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  • Where Is Scott Walker?

    05/23/2015 2:38:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | May 22, 2015 | Marin Cogan
    Over the last three months, the GOP's Iowa front-runner has become an incredible, shrinking presence on the campaign trail. Sure, he's still touring the country, introducing himself to voters, telling them how unafraid he was to stand up to the unions and liberal protesters he battled in Wisconsin, but he's also ducking out of uncontrolled situations, skipping questions from the press, and spending more time on small or private events, usually packed with friendly crowds. Last week, when he traveled to Israel — usually an occasion to invite reporters or hold a press conference — Walker held no press events....
  • Eckhart to challenge Portman for U.S. Senate nomination (Ohio)

    05/21/2015 3:19:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    examiner.org ^ | 5/21/15
    Don Elijah Eckhart has announced he will try to wrestle the Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. Senator from incumbent Rob Portman in the March 2016 primary. “I am pro-life, and I continue to support the Ohio Constitution’s definition of marriage as one man and one woman,” Mr. Eckhart said. “I will protect religious freedom, especially the right of pastors and priests to preach values from the Bible.” He said he is committed to simplifying the federal income tax and reducing tax rates for the middle class. “By eliminating special tax breaks, the overall income tax rates could be reduced substantially,”...
  • Scott Walker Will Keynote Philly GOP Conference

    05/21/2015 12:32:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Politics PA ^ | May 21, 2015 | Nick Field
    Scott Walker is coming to Philadelphia. The Wisconsin Governor and probable 2016 presidential candidate will keynote the 2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference.“Governor Scott Walker is one of the leading voices of conservative values in the Republican Party,” PA GOP Chair Rob Gleason said. “Governor Walker has a proven track record of putting Republican principles into practice in government. Scott Walker has always put the needs of the taxpayer ahead of the wishes of special interests, and I look forward to hearing him discuss his vision for the future of our Party and our country.” “As the cradle of liberty, Philadelphia...
  • Former Iowa caucuses winner Mike Huckabee to skip straw poll

    05/21/2015 6:30:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    WTMA, Charleston, SC ^ | May 21, 2015 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, the 2008 Iowa caucuses winner, is running again for the GOP presidential nomination, but this time he’ll skip the state’s high profile straw poll. Huckabee, who took second place in the 2007 survey, announced Thursday morning in a Des Moines Register op-ed that he won’t compete on the Iowa straw poll, instead saying that he wants to focus his resources on winning the state’s official caucus. “I appreciate the Iowa GOP for recognizing the need for some reforms, but playing to win in the straw poll still requires a heavy concentration of staff...
  • Scott Walker Courts Congressional Republicans

    05/20/2015 7:48:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 20, 2015 | Emily Cadei
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker brought some sunny Midwestern optimism Tuesday to Washington, D.C, a place known for partisan gloom. Congressional Republicans who met with Walker, a soon-to-be presidential contender, called him a breath of fresh air. The trip even won him some fans in unlikely places.....“I was so impressed that his whole message was positive,” Representative Joe Wilson, from the early primary state of South Carolina, tells Newsweek. “He was not hitting the president or the leading presidential candidate of another party.... It was about him and his agenda.” Wilson attracted national attention in 2009 when he shouted, “You lie!”...
  • Poll: Republicans more enthusiastic for 2016 field

    05/20/2015 12:03:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | May 19, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Washington (CNN)Republicans are more positive about their slate of presidential contenders than they were around the same time during the last two campaigns, according to a new survey. The poll, from the Pew Research Center, found that 57% of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters said they have an "excellent" or "good" impression of their party's presidential candidates. That compares to the 50% that viewed the GOP field positively in September of 2007, and the far fewer -- 44% -- that had a favorable view of the field in May of 2011. Democrats, meanwhile, are experiencing the opposite trend: they're less...
  • Scott Walker Seeks to Win Over House GOP [knows which fork to use....]

