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Saturday, February 28, 2015

 4:51 PM 

Walker finishes second in CPAC straw poll

Gov. Scott Walker finished second in the Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll, just behind U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

Paul was backed by 25.7 percent of the 3,007 conservative activists who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington, D.C. Walker was supported by 21.4 percent of voters.

Sen. Ted Cruz was third at 11.5 percent, while Ben Carson was next at 11.4 and Jeb Bush was fifth at 8.3 percent.

It was the third straight time Paul, R-Ky., has topped the poll. this year's was conducted Wednesday through Friday.

See the full results.

-- By JR Ross


Friday, February 27, 2015

 9:07 AM 

Walker comments on ISIS, state Capitol protesters prompt strong reactions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gov. Scott Walker continued to steal the spotlight and make headlines on his second trip to Washington in less than a week.

Speaking Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which has become an early, can't-miss appearance for potential Republican presidential candidates, Walker won big applause during his 15-minute speech. But like at the National Governors Association meeting last weekend, he uttered something during the question-and-answer session that could haunt him: he suggested dealing with thousands of protesters in the Wisconsin Capitol prepared him to take on ISIS.

"If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world," he said in response to an audience member who asked him how he would confront the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group, which is also known as ISIS and ISIL.

The comment quickly drew condemnation from Wisconsin groups, who accused Walker of comparing teachers and nurses to terrorists. But a Walker spokeswoman insists he was not comparing American citizens to ISIS.

"Governor Walker believes our fight against ISIS is one of the most important issues our country faces," said spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski. "He was in no way comparing any American citizen to ISIS. What the governor was saying was when faced with adversity he chooses strength and leadership. Those are the qualities we need to fix the leadership void this White House has created."

The comment also drew a mixed reaction from those at the conference.

"To compare 100,000 unarmed students to well-armed terrorists is pretty stupid," said Chandler Lassen, a 20-year-old University of South Carolina student who attended in his capacity as treasurer of South Carolina's College Republicans.

Professionals were less harsh in their assessment and chalked up the incident to a gaffe.

Tom Basile, who led a workshop titled "Effective communication to expand a conservative majority" earlier in the afternoon, said Q&A sessions at this early stage of the campaign, during which almost all contenders are in "exploratory" mode, can be fraught with peril and must be navigated carefully. And especially in regards to foreign policy, most would-be nominees don't yet have "fully formed" views that they can articulate clearly, said the Forbes and XM-Radio contributor.

Walker was trying to say that the United States needs to confront the Muslim extremist threat more directly than President Barack Obama has done so far, Basile said. "His point is that he's going to be tougher than Obama," Basile said.

Byron Thomas, a 23-year-old senior at the University of South Carolina, didn't take Walker's comments literally and instead focused on his larger point about how dangerous ISIS is at home and abroad.

"We have to do everything we can to get rid" of ISIS and similar groups, Thomas said. "We can't drop a nuclear bomb, because that would be immoral," yet the threat is great and must be confronted.

Walker made headlines last weekend when he said "I don't know" in response to a reporter asking whether he thought Obama was a Christian. That answer earned him condemnation from some pundits but plaudits from many within the Republican base, who will decide who the 2016 GOP presidential nominee is. Similarly, his ISIS comment quickly hit the blogs and social media but it remains to be seen if it will have any lasting negative affect on his nascent campaign. Critics have dinged Walker for not having a clear foreign policy agenda but he made clear Thursday that for now, it is anything diametrically opposed to Obama's actions.

He mocked Obama for declaring Yemen a success in the Mideast and Iran as "a country we can do business with." He also took a swipe at Hillary Clinton, without naming her, by deriding Obama's former secretary of state for pushing a "reset button" with Russia.

His comments on domestic issues met with equal applause from the crowd packing the ballroom at the National Harbor hotel, which is just outside Washington's city limits in Maryland.

They ate up Walker's boasts about taking on "big labor" by stripping public unions of their collective bargaining powers and Republicans' latest victory in making Wisconsin a "right to work" state. However, one attendant—who was escorted out—shouted, "You suck," when Walker recounted his coups against labor. Walker took it in stride, ad libbing how "millions" of people feel differently and how his actions were a victory for "Wisconsin's "hard-working taxpayers."

