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  • Report: Scott Walker to Include Jock Tax in Budget

    01/26/2015 8:07:08 AM PST · by Sideshow Bob · 41 replies
    RightWisconsin.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | RightWisconsin.com
    The Milwaukee Business Journal is reporting that Gov. Scott Walker will include a jock tax in the next budget to help fund a new Milwaukee arena project for the Milwaukee Bucks. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is preparing to propose diverting revenue from taxes on NBA players for public funding of a new arena in downtown Milwaukee, sources close to the situation told the Milwaukee Business Journal. In June 2014 Walker said in an interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal that he was studying the possibility of tapping NBA players' income tax for arena construction funding, a so-called "jock tax." Since...
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...
  • The Iowa Corral

    01/26/2015 2:43:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/26/2015 | Erick Erickson
    RedState assisted in sponsoring Rep. Steve King (R-IA)72%‘s event in Iowa this past weekend. I did not go, but made sure to pay attention to what was going on and who said what. As I have previously written, this is the most substantive field of Republican contenders since 1980. The number of Governors, Senators, and others who are running gives the GOP a deeper bench than any the Democrats can or will muster. They also agree on most topics and are trying to nuance themselves into unique positions. I appreciate Governor Perry’s desire to paint a vision for the country....
  • Scott Walker takes Iowa by storm

    01/25/2015 4:57:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2015 | Cameron Joseph
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Scott Walker’s stock is soaring after a triumphant return to Iowa. The Wisconsin Republican governor delivered a pitch-perfect speech to a room packed with influential Hawkeye State conservatives on Saturday, walking them through his robust resume and ideology with a passion that surprised many. Activists say Walker came out on top after 10 hours of candidate speeches. “It was a clear Walker victory. He had expectations coming in here, he was on everyone's shortlist and he had to meet those expectations and I thought he far exceeded them,” said former Iowa Republican Party political director Craig...
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 8:56:35 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He talks about his efforts to reform public sector unions in his state, and the resistance he encountered.
  • Scott Walker Goes Big and Bold at Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 3:23:59 PM PST · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker eschewed the podium at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, opting to use the full stage to work the room with an incredibly high-energy speech that repeatedly stressed the themes of “common sense conservative reform” and the GOP’s need to “go big and go bold” if they want to win in American politics today. Walker ended by telling Iowans, “I’m going to come back many more times in the future” and pointed to a broader American revival similar to the one he said he’s led in Wisconsin. This seemed to be a clear sign that Walker intends to...
  • [Scott] Walker adds "Iowa expert" to his political campaign team

    01/23/2015 1:18:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    WQAD Quad Cities ^ | 1/23/2015 | Shelly Nelson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is adding a veteran GOP strategist and Iowa expert to his political team as the Wisconsin Republican considers a possible 2016 presidential bid. The addition of David Polyansky gives Walker's team a big dose of Iowa experience. The strategist helped engineer former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's win in the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and also served as deputy campaign manager for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll.
  • The Case for Scott Walker

    01/22/2015 5:55:32 AM PST · by libstripper · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Bruce Walker
    The race for the Republican nomination has started. It is vital that Republicans nominate a conservative leader who will use Republican political strength to implement a peaceful, lawful, but revolutionary change in the way Washington does business. Establishment Republicans like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney do not see the need for radical change and do not have the rhetorical skills to make the case for such change. Moreover, RINO nominees have proven electoral poison in presidential elections. Scott Walker offers the best chance to win the general election and then to use a Republican Congress to transform American government.
  • Walker budget to bar drug users from getting food stamps

    01/22/2015 8:52:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-22-15 | Jason Stein
    Madison — Setting up a likely legal fight in the federal courts, Gov. Scott Walker is proceeding with his plan to ensure that drug users aren't getting food stamp or jobless benefits. Fulfilling a campaign promise, the Republican governor committed Thursday to putting the proposal in his next budget but provided few new details on how he would pursue a plan that could run afoul of federal rules in programs such as food stamps and unemployment insurance. For the first time, he did commit to offering free treatment and job training for those testing positive for drugs, but he offered...
  • Sheriff: Al Sharpton Should ‘Go Back into the Gutter He Came From’

