It’s been a while since I last updated this blog and a lot has happened in Wisconsin and around the world. To start, the recall petitions for Gov. Walker were submitted to the Government Accountability Board on January 17th. You can watch verification of signatures here. There are claims that close to 1 million signatures were collected for the recall. The signatures will now be verified and if there are enough signatures a recall election will be scheduled in the coming months.
In national news, the Republican primaries are in full swing with four candidates remaining: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. Romney currently has the lead in delegates. Also, President Obama is set to give his annual State of the Union speech Tuesday night (1/24).
Internationally, attention has focused on the fallout from the Arab Spring as nations such as Egypt struggle to set up the democratic institutions they so vigorously protested for, while Syria is mired in a bloody civil conflict that borders on all out war. This comes after some intervention by the Arab League. Recently, Iran has become the central focus of international attention as it threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz as a response to impending sanctions. Just today the EU said it was banning its imports on Iranian oil