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  • (Washington Post Wonkblog) Ted Cruz’s flat tax couldn’t even work in your imagination

    03/25/2015 8:02:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Washington Post Wonkblog ^ | 03/25/2015 | Matt O' Brien
    Imagine there's no IRS. It isn't hard to do. No Obamacare to pay for. And no budget deficits too. Imagine all the people, living with a flat tax. You may say Ted Cruz is a dreamer, but he's not the only one. He hopes some day—especially if you live in Iowa—you'll join him, and, well, he'll be president. That, at least, was the message during his announcement, oddly redolent of John Lennon, that he's officially seeking the highest office in the land. It was a conservative wish list to not only repeal the 21st century, but the 20th, too. About...
  • Scott Walker Shifts Stance on Immigration at Private Dinner (Back to Pro-Amnesty)

    03/26/2015 12:10:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Reid J. Epstein
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for citizenship, a position at odds with his previous public statements on the matter.
  • NH GOP chair: Scott Walker told us he supported a path to legalization for illegals, not citizenship

    03/27/2015 10:14:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    So, to recap: The Wall Street Journal claimed yesterday that Walker told an audience of New Hampshire Republicans that he supported a path to citizenship, which was — supposedly — a flip-flop from what Walker’s been telling reporters lately about opposing “amnesty.” Except that it’s not a flip-flop, as I tried to explain. Walker’s supported a path to citizenship for nearly 15 years. As recently as this month, when asked by Chris Wallace if he can imagine a path to citizenship if illegals paid a penalty first, he replied, “I believe there’s a way you can do that.” No...
  • Scott Walker Lands Former Senator as National Security Expert for 2016 Race

    03/27/2015 12:19:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    What were Talent’s first impressions?“I found him to be exactly what he appears to be: He’s very down to earth, he has an air of confidence about him but there’s no arrogance with it. I like that. He’s just a regular guy.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has added one of Washington’s leading advocates of military readiness to the ranks of advisers helping prepare him for a likely campaign for president. Jim Talent, who represented Missouri in both the House and Senate before becoming a fellow at The Heritage Foundation, confirmed Thursday that he has joined Walker’s budding national security and foreign...
  • Walker Denies Remarks Indicating Change in Immigration Stance

    03/26/2015 11:48:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 89 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jason Horowitz and Patrick Healy
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a possible candidate for president in 2016, told a private gathering of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he supported a pathway to legal status — but not citizenship — for undocumented immigrants in the United States, according to the chairwoman of the state’s Republican Party. The chairwoman, Jennifer Horn, described Mr. Walker’s statements on Thursday after The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post reported that Mr. Walker had endorsed eventual citizenship for those immigrants, which many Republicans oppose. A spokeswoman for Mr. Walker, Kirsten Kukowski, disputed those reports about Mr. Walker embracing a...
  • Gov. Walker’s Immigration Stance At Center Of Dispute

    03/26/2015 6:29:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 41 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 03/26/2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s position on immigration erupted on Thursday, highlighting the Republican’s struggle to appeal to conservatives on the explosive issue as he prepares to launch a Republican presidential bid. The two-term governor has consistently opposed what he calls “amnesty” for immigrants in the country illegally, but his definition of amnesty has evolved. In a recent closed-door meeting with top New Hampshire Republicans, Walker said such immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country legally.
  • Walker Flubs Amnesty Zig-Zag

    03/26/2015 7:53:42 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/26/2015 | Neil Munro
    Potential 2016 candidate Scott Walker’s staff is denying that he endorsed amnesty for illegal immigrants during a closed-door dinner with Republican donors in New Hampshire.“Governor Walker has been very clear that he does not support amnesty and believes that border security must be established and the rule of law must be followed,” said Kirsten Kukowski, the spokesman he recently hired from the Republican National Committee.“He does not support citizenship for illegal immigrants, and this story line is false,” she said. The denials follow a March 26 report in The Wall Street Journal, which said that Walker told New Hampshire...
  • Eau Claire County issues order for Amish family to leave home