    05/19/2015 9:25:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | May 19, 2015 | Luke Russert
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker met with about 100 House Republicans on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, engaging in a wide ranging discussion that hit on everything from foreign policy to why Walker doesn't have a college degree, according to those in the room Members who spoke to NBC News after the meeting gave Walker overwhelmingly positive reviews. A common refrain from members was Walker's ease at conversing with them, which they felt would play well in a grassroots campaign and eventually with swing voters.
  • Scott Walker in Contrast [Libertarian "dissects" his rise using racial cues]

    05/15/2015 1:52:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 11, 2015 | Sean Scallon
    Scott Walker is certainly ambitious, and planning a run for president may seem par for the course. But for a long time—most of the 1990s, in fact—Walker was content to be a backbencher in the state assembly and didn’t do much to advance himself up the party ranks. While the seniority he gathered in his state assembly career (1993–2002) from his safe Republican district just outside Milwaukee allowed him to chair some committees, the most attention-grabbing thing he did was to protest the hiring of a Wiccan as a chaplain in a state prison. The idea that he would become...
  • Walker Still Leads Nationally, Clinton Over 60%

    05/13/2015 1:33:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    PPP's national Republican poll for May continues to find Scott Walker leading the field, but it's tightly clustered and his support has actually dropped two consecutive surveys now. Walker's at 18% to 13% for Marco Rubio, 12% each for Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee, 11% for Jeb Bush, 10% for Ted Cruz, 9% for Rand Paul, 5% for Chris Christie, and 2% for Rick Perry. This is the third national poll in a row where we've found Walker ahead but he was at 25% in late February and declined to 20% and now 18% on the two subsequent surveys. Two...
  • Why a Huckabee Loss Would Be a Win for Religious Conservatives

    05/13/2015 5:21:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | May 13, 2015 | David French
    Last week The New Republic’s Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig wrote an extended pre-mortem not just for Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign but for the culture wars in general. Tracing the rise of Huckabee’s political career to the rise of the religious Right, she tries to use Huckabee’s career as a stand-in for the fortunes of religious conservatism writ large. To Bruenig, a Huckabee defeat will represent “one more [conservative] loss in a greater, longer defeat in America’s culture wars.” I agree with Bruenig that Mike Huckabee will probably lose, but I come to the exact opposite conclusion about the culture wars. A...
  • Democratic Party puts up billboards demanding Governor Scott Walker return to Wisconsin

    05/12/2015 5:21:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox 6 ^ | May 11, 2015
    MADISON (AP) — The state Democratic Party has paid for a series of billboards demanding Republican Gov. Scott Walker return to Wisconsin...... ....Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate announced Monday that the party has paid for billboards in Milwaukee and Green Bay that call on Walker to return to Wisconsin, accept federal money to expand Medicaid — a move the governor has steadfastly refused and get back to work for the state."
  • Latest polling finds Republican primary for governor still a toss up

    05/11/2015 9:41:48 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/8/2015 | Nick Storm
    The poll of 501 Republican primary voters finds James Comer leading the pack with 28 percent, Hal Heiner with 27 percent, and Matt Bevin at 25 percent. The survey has a margin or error of +/- of 4.4 percent, placing the top three candidates neck and neck.
  • More Fallout from Scott Walker’s Union Reforms

    05/12/2015 2:57:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    "With Dues Depleted, three AFSCME Councils Merge" Here: Wisconsin’s three AFSCME councils are merging four years after the state rolled back public-sector union rights, prompting two out of three dues-paying members to drop out.
  • Down South - Republican presidential hopefuls show how low they can go

    05/12/2015 2:44:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | May 11, 2015 | William Saletan
    This weekend, a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls showed up at the South Carolina Freedom Summit. They were there to court primary voters who will winnow the presidential field next February. Judging from the speeches, it’s going to be an ugly race. What the candidates are selling, and primary voters are buying, is vituperation against people who don’t look, talk, or pray like the Republican base.............. [SNIP of stuff that sounds good to me - Santorum was on fire] ...............Mexicans, Muslims, gays, rats, roaches. Christian superiority, military contempt for the president, and gauntlets thrown down to queer-loving CEOs. It’s going to...
  • Walker On National Security: ‘You Feel It In Your Heart And Soul’ [motorcycle tour will be a hit]

    05/09/2015 11:03:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 125 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 9, 2015 | Kerry Picket
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took shots at President Obama’s national security policies at the Citizens United Freedom Summit. Walker mentioned he was on his way to Israel to speak to Benjamin Netanyahu and others during his trip and noted how emotional he becomes when he sees reports of terrorism. “It’s something I feel passionate about. You see people are very concerned about safety them selves and their family coworkers and their fellow citizens because of what we see around the world. Not just in the Middle Mast but now we see in other parts of the world....
  • GOP cattle call rumbles through South Carolina [not in the herd: Bush, Huckabee, Paul, Christie]

