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  • Scott Walker; Sure, Obama loves his country

    03/02/2015 7:59:21 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3/2/2015 | Staff
    Gov. Scott Walker still hasn't spoken with President Barack Obama about the president's love for America, but the possible contender for the Republican nomination now has an opinion on the subject. Wisconsin's governor tells "Fox News Sunday" that Obama or "anybody else who is willing to put their name on the ballot certainly has to have the love for country to do that." ...
  • Scott Walker is headed for trouble with the GOP establishment

    03/02/2015 1:37:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 2, 2015 | Byron York
    PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Scott Walker likes to tell a story about shopping at Kohl's. Under instructions from his wife Tonette, Walker has learned how to pile on the discounts and coupons whenever he goes to the popular Wisconsin-based department store. If he sees a shirt on the rack with a tag that reads, "Was $29.99, Now $19.99," Walker explains, he goes to the cash register with a flyer from the newspaper and gets another ten or 15 percent off. Then he pulls out his Kohl's credit card and there's another ten percent. And another newspaper flyer that might be...
  • Can Rush Limbaugh Make This Man President?

    03/02/2015 1:02:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    DC - The Daily Caller ^ | March 2, 2015 | W. James Antle III
    You may have noticed that the media likes to run critical stories about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — sometimes without doing much checking first. As the Walker for president talk gains steam, you can expect to see more media attempts to break him in. That’s to be expected. But for now, that might be less important than the media he does have in his corner. Consider how rapid Walker’s rise has been. As late as November, he usually polled in the single digits. Public Policy Polling had Walker at 5 percent last March, compared to 25 percent in its latest...
  • U.S. Union Busting: Who’s Scarier, Scott Walker or ‘Jihadi John’?

    03/02/2015 12:15:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    NSNBC ^ | March 2, 2015 | Shamus Cooke
    When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker compared labor unions to ISIS his audience cheered. At the end of the speech he got a standing ovation, reported FOX News in an article entitled “Walker draws standing ovation in CPAC address”. His wealthy audience hated labor unions that much. In fact, the 1% despises unions much more than they hate ISIS. Islamic extremists in the Syrian desert pose no threat to anyone in the U.S., while labor unions pose a direct threat to the profits of the super rich. Conversely, the average U.S. worker has much more to fear from Scott Walker than...
  • Walker Says He Doesn’t Believe In ‘Amnesty’ Before Saying He Supports An Amnesty

    03/01/2015 10:21:52 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/1/15 | Jamie Weinstein
    Scott Walker wants you to know he now opposes “amnesty” — even as he says he supports a policy that amounts to “amnesty.”
  • Scott Walker reverses immigration stance (for now)

    03/01/2015 2:56:49 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 77 replies
    WMUR.com ^ | 03/01/2015 | Eric Bradner
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) —Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Sunday that his "view has changed" on immigration and he no longer supports reforms that would allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States.</p> <p>The Republican, who surged to the front of 2016 presidential primary polls in recent weeks, admitted the flip-flop from a stance he'd taken in 2013 during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."</p>
  • Wallace Presses Walker on Flip-Flop on Immigration [Obama, terrorism, abortion, budget, God]

    03/01/2015 1:18:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 1, 2015 | Chris Wallace interview with Scott Walker
    Potential 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) spoke with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" about his growing popularity, his record as governor and some of the controversies he's faced. Wallace noted that Walker has taken some heat recently for refusing to say whether or not President Obama loves this country and whether or not he's a Christian. "I am not going to take a manufactured media crisis and take and follow that path instead of going to the path that I think Americans want, which is leaders who will stand up and tell them where they stand on...
  • Clarke: Trayvon Martin,Michael Brown As Civil Rights Figures Desecrate Legacy Of MLK

    03/02/2015 5:11:17 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Jefffrey Poor
    In an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas published on Sunday, Milwaukee Co., WI Sheriff David Clarke cautioned against making the likes of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown into civil rights figures, arguing doing so desecrates the legacy of figures of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, including Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Scott Walker is Right, Leadership Matters More Than Expertise