    01/22/2015 8:12:29 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1-22-15 | Evan McMurry
    Milwaukee County Sheriff and conservative commentator David Clarke told Fox & Friends Thursday morning that the Justice Department’s likely decision not to pursue a civil rights case against Ferguson officer Darren Wilson was a vindication for the officer and an indictment of “race hustlers” like Attorney General Eric Holder and Reverend Al Sharpton. “The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri got it right, Clarke said. “Officer Wilson has been exonerated. The thing I want to know is how does he get his reputation back?” Clarke reserved much of his ire for Sharpton. “I don’t expect anything intelligent to come out of...
  • Scott Walker Just Pulled Off a Supreme Court Coup in Wisconsin

    01/22/2015 6:04:22 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 40 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1-21-2015 | Jack Holmes
    The Wisconsin state Senate has just paved the way for the state Supreme Court to elect its own chief justice—and the conservatives’ pick might shake up the governor’s own case. Eighty-one-year-old Shirley Abrahamson has been chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for 18 years, but that tenure looks like it’s about to come to an abrupt end. A state constitutional amendment, passed Tuesday in the state Senate 17-14 along strict party lines, will allow the court’s seven justices to vote on a chief justice, undoing a 126-year-old tradition that grants the post to the longest-serving justice on the bench....
  • Democrats announce 'historic pro-choice' bill

    01/21/2015 7:05:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    hill.com ^ | 01/20/15 | Sarah Ferris
    A group of Democrats is hoping to regain ground in their national fight for abortion rights with a bill that makes it illegal for states to “chip away at women’s reproductive rights.” The group, led by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), said it will introduce a “historic pro-choice bill” on Wednesday. The bill directly targets harsh laws recently passed in Texas and Wisconsin, which now face court challenges. “The protections in this measure are more necessary now than ever before in our history because an avalanche of restrictive, reprehensible state laws is drastically reducing fundamental health care...
  • Governor Throne of Skulls (Scott Walker) Telegraphs 2016 Bid

    01/18/2015 2:33:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Red State ^ | January 16, 2015 | Leon Wolf
    With the three establishment-favored Governors(Jeb, Christie, Romney)having already all but declared, the time has come for other contenders to telegraph their intentions or face being left behind in the fundraising/operations cycle. One of my two favorite candidates for 2016 has always been Scott Walker, but the looming question has always been whether Walker would run at all given that a campaign would interfere fairly severely with the remainder of his second term. However,in a recent speech to the RNC, Walker seems to be attempting to remove the doubts about whether he will run:........Walker’s deficits at this point are well known....
  • Walker says proposed mergers of state agencies would take effect in 2016

    01/14/2015 3:26:20 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    StarTribune ^ | January 14, 2015 | Associated Press
    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker's proposed mergers of four state agencies into two would take effect next year.Walker's spokeswoman Laurel Patrick released that additional detail Wednesday. Many more details, including how many jobs would be affected by the mergers, remains to be seen.Walker proposed in his State of the State speech Tuesday that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation be merged with the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.He is also calling for merging the Department of Financial Institutions with the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
  • Mother of Bo Morrison sues Slinger homeowner who killed her son

    01/14/2015 1:13:05 PM PST · by Monitor · 28 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Bruce Vielmetti
    The mother of Bo Morrison, who was killed by a Slinger man when Morrison hid in the man's house while fleeing from an underage drinking party, has filed a lawsuit against the man and his insurance company. Washington County District Attorney Mark Bensen declined to charge the homeowner, Adam Kind, with a crime in the March 2012 incident, finding Kind acted in self-defense. The incident prompted numerous protests about "the castle doctrine," adopted by legislators the previous year, but Bensen said Kind would have been cleared even without the law's extra presumptions in favor of residents using deadly force in...
  • Scott Walker, Right Again: His priority is to cut the state budget.

