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Friday, May 29, 2015

 11:16 AM 

Scott Walker 2016 Friday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker says he's "not conceding anywhere" and more on the recent Quinnipiac poll in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Newsmax: Gov. Scott Walker: 'We're Not Conceding Anywhere'

- Capital Times: Quinnipiac poll says Scott Walker will make the cut for GOP debates

- Bloomberg: Five Republicans Tie for First in Quinnipiac 2016 Poll

- Fox Business: Gov. Walker: This race is wide open

- Daily Mail: It’s a tie: Jeb Bush is a dead heat with Rubio, Walker, Huckabee and even Ben Carson in GOP White House race

- NBC: GOP race for the White House gets crowded

- National Journal: Clinton Goes After Walker, Rubio, Paul on Equal Pay

- CNN: Scott Walker tweaks older candidates with Rubio birthday tweet

- Fox Business: Unions looking for exemptions from Los Angeles wage hike?


- Thomas Williams: Planned Parenthood Lies about Scott Walker Ultrasound Quote

- Becket Adams: Scott Walker attacked over abortion quote that he didn't actually say

- Inae Oh: Scott Walker Says Mandatory Ultrasounds Are "Just a Cool Thing" for Women

- Jud Lounsbury: Scott Walker is a giant fraud: Reagan worship, bizarre religious beliefs, and the real story of his long crusade for 2016

- Scott Conroy: In Wisconsin, Scott Walker Exercises His Right To Take Credit

-  Erick Erickson:  The Circle of Jerks Turns From Scott Walker to Ted Cruz


Thursday, May 28, 2015

 11:52 AM 

Scott Walker 2016 Thursday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker is targeted over a comment regarding ultrasounds and new poll puts Walker in the top 5 for the GOP nomination in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Miami Herald: Quinnipiac poll: No leader in GOP presidential field

- Politico: National poll shows no clear GOP frontrunner

- NPR: Scott Walker Says Ultrasounds Are 'Just A Cool Thing'

- Capital Times: Scott Walker: Ultrasounds are 'just a cool thing out there'

- AP: Walker asks for supporters' opinions on national issues

- Bloomberg: Scott Walker Keeps Wisconsin Jobs Agency at Arm’s Length


- Caleb Howe: Politico Smears Scott Walker With False Quote

- Jud Lounsbury: What Makes Scott Walker Run

- Eli Stokols: Florida primary looking like a bad gamble for much of GOP

- Noah Rothman: The Left’s shaming of Scott Walker

- Demetrius Minor and Katrina Jørgensen: Scott Walker Doesn’t Possess a College Degree, But it Could Work in His Favor

- Mary Bottari: Scott Walker Dumped as Chair of the Jobs Agency He Created


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

 11:55 AM 

Scott Walker 2016 Wednesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker suggests he may skip the Florida primary and shares his perspective on his trip to Israel in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Washington Post: Scott Walker might skip Florida primary in Bush-Rubio territory

- NBC: Scott Walker Already Ceding Florida Primary?

- Ingraham podcast: Scott Walker: Still has not decided whether he will commit to straw polls

- New York Times: Scott Walker May Let Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio Fight Over Florida

- Breitbart: Scott Walker Might Skip 2016 Florida GOP Primary

- CNN: Scott Walker may sit out Florida GOP primary

- New York Times: Scott Walker Reflects on Israel Trip

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker blogs about his trip to Israel

- Eau Claire Leader-Telegram: Walker asks for supporters' opinions on national issues

- McClatchy: For Scott Walker, one more budget fight looms on path to White House


- Jennifer Rubin: What Scott Walker and Marco Rubio are doing right

- Matt K. Lewis: Question For Republicans To Consider: Who Matches Up Best (And Worst) Against Hillary?

- Igor Bobic: Scott Walker Suggests He May Skip Florida Primary To Let Jeb Bush And Marco Rubio Destroy Each Other

- Dave Zweifel: Scott Walker, you're just wrong about invading Iraq

- Capital Times editorial: Scott Walker proves himself to be incompetent and irresponsible

- Tom Boggioni: GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker can't wait to start arresting doctors for performing abortions


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 1:23 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Tuesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker comes in second in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll and MSNBC's Steve Benen says Walker's conservative accomplishments sets him apart from his rivals in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker comes in second in southern GOP straw poll

- Politico: Ben Carson wins SRLC straw poll

- KRCR: LaMalfa: ISIS greatest threat, supports Scott Walker

- Reuters:  U.S. Republicans navigate the new politics of energy abundance

- La Crosse Tribune: Top 10 highlights of Gov. Scott Walker's presidential exploration (so far)

- Breitbart: Gov. Scott Walker: Federal Government 'Too Big To Fail,' Next President Must Shrink It So It's 'Small Enough To Succeed'


- Steve Benen: The one thing Scott Walker has that his rivals lack

- Steven Walters: Wisconsin Republicans play key roles in nominating process

- Sue Wilson: Scott Walker and the GOP Turning First Amendment Rights Upside Down

- Marin Cogan: Where Is Scott Walker?