    03/02/2015 4:14:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Think of a mistake that we made in international affairs. At the time that we were making it, a phalanx of foreign policy experts was standing behind it. It might be a lonely orphan idea today, but last year you could have thrown a rock at a roomful of PhDs without hitting a single person who disagreed with it.
  • Scott Walker: Standing with Our Friends, Standing Up to Our Enemies

    03/02/2015 1:50:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 2, 2015 | Scott Walker
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress this week. We should listen closely as he raises legitimate concerns about Iran — giving him and his country the respect worthy of a close ally. Instead, President Obama and some Democrats have chosen to use this visit as a political football. This is exactly what Americans dislike about Washington. Lost amidst the petty squabbling in our nation’s capital over protocol is the simple fact that the U.S.–Israel relationship is in crisis, perhaps the most serious crisis in our history. While implementing policy that rewards Israel’s enemies, the...
  • Shattuck: CPAC straw poll favors Rand Paul But Walker is real victor at CPAC

    03/01/2015 4:37:34 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 14 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 03/01/15 | Tom Shattuck
    Rand Paul has won the CPAC straw poll for the third year in a row — but the real winner was Scott Walker. Paul got 26 percent of the vote in a field of 17 in the annual presidential preference survey, while Walker was a close second at 21 percent. That means one in five young attendees here on the convention floor found the balding, unhip and often monotone governor of Wisconsin to be exciting and inspiring. Almost as inspiring as “Fonzie” himself — Rand Paul.
  • Media Too Busy Manufacturing Scott Walker Attack Pieces to Fact Check Them

    03/01/2015 1:59:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Front Page ^ | February 28, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    How desperate is the media for Scott Walker attack pieces? So desperate it’ll pick up material from a third-rate Gawker blog that even most of the left thinks is a joke and run with it. The Daily Beast has retracted an article from one of its college columnists that claimed that the Wisconsin governor’s budget would cut sexual assault reporting from the state’s universities. The post, published Friday, cited a report from Jezebel that wrongly interpreted a section of the state budget to mean that all assault reporting requirements were to get cut altogether. In fact, the University of Wisconsin...
  • Scott Walker Stands By Claim Reagan's Union-Busting Was 'Most Significant' Foreign Policy Decision

    02/28/2015 11:37:42 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 28, 2015 | Ashley Alman
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is doubling down on claims that the strongest foreign policy move in his lifetime was former President Ronald Reagan's decision to fire 11,000 air traffic controllers. In 1981, almost 13,000 air traffic control employees walked off the job when contract negotiations between the federal government and the controllers union stalled. Reagan claimed the strike was illegal and demanded the air traffic controllers return to work; when some 11,000 did not, he fired them. Walker, who has long idolized Reagan and previously lauded the former president's standoff with air traffic control, on Saturday called it "the...
  • Exclusive — Gov. Scott Walker: I Don't Support Amnesty

    03/01/2015 9:58:02 AM PST · by Rockitz · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 20 Nov 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon for the Sirius XM Patriots network, Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker said he does not support amnesty and the Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake, who previously reported Walker supports a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants took him “out of context.” Towards the end of the interview, Bannon noted that “Amnesty is about the sovereignty of the country.” But, he asked Walker, “the Washington Post said earlier that you’re pro-pathway to citizenship.” “See now that’s where they take it out of context,” Walker said in response. “I’ve not said...
  • Walker Admits He’s ‘Changed’ View on Immigration

    03/01/2015 9:03:18 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 95 replies
    Mediate ^ | 3/1/2015 | Evan McMurray
    Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace submitted newly-minted 2016 GOP frontrunner Scott Walker to thirteen minutes of sustained questioning about his record and his (mis)statements Sunday morning, the most notable moment of which came when Walker conceded after several minutes of interrogation that he’d “changed” his views on immigration.
  • Rally against Wisconsin anti-union measure smaller than 2011

