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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

 2:03 PM 

Ad targets Scott Walker over student debt

Scott Walker is targeted over student debt in a new ad and the Walker-backing Unintimidated PAC has added two new staffers in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Capital Times: Ad targeting Scott Walker says college graduates are 'drowning' in student debt

- Daily Caller: Scott Walker Super PAC Staffs Up

- Washington Examiner: Scott Walker: I'd 'absolutely' nuke the filibuster to repeal Obamacare

- Tampa Bay Times: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio disagree with Scott Walker's call for Constitutional amendment on gay marriage

- Capital Times: Does Scott Walker want to get into a fistfight with Supreme Court justices?

- International Business Times: Scott Walker Tenure Controversy


- Betsy Woodruff: Conservatives Love Scott Walker's Anti-Gay Transition

- Eli Hager: Scott Walker hangs tough on guns, crime and punishment

- Erica Payner: Scott Walker is Drowning Students in Debt

- Joseph Curl: An embarrassing day for GOP presidential candidates


Monday, June 29, 2015

 11:58 AM 

Scott Walker courts Colorado conservatives

Gov. Scott Walker addresses conservatives in Colorado and reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Washington Examiner: Scott Walker: Hillary Clinton is 'woefully out of touch with Main Street America'

- Colorado Springs Gazette: Scott Walker gives shout-out to Colorado Springs during Denver speech

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: In Colorado, Walker lists why he thinks he can beat Clinton

- Denver Post: Ready for 2016: GOP presidential hopefuls excite, repel at WCS

- Fox6 Milwaukee: Gov. Walker speaks to conservatives in Denver

- Denver Post: Carson wins conservative straw poll in Colorado for second year

- Denver Post: Gay marriage ruling divides conservatives at Denver gathering

- Politico: Walker goes mum on same-sex marriage

- CNN: Scott Walker calls for respect on same-sex marriage ruling

- New York Times: Scott Walker Calls for Amendment Allowing States to Define Marriage

- NPR: 'Abide by the law': Campaign trail responds to same-sex marriage ruling

- Washington Post: The GOP contenders react to the same-sex marriage decision


- Hugh Hewitt: Notes from a gathering of conservatives and candidates

- Penny Nance: Scott Walker's push for marriage Constitutional amendment exactly right

- Nik Nelson: Walker the warrior

- Joanne Brown: Mr. Walker, your self-absorption is showing

- PolitiFact: Scott Walker says most Americans support voter ID laws (Mostly True)


Friday, June 26, 2015

 4:13 PM 

Walker: Let states decide on same-sex marriage

Gov. Scott Walker wants to amend the COnstitution to allow states define marriage, and Walker says he will announce his presidential intentions next months in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Politico: Scott Walker calls for Constitutional amendment to let states define marriage

- AP: Walker: Same-sex marriage ruling is 'grave mistake'

- Tampa bay Times: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio disagree with Scott Walker's call for Constitutional amendment on gay marriage

- NBC: 2016 Candidates React to Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling

- CBS: Scott Walker to announce 2016 intentions next month

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Although bitter for GOP, Obamacare ruling might ease tumult

- Capital Times: Wisconsin officials react along party lines to Affordable Care Act decision

- Wisconsin Radio Network: Wisconsin reacts to Supreme Court health care ruling

- Daily Caller: Corruption Charges Against Walker Are Baseless, Supporters Say

- Chicago Tribune: Budget woes complicate Gov. Scott Walker's White House ambitions


- Paige Lavender: Scott Walker Is Still Looking For Ways To Ban Gay Marriage

- Steven Elbow: Obamacare decision 'ideal course of events' for Scott Walker

- Shepherd Express: Scott Walker Fails the Leadership Test Again

- PolitiFact: Scott Walker says Barack Obama told Coast Guard global warming is top threat to military and world (Mostly False)

- Michael Daly: Scott Walker's Gun Bill Is Based on a Lie


Thursday, June 25, 2015

 12:33 PM 

Walker calls on Republicans to redouble efforts to repeal, replace ACA

Gov. Scott Walker calls for Republicans to redouble thier efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and Walker signs two gun bills in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.

- USA Today: GOP candidates maintain their attacks on Obamacare

- NBC: GOP 2016 candidates vow to continue fight against Obamacare

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker signs gun bills, explains sidestepping Confederate flag

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker expands gun rights, says S.C. governor asked him not to comment on flag

- Sun Times: Walker signs two bills expanding gun rights

- AP: Scott Walker: Haley asked that he not talk about Confederate flag

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker: Hillary Clinton uses equal pay advocacy to 'pit one group of Americans versus another'

- Politico: Obamacare dilemma for GOP govs running for president


- Benjy Sarlin: Scott Walker won’t fix Obamacare, but he will take credit for it 

- Scott Walker: Obama can't pass buck on health insurance

- Betsy Woodruff: Scott Walker's Jobs Program Didn't Work

- Bryce Covert: Scott Walker Reveals Extreme Views On Equal Pay

- PolitiFact: Did Scott Walker say forced ultrasounds to get an abortion are 'a cool thing'? (Mostly False)

- Paul Waldman: The only way GOP governors can run for president is by shafting their own states


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

 9:23 PM 

Walker: Haley asked that he wait on Confederate flag statement

 Walker today said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley had asked him not to make any quick statements about taking down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse in Charleston.