    03/26/2015 7:28:21 PM PDT · by so_real · 45 replies
    WEAU TV ^ | Thu 6:28 PM, Mar 26, 2015 | Jessica Bringe
    FAIRCHILD, Wis. (WEAU) - An Amish family in Fairchild now has a sign on their home ordering them to leave. The court order for Amos and Vera Borntreger, along with their four young children, is for violating Eau Claire County building codes. The family claims those codes go against their religious beliefs. The county put up the sign, Thursday, around noon. The penalty for not obeying that sign by leaving their home could be $2,000 dollars for every day they stay or jail time. A group of about ten from the Amish community were gathered when the county delivered the...
  • Scott Walker Endorses Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants at Private GOP Dinner

    03/26/2015 12:19:52 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 154 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 March 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may be on the verge of burning himself down before he actually gets started, given what is now becoming something of a circus regarding his actual stance on immigration. According to this new Wall Street Journal report, it’s quite possible a supporter of Jeb Bush, or another candidate went to the media regarding Walker’s recent comments at a private GOP dinner, it doesn’t matter. With three sources now (anonymously) on record, he appears to have Walkered himself right into this one. If his name becomes synonymous with waffling on a critical issue like immigration, his next...
  • Walker’s “Think Locally, Act Globally” Standard of Foreign Policy Experience [Kilgore Slams Palin]

    03/26/2015 11:15:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ed Kilgore
    Conservative gabber Hugh Hewitt interviewed Scott Walker on foreign policy issues yesterday, and the ensuing headlines involved Walker’s commitment to nullify any U.S.-Iran nuclear deal “on day one” if he is elected. But a different item caught my attention: the Wisconsin governor seems to be side-swiping his Republican rivals in his rather unorthodox claim that only someone with executive experience can be trusted to know his ass from page eight on foreign policy and national security issues. Speaking of Obama, he said: [T]he unfortunate reality is this is what happens when you put someone in office who’s never led before....
  • How Do we Decide Who Is a ‘Real’ Candidate for President?

    03/26/2015 11:06:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Ted Cruz was not the first person to officially declare his presidential candidacy when he announced on Monday. Scores of people are running just as officially as the junior senator from Texas, as measured by their having filled out the proper form with the Federal Election Commission. So why do we consider Cruz a "real" candidate and those other 200-odd candidates not worth mentioning? Is it viability? Few people think Cruz has much of a shot at the Republican nomination. The Upshot's Nate Cohn makes the case against his doing so pretty concretely. We looked at the strength of his...
  • Scott Walker on Bowe Bergdahl: They knew about this when they put lives at risk to rescue him

    03/26/2015 4:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    ....“When I think about this desertion charge, the thing that gets me the most frustrated is this administration gave up five Taliban, five Taliban for this guy, and I can’t, I mean, logic tells you all this information that they’re bringing against the sergeant now isn’t something that just happened since then,” Mr. Walker told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “This is stuff they knew about when they put American soldiers’ lives at risk to try and rescue him. And they gave up five Taliban leaders in return for a guy who now is going to be charged.” Sgt. Bergdahl was...
  • Starbucks CEO to meet with Dontre Hamilton's family (Milwaukee)( Foolish Man )

    03/25/2015 1:16:41 PM PDT · by UB355 · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/25/2015 | Annysa Johnson
    The CEO of Starbucks, who was scorned for his recent effort to spark a national conversation on race, is planning to meet with the family of Dontre Hamilton, the African-American man killed by a Milwaukee police officer last year after Starbucks employees called to report him sleeping in Red Arrow Park, according to Hamilton's brother and others close to the family. Nate Hamilton said Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is scheduled to meet with the family on April 1 in Milwaukee. Efforts to reach the Seattle-based company Tuesday and Wednesday to confirm the visit were not successful.
  • Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects

    03/25/2015 6:44:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Urban Milwaukee ^ | March 16, 2015 | Steven Walters
    It seemed to be a classic case of “firemen first,” a theory first put forth in 1976 by legendary Washington, D.C., journalist Charles Peters. Any bureaucrat, when asked to list what services or jobs would be cut because of a looming budget crisis, identifies the most painful losses in public services – firemen, police officers, EMTs, workers who fill potholes, etc. Bureaucrats use it to try and pressure elected officials, afraid of voter backlash, to soften the budget cuts. It played out in the Capitol on March 3, when state Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb was asked what major state highways...
  • Secret $1.5 million donation from Wisconsin billionaire uncovered in Scott Walker dark-money probe