    01/14/2015 6:28:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/14/2015 | Mario Loyola
    Some conservatives are disappointed by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s apparent reluctance to push for right-to-work legislation in his new term. Today the Wall Street Journal joins the chorus, calling it “unfortunate that he’s ducking a chance to make Wisconsin the country’s 25th right-to-work state.” But Walker has made it clear that such legislation is not a priority and that he wants to focus instead on education reform and on cutting Wisconsin’s woefully bloated budget. Walker is right, and it demonstrates yet again that he’s got the right formula for conservative reforms. As Walker explained to me last May, Wisconsin is...
  • Paul Ryan Won't Run for President in 2016

    01/12/2015 1:45:01 PM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 12, 2015 | Alex Moe
    Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee in 2012, told NBC News in an interview Monday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016. "I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016," Ryan said in a phone interview, noting that he is "at peace" with the decision he made "weeks ago" to forgo a bid for the White House.
  • Opiates handed out like candy to 'doped-up' veterans at Wisconsin VA

    01/12/2015 10:41:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-12-15 | Aaron Glantz
    Doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Tomah hand out so many narcotic painkillers that some veterans have taken to calling the place "Candy Land." They call the hospital's chief of staff, psychiatrist David Houlihan, the "Candy Man." Current and former hospital staff members describe patients who show up to appointments stoned on painkillers and muscle relaxants, doze off and drool during therapy sessions, and burn themselves with cigarettes. They told The Center for Investigative Reporting that Houlihan himself "doped up" or "zombified" their patients and that workers who raised questions have been punished. Data obtained...
  • Mary Burke selling Madison house highlighted in campaign

    01/12/2015 10:23:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-12-15 | Daniel Bice
    A little more than two months ago, Mary Burke was hoping to trade in her modest Madison house for the governor's mansion. That didn't work out so well for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate. But Burke is still on the move. Records show she is selling her three-bedroom bungalow after she recently moved into an upscale apartment in downtown Madison. Burke's 1,465-square-foot house in Madison's middle-class Atwood neighborhood is being listed for $259,900, according to the website for First Weber Group Realtors. Built in 1925, the house has a detached, one-car garage and a total of 10 rooms. Burke, who was...
  • The NFL-WWE got their Wish (vanity)

    01/11/2015 2:27:17 PM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 143 replies
    Me ^ | January 11, 2015 | Mutt the Hoople
    Everyone knew the NFL was going to make America's Team pay for winning against Detroit last week. The NFL and the Liberal Media both loathe the Dallas Cowboys. EVERY bad call went against Dallas today, including that abortion of an overrule when Dez Bryant caught that ball, fumbled it into the end zone, and recovered it for a Touchdown. The rest of the NFL season is just Kabuki.
  • Jeb In 94: I Would Do ‘Probably Nothing’ For African-Americans

    01/10/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2016 | SCOTT GREER
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears poised for a presidential run and is currently leading the polls among potential Republican candidates for 2016, but the comments he made in 1994 during his first run for Florida’s highest office may come back to haunt him.The Associated Press reports that Bush described himself then as a “head-banging conservative” and used fiery rhetoric — such as claiming he would do “probably nothing” for African-Americans if he became governor — in his ultimately unsuccessful bid. Bush made that statement in response to a question on what he would for African-Americans if elected to office.“It’s time...
  • ‘He just got my vote’: MSM angle for dismissing potential Scott Walker 2016 candidacy could backfire

    01/08/2015 11:42:21 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 77 replies
    twitchy ^ | 1/8/15
    It doesn’t sound like a “deal breaker”:...
  • Exclusive — Scott Walker to Iowa to Speak at Freedom Summit