- EJ Dionne: The right's political correctness


Friday, May 22, 2015

 3:39 PM 

Walker discusses growth, reform, safety at SRLC in Oklahoma

Walker hit on themes of growth, reform and safety while talking to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City. 

The guv tip-toed around a presumed presidential run, commenting Thursday that his concerns with the way the country is being run are the "reason why I'm thinking about what I'm thinking about." He again said no announcement will be made until after the state budget is complete. 

Walker's discussion of safety and criticism of President Obama's foreign relations decisions drew the largest applause from the Oklahoma crowd. He took shots at Obama for calling "ISIS a JV squad, Yemen a success story and Iran a place we can do business with." 

"Once and for all, we need going forward a commander in chief in this country who will tell it like it is," Walker said, "and lay out that radical Islamic terrorism is a threat to us all, and we're going to do something to stop it." 

The guv began his speech with a rundown of his credentials in Wisconsin, discussing changes his administration has made to government and lawsuit regulations. He drew applause from the crowd when he noted his administration defunded Planned Parenthood and other anti-abortion moves. 

"If all those things can happen like a state like Wisconsin, there's no doubt, with the right leadership, not just in state's across the country but in our nation's capital, with the right leadership, we can move America in the right direction," Walker said. 

He said the country needs someone to lower the tax burden, control government regulations and repeal Obamacare. Walker also said it should be America's goal to help people support themselves rather than relying on subsidies. 

"In America, we celebrate our independence from the government," he said, "not our dependence on it." 


 3:36 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Friday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker talks foreign policy and fighting terrorism at Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker emphasizes 'safety' at event for Republican presidential contenders

- NewsOK: Attendees react to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's speech at SRLC 2015

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker in Oklahoma: End US ban on crude oil exports

- MSNBC: In Oklahoma, Scott Walker wins the day

- AP: Scott Walker promises pre-emptive strikes to prevent attacks on U.S.

- Fox News: John Kasich on why governors should jump into the 2016 race

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Embattled reality show star met this week with Gov. Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee


Thursday, May 21, 2015

 12:52 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Thursday headline roundup

Likely 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker picks up the support from the head of an influential super PAC and faces fresh scrutiny over changing issue positions in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.  


- Chicago Sun-Times: Scott Walker picks up backing from Todd Ricketts at Wilmette barbecue

- Business Insider: What you get if you donate $1 million to back presidential candidate Scott Walker

- Newsweek: Scott Walker Courts Congressional Republicans


- Jenna Johnson: Scott Walker: Flip-flopping only happens when you take votes

- Jim Newell: Walker conveniently redefines "flip-flop" to excuse himself from all flip-flopping accusations

- Evan McMurry: Scott Walker Redefines 'Flip Flop' So It Doesn't Apply to Him

- Andy Kroll: The Slow-Mo Scandal That Could Crush Scott Walker's Presidential Hopes


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 1:26 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Wednesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker visits with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., tells CNN he's the "most scrutinized politician in America," and defends his position on immigration in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- AP: Capitol Hill Buzz: House Republicans quiz Scott Walker
- Real Clear Politics: Mike Lee "Impressed" After Meeting Scott Walker

- Breitbart: Republican Lawmakers: Scott Walker Dazzles on Capitol Hill  

- CNN: Walker says he's the 'most scrutinized' politician

- New York Times: Scott Walker Calls Himself ‘the Most Scrutinized Politician in America’

- Washington Times: Scott Walker: I didn’t flip-flop on immigration

- The Hill: Walker defends rightward shift on immigration

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Pro-Scott Walker super PAC spells out perks for $1 million donors

- Fox News: Scott Walker: Different set of rules for Clintons


- Betsy Woodruff: Can Scott Walker Convert the Christian Right?

