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Friday, October 31, 2014

 10:06 PM 

Christie praises Walker as a 'friend' who stands by his record

RHINELANDER -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday said Scott Walker is a candidate who stands by his record and said the RGA is focusing most of its efforts this fall on Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The relationship between Walker and Christie, both possible contenders for the presidency in 2016, has been the center of national speculation over the past week. Some have questioned the commitment of the RGA, which is led by Christie, to Wisconsin in Walker’s race with Dem Mary Burke. Likewise, Walker has made comments about the RGA’s efforts that some have perceived as a critical of the group’s efforts on his behalf.

But Christie spoke highly of Walker during today's stop.

“I’m just proud to be here with my friend. He’s done a great job and he has been a great leader,” said Christie, who campaigned for Walker with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

Walker, meanwhile, made a pitch to his base during a stop here.

“What I hope is in the end, more so than air time, more so than names, is that voters, like voters here, will get out and talk neighbor to neighbor, where they get the facts,” Walker said.

He also had kind words for the RGA days after suggesting he was hoping the group would get more involved in his re-election campaign.

“The RGA has been a big player here, as they were two years ago and four years ago, when Haley was first involved,” Walker said. “The only difference is we’ve seen the kind of big money attacks from Washington.”

-- By Adam Fox
For WisPolitics.com

 12:51 PM 

Burke ad hits back at Trek allegations

Mary Burke's campaign is on the air with a new TV ad responding to claims the Dem guv candidate was forced out of her position with Trek Bicycle.

The spot shows a photo of Gov. Scott Walker with Gary Ellerman, one of two former Trek officials to make the claims about Burke this week. An announcer calls Ellerman, the chairman of the Jefferson County GOP, "a Walker campaign worker and donor who puts pictures like this on his Facebook page" as the ad shows a photo with a swastika over an Obama campaign logo.

An announcer then says Trek fired Ellerman "for incompetence," and says Walker is "using his lies to attack Mary Burke."

"But that's what you'd expect from a politician under investigation for illegal campaign activities," the ad says, pointing to six former Walker associates "already convicted of crimes."

"It's sleaze politics that says more about the attackers than it does about her," the ad concludes.

The ad comes amid expectations Republicans would use the new claims in ads against Burke.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, for example, had previously issued an ad saying voters couldn't trust Burke on jobs, and has edited the spot to add a line about former Trek executives saying "Mary Burke was forced out."

-- By Staff

 8:15 AM 

New Burke TV ad features Bill Clinton

Mary Burke's latest TV ad features former President Bill Clinton.

The spot opens with Clinton talking directly into the camera. He talks about a governor who knows business, has created jobs and "helped build a great Wisconsin company." He talks about someone who's helped hundreds of kids stay in school and get to college, who brings people together, "dividing them, not playing politics.

"Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Clinton says. "Well that's Mary Burke."

"If you're ready for a governor who will get up every day thinking about your family and building the middle class you're ready for Mary Burke."

-- By JR Ross

Thursday, October 30, 2014

 11:55 AM 

Kurtz TV ads knock Kind over Obamacare

3rd CD Republican candidate Tony Kurtz today announced two TV ads knocking Dem U.S. Rep. Ron Kind over the Affordable Care Act.

One spot features Kurtz's wife Kim, who says, "As a health care professional, I've seen how Obamacare's broken promises hurt working families."

The second ad says unemployment, along with the costs of food and fuel, are up, and a man then says his daughter's hearing aids are no longer covered by insurance "because of the Affordable Care Act."

"Isn't 18 years of Ron Kind enough?" an announcer asks before telling viewers to vote for Kurtz.

-- By Staff

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

 10:34 PM 

WMC ad asks if Burke can be trusted on jobs

The WMC Issues Mobilization Council has been running a TV ad asking, “can we trust Mary Burke on jobs?”

The spot has been on the air since at least last week, but WMC just posted it to YouTube recently. 

The narrator in the spot says Burke admitted while Commerce secretary under Gov. Jim Doyle her agency “sat on the sidelines and failed to attract new businesses.” The narrator then cites an email from Burke’s predecessor at Commerce calling her “a disaster” and says “maybe that’s why Wisconsin lost 130,000 jobs when Doyle was governor.”

“Tell Mary Burke Wisconsin can’t afford a jobs disaster,” the narrator says to close the spot.

-- By JR Ross

 10:00 PM 

WMC posts ad going after Happ

The WMC Issues Mobilization Council has now posted a TV ad going after Dem AG candidate Susan Happ that's been airing over the past week.

The narrator opens the spot by saying we expect children to be safe from predators when they're dropped off at daycare. 

But the narrator says Happ argued for a lighter sentence for a five-time child molester at a daycare center. Happ called them "crimes of opportunity" and urged the offender not be classified as a predator. 

"Thankfully, a judge rejected her argument, ruling the man's crimes were the worst kind," the narrator says to close the spot. "Tell DA Susan Happ don't argue for leniency. Dangerous predators belong behind bars, not in our communities." 

-- By JR Ross

 12:28 PM 

Marquette poll: Walker 50, Burke 43

Gov. Scott Walker opened up a 7-point lead on Dem rival Mary Burke in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll.

The survey found 50 percent of likely voters backed Walker, while 43 percent supported Burke. That's a change from two weeks ago, when the two were tied at 47-apiece among likely voters.

Among registered voters, it was Walker 46, Burke 45. Poll director Charles Franklin said the contrast in the numbers for likely voters vs. registered voters underscores how important turnout is and more Walker voters are saying they're likely to turn out Tuesday than Burke voters.

The poll also found 43 percent of likely voters backed Republican Brad Schimel in the AG's race, while 39 percent supported Dem Susan Happ. Among registered voters, it was tied at 40-apiece.

Two weeks ago, the race was tied at 42 among likely voters.

The survey of 1,409 registered voters was conducted Thursday through Sunday. The sample included 1,164 likely voters. The margin of error for registered voters was plus or minus 2.7 percentage points, while it was 3 percentage points for likely voters.

-- By JR Ross

 9:24 AM 

Burke TV ad asks voters to remember Walker's last four years

Dem guv candidate Mary Burke announced a new TV ad this morning asking voters to "remember Scott Walker's last four years" when considering the next four.

"The division. Six aides and associates convicted of crimes," an announcer says. "His jobs promise broken, secret donations, politics first."