    01/08/2015 9:35:39 AM PST · by T Ruth · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/8/2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will speak at the Iowa Freedom Summit at the end of January hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Citizens United, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. “Governor Walker looks forward to sharing the story of Wisconsin’s successful reforms and common sense message with grassroots conservatives,” Walker’s spokesman Tom Evenson told Breitbart News. Citizens United president David Bossie added that he’s thrilled Walker will join the already impressive lineup of speakers. “Congressman Steve King and I are thrilled Governor Scott Walker, a leading conservative voice, plans to attend the Iowa Freedom Summit,” Bossie said. “The Iowa Caucus...
  • Scott Walker: "Our Next President Should Be a Governor" (Yes to Scott Walker for President)

    01/07/2015 1:49:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 95 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Oh, you don’t say! In all seriousness, many conservatives will be taking a serious look at Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) in 2016. He’s effective, he’s conservative, and he knows how to put together winning coalitions. His most recent electoral romp, however, is an absolute game-changer -- and why wouldn’t it be? He’s now won an impressive number of state-wide elections since 2010. Arguably, he’s the most despised Republican governor in America (on the Left). So what’s not to like? But, dear reader, will he make the leap? Asked recently if he had once and for all quelled those rumors, he...
  • Glenn Grothman a Sellout? Give Me A Break

    01/07/2015 7:49:35 AM PST · by Sideshow Bob · 70 replies
    Right Wisconsin ^ | January 6, 2015 | Collin Roth
    Welcome to Washington, Congressman Grothman. Glenn Grothman's very first vote as a member of Congress, a vote in favor of John Boehner for Speaker, earned the ire of RedState.com Editor in Chief Erick Erickson who declared Grothman "all talk." "There will be no standing up by Glenn Grothman. Elections have a way of voluntarily and willingly neutering congressmen." Critics of Grothman are pointing to Grothman's willingness during the summer primary to criticize Boehner's leadership in the House and suggest that he would vote against the sitting Speaker in 2015. “I would have no problem looking for an alternative to Speaker...
  • Wisconsin Is Latest State To Consider Fees On Electric, Hybrid Vehicles

    01/05/2015 3:33:46 PM PST · by Theoria · 10 replies
    Here and Now ^ | 05 Jan 2015 | Susan Bence
    Chris and Ellie Eichman’s electric car gleams — even on this overcast day — in the backyard of the modest home they share with their nine-month old daughter. They did tons of research before deciding to purchase a Nissan Leaf in 2012. It was the first sold in Wisconsin. And it’s just one of the Eichman’s “sustainable” investments: 12 solar panels span the garage roof; their second car is a Prius. If Wisconsin’s governor and legislature give the transportation budget a thumbs up, the Eichmans would pay an annual transportation fee — $50 for the Prius, another $50 for the...
  • Grand Junction hospital limits visitors due to flu ( Colorado )

    01/02/2015 7:44:02 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    ksl ^ | January 2, 2015
    Hospitals and medical centers in western Colorado are limiting visitors because of a serious flu outbreak. ... The Veterans Affairs Medical Center's community living center still is not accepting visitors after 11 patients showed signs of having the flu. All of those patients will remain in isolation until two or three days after the last one recovers. The Centers for Disease Control said influenza has reached epidemic proportions. There have been 15 pediatric deaths nationwide
  • At awkward time, Wisconsin's Walker faces GOP rift

    01/02/2015 12:11:22 PM PST · by celmak · 128 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/02/2015 | SCOTT BAUER
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker has rolled over his Democratic opponents in Wisconsin, shutting down their allies in labor unions, stuffing the attempts to recall him and handily winning re-election last month. But as he prepares for the possibility of taking his winning record into a campaign for president, Walker is running into trouble from an unexpected source: his own overwhelmingly Republican Legislature. Walker, who's trying to polish an image of a governor who gets things done efficiently, is confronting lawmakers who want to flex their increased political power by wading into difficult issues, such as right-to-work...
  • At last: Ted Cruz wins a 2016 presidential straw poll - Rand Paul in second place

