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Thursday, April 30, 2015

 12:46 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Thursday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker's political fundraising, his personal finances and his populist message in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- New York Times: Scott Walker's Strength in Donors

- People: Scott Walker Owes Sears Up to $50,000: Report

- Boston Globe: Baggage of wealth burdens presidential candidates

- Capital Times: A history of Scott Walker's stance on same-sex marriage

- Scott Walker: Communities should review police training


- Patrick Brennan: If You Look at the Numbers, One of Scott Walker's Advantages Is Even Bigger Than You'd Think

- Stephen Koff: Walker owes tens of thousands of dollars on his credit cards

- Mark Lagerkvist: High security: Guarding Christie costs 5 times more than Walker

- Josh Kraushaar: Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind for GOP's 2016 Governors

- John Fonte: The Conservative Populist Breakout

- Thomas Edsall: Enter Scott Walker, Stage Right


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 11:35 AM 

Scott Walker 2016 Wednesday headline roundup

A new poll shows Gov. Scott Walker leading the GOP presidential field in Iowa and columnists comment on Walker's immigration stance in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker leads GOP field by 10 in Iowa, new poll finds

- WITI: Public Policy Polling: Scott Walker ‘well ahead’ of other GOP presidential candidates in Iowa

- Hot Air: Poll: Scott Walker now leads by double digits in Iowa


 - Jenna Johnson: Three reasons Iowa Republicans love Scott Walker right now

 - William Bigelow: Conservative Media Rallies to Walker After Tough Talk on Legal Immigration

- W. James Antle: The hidden divide at the heart of the GOP's immigration fight

- CT editorial: Scott Walker is right and wrong and right and wrong on immigration

- Bill Lueders: Groups let Gov. Scott Walker’s backers give unlimited sums

- Rosie Gray: Scott Walker Won’t Take Press On Israel Trip

- Jennifer Rubin: The top 3 2016 hopefuls

- Bruce Murphy: What Makes Scott Walker Run?

- Betsy Woodruff: Scott Walker Is Just Like You! In Debt.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

 4:12 PM 

PPP: Walker 23, Rubio 13 in Iowa

Scott Walker was well ahead of the GOP presidential pack in Iowa, according to the latest survey from the Dem firm Public Policy Polling.

Walker was backed by 23 percent of GOP primary voters, while Marco Rubio was next at 13 percent and 12 percent supported Jeb Bush. Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul were the only other candidates to crack double digits at 10 percent each.

PPP surveyed 466 Dem primary voters and 462 GOP primary voters Thursday through Sunday. The margin of error for the Dem sample was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points, while it was plus or minus 4.6 percentage points for Republican voters.

On the Dem side, Hillary Clinton was the heavy favorite at 62 percent.

-- By JR Ross


 11:34 AM 

Scott Walker 2016 Tuesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker courts conservatives in Massachusetts, an analyst says Walker is leading in Iowa and Walker is expected to trail Jeb Bush in fundraising in today's Walker Watch 2016 headlines.


- Capital Times: Walker addresses fiscal conservatives in Massachusetts

- Breitbart: Walker Is 'Clear Frontrunner' in Iowa, Expert Writes

- Fresno Bee: Rubio, Fiorina, Paul, Cruz impress in Iowa, Walker still the front-runner: Robinson says

- Fox News: Bush set to debut biggest cash haul ever

- New York Times: Head Start for Jeb Bush Campaign Is Part of Scott Walker's Plan

- Washington Post: Never before have so many people with so much money run for president

- Washington Post: Bush sits atop GOP field in N.H. as Walker, Paul edge Clinton: poll

- Christian Post: 'My Relationship With God Drives Every Major Decision in My Life' Says Walker


- David French: Wisconsin's Shame: Rogue DA Breaks His Silence; Threatens Critics with Prosecution

- Mark Lagerkvist: Christie stiffs New Jersey for security travel while Walker PAC pays

- Laura Clawson: Scott Walker complains about 'political witch hunt'; Republican prosecutor fires back

- Steve Benen: GOP candidates start a race to the bottom on immigration

- Chuck Ross: Walker Hits Back At WSJ Attack On His Immigration Stance

- Wall Street Journal editorial: Scott Walker's Labor Economics

- Jennifer Rubin: Two views of immigration

- Jennifer Rubin: Rubio vs. the governors

- John Nichols: David Koch says GOP nominee 'should be Scott Walker,' but ... 


 8:31 AM 

Walker edges Clinton in new poll

A new Townhall/Gravis Marketing poll of New Hampshire voters has Walker edging Hillary Clinton. 

The poll, conducted April 21-22, had Walker at 47 percent to Clinton at 44 percent. 

In the GOP primary, Jeb Bush led at 18 percent, while Walker was at 16 percent and Rand Paul at 15 percent. 

The poll of 1,117 voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The margin for the GOP primary was plus or minus 4 percentage points. 

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Monday, April 27, 2015

 11:41 AM 

Scott Walker Monday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker's Iowa visit, foreign policy and same-sex marriage in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Des Moines Register: Hopefuls tailor remarks to social conservatives

- Des Moines Register: Walker: Wisconsin successes can be repeated nationally

- Des Moines Register: Highlights from Faith and Freedom summit

- New York Times: Scott Walker, a Pastor's Son, Runs on Faith as Iowa Beckons

- The Hill: Walker tells Obama to 'back off' Iran deal

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker, prosecutors trade pointed swipes on John Doe

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker and rivals offer different visions of how to win back White House

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: In Iowa, Walker says path to presidency 'comes through Midwest'

- National Journal: At Iowa Faith Summit, Foreign Policy Dominates

- CNN: Walker hits back at Rubio over whether a governor can be ready for presidency

- KTIV: Walker: People looking for presidential candidate 'who doesn't just talk about it, someone who's done it'

- Capital Times: In Scott Walker, Iowans see a straight shooter

- Politico: Iowa 2016 GOP forum: 10 takeaways

- New York Times: G.O.P. Struggling With Shifts on Gay Marriage

- Capital Times: Walker in Iowa: States should be allowed to ban same-sex marriages

