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  • Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted by Democrats [Dem M.O as with Gov Walker Gov. Christie]

    08/17/2014 6:12:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 16, 2014 | Rick Moran
    From the film "All the President's Men": Deep Throat: The people behind all of this were frightened of Muskey and that's what got him destroyed. They wanted to run against McGovern. Look who they're running against. The bugged offices, they followed people, false press leaks, passed fake letters... they canceled Democratic campaign rallies, they investigated Democratic private lives, they planted spies, they stole documents... and now don't tell me that all of this was the work of one Donald Segretti. The source was talking about the Republican party of Richard Nixon. Yesterday, the third major candidate for the GOP presidential...
  • Attention, Ted Cruz: Look at what Doug Ducey’s political director said about anti-amnesty Cons

    08/06/2014 10:36:49 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 19 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Twitchy Staff
    Last week, conservative Sen. Ted Cruz endorsed Doug Ducey in ArizonaÂ’s GOP gubernatorial primary: " The crisis at AmericaÂ’s border is a defining issue in the coming election, especially in Arizona. IÂ’m supporting Doug Ducey for Arizona governor because he is the best candidate to help secure the border, protect the people, and enforce the law. He has the most serious and credible plan to address the border crisis." (SNIP) The endorsement was considered a major coup for Ducey, who is distrusted by some Arizona conservatives. (SNIP) In the wake of CruzÂ’s endorsement, tweets posted early last year by DuceyÂ’s...
  • Germantown kindergarten teacher accused of political vandalism identified

    08/04/2014 12:25:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8-4-14 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis – Wisconsin Reporter has learned the identity of the suspect accused of politically motivated disorderly conduct at last month’s Jefferson County Fair. April Kay Smith, 38, a kindergarten teacher in the Germantown School District, was issued a disorderly conduct citation for tearing up and stomping on several signs on July 9 at the Jefferson County Republican Party booth after the fair had shut down for the night, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department report obtained by Wisconsin Reporter. The incident report, filed by Jefferson County Deputy Heather Larson, states that Smith and her husband, Andrew Smith, 31,...
  • Wisconsin voter ID ruling creates confusion

    08/02/2014 7:38:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    Pioneer Press/AP ^ | 8-2-14 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. -- A court-ordered change to Wisconsin's photo identification law that's designed to cut down on voter fraud is creating confusion and may even open the door to the very type of behavior Republican lawmakers were trying to prevent. Policy makers, attorneys and voter ID experts were struggling Friday with how to interpret a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling from a day earlier, which mandated a change to the law in order to make it constitutional. The court said the state can't require applicants for state-issued IDs to present government documents that cost money to obtain, such as a copy...
  • Voter ID law upheld by Wisconsin Supreme Court

    07/31/2014 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY BRENDAN O'BRIEN
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal judge that it is unconstitutional. The court wrote in its decision that providing a photo identification at the ballot box does not create a substantial burden to the voter, as claimed by the plaintiffs in the case. "Photo identification is a condition of our times where more and more personal interactions are being modernized to require proof of identity," the court wrote.
  • Scott Walker Calls on Wisconsin Legislature to Repeal Common Core

    07/17/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/1/7/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) called on state lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill in January that would repeal the Common Core standards and replace them with “standards set by people in Wisconsin.” According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Walker released a statement Thursday afternoon, just hours after two Republican state senators, Leah Vukmir and Paul Farrow, issued a joint press statement calling for a delay in the use of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) that are aligned with the Common Core standards. Earlier in the year, Walker helped draft a bill that would create a state board to replace...
  • Convicted Spy Arthur Walker Dies in Prison

    07/13/2014 2:52:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    Military.com ^ | Jul 10, 2014 | Lauren King, The Virginian-Pilot
    Arthur Walker, one of four men convicted of selling secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has died in federal prison. He was 79. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website confirmed that he died this month. A spokesman said he died over the holiday weekend, and Walker's family told Pete Earley, who wrote "Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring," that he died Friday of acute kidney failure. Walker was serving three life sentences plus 40 years for copying and conspiring to deliver secrets to the Soviet Union. He was sentenced in 1985.
  • A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? No.