- Matea Gold: What $1 million will get you from the Scott Walker super PAC

- Eric Owens: Salon Imagines ‘Climate Nightmare’ Featuring Scott Walker And Donald Trump


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 1:43 PM 

Scott Walker Tuesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker talks charter schools and vouchers in New Orleans, makes a swing through Washington, D.C., and faces scrutiny at home over a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation loan that went to one of his donors in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- CNN: Scott Walker hits up Washington

- New Orleans Times-Picayune: Scott Walker touts charters, vouchers in charter-heavy New Orleans Monday

- Washington Post: School voucher proponents pull out boxing gloves, welcome Scott Walker

- AP: Wisconsin Democrats seek probe of Scott Walker over loan

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Records indicate Scott Walker was copied on letter promising loan to donor


- Steve Benen: Scott Walker's 'crash course' isn't producing results

- John McCormick: Why is John Doe Chasing Scott Walker in Wisconsin?

- Alice Ollstein: Conservative Group Fails To End Criminal Probe Into Scott Walker

- Jeff Stein: The climate nightmare we aren't taking seriously enough

- Jennifer Rubin: Can Scott Walker capitalize on Jeb Bush's stumbles?

- Don Huebscher: Supply-siders' plan messed up by need to save

Monday, May 18, 2015

 1:03 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Monday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker visits the Wisconsin GOP state convention, woos Iowa activists and talks foreign policy after returning from Israel in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Wisconsin Radio Network: Walker rallies Wisconsin Republicans at state convention

- Capital Times: Scott Walker in Iowa: Israel trip reinforced need to fight Islamic terrorism overseas

- Capital Times: 'He's magic': Scott Walker's Iowa moment continues with fundraisers, Lincoln Day Dinner

- Des Moines Register: GOP activists party like it's the Iowa Straw Poll

- Des Moines Register: 8 takeaways from Iowa's Lincoln Dinner, its aftermath

- AP: Walker in Iowa calls for aggressive stance against terrorism

- Politico: Scott Walker's Iowa dilemma

- Wisconsin State Journal: Walker: 'Knowing what we know now, we should not have gone into Iraq'

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker seeks to capitalize on Jeb Bush stumble

- WISC: Gov. Walker discusses Israel trip, defends travel

- AP: Walker avoids media scrutiny on Israel 'listening tour'

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: After Israel trip, Scott Walker says region not ready for Palestinian state

- Raw Story: Scott Walker: Visiting six countries makes me 'the most' qualified to be president on foreign policy

- Washington Times: Scott Walker rips Obama's foreign policy

- Capital Times: Scott Walker's foreign policy credentials: 'It's about leadership'

- CBS: Scott Walker promises a "contrast" with Clinton's foreign policy

- Politico: Top McConnell aide joins Scott Walker's political team

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker's political group hires top McConnell aide


- Dan Roberts: Tough crowd in Iowa as GOP 'cattle call' ends with no clear party darling

- John McCormick: Iowa Food Fight: Republican Hopefuls Size Up Clinton--and Each Other

- Scott Keyes: The Surprising Idea That [small govt] Scott Walker Backed In 1998

- Jennifer Rubin: Can Scott Walker capitalize on Jeb Bush's stumbles?

- David Freedlander: Scott Walker's Long History of Dirty Tricks

- John McCormick: Scott Walker Doubles Down on Ronald Reagan Firing Air Traffic Controllers

- Eugene Robinson: A gift basket for Clinton from the GOP


Sunday, May 17, 2015

 9:45 PM 

Wis. GOP conventioneers prefer Rubio if Walker not in race, WisPolitics.com straw poll shows

Three-fourths of Wisconsin Republican Party conventioneers backed Gov. Scott Walker for the party's presidential nomination in 2016, according to a WisPolitics.com straw poll. 

But if he's not in the field, about one-fourth of the grassroots activists that voted supported U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for the nomination. 

Also at this year's convention: 

*Walker thanked Republican activists for their help in winning the guv's office and asked them to pitch in again, this time on his budget as lawmakers finish their work on it and the 2016 elections. 

*U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said newly announced opponent Russ Feingold is "addicted" to politics and "just can't stand being away from it," which is why the former lawmaker has already officially jumped in the race. 

*Activists approved a resolution calling for the repeal of the prevailing wage. 

See more in the WisPolitics.com GOP Convention Blog: 


Saturday, May 16, 2015

 8:30 PM 

Walker discusses foreign policy in Iowa visit

During his speech at the Republican Party of Iowa Lincoln Dinner, Gov. Scott Walker talked about his recent trip to Israel and said that the United States needs to be a better ally to that country.

"It is time that we remind Israel that they have an ally in the United States," Walker said Saturday night. "In America they should know there is no greater friend, and for the rest of the world there is no greater enemy."

Walker also said the presidency needs to recognize "radical Islamic terrorism" by calling it that when it happens.