    05/09/2015 3:07:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 9, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Republican dog and pony show hits Upstate South Carolina on Saturday as nearly a dozen presidential hopefuls pitch conservative activists during a forum on economic freedom. The Palmetto State hosts the third nominating contest of the 2016 presidential primary and first in the Republican-dominated South. That makes South Carolina a critical battleground in the race for the GOP nomination, even though the state's streak of picking the party's presidential nominee was broken three years ago. Upstate South Carolina is considered the conservative bastion of this decidedly red state. Scott Ramsey, a 47-year-old Republican voter from Spartanburg...
  • Clinton Close to Most Republicans in Arizona [Walker leads conservative field, Bush struggles]

    05/07/2015 11:48:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    ".....We also tested Walker against all of the other potential Democratic candidates, and he leads them by wide margins. He's up 15 on both Lincoln Chafee (41/26) and Bernie Sanders (43/28), and 18 on both Martin O'Malley (43/25) and Jim Webb (44/26). Those large deficits are largely a function of the candidates' name recognition- because it's so low, only 53-58% of Democrats even commit to voting for those folks against Walker in a general election. But at any rate Clinton is by far and away the strongest candidate for the general in the Democratic field. The Republican primary field in...
  • Scott Walker in 2008: Too Many "Poverty Pimps" Use "Cycle of Dependency" For Political Control

    05/07/2015 8:20:30 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | 5/5/2015 | Christopher Massie
    Scott Walker said in 2008 that the government "needs to do more to give people freedom back" by fighting the "poverty pimps in our society," referring to government officials and community-based organizations that, he said, use poverty for political power. ...
  • How will top 2016 Republicans respond to Hillary Clinton immigration move?

    05/07/2015 2:31:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 7, 2015 | Byron York
    Hillary Clinton shook up the presidential race in both parties with her declaration that she would not only protect President Obama's unilateral executive actions on immigration but that she would go further to offer new status to currently illegal immigrants, and in the end grant "full and equal citizenship" to those who came to the U.S. illegally. It was a move so swift, so consequential — and so far to the left — that Democratic immigration activist groups were stunned. Some on the right saw an opportunity for Republicans to go on the offensive against Clinton. "Now the GOP campaigns...
  • He Didn't Have To But Scott Walker Slams Clinton On Immigration

    05/06/2015 12:30:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 6, 2015 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took aim at Hillary Clinton's latest comments on immigration, saying her "full embrace of amnesty is unfair." He's one of the first Republicans to directly respond to Clinton, which is a difficult issue for many Republicans running for the presidential nomination - or considering a run. His willingness to draw attention to the issue by responding to Clinton indicates that he's going to use the issue to separate himself from not only Clinton, the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination, but more immediately his Republican challengers. On Tuesday, Clinton told a largely Latino audience in...
  • NJ Republicans prefer Walker, poll says

    05/06/2015 1:44:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Philadelphia Media Network ^ | May 6, 2015 | Maddie Hanna
    In the 2016 presidential race, a new poll shows New Jersey Republicans prefer a governor who isn’t theirs. Their choice would be Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. According to a Monmouth University poll released today, in a matchup between Walker and Gov. Christie, 44 percent of New Jersey Republicans would pick Walker, while 30 percent would go with their own governor. Three months ago, the state’s Republicans had favored Christie over Walker, 51 percent to 30 percent.
  • Mike Huckabee and the Continuing Influence of Evangelicals

    05/05/2015 4:19:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 5, 2015 | Nate Cohen
    The religious right remains the largest voting bloc in the Republican Party, and that gives Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, the potential to play a big role in the presidential nominating contest. But Mr. Huckabee, who was set to announce his presidential bid Tuesday morning, will have a harder time winning Iowa than he did in 2008, when religious conservatives had serious reservations about the two main candidates, John McCain and Mitt Romney. This year’s conservative favorites do not have Mr. Romney’s vulnerabilities among evangelicals, like Mormonism or past support for abortion rights. Some candidates might be outright good...
  • The GOP presidential field is unusually diverse. But the party’s agenda isn’t.