"I really liked what he had to say except about the minimum wage," Lassen said. "I feel we should embrace it federally," he said, adding that too many workers making less than minimum wage cannot survive on such low wages.

Thomas said that although he comes from a union household, he strongly supports Walker's stance on organized labor.

"I think people should work for what they get," he said. The government and unions "just hand stuff out," he said, adding that he doesn't oppose all social welfare programs, such as food stamps, however.

-- By Nicole Duran
For WisPolitics.com


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 7:07 AM 

Quinnipiac: Walker almost doubles up nearest opponent in new Iowa GOP poll

Gov. Scott Walker is well ahead of the pack in Iowa, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Twenty-five percent of likely GOP caucus participants backed Walker with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul a distant second at 13 percent. Ben Carson was next at 11 percent, while Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush were at 10 percent each.

The poll found 57 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of Walker, while just 7 percent had an unfavorable view.

Also, only 8 percent of respondents said they were less likely to vote for Walker because he lacks a college degree, while 82 percent said it made no difference. The poll comes after a round of media attention on Walker leaving Marquette University before he graduated.

The survey of 623 likely Iowa Republican caucus participants was conducted Feb. 16-23 using live interviews via land lines and cell phones. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

-- By JR Ross


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 12:26 PM 

PPP: Walker leads GOP field nationally for president

Gov. Scott Walker was the clear leader for the GOP presidential nomination in a new national survey of Republicans from the Dem firm Public Policy Polling.

Twenty-five percent of Republicans backed Walker, compared to 18 percent for Ben Carson, 17 percent for Jeb Bush and 10 percent for Mike Huckabee.

Walker’s support has more than doubled from January, when PPP found 11 percent of Republicans backed him.

PPP attributed Walker’s rise to his appeal to the most conservative voters in the GOP electorate. He leads among “very conservative” GOP voters with 37 percent, compared to 19 percent for Carson.

Bush led Walker 34-12 among moderate GOP voters, who were outnumbered better than 2-to-1 by those who identify as very conservative.

The survey of 316 GOP primary voters was conducted Friday through Sunday through automated phone interviews with some done over the Internet to reach those without landlines. The margin of error was plus or minus 5.5 percentage points. 

-- By JR Ross


 11:30 AM 

Walker close to Cruz in Texas GOP poll

Gov. Scott Walker was neck-and-neck with Sen. Ted Cruz among Texas Republicans, according to a new poll from the University of Texas and Texas Tribune.

The survey found 20 percent of Republicans backed Cruz, while 19 percent supported Walker. In October, Cruz was backed by 27 percent of Republicans, while just 2 percent supported Walker.

In the latest poll, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson were tied at 9 percent each, while former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was at 8 percent. The poll of 547 Republicans had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.19 percentage points. It was conducted Feb. 6-15.

See more from the poll


Monday, February 23, 2015

 11:45 AM 

Walker campaign raising money off reporter questions on Obama, Giuliani

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign is fundraising off what it's calling "pointless questions about whether and how much President Obama loves our country."

Appearing at the National Governors Association meeting this weekend in Washington, D.C., Walker made national headlines by refusing to say whether he believes Obama is a Christian or if he loves the country. Walker appeared at an event in Manhattan last week in which Rudy Giuliani said he does not "believe that the president loves America."

Reporters since have been asking Walker if he agreed with Giuliani's question, and a Washington Post reporter asked the guv if he believes Obama is a Christian. He answered he didn't know, though a spokeswoman later told the paper he was trying to make a point by not answering such questions and "Of course the governor thinks the president is a Christian."

Walker's state campaign sent a fundraising request playing off the controversy.

"Your support will show the clueless and mindless journalistic herd that you know what matters most and that it is not the pointless minutiae that they are pushing," the appeal read.

The DNC slammed Walker for his answers over the weekend.

"Scott Walker had a simple test," said party spokeswoman Holly Shulman. "He could have risen above the fray, but he continues to flatly fail and instead push the same polarizing agenda and politics he has for years in Wisconsin. Today, Walker has proven himself once again to be unfit to lead."