Walker also touted his ability to push through conservative legislation during his tenure. The crowd applauded Walker as he listed recent laws he and the state Legislature passed such as defunding Planned Parenthood, passing concealed carry, passing right to work, and pushing through voter ID laws.

"I tell you all that not to brag, or at least not much," Walker said. "But to tell you that a state as blue as Wisconsin, as a state that has not gone Republican since 1984, can make those sorts of changes, there's no doubt we can make those kind of changes."

Walker said that the Democrats need to talk more about economic growth, instead of government growth, along with economic and government reform.

"You listen to ... President Obama and Hilary Clinton you'd think the way to measure success is how many people are dependent on the government. I think we understand, a majority of us understand, the way to measure success is by just the opposite, by how many people are no longer dependent on the government," Walker said. "We need to reinforce that, that's the American dream right here in this great country."

Watch video from the event

-- By Jordyn Noennig


Friday, May 15, 2015

 1:10 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Friday headline roundup

Polls show mixed results for Gov. Scott Walker in the race for 2016 GOP presidential nomination and PolitiFact looks at Walker's travel in today's Walker Wattch 2016 headline roundup.


- NBC First Read: "It's Anybody's Ballgame" in GOP Race

- Augusta Free Press: Poll: Hillary Clinton, Scott Walker lead the packs in March to 2016

- WSB Atlanta: Poll: Huckabee is early choice of Georgia Republicans

- Washington Examiner: Supreme Court Doe ruling could complicate Scott Walker's campaign

- Capital Times: Scott Walker pushes candidate boundaries, from 2012 recall to 2016 presidential election

- Q&A: Kohl's CEO talks about Scott Walker, dipping stocks, corporate headquarters


- PolitiFact: Home and away: An accounting of Scott Walker's travels

- Courtney Coren: Scott Walker Races to Prove He's a True Social Conservative


Thursday, May 14, 2015

 12:48 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Thursday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker leads the GOP presidential field in a new poll and Walker plans to head to Washington, D.C., Tuesday to meet with Evangelical leaders in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Washington Times: Scott Walker leads 2016 GOP hopefuls with Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee gaining

- Politico: Walker to meet in D.C. with evangelical leaders

- CBN News: Scott Walker Meets Netanyahu, Herzog in Israel

- Business Insider: A likely 2016 candidate just made an embarrassing math mistake on Twitter

- Politico: Scott Walker history tweet off by 97 years


- PolitiFact: Scott Walker says Barack Obama has never been to the Texas-Mexico border as president


 10:02 AM 

Johnson slams Feingold, DSCC quickly endorses Dem's campaign

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, welcomed Russ Feingold to the Senate race by charging the Dem "wants more Washington, a more expensive Washington and a more powerful Washington."

Johnson, who defeated Feingold in 2010, said the campaign will give voters a "real choice."

"While I was building a small manufacturing business and creating real jobs in Oshkosh, Russ was building Washington into the gigantic, debt-ridden, tax-eating, unresponsive, and freedom-squashing government we have today," Johnson said.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee quickly endorsed Feingold's bid to return to the Senate.

"Russ has a long record of standing up to the special interests trying to influence our democracy and a strong reputation of working to create opportunity for all Wisconsinites," said Sen. Jon Tester, chair of the DSCC. "As Senator, I know that Russ will always put Wisconsin first and we’re very proud to support what will be his successful campaign.”

See more reaction in the press release section.

-- By JR Ross

 8:39 AM 

Feingold announces run for Senate

Russ Feingold announced that he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, asking Wisconsinites to join him in fighting for change in the chamber where he previously served for 18 years.

Feingold posted the announcement to a website that went live today, announcing his intentions in a video he said was shot in his Middleton home. In the video, Feingold says Wisconsinites have told him millionaires, billionaires and corporations are calling all the shots in the U.S. Senate, which he said needs to change.

"That means helping to bring back to the Senate strong independence, bipartisanship and honesty," he said.

Feingold says his desire to serve has never been greater, and he will travel the state this summer listening to residents as he prepares for the run.

Watch the video.

UPDATE: The National Republican Senatorial Committee has responded to Feingold's announcement.

"After decades in politics, Feingold's ego still can't grasp that he was soundly defeated by Oshkosh job creator Ron Johnson in 2010," said NRSC communications director Andrea Bozek. "Wisconsin families rejected Feingold’s broken promises and his liberal record once and they are going to do it again."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

 12:21 PM 

Walker plans Iowa visit

Gov. Scott Walker will follow up his trip to Israel with a return to Iowa.

His political organization, Our American Revival, said Walker will deliver two speeches to Republicans while also meeting with local activists, elected officials and media.