- Politico: In Iowa, GOP field stresses opposition to same-sex marriage

- AP: Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls

- CNN: Bobby Jindal says he'd 'absolutely' attend same-sex wedding

- AP: GOP 2016 hopefuls talk social issues before crowd of Iowa Republicans

- Newsmax: Republicans Make Their Pitches To Social Conservatives in Iowa, Emphasizing Marriage

- Wall Street Journal: Scott Walker Discusses Immigration, Asks for Prayers in Iowa

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker's novel immigration stance seen as risky

- Latin Post: Scott Walker's Far Right Immigration Stance Faces Young Republicans' Doubts

- Bloomberg: Hedging Presidential Bets in Vegas

- Desert News: Poll: 'Undecided' tops Utah Republican pick for president

- WISN 12: On Assignment as Scott Walker gets his message out

- WISN: Walker makes pitch in New Hampshire

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker to address Massachusetts budget group

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker's out-of-state trips mount as presidential campaign looms

- WISC: Cost to protect Walker more than tripled since Doyle

- AP: Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner


- Fred Barnes: What We Don't Know About 2016, Almost everything

- Thomas Sowell: Chaos ahead as nation looks to 2016

- Mark Hensch: Why Walker wants to play cards with Obama


Sunday, April 26, 2015

 10:55 AM 

Walker talks immigration, same-sex marriage in speech to Iowa religious group

WAUKEE, IOWA -- Gov. Scott Walker closed out Saturday night's spring kickoff for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition with a speech that brought the crowd to its feet several times

Walker said his accomplishments as governor -- a decreasing unemployment rate, budget restructuring, ending seniority and tenure for teachers, defunding Planned Parenthood and passing concealed carry and voter ID legislation -- could be replicated at the federal level. Walker told the audience that if the state of Wisconsin can improve drastically in four years so can the federal government.

"I tell you this ... not so much to brag, but to tell you that if it can happen in a blue state like Wisconsin, it can happen anywhere across America," Walker said. "But, more importantly with the right leadership, it can happen in our nation's capital."

Walker also spoke about his stance on immigration, saying economic implications should drive legal immigration policy.

"When times are tough the last thing we want to do is flood the market and put more workers in at a time when workers are unemployed and wages are low," Walker said. "We need to make sure we put American workers first in everything we do, from immigration to tax policy."

For other immigrants, he said, "if you want to be a citizen, you've gotta go back to your country of origin and then get back in line like everybody else."

To close, Walker spoke about his growth goals for the federal government.

"I think we grow the economy in cities and towns and villages all across this great country, and one of the best ways to grow the economy is to get the government out of the way of the American people and American employees," Walker said.

Walker also spoke of reform and pushed for the transfer of power out of the federal government and to the states, whether that relates to Medicaid, transportation, education or any other reform.

Along those lines, he said marriage should be defined by individual states, not at the federal level.

"Marriage is defined between one man and one woman and states should be the ones to make that decision," he said.

Walker talked about his religion as he told a story regarding a friend that spoke to him after the 2012 recall election. The friend passed a devotional along to him, which would have consoled him had he lost. He then spoke with a family that voted the day after their husband and father had died, and Walker realized that the devotional was not for him. The end of it read:

"Without me, you won't make it past the first hurdle. The way to walk through demanding days is to grip my hand tightly and stay in close communication with me. Let your thoughts and spoken words be richly flavored with trust and thankfulness. Regardless of the days' problems, I can keep you in perfect peace if you stay close to me."

Walker was the final speaker of the night, coming after potential presidential rivals Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum.

Robert Hammann of Leighton spoke highly of Walker and the other Republican candidates.

"The strength of the candidates this year far outweigh candidates of the last few years against Obama," Hammann said. "As an executive of a state, (Walker) has been all positive, besides making some people angry. He's a doer, he gets things done."

-- By Beth LeValley
For WisPolitics.com

Listen to audio of Walker's speech


 10:10 AM 

New York mayor tells Dems Walker won in Wisconsin by peddling falsehoods

MILWAUKEE -- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday night Gov. Scott Walker has won elections in Wisconsin by "peddling a series of falsehoods," but has to be taken seriously in his bid for the presidency because he presents himself in a likable way.

De Blasio spent a good portion of a nearly 40-minute speech at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin's Founders Day Gala talking about Walker.

"He told you teachers were the enemy. He told you that unions were the problem. He told you that up was down and down was up in so many ways, and in the process, he took Wisconsin backwards and that will be more and more visible to people," de Blasio told party activists.

Afterward, de Blasio told reporters, he nonetheless takes Walker "very seriously" because he is able to "present himself as something other than he is." He said Walker portrays himself as a friend of the middle class but then pursues policies that harms their interests, calling the governor's cuts to education "the most striking of them all."

Still, de Blasio added: "I never mistake the fact that a good politician's a good politician. He's a clever politician, he presents himself in a likable way, and he has to be taken seriously."

De Blasio, who became New York's first Democratic mayor since 1993 when he was elected in 2013, told Wisconsin Democrats they need to focus on income inequality in their campaigns to win back a majority in the U.S. Senate and to retain the White House. He drew the loudest applause when he called for raising the minimum wage.

But de Blasio, who joked that he's sometimes greeted by New Yorkers with expletives and "waves that only use one finger," stressed that Dems need to work harder to present a clear message to voters.

"This time, it needs to be clear, sharp and progressive," de Blasio said.

Afterward, de Blasio told reporters the Dem Party has to do a better job.

"Ultimately, we've seen the average American family going in the wrong direction economically. Both parties have a lot to explain and a lot to do differently," he said. "Democrats have to be humbled that we have to do better, too."

De Blasio, who managed Hillary Clinton's successful run in New York state for U.S. Senate in 2000, told reporters he's traveling the country and trying to help the Democratic Party "to have a bigger impact."

"I don't think its voice necessarily is heard the way it needs to be," he said of the party.