Read the fundraising appeal


Thursday, February 19, 2015

 12:12 PM 

Walker staffs up in New Hampshire

Gov. Scott Walker has added two people to the New Hampshire operations of his 527.

A Walker spokeswoman confirmed Walker has hired Andy Leach, a former New Hampshire GOP executive director, to be a senior adviser for Our American Revival.

Michael Bir, who was political director for the Michigan GOP and worked on the RNC's "Victory" program in Ohio for the 2010 and 2012 cycles, will lead day-to-day operations in New Hampshire.


 10:53 AM 

New Iowa poll shows Walker on top

A new automated poll by Gravis Marketing had Gov. Scott Walker winning 24 percent of the GOP Iowa caucus vote -- a much better showing than he's had in other polls of Iowa voters.

Rand Paul and Jeb Bush were tied at 10 percent each.

The survey of 343 Republicans was conducted Feb. 12-13 and had a margin of error or plus or minus 4 percentage points. It was done for the conservative website Townhall.com.

In a head-to-head matchup with Hillary Clinton, Walker trailed 47-41. Clinton beat Bush 43-37 and Paul 44-39.

Those questions were posed to 969 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

See more from the poll


 10:16 AM 

CBS poll: 59 percent of GOP voters nationally don't know enough about Walker to say if they'd vote for him

A new CBS News Poll found 59 percent of self-identified Republicans nationally don't know enough about Scott Walker to say if they'd vote for him.

Among the 11 GOP candidates the poll asked about, only Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was less known with 67 percent saying they didn't know enough about him.

Still, Walker was in the middle of the pack for those who said they'd consider him. Jeb Bush led the field with 49 percent saying they'd consider voting for him and 26 percent saying they would not. Mike Huckabee was next at 46-24.

Thirty percent of respondents said they'd consider voting for Walker, while 10 percent said they would not.

Chris Christie had the highest negatives with 43 percent of GOP voters saying they wouldn't consider voting for him and 28 percent saying they would.

-- By JR Ross


 9:48 AM 

PPP has Bush, Walker tops among South Carolina Republicans

Jeb Bush and Scott Walker were neck-and-neck among GOP voters in South Carolina, according to a new poll from the Dem firm Public Policy Polling.

Bush was backed by 19 percent of respondents, followed by Walker at 18 percent. Home state Sen. Lindsey Graham was tied with Ben Carson for third at 13 percent, while Mike Huckabee was also in double digits at 12 percent.
Like other primary polls, PPP found Walker did well even though he's not very well known. Only 51 percent of voters had an opinion of him. Seventy-seven percent of South Carolina voters, for example, had an opinion of Bush.
The firm also head hypothetical head-to-head general election match ups between the Republicans and Dem Hillary Clinton. 

Huckabee was the strongest with a 49-41 lead over Clinton, while Walker topped her 46-42.

PPP surveyed 868 registered voters, including 525 GOP primary voters from Feb. 12-15. The margin of error for the overall poll is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points and plus or minus 4.3 percentage points for the GOP sample. Eighty percent of interviews were conducted over the phone, while 20 percent were done over the Internet to reach those who don't have landlines.

-- By JR Ross


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

 9:45 PM 

Soglin, Resnick top vote getters in Madison mayoral primary

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is leading a five-way primary with Ald. Scott Resnick a distant second.

With more than 86 percent of the vote in, Soglin had 11,742 votes, or 52.8 percent. Resnick had 5,172 votes, or 23.2 percent, according to results posted at the Dane County Clerk's website.

Bridget Maniaci was third with 3,286 votes, or 14.8 percent.

The top two vote finishers advance to the April general election.

UPDATE: The final results are in. Soglin finished with 52.7 percent, while Resnick was at 23.3.

-- By JR Ross

 9:40 PM 

Farrow wins Waukesha County exec primary, Schellinger advances as well

GOP state Sen. Paul Farrow easily won the four-way primary for Waukesha County exec, advancing to the April general election against Lee Schellinger.