    07/09/2014 9:49:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-9-14 | Russell D. Moore & Andrew Walker
    In any discussion about the future of religion in America, especially as it relates to stalled growth in churches and denominations, those outside our religious communities find one theory especially compelling. This is the idea: that young Evangelicals are frustrated with Christian orthodoxy’s strict standards of sexual morality. We’re told that these young Evangelicals will soon revolutionize our churches with liberalized views on same-sex marriage, premarital sex, gender identity, and so on. But a new study by a University of Texas sociologist finds that Evangelical Christians ages 18 to 39 are resisting liberalizing trends in the culture. The suggestion of...
  • Mainstream media forced to walk back Walker ‘criminal scheme’ narrative

    06/27/2014 11:44:26 AM PDT · by topher · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | M. D. Kittle - Watchdog.org
    After last week’s breathless headlines putting Gov. Scott Walker at the center of a nationwide “criminal scheme,” the mainstream and left-leaning media are being forced to step back from such sensational indictments. The man doing the forcing is the special prosecutor who raised the specter of said conspiracy in a court document — part of 268 pages of previously sealed records dumped last week by order of a federal appeals court and embraced by John Doe prosecutors.
  • The failed media assassination of Scott Walker

    06/27/2014 10:41:23 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-27-14 | DrJohn
    <p>Back in November I wrote a post about the war on Scott Walker, the man democrats fear the most. It hasn't gone well for liberals, and so they have resorted to outright slander and libel.</p> <p>Demented democrat prosecutors in Wisconsin have been conducting a John Doe probe for the last few years, bottom feeding in an effort to find something with which to try someone on the right. Anything.</p>
  • Statement from Friends of Scott Walker Campaign Regarding Statement Issued By Special Prosecutor

    06/26/2014 11:17:46 AM PDT · by bigbob · 8 replies
    Friends of Scott Walker ^ | 6-26-14 | Tom Evenson
    Friends of Scott Walker campaign Communications Director Tom Evenson issued the following statement today after a statement was released by the special prosecutor in the John Doe: After the media's slanderous reporting last week, today’s statement by prosecutors should serve as an opportunity for the media to correct the record and report the real facts of this story. Two judges have ruled there is no case. Now prosecutors have stated clearly that not only was Governor Walker not a target of the investigation but that: "It is wrong for any person to point to this sentence in a legal argument...
  • Clinton Candidacy Imperiled by Overexposure

    06/21/2014 11:51:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Scott Erickson
    In electoral politics, familiarity often breeds comfort. The more recognizable a politician is the more likely that politician can expect to enjoy a certain level of support from among his or her constituency. But when familiarity descends into overexposure it can constitute the tipping point upon which a politician’s appeal begins to wane. This appears to be the conundrum facing Hillary Clinton in her build up to the 2016 presidential campaign season. Her noncommittal demeanor toward 2016 notwithstanding, there is not a pundit or voter from California to Maine that doesn’t fully expect the former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary...
  • The Latest Allegations in Wisconsin Are Much Ado About Nothing

    06/20/2014 5:35:46 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/19/2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Today’s revelations about local prosecutors’ claims that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups” in a “criminal scheme” are much ado about nothing. Why? Because federal district court Judge Rudolph Randa already enjoined the prosecutors’ investigation, saying they were trying to criminalize the political speech of the governor and conservative organizations in violation of the First Amendment. In fact, Judge Randa called the prosecutors’ appeal of his injunction order “frivolous.” Despite the excitement by some over the fact that amongst the documents unsealed today by a federal judge is...
  • Heinous Bias: Media Ignores Two Court Rulings Rejecting 'New' Walker 'Scandal'

    06/20/2014 1:34:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Welcome to a genuine phony scandal. You may have caught a glimpse of the lurid headlines this morning, which were splashed across thefront pages of many of America'sleading newspapers -- and, indeed, on our own website: "Prosecutors Say Scott Walker at the Center of Criminal Scheme." The resulting impression is that the Wisconsin governor is embroiled in a serious new scandal, in which charges may be imminent. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the media's breathless coverage of a recent document release has largely promulgated the opposite of the truth. On that score, Gabriel Malor, an attorney...
  • Prosecutors: Gov. Walker Part of Criminal Scheme