As the spot switches to footage of Burke, the announcer tells viewers if they're "ready for a governor who isn't a politician but knows jobs and business, who doesn't care about your party, only whether you have a good idea, and who will wake up each day determined to make your life a little better, you're ready for Mary Burke."

-- By Staff

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 12:47 PM 

Burke's campaign explains error on campaign fundraising report

Mary Burke's campaign spokesman says it was his mistake that led to the campaign announcing yesterday it had raised $10.2 million for the pre-election period, almost $1 million more than it actually pulled in.

Spokesman Joe Zepecki wrote reporters that the $10.2 million announced yesterday accounts for all receipts for the campaign through mid-October, minus the $5 million Burke has personally committed. 

Burke actually raised $4.7 million from donors over three months, and combined with the $4.6 million Burke loaned the campaign during the pre-election period, that accounts for the $9.3 million that was reported on her report filed with the GAB.

The overall figure of $15.2 million raised since the beginning of the campaign is accurate, along with the other figures the campaign has reported, Zepecki said.

-- By JR Ross

 11:50 AM 

Grothman, Ryan, Duffy announce new TV ads

A trio of GOP congressional candidates today announced new TV ads with one week until Election Day.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman knocks 6th CD Dem opponent Mark Harris in his ad, saying the Winnebago County exec "defended Obamacare and raised taxes."

"It's that time of year -- liberal politicians like Mark Harris telling lies on TV, hiding the fact he'll push Barack Obama's reckless agenda in Washington," an announcer says to open the ad.

The spot then says Grothman, R-Campbellsport, "has a proven record of fighting for jobs and stopping food stamp abuse," saying a vote for Harris "is a vote for Barack Obama."

Incumbent U.S. Reps. Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy also announced new TV ads today.

Ryan, R-Janesville, says "Washington is out of control" in his new spot, pointing to "scandals at the IRS, veterans dying waiting for care, families losing their health-care plans and doctors, jobs being shipped overseas."

"I know full well that it’s your money they are wasting in Washington," Ryan says.

Duffy, meanwhile, showcases his large family in his new ad, saying, "It's why I'm working to protect our families, our paychecks and our jobs from Washington bureaucrats.

"Because I want all our kids to chase their dreams in Wisconsin, not in some other state," says Duffy, R-Weston.

-- By Staff

Monday, October 27, 2014

 4:19 PM 

Burke raised $10.2 million in pre-election period, including $4.6 million loan

Dem Mary Burke raised $10.2 million over the last three months, including a $4.6 million loan to her campaign.

Burke's campaign said she had nearly $3 million in the bank on Oct. 20 and she has now raised $15.2 million since announcing a little more than a year ago she planned to run.

The latest loan also pushed her personal commitment to the campaign to $5 million.

-- By JR Ross

Editor's note: Burke's campaign finance report filed with the GAB shows she raised $9.3 million during the pre-election period, not the $10.2 million her campaign announced Monday. WisPolitics.com has asked for a clarification on the numbers.

Updated 2: Burke's campaign has now explained the discrepancy. See the post.

 11:00 AM 

Walker raised $10.4 million during pre-election period

Gov. Scott Walker raised nearly $10.4 million over the last three months and headed into the final weeks of the campaign with just shy of $3 million in the bank.

Walker's campaign this morning released the cover sheet for his pre-election report, which covers activity between July 29 and Oct. 20.

It showed Walker spent $14.5 million during the period.

The report also listed $2.4 million in contributions from committees. The state's previous limit of $485,190 for all PAC contributions and $700,830 from all committees, including political parties, were wiped out in a federal court challenge.

Walker's pre-primary report, which covered activity through July 28, listed just $2,500 in committee contributions and $287,943 for the year. The preliminary injunction lifting the cap on PAC donations was issued in early September.

-- By JR Ross

Saturday, October 25, 2014

 2:56 PM 

Greater Wisconsin TV ad knocks Walker's 'private club'

The Greater Wisconsin Committee is out with a new TV ad knocking “Scott Walker’s private club.”

The narrator says millionaires got a new $10,000 tax deduction to send their kids to private schools, while “we got cuts to public schools.”

The narrator says Walker’s “cronies” got “our jobs creation money. We can’t find jobs.” The narrator then adds Walker’s friends got a “massive strip mine after they made secret donations to help him. We could get arsenic in our drinking water.”

“Millionaires, cronies, the appearance of corruption, Scott Walker’s private club,” the narrator says to close the spot. “It doesn’t include you.”

-- By JR Ross

Friday, October 24, 2014

 8:37 AM 

Happ talks up women's issues in new TV ad

Dem AG candidate Susan Happ released a new TV ad this morning touting a series of women's issues and promising to "protect our rights."

Ahead of her win in the Dem primary, Happ ran an ad that showed her riding her Harley-Davidson. The new spot opens with her sitting on the motorcycle, helmet on her leg, saying "It's been a wild ride, but we're on the last leg."

She says as DA she's aggressively prosecuted criminals who threaten women's safety and says as AG she'd "crack down on internet predators, strengthen laws to protect women from domestic abusers and sex offenders, and see that women are paid equally for their work." 

"My opponent thinks politicians, not women and their doctors, should make our health care decisions," Happ says. "I'll fight to protect our rights."

The spot closes showing Happ speaking with two law enforcement officers as the narrator says, "Susan Happ, fighting for us."

-- By JR Ross

Thursday, October 23, 2014

 8:05 AM 

Committee for Justice & Fairness knocks Schimel for treatment of child sex offenders

The Committee for Justice & Fairness is out with a new campaign ad that accuses GOP AG candidate Brad Schimel of going light on child sex offenders.

The spot opens with the narrator saying it’s a prosecutor’s job to “put them behind bars” when predators try to harm kids.

“But Brad Schimel has a history of letting child predators go free,” the narrator says. “He repeatedly cut deals in child pornography cases, dismissed charges, let sex offenders avoid prison.”

The narrator then says Schimel cut a deal with no jail time for a man who sexually assaulted a child.

“He failed to protect our kids as a prosecutor. How can we ever trust Schimel as attorney general?” the narrator says to close the spot.

Schimel's campaign sent TV stations a letter yesterday demanding they pull the ad over the allegation he cut a deal in a child sexual assault case that didn't include jail time, saying it was not true.

The group changed the ad. But Lora Haggard, the group’s treasurer, said it was only to fix a citation error and “every word in it is staying the same."

Schimel campaign manager Johnny Koremenos said the spot still included other false or misleading claims and they "are outright lying."