    02/28/2015 11:35:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2015 4:50 PM EST | Dana Ferguson
    Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a “right-to-work” proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker’s law stripping public sector unions of much of their power. Speakers at the event jeered Walker’s comment Thursday that fighting against protesters during the 2011 debates prepared him to battle terrorists as president. Walker has not yet announced his presidential campaign, but is expected to do so later this year. “What we are doing here today is the heart and soul of...
  • Even as the eastern U.S. freezes, there’s less cold air in winter than ever before

    02/28/2015 7:41:05 PM PST · by StACase · 95 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2015 | Jason Samenow
    Even as the eastern U.S. freezes, there’s less cold air in winter than ever before Yet, in what may seem like a paradox, the amount of wintertime cold air circulating around the Northern Hemisphere is shrinking to record low levels. This winter (2014-2015) is on track to see the most depleted cold air supply ever measured. “We are still on pace to break the all-time record — no question about it,” says Jonathan Martin, a professor of meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Despite the brutal cold in the eastern U.S., the whole hemisphere is warmer this winter than it...
  • Right to Work Gives Gov. Scott Walker Powerful 2016 Boost

    02/28/2015 1:55:52 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    breitbart,com ^ | 2/28/15 | Mike Flynn
    Before the end of March, Wisconsin will likely become the 25th state to allow workers the choice of whether or not to join a union. With the pending enactment of a so-called “Right to Work” law, Wisconsin will join Indiana, Iowa and Michigan as the only Midwestern or Northeastern states without compulsory union membership. It could also power Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to the Republican nomination. It could be said that Walker’s campaign for the nomination began in 2011, when he pushed Act 10, a law stripping public sector employees of many collective bargaining rights, through the legislature. The proposal...
  • Governor's Islamist Terror Comparison Shocks Wisconsin Protesters

    02/28/2015 9:47:46 AM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    Guardian(UK) ^ | February 28, 2015 | Ed Pilkington
    Governor's Islamist Terror Comparison Shocks Wisconsin Protesters Scott Walker’s CPAC account of 2011 protests in state’s capitol unnerve those who were present as some accuse him of painting working people as the enemy Ed Pilkington 27 February 2015 Participants in the massive political protests in Wisconsin in 2011 have reacted with a mixture of shock, disbelief and anger to remarks by Governor Scott Walker which compared his handling of the peaceful demonstrations to his stance on Islamist terrorism were he to become president. Walker, who is enjoying a surge of support among the conservative wing of the Republican party amid...
  • Shattuck: Walker walks the walk at CPAC

    02/28/2015 7:02:45 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 14 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 02/28/15 | Tom Shattuck
    Big Government Sucks.” That’s the slogan of the hordes of young people at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The lesson from this year’s CPAC was that if you wanted to win over this energetic crowd it behooved you to be succinct and rebellious — like that three-word slogan — when taking the stage. Chris Christie used tough talk. Scott Walker used down-home exuberance. Ted Cruz called out every party save for the Tea Party for talking the talk but not walking the walk. And they received tepid passing grades from CPAC’s most energetic demographic. Jeb Bush, however, missed the mark,...
  • Christie, Walker, and Cruz's CPAC speeches, decoded

    02/27/2015 7:42:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Vox ^ | February 27, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    On Thursday, several likely 2016 Republican presidential contenders filed in to the Conservative Political Action Conference to make their pitches to activists on the right. Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, and Carly Fiorina all touted their conservative credentials, in hopes of impressing the faithful. But the subtext of several appearances wasn't the hopefuls' strengths — but their weaknesses. Each of the likely candidates has at least one major flaw — and some have several. Their CPAC appearances provided a window into how they're trying to address those flaws. Some tried to show that the seeming problems with their candidacies...
  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's debt rating (Baa2)

    02/27/2015 5:09:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/27/15 | Heather Gillers, Hal Dardick
    The debt-plagued city of Chicago took another financial blow late Thursday when Moody's Investors Service downgraded the city's debt rating, citing its overwhelming pension burden. Even if recent state pension changes survive a court challenge, the ratings statement said, "we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities — and the costs of servicing those liabilities — to continue to grow, placing significant strain on the city's financial operations." The drop, to a rating of Baa2, could drive up borrowing costs for the city and cause problems with some of Chicago's current interest-rate swap contracts.
  • Scott Walker, God's Gift to the Democratic Party