    05/04/2015 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Post - Plum Line ^ | May 4, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    It’s a big week in the Republican presidential primaries. Today, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson both announced their candidacies, and Mike Huckabee is expected to make his official tomorrow. Now that the field is filling out (though there are still plenty of candidates in the running-but-officially-not-yet-running category), it’s looking a little unusual.In fact, the group of Republicans running for president is almost everything the Republican Party itself is not: it’s demographically diverse, it’s less wealthy than you might expect, and it’s extremely young. The question is whether voters will look at them and say that the GOP really has changed.By...
  • 'Trust me' isn't going to turn Latino vote for Cruz, GOP

    05/02/2015 1:04:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 122 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 1, 2015 | Mary Sanchez
    "....Like his fellow GOP presidential hopeful, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Cruz cannot count on a certain rapport with Latino voters simply because he is Latino himself. Trust doesn't work that way, not in life and not in politics. Hispanic voters are weary of being targeted as a desirable voter demographic to be flattered but not much more. They can spot the phony. To many critics, Cruz has tried to court two mistresses: tea party conservatives, on the one hand, and Hispanic voters whom he views as ready for takeover by the GOP. Cruz believes, with some justification, that Latinos...
  • Senators Running for President Face a Delicate Balancing Act

    05/01/2015 3:30:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 1, 2015 | ASHLEY PARKER
    [SNIP] ".........While the joke goes that every senator looks in the mirror each morning and sees a potential occupant of the Oval Office, senators do have automatic fund-raising bases and little difficulty attracting the spotlight. Still, since 1960, only two — John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Barack Obama of Illinois — have risen directly to the White House.... [SNIP] ....For now, Republican Senate colleagues are optimistic about the presidential aspirants’ ability to make it back to Washington for crucial votes, and about the party leadership’s willingness to try to work around their campaign schedules, when possible. “Remember when Obama...
  • Conservative media take early sides in GOP 2016 primary

    05/01/2015 3:05:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 1, 2015 | Eddie Scarry
    Prominent voices in conservative media have already begun deciding on favorites in the Republican presidential primary. Most of the candidates and potential candidates have received at least some praise from influential voices in the right-leaning news media, but since the start of 2015, there have been clear signs of who is warming up to who. After Sen. Marco Rubio announced his candidacy in mid-April, the Wall Street Journal editorial board, representing the corporate pro-immigration wing of the GOP, sang the Florida freshman's praises in ways unfelt by others in the field. "The senator … has the rhetorical gifts to make...
  • In early horse race, Marco Rubio threatens Scott Walker

    05/01/2015 3:28:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | May 1, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Republican insiders in early-voting states say a crucial battle is emerging in the 2016 presidential race between Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, competing to establish themselves as the party’s “bridge” candidate who can appeal to both the establishment and grass-roots activists.As it has become increasingly apparent that they are key rivals, the men have started taking regular,subtle but unmistakable,shots at one another. Walker talks about the need to nominate someone who is not from Washington and implicitly compares Rubio to Barack Obama. Rubio suggests that there is “no way” a governor like Walker is prepared to deal with global crises...
  • Scott Walker Plugs 'Jesus Calling' Devotional Book, Sales Promptly Skyrocket

    05/01/2015 2:12:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | Kimberly Winston
    (RNS) When Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker spoke last Saturday (April 25) to an influential gathering of Christian conservatives in an Iowa church, he brought along a little reading material. Standing before more than 1,000 people at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, the Wisconsin governor used part of his time to read from “Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence,” a Christian devotional written in the first-person voice of Jesus by missionary-turned-author Sarah Young. “‘The way to walk through demanding times is to grip my hand tightly,’” Walker read to the crowd. “‘Regardless of the day’s problems, I can...
  • Top Jewish Donor for Rand Paul Switches to Scott Walker

    04/30/2015 6:30:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    News Max ^ | April 30, 2015 | Melissa Clyne
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has poached Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s "most prominent pro-Israel backer," The Washington Free Beacon reports. Rich Roberts, a major Republican donor who Politico described as "a kingmaker among ultra-Orthodox Jews" in his home state of New Jersey, had been a benefactor to Paul, even paying for the senator’s 2013 trip to Israel. But Roberts is now throwing his support to Walker, who has not yet declared his candidacy, though it’s expected, because he believes the Wisconsin governor is more electable. "I like Rand Paul a lot, our relationship goes back now about three or four years,"...
  • Wisconsin Democrats need to take back narrative from Republicans