Farrow had 7,829 votes, or 59.9 percent, while Schellinger was at 22.3 percent, according to results posted at the Waukesha County Clerk's website.

The two will square off April 7 to replace Dan Vrakas, who decided not to seek re-election and has endorsed Farrow, R-Pewaukee.

-- By JR Ross

 9:36 PM 

Stroebel cruising in 20th SD GOP primary

Former state Rep. Duey Stroebel is cruising to an easy victory in the GOP primary for the open 20th SD.

With 86 percent of the vote in, Stroebel has 8,568 votes, or 69 percent, according to unofficial returns.

Lee Schlenvogt was second with 2,786 votes, or 22 percent, while Tiffany Koehler was in third with 1,061 votes, or 9 percent.

With no other candidates seeking the seat, Stroebel will be virtually assured of winning the 20th SD special election in April.

UPDATE: The final results are in. Stroebel finished with 68 percent of the vote.

-- By JR Ross

Sunday, February 15, 2015

 12:29 PM 

Walker polls in double digits in three early presidential states

Gov. Scott Walker was one of two candidates to poll in double digits in three early presidential states, though he did not lead the surveys of GOP presidential primary votes in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Jeb Bush was the other GOP candidate to pull double digits in all three NBC News/Marist polls.

Bush led in New Hampshire with 18 percent of potential GOP primary voters, while Walker was at 15 percent, Rand Paul 14 and Chris Christie 13.

Mike Huckabee led in Iowa with 17 percent followed by Bush with 16 and Walker at 15.

In South Carolina, Lindsey Graham topped the pack at 17 percent with Bush at 15 and Walker at 12.
The polls also asked about hypothetical head-to-head general election match ups.

In Iowa, Hillary Clinton led Walker 49-38, and she bested him 49-42 in New Hampshire.

Walker tied Clinton in South Carolina, 46-all.

-- By JR Ross


Thursday, February 12, 2015

 9:59 AM 

Walker knocks media fascination with his position on evolution, again declines to answer question

Gov. Scott Walker today knocked what he viewed as the media's new found fascination with his position on evolution and again declined to provide specifics on his position.

Walker drew national attention yesterday when he declined to answer a question on evolution while he is in London, where he is traveling as part of a state trade mission.

Speaking with Wisconsin reporters this morning, Walker declined to say whether he believed evolution should be taught in the state's public schools and took a shot at the media for its focus on the issue.

“I’m just pointing out in four years it wasn’t important enough for you or anybody else on the call to ask so obviously it isn’t an important part of being governor," Walker said when pressed on the issue.

The guv said the questions on evolution are an example of why the public gets so frustrated with the media because they are preoccupied with trivial things that don't matter to the general public. He also made an opaque reference to the furor that erupted last week when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a potential rival for the 2016 GOP nomination, made comments about vaccines.

After Walker's comments started getting attention nationally, he issued a statement yesterday saying science and his faith "dictate my belief that we are created by God" and that faith and science are compatible.

He said that made his position on the issue clear and argued he should be focused on his trade mission for Wisconsin rather than such questions.

"I don’t think any politician who’s in talking about trade and investment should be pontificating on issues like that or others out there that aren’t related to the trip," Walker said.

-- By JR Ross


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

 4:06 PM 

Walker skips questions on foreign policy, evolution during London visit

While in London for a state trade mission, Gov. Scott Walker declined to weigh in on U.S. foreign policy or whether he believed in evolution.

He said it isn’t polite for American elected officials to comment on it while traveling abroad. As for evolution, “That's a question a politician shouldn't be involved in one way or the other."

Walker gave a 15-minute address at Chatham House, a think tank, before fielding questions from the audience, which included some reporters.

Walker passed up answering questions on whether he believed the U.S. should arm Ukrainian rebels, if Britain was doing enough to fight ISIS and other foreign policy issues. Each time, Walker declined, in part because he was on a state trade mission and because he did not think it was proper form.

“I just don’t think it’s wise to undermine the president of your own country,” Walker said.

The guv, who has been making moves toward a presidential run, said he might be more open to answering such questions during a later trip. He also answered a question about his own foreign policy experience by pointing to the risk assessments he regularly receives from the Wisconsin National Guard and the FBI.