-- By JR Ross

 7:57 AM 

WMC ad praises Schimel for heroin plan

The WMC Issues Mobilization Council has now released an ad it's been running that praises GOP AG candidate Brad Schimel for his plan to combat heroin.

The spot, which began airing last week, features Washington County Sheriff Dale Schmidt, Walworth County Sheriff David Graves and Ozaukee County Sheriff Maury Straub.

Graves says Schimel has a comprehensive plan that trains law enforcement to deal with the drug, while Schmidt says it also partners with parents, teachers and medical professionals.

“To get this deadly drug out of the hands of kids,” Straub says.

“And put the criminals that push it behind bars,” Schmidt adds.

Graves says Schimel has been “praised by sheriffs, troopers and district attorney across Wisconsin.”

“Tell Brad Schimel to keep up the fight against this deadly drug,” Schmidt says to close the spot.

-- By JR Ross

 7:00 AM 

WMC knocks Burke on jobs plan in new TV ad

The WMC Issues Mobilization Council is out with a new TV knock asking, “can we trust Mary Burke when it comes to job creation?”

The spot says a jobs plan is key to Wisconsin’s economy, but Burke “teamed up with Gov. Doyle, who left Wisconsin with 133,000 fewer jobs.” The narrator says Burke supports Obamacare, which is already costing Wisconsin thousands of jobs.

“Now we learn Mary Burke didn’t even write her own jobs plan,” the narrator says to close the spot. “Mary’s Burke’s plan will kill jobs. Tell her she’s wrong on jobs.”

-- By JR Ross

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 9:33 AM 

Environmental group knocks Walker over mining bill

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters today announced a new TV ad criticizing Gov. Scott Walker over iron mining legislation, alleging the governor "risked contaminating our drinking water."

The spot opens with footage of children drinking from a water fountain and hose, with an announcer then asking, "Why would anyone put our water at risk?"

The ad says Walker risked "arsenic and lead" contamination "when he cleared the way for an out-of-state mining company to dig a giant open pit mine -- after the mining company secretly gave $700,000 to a group actively supporting Scott Walker."

"You can’t put a price on clean water, but it looks like Scott Walker just did," the announcer says to end the ad.

-- By Staff

 9:33 AM 

New Burke TV ad features woman saying Walker 'has only made it worse'

Dem Mary Burke released a new TV ad today featuring a woman who says Gov. Scott Walker has only made things worse.

The spot features Tara Pabellon, who is shown driving her kids and then with them at a school.

Pabellon says when she looks back on the last four years, she thinks about her kids and the cuts to schools “and a lot of people are working harder just to get by.”

Pabellon says she worries if there will be good jobs when her kids grow up before adding she’s “sick of all the scandals and division and fighting. You know, my kids behave better than that.

“No one's gonna fix everything, but Scott Walker has only made it worse,” she says to close the spot. “Mary Burke knows what to do. I’m ready for her.”

-- By JR Ross

 7:45 AM 

New Walker TV ad touts progress on economy, appeals for votes Nov. 4

Gov. Scott Walker is out with a new TV ad today touting progress on the economy and making a direct appeal for votes Nov. 4.

The campaign released 30- and 60-second versions of the spot, which features Walker speaking directly into the camera. 

They’re cut differently, but in both Walker says policies his opponent supports cost Wisconsin 133,000 jobs before he took office.

“We set a big goal of creating 250,000 jobs because I know Wisconsin can do great things,” he says in the 60-second version.

Both also feature Walker saying his reforms last month helped create 8,400 jobs and Wisconsin now ranks fourth in the Midwest for private sector job growth.

“Not last, in the top four,” Walker says pointing at the camera.

In both, Walker touts the unemployment rate being the lowest it’s been since 2008, and in the longer version he also says he lowered property and income taxes, froze college tuition, eliminated a $3.6 billion deficit and the next budget “will start with a half billion dollar surplus.”

“Now my opponent can criticize the Wisconsin comeback, but we won’t stop until everyone who wants a job can find a job,” he says to close the longer spot. “That is why I ask for your vote on November 4th.”

-- By JR Ross

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 10:04 AM 

Harris knocks Grothman for past comments in first TV ad of campaign

6th CD Dem candidate Mary Harris is out with his first TV ad of the campaign, taking GOP opponent Glenn Grothman to task for past comments.

The narrator opens the spot by saying “Even Republicans say Glenn Grothman is too bizarre to be our congressman.”

The narrator goes on to say Grothman has claimed preschool causes psychological damage to children, said single parents are committing child abuse and opposed laws requiring equal pay for equal work because “money is more important for men.”

Harris then closes the spot by introducing himself.

“I’ve cut government spending and cut debt,” he says. “I approve this message because that’s what I’ll do in Washington.”

-- By JR Ross

 9:44 AM 

Emily's List goes up with new TV ad targeting Walker on abortion

The state political arm of Emily’s List is out with a new TV ad targeting Gov. Scott Walker on abortion.

The group said the women featured in the spot are from Wisconsin, though they are not identified. One opens the spot by saying she had “no idea what Scott Walker was doing.”

A narrator then says Walker ants to make all abortions illegal, “even for victims of rape and incest.”

Another woman says Walker shouldn’t be “putting himself in between a woman and her doctor” before a third says, “It’s wrong that Scott Walker wants to make abortion illegal.”

The narrator says Walker is “forcing some women to undergo a transvaginal probe to get an abortion” before one of the women says “That is so invasive” and another asks, “Who does Scott Walker think he is?”

The narrator encourages women to go to the Wisconsin Women Vote! website before one of the women closes the spot by saying, “Women really need to know what Scott Walker is doing.”

-- By JR Ross

 9:28 AM 

Burke's latest TV ad says state can't afford four more years of Walker

Mary Burke’s latest TV ad says the state can’t afford another four years of Scott Walker.

The spot opens with a shot of Walker at a crowded news conference as the narrator says “Four years of political fistfights, criminal convictions …”

The ad then cuts to a newscaster saying “the criminal convictions of six Walker aides or supporters” as mugshots are shown. Text in all capital letters appears on the screen, “Prosecutors allege Scott Walker at center of criminal scheme” with a citation to a newspaper story.

The narrator then mentions secret donations, tax cuts for the wealthy “10 times the size of yours” and a job promise broken.