    04/30/2015 5:35:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Badger Herald ^ | April 30, 2015 | Miles Brown, senior maj. polisci and hist w/ Russian, East Euro/Asain studies
    The heartache and bewilderment is still prevalent in Wisconsin following three election victories for Gov.Scott Walker (the presumptive presidential candidate) in the span of about four years. This is also coupled with majorities in both state legislative houses for Republicans, which allows them to impose their agenda with little to no protest. All of these facts underscore a pretty dire situation for Democrats in this state. So what is being done to try to reverse this tide? Within the last few years, a trend has emerged of people mischaracterizing the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They make statements...
  • Gov. Scott Walker [Powerline Interview and Ricochet Presidential Poll for 1st & 2nd choice]

    04/30/2015 2:41:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Ricochet ^ | April 25, 2015 | Power Line’s John Hinderacker interviews Scott Walker
    Powerline audio LINK [runs 9:00] Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) addressed the Freedom Club’s annual dinner in Minnesota. Walker made time between photos and the dinner for a Power Line interview. icon From Power Line’s John Hinderacker: How was his speech? It was terrific. I have wondered whether Walker would be dynamic enough to succeed on the national stage. His low-key style has served him well in Wisconsin, but would he be able to inspire national Republicans? I needn’t have worried. Walker spoke extemporaneously, without notes (or, needless to say, teleprompter), and from the heart. He got a thunderous reception from...
  • Scott Walker’s Strength in Donors

    04/29/2015 5:35:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Derek Willis
    Scott Walker enters the Republican presidential race with far stronger ties to the party’s biggest fund-raisers than any other candidate besides Jeb Bush.Roughly half of the nation’s top 250 Republican donors have given money to Mr. Walker in his campaigns for Wisconsin governor, according to an Upshot analysis of Federal Election Commission records and state records. By comparison, 30 percent have given to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, 20 percent to Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and 10 percent to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.A presidential campaign is a chance for candidates to introduce themselves to top fund-raisers, and...
  • Repositioning Scott Walker [NYT publishes racist rant]

    04/29/2015 4:49:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Thomas B. Edsall
    ".....Even as he shifts to the right, however, Walker, a preternaturally careful candidate, is avoiding any explicit suggestion that he is the champion of disaffected white voters. Still, key policy positions — particularly his changing stance on immigration and his attacks on public sector unions — reveal a carefully directed appeal. In 2011, Walker successfully sponsored legislation repealing most collective bargaining rights for government employees. Walker’s anti-union initiative has made him a folk hero to conservatives concerned about what they see as the expanding power of government. In a recent paper, “The Whiteness of Wisconsin’s Wages,” Dylan Bennett, a professor...
  • Winner of the Week: Scott Walker

    04/29/2015 1:40:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Steve Deace ^ | April 28, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Editor’s Note: This is a weekly feature where we single out which 2016 presidential candidate did the best job crafting a winning message, based on the 10 Commandments of Political Warfare from Steve Deace’s book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” Previous Winners: Week of March 17th: Rand Paul Week of March 24th: Ted Cruz Week of March 31st: Ted Cruz Week of April 7th: Bobby Jindal Week of April 14th: Rand Paul Week of April 21st: Rick Santorum To say I wasn’t impressed with Scott Walker’s initial presidential roll-out would be an understatement. After speaking of the...
  • Scott Walker - Waukee, IA Interview - "He wins without caving"

    04/29/2015 12:40:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    April 28, 2015
    Published April 28, 2015: 10:29 YouTube interviewQuestions and answers covered: Announce when? Common Core Immigration Marriage Laws First think you'll do if elected president? Obamacare Life What sets you apart?
  • Poll: Scott Walker now leads by double digits in Iowa [analysis]

    04/28/2015 1:30:08 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Allahpundit
    Via the Washington Times, this is worth blogging if only because, despite the field being ridiculously crowded, there are realistically only two or three guys who could win both Iowa and New Hampshire. Rand Paul could do it if the Ron Paul rEVOLution in both states turns out in droves, but he has yet to make a splash in early polls and he’ll face bruising attacks from the right before those states go to vote. Marco Rubio could do it but he’ll have to cobble together a plurality by clawing votes from other top-flight contenders across the spectrum — Bush,...
  • What Makes Scott Walker Run? (Lefty puts Walker on the analyst couch)