    06/19/2014 11:16:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 19, 2014 | By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press
    Newly released documents show prosecutors believe Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to illegally coordinate fundraising with outside conservative groups. No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. Prosecutors say Walker, his chief of staff and others who worked for him were discussing illegal coordination with a number of national groups and prominent figures, including GOP strategist Karl Rove.
  • Abortion foes criticize Scott Walker over campaign spokeswoman

    05/20/2014 7:42:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel ^ | April 3, 2014 | Daniel Bice
    Alleigh Marre has supported Planned Parenthood, abortion rights Gov. Scott Walker is quickly learning there may be a political litmus test for top campaign staff. Walker — a self-described "100% pro-life" politician — is drawing sharp criticism from some of his strongest anti-abortion allies after it was discovered this week that his newly hired campaign spokeswoman has expressed support for Planned Parenthood and abortion rights in the past. "Obviously, naturally, that's a problem," said Matt Sande, legislative director for Pro-Life Wisconsin, which endorsed Walker in 2010 election and his recall contest. "I think he needs a new spokeswoman, immediately." Walker's...
  • Wis. governor offers a way around ObamaCare problems

    05/20/2014 7:36:14 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 1 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 13, 2013 | Mike Tobin
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wants to give people in his state a way around ObamaCare’s problems. He is floating a proposal that would still channel federal subsidies to Wisconsin’s poor and uninsured, but his plan would allow them to purchase coverage directly from the insurer and sidestep the on-line “exchange” created by the Affordable Care Act.His idea is getting support, even in the bitterly divided Wisconsin state house. Six Democrats crossed party lines and backed his proposal in the assembly, sending it over to the Senate with a healthy majority. Still, before it goes into effect, Walker’s idea would need...
  • Scott Walker to tea partiers: Let’s focus on taking out Democrats, not our fellow Republicans

    05/18/2014 2:57:03 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 112 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 6, 2014
    Some righties are grumbling about this, but c’mon. No one expects a Republican governor who’s up for reelection in a blue state to lead the “throw the RINOs out!” movement. Besides, this makes strategic sense if I’m right about Walker’s niche in the 2016 field. I see him as an establishment/tea party “hybrid” candidate who’ll challenge Christie from the right (especially on social issues) and whoever emerges as the tea-party favorite from the center (especially on immigration). His war with the left over collective bargaining reform in Wisconsin is already so legendary that there’s practically nothing he could do to...
  • Scott Walker: Gay Marriage Accepted by Young Conservatives [Mar 2013]

    05/18/2014 2:37:46 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 64 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 17 Mar 2013 | Greg Richter
    <p>Same-sex marriage is accepted by younger conservatives and won’t likely be an issue in upcoming political races, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said.</p> <p>Urgent: Should Pope Francis Allow Women Priests, Contraception? Vote Here Now.</p> <p>The discussion stemmed from Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s announcement last week that he has changed his position on same-sex marriage because he wants his son, who is gay, to have the same “joy and stability of marriage” that he has had and that he wishes for his other two children.</p>
  • Scott Walker endorses Doug Ducey in Arizona governor’s race

    05/18/2014 2:19:24 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sean Sullivan
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is wading into the crowded Arizona governor's race by throwing his support behind state treasurer Doug Ducey (R) Wednesday morning. "Doug Ducey demonstrates the kind of conservative, common-sense leadership that our party needs in Arizona," Walker said in a statement shared with Post Politics by Ducey's campaign. "He’s not afraid of taking on tough challenges, and that’s why I know he’d be a great Governor."
  • Twists, turns in John Doe hard to follow? This Q and A may help

    05/10/2014 5:04:32 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 10 may 2014 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — In a pingpong match of court orders this week, a federal judge halted an investigation into conservative groups' political activities, an appeals court immediately blocked that ruling and the judge then reinstated his injunction blocking the probe. They were the latest twists and turns in the complex litigation surrounding the secret John Doe probe looking into fundraising and spending during the attempts to recall Gov. Scott Walker and state senators. Here's a look at how the situation got to this point and where it could go next. Q. Who launched the investigation? A. Milwaukee County District Attorney John...
  • Judge halts secret probe of Wisconsin conservative groups, in win for Walker