    02/27/2015 12:08:09 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 133 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | February 27, 2015 | Matt Taibbi
    "....Scott Walker as a political performer is pretty uninspiring. He doesn't have George Bush's pretzel-mouthed Texas charm or Sarah Palin's hockey Mom magnetism. He can't fall back on an ethnic American dream parable like the one Marco Rubio can run on. He's just a doughy, finger-pointing white guy of the type the Republican Party has been churning out to fill state assembly seats or run in back-bench congressional districts seemingly since the beginning of time. He's exactly the kind of politician the modern Democratic Party is set up to beat...."
  • Exclusive — Scott Walker’s Son Matt Walker: ‘Those On The Left Are Afraid’ Of My Dad

    02/25/2015 5:29:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | February 25, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Matt Walker, son of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he thinks the institutional left is afraid of his father. In addition to attending Marquette University, Matt Walker is also currently the regional vice chairman of the midwest division of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). [snip] A recent report from The Daily Caller detailed an extraordinary level of hateful rhetoric after University of Wisconsin-Madison College Republicans sent out a campus-wide email supporting Gov. Walker’s recent budget proposal. But liberals on the campus responded with such vitriol and hatred—rather than having a civil discourse...
  • Walker: ‘No Amnesty’ for Illegal Immigrants in US

    02/27/2015 7:18:27 AM PST · by Rockitz · 62 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 February 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) declared “there should be no amnesty” on Thursday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. When asked what he believes should be done with illegal immigrants already in the country, he stated “there should be no amnesty. You should secure the border, not just for immigration reasons, but why would you put a fence around three sides of your home and leave the back door open? That’s what we have when we guard our ports, we guard our airports, we don’t guard our borders…beyond that you’ve got to enforce the law. We put the onus on...
  • Cracks Starting to Appear in Public Pensions’ Armor

    02/25/2015 7:24:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 25, 20015 | By Mary Williams Walsh
    First in Detroit, then in Stockton, Calif., and now in New Jersey, judges and other top officials are challenging the widespread belief that public pensions are untouchable. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey delivered the latest blow on Tuesday, when he proposed to freeze that state’s public pension plans and move workers into new ones intended not to overwhelm future budgets or impose open-ended demands on taxpayers. The first crack came in Detroit, where a judge ruled that public pensions could, in fact, be reduced, at least in bankruptcy. Then, just a few weeks ago, an opinion by the bankruptcy...
  • Lawless: Treasury throws unauthorized $3 billion to insurers under Obamacare, won’t say why

    02/27/2015 3:42:34 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2-16-15 | Noah Rothman
    It’s right there in the Constitution: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” Which is why this latest episode of lawlessness from the administration so particularly galling. “The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations,” The...
  • Scott Walker 'wants to make America great again' [link to all CPAC talks]

    02/27/2015 12:07:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 67 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker electrified the CPAC conservative audience on Thursday afternoon by asserting the victories he has achieved in his home state can be achieved on a national level. ...“Today in Washington, we have a president who thinks we grow the economy by growing Washington,...We believe in an America that is growing the economy in cities and towns all across America.”...“..true freedom and prosperity does not come from the mighty hand of the government,..It comes from empowering people to live their own lives and to determine their own destinies..."...“there is a reason we celebrate the Fourth of...
  • Scott Walker Is Trying to Woo CPAC. And It's Working.

    02/26/2015 6:34:49 PM PST · by Mariner · 89 replies
    National Journal ^ | Feb 26th, 2015 | By Lauren Fox
    February 26, 2015 Scott Walker found his stride in a rowdy Conservative Polical Action Conference crowd Thursday during a speech aggressively touting his record as Wisconsin governor to offer evidence for why he's ready to take on the White House in 2016. "If we can do it in Wisconsin, we can do it across America," Walker said. After refusing to answer questions about whether President Obama was Christian and declining to clearly outline his position on evolution in recent weeks, Walker did not shy away from some contentious social issues, such as abortion, that have become stumbling blocks for him....
  • Why the Left Hates Scott Walker: Wisconsin Goes Right-to-Work