“Where’s all that gotten us?” the narrator asks to close the spot. “A state divided, the worst jobs record in the Midwest and a future that looks more uncertain every day. We can’t afford four more years of Scott Walker, and we don’t have to.”

-- By JR Ross

Monday, October 20, 2014

 1:58 PM 

3rd CD Republican candidate knocks Kind over PAC contributions

Tony Kurtz, the Prairie du Chien Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Ron Kind in western Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District, today announced a TV ad criticizing the La Crosse Dem's PAC contributions.

The 30-second spot shows Kind's face on a video game character, which is then shown "gobbling up millions in campaign cash" on the screen.

"Congressman Ron Kind takes over 70 percent of his campaign money from Washington, D.C., special interest PACs," an announcer says. "After 18 years, he's become Washington's PAC man, and the special interests expect favors for funding Kind's campaign."

-- By Staff

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 8:25 PM 

Ryan says in new TV ad his job to strengthen Medicare, Social Security

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says in his new TV ad his job in Congress is to strengthen and secure Medicare and Social Security.

Ryan, R-Janesville, has been targeted by Dems for his various budget proposals that have suggested changes to government entitlement programs.

In the ad, the third of his campaign, Ryan introduces his mom and Aunt Ellen. He says they both depend on the two programs and "deserve it, because like all retirees they've earned it."
“Sure have,” his mom says.

“Letting Medicare and Social Security go bankrupt is unacceptable," Ryan says. "Their job is to stay healthy. My job in Congress is to strengthen and secure Medicare and Social Security so you have it when you need it."

-- By JR Ross

 12:27 PM 

Latest Marquette poll has Burke, Walker tied at 47

The latest Marquette University Law School Poll has Gov. Scott Walker and Dem rival Mary Burke tied among likely voters.

Forty-seven percent of likely voters backed each candidate two weeks after the poll had Walker up 50-45.

The poll also found a tie in the AG's race, where Dem Susan Happ and Republican Brad Schimel were each backed by 42 percent of likely voters surveyed. Last time, Schimel had a 41-39 edge.

The survey of 1,004 registered voters, including 803 likely voters, was conducted Thursday through Sunday via land lines and cell phones, which accounted for about 40 percent of the sample. The margin of error for registered voters was plus or minus 3.2 percentage points, while it was 3.5 percentage points among likely voters.

-- By JR Ross

 10:40 AM 

New Grothman TV ad promises he'll talk less, cut taxes more

Republican Glenn Grothman’s 6th CD campaign is out with a new TV ad promising he’ll talk less and cut more taxes if elected next month.

The spot opens with the narrator saying politicians in Washington love two things -- “to hear themselves talk and to interfere in our lives.”

“But no matter how badly the Obama administration wants it to, big government will never solve our problems, and that’s why we need more people like Glenn Grothman in Congress,” the narrator says.

She adds Grothman will “talk less, cut more taxes, reform government handouts and make the federal bureaucracy smaller and more accountable” before urging viewers to vote for him Nov. 4.

-- By JR Ross

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

 11:12 AM 

Walker says in new TV ad Burke twisting his comments on jobs

Gov. Scott Walker is out with a new TV ad that accuses Dem rival Mary Burke of "distorting my comments on jobs."

Walker does not specify what Burke is saying. But her campaign has seized upon his comment in Friday's debate that "We don’t have a job problem in this state. We have a work problem."

Walker, wearing a plaid button-down shirt and talking to the camera in what appears to be a factory, says it's no wonder Burke is distorting his comments because "the tax and spend policies she supports drove out good paying manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin. We’re bringing them back."

Walker says there are more than 100,000 new jobs since he took office and Wisconsin ranks fifth in the nation for new manufacturing jobs, which is why his administration invested more than $100 million into worker training to "help people get the jobs available today."

"Mary Burke will take us backwards," Walker says to close the spot. "Instead, let’s keep moving Wisconsin forward."

-- By JR Ross

 8:22 AM 

Ryan vows to 'always step up to the plate' in new TV spot

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan today announced a second TV ad in his 1st CD re-election campaign.

The 30-second spot features the Janesville Republican and his family on a softball diamond.

"Notice how my kids hit?" Ryan asks. "They step right up to the plate. That’s what I’ve tried to do in Congress."

Ryan then touts four balanced budgets that "cut trillions in wasteful spending and pay down our debt to save our children’s future."

"When it comes to protecting taxpayers’ money, I will always step up to the plate because you deserve a government that respects your hard work," Ryan says.

-- By Staff

Monday, October 13, 2014

 11:17 AM 

WMC TV ad credits Walker's policies for good things happening

The WMC Issues Mobilization Council is out with a new TV ad that says “Something is happening in Wisconsin” and credits Gov. Scott Walker’s policies.

The ad features a series of images from around the state. The narrator says “people are working, families are saving and the American Dream is very much alive.”

The narrator then adds taxes are down, employment is up and “Governor Walker’s reforms have saved taxpayers three billion.”

“Something’s happening, here, now, in Wisconsin, and we’ve only just begun,” the narrator says to close the spot.

-- By JR Ross

 10:40 AM 

Greater Wisconsin TV ad accuses Walker of repealing equal pay law to benefit 'corporate friends'

The Greater Wisconsin Political Fund is out with a new ad that charges Gov. Scott Walker repealed the state’s equal pay law to benefit his “corporate friends.”

The narrator in the spot says “it’s not right” when women earn less than men for the same work. But Walker repealed Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act.

The narrator adds Walker’s corporate friends who lobbied to repeal the law then spent $8 million to support the guv in his campaigns.

“Now, it’s even easier for corporations to get away with paying women less,” the narrator says to close the spot as the words "Nov. 4th it's time for him to go" appear across the bottom of the screen.

“That’s how things work in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin. He gets more, women get paid less.”

-- By JR Ross

 8:54 AM 

Burke campaign ad highlights Trek experience

Mary Burke's campaign today announced a new 60-second TV ad focusing on the Dem guv candidate's tenure at Trek Bicycle.

The spot opens with footage of the building in which Burke's father founded the Waterloo-based company, which an announcer says she "helped turn into a global powerhouse," dramatically increasing sales in Europe and pumping "nearly $100 million a year into the Wisconsin economy."

The ad also says Burke served as Commerce secretary "when Wisconsin had 50,000 more jobs than under Scott Walker" and that her education program is "giving more kids the chance to go to college."

"I’ll put problem solving ahead of politics, and work every day to create good jobs that make your family stronger," Burke says to close the ad. "Because the economy isn’t better until it’s better for you."