"She asked me to wait," Walker told reporters after a bill signing in Milwaukee.

Walker told reporters, "I talked to Gov. Haley on Saturday. I talked to her at some length before my statements were given and she asked me to wait. I was fully prepared to say that it's a state issue, but if it were me, I would take it down. But I waited until she had a chance to get out front.

"I could have disregarded that and maybe scored a few political points by jumping ahead of her, but I respected her in that process and that's why I said what I said," added Walker.


 11:51 AM 

NYT: Scott Walker faces "GOP revolt" in Wisconsin

The New York Times says Gov. Scott Walker faces a "GOP revolt" in Wisconsin, and Walker is set to sign gun legislation today.


- New York Times: Scott Walker, set for a bigger stage, faces GOP revolt in Wisconsin

- Washington Post: Scott Walker to sign legislation expanding gun rights in Wisconsin

- Capital Times: Democratic state senator accuses Scott Walker of mixed messages on Confederate flag

- Barron's: Who will win the GOP nomination?


- Donald Downs and John Sharpless: Scott Walker’s latest crusade will hurt conservatives like us

- Kevin Drum: Even Wisconsin's Republicans are getting tired of Scott Walker

- Amanda Marcotte: Scott Walker argues that equal pay pits women against men

- Dave Zweifel: Another whopper from our truth-challenged governor

- Consuelo Lopez Springfield: On immigration, Scott Walker is no Ronald Reagan

- Stuart Rothenberg: Does Scott Walker have what it takes to win in 2016?


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 9:31 PM 

Kapenga wins primary in 33rd Senate District

With 100 percent of the vote in, Chris Kapenga is the winner of the 33rd Senate District Republican primary in Waukesha County.

Kapenga received 5,539 votes, while Brian Dorow came in a close second with 4,888 votes. Mikael Langner finished a distant third with 168 votes, according to unofficial results posted on the Waukesha County Clerk’s website.

After the election, Kapenga said his constituents can expect more of what he did in the Assembly if he is elected to the Senate.

“We’re very happy that obviously the voters chose what we stand for,” he said.

Dorow said he was disappointed but congratulated Kapenga on the victory, according to a news release from Dorow’s campaign. He said Waukesha County Republicans are used to primaries and to pulling together after them.

"The compressed timeline didn’t give us enough time to raise the funds we needed to communicate with enough voters,” Dorow said in the release. “And turnout was incredibly low.”

Kapenga will face off against Dem Sherryll Shaddock in the July 21 special election to succeed Sen. Paul Farrow, the new Waukesha County executive.

“We’ll stay on the same message,” Kapenga said.

Read Dorow's statement:

-- By Chris Thompson

 8:59 PM 

Race still close

Chris Kapenga is holding a 3,771-3,334 lead with 58 percent of the vote in for the 33rd Senate District's GOP primary.

Mikael Langner has 118 votes.

 -- By Chris Thompson

 8:28 PM 

Kapenga takes early lead

Chris Kapenga has taken an early lead in the 33rd Senate District GOP primary.

With 9 percent of the vote in, Kapenga has 1,427, Brian Dorow has 1,040 and Mikael Langner has 40.

 -- By Chris Thompson

 8:01 PM 

Polls closed in 33rd SD primary.

Polls have closed in Waukesha County as election workers begin to tally results in the 33rd Senate District primary.

Three GOP candidates--Brian Dorow, Chris Kapenga and Mikael Langner--are facing off to take on Dem Sherryll Shaddock.

The special election is July 21, and the winner will succeed Sen. Paul Farrow, the new Waukesha County executive.

Check back throughout  the evening for results.

-- By David Wise

 12:44 PM 

Walker backs call to remove Confederate flag near S.C. Capitol

In headlines today, Gov. Scott Walker says he supports removing the Confederate flag near the South Carolina Capitol, and his gubernatorial campaign plans to donate to charity contributions it received from the leader of a white supremacist group the Charleston church shooting suspect cited in his online manifesto.


- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: White supremacist gave to Walker, Johnson, Ryan 


- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial: Gov. Scott Walker shouldn't dodge Confederate flag issue

- William Bowen and Eugene Tobin: Scott Walker's test of academic freedom 


Monday, June 22, 2015

 12:41 PM 

Walker courts social conservatives at "Road to the Majority" conference

Gov. Scott Walker courts social conservatives at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to the Majority" conference in Washington, D.C., and Jeb Bush gains ground in a new poll in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Washington Times: Walker wows social conservatives with attacks on Obama, puts GOP rivals on notice

- The Blaze: Scott Walker Fires Up Crowd, Names Radical Islam as World's Biggest Threat

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker denounces Charleston slayings, sidesteps flag debate

- New York Times: Republicans Tread Carefully in Criticism of Confederate Flag

- Wisconsin State Journal: Walker courts conservative Christians, but some question depth of his commitment

- AP: Walker hedging on timing of presidential announcement

- Wall Street Journal: GOP 2016 Hopefuls Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee Gain Ground in WSJ/NBC News Poll

- Politico: Poll: Paul slides among GOP primary voters

- NBC: Jeb Bush's Standing Improves Among Republicans in NBC/WJS poll

- NBC: Poll: Voters Pick Top Concerns About 2016 Election

- Washington Post: Scott Walker unveils new Web site as he stockpiles money for likely presidential bid

- WBAY: Walker Addresses State Budget Delay in Ripon

- AP: Scott Walker's jobs agency gave out $124 million without review


- John Nichols: Scott Walker's promise problem

- Jeffrey Horn: Scott Walker's Smarter Balanced Deception

- Ernst-Ulrich Franzen: Scott Walker, please come home

- Henry Olsen: On Taxes, Scott Walker Has Wisely Jettisoned the Supply-Side Orthodoxy

- Gene Lyons: Democrats underestimate Scott Walker at their own peril

- Amanda Marcotte: Scott Walker goes Todd Akin: Why Republicans get rape so embarrassingly wrong

- Craig Gilbert: Will the state's slow job growth hurt Scott Walker's presidential bid? 