    02/26/2015 8:02:58 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/26/2015 | John Hayward
    Pursuant to my earlier point about why liberals hate Governor Scott Walker with supernova fury: the Wisconsin State Senate passed a right-to-work law on Wednesday, sending it on to near-certain passage in the Assembly and signature by You Know Who.
  • VIDEO: Unhinged union members scream about Scott Walker, right to work

    02/26/2015 3:04:38 PM PST · by Kyle Olson · 32 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 2/25/15 | Media Trackers
    As can be seen in the video, protesters gathered in the capitol rotunda and yelled uncontrollably. “Let me tell you what, you guys better start getting some battle plans,” one protester screamed. “They’re taking this state! They’re coming for your weekends!” She also referred to the right-to-work bill as a “bitch.” Another union supporter threw a red heart-shaped balloon in the air and yelled at it. “Up yours Walker,” one man bellowed. “Eat me Walker, you fascist pig!”
  • Big Labor's Most Profane & Outrageous Signs at Anti-Right-to-Work Protest (WI)

    02/26/2015 11:27:31 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | February 26, 2015 | Nick Novak
    LANGUAGE WARNING! [Madison, WI] The energy and crowds are nothing like four years ago when Gov. Scott Walker and legislators passed Act 10 - which reformed public-sector collective bargaining privileges. But, the heated and over-the-top rhetoric from the left has not changed. Big Labor threw out all the punches during protests in Madison this week. Check out some of the most profane signs we could find. Many of the protesters were proud to stand by their creation...
  • My Scott Walker Column (And A Response To Ed Morrissey)

    02/26/2015 1:16:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    DC - Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis, Senior Contributor
    ".......More to the point, I take issue with his suggestion that I think “Republicans had better work with the media.” It is true that I don’t believe the media are inherently evil or “out to get you.” But I also think — and this is important for candidates to know — that the press are not your friends. Ed’s framing, I think, implies I support what might be thought of as collaboration or appeasement. But what Walker did was (inadvertently) work with the media — in the sense that he played right into their hands. He made this an irresistible...
  • Right-to-work: the ultimate lost cause for Wisconsin unions

    02/26/2015 5:20:07 AM PST · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 26 feb 2015 | Christian Schneider
    During Chuck Nevitt's undistinguished NBA playing career, he earned the nickname "The Human Victory Cigar," as he only made it onto the court after his team was ahead by an insurmountable margin. The 7-foot-5 center played only 826 minutes over the span of nine NBA seasons, which is equivalent to about 18 full games. When Nevitt pulled his sweatpants off, the starting players began making dinner plans. In Wisconsin politics, the billionaire Koch brothers have now become the Republican human victory cigars. When the left has exhausted every talking point and political strategy, it trots out uncles Charles and David...
  • Wisconsin Senate approves right-to-work bill, sends to state Assembly

    02/26/2015 2:09:27 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | Brendan O'Brien
    The Wisconsin Senate narrowly approved a "right-to-work" bill on Wednesday that would bar private-sector employees who work under union-negotiated contracts from being required to join their unions or pay them dues. The bill, which would make Wisconsin the 25th U.S. state with a right-to-work law on the books, cleared the Republican-led Senate on a 17-15 vote following hours of debate marked by periodic angry shouts from opponents in the Senate gallery. Supporters of organized labor chanted "Shame!" as the legislation was passed and sent for further consideration to the state Assembly, where Republicans also hold a majority. One Republican senator,...
  • (WI) Senate adopts right-to-work measure, Assembly next up

    02/25/2015 8:07:03 PM PST · by UB355 · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 2/25/2015 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — With echoes of 2011's labor battle, Republican state senators approved so-called right-to-work legislation Wednesday, less than a week after they announced they were fast-tracking the measure. A crowd of onlookers chanted "Shame! Shame!" as senators filed out of the chamber. The bill would bar labor contracts that require workers to pay union fees. It passed 17-15 mostly along party lines and now goes to the Assembly, where majority Republicans are expected to approve it next week. GOP Gov. Scott Walker has said he would sign it. The labor legislation comes four years after Walker advanced what is now...
  • Speed, apathy mute protests for Wisconsin right-to-work bill

