassing boards are counting over the weekend. Some counties are already done, and some will be done soon, including Sheboygan County. Things also appear to be going well in Rock County.
No news from Waukesha County is probably good news. I just found a page where they claim to be livestreaming the Waukesha County recount. It's offline now but I'll check again Sunday and Monday.
The Waukesha mayor is reimbursing the city after he used public funds to buy 30 copies of a book titled "Sequencing" and distributed them among his staff as assigned reading. He purchased them from one of his campaign donors, and at least one employee complained that the books were religious in nature.
The "Sequencing" book's author, Michael Metzger, has described "Sequencing" on his DoggieHeadTilt blog in religious terms, saying it has "Christianity latent" with "words drawn from the board room but derived from the Bible."
And while [Mayor] Scrima said there is nothing religious about the book, a full-page picture on page 114 is of Jesus Christ crucified on the cross....
OK. Who's ready for some motorcycles?
Hmmm. No Tea Party Counter-protest this time like there was when the teachers and librarians marched. I wonder why.
I saw bikes parked like this along two sides of the square.
The Paul Ryan = Eddie Munster joke never gets old.
I had a chance to introduce myself to my state Senator, Jon Erpenbach, before the program. Here he is addressing the crowd.