Friday, June 19, 2015

 11:24 AM 

Walker leads among conservatives in Reuters/Ipsos poll

Gov. Scott Walker leads among conservatives in a Reuters/Ipsos poll and more on Walker's new fundraising committee in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Reuters: Scott Walker Leads Among Republican Conservatives, Poll Shows

- Wisconsin State Journal: Walker tells donors he's still praying over presidential run

- Associated Press: Walker forms new fundraising committee in step toward 2016 run

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker takes another step toward presidential campaign with new committee

- Wall Street Journal: Scott Walker Forms Presidential Fundraising Committee

- Capital Times: Scott Walker forms committee to 'test the waters' for president

- Capital Times: NARAL targets Scott Walker for 20-week abortion ban with ads in Iowa, New Hampshire


- Jennifer Rubin: Scott Walker edges closer to running for president

- Scot Ross: A valuable lesson in Gov. Scott Walker's education record

- Jazz Shaw: Scott Walker moving to weaken tenure for state college professors


 10:59 AM 

Kloppenburg announces for Supreme Court race next year

JoAnne Kloppenburg, who lost a close race to Justice David Prosser in 2011, announced today that she is running for the state Supreme Court in 2016.

Kloppenburg, who has won a seat on the appeals court since that 2011 race, said she has a proven record of being "thoughtful, fair and independent."

“Special interests have spent huge amounts of money trying to influence Wisconsin’s judicial system," Kloppenburg said. "Those special interests, along with partisan politics, don’t belong in our Courts. Together, we must ensure justice isn’t for sale.”

Justice Pat Crooks, 77, would be up for re-election next year if he decides to seek another 10-year term. There has been wide speculation that he would not run again, but he told WisPolitics.com in April that he would wait until the fall to make a decision.

UPDATE: Milwaukee County Judge Joe Donald has also filed to run for the state Supreme Court.

-- By JR Ross

Thursday, June 18, 2015

 11:09 AM 

Walker to visit Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania

Walker is headed out of state this weekend for stops in Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

He will speak Saturday to the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "2015 Road to Majority Policy Conference" in Washington, D.C., and the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Pennsylvania.

See more on the DC event:

See more on the Pennsylvania event:


 11:07 AM 

Walker forms fundraising committee for likely presidential bid

Gov. Scott Walker forms a "testing the waters" committee for his likeley presidential bid and he leads in a new national poll in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup




Wednesday, June 17, 2015

 11:39 AM 

Walker leads in new PPP poll

Gov. Scott Walker led Public Policy Polling's latest national GOP presidential survey, the fourth straight time he's done so. 

In this month's poll from the Dem firm, Walker was at 17 percent, while Jeb Bush was at 15 percent, March Rubio 13 percent, Ben Carson 12 percent and Mike Huckabee 11 percent. 

PPP attributed Walker's lead to his strength with those voters who identify themselves as "very conservative." He was backed by 23 percent of those voters, while 17 percent supported Carson. 

Still, Walker trailed Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup. Clinton led all Republicans she was tested against with leads of 3 points to 7 points. Walker trailed 46-42. 

The survey of 1,129 national voters was conducted June 11-14 and included 492 Republican primary votes. The margin of error for the overall survey was plus or minus 2.9 percentage points and 4.4 percentage points for the GOP primary questions. 

See more: 


 11:38 AM 

Walker highlights Wisconsin business climate in Canada

Gov. Scott Walker talks up Wisconsin's business climate in Canada and he pledges to keep private conversations with world leaders to himself after a flap involving British PM David Cameron in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Fox6: Walker touts Wisconsin’s pro-business climate in Canada

- Washington Post: As budget fight rages at home, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker goes abroad

- Wisconsin State Journal: Walker says he won't talk about private conversations with foreign leaders

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker won't comment on Cameron's disputing statements

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: No Scott Walkers have filed to run for president - yet


- Jerry White: The New York Times, Scott Walker and the unions

- Nancy Kendall:  Walker is undermining academic freedom at the University of Wisconsin

- Gerald Seib: The Governors: Rounding Out the GOP 2016 Field

- Derek Willis: Why Jeb Bush’s Online Campaign Was Quiet

- John Nichols:  Donald Trump’s Absurdly Appropriate Candidacy


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 11:06 AM 

Scott Walker eyes July 13 presidential announcement

Gov. Scott Walker is eyeing July 13 for his presidential announcement and the Associated Press reports Walker is having trouble enacting his agenda in Wisconsin while he campaigns in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker targeting July 13 for announcing presidential bid

- AP: Walker's record as governor is taking some hits this year

- Bloomberg: Scott Walker: ‘I Ran Against a Woman’ and Won

- Capital Times: Following Scott Walker: A timeline of the governor's out-of-state trips


