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Thursday, July 30, 2015

 10:47 AM 

Walker trails Trump in new national poll

Gov. Scott Walker trails Donald Trump in a new national poll and Paul Fanlund of the Capital Times looks at emerging anti-Walker themes in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Tampa Bay Times: Donald Trump clear Republican leader in new national poll, ahead of Walker and Bush

- CNN: Poll: GOP top tier breaking away, led by Donald Trump

- CBS: Donald Trump tops latest Quinnipiac poll

- Miami Herald: Quinnipiac poll: Donald Trump surges in GOP, but would lose to Democrats

- Politico: Donald Trump surges, Jeb Bush third in new national poll

- Chicago Sun Times: PPP Poll: Walker leads Illinois

- Connecticut Post: Walker banks $100K for presidential bid in Greenwich

- Capital Times: 'He's on his way out': Panelists discuss effect of Walker's prez bid on WI

- Reuters: There's an awkward contradiction at the center of Scott Walker's presidential campaign

- Washington Post: Scott Walker gets a taste of Philadelphia cheesesteak politics


-  Paul Fanlund: As GOP debates loom, six anti-Scott Walker themes emerge

- Jon Green: Scott Walker’s foreign policy confidant is bad news

- Scott T. Walker:  It's not always easy being Scott Walker


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

 5:11 PM 

Walker sets Sept. 29 special election for 99th AD

Gov. Scott Walker today announced a Sept. 29 special election to fill the soon-to-be-vacant 99th Assembly District.

Rep. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, has announced plans to resign the seat Aug. 5 ahead of being sworn in the next day as the new senator representing the 33rd SD. He won that special election July 21.

Walker's executive order calls for the circulation of nomination papers in the 99th AD to begin July 29 and conclude Aug. 4.

A primary, if necessary, would be Sept. 1 with the general election four weeks later.

Republican David Westlake, a small business owner who ran a distant second to Ron Johnson in the 2010 GOP U.S. Senate primary, has already announced he will run for the Assembly seat.

-- By JR Ross

 11:42 AM 

Walker visits Philly for cheesesteaks, courts voters in York, Pa.

Gov. Scott Walker visits rival cheesesteak joints in Philadelphia Tuesday and makes his pitch at a private event in York, Pa., in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker orders up cheesesteak, says Pennsylvania is winnable

- AP: Scott Walker orders American on cheesesteaks, avoiding gaffe

- Business Insider: Protesters disrupted Scott Walker's Philadelphia cheesesteak stop with lewd signs

- New York Times: A Philly Faux Pas by Scott Walker

- Philly.com: Walker visits Pat’s and Geno’s amid protests, bad cheesesteak orders

- Politico: Scott Walker: GOP nominee might not be known until close to convention

- York Daily Record: Walker visits Country Club of York

- York Dispatch: GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker makes his pitch to York Countians

- WBUR: Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina And The 2016 Election

- Wisconsin State Journal: Joe Fadness leaves director post at state GOP, joins Scott Walker's presidential campaign

- The Intercept: Walker Foreign Policy Guru Called for Nuking Muslim Countries

- Fox: Gov. Scott Walker defends record against Trump attack

- Real Clear Politics: Walker Tells Private Group He'll Skip Florida Primary


- John Nichols: Get Ready for Scott Walker and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

- Dave Zweifel: Reagan was bad, and Scott Walker would be worse

- Joyce Nelson: Scott Walker & Stephen Harper: A New Bromance

- PolitiFact:  Donald Trump says that under Scott Walker, Wisconsin budget went from projected surplus to a deficit (Mostly False)


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 11:04 AM 

Walker heads to Philly

Gov. Scott Walker has two stops planned today in Philadelphia.

He will first stop at Pat's King of Steaks before heading to Geno's Steaks. The two are considered rival cheese-steak joints.


 11:02 AM 

Walker in Chicago says Trump using Dem talking points to attack him

Gov. Scott Walker says during a Chicago stop Trump is using Dem talking points to attack him and Walker calls for limiting the EPA in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Bloomberg: Walker Accuses Trump of Using Democratic Talking Points to Attack Him

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker in Illinois dismisses criticisms from Trump

- Chicago Tribune: Walker chomps double cheeseburger, Trump's tweet

- AP: Walker says EPA should be limited 'umbrella organization'

- Wisconsin State Journal: Little need for EPA eyes on pollution, Scott Walker tells newspaper

- Politico: Koch brothers summon Bush, Cruz, Walker, Rubio to SoCal confab

- AlterNet: Latest National Poll Shows Sanders Beating Walker, Trump, Bush

- Fox 17 West Michigan: Trump leads Republican polls, trails behind Clinton and Sanders

- New York Times: Presidential Race Just Started? Not According to the Spending


- Scott Walker:  Clinton fights for special interests; I will fight for your interests

- Jason Nichols:  Scott Walker is the worst, and he has a chance of winning the GOP nomination

- Joel Connelly: Scott Walker’s greatest hits: The union busting Wisconsin governor enters Republican presidential race 

- Valerie Strauss: Is Donald Trump right about what Gov. Scott Walker did to Wisconsin schools?