    02/25/2015 4:01:21 PM PST · by mandaladon · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | TODD RICHMOND
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For two straight days this week, 2,000 union members converged on Wisconsin's Capitol to rally against a new right-to-work bill, chanting, marching and hurling profanities at GOP lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker. The tone of the rallies has been bitter and angry but hasn't come close to matching the energy that coursed through the building four years ago during massive protests against Walker's proposal to strip public workers of most of their union rights. This time around, union members said Republicans are moving too fast to organize large crowds. Some have even conceded it's a lost...
  • In Wisconsin, This is Labor’s Last Gasp

    02/25/2015 6:35:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2015 | Christian Schneider
    When I talked to a top Wisconsin legislative leader a few months ago, he was worried about the protests that might erupt at the state capitol if the legislature took up right-to-work legislation. It was likely an aftershock from 2011, when public-employee unions besieged the statehouse, occupying it for weeks on end. “And 30,000 teachers looks a lot different than 30,000 Teamsters,” he told me. On Tuesday, the legislature took its first steps toward making Wisconsin right-to-work, holding hearings on a bill that would bar labor agreements requiring union fees. The bill was announced late last week, and the legislature...
  • The Indecent Exposure of Scott Walker

    02/24/2015 8:50:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Shepherd Express ^ | February 24, 2015 | Joel McNally
    It’s fascinating to watch the national media slowly come to realize just how fundamentally dishonest Gov. Scott Walker can be. Walker’s likable, low-key personality makes a good first impression. But it didn’t take many in Wisconsin long to recognize the double-talking radical extremist behind that bland persona. That’s why Wisconsin may now be the angriest, most politically polarized state in the nation. Now the rest of the country is beginning to see why. Walker may seem like a wide-eyed, Midwestern innocent next to crude political thugs like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but that’s...
  • The Dangerous Candidacy of Scott Walker

    02/24/2015 7:47:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The New Yorker | February 24, 2015 | John Cassidy
    Link only due to copyright issues:http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/dangerous-candidacy-scott-walker
  • Progressive magazine mocks Scott Walker’s church and faith

    02/24/2015 6:36:54 PM PST · by Kyle Olson · 24 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/24/15 | Right Wisconsin
    We know what happens when Scott Walker musters an “I don’t know” about Barack Obama’s religious faith. The wrath of the media comes down howling “how dare you!” But what happens when Scott Walker’s faith is the subject of ridicule by a prominent left-wing publication and a former staffer for Russ Feingold and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin?
  • Why couldn't Scott Walker agree that President Obama is a Christian?

    02/24/2015 2:35:52 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 99 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Michael McGough
    "....In Walker's defense, Tim Graham of the Media Research Center (“Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias”) offers this exegesis: “Walker, the son of a Protestant minister, hears the question very differently: asking if someone is a Christian is a very personal question, asking whether someone has committed themselves to Jesus in their heart. It’s like asking if he knows how often Obama prays. His reluctance to answer for someone he doesn’t know is not a ‘No.’ " Nice try, but the political context of the question was clear and it’s the one Milbank mentioned: the conviction that “Obama is a...
  • About 2,000 rally against right-to-work in Wisconsin

    02/24/2015 12:27:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 24, 2015 | Tribune wire
    "..........The right-to-work debate comes in the wake of the 2011 fight over Walker's law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. That law also prohibited the automatic withdrawal of union dues for public workers, like the right-to-work measure would do in the private sector. Walker administration spokesman Cullen Werwie said between 1,800 and 2,000 people were inside and outside the Capitol at midday and there had been no arrests. After the rally, protesters filed into the Capitol rotunda and joined the ongoing hearing. While union members were vowing to fight the measure and try to sway Republicans to...
  • Reporter Mocks Scott Walker For Claiming To Communicate With God Through Prayer