- Jesse Berney: Scott Walker Already Failing at Diplomacy

- Steve Salzberg: Walker's Dual Attacks On The University Of Wisconsin

- Justin Green: NY Times profiles union worker to take down Scott walker, buries key detail

- PolitiFact: Group says Scott Walker bans employees from talking about climate change (false)


Monday, June 15, 2015

 11:51 AM 

Scott Walker plans meeting with Harper during Canadian trade trip

Gov. Scott Walker plans a meeting with Canadian PM Stephen Harper during his trade mission and Walker says GOP prez rivals in the Senate "have yet to win anything and accomplish anything" in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- AP: Scott Walker to meet with prime minister while in Canada

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker begins trade trip to Canada

- Washington Post: Scott Walker heads to Canada in hopes of wooing business to Wisconsin

- AP: Elbows flying, rhetorically, at Romney's 2016 retreat


- Steve Benen: UK's David Cameron fact-checks Scott Walker

- Time: British Leader to Scott Walker: I Never Dissed Obama

- Clay Waters: NYT Blares Emotionally Pro-Union, Anti-Scott Walker Piece As Magazine Cover Story

- Donald F. Kettl: Scott Walker’s Real Legacy

- Russ Choma: The Koch Brothers Usually Have Scott Walker's Back. Not This Time.

- Peter Grier: Scott Walker says Marco Rubio could be his VP. Trolling?

- Joe Nocera: Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Audition

-  Dave Zweifel: No monuments for Scott Walker and his cabal

- US News: Scott Walker, Professors Clash Over Tenure in Wisconsin

- Josh Marshall: Scott Walker & The Haunting Terror of Knowledge

- Tom Johnson: Lefty Blogger Josh Marshall: Scott Walker Frightened By ‘Things Like Empirical Thinking and New Ideas’


Saturday, June 13, 2015

 10:11 AM 

Feingold to teach this fall at Stanford before campaigning full time

Dem Russ Feingold will teach at Stanford University this fall before campaigning full-time for the U.S. Senate after the class wraps up in mid-November, his campaign manager said.

Republicans have been slamming Feingold for teaching at the Palo Alto, Calif., school, saying he's running for Wisconsin's Senate seat from another state.

Feingold campaign manager Tom Russell said the Middleton Dem will complete his contract with the university by teaching another course at its law school from mid-September through mid-November. After that, he will "campaign full-time to give maximum effort to win Wisconsin's Senate seat."

"Russ will be campaigning most of the rest of this year, including visiting all 72 counties to listen," Russell said.

Feingold's campaign said he would be "back and forth frequently" during the two months he's teaching in California.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's campaign knocked the move.

"Senator Feingold is not listening to Wisconsinites. He's too busy lecturing in California," said campaign manager Betsy Ankney.

-- By JR Ross

Friday, June 12, 2015

 1:20 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Friday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker discusses Marco Rubio as a possible running mate, the Iowa Straw Poll is called off and the Associate Press looks at Walker's ties to the Bradley Foundation in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Bloomberg: Scott Walker Says Supporters Have Suggested Walker-Rubio 2016 Ticket

- Tampa Bay Times: Scott Walker eyes Marco Rubio as running mate

- Des Moines Register: The Iowa Straw Poll is dead

- AP: Walker's not-so-secret weapon: The Bradley Foundation

- CNN: Can Scott Walker win the Harley vote?

- Time: Scott Walker's Bucks Arena Deal May Be a 2016 Misfire

- Washington Post: Scott Walker hardens abortion stance ahead of his likely White House bid

- New York Times: Scott Walker and the Fate of the Union

- CNBC: Jeb Bush to take GOP nomination, predicts CFO Survey

- ABC: Scott Walker Plays Defense on Funding Bucks Arena

- AP: Walker's anti-tenure message raises nationwide alarm


- Hot Air: Scott Walker: Quite a few people have suggested a Walker/Rubio ticket to me

- Bruce Walker: Scott Walker and Academic Tenure

- Lucy McCalmont: Scott Walker Hasn't Gone To A Bucks Game In 'Years' But Wants Voters To Help Pay For New Arena 


Thursday, June 11, 2015

 12:40 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Thursday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker's op-ed on education reform gets attention and columnists respond to Walker's plan to fund a Bucks arena in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- AP: Walker Makes Case for Education Reforms Nationwide

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker's op-ed on K-12 education

- Business Insider: A teacher central to Scott Walker's education pitch would like him to stop using her story

- AP: Teacher renews call for Walker to stop telling her story

- Bloomberg: Scott Walker Courting Mitt Romney Donors After Slamming Candidate Romney

- National Journal: What former Wis. Dem Party Chair Mike Tate Learned From Scott Walker

- Des Moines Register: Iowa GOP to revisit fate of straw poll


- Alice Ollstein: Wisconsinites Blast Scott Walker’s Stadium Deal As ‘Outrageous’

- Pat Garofalo: Scott Walker’s 2016 air ball

- Richard Brodsky: Scott Walker, Our First Socialist President

- Saul Newton:  What is driving Scott Walker's war on Wisconsin universities

- Adele Stan: Walker’s Shady Deals Win Him Campaign Cash From Billionaires

- Jennifer Rubin: Scott Walker’s Common Core conundrum


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

 1:18 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Wednesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker plans an August trip to Nevada and he pens an op-ed on education reform in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- AP: Scott Walker, Ted Cruz and other candidates plan trips to Nevada

- Time: GOP Candidates Go Whole Hog in Iowa


- Scott Walker: We changed broken education system

- Bruce Murphy: Is Bradley Foundation CEO Michael Grebe the real thinker behind Scott Walker's policies?