Asked what Hillary Clinton can do to win presidential votes in Wisconsin and the Midwest, de Blasio repeated his advice to communicate better.

"I think what's crucial is a vision, a very sharp, tangible vision of economic change," he said. "I'm hopeful that we'll hear that from her. I think that's what people are waiting for."

Other speakers at the annual event included U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Madison, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca of Kenosha, Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse and state Rep. Mandela Barnes of Milwaukee.

Baldwin told the crowd, "Scott Walker has turned his back on us. He wears the divisions he's caused like a badge of honor."

Baldwin said Wisconsin has a proud history of reforms. She noted Wisconsin was the first state to have collective bargaining for public employees, unemployment compensation laws and to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. She also noted former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day.

"Wisconsin respects its environment, or at least we did until Scott Walker came along," she said. "Wisconsin respects its schools and its teachers, or at least we used to until Scott Walker came along."

Barca described Wisconsin politics since Republicans took control of the Legislature as "government by ambush."

"We work on packages after packages, whether it be green energy jobs, entrepreneurial support, technology, development or workforce training programs," Barca said. "All of a sudden, they announce they're going to have right-to-work and eight days later, it's the law of the land."

-- By Kay Nolan
For WisPolitics.com


Friday, April 24, 2015

 11:06 AM 

Walker heads to Iowa

Gov. Scott Walker's first stop on his weekend trip to Iowa is over the noon hour today in Cedar Rapids, his political group said. 

He'll be at the Cedar Rapids Marriott with U.S. Rep. Rod Blum for a meet and greet with local activists. 

Walker will then be at the Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon this evening to be the keynote speaker for the Northwest Iowa Republican Fundraising Dinner. 

His plans for Saturday include a stop at the Machine Shed in Urbandale to meet local activists at an event for U.S. Rep. David Young in the early afternoon before addressing the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition spring kickoff in Waukee that night. 

Walker was in Minnesota Thursday. 


 11:02 AM 

Scott Walker Friday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker's trip to Minnesota, his travel costs and more on immigration in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- AP: In visit, Walker discounts idea Wisconsin lagging Minnesota

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker defends Wisconsin economy in trip to Minnesota

- Capital Times: Minnesota Democrats slam Scott Walker during trip across the border

- WCCO Minnesota: Scott Walker Makes Unannounced Visit To Minn. Capitol

- AP: Walker's political group says it will reimburse state for travel costs

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker security detail travel costs won't be paid for by taxpayers

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker's political group says it will repay security travel costs

- Daily Caller: Scott Walker Backed EB-5 Visas for Rich Chinese Immigrants

- Bloomberg: Walker Once Gave Jeb Bush's Brother Campaign Advice

- Des Moines Register: 10 things to watch for at Faith And Freedom

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: On campaign trail, Walker sheds light on influence of faith

- Politico: Rubio takes lead in Sheldon Adelson primary

- AP: 2016 presidential candidates are serial name-droppers, hoping for gilt by association


- Jazz Shaw: Scott Walker, the media and "anti-immigration" rhetoric

- Matthew Boyle: John McCain Leads Liberal Republican Attacks On Scott Walker's Immigration Stance

- MJS editorial: Gov. Scott Walker's shifting views on immigration

- Sumaia Masoom: Scott Walker's War on the University of Wisconsin

- PolitiFact: Scott Walker says Americans will spend more on taxes than on food, housing and clothing combined


Thursday, April 23, 2015

 11:55 AM 

Scott Walker Thursday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker's stance on legal immigration, his upcoming trip to Iowa and a new poll suggesting trouble at home are featured in today's WalkerWatch2016 headline roundup.


- Washington Times: Scott Walker: There should be limits on legal immigration

- Des Moines Register: Iowans eager to see Walker, but wary of possible shifts

- Des Moines Register: Scott Walker's statements, then and now

- Des Moines Register: Some in Iowa question Scott Walker's Kohl's story

- Bloomberg: Scott Walker Defends Wisconsin Subsidies to Kohl's

- Des Moines Register: Walker says he was 'surprised' by Koch's hint he's the favorite

- Capital Times: Americans For Prosperity board member: Koch brothers' pick for 2016 'far from settled'

- Superior Telegram: Survey: Most Wisconsinites don't want Walker to run for president

- Fox 11: Walker back in Wisconsin, balancing state and national interests


- Benjy Sarlin: Scott Walker's turn against legal immigration shakes up 2016

- Max Ehrenfreund: Scott Walker's skepticism about immigration is a big reversal

- Ann Coulter: Scott Walker Is 'Smoking Out the Cheap Labor Hacks' on Immigration

- Heather Digby Parton: Scott Walker is now toast

- Alex Altman: Why Scott Walker's Immigration Flip-Flop Could Hurt

- Jamelle Bouie: Scott Walker's Anti-Immigration Epiphany

- Howard Kurtz: Scott Walker's press avoidance plan -- can copying Hillary's approach really work?

- John Dickerson: Senators Need Not Apply, Do Republicans really think governors make better presidents?

- Paul Rosenberg: Scott Walker, forever tarnished

- Ross Douthat: Scott Walker vs. the World

- Craig Gilbert: Declining approval back home could complicate a Walker presidential bid

- Alan Talaga: Walker's Wisconsin approval rating doesn't matter ... much to his presidential bid

- Christian Schneider: Marco Rubio: The Paul Ryan candidate


 9:39 AM 

Walker slips to third in latest Quinnipiac poll of national Republicans

Gov. Scott Walker was third in the latest Quinnipiac University survey of national Republican voters after leading the pack last month.

Marco Rubio was favored by 15 percent of respondents in the latest poll, followed by Jeb Bush at 13 percent and Walker at 11 percent. No one else cracked double digits.

A month ago, Walker was at 18 percent, while Bush was next at 16 percent. Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee were tied for third at 8 percent each.

The latest poll was conducted after Hillary Clinton, Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul officially announced their candidates for the presidency.

Rubio fared best against Clinton in the latest survey with the former secretary of state at 45 percent to 43 percent for the Florida senator.