-- By Staff

Sunday, October 12, 2014

 10:06 PM 

New Greater Wisconsin TV ad accuses Walker of selling out state farmers

The Greater Wisconsin Committee is out with a new TV ad that accuses Walker of selling out state farmers.

The spot shows activity on a farm as several people say Walker doesn’t “understand the family farmer” and family farms “keep the smaller communities going.”

The narrator says Walker tried to change the law so foreign companies and governments could buy more Wisconsin law before a woman says, “Scott Walker is selling out Wisconsin farmers.”

A man says if “Walker’s law passed, we’d have all kinds of foreign corporations buying up our land.”

“Scott Walker has big real estate guys who give him money so they can sell more of our land,” another says.

The narrator closes the spot, “Tell Governor Walker to stop selling out Wisconsin farmers.”

-- By JR Ross

 8:24 PM 

Focus on ethics as Happ, Schimel meet for first debate of AG campaign

MILWAUKEE -- As they met for the first debate of the general election campaign, Democrat Susan Happ and Republican Brad Schimel traded shots on ethics.

Happ, the Jefferson County DA, was asked about her decision not to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the prosecution of a man involved in a sexual case even though her husband had sold property to the man for $180,000 several years earlier. An assistant DA in her office handled the case.

Mike Gousha, the moderator of the event held at the Marquette University Law School, asked her if in retrospect she would do anything differently.

"If I could change it because of the way it's been portrayed, yes," she said, adding however that she was properly screened off from the case. After the debate, Republicans accused Happ of lying about the case when she said it came to her office in 2013. Records show it was filed in 2012, and Happ's campaign said afterward that she misspoke.

During the debate Happ said the case was no different than that of Bill Kramer, the former Republican majority leader who lost his post after he was charged with two counts of sexual assault. Kramer had donated $500 to Schimel's campaign and a Schimel assistant is handling that prosecution.

Schimel, the Waukesha County DA, said the cases were far different and that he gave $500 to a local woman's shelter.

"There was no victim complaint," Schimel said, referring to the complaint filed against Happ with the Office of Lawyer Regulation.

Happ responded that "partisan politics have been integral" in the case against her.

She also cited Schimel's failure to prosecute a lawyer who shredded documents related to the John Doe investigation and his decision to reach a plea deal with Scott Jensen in which felony charges stemming from the so-called "caucus scandal" were dropped. She said the Waukesha County DA's office has been "politicized."

In turn, Schimel responded that Happ had dismissed a domestic violence case brought against a Democrat.

"We can keep going back and forth on this," he said.

In a separate exchange, Gousha asked Schimel if he believed allegations made by Republicans that the John Doe investigations involving Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and his former aides in the Milwaukee County exec's office were a political witch hunt. Schimel referenced his acquaintance with Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, saying, "If the allegations are true I would be surprised.”

However, he said the challenges to the secret investigation have created “a crisis in confidence” in the procedure. While John Doe investigations are generally effective, he said “periodic review” by the attorney general’s office or the appellate courts may be warranted.

Happ shot back that GOP Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was asked to take charge of the investigation but refused, citing his and Walker’s affiliation with the Republican Party.

“The process is a good one,” she said.

Also in the debate, the two differed over the role of the attorney general.

Schimel said absent "a definitive decision from a court that says that law is not constitutional," it was key for the AG to "step up to the plate and defend our laws from attack."

Happ said the attorney general did have an obligation to enforce the laws and defend them when challenged, but she said her duty to the Constitution meant that the AG should not defend "blatantly unconstitutional" laws. She also noted that attorneys general had the discretion to choose which laws to defend, giving the example of Van Hollen's refusal to defend the state's domestic partnership registry.

"The attorney general is not a robot," she said. "The attorney general has to be able to look at the law, compare it to the Constitution and determine if it passes constitutional muster."

However, she said, “it should be rare, it should be the exception.”

Schimel replied that making decisions about which laws to defend was not the role of the attorney general, saying the AG should not be a "super-legislator" and drawing a comparison to a private practice lawyer working contrary to the interests of a client.

"The attorney general is the state's lawyer," he said. "It's your job to represent the state."

-- By Marie Rohde
For WisPolitics.com

Saturday, October 11, 2014

 5:09 PM 

Warren says Burke for the people, Walker for the 'rich and powerful'

MILWAUKEE -- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Mary Burke’s supporters Saturday the Dem guv candidate is “working her heart out to build a future for the people of Wisconsin, for the people of this country," whereas Gov. Scott Walker "makes it clear he's here for the rich and powerful."

"The motto of the Republican party should be, 'I got mine -- the rest of you are on your own,'” Warren told a crowd at UW-Milwaukee. "I'll tell you, that's very much what Scott Walker has pulled Wisconsin toward.”

Warren, D-Mass., said the Great Depression taught America to invest in education and infrastructure to allow businesses to grow and provide jobs.

Republicans "turned us in a different direction" starting in the 1980s, Warren said, by "eliminating the rules for Wall Street (to) let them paint bull's eyes on the backsides of American families. They make billions and leave the wreckage behind."

"What Mary believes and what I believe is that we're here for democracy," said Warren, who hugged Burke and said the two had been talking "long before" Burke decided to run for governor.

Republicans slammed the appearance, calling Warren “a divisive liberal” elitist.

“It speaks volumes that Mary Burke would appear with Elizabeth Warren, a bitter, hyper-partisan well known for her aggressive comments that have alienated everyday Americans and even members of her own party,” said Joe Fadness, executive director of the state GOP.

Burke told the crowd she'd fight to make funding for tech colleges and universities a priority in the state budget and would help ease student loan debt.

It's not enough for Walker to simply freeze tuition in the UW System, Burke said, noting that Walker "cut $250 million out of our UW System and set our technical college funding back to 1989 levels."

Burke said she will make student loans tax deductible and would increase tax tuition deductions. She would also propose creating a refinancing authority.

"There's no reason for the hundreds of thousands of people in this state who are paying off their student loans to have interest rates of 6, 7, 8, 9 percent, when the state can actually borrow at a much, much lower interest rate," she said.

Reporters were told there was no time for questions either before or after the event. Warren also tweeted about a stop in Waukesha this morning to rally canvassers for Burke. The stop was not on the advisory sent to the media.