    03/25/2015 5:57:13 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 69 replies
    yahoo news ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michael Isikoff
    John Menard Jr. is widely known as the richest man in Wisconsin. A tough-minded, staunchly conservative 75-year-old billionaire, he owns a highly profitable chain of hardware stores throughout the Midwest. He’s also famously publicity-shy — rarely speaking in public or giving interviews. So a little more than three years ago, when Menard wanted to back Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — and help advance his pro-business agenda — he found the perfect way to do so without attracting any attention: He wrote more than $1.5 million in checks to a pro-Walker political advocacy group that pledged to keep its donors secret,...
  • Democrat Congresswoman Complains About Your "Well-Funded" Host

    03/24/2015 1:22:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Your host in the audio sound bites today, this morning on C-SPAN, the guest, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Democrat, Wisconsin, during a viewer call-in segment of her appearance, a caller from Maryland by the name of Richard, "Ted Cruz's candidacy is living proof that the birther movement was all based on racism. And that Democrats are silent. They just always stand back and let the Republicans bully them and run over 'em, treat 'em like dogs." MOORE: I think that a lot of us are really frustrated about our so-called messaging. It is really difficult to fight against, I think,...
  • Amish family facing court-ordered eviction from Wisconsin home (UN Agenda 21 zoning laws)

    03/24/2015 7:40:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 77 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/24/2015 | Valerie Richardson
    An Amish family faces eviction from their home after being found in contempt of court for refusing to comply with building codes on the grounds that doing so would violate the religious community’s ban on modern technology. At a Monday hearing, a Circuit Court judge ordered the Eau Claire County sheriff’s office to evict Amos and Vera Borntreger, a farming couple with four children under the age of six, from their home in the Old Order Amish community of Fairchild, Wisconsin.
  • Dem Rep Moore Complains About "Well-Funded" Fox And Rush

    03/24/2015 5:13:09 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) remarked that it is difficult to fight “well-funded” outlets like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday’s “Washington Journal” on C-SPAN.
  • Elections chief: State needs to revise laws on campaign giving

    03/24/2015 10:40:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3-24-15 | Jason Stein
    Madison — The state must revise its laws governing political spending — especially that done by independent groups — in light of recent free speech decisions by federal courts, the head of Wisconsin's elections agency told lawmakers Tuesday. Spurred by federal judges, outside groups and their own preference for less regulation, GOP lawmakers are considering changes to the state's complex campaign laws that would likely make it easier for independent groups to spend money to influence Wisconsin politics. Kevin Kennedy, executive director of the state Government Accountability Board, told a joint elections committee of legislators that decisions in federal appellate...
  • Groups decry chief justice referendum

    03/24/2015 10:15:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3-23-15 | Patrick Marley
    Madison -- Groups called on voters Monday to reject a proposed amendment to the Wisconsin constitution that would allow state Supreme Court justices to select their chief justice, rather than have the position go to the most senior member of the court. If approved April 7, the change is expected to dislodge Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson from the court's top job. Abrahamson would remain on the high court but no longer have administrative control of it. Mike Wilder of Wisconsin Voices said at a Capitol news conference that the current system -- where voters elected Abrahamson to a 10-year term...
  • Wisconsin Is Finally Free to Implement Voter ID Law

    03/23/2015 4:47:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 3-23-15 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Great news for those interested in election integrity and common sense reforms like voter ID: the Supreme Court today removed the final legal obstacle to implementing Wisconsin’s voter ID law. The Court refused to hear the American Civil Liberties Union’s appeal of a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision that threw out the injunction issued against the state’s ID law by federal district court Judge Lynn Adelman. Adelman, a Clinton appointee and former Democratic state senator, had thumbed his nose at the Supreme Court, claiming that he did not have to follow the Court’s prior 2008 opinion in Crawford v....
  • The Race-Baiting Hypocrisy Of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin

    03/23/2015 2:51:21 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 23, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    olitics: Sen. Dick Durbin, who says Republicans have shoved attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch to the "back of the bus," once filibustered and opposed the GOP nominations of black and Latino appeals court judges. Last week, Durbin accused Republicans of forcing Lynch, President Obama's African-American nominee to replace Eric Holder, to "sit in the back of the bus" until a vote on a controversial sex trafficking bill could be held. That thinly veiled reference to the moment in 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to move from her seat in a Montgomery, Ala., bus was meant to paint Senate Republicans as...
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke: ‘Shame on’ Durbin for Race-Baiting Lynch Comments

    03/23/2015 3:48:54 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 3-23-15 | Andrew Johnson
    Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke says that Senator Dick Durbin should explain his own previous opposition to the nominations of black women before accusing Senate Republicans of racial motivations for not confirming attorney-general nominee Loretta Lynch. Last week, after Republicans said they would only hold a confirmation vote for Lynch if Democrats approve language barring taxpayer funding for abortions in a human-trafficking bill, Durbin took to the Senate floor and invoked Rosa Parks, accusing Republicans of making Lynch “sit in the back of the bus.” But as Clarke points out, Durbin voted against the nominations of black women on more...
  • U.S. Supreme court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

    03/23/2015 9:44:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/23/2015 | LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Wisconsin's Republican-backed law requiring voters to present photo identification to cast a ballot, a measure Democrats contend is aimed at keeping their supporters from voting. The justices declined to hear an appeal filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the law. The ACLU said it then filed an emergency motion with a federal appeals court to try to keep the law from taking effect immediately. Republican Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said the law cannot be implemented for the state's April 7 election because absentee ballots are already...
  • Supreme Court turns away challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law

    03/23/2015 8:30:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which it had previously kept from going into effect before November’s elections. The court’s decision not to review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the law was a victory for Gov. Scott Walker (R) and perhaps other states that have tightened voting procedures to require additional identification.
  • Jeb Bush's Matt Drudge problem and why he ticks off so many conservatives

    03/23/2015 7:25:03 AM PDT · by libstripper · 40 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Mar. 20, 2015 | Adam C. Smith
    Jeb Bush has a serious Matt Drudge problem, and that points to a more fundamental electoral problem. Among the most prominent DrudgeReport.com headlines Thursday evening: POLL: 54% WANT FRESH FACES IN '16....NH voters pan Bush...Jeb Still Refuses to Rule Out Tax Hikes... The prior Friday, during his New Hampshire debut as a likely 2016 presidential candidate, much of the mainstream media was gushing over Bush's substance, his accessibility and his refusal to pander to the right on issues like immigration reform. But Drudge offered these headlines: RUBIO ON RISE...JEB STRUGGLES FROM WITHIN...Says his view on immigration is 'grown-up plan'...WALKER: 'WE...
  • Republicans rally to Scott Walker’s call, believing he’s a scrappy survivor

    03/23/2015 7:29:43 AM PDT · by libstripper · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Mr. 22, 2015 | Phillip Rucker
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — When Jim Ulmer came to see Scott Walker here last week, he was transfixed. “He’s the little engine that could,” Ulmer said, describing the Wisconsin governor who successfully battled labor unions and has rocketed to the front of the Republican presidential race. “He has guts,” said Ulmer, 52, Republican Party chairman in rural Orangeburg County. “The people of America are looking for another Ronald Reagan, someone we can believe in, someone who will keep freedom safe. Walker could be it.”
  • Scott Walker responds to Cruz prez announcement… by bashing Jeb Bush!

    03/23/2015 2:00:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 127 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | March 22, 2015
    Now that it’s been confirmed that Ted Cruz is running for president, it’s time for everyone to weigh in, and Scott Walker was one of the first to be asked about the announcement on Fox News. Walker was very gracious to Ted Cruz, while jabbing at Jeb Bush yet again by saying we need a fresh face to combat Hillary’s haggard decrepit visage. Watch.. [comments start at 6 minute mark] [full interview with Fox runs around 8:00] While Cruz will almost certainly get a bump for being the first candidate to declare his campaign, Walker is still ahead in the...
  • Judge Rules Wisconsin Abortion Law Unconstitutional