She led Walker 46-41.

Among national voters, Walker had a 24 percent favorable rating and 21 percent unfavorable rating; 54 percent didn't know enough about him to form an opinion.

The survey of 1,353 registered voters was conducted April 16-21 using live interviews over land lines and cell phones. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. The survey included 567 Republicans, and that sample had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

-- By JR Ross


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 11:23 AM 

Scott Walker Wednesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker tacks right on immigration, conservatives condemn John Doe raids and more on the Koch brothers and Walker's wardrobe in today's headline roundup.  


- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker suggests limiting legal immigration

- Capital Times: Walker's legal immigration comments raise doubts among Republicans

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker to headline voucher school summit

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker to keynote voucher school summit

- NBC: Scott Walker's Style Concerns Some Republicans

- Politico: Scott Walker's foreign-policy adventure

- Time: David Koch Explains Why He Likes Walker

- Des Moines Register: Charles Koch: We like 5 GOP candidates in primaries

- CNN: Can a Jos. A Bank suit win the White House?


- Jennifer Rubin: A Scott Walker shift on legal immigration?

- Matthew Boyle: Liberals Sputter As Scott Walker Proposes Bold New Immigration Platform

- W. James Antle III: Why Scott Walker Moved Right On Immigration

- Keith Brekhus: GOP Xenophobia In Full Swing As Scott Walker Now Wants To Curb Legal Immigration

- Scott Shackford: Inside the Raids and Investigations that Targeted Wisconsin's Conservative Leaders

- Rush Limbaugh transcript: How Innocent Scott Walker Supporters Were Persecuted in Wisconsin: Doe probe raids

- Leon Neyfahk: The Koch Brothers Want It Both Ways, How can they support criminal justice reform and Scott Walker at the same time?

- John Nichols: David Koch on the 2016 GOP Nominee: 'It Should Be Scott Walker.' But...

- Steven Elbow: Raining on Scott Walker's parade: Will his GOP opponents seize on Wisconsin's gloomy economic outlook?

- Jim Newell: Scott Walker splits the bigoted baby: Skip the gay wedding ceremony, go directly to the reception!

- Rick Seltzer: Scott Walker bragged about getting the Jos. A. Bank suit deal that Men's Wearhouse wants to kill

- Evan McMurry: Scott Walker Loses Polling Advantage, Everybody Loses to Clinton


 1:40 PM 

Walker in Iowa today

Gov. Scott Walker was in Iowa today to meet with state legislative caucuses, his 527 said.

Walker will be back in Iowa this weekend to speak at the Northwest Iowa GOP dinner on Friday before speaking the next day at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's spring dinner.

-- By JR Ross


 11:09 AM 

Scott Walker Tuesday headline roundup

In today's headline roundup: David Koch signals support for Gov. Scott Walker, potential and current candidates discuss attending same-sex weddings and analysts assess the GOP field.


- Capital Times: Scott Walker courts Kohl's voters and Koch donors

- CNN: David Koch picks a favorite?

- Wisconsin State Journal: David Koch: Scott Walker should be 2016 GOP nominee

- New York Times: David Koch Signals a Favorite: Scott Walker

- Politics PA: Walker Wins Conservative Presidential Straw Poll

- Newsmax: Scott Walker Wins Pennsylvania Conservatives' Straw Poll

- MSNBC: Scott Walker has attended gay wedding reception

- AP: New Hampshire Republican voters are relishing crowded field

- New York Times: Scott Walker Run Could Bring Scrutiny to New ‘Super PAC’

- Fox News: Scott Walker: Hillary not connected to 'everyday Americans'

- The Blaze: Glenn Beck on His Interview With Scott Walker: ‘I Loved Him’


 - David Catanese: Walker Jumps Bush in The Chase

- Eli Stokols: The GOP frontrunner? It's not Jeb Bush

- Philip Bump: Scott Walker’s Monday: A semi-endorsement, paired with an ‘Olympics-quality flip-flop’

- Dawn Ennis: Scott Walker's Been to Same-Sex Wedding Reception, Still Opposes Marriage Equality

- David Graham: Republican Candidates Say They'd Attend Marriages They Oppose

- Igor Bobic: Scott Walker Tacks Far Right On Immigration

- Emily Flitter: Struggling to remember the name of Jeb Bush's super PAC? Here's why


 11:07 AM 

Walker's numbers dip in Iowa poll, another has him trailing Clinton in New Hampshire

A new poll of Iowa primary voters has Scott Walker’s numbers dipping compared to February, while one in New Hampshire has him faring best against Hillary Clinton among GOP contenders.

The Gravis Marketing Poll found Jeb Bush leading the GOP pack in Iowa at 16 percent, roughly where he was in the firm’s February survey, while Walker was next at 13 percent, followed by Marco Rubio at 12 percent, and Rand Paul and Ben Carson at 9 percent each.

Walker’s numbers are down from 24 percent in February. Meanwhile, Rubio is up from 7 percent in that poll.

In a head-to-head matchup with Hillary Clinton, Walker trailed 46-42.

Gravis polled 1,259 registered Iowa voters, including 388 Republicans, April 13. The overall poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, while the GOP primary margin is plus or minus 5 percentage points.

In New Hampshire, the Dem firm Public Policy Polling found Walker trailing Hillary 49-40.

The former secretary of state led all Republicans she paired with; Walker and Paul did the best against her, both trailing by 9 points.

The firm surveyed 747 New Hampshire voters April 9-13, and the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points. Eighty percent of the interviews were done over the phone, while 20 percent were done over the internet to reach those without landlines.

-- By JR Ross


 8:46 AM 

Climate change group urges Walker end GOP 'war on science'

NextGen Climate, which last week ran a full-page newspaper ad urging Gov. Scott Walker to end the GOP's "war on science," is back with another spot urging him to demand a state board reverse a ban on employees discussing global warming while on state time.