    05/07/2014 6:43:53 AM PDT · by topher · 4 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7 May 2014 | By M.D. Kittle [watchdog.org]
    The "John Doe" investigation into conservatives is dead. At least for now. In a monumental victory for targeted conservatives in the secret Wisconsin investigation, Judge Rudolph Randa on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction to stop the politically charged probe, ruling in favor of conservative activist Eric O'Keefe, his Wisconsin Club for Growth and "others." The probe had been looking into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign, but came under fire for the opaque way it was conducted.
  • Federal judge orders halt to 'John Doe' investigation

    05/07/2014 3:10:42 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 7 may 2014 | Dee J. Hall
    A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a halt to the "John Doe" investigation targeting groups including Americans for Prosperity, here seen holding a pro-Scott Walker rally in Madison in 2011. The challenge brought in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee was filed by Wisconsin Club for Growth. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa on Tuesday ordered a halt to the John Doe investigation that targeted the recall campaign of Gov. Scott Walker and “all or nearly all right-of-center groups and individuals in Wisconsin who have engaged in issue advocacy from 2010 to the present.” In issuing his preliminary injunction, Randa sided with...
  • Walker’s in, the left fires first, and the War for Wisconsin is on

    04/16/2014 8:00:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 72 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 4-16-14 | M. D. Kittle
    Literally minutes after Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch officially announced their re-election campaign Tuesday, a Hillary Clinton front group rolled out its attack machine against the Republican governor and potential 2016 presidential hopeful. American Bridge, backed by big-money liberal donor George Soros, “welcomed” Walker and his “failed job creation promise to the Wisconsin governor’s race.” The liberal “research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words” by employing liberal spin, made its first sortie an all-out assault on Walker’s jobs record, criticizing the governor’s failure to date to hit his ambitious pledge that the...
  • WI: Shooting Range Protection signed by Governor Walker

    04/13/2014 6:20:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    SB527, the Wisconsin range protection legislation, passed the legislature with wide margins,  19 - 13 in the Senate and  65-35 in the House.   It was signed into law by Governor Walker on 9 April, 2014.  The law builds on current law which exempts sport shooting ranges from zoning ordinances related to noise and grandfathers in ranges that legally existed prior to July 16th, 2013. This bill extends immunity from lawsuit to the owners and operators of the shooting ranges, and exempts shooting ranges from state or local zoning conditions or rules related to noise or to nonconforming use, including...
  • Poll: Scott Walker approval hits 59 percent, leads Democratic opponent by 16 points

    04/12/2014 10:57:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2014 | Guy Benson
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has had a good run lately. He signed a major tax relief package into law, his controversial budget reforms have put the state back in the black, and his opponent has been torched for telling some high-profile fibs. A new poll from Wisconsin Public Radio suggests that voters are appreciative of the governor’s accomplishments. Walker leads Democrat Mary Burke by 16 points in the survey (56/40), with Walker’s approval rating soaring to just shy of 60 percent — an all-time high in the series. (President Obama’s job approval is underwater at 48/50 in the poll). Walker’s...
  • Gov. Scott Walker looks to finish his college degree

    04/08/2014 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 8, 2014 | By LINDSEY BOERMA
    Gov. Scott Walker is going back to school. A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Republican says Walker is looking to sew up a degree he abandoned 24 years ago when he was a senior at Milwaukee's Marquette University and left to accept a position with the American Red Cross. Walker explained his struggle in finishing up his college education: "I kept thinking I'd go back, got married, had one kid, had another kid, next thing you know," he said, "you're worrying more about paying for your kids' college education than you are for your own."
  • The Chatter: Governor bets bourbon on Final Four game; Ky. health exchange in national spotlight

    04/01/2014 5:46:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/1/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is betting bottles of big name bourbon on the Final Four game when the University of Kentucky takes on the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday in Dallas. Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a friendly wager Tuesday on the game, betting items from the signature industries of each state. The Kentucky bourbon basket wagered by Beshear will include some of the state’s most well-known Bourbon brands such as Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Four Roses, Elijah Craig and others as well as glasses and apparel. If Kentucky wins, Beshear will receive a gift of some of Wisconsin’s...
  • Intolerant atheists go after Gov. Walker’s religious tweet