“It concerns me both as a governor and a parent that I think there are very real threats in this world,” he said.

Walker’s office said he also met today with John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons, during a visit to Parliament.

UPDATE: Walker took to Twitter to expand on his evolution statement and knock the media for politicizing the issue during the trade mission.

“Both science & my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God. I believe faith & science are compatible, & go hand in hand,” Walker tweeted.

See Walker’s campaign Twitter feed:


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

 9:49 AM 

Bradley outraises Daley in pre-primary period

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley outraised challenger James Daley in the pre-primary period and increased her advantage for cash on hand, according to their campaign finance reports.

Bradley raised $109,894 between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2 and reported $352,934 in the bank.

Daley, a Rock County judge, raised $65,021 last month and had $88,428 in the bank. He continued to list $6,500 in loans.

Bradley's biggest contributions included $5,000 each from: John Noel of Stevens Point, president of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Concierge; Frank Bastian, a tax attorney at Lichtsinn & Haensel in Milwaukee; Seymour Abrahamson, a retired geneticist and husband of Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson; and David Walsh, a Madison attorney and UW regent. 

Daley reported a $10,000 donation from W.B. Johnson, owner of Johnson Timber in Hayward. He also received $5,000 each from Racine retiree Fred Young Jr., Green Bay retiree Paul Schierl, Tamarack Petroleum Chairman Daniel McKeithan and Milwaukee homemaker Kathryn Burke.

Daley also listed an in-kind donation of $746 from Steven Biskupic, a former U.S. attorney whose clients now include Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

-- By JR Ross

Sunday, February 8, 2015

 9:52 AM 

Walker third in New Hampshire poll of GOP voters

Gov. Scott Walker was third in a new poll of New Hampshire GOP primary voters, behind Jeb Bush and Rand Paul.

Sixteen percent of respondents backed Bush, while 13 favored Paul and 12 percent backed Walker in the Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire poll. Chris Christie was next at 10 percent.

Of the top four GOP candidates, Walker appeared to have the most room to grow; 54 percent of primary voters had an opinion of him. More than 80 percent primary voters had an opinion of the other three top finishers.

The poll also asked several questions about Walker to gauge how they impact voters' perceptions of him.

Respondents were told "Walker is facing a large number of campaign finance scandals, including what has been called a “criminal scheme” by prosecutors." Thirty-one percent called that a deal killer, 30 percent said they would consider it, while 29 percent said it was not a real problem. That was more damaging than that he has no foreign policy experience and wouldn't be able to handle terrorist threats (28-29-37) and "doesn’t know how to get things done in Washington, and wouldn’t fix the gridlock" (21-25-43).

The poll also asked respondents about qualities backers believe are his positives. The highest rated one was that he "stood up to unions -- and won." Thirty-nine percent said that was a very convincing reason to vote for him, 30 percent found it somewhat convincing and 20 percent said it was not convincing.

They were also asked about his three wins in a Democratic state (28-37-24) and that he's "a fresh face from outside Washington, who can bring new ideas to help break the gridlock" (28-39-23).

The poll was conducted Jan. 31 to Feb. 5 by Washington-based Purple Insights. The survey of 400 GOP primary voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

-- By JR Ross


Thursday, February 5, 2015

 12:07 PM 

Walker polls well in New Hampshire, North Carolina and Ohio

Read below for details on individual polls that had Walker leading in two states and second in another:

-- A new NH1 Pulse Poll found Walker leading the GOP pack in New Hampshire, home to the first presidential primary next year.

The automated poll had Walker backed by 21.2 percent of of those who said they were likely to vote in the GOP primary next year, while Jeb Bush was at 14.4 percent.

See more on the survey: http://www.nh1.com/news/nh1-pulse-poll-walker-surges-to-top-with-romneys-exit-bush-second/

-- In North Carolina, Walker was tied with Ben Carson and Bush at 14 percent apiece among GOP primary voters.

PPP, a Dem firm, said it was the first time it's found Walker in the lead pack among GOP candidates for 2016. He was also still relatively unknown in North Carolina with 41 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of the state having no opinion of him.