- James Perry: Walker an ideal tea party candidate

- David Boaz: Scott Walker Defends Corporate Welfare for NBA

- Capital Times editorial: Sorry, Scott Walker, but forced ultrasound is not 'cool'

- PolitiFact: Scott Walker limited early voting, made it harder for college students to vote, Hillary Clinton says

- Jack Coleman: Trigger-happy fashion cop Rachel Maddow deems Scott Walker's motorcycle headgear a 'funny get up'


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

 11:24 AM 

Scott Walker 2016 Tuesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker faces resistance from Wisconsin Republicans and more on his trip to Iowa in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Politico: Scott Walker’s Revolt Back Home

- ABC: The Note: What Scott Walker Said In Iowa

- ABC: How Scott Walker Fell In Love With His Wife, Tonette, Over Beer, BBQ and Karaoke

 - Christian Today: Scott Walker supports constitutional amendment giving states the right to ban same-sex marriage

- On Top magazine: Scott Walker Calls For Marriage Amendment If SCOTUS Strikes Gay Marriage Bans


- Betsy Woodruff: Scott Walker Drafts a Homeschooled Army


Monday, June 8, 2015

 1:22 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Monday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker rides a Harley in Iowa, voices support for an amendment to let states decide on same-sex marriage and says he won't rule out invading Iraq to confront ISIS in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker gets a Harley edge during Saturday Iowa event

- New York Times: Scott Walker Riding With Joni Ernst in Iowa as Rivals Give Chase

- Washington Post: Walker is the only potential presidential candidate who can go to a biker rally and mean it

- Politico: 2016 field descends on Iowa for Joni Ernst shindig

- Des Moines Register: Motorcycle ride revs up GOP hunger for caucus politics

- Reuters: On Scott Walker's performance in Iowa: 'Unless he really screws up, he should win'

- Politico: The man to beat in Iowa: Scott Walker

- Wall Street Journal: Scott Walker Bets on Midwestern Appeal in Iowa

- ABC:  Scott Walker Says Jeb Bush is Still the GOP Frontrunner

- The Guardian: Scott Walker rejects claims he is the Republican frontrunner for 2016

- Washington Post: Scott Walker says he'd consider a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex marriage

- CBS: Scott Walker backs amendment for same-sex marriage bans

- New York Times: Lindsey Graham and Scott Walker Stick to Domestic Issues on Sunday Shows

- ABC: Walker Wouldn't Rule Out Re-Invasion of Iraq

- Washington Times: Scott Walker hits back at Obama: 'Guy who called ISIS the JV squad'

- New York Times: Behind Scott Walker, a Longstanding Conservative Alliance Against Unions

- CBS: Scott Walker: Hillary Clinton "firmly out of touch" on voting rights

- CNN: Walker pushes back against Clinton's criticism of voter ID laws

- Reuters: On the Wisconsin border, little enthusiasm for Walker's tax cuts

- Racine Journal Times: Walker moves show strategy--Governor generally consistent before recent policy shifts, experts say

- Wisconsin State Journal: GOP lawmakers rejecting and revising Scott Walker's budget

- ABC: Gov. Scott Walker Calls Possibility of Taking Online Courses to Finish Degree in WH 'Interesting'


- Michael Hausam: Gov Scott Walker Has a Varsity-Level Response to Obama's Criticism Of His Foreign Policy Positions

- Sunnivie Brydum: Scott Walker Wants to Amend the Constitution to Ban Marriage Equality

- David Shribman: Surprises so far in Campaign 2016

- Betsy Woodruff: Scott Walker Is Clueless About His Jails

- Paul Rosenberg: Step inside the GOP clown car


Friday, June 5, 2015

 2:53 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Friday headline roundup

Stories related to Gov. Scott Walker's likely bid for the GOP presidential nomination in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup focus on the Bucks arena deal, UW System tenure and abortion.


- NBC: Scott Walker At Odds With Koch Brothers Over Bucks Stadium

- New York Times: Unions Subdued, Scott Walker Turns to Tenure at Wisconsin Colleges

- Bloomberg: Scott Walker Says 2016 Announcement Coming After Budget Wrap at End of June


- Alice Ollstein: Where The Money Scott Walker Is Cutting From Universities Is Going

- Washington Post Fact Checker: Walker's claim that a controversial abortion law allows a choice of ultrasounds

- Jill Filipovic: Why Scott Walker Is Wrong in His Defense of a 20-Week Abortion Ban


Thursday, June 4, 2015

 12:03 PM 

Walker to visit North Carolina, Iowa

Gov. Scott Walker is headed back to Iowa after he speaks to the North Carolina GOP's state convention tomorrow.

While in North Carolina, Walker will also meet with local activists, party leaders and the media. Those meetings will include Gov. Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Walker's political organization said.

He'll then speak to the state party at 7 p.m. local time Friday in Raleigh.

On Saturday, Walker will participate in Sen. Joni Ernst's "Roast and Ride," which will start in Des Moines.

Following the ride, Walker will speak at the roast in Boone before doing a media availability with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in Mason City.