    03/21/2015 4:03:33 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 40 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 21 MARCH 2015 | AP
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal judge has struck down a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to get hospital admitting privileges. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled Friday that the 2013 law is unconstitutional. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services had sued the state, arguing the requirement will force AMS’s Milwaukee clinic to close because its doctors can’t get admitting privileges.
  • Perry, Cruz to speak at NRA meeting

    03/20/2015 10:02:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    KHOU.com ^ | 7:09 a.m. CST March 3, 2015
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Several potential Republican candidates for president are scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville in April. The speakers include U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The NRA's annual meeting takes place April 10-12, and the GOP politicians are scheduled to appear as part of an event put on by the NRA's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action.
  • Under fire, Walker aide Liz Mair resigns

    03/18/2015 4:28:45 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/18/2015 | Niall Stanage
    An online communications strategist working for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) campaign-in-waiting resigned late Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, after controversy erupted over disparaging comments she had made disparaging comments about Iowa?
  • Scott Walker: If you’re on our team, ‘you need to respect the voters’

    03/20/2015 5:48:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    Speaking in South Carolina Thursday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker alluded indirectly to the recent departure of a communications aide he had brought onto his political team after she had drawn fire over tweets she sent about Iowa, an early presidential state. “One of my clear rules is, if you’re going to be on our team, whether on the paid staff or a volunteer, what I always say is you need to respect the voters,” Mr. Walker said in Greenville, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. “Because, really, if you think about campaigns, it’s not about the candidate or the staff. It’s...
  • Presidential Hopeful — Gov. Scott Walker to Address Harris County GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Texas

    03/20/2015 8:18:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-20-15 | Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) will cap off a star-studded evening with a keynote address at the Harris County GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on March 28. The event is expected to be the largest in the history of the Harris County GOP and will be attended by many statewide elected officials, Harris County officials, and grassroots activists. For the third year in a row, the keynote address will be delivered by a 2016 Republican presidential hopeful. Governor Walker will deliver this year’s keynote address to what is expected to be a crowd of at least eight hundred people,...
  • Case file: Bradley dismisses sex assault charges; man goes on to offend (WI)

    03/20/2015 7:52:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-20-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — In 1992, Robert O. Barton was charged with having sexual intercourse with a 4-year-old child in Wausau. The child told authorities she was sexually assaulted at least 10 times, according to the disturbingly graphic court documents. Barton, 41 at the time, was charged with first-degree sexual assault of someone under the age of 13, and child enticement, sexual contact. He faced a maximum prison sentence of 70 years on the two counts. Two Wausau police officers testified to the validity of the child’s accusations. But the charges eventually were dismissed by Marathon County Judge Ann Walsh Bradley,...
  • Madison teen killed by police had taken hallucinogenic drugs

    03/20/2015 5:47:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-20-15 | Mary Spicuzza
    Tony Terrell Robinson was experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs on the day he died, his uncle says. "He had made a bunch of changes. It was going to be the final step that would change his life around," Turin Carter said Thursday, adding that his nephew was "very inexperienced" with the drugs, believed to have been hallucinogenic mushrooms. The experiment ended in tragedy. After a friend and others called 911, Robinson, a biracial teenager, was shot and killed by a Madison police officer responding to the calls. Police have said that Robinson assaulted the officer. Also on Thursday, family members of...
  • Scott Walker, the gutless wonder of the 2016 presidential race

    03/19/2015 7:45:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Week ^ | March 19, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty, senior correspondent
    Sometimes the most inside-baseball political stories tell you something essential about a presidential candidate. That's what happened this week to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who apparently wants to win the Iowa caucuses so badly that he's willing to torch his staff and his reputation to do it. The Walker campaign recently announced that it had hired Liz Mair, a highly regarded Republican consultant. Mair has also played pundit at times, and is generally more pro-gay rights and pro-immigration than the average Republican. But that's typical of Republican consultants in general. It is assumed that policy is set by the candidates...
  • Walker in South Carolina--Prayerful But Political

