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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

 12:11 PM 

Walker takes aim at Jeb Bush

In today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup: Gov. Scott Walker heads to Texas, Walker targets Jeb Bush, and more reaction to Walker's answer to a question about Canadian border security.

 
News/features

- Dallas Morning News: Presidential hopeful Scott Walker to start Texas tour in Dallas

- Bloomberg: Scott Walker Breaks From '11th Commandment' as Poll Numbers Sag

- US News & World Report: Trump, Bush, Walker Trade Barbs, GOP race turns nasty as candidates pile on one another

- AP: Walker, in office since 25, denies he's a career politician
 
- Washington Post: Rand Paul mocks Scott Walker over ‘dumb’ Canadian border wall

- The Guardian: Rob Ford and Canadians dismiss Scott Walker's 'off-the-wall' border idea
 
- VOX.com: Scott Walker to Senate: Get rid of the filibuster, repeal Obamacare with 51-vote majority

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Interfaith leaders call on Scott Walker to address his comments on Muslims

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: State Patrol trims Scott Walker security team, rescinds raise

- CNN: Scott Walker: 12 states will elect next president


Opinion/analysis

- Betsy Woodruff: Scott Walker Is a ‘Yes’ Man—and It’s Killing His Campaign

- Edward Morrissey: What happened to Scott Walker?

- John W. Eyster: Advice for Walker as he slides in the polls

- MJS editorial: Gov. Scott Walker and the walling off of reason

- Jonathan Chait: 8 Ways Scott Walker Revealed His Pure Love of Reagan

- Max Ehrenfreund: Scott Walker doesn’t seem too concerned about blacks and Hispanics not voting for him

- Spencer Black: Scott Walker can't seem to stop himself from lying

-  PolitiFact:  Scott Walker didn't fund law requiring independent review of police-involved deaths, Gwen Moore says (Mostly False)

- FactCheck.org: Scott Walker Flubs His Economic Facts

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

 11:09 PM 

Walker plans New Hampshire motorcycle tour

Walker will make 11 stops Sunday and Monday in all 10 New Hampshire counties as part of a motorcycle ride around the state.

The stops include: Milford, Jaffrey, Washington, Salisbury, New Hampton and Plymouth on Sunday.

On Monday, he'll make a stop in Coos County and then Conway, Sanbornville, Rochester and Salem. The last stop will be at the Salem GOP Labor Day Picnic, and Walker will follow that up with a house party in Amherst.

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 9:57 PM 

Duchow wins GOP primary in 99th AD

Cindi Duchow, a Delafield Town Board member, has won the GOP primary for the open 99th Assembly District in Waukesha County.

Duchow received 1,341 votes, according to unofficial election returns posted at the Waukesha County Clerk's website. David Westlake was next at 1,099 votes, while Scott Owens had 737 votes and Spencer Zimmerman was a distant fourth at 146 votes.

She will be the only candidate on the Sept. 29 general election ballot. 

-- By Staff


 8:36 PM 

Duchow has early lead in 99th AD

With just more than half of the vote in, Cindi Duchow has a slight lead in the four-person field for the 99th AD GOP nomination.

Duchow had 649 votes, while David Westlake was at 557 and Scott Owens at 536, according to unofficial votes posted as the Waukesha County Clerk's website. Spencer Zimmerman was a distant fourth with 76 votes.

-- By Staff


 1:53 PM 

Walker's campaign says he's not advocating U.S.-Canadian border wall

In today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup: Gov. Scott Walker's campaign clarifies his comments on a U.S.-Canadian border wall, Walker targets Jeb Bush in a new web video, and Walker prepares for a visit to Texas Wednesday.


News/features

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker campaign clarifies Canadian wall comments after backlash

- Wall Street Journal: Campaign Says Scott Walker Not Advocating Canada Border Wall

- CBC: U.S. border wall floated by Scott Walker would be logistical nightmare

- Huffington Post: Canada Responds To Scott Walker: 9/11 Terrorists Had U.S. Visas

- Washington Post: Scott Walker just issued his most direct attack yet against Jeb Bush

- Politico: Pro-Jeb super PAC chief slams Walker over wall with Canada

- Time: Walker Targets Bush on Iran Deal in New Video

- Dallas Morning News: Presidential hopeful Scott Walker to start Texas tour in Dallas

- Richmond Times Dispatch: Jerry Kilgore joins Scott Walker's Va. presidential campaign

- Raw Story: Jesse Ventura rips Scott Walker: He’s against equal pay because his faith says women are ‘subservient’

- CNBC: How the season of Trump changed Scott Walker

- RealClearPolitics: Walker Stalls in Trump Traffic Jam

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Taxpayers to provide back pay for overtime for Scott Walker's security team

 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker builds his political brand with Wisconsin products

- Breitbart: Walker: I Can Beat Joe Biden Or Hillary Clinton In General


Opinion/analysis

- Denver Post editorial:  On Canada border, what exactly did Scott Walker mean?