Monday, July 27, 2015

 1:53 PM 

Trump targets Walker after 'horrible' fundraising email

Gov. Scott Walker maintains his lead in Iowa, the governor announces his presidential campaign leaders and Donald Trump declares "the gloves are off" after a Walker fundraiser calls Trump a "DumbDumb" in an email invite in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Appleton Post-Crescent: Walker names presidential campaign leaders

- NBC: NBC/Marist Polls Show Donald Trump Running Strong in Iowa, NH

- Town Hall: Trump slams Walker as governor leads in early voting Iowa

- National Journal: Trump's Not Slowing Down: He's Up Big in New Hampshire, and Close in Iowa

- The Hill: Trump launches offensive against Walker

- Washington Post: Trump goes on the attack again, with Scott Walker as his latest target

- International Business Times: Donald Trump Blasts Scott Walker For Leaving Wisconsin 'In Turmoil' As New Polls Show Walker Leading Trump In Iowa

- Daily Mail: Now Trump attacks Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for 'doing terribly' with the state's budget

- Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump: I Pay My Own Way, Unlike Bush, Walker or Clinton

- Wall Street Journal: Top Scott Walker Fundraiser Calls Donald Trump 'DumbDumb'

- Wisconsin Radio Network: Trump fires back at Walker in Iowa

- AP: Walker cancels campaigning to attend funeral

- Fox2 St. Louis: Gov. Scott Walker brings presidential campaign to St. Louis

- Amarillo Globe News: Why is the 2016 GOP field so big?

- Real Clear Politics: Scott Walker's Iowa

- Patch.com: Republican Presidential Hopeful Scott Walker Sets Sights on Greenwich

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker's statements not always in line with actions

- Daily Beast: The Walker Slayers Dish: How They Beat Him

- Chicago Tribune: Walker's anti-union crusade pivotal to White House run, devastating to labor

- Washington Examiner: Scott Walker: How I would cut Washington down to size

- CBS: Could North Carolina be Scott Walker's big prize?


- Dan Bice: As Hermening's role in Walker campaign grows, his views draw scrutiny

- Erick Erickson: Where's The Outrage?

- Joe Trenzeluk: What does personality analysis say about Walker?

- John Nichols: For Republicans, the Real Nightmare Is a Third-Party Trump

- Don Huebscher: Property tax report good news for Walker

- Capital Times editorial: Even pro-Walker newspapers are skeptical

- PolitiFact: Scott Walker says under his leadership incomes are up in Wisconsin (Mostly False)


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

 5:21 PM 

Illinois-based PAC starts new TV ad praising Johnson

An Illinois-based PAC started a new TV ad today saying U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson understands paving the way for Iran to get nuclear bombs could be “the most catastrophic decision in human history.”

A spokesman for Restoration PAC said the initial buy was $500,000 and is running on broadcast and cable TV in the Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay markets.

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, faces Russ Feingold next year in one of the most-watched Senate races of 2016, and PAC spokesman Dan Curry said the group chose Wisconsin for the ad because “we thought we’d start there in our efforts to retain the Senate for the Republican Party.”

In the spot, the narrator says the American people “deserve the facts” in dangerous times and says Iran is the No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism, played a role in helping the Sept. 11 attackers, and “radical Islamist leaders have made it clear the worst is yet to come.” The narrator goes on to say Iran is funding terrorism around the globe, including “right here in the U.S..”

“Some of our leaders like Ron Johnson understand that preventing Iran from getting the bomb is essential to our safety,” the narrator says. “Others like President Obama insist on signing a toothless agreement that makes us less safe.”

The 60-second spot closes with the narrator urging viewers to visit the group’s website “to support Johnson and leaders like him who will work to keep America safe.”

-- By JR Ross

 4:17 PM 

Walker adviser upbeat on campaign progress

National campaign manager Rick Wiley, speaking to a WisPolitics.com luncheon at the Madison Club, said Gov. Scott Walker is off to a strong start barely more than a week into his official presidential campaign. Wiley's optimism over his boss' campaign fundraising carried over to where Walker stands in recent national polls.