    12/29/2014 6:26:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jennifer Harper
    A certain Texas Republican still has plenty of fans. Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Federalist Today Presidential Straw Poll with 26 percent of the nearly one thousand votes cast. The field included 16 potential candidates. “Placing a respectable second and third, Senator Rand Paul (22 percent) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (16 percent) showed that they also have considerable support among the ‘lovers of freedom and anxious for the fray’ Federalist faithful,” report David Corbin and Matt Parks, two analysts for The Federalist - a learned and vibrant online journal. “The political insider would, undoubtedly, not be impressed. Good...
  • Longtime Romney friend: He’s standing by to rescue the party from nominating Ted Cruz

    12/31/2014 9:01:14 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 298 replies
    I told you last night, there was only one way for this year to end on Hot Air. May one word ring in your ears as the ball drops, my friends: Romneymentum.Hopefully you’re all already liquored up sufficiently to dull the pain. “I know exactly what Mitt’s going to do,” [Ken] Gardner, a real estate developer who helped bring Romney to Utah to lead the 2002 Winter Olympics, told the Deseret News. “I think over the next few months, a lot of things will happen.”…“If it’s Ted Cruz that’s the candidate, he’s in. If it’s Jeb Bush, he’s probably not,”...
  • Can Conservatives Keep Winning On Infrastructure Spending?

    12/30/2014 7:03:50 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/30/14 | Conn Carroll
    It is rare for conservatives to score a federal policy victory these days, especially with a Democrat in the White House, but as Michael Barone reminds us, just by playing defense conservatives have done exactly that on transportation. Unfortunately there are some in Congress who want to reverse these gains. The big win for conservatives on transportation comes from two sources. First, when the gas tax was last raised in 1993, it was not indexed for inflation, so the 18.4 cents a gallon collected today doesn't go as far today as it did more than two decades ago. Second, thanks...
  • John Nichols: It is time to apply the rule of law to Dick Cheney (barf alert)

    12/30/2014 9:10:31 AM PST · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 30 dec 2014 | John Nichols
    Arizona Sen. John McCain, who during his time as a prisoner of war came to know something about the abuse of incarcerated combatants, provided the soundest assessment of the revelation that the United States abandoned its values and international standards in order to permit practices that the world knows as torture. “We gave up much in the expectation that torture would make us safer,” McCain said after the release of details from the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Central Intelligence Agency abuses. “Too much.” McCain's calculation raises a question: If the United States has given up too much moral territory,...
  • 10 senators who could lose in 2016

    12/29/2014 4:26:06 PM PST · by george76 · 75 replies
    the hill ^ | December 28, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Senate Republicans will have to work hard to retain their recently won majority as they face a tough 2016 electoral map. They have 24 seats up compared to Democrats' 10, including seven in states resident Obama carried twice. Democrats won't have any red-state senators facing reelection and could be buoyed by a favorable presidential-year electorate. ... 1. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) 3. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) 7. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) 10. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • Dividing Lines: Already polarized, Wisconsin's fault lines now wider

    12/28/2014 5:54:16 AM PST · by rellimpank · 58 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 dec 2014 | Craig Gilbert
    At first glance, Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election last month looks like a carbon copy of his victory four years earlier. He won the same kinds of voters. He won the same parts of the state. And he won with virtually the same share of the vote: 52.25% in 2010 and 52.26% in 2014. But on closer inspection, there is an important difference: Wisconsin is even more polarized today than it was four years ago. Based on almost everything we know about the Nov. 4 election, the state’s fault lines are deeper and more sharply defined, its voters are more divided...
  • Jesse Jackson rallies for justice for Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee

    12/28/2014 5:39:35 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    WSAU.com ^ | December 28, 2014
    Jesse Jackson rallies for justice for Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee Sunday, December 28, 2014 7:06 a.m. CST MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) -- The Reverend Jesse Jackson says he will continue drawing attention to the case of a Milwaukee man who was killed by a police officer last April. Jackson was speaking before a crowd of about 200 people during a rally at his Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters in Chicago Saturday. Relatives and supporters of Dontre Hamilton were in attendance.
  • Scott Walker right to resist 'distraction'