Both ads are tied to the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands earlier this month voting 2-1 to prohibit employees from discussion global warming or climate change while on the clock. The motion was pushed by new GOP Treasurer Matt Adamczyk after agency Executive Secretary Tia Nelson served on then-Gov. Jim Doyle's Global Warming Task Force.

The new ad, which appeared in Sunday's State Journal, urges readers to sign a petition by Forecast the Facts calling on Walker to demand reversal of the "gag order."

See the spot: http://wispolitics.com/1006/150420Walker.jpg 

See the release: http://www.wispolitics.com/index.Iml?Article=346666


 8:43 AM 

CNN/ORC poll shows wide-open GOP field

A new CNN/ORC poll finds a wide-open field for the GOP presidential nomination.

Jeb Bush led with support from 17 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents. Scott Walker was next at 12 percent, while Rand Paul and Marco Rubio were at 11 percent each.

Among GOP contenders, Rubio fared the best against Hillary Clinton, who led him 55-41. Clinton led Bush 56-39, and Paul and Chris Christie 58-39. Walker trailed her by more than 20 points.

The CNN/ORC International poll of 1,018 American adults was conducted via telephone Thursday through Sunday. The full poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, while the GOP primary question posted to 435 respondents had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

See more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/20/politics/2016-elections-republican-field-poll/index.html


Monday, April 20, 2015

 10:50 AM 

Scott Walker Monday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker's New Hampshire trip and his discount duds were among the topics of stories this weekend related to Walker's likely presidential bid.


- New Hampshire Union Leader: Walker welcomed warmly in Derry

- Wisconsin State Journal: Walker tells New Hampshire GOP of his broad Republican support

- Wisconsin State Journal: In return to New Hampshire, Scott Walker has plenty going for him

- CNN: GOP presidential hopefuls woo party faithful in New Hampshire

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: As New Hampshire weighs GOP field, Scott Walker focuses on Hillary Clinton

- Boston Herald: Walker tells Herald most successful states have ‘gone big and gone bold’

- Nashua Telegraph: In Nashua, GOP vows to regain White House

- CNN: In battle for authenticity, Scott Walker looks to Kohl's

- Washington Post: Scott Walker stresses his discount attire and ‘regular guy’ credentials

- IJReview: Scott Walker Wore A “3 For 1? Jos A. Bank Suit, Kohl’s Shirt And Tie To New Hampshire

- New York Times: At Candidate Forum, Scott Walker Discusses Same-Sex Marriage of a Relative

- CNN: These GOP candidates are willing to attend gay weddings

- Wall Street Journal: Republican Presidential Candidates Spar Over Party’s Future

- AP: GOP White House hopefuls bicker over America’s role in world

- Capital Times: Jon Erpenbach on Scott Walker: 'I think he lands, does his laundry, gets back on the plane and leaves'

- CNN: As campaigns launch, poll finds GOP field stays tight

Opinion Analysis

- Mark Shields: Don’t Underestimate Wisconsin’s Semi-Favorite Son, Scott Walker

- Robert Kraig: Scott Walker's foreign policy stance is scary

- Racine Journal Times editorial: Walker's pursuit of presidency shouldn't be funded by taxpayers


Friday, April 17, 2015

 11:05 AM 

Scott Walker Friday headline roundup

A new poll shows Gov. Scott Walker's approval rating down in Wisconsin and a new PAC supporting Walker gets more attention in today's headlines related to his likely presidential bid.


- Los Angeles Times: Walker facing trouble at home, poll shows

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker's Wisconsin approval rating drops in latest poll

- Capital Times: Marquette Poll: Scott Walker's approval ratings drop among Wisconsin voters

- NBC: Wisconsin Poll Brings Bad News for Walker, GOP

- Wall Street Journal: 2016 Hopeful Scott Walker Loses Altitude With Wisconsin Voters

- Chicago Tribune: Super PAC formed to help Wisconsin's Scott Walker in 2016 campaign

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Super PAC formed to help Scott Walker in 2016 campaign

- Washington Post: Pro-Scott Walker super PAC launched by two of his former strategists

- Politico: Scott Walker aides will run his super PAC

- PBS: Walker makes strides toward presidential run

- Des Moines Register: Scott Walker to attend Blum, Young events

 - The Daily Beast: Scott Walker vs. The World


- Stuart Rothenberg:  The What Ifs of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

 - Ron Fournier: From Right-Wing to RINO In Iowa GOP

- Matt Towery:  Why a Hillary 2.0 Might Be a Good Thing

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial:  Gov. Scott Walkers dual mission in his overseas trips


Thursday, April 16, 2015

 12:39 PM 

Marquette poll: Clinton 52, Walker 40 among Wisconsin voters

Hillary Clinton had a 12-point lead over Gov. Scott Walker among Wisconsin voters in a new Marquette University Law School Poll released today.

The survey also found Walker's job approval rating has dropped significantly among Wisconsin voters since the last Marquette poll in October before he won re-election, began his flirtations with a presidential bid and released his state budget.

Forty-one percent of registered voters approved of Walker's job performance, while 56 percent disapproved. In October, that split was 49-47. Poll director Charles Franklin noted Walker's job approval numbers have been fairly consistent over the history of the survey, calling the change "breathtaking" in looking at the historical trend.

The poll also found Clinton, who announced her campaign after the poll was conducted, led Walker in a head-to-head match up 52 percent to 40 percent.

She lead each Republican she was paired against. Rand Paul ran best, trailing 49-41. Clinton led Jeb Bush 49-38, Marco Rubio 50-38 and Ted Cruz 52-36.

Walker, meanwhile, had a significant lead on the GOP presidential field among Republican voters and independents who lean toward the GOP.

Forty-percent of those voters backed Walker, while 10 percent supported Paul. Bush was at 8 percent.

The poll of 803 registered voters was conducted April 7-10 with half of the interviews conducted over cell phones. The margin of error for the overall survey of registered voters was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The sample included 319 self-identified Republicans or independents who lean to the GOP. That sample had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 percentage points.