He'll address the Chad Airhart Blue Jean Bash Fundraiser in West Des Moines over lunch on Saturday and then speak to the Republican Party of Iowa Lincoln Day Dinner that evening in Des Moines.

Airhart is the Dallas County recorder who earlier this year joined the leadership team at OAR.

Walker likely will head straight to the Airhart fundraiser from his speech to the GOP state convention on Saturday. OAR said he will address Republican activists in La Crosse about 10:15 a.m., and his remarks in West Des Moines are set for 12:30 p.m.


 12:17 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Wednesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the state Democratic Party sponsors billboards urging Walker to return to Wisconsin in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker meets with Netanyahu

- Israel Hayom: Netanyahu meets with likely US presidential hopeful Scott Walker

- Green Bay Press-Gazette: Democrats' billboards: Come home, Gov. Walker

- Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker heading to Atlanta for cattle call to rival Iowa straw poll

- Washington Post: Will Scott Walker's budget troubles hurt his potential 2016 bid?
- National Journal: Investigation of Scott Walker's Fundraising Could End Up at the Supreme Court

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Tax-funded legal costs top $1 million over John Doe probe targeting Scott Walker campaign 

- Daily Caller: 'I'm Sick Of Fighting For Losing Causes': Ann Coulter Blasts 'Idiots' In 2016 GOP Field


- Ben Schreckinger: Scott Walker in Israel: Listening or hiding?

- Paul Rosenberg: ALEC's big lie: Scott Walker's pseudo-science, austerity without end, and the truth about right-wing governors and the economy

- Dick Morris: Scott Walker's problem

- John Nichols: A populist Mike Huckabee is a problem for plutocrat Scott Walker

- Shikha Dalmia: Scott Walker's Olympic Quality Immigration Flip Flop


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

 1:19 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Tuesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker continues his Israel visit and new poll gauges support for declared and likely GOP presidential hopefuls among New Hampshirans in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- New York Times: Scott Walker Helps Journalists in Wisconsin Cover His Trip to Israel

- CNN: Scott Walker to meet with Netanyahu during Israel trip

- Haaretz: Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker touring Israel

- Bloomberg: New Hampshire Poll: 2016 Republican Pack Has No Breakout Candidate Yet

- Washington Times: Rand Paul, Scott Walker tied atop 2016 Republican field in New Hampshire


- Philip Weiss: Walker's foreign policy education begins w/ lesson: East Jerusalem is not occupied

- Jessie Opoien: The budget standing between Scott Walker and a 2016 announcement

- Scot Ross and Matt Sinovic: Scott Walker's Wisconsin is no model to follow

- Tim Skubic: Walker stays on say-nothing message while stumping in Michigan

- Jim Geraghty: Walker Adopts Session's Hard Line on Immigration, Dividing Himself from the Rest of the Field

- Susan Douglas: Presidential Hopeful Scott Walker's Higher Education Deficit

- Erick Erickson: Round One For the RedState Gathering


Monday, May 11, 2015

 12:01 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Monday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker arrives in Israel after talking national security and terrorism at the Citizens United Freedom Summit in South Carolina in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Jerusalem Post: Likely US presidential candidate Walker arrives for five-day Israel visit

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker visits Western Wall during Israel trip

- Washington Post: Scott Walker heads to Israel

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Before heading to Israel, Scott Walker talks tough on terror

- USA Today: GOP presidential aspirants woo conservatives at S.C. forum

- AP: In South Carolina, a Republican scramble to stand out

- AP: GOP Presidential Hopefuls Take Turns Knocking Obama

- New York Times: Scott Walker Woos South Carolina G.O.P. With Tough Talk on Terror

- National Review: Walker Targets Jeb Bush in South Carolina Speech

- The State: 2016 presidential hopefuls audition for S.C. conservatives

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker returns to South Carolina for Freedom Summit

- Sacramento Bee: Walker: I'd end sequester, not cut military

- WBAY: Walker: 'American Dream' out of reach

- Wall Street Journal: GOP Hopefuls Talk Tough on National Security

- UPI: GOP presidential hopefuls rip Obama

- AP: The Latest on 2016: GOP hopefuls proud of their parents

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: For Scott Walker, Iowa offers promise and perils

- International Business Times: Scott Walker And Rand Paul Deliver Paper-Thin Lead Over GOP Rivals In New Hampshire 2016 Primary Poll

- Salt Lake Tribune: Mitt Romney's summit will bring 2016 contenders to Utah


- Niall Stanage: GOP 2016: The top 10 contenders 

- Chris Cillizza: The top 10 GOP presidential contenders

- Mark Halperin: Scott Walker Sets Pace at South Carolina Freedom Summit

- Dave Zweifel: Suddenly, Scott Walker is workers' BFF

- Robbie Hiltonsmith and Sean McElwee: Scott Walker's vicious college-tuition scam

- John Nichols: The shine comes off Scott Walker


 9:16 AM 

New Hampshire poll has Walker in close group of four GOP presidential contenders

Scott Walker was one of four Republicans in a closely grouped top tier of GOP presidential contenders in a new Saint Anselm College and Bloomberg News survey of New Hampshire voters.