-- By Kay Nolan

Friday, October 10, 2014

 10:00 PM 

Burke, Walker trade jabs on jobs in first debate

EAU CLAIRE -- Dem Mary Burke argued Friday Wisconsin has fallen to dead last in the Midwest for jobs growth as Gov. Scott Walker’s policies have failed to produce the 250,000 jobs he promised during his first term.

Walker countered during their first debate his opponent was relying on outdated figures and the state is actually in the region’s top five. He also knocked her time as Commerce secretary.

Walker said the state lost 133,000 jobs before he took office, but has since created 100,000. In contrast, he said the state ranked 42nd in the country for job growth while Burke was Commerce secretary and saw its unemployment rate eclipse the national figure for the only time in the last 25 years.

“I don’t want to go backward to those failed policies,” Walker said.

Burke shot back while she was at Commerce, the state’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, there were 50,000 more jobs in the state and she cut $70 million from the agency’s budget.

“I don’t think we should be doubling down on a strategy that hasn’t worked for the last four years,” she said.

The debate, sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and held in the auditorium at Mayo Clinic Health System, included a panel of journalists who asked the candidates on issues that included frac sand mining, voter ID and Act 10, among other things.

Walker refused to be pinned down on whether he still opposed abortion in all cases, including rape and incest, and if he believed someone could live on the minimum wage.

Walker said he is pro-life, but the abortion question was settled by the U.S. Supreme Court 40 years ago.

Burke responded that Walker was glossing over his true position on abortion and said the governor supported “invasive procedures” such as mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking one.

Pressed on the minimum wage, Walker noted that he had made the minimum wage while a teenager working at McDonald’s but that “I didn’t expect that was going to be my lifetime’s work.” He said his administration is focused on creating better-paying jobs through policies such as boosting job training through tech colleges. He also touted the number of jobs posted on a state website.

"We don’t have a job problem in this state," Walker said. "We have a work problem."

Burke said she favored increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in three steps, saying it was unrealistic to believe all of the workers in sectors like retail could leave their jobs to attend tech colleges to train as welders. She said Walker cut tech college funding back to 1989 levels in his first budget, resulting in a waiting list of 41,000 people for financial aid.

During the debate, Burke twice slammed the governor over a $700,000 donation from mining firm Gogebic Taconite to the pro-Walker Club for Growth during the recall campaigns. The donation was revealed in documents that were released as part of a lawsuit challenging a John Doe probe into coordination between Walker's campaign and conservative groups.

When asked about the impact of frac sand mining on western Wisconsin, Burke pivoted to Gogebic’s planned iron-ore mine in northern Wisconsin, claiming Walker changed the rules because of the donation.

Walker didn’t reply to Burke’s comments about the donation, although he has previously said he didn’t solicit the contribution and was unaware of it at the time. On the question of mining, Walker said the frac sand industry was a boon to the economy and it could be extracted without harming the environment.

Walker rejected federal money to expand the Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act. Instead, he used BadgerCare to cover those below the poverty line while pushing others who previously received their health care through the program into the exchanges created under Obamacare.

Responding to a panel question, Walker said he wouldn’t change his decision and that doing so would be tantamount to depending on a federal government that can’t get its own fiscal house in order.

“I think Obamacare has failed to live up to its promise,” he said. “I would like to repeal it.”

Walker added that instead of accepting the federal funds, his administration eliminated the BadgerCare waiting list for Wisconsinites under the poverty line.

Burke responded that Walker’s decision cost the state $206 million in the current biennium and noted that most other governors -- including some Republicans -- had accepted the funds.

“This is Wisconsin taxpayer money that we send to Washington, and the fact that we don’t have a governor try to get that money back for Wisconsin is irresponsible,” she said.

The panel also asked the candidates if they would serve a full four years if elected in November. Burke said she’d not only serve the full term, but would like to become the longest serving governor in Wisconsin history. Tommy Thompson now holds that honor after serving 14 years in the post.

“There’s no greater honor, there’s no greater job in the world for me,” Burke said.

Walker, often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, said his plan is to serve the full four years.

“Looking at my wife right now, I know there’s no way I could run for four terms, maybe two, but that’s about it,” Walker said.

After the debate, Walker spokesman Tom Evenson wouldn’t clarify if the governor’s quip amounted to a two-term pledge.

“Gov. Walker’s plan is to be the governor for the next four years if the people of Wisconsin decide,” Evenson said.

In the final question of the debate, the candidates were asked to name one of their opponent’s positive qualities. Walker replied quickly that he admired Burke’s philanthropic activity. Burke, who answered the question second, paused before saying Walker deserved praise for his work on domestic violence and on behalf of charity.

The second and final debate will be held Oct. 17 in Milwaukee. It will also be sponsored by the WBA.

-- By Tom Giffey
For WisPolitics.com

 3:23 PM 

Burke TV ad hits Walker over 'comeback'

Mary Burke's campaign today announced a new TV ad criticizing the “comeback” under the Walker administration.

“He calls it a comeback, but under Scott Walker, family incomes are down $2,700 and Wisconsin workers get paid $5,000 less a year than in Minnesota,” an announcer says in the 30-second spot.

The ad also says Walker implemented “the deepest education cuts in the nation” while wage growth, consumer spending and job growth are “dead last in the Midwest.”

“Those at the top are doing just fine, but the rest of us can’t afford four more years,” the announcer says to close the ad.

-- By Staff

 9:54 AM 

NARAL releases new TV ad accusing Walker of not being honest on abortion

NARAL Pro-Choice America released a new TV ad today accusing Gov. Scott Walker of not being honest with Wisconsin women in his new spot on abortion.

A woman identified as Miranda from Madison talks into the camera, saying she saw Walker's latest ad and "you're not being honest with Wisconsin women."

She goes on to cite an interview Walker did in which he said he supports banning abortion "entirely" with no exceptions for rape or incense and says he signed a law "allowing government to interfere in our private health care decisions, even forcing some women to undergo invasive transvaginal ultrasounds."

"With everything our families are facing, why is your priority interfering with my health care decisions?" she asks to close the spot. "Well, Governor Walker, I’ve made my decision. Wisconsin needs a new direction."

-- By JR Ross

Thursday, October 9, 2014

 8:56 PM 

U.S. Supreme Court puts voter ID law on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court this evening put Wisconsin's voter ID law on hold just one month after a federal appeals court lifted the stay that had been preventing enforcement.

Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented. But they said there was a reasonable basis for the court's decision considering the proximity of the election.