Today, Walker participated in the final leg of the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run in Waukesha.


 12:01 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Thursday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker discusses the Patriot Act and the left targets Walker over his comments on abortion in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Fox News: Gov. Scott Walker talks Patriot Act, crowded GOP field

- The Week: Scott Walker: The U.S. 'would be much better off' if Congress renewed the Patriot Act

- Washington Post: Front-runner angst: Bush lead evaporates, Clinton favorability hits 7-year low


- Ahiza Garcia: Scott Walker: Women Mostly Worry About Rape Pregnancies 'In The Initial Months'

- Matt Wilstein: Scott Walker: Pregnancy from Rape Only an Issue in ‘Initial Months’

- Laura Bassett: Wisconsin Abortion Ban Would Allow Father To Sue For Emotional Distress

- Katie McDonough: Scott Walker’s deranged new low: Force women to carry their rapists’ pregnancies and let men sue over abortion

- Sabrina Siddiqui: Scott Walker: women only concerned with rape and incest in 'initial months' of pregnancy

- Brendan Fischer: Scott Walker: The First ALEC President?

- Cathleen Rampell: The ridiculous noncandidate charade
- Mary Sanchez: Jeb Bush and Scott Walker skirt campaign finance law

- Jason Easley: Clueless Scott Walker Gets The Patriot Act Wrong While Lying About President Obama


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

 2:37 PM 

Axelrod muses on Walker's presidential chances

MILWAUKEE -- Obama strategist David Axelrod said Tuesday that he regards Gov. Scott Walker very seriously as a presidential candidate, calling the guv a "very practiced and accomplished politician."

Still, he added it's early in the race and Walker "has a lot to prove."

Axelrod told an overflowing crowd at a Marquette University Law School's "On the Issues" program that Walker has "thrilled the GOP base with his unrelenting war on unions" and by emphasizing his roots as a pastor's son, which appeals to social conservatives.

He noted that the Koch brothers "are smitten" with Walker and that in today's world, extremely wealthy people are able to influence politics in a way not seen since the Industrial Revolution's financial giants, such as J.P. Morgan and the Rockefellers.

But, he added, "running for president of the United States has more dimensions to it than running for governor of Wisconsin" and that Walker has yet to be tested on many presidential issues.

Afterward, Axelrod told reporters, "I think (Walker) has some prospects in this race, more so than some of the others who are running."

But Axelrod expressed warnings for Walker as well.

"I think there are a lot of unanswered questions, and they'll only be answered as he goes through the gauntlet of the campaign," Axelrod said. "It's a far more complex exercise than running for governor. You can outsmart yourself by trying to pander to your base to get the nomination and render yourself unelectable in the general election."

Axelrod, who stayed to sign copies of his new book, "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics," told the audience that "politics at its best can really make a great deal of difference, and that's why I'm a believer."

He said Barack Obama will be remembered in 20 years as a president who made deep differences even at the expense of personal popularity.

"He'll be the president who led us through the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression; he'll be the president who finally tackled the issue of health care in this country; he'll be the president who wound down two wars," Axelrod said. "He'll be the president who changed the way we deal with our gay and lesbian citizens."

As a senior adviser to the Obama administration, Axelrod said he nearly tried to talk Obama out of pursuing the Affordable Care Act.

"Seven presidents had tried, seven presidents had failed," he said. "Frankly, it concerned me."

But he said Obama was determined to "push through," telling Axelrod he never forgot a 36-year-old woman from Green Bay, who told the president in 2009 that she feared her stage 4 breast cancer would leave her family bankrupt.

"Every time it looked like we were done on health care, he kept us going," Axelrod said of Obama. "I'll never forget what he said. He said, 'What are we supposed to do, put our approval ratings on the shelf and admire it for eight years? Or are we going to draw down on it and do things of lasting value to the country?'"

Axelrod told reporters that the 2016 presidential campaign will boil down to voters' search for someone to fix the nation's sagging economy.

"The defining issue of our time is about the economy and whether we're going to have an economy that lives up to our fundamental value that in America, if you work hard, you can get ahead," he said.

Axelrod assured reporters that "America is ready for a female president, absolutely," but at the same time warned that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton "is being hurt right now by her sporadic press appearances."

"You want to be in the regular routine of campaigning," he said. "It's important that she gets there and gets there quickly."

"The great trap for Republican candidates" is their failure to win over millennials and minorities, Axelrod said.

Too many are following the example of Mitt Romney, Axelrod said.

"By running far to the right on immigration reform, by running far to the right on birth control and women's health issues, he walled himself off, not just from minorities, but from a lot of young people who had much different view on these issues," Axelrod said.

-- By Kay Nolan
For WisPolitics.com

Watch video of the Axelrod event


 1:27 PM 

Walker tells Florida audience he'd scale back EPA

Gov. Scott Walker told a Florida crowd Tuesday the U.S. EPA's responsibilities should largely be sent to the states, leaving the federal agency with limited powers.

Taking questions from the audience at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit, Walker said everyone wants clean air and water. He argued then it made sense to have those enforcement powers in "the hands of people you can actually work with and actually talk to at the state level."

The EPA's role would be limited to, for example, mediating disputes over compacts affecting bodies of water that touch multiple states.

"The quicker you get it back from the federal government to the states and the local governments, the better," Walker said.