The overall partisan breakdown of the poll was 24 percent Republicans, 30 percent Dems and 40 percent independents. For all of 2014, the partisan breakdown of the Marquette surveys was 26 percent Republican, 30 percent Dem and 40 percent independent.

-- By JR Ross


 11:58 AM 

Obey sees Walker as Bush running mate, Petri says Walker 'political phenomenon'

Former Congressman Dave Obey today predicted Scott Walker will be the vice presidential candidate on a ticket with Jeb Bush.

"And the reason I say that is because I think that the Republican establishment has enough oomph to nominate someone who is perceived as more moderate than some of the guys running around the country these days," Obey told a WisPolitics.com luncheon today at the Madison Club. "But I think in order to cement that, they're going to need to satisfy the hard right part of the party. And I think Walker is seen enthusiastically by a lot of those people."

Obey, a Democrat, represented Wisconsin's 7th District in the House from 1969 to 2010. He was joined on stage today by former Congressman Tom Petri, a Republican who represented Wisconsin's 6th District from 1979 to 2014.

The two are putting on a roadshow of sorts, travelling around the state and giving presentations on politics and civics.

Petri's take on Walker was not as definitive as Obey's, though it was more complimentary. Petri said he has watched Walker's career since the governor was 16 and president of Boys Nation, in which representatives from the states go to Washington, D.C., to learn about the structure and function of the federal government.

Petri said he has been impressed.

"I think he's a political phenomenon," he said.

In particular, Petri said, Walker has an ability to benefit from crises. Petri cited the fake David Koch call Walker received in 2011.

"And the guy says some goofy right-wing things, and Scott's saying, 'Well, I wouldn't quite go along with that, that seems a little extreme to me,' and so on and so forth," Petri said. "And it sort of fizzled.

"All I'm saying is keep your eye on him. He has potential."

But if Walker does end up on the ticket, Obey said, it would not be good for the country. Obey said people need someone in leadership to pull them together, but Walker is "probably the most polarizing governor in the country right now."

"And the last thing I think we need as a nation is to have the same kind of rancor and political overreach nationally that you had here in Wisconsin," Obey said. "I go back to my point about always looking for ways to leave your political adversary something that they have won in the deal.

"What I see happening in this Capitol is a constant in-your-face approach."


 11:50 AM 

Scott Walker Thursday headline roundup

A new super PAC forms to support Gov. Scott Walker's likely presidential bid and polls show Walker up in early primary states in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- AP: Walker backers form super PAC

- NECN: Walker Leads 2016 GOP Field by Wide Margin in NH

- Washington Times: Scott Walker has double-digit lead in New Hampshire

- Wisconsin State Journal: Polls show Scott Walker surging in early primary states

- CNN: South Carolina poll: Scott Walker, Jeb Bush running neck-and-neck

- International Business Times: South Carolina Primary 2016 President Poll: Scott Walker Leads Jeb Bush In Tight Race

- Breitbart: Scott Walker Responds to Approval of Congressional Review of Iran Deal

- Fox News: Sheriff Clarke on Fox News' Kelly File discussing Mayor Barrett's blaming city gun violence on Walker


Mark Niquette: John Kasich Charms Unions as Scott Walker Embodies New Republican Antipathy

Betsy Woodruff: The Un-Mitt Romney: Inside Scott Walker's Secret Brain Trust


 10:29 AM 

Top Walker aide files with FEC to create super PAC

Keith Gilkes, a former campaign manager for Gov. Scott Walker and a top adviser, filed with the FEC today to create a super PAC named Unintimidated.

It's the same name Walker used for his book and comes as the guv continues to move toward an expected run for the presidency.

See the filing.

UPDATE: The PAC has now put out a press release saying it will highlight Walker’s record of reform and leadership. If he runs for president, it will “independently

advocate for his candidacy and show America who Walker is: someone who is unintimidated by Washington’s government-knows-best mentality and has proven his big, bold ideas can win.”

Walker aides Keith Gilkes and Stephan Thompson will be part of the leadership team for the super PAC.

Gilkes, who was a senior adviser for Walker’s 2014 election and managed the 2012 recall campaign, will serve as executive director.

Stephan Thompson, who was campaign manager on the 2014 run, will be the deputy executive director. He was most recently with Walker’s 527 organization, Our American Revival.

James McCray, a managing partner at Highwood Capital LLC, will be the national finance director.

-- By Staff


 8:15 AM 

Abrahamson lawsuit a factor in whether Crooks will seek re-election

Supreme Court Justice Pat Crooks told WisPolitics.com he has not decided whether he will run for re-election next spring, and Shirley Abrahamson's lawsuit will play a role in his decision. 

It has been widely speculated over the last year that the soon-to-be-77-year-old would not seek another 10-year term. But Crooks said in the interview he will not make a decision until early fall. 

Crooks said he would be dissuaded from running again if Abrahamson's lawsuit remains unresolved. She has sued in federal court seeking to delay implementation of a constitutional amendment that would allow the justices to select the chief. That position now goes to the most tenured member of the court, and she's held the post since 1996.

Crooks was critical of Abrahamson's lawsuit, saying he hopes it fails and expressed support for the amendment, saying he believed it would improve relations among the justices. 

"I would hope that I would be looking at the idea that things were going to get better and more pleasant for the future," Crooks said in the interview. "That would be a factor, certainly, that I would look at." 

Crooks said he will consider whether his health would allow another term and if his family would support another bid. He also said he would approach his fellow justices to see if he had "lost anything mentally" that would prevent him from continuing to serve on the court. 
Crooks, who turns 77 in May, was first elected to the court in 1996 after serving on the Brown County bench for 18 years. He was unopposed when he sought re-election to the Supreme Court in 2006. 

-- By JR Ross

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

 4:43 PM 

Walker leads GOP pack in latest PPP survey of New Hampshire

The latest Public Policy Polling survey in New Hampshire has Walker alone at the top of the GOP presidential pack.

The Dem firm found 24 percent of Republicans backed Walker, while 14 percent supported Ted Cruz and 12 percent backed Rand Paul. Jeb Bush was the only other candidate to crack double digits at 10 percent.