- WisPolitics.com: Walker campaign manager: Not worried about Bush financial advantage, says guv off to strong start
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- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker campaign manager: Iowa isn't a must-win

- AP: Top adviser says Walker running as a 'uniter,' recall victory shows he can bring people together

- Wall Street Journal: Scott Walker tours N.H. with Scott Brown, moderate ex-GOP senator

- CNN: Scott Walker groups raise $26.2M, land in middle of GOP pack

- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Ron Johnson downplays Rubio donations, says he will back Walker for president

- The Capital Times: Scott Walker's first presidential ad gets the 'bad lip-reading' treatment

- Huffington Post: Scott Walker has no good answer for kids whose dad could be deported

- Shepherd Express: Scott Walker's inadequate answer on immigration

- New Yorker: Scott Walker's Wisconsin and the end of campaign-finance law


- Dom Giordano: College, who needs it? Not Scott Walker

- Noah Williams: Under Scott Walker, Wisconsin has prospered, keep that in mind for 2016

- Mitch Henck: Will Scott Walker finish term?


 1:02 PM 

Audio, video now available from luncheon with Walker adviser Rick Wiley

Audio and video recordings are now available from the WisPolitics.com luncheon with Rick Wiley, a top presidential campaign adviser to Gov. Scott Walker.

Among other topics, Wiley talked about how Walker's fundraising measures up to his opponents, the Trump factor and Walker's appeal to Hispanic voters.

Watch the video below or click here to listen to the audio (right-click to download)

WisPolitics Luncheon Wiley (7-21-2015) from WisOpinion on Vimeo.

WisPolitics.com President Jeff Mayers interviews Rick Wiley, the former RNC political director and a top adviser to GOP Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who officially declared his presidential bid on July 13.


 10:28 AM 

Walker campaign manager: Not worried about Bush financial advantage, says guv off to strong start

Jeb Bush's $114 million in presidential fundraising dwarfs the $32 million Scott Walker and groups affiliated with him have pulled in, but the guv's national campaign manager said Tuesday the gap is far from intimidating.

Rick Wiley, speaking to a WisPolitics.com luncheon at the Madison Club, said Walker is off to a strong start after barely more than a week into his official presidential campaign.

"This is just the first report," Wiley said. "I mean, we have six more months this year and another three, but, yeah, we hit our goal in the first six months."

Anyway, Wiley told the crowd, it's no surprise Bush has connections through his dad and brother that give him a distinct fundraising advantage.

"And in terms of everyone else and their money, again, there's nothing we can do about that, so we're not really focused on that," Wiley said. "Bush has a lot of money, everyone knows that."

Still, he said, a presidential race depends a lot on raising money, and Walker's campaign will continue to "go where the money is." That approach, though, has to be balanced with hitting the early caucus and primary states, said Wiley, who was the executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party, political director for the Republican National Committee and also worked on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.

"You don't raise a lot of money in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina," he said. "You can raise a little in Nevada, but Nevada is more the bigger checks, not the $2,700 checks. That's a big check, don't get me wrong, but it's not a million-dollar check."

Wiley's optimism over his boss' campaign fundraising carried over to where Walker stands in recent national polls. A Washington Post/ABC News poll of Republicans, released Monday, showed Donald Trump in the lead at 24 percent, Walker next at 13 percent and Bush in third at 12 percent.

Wiley said the national polls don't matter as much as the individual races in the states. And Trump, he said, is a household name that gives him an edge when people just are looking for someone they recognize.

"These national polls are purely name ID," Wiley said, "and the fact that Scott Walker, a governor from Wisconsin, is polling as high as he is nationally, I think, bodes well for us."
-- By Chris Thompson


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

 9:18 PM 

Kapenga wins 33rd SD with 72 percent of vote

GOP state Rep. Chris Kapenga pledged to continue looking out for taxpayers as he easily won the open 33rd SD in today's special election.

With all precincts reporting, Kapenga, R-Delafield, had 7,143 votes, or 72 percent, to 2,768, or 27.9 percent for Dem Sherryl Shaddock, according to unofficial returns posted at the Waukesha County Clerk's website.

Kapenga said he was humbled by the win.

"My priority has always been looking out for the taxpayers and the state’s bottom line," Kapenga said. "I look forward to continuing my work on reforming state government and serving the constituents of the 33rd Senate District."

-- By JR Ross

 9:04 PM 

Kapenga on way to easy win in 33rd SD

GOP state Rep. Chris Kapenga is on his way to an easy win for the open 33rd SD.

With 63 of 75 precincts in, Kapenga had 6,383 votes to 2,399 for Dem Sherryl Shaddock, according to unofficial results posted at the Waukesha County Clerk's website.

See the results.

-- By JR Ross

 4:06 PM 

Walker, Bush spar over Iran strategy

After a day in Wisconsin for bill signings and a WEDC board meeting, Gov. Scott Walker's various political entities report raising more than $32 million in the first half of the year. Also, Walker and Jeb Bush take differing stances on dealing with Iran.