    02/24/2015 1:06:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    DC - Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2015 | Alex Griswold, Media Reporter
    Political Wire publisher Taegan Goddard got a lot of flack on Twitter after mocking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for claiming he could discern God’s will, only to admit that he had no idea Christians believed they could communicate with God through prayer. It all began with a rather snarky tweet about Walker’s comments that he was still waiting for “God’s calling” before he announced a presidential run. [snip] As Goddard received criticism from religious followers, he shot back at critics by claiming that he wasn’t showing disdain for people of faith, even as his tone became more and more sarcastic....
  • Othering Campaign: Political Wire's Goddard Mocks Walker Christian Faith

    02/24/2015 1:33:07 PM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | John Nolte
    Bigotry is borne of ignorance and the nasty snark the Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard launched at Scott Walker’s Christian faith Tuesday is a perfect example of a secular leftist who finds everyday Christianity freakish. Sadly, it is also the result of a media environment where bigoted attacks on the faith against conservatives are becoming more and more acceptable.
  • Ranting About Rudy: Giuliani’s criticism of Obama has sparked fury—because it rings true.

    02/22/2015 10:40:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    City Journal ^ | February 22, 2015 | Fred Siegel
    Former New York mayor Rudy GiulianiÂ’s statement about President ObamaÂ’s lack of love for America has set off a firestorm of denunciation. Giuliani has been accused of racism, and he has even received death threats. Defenders of Obama have evoked everything from his grandfatherÂ’s (on his motherÂ’s side) service in World War II to the two years GiulianiÂ’s father served in Sing Sing to prove either that Obama does love America or that Giuliani has no standing to issue such criticism. The ranting has obscured the reasons why so many Americans take GiulianiÂ’s remarks to heart. Starting with his June...
  • Rudy Giuliani is a Hero Again

    02/23/2015 3:52:16 PM PST · by Dave346 · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 23, 2015 10:00am | Wayne Root
    Great job, Rudy Giuliani! The hero of Sept. 11, 2001 is the hero again. Rudy just said what tens of millions of Americans believe. Gee, I wonder why? Let me count the ways that would indicate to anyone who isn’t blind or a complete blithering idiot, that President Barack Obama doesn’t appear to love America, is “different” in his thinking than any other president, and certainly gives the strong impression his true feelings are anti-American, anti-Christian and anti-Israel. Before we get to exact quotes direct from Obama’s mouth in the past few surreal days, let’s start with the obvious. Is...
  • Governor Walker’s Mainstream Higher Ed Reforms

    02/24/2015 8:03:05 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 24, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unveiled his higher education reforms for the state university system, the reaction from that quarter was predictably negative. Yet and still, Governor Walker’s proposals are remarkably similar to several that are bandied about in the higher education establishment. What drew the most ire from the Ivory Tower in Wisconsin was the governor’s suggestion that universities abandon the “shared governance” they have been operating under, whereby faculty members effectively have a veto over administrative decisions. It is worth noting that a former president of Princeton has endorsed such a concept and the University of Maryland Board...
  • Scott Walker Is a Threat to the Existing Social Order

    02/23/2015 11:17:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 77 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2-23-15 | Robert Tracinski
    When Barack Obama was first elected president, a number of my readers were in deep despair about American politics and the state of our culture. So I set out to compile an inventory of what is still going right with our culture, the reserves of strength we were going to have to draw on to survive the Obama era. One of my examples was Mike Rowe’s show “Dirty Jobs.” That led to some further ruminations about why people on the right tend to gravitate to shows like his, which celebrate the value of work. Rowe himself has been understandably cautious...
  • Scott Walker Says He Doesn't Know Whether Obama Is a Christian in Response to 'Gotcha' Question

    02/23/2015 7:26:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/23/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    A week after former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said he wasn't sure whether President Obama loves his country, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, said he doesn't know whether Obama is a Christian after The Washington Post asked him the "gotcha" question about which religion President Obama adheres to. "I don't know. I've actually never talked about it or I haven't read about that. I've never asked him that," Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, told The Washington Post, when asked what he thinks of Obama's faith. "You've asked me to make statements about people that I haven't...