Bush and Carson were tied with Dem Hillary Clinton in hypothetical head-to-head matchups, while Walker trailed her by 2 percentage points, 46-44.

See more: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2014/PPP_Release_NC_20415.pdf

-- Walker finished behind the Ohio guv in a new Quinnipiac University survey of presidential primary votes in the Buckeye State, Florida and Pennsylvania.

In the Quinnipiac Ohio poll, Gov. John Kasich topped the GOP field with 14 percent of the vote, followed by Walker at 11 percent.

But Walker failed to crack double digits in either Florida, where Bush was favored by 32 percent, or Pennsylvania, where Bush was at 12 percent, Chris Christie 11 and Mike Huckabee 10.

Walker was at 9 percent in Florida and 6 percent in Pennsylvania.

See more on the Quinnipiac polls: http://bit.ly/1ApjBho


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

 1:01 PM 

Walker touts school choice, lower property taxes in budget speech

Gov. Scott Walker portrayed his $68.3 billion two-year budget plan as a way to change state government while paving the way for lower property taxes and greater prosperity.

Delivering a budget address for the first time as a likely presidential contender, Walker also called for a dramatic statewide expansion of the private school voucher program, an accountability approach that included no sanctions for perennially failing schools, and an overhaul of how state government is organized.

Walker, three months after winning re-election over Dem Mary Burke, touted his plan as a common sense approach to limiting the size of state government.

“Our plan is based on growth and opportunity, which leads to freedom and prosperity for all,” Walker said Tuesday night. "The budget plan we present tonight will help restore that American dream right here in Wisconsin."

In addition to lifting the caps on the number of students and schools that could participate in the school choice program statewide, Walker is calling for a change to how the vouchers are funded for students added to the program and new limits on who can join.

After the program was expanded statewide two years ago, reports found the vast majority of students who joined were already attending private schools. Under the budget, those now in the outstate and Racine choice programs would be allowed to remain, while the Milwaukee program would be unchanged. But those seeking to join the statewide and Racine programs going forward largely would already have to be attending a public school.

Read more budget coverage


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

 2:31 PM 

Burke raised more than $1.9 million in final report of 2014

Dem guv candidate Mary Burke raised more than $1.9 million from mid-October through the end of 2014, according to her campaign finance report.

Altogether, Burke raised $17.2 million for her campaign between October of 2013 and the end of 2014. That includes $4.6 million from her own pocket.

Gov. Scott Walker, meanwhile, raised $30.4 million over the last half of 2013 and all of 2014.

Burke's campaign finance report listed $88,887 in her campaign account at the end of December.

See Burke's full report

See Walker's full report

 10:17 AM 

Walker fills out national political team

Gov. Scott Walker continues to build out his team for an expected presidential bid.

Adviser Rick Wiley, who is serving as executive director of the guv's 527, sent out a series of tweets last night welcoming members of the new team with a link to a CNN story detailing the hires.

They include:

*Ed Goeas, president and CEO of the Tarrance Group, as a senior adviser.
*Brian Tringali and B.J. Martino, also from the Tarrance Group, will oversee polling. Both have worked on Walker's guv campaigns.
*Kirsten Kukowski, who was deputy communications director/press secretary for the RNC, will be communications director for the guv's 527, "Our American Revival."
*Mark Stephenson, who worked on GOP Sen. Joni Ernst's Iowa campaign, will be Walker's chief data officer.

Also, Stephan Thompson, who served as Walker's campaign director last fall, has joined the guv's 527 as deputy executive director under Wiley.


Monday, February 2, 2015

 10:34 PM 

Ryan has biggest bankroll among state's U.S. House delegation

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan leads Wisconsin's House delegation in cash-on-hand, with nearly $2.7 million in the bank at the end of 2014.

During the reporting period, which covers activity from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, the Janesville Republican and Ways and Means chair reported $32,548 in receipts and $215,914 in spending.

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind reported the second-highest cash-on-hand with almost $1.5 million. Kind, D-La Crosse, reported $2,190 in receipts and $32,865 in spending for the period.