    12/27/2014 2:55:14 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 38 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | December 05, 2014
    Republican state lawmakers should listen to their governor and drop plans for “right-to-work” legislation. Don’t repeat Wisconsin’s tumultuous past. Gov. Scott Walker just urged the Legislature not to take up a bill placing restrictions on private-sector unions similar to those that Act 10 applied to public-sector unions in 2011. “The right-to-work legislation right now, as well as reopening Act 10 to make any other adjustments, would be a distraction from the work that we are trying to do,” Walker said. He’s right. Wisconsin should focus instead on improving our schools and economy, fixing a state budget deficit and building more...
  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play

    12/27/2014 10:44:20 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 12/27/2014 | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. They'll be hunkered down in statehouses across the Midwest, pushing bills through their legislatures. Few outside their home states will notice, but these governors and their policies could wind up in the national campaign picture. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio were all elected after Republicans began taking political control of the middle of the country back in 2010. Since then, they have offered...
  • GOP learns lessons from Sam Brownback's tax scare

    12/26/2014 12:43:31 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/26/14 | Rachael Blade
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich will roll out “responsible” tax plans that protect against revenue gaps. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Arizona’s new Republican governor are delaying big dreams of nixing the income tax as they face budget shortfalls. And Missouri Republicans, once jealous of their neighbor Kansas’ massive cuts, are thankful they trimmed less. Call it the Brownback effect. Story Continued Below . . Republicans once idolized Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as a tax cutting superstar — now he’s a lesson in what not to do. “It’s a cautionary tale on a national scale … Many of us felt that...
  • Cruz center of Senate meltdown

    12/13/2014 6:41:39 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/14 08:44 AM EST | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz, the firebrand conservative freshman from Texas, has blown up the Senate leadership’s plans to have a peaceful weekend by forcing round-the-clock votes on President Obama’s nominees and the $1.1 trillion omnibus.Cruz took to the floor late Friday to castigate congressional leaders for trying to pass the 1,600-page spending bill after only a few hours of debate and questioned the resolve of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to fight Obama’s executive order protecting five million illegal immigrants from deportation.“Even though millions of voters rose up just one month ago to protest how...
  • Would You Buy Your 10-Year-Old Daughter a Gun for Christmas? Paul Ryan Did

    12/25/2014 2:47:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 128 replies
    Huffington ^ | 4/10/2012 | Kate Gunn
    Last week a small and seemingly innocuous piece in The Times caught my eye. The short panel referred to the fact that Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's right hand man and the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States, had just spent $100 on camouflage hunting clothes for his daughter, Liza, 10, to go with the rifle he bought her last Christmas. Aghast with what I had just read I blogged about it, commenting that buying a 10 year old a rifle for Christmas was insane, and anywhere in the world that it wasn't considered to be must...
  • Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas (Sen. Frank Lasee, WI)

    12/24/2014 11:58:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Lasee's Notes ^ | 12-24-14 | Frank Lasee
    Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol The Ghost of Legislative Sessions Past: Wisconsin was in bad shape in 2009. With rising unemployment and a staggering decline in state revenues, experts advised us to brace for the worst. Wisconsin lost nearly 120,000 jobs that year and the state unemployment rate hit a 27-year high of 9.4%. Business morale was down and families were feeling the pinch. Democratic out of control spending by the Democrats and dubious budget accounting practices by the...
  • Jeb Bush Vs. Ted Cruz

    12/23/2014 9:41:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 24, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced his intention to "actively explore" a run for president. That announcement spurred spasms of joy in some segments of the Republican Party who have been itching for an effective counter to the enthusiasm of the grassroots right. Those Republicans -- largely coastal donors who scorn social conservatives as rubes, and shun the supposed fiscal extremism of the tea party -- have been searching for a candidate who will buck the base on immigration, who doesn't mind hand-in-glove corporatism, and who, most of all, feels the same way they do about the grassroots....
  • Kindergarten teacher who went on rampage against Walker signs to return to class