- Alic Ollstein: Scott Walker Calls For A Wall, Fails To Mention How Much The Canadian Border Is Already Militarized

- Jennifer Rubin:  Who rises as Scott Walker falls?

- Chris Cillizza: Scott Walker was on ‘Meet the Press’ talking about his campaign’s problems




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Monday, August 31, 2015

 3:24 PM 

Walker says a U.S.-Canada border wall a 'legitimate issue'

In today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup: Walker said it's a 'legitimate issue' whether to build a U.S.-Canada border wall, and Walker looks to regain momentum.


News/features

- CNN: Scott Walker: U.S.-Canada wall a 'legitimate' idea

- Duluth News: Scott Walker: Wall between U.S. and Canada a 'legitimate' idea: in NBC interview

- AP: Walker says wall along Canadian border worth reviewing

- CBS: Build a U.S.-Canada border wall? Scott Walker isn't ruling it out

- Boston.com: Scott Walker: Building a US-Canada border wall is 'a legitimate issue'

- The Guardian: Scott Walker says building Canada border wall is a 'legitimate issue'

- Slate: Scott Walker: Building a Wall Along Canadian Border is a 'Legitimate Issue 

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker on 'Meet the Press' talks border walls, Iran, MPS, Bucks arena

- Chicago Sun-Times: Scott Walker: If I win Iowa, Packers will win Super Bowl

- Washington Post: What happened to Scott Walker?

- Blue Nation Review: Scott Walker on the Trail: Can He Recover Lost Momentum?  

- Boston Hearald: Walker looks to Iowa to regain momentum

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Center sours on Scott Walker; support drops among independents, outstate voters

- Des Moines Register: Iowa Poll: Trump blazes to lead; Carson quietly rises

- Des Moines Register: Iowa Poll: Clinton leads, but Sanders draws near

- Yahoo!: Walker: More Iraq combat, but no more boots on ground, yet

- Capital Times: Muslim advocate: Scott Walker is 'enabling ISIS' with 'radical Islam' rhetoric

- Washington Times: Scott Walker, GOP presidential candidate, vows to 'unleash' U.S. military on terrorists

- Wisconsin Radio Network: Walker Told Reporter He Would Not Specifically Meet With BLM Representatives

- Newsplex: Scott Walker Talks Gun Control: in Albemarle Co., VA

- CNN: Scott Walker defends Ted Cruz after Boehner 'jackass' comment

- WKOW-Madison: State must pay OT to Walker's security team retroactive to May 2013

- AP: Wisconsin DOT to provide back pay for Scott Walker's security team

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker got an earful from voters, including Republicans, on proposed records changes

- Wisconsin Radio Network: U.S. Rep. Duffy doubtful Trump will be GOP nominee


Opinion/analysis

- Taylor Millard: Scott Walker: A wall on the northern border might be nice

- Paul Fanlund: The incredible shrinking candidacy of Scott Walker

- John Nichols: Could Walker get trumped in Wisconsin?

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Friday, August 28, 2015

 12:18 PM 

Walker outlines aggressive stance on China, Russia, ISIS

In today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup: Gov. Scott Walker outlines his foreign policy approach and Trump continues to lead in the polls.


News/features

- CNN: Scott Walker: I'm tested enough for the world stage

- AP: Scott Walker says he would aggressively confront Islamic terrorism

- Politico: The Republicans' Red Scare

- New York Times: The 2016 China-Bashing Race

- The Post and Courier: GOP hopefuls Scott Walker, Marco Rubio stumping on Charleston on Friday

- International Business Times: Election 2016: Scott Walker Promises Tougher Foreign Policy Stance On ISIS, Russia And China

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker to outline aggressive foreign policy in Citadel speech

- Washington Examiner: A first look at Scott Walker's major foreign policy address

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker: Hillary Clinton is wrong on gun control after TV shooting

- CNN: Donald Trump trounces GOP field, Biden leads general election match-ups

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker's weaknesses, challenges show as GOP race heats up

- Quad City Times: Walker talks with potential voters in Iowa

- Des Moines Register: Subtle shifts for Scott Walker as he campaigns in Iowa
 
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker says he didn't chastise Chinese president in 2013 meeting


Opinion/analysis

- Zack Beauchamp: Scott Walker is trying to be the GOP primary’s hawkiest hawk

- Bruce Murphy:  How Walker Wasted Pricey Legal Help

- Shepherd Express: Scott Walker Proposes Another Disastrous Health Care ‘Reform’

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 12:39 AM 

Walker to declare radical Islamic terrorists 'pure evil,' say he's been tested like no one else in prez race

Gov. Scott Walker will tell cadets at The Citadel today they deserve a commander-in-chief who tells them the truth, declaring the country is at war with radical Islamic terrorism.