Wearing a suit coat over a blue shirt and red tie, Walker delivered his standard stump speech before taking several questions from the audience. He touted Wisconsin's dropping unemployment rate, his fight against public employee unions and efforts to expand school choice.

Walker said he hoped Wisconsin lawmakers would finish their work on his budget this month "and not too long after that make an announcement as to what our intentions are."

One audience member asked Walker how the GOP could expand its tent. The guv answered that Republicans "need to go places" they typically don't and touted his performance with 18-to-24-year-olds in last fall's election as an example of a success in that regard.

Walker said one exit poll had him winning the age group, which he called "largely unheard of for a Republican," and said he went to college campuses to organize and reached out to young professionals.

He then turned that into a contrast with Hillary Clinton, saying her "Washington knows best" approach to the economy is tired and failed, while Republicans can pitch that so long as people don't violate the health and safety of their neighbors, "do your own thing."

"The other side wants to keep you under their thumb," he said. "We want to lift you up."

Watch the video:

After the speech, Walker clarified comments he made last week on the Florida primary, saying he plans to compete in the Sunshine State.


 1:21 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Wednesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker says he's not ceding the Sunshine State during a Florida visit, and Walker plans a business development mission to Canada in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- CNN: Scott Walker in Florida: 'We could compete anywhere'

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Scott Walker touts his winning record, reform agenda in visit to Atlanta

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker not bowing out of Florida primary fight

- Tampa Bay Times: Scott Walker pledges allegiance to Fla's electoral votes

- Fox Business: Gov. Walker: If we get in, we will be competitive everywhere

- Orlando Sentinel: Potential GOP presidential candidates make their cases

- Fox Business: Gov. Scott Walker: The U.S. Economy Could Be Growing 4%

- Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker heading to Canada in two weeks

- Fox 6: Walker to lead business development mission to Canada in June

- Miami Herald: Climate change group gets cheeky in Gov. Rick Scott, Gov. Scott Walker critique

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: David Axelrod says Scott Walker 'has some prospects' in 2016 run

- WISN: David Axelrod weighs in on Walker's White House chances

- Channel 3000: Charles Franklin on presidential candidates, Walker's potential run

- Bloomberg: Scott Walker: Congress Should Step In If Supreme Court Erases Obamacare Subsidies

- Washington Times: Scott Walker: Hillary Clinton's 'Washington knows best' approach 'should be left in the past'


-  Ryan Koronowski: Scott Walker: Let's Gut The EPA

- Jerry Weissman: Scott Walker Gets Bitten By The Sound Bite Again

- Jenna Johnson: Can Scott Walker ride his Harley to the White House?

- Bruce Murphy: Walker Bets on the Radical Right

- Billy Corriher: Judges Considering Criminal Probe Into Scott Walker May Be Implicated In Same Offense


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

 12:24 PM 

Scott Walker 2016 Tuesday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker says he'd sign a 20-week abortion ban with or without an exemption for rape or incest, and Walker leads in Iowa in a new Bloomberg/DMR poll in today's Walker Watch 2016 headline roundup.


- Bloomberg: Walker Says He'd Sign 20-Week Abortion Bill Without Rape or Incest Exceptions

- CNN: Scott Walker: I would sign 20-week abortion ban

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker would sign abortion bill with no rape, incest exception

- AP: Walker: 'I'm going to keep my campaign promises'

- Bloomberg: Iowa Poll: Social Issues Not a Top Priority for Either Party

- MSNBC: Scott Walker maintains healthy lead in GOP poll

- WITI: He's not yet a candidate for president, but Scott Walker already tops Bloomberg/DMR poll

- Bloomberg: Polls: Republican Nomination a Tossup, General Election Tightening

- Bloomberg: The Selzer Score Shows Scott Walker Is Actually Trouncing Republicans in Iowa

- Orlando Sentinel: Bush, Rubio, Walker, Christie all at Disney Tuesday

- Talking Points Memo: Scott Walker's New Restrictive Voting Laws Challenged By Top Clinton Lawyer


- Scott Walker: How we turned things around in Wisconsin

- Jennifer Rubin: Jeb Bush and Scott Walker getting better with time

- Michael Keegan: Scott Walker Doesn't Get Why His 'Cool' Ultrasound Remark Was So Offensive -- And That's The Problem

- John Nichols: NSA Reform? No Way! Scott Walker Wants 'Something Closer to the Patriot Act'

- Eric Dolan: Scott Walker: Same-sex marriage should be illegal -- but I would still attend one

- Chris Salcedo: Hillary, impeachment and Scott Walker, oh my!

- Matthew Boyle: Epic Fail: 'Climate Change Voters' Attempt To Protest Scott Walker NH Cruise With 'Floating Iceberg,' People Dressed As Moose


 8:50 AM 

Walker says he'll sign 20-week abortion ban with or without rape, incest exemptions

Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign a proposed ban on abortion after 20 weeks regardless of whether it includes exemptions for rape and incest.

The current draft of the bill, up for a joint public hearing today, does not include the exceptions, and Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, has said he was unsure if the bill would move in his house without them.

Walker earlier this year issued a letter pledging to sign a ban after 20 weeks once it reaches his desk.

Following an appearance in Delavan Monday, the guy said "most people think it's reasonable to say that after five months, an unborn child ... can feel pain." Opponents of the bill point to a 2005 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that concluded available evidence suggested it was unlikely a fetus can feel pain before the third trimester.