    04/28/2015 12:31:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Urban Milwaukee ^ | April 28, 2015 | Bruce Murphy
    Scott Walker remains something of an enigma. Beyond the story of the Eagle Scout son of a Baptist preacher whose faith guides him, we’ve never gotten much of a glimmer of what drives him. It requires huge amounts of energy and long, exhausting days to attempt what Walker is doing — to run for president and campaign across the nation and make international political trips while still serving as governor — and that isn’t possible unless something very powerful is pushing you. But Walker always projects an icily calm persona, never revealing the least glimpse of any inner demons. A...
  • Scott Walker up double digits in Iowa: poll

    04/28/2015 11:01:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    A new poll shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sitting atop a handful of 2016 GOP contenders in the early presidential state of Iowa, notching a 10-point lead over his nearest rival. Mr. Walker, who has not yet officially declared his candidacy, was the choice of 23 percent of Republicans, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 12 percent, according to the survey released Tuesday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling......................"
  • Gov. Scott Walker Is ‘Clear Frontrunner’ in Iowa, Expert Writes

    04/27/2015 12:04:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 27, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appears to have an early edge in Iowa. Craig Robinson, founder and editor of TheIowaRepublican.com, calls Walker the “clear frontrunner” following the weekend Faith and Freedom Coalition event in that state, which hosts the country’s first caucuses. A number of the potential GOP presidential candidates attended the summit and addressed an audience of Iowa voters. Sen. Marco Rubio delivered “one of the best-delivered speeches of the night,” Robinson writes. The political observer added that Sen. Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina got people talking. Fiorina “is going to be a surprise on caucus night if she keeps...
  • Republican Hopefuls Play Up Religious Faith at Iowa Gathering

    04/26/2015 1:24:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Heather Haddon
    ".....In contrast to a Republican summit in New Hampshire last week, Saturday’s event was largely devoid of attacks on the national Common Core education standards and overhauling entitlement programs. There were far fewer references to tax policy, trade or regulation. Instead, speakers gave full-throated endorsements of their religious beliefs and the role Christianity has played in shaping American values. Speaking at an evangelical church with a large wooden cross near the stage, would-be candidates detailed the role of faith in their life, quoted Biblical passages and gave personal anecdotes about the power of prayer. Mr. Jindal opened his speech by...
  • Reagan Biographer Firm Signs on for Communications, Strategy for Scott Walker Super PAC

    04/23/2015 12:09:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 23, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    As he’s become the 2016 GOP presidential campaign’s clear frontrunner—before even announcing a candidacy—Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2016 team just made a huge pickup, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. Shirley & Banister Public Affairs will be handling strategic communications for Walker’s Super PAC, the Unintimidated PAC, and providing historical context that will prove crucial for the campaign. Since the firm’s two partners—Craig Shirley and Diana Banister—are extraordinarily connected among major players in the conservative movement, they’ll be filling a key gap in Walker’s growing team of influential staffers. “One of the hallmarks of SBPA is we only work with people...
  • Senators Need Not Apply

    04/21/2015 1:26:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Slate ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Dickerson
    ......Each candidate [Walker, Perry, Bush, Christie], sometimes in nearly identical language, told the audience of activists gathered in Nashua this weekend that they should be considered for the presidency because they didn’t just talk about conservative ideas, they had put them into practice as governors. Perry made the case most powerfully: >>>The next president of the United States really needs to be someone who has deep experience as an executive. And I’m talking about things you just can't learn with a book, things you can’t just learn sitting down. Because I’ll give you some examples. They didn’t hand me a...
  • Scott Walker Wins Pennsylvania Conservatives' Straw Poll

    04/20/2015 11:35:15 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 122 replies
    News Max ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Gizzi
    In results that were stunning for several reasons, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the runaway winner in a "straw poll" of Republican presidential favorites at Pennsylvania’s largest-ever gathering of conservatives, the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, on Friday and Saturday.With the "straw ballots" counted and released on Saturday, Walker was an easy winner with 91 votes, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 58 votes. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was third with 56 votes.Since the first PLC back in 1989, the group has become the most-attended and most-watched conclave of conservatives in the Keystone State. Fueled by the recent campaigns of...
  • David Koch picks a favorite?