Walker has regularly slammed President Obama, saying he refuses to acknowledge the threat of radical Islamic terrorists. According to excerpts of his prepared remarks released ahead of the speech, Walker will say the war will not go away overnight and those groups will continue to grow unless the U.S. destroys them.

"Yes, the world is complex, but some things are simple: there is good and there is evil,” Walker plans to say. "America is a force for good in the world. Radical Islamic terrorists are agents of pure evil.”
Walker has also regularly criticized the nuclear deal the Obama administration reached with Iran, pledging to reject it on his first day in office if elected president.

Walker will again criticize the deal, saying Iran will expand its influence in the region and increase support to Hamas and Hezbollah. But Obama and Hillary Clinton believe “they can sit on the sidelines, hoping Iran will defeat ISIS for them.

"Over the last seven years, we have seen far too much of this delusion and wishful thinking,” Walker will say. “To believe that a stable and lasting Middle East can be built by working with Iran, any more than by working with ISIS, isn’t statesmanship. It’s pure fantasy.”

Walker, who has faced questions over his foreign policy experience, will also say “now is not the time for untested leadership” and declare he has been tested “like no other candidate in this race.”
"As president, I will send the following message: the retreat is over,” Walker will say. “American leadership is back and, together with our allies, we will not surrender another inch of ground to terrorists or any other power that threatens our safety.”

See more excerpts from Walker’s prepared remarks.

-- By Staff

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

 12:12 PM 

Walker defends trade relationship with China

In today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup: Gov. Scott Walker defends his position on China during a visit to Iowa, and Walker prepares to deliver a speech on foreign policy Friday in South Carolina.

 
News/features

- Capital Times: In light of Scott Walker's China comments, aides defend Wisconsin's trade relationship

- Des Moines Register: In Iowa, Walker defends position on China

- Washington Post: The Daily 202: Did Scott Walker go too far by embracing Trumpism on China? 

- AP: Scott Walker talks tough on China while campaigning in Iowa

- Capital Times: Scott Walker to deliver foreign policy address in South Carolina

- Time: Scott Walker Fights Back by Campaigning More Like Donald Trump

- WISC-Madison: Reality Check: Walker's position shifts on birthright citizenship

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Not apologizing, but Gwen Moore stepping back a bit from Scott Walker 'noose' comment

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker pushes term limits but broke pledge as county executive

- Wall Street Journal: State Contractors Aid Governors' Campaigns


Opinion/analysis 

- Jules Witcover: Are Walker's efforts in Iowa being Trumped?

- Daniel Riemer: Scott Walker's unhelpful new health care proposal

- Melanie Schmitz: Scott Walker Is Not A 'Washington Outsider'

- PolitiFact: Scott Walker's Obamacare replacement is a 'new entitlement' for every American, says Bobby Jindal (Half True)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

 1:49 PM 

Moore says she won't apologize for 'tightening the noose' comment about Walker

In today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup: Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore says she won't apologize for saying Scott Walker's polices are "tightening the noose" around black people, commentators say Walker has become more Trump-like in recent weeks and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says the governor's presidential campaign is "stuck in neutral."


News/features

- The Hill: Moore: No apology for 'noose' remark about Scott Walker

- Washington Post: As Scott Walker criticizes China, he could see repercussions in Iowa

- NBC: Scott Walker's terrible, very bad, no good month continues

- WKOW Madison: Trump spars with Univision anchor, takes shots at Scott Walker in visit to Dubuque

- Washington Times: Scott Walker's birthright comments damage image among Hispanics, ex-Bush official says

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Sheriff David Clarke: Scott Walker campaign 'stuck in neutral,' needs shakeup

- ABC: How Scott Walker's Bargain Hunting at Kohl's Informs His Economic Policy

- Wall Street Journal: A Top Walker Fundraiser Meets With Trump


Opinion/analysis 

- Jenna Johnson: 6 ways Scott Walker has become more Trumpy

- Jim Newell: Scott Walker and Jeb Bush Try Trumpism: Unsurprisingly, They Just Look Like Dopes

- Betsy Woodruff: Scott Walker's Secret Love for Red China

- Peter Suderman: Scott Walker, Crony Capitalist

- Jamelle Bouie: Is Walker Tim Pawlenty 2.0?