Fundraising totals for the rest of the state's House delegation include:

*Sean Duffy, R-Weston: minus $2,670 in receipts due to $5,610 in returned contributions, $36,470 in spending, $674,413 cash on hand;
*Glenn Grothman, R-Campbellsport: $6,714 in receipts, $34,760 in spending, $3,509 cash on hand;
*Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee: $4,020 in receipts, $29,621 in spending, $13,673 cash on hand;
*Mark Pocan, D-Madison: $6,487 in receipts, $43,612, in spending, $187,549 cash on hand;
*Reid Ribble, R-Appleton: $1,085 in receipts, $42,239 in spending, $803,486 cash on hand;
*And Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls: $35 in receipts, $11,411 in spending, $393,925 cash on hand.

 9:27 PM 

Bradley outraises Daley 3-to-1 in Supreme Court race

Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley outraised rival James Daley 3-to-1 on their first campaign finance reports of the race.

Both candidates raised the bulk of their money after the November election.

Bradley listed a handful of donations before November as she raised $265,304, spent $16,023 and had $273,164 cash on hand, according to her report filed with the GAB.

Daley loaned his campaign $1,300 in August and $5,000 in October. His first individual donations didn't start rolling in until Nov. 14 as he raised $74,573, spent $23,734 and had $52,038 cash on hand, according to his report.

-- By JR Ross

 4:52 PM 

Walker raised $5.4 million between mid-October and Dec. 31

Gov. Scott Walker raised more than $5.4 million from mid-October through the end of 2014, according to a summary his office released this afternoon.

The summary showed Walker spent $8.1 million between Oct. 21 and Dec. 31 and had $278,271 left in the bank at the end of 2014.

The cover sheet also showed Walker raised $25.3 million in 2014 and spent more than $29.6 million. Since taking office in early January 2011, Walker has raised $71.7 million, according to his reports filed with the GAB.

-- By JR Ross

Sunday, February 1, 2015

 8:35 PM 

Walker discusses "aggressive strategy" on foreign policy

Gov. Scott Walker won't rule out boots on the ground in Syria if that's what is needed for "an aggressive strategy" to protect the U.S.

Walker said on ABC's "This Week" that was not "an immediate plan," but said the 2,000 air strikes carried out in Syria to date has not been aggressive enough.

"I wouldn't rule anything out," the likely presidential candidate said on Sunday's show. "I think when you have the lives of Americans at stake and our freedom-loving allies anywhere in the world, we have to be prepared to do things that don't allow those measures, those attacks, those abuses to come to our shores."

Walker, who was in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, said he met with former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger, George Shultz and Madeleine Albright.

The guv also knocked Hillary Clinton as someone who embodies "all the things Washington." He said voters want to look to the future.

"I think Americans overwhelmingly want fresh new ideas that build the economy from the ground, that put the power back in the hands of the people, not only at the state and local level, but of individual Americans," Walker said. "I don't think they want government telling them what to do, and that's what I've been advocating for a long time."

Guest host Martha Raddatz pressed Walker if there was a "99 percent chance" he'll run for president.

"I don't know that I'd take the odds," Walker said. "I'll just tell you one thing. After three elections for governor in four years in a state that hasn't gone Republican since 1984 for president, I wouldn't bet against me on anything."

See the transcript from the show


 9:55 AM 

Walker leads in new Iowa poll

Gov. Scott Walker was at the head of a tight pack for support among Iowa Republicans in a new poll out over the weekend.

Fifteen percent of respondents in the poll conducted for Bloomberg Politics and The Des Moines Register backed Walker, while 14 percent supported Rand Paul. Mike Huckabee was at 10 percent, while 9 percent backed Ben Carson.

Mitt Romney, who announced he wouldn't run the day after the poll concluded, was backed by 13 percent of respondents.

Walker's favorable-unfavorable numbers among GOP caucus voters were 60-12.

The poll was conducted Jan. 26-29 as Walker was receiving considerable national attention for his speech to a gathering of Iowa conservatives. The survey of 402 registered GOP Iowa voters who said they would definitely or probably vote in the 2016 caucus had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

See the polling summary


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