    04/20/2015 11:17:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | April 20, 2015 | MJ Lee and Dana Bash
    <p>CNN)Billionaire businessman and powerful Republican donor David Koch wants Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to be the next president but doesn't plan to financially back anyone during the primaries.</p> <p>Koch made the comments Monday at a private gathering hosted by the New York State Republican Party at the Union League Club in Manhattan. They were described to CNN by two attendees who were in the room.</p>
  • Walker Jumps Bush in The Chase

    04/20/2015 10:24:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    U.S. News and World Report | April 20, 2015 | David Catanese
    The new front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.He takes the top slot on The Chase – U.S. News' Run 2016 rankings of the four candidates most likely to end up as his or her party's nominee – for the first time, after establishing polling leads in each of the three early nominating states.Jeb Bush has held the top slot since the beginning of the year, and the former Florida governor remains the first choice of national Republicans, according to a new CNN survey released Monday.But the race for the nomination starts in early states,...
  • Walker Shines in New Hampshire

    04/19/2015 6:01:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 19, 2015 | Stephen F. Hayes
    "...Walker expanded the stump speech he had given in Iowa back in January, a coming out party of sorts, that propelled him to co-frontrunner status in national and early-state polling. The new content made clear that Walker is a hawk and that in a Walker presidency the United States would not only reengage with the world but would project its power without reservation. He called the war on radical Islam and “generational” war and scorched Barack Obama for his ambivalence on the threat. “We’re going to bring the fight to them and fight on their soil and not ours." Walker’s...
  • The GOP's Daddy issues

    04/19/2015 3:43:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 19, 2015 | Niall Stanage
    There are not many people who once fought on the same side as Fidel Castro and are now heroes to American social conservatives. But that is exactly the trajectory taken by Rafael Cruz, father of 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The elder Cruz now regrets his fight on the side of the pro-Castro rebels in his native Cuba, ascribing it to dislike of Castro’s arch-enemy, U.S.-backed President Fulgencio Batista, rather than any sympathy for Communism. Rafael has travelled a complicated path in the United States, encompassing two divorces, business reversals and a second career as a preacher. But...
  • Republicans Are Enthusiastic About Scott Walker, Divided On Jeb Bush

    04/18/2015 1:51:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ariel Edwards-Levy
    Republicans are most enthusiastic about the prospects of nominating Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, but they're open to rallying around a number of potential candidates--with the possible exception of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.Members of the party are generally optimistic that whoever emerges from the crowded field of prospects will succeed. Three-quarters of Republicans predict their party will win back the presidency next year, and most look favorably on several of the politicians fighting for the nomination.Walker generated the most excitement of the six candidates tested, with 45 percent saying they'd be enthusiastic to...
  • Winthrop Poll: S.C. Tea Party “can be a force” in 2016

    04/18/2015 12:40:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    WRHI AM 1340 ^ | April 17, 2015 | Andrew Kiel
    With just two of a dozen or more presidential candidates having declared their intention to run for office, South Carolina’s tea partyers are already lining up behind Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. In the latest Winthrop Poll released Wednesday, Walker and Texas Senator Tex Cruz were in a statistical tie among the 1,000 or so likekly GOP voters polled. But poll director Scott Huffmon says support between mainstream republicans and Tea Party backers may be split — at least for now “The Tea Party Likes Scott Walker to the tune of people who approve of the Tea Party picked Scott Walker...
  • Walker Support Solid, Establishment Favorite Bush Struggles in N.H.

    04/17/2015 8:56:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    As the Republican presidential candidates gather this weekend in New Hampshire, they’re all chasing a midwestern governor. The latest survey of New Hampshire Republicans, by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling, finds Wisconsin’s Scott Walker with a strong lead at 24 percent, followed by a rising Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Establishment favorite Jeb Bush is currently mired in fourth place, with 10 percent support, a drop from the last PPP poll of the first-in-the-nation primary state. Other polls show the race remains tight. The RealClearPolitics average has Walker at 19 percent, followed by Bush at 15 percent and Sen. Rand Paul at...