    03/21/2014 7:33:47 AM PDT · by don-o · 34 replies
    allemwest.com ^ | March 20. 2014 | Allen West
    Well, here we go again, the oh so very tolerant secular humanist liberal progressives are showing their ignorance of America’s Judeo-Christian faith heritage. As reported in The Christian Post, “A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has demanded that Governor Scott Walker remove a posting on his Twitter feed that is religious in nature. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) stated Tuesday that they took exception to Walker’s official account, including a tweet posted Sunday that simply read, “Philippians 4:13.” As rendered by the New King James Version, Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
  • Atheist Group Makes Legal Threats Against Republican Governor Scott Walker For Tweeting Bible Verse

    03/20/2014 10:49:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    RightWingNews ^ | March 20, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    An atheist group has come unhinged over a tweet posted by Wisconsin Gov.Scott Walker and are demanding that he uphold the “godless” Constitution by deleting it. Walker tweeted “Philippians 4:13” from his official Twitter account Sunday — the Bible verse reads: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation took exception to the tweet, saying it’s religious in nature and a “misuse of gubernatorial and state of Wisconsin imprimatur,” according to The Christian Post. “This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” the group wrote in a letter. “As...
  • Governor Scott Walker's Substantial Tax Cut in Wisconsin

    03/19/2014 1:21:58 PM PDT · by DLfromthedesert · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Website ^ | 3/19/2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The New York Times. What is this, a tiny little paragraph? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 lines. National Briefing, Midwest. It's page A14 of the New York Times today. Here's the headline: "Wisconsin: Assembly Passes Governor’s Tax-Cut Plan -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed Gov. Scott Walker’s $504 million tax-cut plan. The chamber approved the bill on Tuesday by a vote of 61 to 35." It wasn't even close
  • Conservatism vs Liberalism debate between Govs. Walker and Shumlin

    02/25/2014 10:40:45 AM PST · by dleeper47 · 6 replies
    WesternFreePress ^ | 2/25/14 | dleeper47
    VIDEO: Conservatism vs Liberalism mini-debate between Gov. Scott Walker (WI) and far-Left Gov. Peter Shumlin (VT). Walker cleans Shumlin's clock and shows what kind of candidate Walker might be in 2016.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 February 2014

    02/23/2014 5:34:11 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 148 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 February 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 23rd, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Peter Shumlin, D-Vt.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): National Security Adviser Susan Rice.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Govs. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and Martin O'Malley, D-Md.THIS WEEK (ABC): Former President George W. Bush.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Govs. Rick Perry, R-Texas, Mike Pence, R-Ind., Dannel Malloy, D-Conn., Jay Nixon D-Mo.
  • Scott Walker: Hillary Clinton 'has been a product of Washington' all her adult life

    02/20/2014 7:51:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2-20-14 | Charlie Spiering
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes Hillary Clinton's biggest obstacle as a presidential candidate will be her deep connections to Washington. "I think the biggest problem that [former] Secretary of State Clinton has is much bigger than just that, it’s that she is throughout her adult life, she has been a product of Washington, whether she’s been there, worked there, secretary of state, United States senator, not only first lady, but back to her days working on the Hill," Walker said during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday evening. Walker, a potential 2016 GOP candidate, suggested that...
  • John Doe judge: ‘Results of the John Doe speak for themselves’

    02/20/2014 7:36:43 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-20-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — On a day when news headlines nationwide screamed of Gov. Scott Walker’s “apparent” knowledge of illegal campaigning going on in his office when he was Milwaukee County executive, the judge of the nearly three-year “secret” investigation into Walker’s former aides and associates summed up the meat of the matter. “The John Doe is closed and the results of the John Doe speak for themselves in terms of who has allegedly committed a crime, who has been charged with a crime and who has been convicted of a crime,” former Appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim told Wisconsin Reporter...
  • Scott Walker, eyeing 2016, faces fallout from probes as ex-aide’s e-mails are released

    02/19/2014 7:23:46 AM PST · by mandaladon · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 18 Feb 2014 | Rosalind S. Helderman,
    MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been eyeing a 2016 presidential run since his battles with labor unions made him a Republican star, is in the midst of dealing with the fallout of two criminal investigations at home that could complicate his move to the national stage. One is ongoing, and while the other is now closed with no allegations of wrongdoing by Walker, it has the lingering potential to embarrass him. That could begin as early as Wednesday with the release of more than 25,000 pages of e-mails from an ex-staffer that were gathered as part of...
  • Scott Walker administration launches tax reform website

