Move to recall Wisconsin Gov. Walker starts today

Critics who want the governor out have a lot of work ahead of them. They'll need to gather, on average, about 12,000 signatures a day from now until January to trigger a recall.
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Critics who want the governor out have a lot of work ahead of them. They'll need to gather, on average, about 12,000 signatures a day from now until January to trigger a recall.

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