The poll found Walker and Rand Paul were backed by 12 percent of respondents each, while Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio were next at 11 percent apiece.

They were the only four to crack double digits with Donald Trump next at 8 percentage points.

In a head-to-head general election match up, Hillary Clinton led Walker 46-40. Bush and Rubio fared better against the former secretary of state, with Clinton backed by 44 percent of respondents, compared to 42 for the Republicans.

The bipartisan DC-based Purple Insights surveyed 952 likely 2016 New Hampshire voters over landlines and cell phones between May 2 and May 6. The questions on the general election had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, while those for the GOP primary had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

-- By JR Ross


Friday, May 8, 2015

 1:32 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Friday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker Israel trip and his position on auto bailouts in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- AP: Walker's 1st Israel trip starts Saturday

- Wisconsin State Journal: Walker touts exports, plans to meet Israeli leader

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker set to meet with prime minister during trip to Israel

- Wall Street Journal: Immigration Puzzle Confounds Republican 2016 Field

- AP: Walker: No presidential announcement until budget signed

- Cleveland.com: Scott Walker once bashed the auto bailouts, but now he's balking. Will the issue be a factor in 2016?

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker urges crowd to pray for government, business leaders


- Nick Gillespie: Scott Walker's New Flip-Flop: He Now Supports Auto Bailouts?

- Betsy Woodruff: Walker's High Spendin', Debt Raisin' Budget 

- Ken McIntyre: Did Scott Walker 'Evolve' on Immigration?

- Noah Rothman: Swing state poll: Voters back Bush, Walker over Clinton


Thursday, May 7, 2015

 2:02 PM 

Scott Walker heads to South Carolina before Israel trip

Walker's political organization released more details of his planned trip to South Carolina this weekend. 

In addition to his planned speech Saturday at the South Carolina Freedom Summit in Greenville, Walker will meet with local elected officials and activists. The meetings with party leaders includes Greenville Mayor Knox White and members of the Greenville legislative delegation. 

Ahead of the trip, Our American Revival announced Walker's first hires in South Carolina: Dan Tripp and Mike Lukach. Tripp is a former South Carolina state lawmaker, while Lukach has worked on campaigns in eight states. 

The guv is also slated to depart this weekend for his trip to Israel.


 1:49 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Thursday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker's upcoming trip to Israel, labor, immigration and more on the Quinnipiac Iowa poll in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- AP: Scott Walker's first Israel trip to include helicopter tour

 - Politico: Scott Walker’s rabbi

- AP: Clinton's aggressive immigration stance reignites questions about Obama's executive action

- AP: A look at where the 2016 hopefuls stand on immigration

- Real Clear Politics: Poll: Scott Walker Leads in Iowa; Bush Lags Behind

- Cleveland.com:  Scott Walker leads GOP pack in new Iowa poll

- Daily Mail: All the cash but none of the support: Jeb Bush is in seventh place in Iowa


- Thomas Geoghagen:  Why the 2016 GOP race may be all about taking down unions

- Matthew Yglesias:  Scott Walker has a plan to crush what's left of labor unions in America

- Shikha Dalmia:  Scott Walker: The Labor Protectionist

- Leigh Ann Caldwell: He Didn't Have To But Scott Walker Slams Clinton On Immigration

- Paul Waldman: Hillary Clinton just cornered the GOP on immigration

- Martin Sullivan: Walker In Wisconsin: A $1 Sweater And $2 Billion In Tax Cuts

- John Nichols:  Huckabee Is a Little Bit Populist, and That Could Be a Big Problem for Bush and Walker

- Michael Brendan Dougherty:  Jeb Bush doesn't have a conservative problem


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

 11:47 AM 

Scott Walker 2016 Wednesday headline roundup

A new poll shows Gov. Scott Walker maintains his lead in Iowa and Walker's political group announces its South Carolina team in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Des Moines Register: Survey: Scott Walker remains in the lead in Iowa

- The State: Scott Walker’s political group names S.C. staffers

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker's political group hires South Carolina staffers

- AP: Walker critical of Romney in 2012, Bush in 2000

- Cleveland.com: Scott Walker whacks Obama, Hillary Clinton on ISIS, terror response


- Terry Schilling: Scott Walker And Mitt Romney: Different Signature, Same Candidate

- Bill Lueders: Have John Doe probes trashed rule of law in Wisconsin?