    03/20/2015 2:55:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 20, 2015 | Caitlin Huey-Burns
    "...“Sometimes it takes a little while to warm up to a Midwesterner,” said Zee Homoki,an Aiken resident who came the Columbia luncheon with her husband, Steve, an Aiken city councilman. But Homoki liked Walker’s references to his upbringing, his focus on national security issues and his “deep love of country.”“He can appeal to a larger section of the Republican Party,” she said. Her husband agreed. “He might be the guy to actually combine the tea party types and establishment types,” he said. “We need somebody from outside the Washington establishment,someone with new ideas and the perspective of Middle America.”Some saw...
  • Jay Ambrose commentary: Right-to-work movement is very much pro-worker

    03/20/2015 1:55:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jay Ambrose
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has signed a measure freeing workers in his state from having to pay union dues if they want to keep their jobs, naturally enough upsetting labor honchos wanting to grab every worker nickel they can. Not the least of them: Randi Weingarten, chief of the American Federation of Teachers. “Scott Walker fails the test of common decency and common sense,” said Weingarten, who represents teacher unions that commonly abet youths in failing standardized tests. Her comments came after Walker signed a bill making his state the 25th to enact a right-to-work law that does exactly...
  • SCOTT WALKER DESERVES TO BE VETTED, ‘PROBLEMS’ MUCH BIGGER THAN OUSTED PRO-AMNESTY AIDE

    03/19/2015 10:22:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/19/2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Nationally syndicated conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, founder of the website Twitchy, tells Breitbart News that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate—needs to be vetted. She also says Walker’s “problems” run much deeper than the decision to hire—then quickly let go of—pro-amnesty communications aide Liz Mair, who had taken shots at Iowa. “Scott Walker has much bigger problems than the ill-considered hiring and firing of one D.C. operative,” Malkin said in an email. "What does he really stand for and is he fully equipped to bear the slings and arrows of his enemies on a national and global...
  • John Doe target says they are the victim of identity theft

    03/18/2015 4:23:46 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Watchdog.org Wisconsnin Reporter ^ | 3-17-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Could it be a case of John Doe collateral damage? At least one target of Wisconsin’s politically charged John Doe investigation — whose home was raided and whose personal information was seized — tells Wisconsin Reporter they’re a victim of identity theft. The individual spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe comes with a strict gag order. Targets who speak publicly about the John Doe could go to jail. Wisconsin Reporter obtained a copy of an Internal Revenue Service letter alerting the subject to the identify theft problem. The letter, titled, “Identity Verification Service,” advises that...
  • Don’t even think it: GOP warns Obama not to try executive-fiat tax hikes

    03/18/2015 11:55:54 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Congress’s two top tax chairmen warned President Obama on Wednesday not to claim unilateral executive powers to raise taxes on his own, saying it violates the Constitution and ruins chances for a lasting deal. Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said they were troubled by White House’s announcement earlier this month that Mr. Obama is “very interested” in exploring what options he has to raise taxes without going through Congress. “This would be a mistake, both constitutionally and politically,” the two lawmakers said, adding...
  • Exclusive – VoterGravity.com Flash Poll: Walker Way Ahead in Colorado

    03/18/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | March 18, 2015 | Rich Tucker
    Scott Walker is making some controversial personnel decisions—but voters in Colorado don’t seem that upset. Even after his campaign made news in Iowa, the Wisconsin governor remained the far-and-away leader in the Centennial State, according to an overnight flash poll conducted by VoterGravity.com.One-third of Coloradans in this survey picked Walker. That’s better than double the support for second place Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor, busy raising campaign cash for his PAC, earned 14 percent support. Dr. Ben Carson was right behind, at 12 percent.The survey is comprehensive. It includes only people who are extremely likely voters—those who’ve cast ballots...
  • Postal worker fired for throwing away GOP campaign flyers

    03/17/2015 7:15:14 PM PDT · by Kyle Olson · 35 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 3/17/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    A U.S. postal employee thought it would be easier to throw away mail that included Republican Party campaign flyers to soothe his sore shoulder than to actually deliver them. Rickey Krueger, a mail carrier for the Neenah, Wisconsin post office, was convicted last week in U.S. District Court of “mishandling the mail.”
  • Kenosha officer who shot and killed an armed man had just returned to duty after shooting another.