PPP said Walker is the best-liked of the GOP contenders among Republicans with 57 percent of them having a favorable opinion of him and only 13 percent having a negative one.

The firm surveyed 358 GOP primary voters April 9-13 with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.2 percentage points for that sample. The polls were conducted via landline and over the Internet.

-- By JR Ross


 11:13 AM 

Scott Walker Wednesday headline roundup

A new poll shows Gov. Scott Walker leads Jeb Bush in South Carolina and a group goes after Walker on climate change in today's headlines related to Walker's likely presidential run.


- The State: Poll: Scott Walker edging Jeb Bush in SC primary

- New York Times: Marco Rubio: An Upshot Debate About His Chances:  David Leonhardt and Nate Cohn discuss.

- Capital Times: Scott Walker slammed as climate change denier

- Bloomberg: Scott Walker Stumbles Over German Pronunciation During Trade Mission


- Philip Bump: More Republicans oppose Jeb Bush than support him. But it’s early. 

- Dave Zweifel:  Slippery Scott's credibility is sliding downhill

- Jessie Opoien: 10 places Scott Walker could announce his candidacy for 2016


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 1:11 PM 

Walker's 527 announces additional plans for weekend trip to New Hampshire

In addition to a previously planned speech in New Hampshire on Saturday, Gov. Scott Walker will meet with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and other state officials along with political meetings with activists, business leaders and others, his 527 said today.

Walker had previously be announced as a keynote speaker for the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit Saturday in Nashua.

Walker’s Our American Revival said he will also have an open press event Sunday at the Marion Gerrish Community Center in Derry, where he plans to meet with local activists and elected officials.

-- By JR Ross


 12:50 PM 

Scott Walker Tuesday headline roundup

Top stories today relating to Gov. Scott Walker's likely bid for the GOP presidential nomination focus on Marco Rubio's official entrance into the race and what it means for Walker and the rest of the GOP field.


- Wall Street Journal: First Three GOP Presidential Candidates Share Tea-Party Roots

- NBC: Chart: Marco Rubio's Potential With GOP Voters

- NBC: Why Marco Rubio Is One of the Strongest GOP Candidates for 2016

- WXOW: Will Governor Scott Walker run for president?

- Milwaukee Business Journal: Scott Walker responds to Hillary Clinton candidacy for president


- Ben Mathis-Lilley: Rubio Makes Presidential Campaign Official, Is (Apparently) Tweaked by Walker 

- Harry Enten: The Official 2016 GOP Field Gets Its First Real Contender: Marco Rubio

- Jonathan Bernstein: Rubio's views on immigration won't hurt him

- Richard Barry: The idea of Scott Walker

- W. James Antle III: Here Comes Trouble For Scott Walker 


 10:21 AM 

Environmental group slaps Walker in newspaper ad

An environmental group slammed Gov. Scott Walker in a newspaper ad today, saying it’s time for him to do “what’s right for our kids instead of what’s right for the Koch brothers.”

The Nextgen Climate Change Action Committee charges in the spot Wisconsin’s GOP leadership has “declared war on science by banning work on climate change.” The line refers to a vote last week by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands to prohibit agency staff from working on global warming or climate change while on state time. The ban was pushed by GOP state Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, one of three commissioners, after Executive Secretary Tia Nelson served on then-Gov. Jim Doyle’s Global Warming Task Force.

The ad charges Republicans made the move because the Koch brothers have made millions while opposing “solutions to climate change” and protect their profits by “bankrolling Big Oil politicians like Scott Walker.”

The spot closes by urging readers to call Walker’s Capitol office and tell him to “stop Wisconsin’s war on science.”

The group was founded by Tom Steyer, a wealthy philanthropist and environmentalist.

-- By JR Ross


Monday, April 13, 2015

 11:14 AM 

Scott Walker Monday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker's record on gun rights and his reaction to Hillary Clinton entering the presidential race made headlines related to Walker's likely presidential bid this weekend.


- The Guardian: GOP hopefuls use NRA convention to bolster 2016 presidential platforms

- USA Today: GOP heavyweights fire up the base at NRA event

- Buzzfeed: Scott Walker Once Detailed Work To "Tighten Gun Laws" On "Legislative Accomplishments" Webpage 

- Wisconsin State Journal: As Scott Walker addresses NRA, concealed carry vote criticized

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker's sells loaded Second Amendment record to NRA

- Wall Street Journal: Republican Hopefuls Make Pitches on Guns, Values at NRA Gathering

- Washington Examiner: Scott Walker: Clinton exemplifies 'Washington-knows-best' mentality

- AP: Walker builds on overseas resume

- AP: Walker says he expects to meet with Netanyahu in Israel

- AP: Texas Sen. Cruz confirms for GOP conference in Oklahoma City: Walker among a dozen other potentials attending

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker's past campaign ideas go against present GOP orthodoxy

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Early polls a positive sign for Scott Walker

- Politico: N.H. poll: Scott Walker leads Jeb Bush, Rand Paul third

- The Post and Courier: Walker wins Charleston Co. GOP straw poll

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Rep. Sean Duffy on 2016: 'I'm backing Scott Walker'


- Charles C. W. Cooke: At the NRA Convention, Scott Walker Previews a Likely 2016 Republican Message

- PolitiFact: Walker says Clinton, Obama backed laws similar to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act

- Jason Howerton: The Very First Thing Gov. Scott Walker Did Before Delivering Big Speech at NRA’s Annual Meeting

-  James Bovard:  Walker's stadium socialism, Tough on unions, but professional sports teams and ethanol producers? Not so much.


Friday, April 10, 2015

 5:37 PM 

Walker aims to repeal 48-hour waiting period for handguns

Scott Walker's political operation said today he would sign legislation to repeal a 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases as the guv told the NRA's national convention "it's about time" the country had a president who understood defending the Second Amendment was "not optional."

Meanwhile, Dems questioned Walker's authenticity on gun rights, pointing to a 2002 concealed carry bill that he opposed.