- MJS editorial: Gov. Scott Walker's evolving views on corn-based ethanol

- Frank Camp: Scott Walker Wants to Make His Signature Wisconsin Issue a National Policy Fight

- Simon Maloy: Scott Walker would like you to know that he’s an intergalactic princess

- Alex Griswold: Scott Walker Compares Himself To Princess Leia


 10:20 AM 

Walker polling roundup: Guv leads in Iowa, top tier in national poll

Gov. Scott Walker continued to lead the GOP pack in Iowa, while a new national poll has him in the top tier among Republican presidential contenders.

The Quinnipiac University poll found Walker leading the pack among Iowa Republicans for the GOP presidential nomination. Twenty-one percent of respondents backed Walker in the latest poll, compared to 25 percent in February.

In the latest survey, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio were at 13 percent each, while Ted Cruz was at 12 percent and Mike Huckabee at 11 percent.

The poll also asked Republicans if there was any GOP candidate they definitely would not support. Jeb Bush topped that list at 25 percent, while Chris Christie was next at 20 percent.

Walker's favorability rating with GOP voters was 59-11, and only 3 percent said they definitely would not vote for him.

The poll of 667 likely GOP caucus participants was conducted April 25 through May 4 with live interviews over land lines and cell phones. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

A new survey from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found Walker trailing Hillary Clinton head-to-head 50-40 with half of respondents saying they didn't have an opinion of Walker.

Among GOP primary voters, Walker was third at 14 percent behind Bush (23 percent) and Rubio (18 percent).

The survey of 1,000 adults was done over land lines and cell phones April 26-30. The margin of error for the overall sample was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, while it was plus or minus 6.19 percentage points for GOP primary voters.

A new Monmouth University Poll out today found New Jersey voters are not enthusiastic about Christie's bid for the presidency. He trailed Hillary Clinton 53-30 percent in a hypothetical head-to-head match up. The poll also found more New Jersey voters believed Bush would be a better president than Christie 42-27 and said the same of Walker 34-24 over their governor.

The survey of 441 registered voters was conducted Friday through Sunday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

-- By JR Ross


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

 3:12 PM 

Walker calls special election for Farrow Senate seat

Gov. Scott Walker has called a July 21 special election to fill the Senate seat of Republican Paul Farrow, who plans to resign July 17.

Farrow, R-Pewaukee, is resigning to focus full-time on being Waukesha County exec. 

Under Walker's special election call, nomination papers can be circulated starting today with a deadline to file May 26. 

While the general election will be July 21, all eyes will be on the June 23 primary for the heavily GOP seat in Waukesha County. Rep. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield and Brian Dorow, an associate dean at Waukesha County Technical College, have both announced plans to run as Republicans.

-- By JR Ross

 12:09 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Tuesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker touts his record in Michigan, prepares for his Israel trip and tweets a Star Wars reference in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker leaves for Israel on Sunday

- MLive: Walker, 'the right-to-work governor in Wisconsin,' brings growth message to Michigan

- Detroit Free Press: Walker hits campaign trail in Michigan

- AP: Walker touts tax cuts in Michigan

- Detroit News: Walker plans presidential decision as early as June

- CNN: Walker blames Obama, Clinton for world violence

- Wall Street Journal: Hillary Clinton Takes Hit in WSJ Poll, but Holds Edge Over GOP Rivals

- Wall Street Journal: 5 Things the WSJ/NBC Poll Tells Us About 2016

- BuzzFeed Walker In 2006: I Support Paul Ryan's Position On Immigration Reform

- New York Times: Wisconsin, Politics and Faith Bind Scott Walker and Paul Ryan


- David Weigel: Decoding Scott Walker's Puzzling Star Wars Reference

- Jessie Opoien: A very serious analysis of Scott Walker's 'May the 4th' Star Wars tweet

- Hunter Schwarz: The many times Star Wars became a part of American politics

- Alice Ollstein: Walker Says He Would Crush What's Left Of Unions If Elected President

- Craig Kafura: Gov. Scott Walker walks away from the public on immigration

- Chris Rickert: Woe to the targets of court-sanctioned, bipartisan John Doe probe?