- WisPolitics.com: Walker-affiliated groups raise more than $32 million

- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Scott Walker, groups supporting him report raising $32 million

- Huffington Post: Walker and Bush clash over when to go after Iran -- Day One Or Two

- Politico: Jeb Bush vs. Scott Walker: Round 1 of a long brawl

- Washington Post: Scott Walker: We might have to take military action on Day One

- Politico: Poll: Walker leads in Iowa, followed by Trump

- Des Moines Register: Trump second to Walker in new Iowa survey: Monmouth poll taken before Trump’s McCain-hero remark

- Fox News: GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker signs abortion ban bill

- Politico: Scott Walker signs Wisconsin abortion bill

- New York Times: Scott Walker proposes shutting Wisconsin ethics board

- NPR: Scott Walker's 'Kohl's Curve,' Explained

- The Daily Beast: Scott Walker’s Many Answers on Gay Rights


- Simon Maloy: Scott Walker’s deranged hawkishness

- Richard Cohen: Is Scott Walker ignorant by choice?

- E.J. Dionne Jr.: The John Kasich vs. Scott Walker debate

- John Nichols: In Scott Walker's Wisconsin, 'Anything Goes' for his rich cronies

- Ira Stoll: What GOP Debate Moderators Should Ask Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker


 6:53 AM 

Walker super PAC raises more than $20 million

A super PAC backing Scott Walker's presidential bid raised more than $20 million, it said this morning.

The PAC, headed by former Walker aides, said it collected donations from nearly 300 donors. 

Unintimidated said its haul was the third most in the last quarter for a super PAC backing a GOP presidential candidate.

Jeb Bush’s super PAC was well ahead of the rest of the GOP pack, pulling in $103 million through June 30 with the former guv’s campaign raising another $11.4 million.

Keith Gilkes, who previously served as a top Walker adviser in state races and now directs Unintimidated, said the haul was impressive because it came before Walker officially announced he’s running for president. Walker got in July 13.

“We are well positioned to tell Governor Walker's story of being unintimidated by special interests and Washington’s government-knows-best mentality -- proving that big, bold ideas can win," Gilkes said.

-- By JR Ross


Monday, July 20, 2015

 11:02 PM 

Walker's state campaign raised $5.9 million in first half of 2015

Gov. Scott Walker's state campaign raised $5.9 million during the first six months of the year, according to his campaign finance report filed late tonight.

The money Walker raised through his state account is separate from the Our American Revival organization he formed earlier this year as he began making moves toward a presidential bid and the super PAC Unintimidated that has been raising money to support his federal campaign.

The state report showed Friends of Scott Walker spent $5.7 million during the first six months of 2015 and still had $483,762 cash on hand.

See his cover sheet.

-- By JR Ross


 3:39 PM 

Three-day trip marks Walker's first visit to Iowa as a presidential candidate

Scott Walker used the weekend for his first Iowa trip as a presidential candidate, making stops in the state on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. He discussed a wide range of topics, ranging from immigration to foreign policy to Donald Trump's weekend comments on John McCain.


- Des Moines Register: In Iowa, Walker aims for broad appeal

- Des Moines Register: If elected, Walker plans reversal of Obama's course

- Des Moines Register: Scott Walker wraps up 3-day push through Iowa

- Fox 6: Walker wraps up “Announcement Tour” with remarks in Dubuque, Iowa

- Washington Post: Scott Walker tells undocumented worker that immigrants must follow the law

- ABC News: Scott Walker Confronted by Undocumented Worker During Stop to Childhood Hometown

- JS Online: Scott Walker visits Iowa hometown, gets earful on immigration stance

- Wisconsin State Journal: Return to Plainfield highlights promise, pitfalls of Scott Walker campaign

- AP: Walker’s Iran View Shaped By Friendship With Ex-US Hostage

- CNN: Scott Walker would rip up Iran deal on Day 1

- CNN: Scott Walker: 'I don't know' if being gay a choice

- CNN : Walker pushes back on flip-flop accusations

- NBC News: Scott Walker: Donald Trump 'Needs to Apologize' for McCain Comments

- JS Online: Scott Walker, GOP rivals rip Donald Trump for questioning John McCain's heroism

- The Capital Times: Scott Walker will try to explain Wisconsin's job picture to GOP voters, Rebecca Kleefisch says

- Newsweek: Scott Walker: All You Need To Know


- Jules Witcover: Walker shouldn't crown himself yet

- Eric Zorn: Taking the shine off Scott Walker's PateGate

- Ernst-Ulrich Franzen: Scott Walker isn't Adolf Hitler

- Kimberly Atkins: Scott Walker stumbles may make money run away

- Don Huebscher: Walker needs to get specific

- John Nichols: Walker has not closed the deal with Wisconsin

- Jonathan Bernstein: Scott Walker tests tea party’s seriousness

- Christian Schneider: How John Chisholm's bad bet boosted Gov. Scott Walker

- Emily Mills: Money talks in state Supreme Court's John Doe decision


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