GOP lawmakers have introduced legislation that would let federally licensed firearms dealers transfer a firearm once they have received notice from the state Department of Justice that the purchaser is eligible to own a gun.

Walker's Our American Revival highlighted his support for the bill on a list it called his Second Amendment record, which was sent out shortly before Walker addressed the NRA crowd in Nashville.

In his Nashville speech, the guv said he sometimes thinks Barack Obama forgot he took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.

"Well, Mr. President, last time I checked, the Second Amendment is part of that Constitution," Walker said, adding, "You don't get to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution you like and which parts you don't."

Walker told the crowd his support of Second Amendment rights was about protecting freedom.

The guv then launched into sections of his standard stump speech, accusing the president of wanting to grow the economy by growing Washington, D.C., and measuring success by the number of people who are dependent on the government.

But he also talked not of national security, but safety, saying national security is something one reads about on page seven of the paper while safety is "something you feel."

Walker also again took a jab at the president's handling of foreign policy. Earlier in the week, Obama suggested the guv should "bone up" on the topic after Walker said he would end any nuclear deal with Iraq on the day he took office if elected president.

He mocked Obama's comments that ISIS is the JV squad and Yemen is a success, saying the U.S. needs a president who will look Americans in the eye and declare radical Islamic terrorism is a threat and do something about it. He also said the country needs a leader who will take the fight to terrorists before they bring it to American shores.

"We need a leader in this country who will once and for all say that Israel is an ally and start acting like it," said Walker, who deviated significantly from his prepared remarks.

Walker talked up his A-plus rating as guv from the NRA, saying he wore it as a badge of honor, though some on the left considered it a "scarlet letter."

Still, One Wisconsin Now pointed to a 2002 vote in which Walker opposed a concealed carry bill, Assembly Bill 675. He was one of several Republicans who voted against the bill in February 2002 as it passed the Assembly 58-40. It cleared a Senate committee, but failed to pass before lawmakers adjourned. Walker won a special election in April 2002 to become Milwaukee County exec.

Walker's political operation did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

- See more on AB 675

- See the roll call

- Read Walker's prepared remarks

- Watch the speech


 10:59 AM 

Scott Walker Friday headline roundup

News and commentary today related to Gov. Scott Walker's likely presidential bid focuses on Walker's travels, his learning curve on the national stage and the shape of the GOP field.


- USA Today: NRA convention gives 2016 GOP hopefuls stage to rally base 

- WKRN: Walker sounds like presidential candidate at Tennessee capitol

AP: Walker heads to Europe on trade mission as he ramps up likely White House bid

- The Tennessean: Walker comes to Tennessee to talk about 'freedom'

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker's trip to Great Britain cost taxpayers $138,200

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker embarking on second trade mission of year

- Chicago Tribune: Walker heads to Europe on trade mission

- Daily Caller: Scott Walker Solidifying Position On Illegal Immigration
- JR Ross: Walker’s Steep Learning Curve

- Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley: 2016 Republican Nomination: The Race “Officially” Begins

 - Nate Cohn: GOP presidential field looks chaotic. But it’s not.

- Josh Rogin: Walker Bones Up on Foreign Policy

- Matthew Boyle: Walker Stands Up for American Workers Against Illegal Immigrants on ‘Hannity’

- Jennifer Rubin: Walker bests Obama on Iran

-  Bruce Murphy:  Too Pure for Pork, Gov. Walker is a latest of state politicians from both parties who have an aversion to federal funds


Thursday, April 9, 2015

 10:57 AM 

Scott Walker Thursday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he'll avoid criticizing American foreign policy on his upcoming trip abroad and the Huffington Post's Nan Aron opines on how Walker would handle judicial nominations if elected president in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker says he can follow Reagan's lead on foreign policy

- The Daily Caller: ‘The Audacity’: Scott Walker Hits Back At Obama’s Foreign Policy Snipe

- Time: Presidential Hopefuls Condemn South Carolina Shooting

- Fox6 Milwaukee: Paul Ryan on a potential Scott Walker bid for president: "I think he's got a really good chance" 

- Real Clear Politics: Krauthammer Slams "Narcissist" Obama For "Pathological" Attack On Scott Walker Over Foreign Policy


- Christian Schneider: Scott Walker's lack of wealth could be an asset

- Nan Aron: Scott Walker and His Big Business Funders Undermine the Independence of the Wisconsin Judiciary


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

 1:23 PM 

Scott Walker Wednesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker fires back at President Obama over Iran and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says Walker has a "good chance" a securing the GOP nomination in today's top headlines.


- Washington Times: Walker Strikes Back: Obama needs to do more than attack GOP politicians

- CNN: President Obama takes on Scott Walker 

- Boston Globe: Walker drawing notice with shifting stances

- Washington Times: Walker reverses amnesty stance in bid to woo conservative primary voters

- WTMJ: Governor Walker has 'good chance' at Republican nomination

- ABC: Walker Wins the 2016ers' NCAA Bracket 


- Bruce Murphy: Scott Walker, The Anti-Jeb.

- PolitiFact: Scott Walker sees big rise in health insurance premiums under Barack Obama

- Dave Zweifel: Scott Walker and Sam Brownback are two peas in a pod

- Shepherd Express: Scott Walker and Middle-Class Politics


 12:38 AM 

Turnout running less than 19 percent

It looks like turnout will come in just under the GAB's projection of 20 percent.

With 99.8 percent of precincts in, 811,025 votes had been cast in the statewide referendum on whether to change how Wisconsin selects its Supreme Court chief justice.

That's almost 18.4 percent of the state's 4.4 million voting-age adults.

The final number is likely to change slightly as the last precincts come in, county canvasses are performed and the GAB certifies the final vote.

Still, turnout is in line with recent Supreme Court races. The exception was the 2011 election, which saw turnout of 34.3 percent amid the debate over the guv's collective bargaining changes.

Otherwise, turnout in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013 was between 18.2 percent and 19.3 percent.

-- By JR Ross

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