Monday, May 4, 2015

 11:46 AM 

Scott Walker 2016 Monday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker heads to Michigan and more enter the GOP presidential field in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Washington Post: Scott Walker heads to Michigan on Monday

- WLNS: Walker To Speak At Ingham County Republican Luncheon

- Bloomberg: Walker and Absentee Govs Get Heat for Too Much Time on Presidential Trail

- AP: GOP field grows: Fiorina, Carson to launch presidential bids

- New York Times: G.O.P. Hopefuls Now Aiming to Woo the Middle Class

- Northland News: Gov. Scott Walker talks fishing, state budget and presidential aspirations

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker's stance on ethanol prompts concerns


- Andy Puzder: A Closer Look at Scott Walker's Record on Jobs

- Thomas LIfson: Hey liberals, keep those attacks on Scott Walker coming

- Jazz Shaw: Scott Walker soon to be toppled in #Searsgate


Saturday, May 2, 2015

 8:48 AM 

Milwaukee County Zoo sea lion helps Walker tout state tourism boost

Gov. Scott Walker gamely allowed a trained, 600-lb. sea lion named Slick to give him "kisses" Friday at the Milwaukee County Zoo, as part of Walker's promotion of tourism in Wisconsin.

Walker and Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett visited the zoo, where they also hand-fed fish to a seal named Scooter and visited the penguin exhibit.

Later they headed to La Crosse to tour the Loggers baseball stadium and then to Green Bay, where they visited the construction site for the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. The tour came to mark the start of this year's National Travel and Tourism Week, which runs May 2-10. Walker's administration announced the tourism economy topped $18.5 billion in 2014, a $1 billion boost from $17.5 billion in 2013. The 5.5 percent increase was spurred by a rise in both visits and spending per trip.

The tour continues this weekend as Walker is in Hayward for the 50th annual Governor's Fishing Opener. Walker joked that his encounter with feeding the sea creatures "gave him an early taste of fishing" just in time for the fishing opener.

Klett said Wisconsin has had five tourism slogans in the past 15 years, but "we've decided to do something very radical and that's get away from slogans and just do outstanding marketing."

Walker told reporters at the zoo that tourism provides 187,000 jobs in the state. He acknowledged most are seasonal jobs, but said there are some permanent, family-supporting careers related to tourism.

Asked to respond to critics who say his administration's stances on environmental topics, such as limiting carbon emissions, hurt Wisconsin tourism, Walker gave a shout-out to efforts started before he took office.

"If you look at our record, we're one of the best states in the country," Walker said. "Over the past decade, we've put in major provisions that allow us to have better clean air, clean land and clean water. It's part of the reason citations are down by the DNR, is because we've been more proactive. You'll have people taking potshots but the facts are pretty clear and that is we have some of the best environmental conditions here in the state of Wisconsin."

Klett told WisPolitics.com that "One of the great things Gov. Walker did for tourism is four years ago he increased our marketing budget, so we took that money and reinvigorated Travel Green Wisconsin," said Klett, referring to a program created in 2006. "So we were the very first Travel Green-certified program for tourism departments in the United States. Right now we have 550 businesses that are Travel Green-certified. It's all about sustainability, visitors leaving their carbon footprint, recycling, composting, all of that."

-- By Kay Nolan
For WisPolitics.com


Friday, May 1, 2015

 12:39 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Friday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker vs. Marco Rubio and Walker may have given a religious book a bump in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Politico: In early horse race, Marco Rubio threatens Scott Walker

- Religion News Service: Scott Walker plugs a Jesus devotional in a not-so-subtle sign to evangelicals

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 'Jesus Calling' gets book bump as Walker touts it on campaign trail


- Jeff Berkowitz: Is Governor Scott Walker Pro-Life? Did FNC's Chris Wallace miss his chance to find out?

- Scott Shackford: Walker Supports Constitutional Amendment for State Control of Marriage

- Matt Pommer: Religious leaders offer advice to Walker about benefit programs

- Shepherd Express editorial: Scott Walker Wrecked Wisconsin's Economy


 10:18 AM 

PPP: Clinton leads Walker in Iowa 48-41

Hillary Clinton leads Scott Walker in Iowa, according to a new poll from the Dem firm Public Policy Polling.

Clinton was backed by 48 percent of respondents, compared to 41 percent for Walker. Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio performed best against Clinton. She edged Huckabee 46-44 and Rubio 45-43.

Clinton led the GOP field even though 41 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of her and 52 percent had a negative one. Still, PPP noted none of the potential candidates were very popular. Walker had the best net favorability with 31 percent having a favorable view of him and 37 percent a negative one, putting him at minus-6.

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-- By JR Ross


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