"It is particularly troubling that absentee ballots have been sent out without any notation that proof of identification must be submitted," the dissenting justices wrote.

Still, the dissenting justices did not believe the appeals court had "demonstrably erred" in lifting the stay, which they said was required for the Supreme Court to block the ruling.

On Sept. 12, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had lifted a stay that had prevented enforcement of the law. It then ruled Monday that Wisconsin's voter ID law was constitutional.

But opponents asked the Supreme Court last week to reverse the order lifting the stay. They then went back to the court this week asking the justices to stay the ruling finding the law constitutional.

Andrea Kaminski, executive director for the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, called the ruling "wonderful news and a victory for voters in Wisconsin."

"Clearly there was not enough time for election officials to educate voters, prepare new materials and implement the law in the short time before the election," she said. "We should be seeking ways to ensure that every eligible citizen can voter in our elections, not to keep voters away."

GOP Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said his agency will be "exploring alternatives to address the court's concern and have voter ID on Election Day." The short statement did not day what those alternatives may be.

"I believe the voter ID law is constitutional, and nothing in the court's order suggests otherwise," Van Hollen said. "Instead, the court may have been concerned that even with the extraordinary efforts of the clerks, absentee ballots that were distributed before the 7th Circuit declared the law valid might not be counted."

Read the order.

-- By JR Ross

 10:40 AM 

Burke ad highlights Walker's position on abortion

Mary Burke's campaign today announced a new 15-second TV ad highlighting Gov. Scott Walker's position on abortion.

The ad features a woman named Erin Forrest speaking into the camera, saying, "When I heard what he said ..."

The spot then cuts to footage of Walker at an editorial board meeting. Asked whether he opposes abortion "even in cases of rape and incest," Walker responds, "That's correct."

"When I heard that Scott Walker opposes a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape and incest, that was all that I needed to know," Forrest says to close the ad.

-- By Staff

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

 3:07 PM 

WLCV launches $1 million campaign targeting Walker's record on conservation issues

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters today announced a $1 million campaign targeting Gov. Scott Walker, including a new TV spot that accuses him of gutting environmental laws to benefit a mining company that secretly funneled money to a group supporting him.

The narrator says Walker gutted the laws to allow an out-of-state mining company dig a “massive, open pit mine, risking arsenic and lead in our drinking water” before asking: “What’s going on?”

The narrator then says the mining company secretly funneled $700,000 to a group supporting Walker and a special prosecutor “says there’s an appearance of corruption.”

“Scott Walker’s dirty deal,” the narrator says to close the spot, “we all pay the price.”

The WLCV said the campaign would also include mail.

-- By JR Ross

 9:43 AM 

Burke TV ad knocks impact of Walker tax cuts for average Wisconsin taxpayer vs. millionaires

Dem Mary Burke's campaign released a new TV ad today knocking the impact of Gov. Scott Walker's tax cuts for the average Wisconsinite compared to millionaires.

Walker put up an ad earlier this fall saying the average family will have an extra $322 to spend thanks to his reforms.

But the new Burke spots says the average Wisconsin taxpayer received just $11 a month, enough to buy a pizza, while Walker thinks it's enough to buy "your vote."

The narrator then says corporations received $610 million in tax cuts, while millionaires got at least $1,400 per year.

"And you? Well, enjoy your meal," the narrator says to close the spot. "Scott Walker. Millions for them. Pizza for you."

The Burke campaign said the new ad will start tomorrow in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, Eau Claire/La Crosse and Madison media markets

-- By JR Ross

 9:19 AM 

New Walker TV ad accuses Burke of lying about jobs plan, plagiarizing it

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign released a new TV ad today accusing Dem rival Mary Burke of lying about her jobs plan and plagiarizing it.

The narrator says Burke is "is at it again, attacking Scott Walker’s record on jobs." The narrator then says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called the attacks "false" and Burke is "twisting the numbers, and it’s not the first time."

The narrator says he truth is Wisconsin ranked third in Midwest job growth.

"The facts are Wisconsin gained 100,000 jobs under Scott Walker, and we can’t trust Mary Burke," the narrator says to close the spot.

Walker's campaign says the ad is running statewide.

-- By JR Ross

 8:12 AM 

Duffy TV ad touts pay freeze, office budget cut

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy is out with his second TV ad of the 2014 campaign, featuring the Weston Republican sawing a log with help from constituents.

"Here in Wisconsin, when we pull together, there's no challenge we can't overcome," Duffy says in the 30-second spot. "We're a team. That's why I voted to freeze my own pay and cut my office budget."

Duffy then calls for reducing government spending and cutting the federal debt, saying that by "working together, we'll cut through problems, reform government and restore the American dream."

-- By Staff

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

 8:24 AM 

Ryan's debut TV ad says it's 'time to clean house at the IRS'

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan today announced his first TV ad of the 2014 campaign, telling viewers it's "time to clean house at the IRS."

"Turn the tax code mess into a fair and simple system, eliminate loopholes, lower tax rates, create jobs, make it easier on hard-working taxpayers," the Janesville Republican says in the ad. "Less of the IRS and more people working. I'm Paul Ryan, and I may get audited for approving this message, but it would be worth it."

-- By Staff

Monday, October 6, 2014

 1:50 PM 

Walker releases response ad to Emily's List spot

Shortly after Emily's List released a TV ad accusing him of seeking to outlaw abortion even in cases of rape and incest, Gov. Scott Walker's campaign put out a new spot today saying "reasonable people can disagree" on the procedure.

The spot features Walker talking directly into the camera, saying he is pro-life, but "there's no doubt in my mind the decision of whether or not to end a pregnancy is an agonizing one."

Walker says he supports legislation to "increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options," but the bill "leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor."

"Now, reasonable people can disagree on this issue," Walker says to close the spot. "Our priority is to protect the health and safety of all Wisconsin citizens."

-- By JR Ross

 10:30 AM 

Emily's List TV ad knocks Walker for wanting to outlaw abortion, even in cases of rape and incest

Emily's List, which last month announced it would spend $1.2 million on TV ads to aid Dem Mary Burke, released a TV ad today knocking Gov. Scott Walker for wanting to outlaw all abortions, even in the case of rape and incest.

The spot features a woman in a white lab coat that Emily's List identified as Meg, a nurse practitioner in Wisconsin.

Meg says she doesn't like anyone "getting between me and my patients" so she was outraged when Walker "quietly signed a law trying to restrict doctors from performing abortions."