    02/12/2014 5:09:12 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-12-14 | AP
    MADISON, Wis.—Wisconsin residents can submit their tax reform ideas under a new website created by Gov. Scott Walker's administration. Creation of the website, taxreform.wi.gov, comes as Walker's Revenue Department secretary and the lieutenant governor are holding meetings with business owners to gather ideas. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says the website gives everyone a chance to share their thoughts. The website includes videos from past roundtables in Beloit, Eau Claire, Superior, Green Bay, Platteville, La Crosse and Stevens Point. It also includes information about taxation in Wisconsin and other states. Walker has floated the possibility of eliminating the state's income tax,...
  • Who has to drop out to make Scarborough viable for the GOP nomination?

    02/10/2014 5:10:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 10, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I was planning to write about this before Ed beat me to the punch so let me ask my two questions belatedly. One: Would this be a bona fide run to try to win the nomination or a niche candidacy a la John Bolton or Peter King? King and/or Bolton won’t run because they think they can win but because they want someone to answer Rand Paul on foreign policy and don’t trust any of the big-name candidates to do it effectively. Scarborough may feel the same way about Ted Cruz’s brand of tea-party conservatism. He won’t do any better...
  • ACLU lawsuit challenges Wisconsin same-sex marriage ban

    02/03/2014 9:44:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-3-14 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — Four same-sex couples sued Gov. Scott Walker and other public officials Monday in an attempt to overturn the state's eight-year-old ban on gay marriage. The move comes amid a wave of challenges nationally — many of them successful — to limits on gay marriage. It also comes as the state Supreme Court considers whether a limited set of benefits available to gay couples under Wisconsin law is acceptable under the state constitution's prohibition on same-sex marriage and civil unions. Online court records show Virginia Wolf and Carol Schumacher, along with three other couples, sued Walker in federal court...
  • Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address

    01/28/2014 6:33:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Fox6Now ^ | Jan 26, 2014 | Mike Lowe
    Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address January 26, 2014, by Mike Lowe, Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address MILWAUKEE (WITI) — President Barack Obama is set to deliver his State of the Union address this week. According to the White House, the speech will be optimistic and focus on the middle class. After the speech, President Obama will take his message on the road to four places — one of which is Milwaukee. This is not the first time President Obama has used his big speech to put the spotlight on Wisconsin....
  • Poll: Scott Walker leads Democratic challenger

    01/27/2014 3:34:14 PM PST · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | JOSE DELREAL
    In his hunt for reelection, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is leading his Democratic opponent Mary Burke, according to a new poll released Monday. The Marquette Law School poll has the Republican governor ahead 47 to 41 percent among registered voters. The same poll has 54 percent of respondents saying the state is heading in the right direction, compared to 40 percent who say it is not. With the election still nine months away, Burke will have to play catch up to familiarize voters with her stance on issues; 70 percent of respondents say they have not heard enough about her...
  • Representative Sinicki criticized for Facebook posts during Governor's speech

    01/26/2014 7:14:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    WHBL ^ | 1/23/14 | Larry Lee
    MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- A Wisconsin lawmaker is learning the hard way that posting comments online means everyone can see them, and that was a bit embarrassing for Democratic Representative Christine Sinicki of Milwaukee. Sinicki really didn’t want to be in the Assembly chamber during the Governor’s State of The State speech, and she made that clear posting to her Facebook page while the Governor spoke. As Governor Scott Walker spoke, Sinicki typed, “OMG...this speech is so full of s*it. Wish I could get up and walk out.” and “Bottom line..the rich get richer and the poor and middle class...
  • Woman charged in warrant in slaying of Brother Rice teacher

    01/25/2014 9:34:51 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 25, 2014
    An Ohio woman with a history of prostitution stabbed to death a longtime Brother Rice High School teacher in a dispute over money, Orland Park police said Saturday. Alisha M. Walker, 20, has been named in a no-bond, first-degree murder arrest warrant in the slaying of Alan Filan, 61, in his Orland Park home last weekend, police said. Walker, of Akron, Ohio, was arrested early Friday in Fort Wayne, Ind., and is being held at the Allen County Jail there, awaiting extradition, police said in a news release today.
  • Governor Walker's Wisconsin Earthquake of Conservatism Goes Ignored by Media, GOP