    03/17/2015 7:44:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    NBC15 ^ | Mar 17, 2015
    <p>UPDATED: Tuesday, March 17, 2015---9:05 a.m. KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Police say the Kenosha officer who shot and killed an armed man had just returned to duty after shooting another man about two weeks ago.</p> <p>Authorities have identified the 26-year-old fatally shot on Saturday as Aaron Siler, of Kenosha. Police say he had armed himself with a weapon before he was shot by Officer Pablo Torres. Siler was wanted on a felony warrant and led police on a vehicle chase and a foot pursuit before he was shot.</p>
  • Reagan Foundation: Walker telling of Bible story is correct

    03/17/2015 2:51:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 17, 2015 | SCOTT BAUER
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An official at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library on Monday sought to clarify her account of how Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to handle a family Bible the late president used when taking the oath of office. Library registrar Jennifer Torres said a "simple misunderstanding" left the wrong impression that Walker personally sought to hold the book. A spokeswoman for the Reagan Foundation says Walker's retelling of the moment is correct. Walker told the story of having his picture taken with the Bible at a 2013 Reagan Day dinner in Milwaukee. He described in...
  • Honeymoon Over: Scott Walker Under Fire for New Open Borders Amnesty Advocate Staffer Who Mocks Iowa

    03/16/2015 8:28:38 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 260 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/16/2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made another massive misstep on Monday, hiring Liz Mair of Mair Strategies to handle communications and social media for his campaign-in-waiting. Mair’s support for amnesty for illegal aliens, wide-open-borders immigration policies, and public advocacy for the Senate “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill is sure to dog Walker in Iowa, South Carolina, and other early presidential states. During the Senate Gang of Eight bill fight, Mair very publicly and very aggressively promoted the amnesty bill—pushing it to media and making the case for the need for it over and over again. She claims her advocacy was done...
  • Texas frac sand execs who paid $52k in DNR fines in 2014, are backing Walker PAC

    03/16/2015 1:13:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    WREX NBC Channel 13 ^ | March 16, 2015 | Greg Neumann, WKOW
    MADISON (WKOW) -- Two executives who run a Texas-based sand mining company - which paid $52,500 in fines to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2014 - are major backers of Gov. Scott Walker's political action committee Our American Revival (OAR), according to CNN. In an article detailing several big money donors published on Monday, CNN lists Bob Rasmus and James Whipkey - who run Hi-Crush Partners - as two of OAR's major supporters in Texas. In August of 2014, 27 News reported the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered Hi-Crush Partners to pay $52,500 in July for...
  • Imagining the Walker/Clinton presidential debate

    03/16/2015 10:30:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 64 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 3-16-15 | Thomas Lifson
    Generally, we eschew fantasies imagining what various people would say in favor of analysis of what they actually have said. But Jennifer Rubin’s Washington Post column laying out a scenario for a presidential debate between Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton is just too much fun to ignore. Read the whole thing, but here is an opening excerpt: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2015/03/15/what-would-walker-vs-clinton-be-like/ Out walks Clinton and Walker. They shake hands and Walker offers his arm as they walk over to the podiums. The image of a boy scout walking a senior citizen across the street comes to mind. Throughout the debate, she calls him...
  • Scott Walker PAC: Jeb Bush is not the only one who can raise money

    03/16/2015 6:11:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Super Talk 99.7 ^ | March 16, 2015
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is on an ambitious mission this spring to scoop up major GOP donors ahead of a likely presidential run and send the early message that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doesn’t have a monopoly on the country’s deep-pocketed Republicans — and his backers say his plan is working. So far the expedition has been successful enough that Republicans not involved with his political effort have noticed, and several GOP operatives in Bush’s orbit conceded to CNN it’s clear a substantial chunk of GOP financiers have taken a liking to him. Walker’s PAC, Our...
  • Obama joins in jokefest with GOP's Walker at Gridiron dinner

    03/15/2015 8:39:41 AM PDT · by dila813 · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Today | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting older changes a guy, President Barack Obama says, and he admits he's getting crankier. "Next week I'm signing an executive order to get off my lawn," Obama joked Saturday night at the Gridiron Club and Foundation's annual dinner. On top of that, the nation's graying chief executive says he's having trouble now with his morning cup of joe. "Coffee really disagrees with me these days," he says, "which is why John Boehner just invited coffee to address the joint House."