- Matt Pommer: Will 'Walkercare' stir controversy?

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 10:24 AM 

Walker praised Chinese president after 2013 trade trip

Gov. Scott Walker was full of praise for Chinese President Xi Jinping back in April 2013, when the guv held a press conference in Milwaukee upon his return from a trade visit to China.

Walker called the Chinese president "very personable" and stressed the importance of in-person meetings between American government officials like himself and top Chinese leaders like Jinping.

At the time, Walker took credit for solidifying trade deals between Wisconsin companies and China, thanks to his meeting with Xi in person.

Walker earlier this week called on President Obama to cancel a visit to the U.S. by the Chinese president and show some "backbone" in relations with China.

But in April 2013, Walker -- wearing a lapel pin in the shape of the state of Wisconsin, criss-crossed with an American flag and a Chinese flag -- showed reporters slides of his trip to China. That trip included a meeting that he and two other GOP governors -- Terry Branstad of Iowa and Bob McDonnell of Virginia -- had with Xi.

"We were very impressed with the president. He's very personable and a bunch different than maybe people's image of leaders of China from the past," said Walker, who described the meeting with Xi as key to developing trade relations.

At the 2013 press conference, Walker said, "It's incredibly important for Wisconsin to have a presence in China," and talked of visiting Wisconsin factories and retail outlets in China, including those operated by Harley-Davidson and Ashley Furniture.

Asked if he could see himself going back to China, Walker answered yes.

"I'll probably be back there every year, year and a half."

Listen to audio from the press conference

-- By Kay Nolan
For WisPolitics.com

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

 12:49 PM 

Walker calls on Obama to cancel Chinese president's visit

In today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup: Gov. Scott Walker calls on Obama to cancel the Chinese president's visit, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, says Walker policies are "tightening the noose" on black people, and Walker adds a Virginia strategist to his team.


News/features

- Politico: Scott Walker to Barack Obama: Cancel Chinese state visit

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker: President Obama should cancel Chinese president's U.S. trip

- Capital Times: Scott Walker calls on Obama to show 'some backbone,' cancel Chinese president's visit

- Sheboygan Press: Walker to Obama: Cancel Chinese state visit

- Time: Scott Walker Calls on Obama to Cancel Chinese State Visit

- CNN: Scott Walker: Cancel Chinese president's White House visit

- Chicago Tribune: Scott Walker: Obama should show 'some backbone' by canceling Chinese state visit

- Christian Science Monitor: Scott Walker demands Obama show China 'backbone’

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker's policies 'tightening the noose' on black people, Gwen Moore says

- The Hill: Dem: Scott Walker 'tightening the noose, literally' around blacks

- Politico: Scott Walker adds Virginia strategist

- PilotOnline.com: Scott Walker to speak at Family Foundation gala Nov. 14 in Virginia

- CBS: Scott Walker: What does he stand for?


Opinion/analysis

- Betsy Woodruff: Scott Walker Is Two-Faced on China

- Joshua Keating: Scott Walker Calls for Obama to Cancel Chinese President's State Visit

- Jason Linkins: Scott Walker Wants Everyone To Know That He's Mad At China
 
- Katie Pavlich: Democrat Congresswoman Insinuates Scott Walker is Literally Lynching African Americans in Wisconsin

- Jack Jenkins: Why Scott Walker Owes The World’s 1.6 Billion Muslims An Apology

- Dana Milbank:  Scott Walker falls flat on his face

- Josh Voorhees: Scott Walker Didn’t Flip-Flop on Birthright Citizenship. He Did Something Worse.

- Betsy Woodruff: Scott Walker: Anti-Immigrant Phony
 
- Paul Mulshine: Donald Trump's dig at Scott Walker could apply to Chris Christie as well

- Latanya Williams: Why I followed Scott Walker to Iowa, and what I learned

- Kaili Joy Gray: No, Scott Walker, You Cannot Write For Wonkette

- Matt Pommer: Rejecting federal money costs Wisconsin, helps Walker

- Capital Times editorial:  75 percent of Wisconsin Republicans aren't backing Scott Walker

- PolitiFact: Rachel Maddow says under Scott Walker middle class in Wisconsin is shrinking fastest among states (False)

- PolitiFact: In Context: Scott Walker and 'birthright citizenship'

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