    01/25/2014 5:40:36 AM PST · by T Ruth · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | January 24, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I need to illustrate a point. Yesterday there was really profound, great news out of the state of Wisconsin. In my mind, earth-shattering news. In my mind, it's the kind of news that should have caused a political earthquake, and probably did. It's just that nobody reacted to it. Here you have one of the bluest of blue states. You have a Republican governor, a conservative Reaganesque governor who was targeted twice for removal. They did everything they could to gin up hate, anger, tried to destroy his reputation, his career, and his life. He hung in there. The...
  • TURNAROUND! $1 Billion Surplus in Wisconsin...Gov. Scott Walker Returning It to Taxpayers

    01/24/2014 4:47:29 PM PST · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 24 Jan 2014 | MARY SPICUZZA and MATTHEW DeFOUR |
    Gov. Scott Walker used his election-year State of the State address Wednesday to rally support for his plans to use the majority of Wisconsin’s $912 million in unexpected revenue for tax cuts. “What do you do with a surplus?” he said. “Give it back to the people who earned it. It’s your money.” He said he would call a special session of the Legislature to consider his income and property tax cut package — part of a broader fiscal plan called “A Blueprint for Prosperity” — which would save average Wisconsin families about $150 this year. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos,...
  • Governor to propose 'significant' tax cuts

    01/16/2014 5:19:33 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-15-14 | Scott Bauer
    Gov. Scott Walker plans to propose "significant" tax cuts in his State of the State address next week, reductions made possible by tax collections that far exceed earlier estimates, his spokeswoman said Wednesday. Walker won't reveal details until his speech Wednesday, but he is looking at property tax cuts and changing income tax withholding tables to put more money into workers' paychecks immediately, his spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said. "This is great news for the hardworking taxpayers of the state," she said. Walker and Republicans who control the Legislature have been discussing details of the proposal, Webster said. "I want all...
  • Is Scott Walker next?

    01/09/2014 4:25:28 PM PST · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9 Jan 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    While Chris Christie’s bridge scandal is dominating the headlines, a lesser-known potential scandal is brewing in Wisconsin. As the Wall Street Journal reported in November, ”a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s union reforms.” The allegation is of improper coordination between the campaign and conservative outside groups, and the real danger may simply be that a denouement isn’t reached until after November (Walker’s re-election). Already, it has been months. As Eric O’Keefe, head of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, told the Journal, he “received his subpoena in early October” and “at...
  • Candy Crowley: If I’m Unemployed or on Minimum Wage, ‘Why Would I Become Republican?’

    01/05/2014 7:33:37 AM PST · by Hoodat · 93 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 5, 2014 | 10:08 | Noel Sheppard
    On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, host Candy Crowley asked a question of Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.) that should offend people on both sides of the aisle. “If I am an unemployed American…or if I am a minimum wage worker… why would I become a Republican?” (video follows with transcript and commentary): (video link) CANDY CROWLEY: If I am an unemployed American and I hear from Republicans that, “Yeah, you know, we should go ahead and do that provided we do the following three things,” and it’s a caveat approval of extending those [unemployment] benefits, or if I am...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 5 January 2014

    01/05/2014 5:10:00 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 151 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 5 January 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 5th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Mitt Romney; Mark Rienzi, a lawyer for an organization of Catholic nuns challenging a requirement that some religion-affiliated groups provide health insurance that includes birth control; Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Gene Sperling, director of the White House's National Economic Council; Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Delos Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Some Unions Collapse in Historic Wisconsin Vote

    12/19/2013 5:01:04 PM PST · by george76 · 47 replies
    media trackers ^ | December 19, 2013 | Brian Sikma
    Numbers of public sector unions in Wisconsin collapsed in the wake of an historic vote that ended on Thursday. The unions are acutely feeling the impact of Act 10, Governor Scott Walker’s controversy-generating collective bargaining reforms of 2011. The reforms require public sector unions to hold annual recertification votes. In order to be certified as unions by the state, the labor groups must get the approval of over 50% of their members. For several weeks now the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission has been holding an open and ongoing vote for over 400 unions, mostly made up of public school teachers...