    12/23/2014 3:50:38 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-23-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – The Germantown kindergarten teacher who stomped on GOP signs at a county fair last summer because she held a grudge against Gov. Scott Walker will be reinstated to teach in the district, according to a statement issued by the school district Wednesday. Completing an investigation that spanned some four months, the Germantown School Board “has determined that it is appropriate to restore” April Kay Smith to active teaching duties. The board “imposed several conditions to address this situation and to make certain no other similar incidents occur in the future.” The conditions were not addressed in the...
  • White cop in Milwaukee fired after killing black man

    12/23/2014 6:33:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 12/23/14 | Todd Richmond
    The family of a Milwaukee man who was fatally shot by a city police officer say they aren't giving up hope that the officer will be charged. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced Monday that former Officer Christopher Manney, who is white, acted in self-defense when he killed Donte Hamilton, who was black. But later in the day, U.S. Attorney James Santelle announced that the Department of Justice, his office and the FBI will review whether Manney violated federal civil rights laws....
  • They’re Coming for Mike Lee

    12/22/2014 1:13:54 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 12/22/14 | Erick Erickson
    It is extremely notable that Manu Raju of the Politico has written that the establishment intends to destroy Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). Raju serves as the court stenographer for the Senate GOP leadership. His pieces are routinely littered with the conventional wisdom and talking points of the Senate GOP leadership. He has more than once anticipated Senate GOP leadership strategy based on their conversations with him. So when Manu Raju says the establishment intends to go on offense against the tea party by beating Sen. Mike Lee in the Utah Republican Primary, we can be sure Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY),...
  • Head of Pro-Abortion Group May Lead Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign

    12/22/2014 11:25:04 AM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/22/14 | Steven Ertelt
    One of the top possible candidates to lead Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has dropped out of contention. That has left the door open to the presidential of a leading pro-abortion group to become her campaign manager should she decide to run for presidential in 2016.Clinton is a longtime pro-abortion activists, opposing any pro-life limits on abortion and backing taxpayer funding of abortions. That gels with the views of Emily’s List, which opposes even a late-term abortion ban and requires that all of the candidates it endorses support forcing Americans to fund abortions.Now, reports indicate that Emily’s List’s president may run...
  • Protesters stop traffic, hold 'die-in' at food court in West Towne Mall (WI)

    12/21/2014 6:14:35 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 54 replies
    Das Kapitol Times ^ | December 21, 2014 | Laurel White
    “No justice, no peace, no racist police.” That was one of the chants the crowd of about 50 protesters shouted Saturday outside Madison Memorial High School and in the food court of West Towne Mall. The protesters gathered around 3:30 p.m. and marched from the high school to the mall, shutting down one direction of traffic on Mineral Point Road, and held a “die-in” in the mall food court. “We are here because there are many injustices in our system,” said Brandi Grayson, one of the organizers of the protest, in the mall food court, over a megaphone. Grayson is...
  • Johnson Comments on Immigration Bill Vote (2013: WI Senator wants to stop deporting families)

    12/21/2014 2:17:48 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    http://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/ ^ | June 27, 2013 | Senator Ron Johnson
    Senator Ron Johnson (WI) released the following statement regarding his vote on S. 744, the Immigration Reform Bill: "America is a compassionate society, and no one wants to separate families by deporting moms and dads or husbands and wives. As a result, I support immigration reform and a path to legal status for people whose only crime was to enter the country illegally when they came here to work. I also recognize that our current immigration laws are not working – not for American workers, not for employers, and not for immigrants who want to come to America and play...
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • Scott Walker Is Dialing Back His Common Core Opposition

    12/20/2014 5:27:15 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Fred Lucas
    Walker, who was re-elected in November, is considered a likely White House contender. Walker said Tuesday his goal is to remove “any mandate or requirement that requires a school district to abide by Common Core standards,” the Associated Press reported. This is a softer approach than Walker’s demand in July that the state legislature repeal the Common Core standards.