"Whether you're pro-life or not, that's a good time to say that it shouldn't be legal," Walker said.

Asked if he would support a clause that made an exception for rape and incest, Walker added, "Again, it's an unborn life, it's an unborn child and that's where we feel strongly about it."

But, he added, "I'm prepared to sign it either way."

The bill is up for a joint public hearing today before the Assembly and Senate Health committees. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is looking at a Thursday exec on the bill, but won't set final details until today, according to the office of Chair Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa. Assembly Health Committee Chair Joe Sanfelippo, R-West Allis, hoped to have a better idea on the timing of a vote after today's hearing, his office said.

Walker, accompanied by his wife, Tonette, addressed the Boys & Girls Club of Walworth County. Walker, who grew up in Delavan, said he attended Phoenix Middle School, where the club is based.

Walker told reporters the U.S.A. Patriot Act, parts of which expired overnight, already provided the right balance between security and liberty.

"I think the Patriot Act formed a careful balance," Walker said. "We need to protect people's rights under the Constitution, but we also need to make sure that we could protect people from the kind of attacks that we're constantly under threat of."

Walker described the National Security Agency's ability to collect phone data as a "tool" to fight terrorism.

"I just think in this time when we see an increasing threat here and around the world, we need the tools," said the guv, who stopped short of offering specifics on how he would strike a compromise.

The guv said he gives Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, and other members of Congress credit for compromising with the U.S.A. Freedom Act, which reduces NSA data collection and cleared the House easily. Walker said he hopes "at a minimum, they'll pass what the House has been on record supporting and they'll do that sometime shortly."

But Walker repeated, "Long term ... we need to make sure we can collect information that can be used against known enemy combatants in the United States or people associated with them."

Walker insisted he's "not a candidate for anything" as he sidestepped a question about his support for eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing, especially for nonviolent crimes, a plan endorsed by Jeb Bush and Rand Paul.

Although Walker said he believes criminal justice reform should be focused on the victim, he insisted, "I haven't signed onto any things like that because those are for candidates. I'm not a candidate for anything right now. Should I be a candidate, certainly I would look at that."

A few moments later, however, when asked if his travels to political events in New Hampshire and other states is preventing him from focusing on Wisconsin, Walker compared his travels to a businessman meeting with customers.

"Any small business owner or employer for that matter knows they get as much work done if they're traveling out to see their customers as they do if they're sitting in their headquarters all the time," Walker said.

Listen to the Q&A:


Monday, June 1, 2015

 11:55 AM 

Scott Walker 2016 Monday headline roundup

Gov. Scott Walker visits New Hampshire, Georgia and Florida, leads in a new Iowa poll, and pledges to reverse Obama's Iran deal in today's Walker Walker 2016 headline roundup.


- New Hampshire Public Radio: Scott Walker Emphasizes Wisconsin Record In Latest New Hampshire Trip

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker floats ideas during cruise on New Hampshire lake

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Tough-talking Walker says force isn't his first instinct

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Scott Walker makes a brief, quiet stop in Atlanta today

- Herald Tribune: Scott Walker may be next GOP star to swing through Sarasota

- Des Moines Register: Iowa Poll: Walker maintains popularity with 7-point lead

- Bloomberg: Scott Walker Has Early Lead in Iowa Poll as Jeb Bush Faces Challenges

- CNN: Poll: Walker holds 7-point lead over GOP presidential rivals in Iowa

- New York Daily News: Scott Walker leads GOP 2016 nomination race in Iowa

- Sun Times: Scott Walker expands 2016 lead in Iowa poll

- Breitbart: Scott Walker Praises Carly Fiorina, Adds That 'We Play to Win' on Iowa

- Washington Times: Scott Walker no-show could kill Iowa straw poll

- Washington Post: The Iowa straw poll, once a kingmaker, fades into irrelevance for 2016

- Fox News: Scott Walker explains stances on foreign and domestic policy

- The Hill: Walker calls for US to abandon 'horrible Iran deal'

- Walker: First thing I'd Do as Prez Is Kill Obama's 'Horrible' Nuke Deal with Iran

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker doesn't back Sensenbrenner's changes to Patriot Act

- IJReview: Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal Weren't Bashful With Their Responses to Rand Paul's Comments on ISIS

- International Business Times: Scott Walker Abortion Politics Aren't Unique, But Help Build National GOP Credentials

- AP: Scott Walker insists abortion clinics should provide ultrasounds

- Topeka Capital Journal: Bob Dole on 2016 Republican presidential nomination: 'I think it's going to be a governor'

- Philadelphia Enquirer: Out of state, but not out of mind, says Christie

- Washington Examiner: Elizabeth Warren calls Cruz, Walker 'scary,' says Dems blew 2014 elections

- Houston Chronicle: The net worth of 2016 presidential candidates

- CNN: Walker jabs Clintons over foundation claims

- Cleveland Plain Dealer: Scott Walker wants taxpayer-backed basketball arena


- Mark Shields: Among Republicans, 2016 Presidential Race is Almost Anyone's to Lose

- Heather Digby Parton: Scott Walker just can't win

- Dave Zweifel: Flip-flopper Scott Walker doesn't deserve a pass

- Robert Schlesinger: Underwhelming: The GOP presidential field may be crowded, but it's not deep

- Benji Sarlin: Gigantic 2016 field turns onetime GOP stars into also-rans

- Joseph Williams: The Party of Red Ink


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