She then says Walker wants to outlaw all abortions.

"Look, this is one of the toughest decisions a woman has to make," Meg says. "It’s not up to politicians like Scott Walker. Scott Walker needs to get out of my patients’ private lives, out of my examining room, and just leave women alone."

Emily's List said the ad would begin running tomorrow.

-- By JR Ross

 8:06 AM 

New Burke TV ad knocks Walker for Wisconsin being 'dead last' in Midwest job growth

Dem Mary Burke released a new TV ad today charging Gov. Scott Walker cut taxes for the wealthy, slashed public education “and we fell to dead last in Midwest job growth.”

The spot says the Midwest is "coming back. It includes newscasts on Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan talking about improvements in those states’ economies and job pictures.

After talking about Walker’s decisions, the ad includes a newscaster saying, “Wisconsin lags behind most of the country when it comes to job growth.”

“Tax cuts for the top. Dead last in jobs,” the announcer says to close the spot. “Scott Walker’s not working for you.”

Burke’s campaign said the spot will air in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, Eau Claire/La Crosse and Madison media markets.

-- By JR Ross

Friday, October 3, 2014

 5:13 PM 

JFC cancels Tuesday meeting but chairs support GAB's request for voter ID money

The Joint Finance Committee has canceled a 13.10 hearing planned for Tuesday, but the co-chairs are giving the GAB the OK to go ahead with a public awareness campaign on voter ID.

The office of Co-Chair Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, said the hearing was cancelled because of scheduling conflicts for committee members.

The only time-sensitive request on the agenda was the GAB's request for $460,800 to cover a public awareness campaign that voter ID will be required this fall.

Nygren's office said the co-chairs have sent the GAB a letter signaling support for the request. The GAB was told to go ahead with its plan with the promise it will be reimbursed later, Nygren's office said.

See the co-chairs' letter to the GAB

 10:06 AM 

Burke TV ad showcases work with Madison startup

Mary Burke's guv campaign today announced a new TV ad featuring Madison-based preserves company Quince & Apple.

In the 60-second spot, company founders Matt and Clare Stoner Fehsenfeld say Burke helped their fledgling business, with Clare saying, "She really understands how to make a business work."

An announcer then says Burke "helped build a great Wisconsin company" at Trek Bicycle before helping startup and growing companies like Quince & Apple as Commerce secretary, when "there were fifty thousand more jobs than we’ve had under Scott Walker."

Burke then talks to the camera, saying, "Wisconsin small businesses have everything it takes to grow the economy and create good-paying jobs."

"But we need a governor who cares less about the politics, and more about people like Matt and Clare," Burke says.

-- By Staff

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

 7:18 PM 

GWC takes Walker to task again over education cuts

The liberal Greater Wisconsin Committee is up with a new TV ad again taking Gov. Scott Walker to task over education cuts.

The spot opens with the narrator saying the guv argued he made the biggest education cuts in the country to balance the budget.

“But now there’s a massive deficit … again,” the narrator says.

The spot then shows a news clip of an anchor saying “a $1.8 billion budget shortfall for Wisconsin.”

The narrator then says, “What went wrong? Walker handed out billions in tax breaks and giveaways to millionaires, corporations and his campaign contributors.”

“Tell Governor Walker when he makes the wrong choices, you pay the price,” the narrator says to close the spot.

-- By JR Ross

 1:57 PM 

Burke posts TV ad responding to attacks on jobs plan

Dem Mary Burke's campaign has now posted to its YouTube channel the TV ad it began over the weekend in response to attacks on her jobs plan.

In the spot, Burke talks into the camera and says Wisconsin's loss of 4,300 jobs in August is why Gov. Scott Walker is attacking her jobs plan in September, saying "it takes ideas from other states." 

"Well, you know what? Of course it does," Burke says. "As governor, I'm going to take the best ideas wherever I can find them. And if Scott Walker had done the same, maybe we wouldn't be dead last in Midwest job growth. Take a look at my plan and decide for yourself, because Wisconsin shouldn't be dead last in anything, especially jobs." 

-- By JR Ross

 12:40 PM 

Marquette poll: Walker 50, Burke 45 among likely voters

Gov. Scott Walker opened up a slight lead among likely voters on Dem rival Mary Burke in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll, the first time since March the advantage for either candidate has had a lead greater than the margin of error.

Fifty percent of likely voters backed Walker, while 45 percent supported Burke. Among registered voters, it was 46-45 Walker.

In the last poll two weeks ago, Walker and Burke were tied at 46 percent apiece among registered voters. Among likely voters, Walker had a 49-46 edge.

Poll director Charles Franklin said with the race now a little more than a month away, he is starting to focus more on likely voters.

He also called Walker’s lead on Burke among men “astonishing.” Walker led among men 62-34, while Burke led among women 54-40.

In the AG’s race, Republican Brad Schimel edged Dem Susan Happ 41-39. Among registered voters, it was tied at 39.

In the last poll, it was 42-41 for Schimel among likely voters and 39-38 for Happ among registered voters.

The live phone survey of 801 registered voters was conducted through live interviews Thursday through Sunday. It included 585 likely voters. The margin of error for registered voters was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points and 4.1 percentage points among likely voters.

-- By JR Ross

Editors note: This post has been updated to reflect a clarification from Marquette on its original release stating Walker's lead was outside the margin of error. While the difference was greater than 4.1 percentage points, the university noted a proper statistical standard for being outside the margin of error would be a difference of 8.2 percentage points.

 10:41 AM 

Schimel ad touts endorsements, child sexual assault prosecutions

In what the campaign describes as the first in a series of statewide ads, Republican AG candidate Brad Schimel touts his bipartisan endorsements from law enforcement leaders in a new TV spot.

The ad also highlights two child sexual assault cases Schimel prosecuted, one involving a former Pewaukee alderman and another a former Racine police officer.

The ad begins with Schimel in a courtroom and then cuts to him with his daughters as a voiceover describes him as a “decorated prosecutor and father of two girls” who “puts public safety ahead of politics.”

The ad then displays a scrolling list of endorsements along with shots of Schimel in the lobby of a building.

The spot then cuts to Schimel in a courtroom and highlights the two sexual assault cases, while a voiceover says “Schimel isn't afraid to take on the powerful to get justice.”

The spot ends with Schimel standing in from of uniformed law enforcement officers, ending with the tag,“Brad Schimel: law enforcement’s choice for attorney general.”

-- By David Wise

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