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  • Trump says that under Walker, Wis budget went from projected surplus to a deficit [mostly false]

    07/28/2015 10:09:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Politifact ^ | July 28, 2015 | Tom Kertscher
    On July 25, 2015, the day after news that a Scott Walker ally had called him a "dumb-dumb,"Donald Trump delighted in dumping on the Wisconsin governor during a campaign speech in Iowa."I read this horrible statement from his fundraiser about Trump. I said, ‘Oh, finally,I can attack,’ "the New York businessman said to laughter in Oskaloosa. "Finally, finally."Trump--second to Walker among Republican presidential contenders in an Iowa poll earlier in the week--criticized him on several fronts. Then he made a claim about the fortunes of Wisconsin’s finances."Wisconsin’s doing terribly. First of all, it’s in turmoil,"Trump said. "The roads are a...
  • Fifteen Elephants and a Clown

    07/28/2015 7:37:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | July 28, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The Donald’s life has been seven decades of buffoonery. If there was a good reason to distrust presidential candidate Mitt Romney, it had to do with his views on abortion. Not his position per se — as difficult as it is to understand the pro-choice tendency, there are people of good faith on both sides of the abortion question — but the fact that he arrived at that position so late in life and at a moment when his change of heart was politically convenient. Even if we assume that this was not simple cowardly political calculation, as in the...
  • Bush, Walker Paul in, Trump out of Voters First forum [Union Leader "mocked" him]

    07/27/2015 1:09:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 124 replies
    Union Leader ^ | July 24, 2015 | Staff
    Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rand Paul are in. Donald Trump is out.A total of 14 candidates will participate in the Voters First Republican Presidential Forum on Monday, Aug. 3, at St. Anselm College. The two-hour forum,intended to highlight the importance of the first-in-the-nation primary,along with the Iowa caucuses and South Carolina’s early primary.“I am in the North Country today,” Bush said Thursday,“meeting with voters about my message of reforming the culture in Washington. I’m looking forward to participating in the August 3rd forum. It’s clear it is a great opportunity to engage with Granite Staters about the important issues...
  • Who are your top 3 GOP picks?

    07/25/2015 5:55:38 PM PDT · by MNDude · 184 replies
    Who would you want to see for the GOP nomination? List your top three choices in order.
  • Revenge of the Radical Middle

    07/25/2015 2:09:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | July 25, 2015 | Matthew Continetti
    Two decades ago, in the spring of 1996, Newsweek magazine described a group of voters it called the “radical middle.” Formerly known as the Silent Majority, then the Reagan Democrats, these voters had supported Ross Perot in 1992, and were hoping the Texas billionaire would run again. Voters in the radical middle, Newsweek wrote, “see the traditional political system itself as the country’s chief problem.” The radical middle is attracted to populists, outsiders, businessmen such as Perot and Lee Iacocca who have never held office, and to anyone, according to Newsweek, who is the “tribune of anti-insider discontent.” Newt Gingrich...
  • Dennis Rodman, friend of murdering despot Kim Jong-Un, now backs Donald Trump for president

    07/24/2015 11:43:47 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 24, 2015 | Chris Spargo
    Donald Trump continues to gain over his opponents in a variety of polls as he works to secure the Republican nomination for president, and now it seems he has found one more fan - Dennis Rodman. Rodman took to Twitter on Friday and wrote; '@realdonaldtrump has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016.' Trump seemed to genuinely appreciate the endorsement as well, writing back to Rodman; 'Thank you @DennisRodman. It's time to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain! I hope you are doing well!' The exchange comes as a bit of...
  • Top Scott Walker Fundraiser Calls Donald Trump ‘DumbDumb’

    07/24/2015 2:55:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 24, 2015 | Reid J. Epstein
    A fundraiser for Scott Walker’s presidential campaign called Donald Trump “DumbDumb” in a fundraising invitation and said electing the New York developer would be “a total and complete disaster for the country.” “As you’ve seen Gov Walker is now well ahead of everyone not named DumbDumb (aka Trump) in the national polls,” wrote Walker fundraiser Gregory Slayton, a New Hampshire venture capitalist who served as consul general to Bermuda during the George W. Bush administration..... [SNIP] Mr. Slayton added: “To elect someone who alienates his friends, the guy would be a total and complete disaster for the country and I...
  • Why Scott Walker is so dangerous

    07/24/2015 1:50:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    SAN DIEGO — “First off,” Scott Walker proclaimed, “we took on the unions, and we won. We won!” Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate. It is the very rationale for his candidacy. And on Thursday, he took a detour from the campaign trail to appear here before the annual meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, a group of state legislators dedicated in large part to defeating unions............ Walker then went on to celebrate his triumphs over the demonstrators who objected to his dismantling of Wisconsin’s public-sector unions,...
  • E.J. Dionne Jr.: Differing visions for Kasich, Walker

    07/23/2015 12:15:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | July 23, 2015 | E. J. Dionne, Jr
    "........[Kasich] fought to have his state accept the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. He made his case on moral grounds, arguing that at heaven’s door,St. Peter is “probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor.”[Walker] adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid under the health care law,and his speeches are compendiums of every right-wing bromide that party activists demand.“We need a president who—on the first day in office—will call on Congress to pass a full repeal of Obamacare,”...declared when he announced his candidacy....
  • Survey shows Clinton trailing Republican candidates in Colorado [Walker 9-point advantage]

    07/22/2015 4:53:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    KDVR Fox 31 ^ | July 22, 2015 | Web Staff
    DENVER — A Quinnipiac survey released Wednesday morning shows presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton trailing top-tier Republican candidates in Colorado. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has the biggest lead in the hypothetical matchup in the state 15 1/2 months ahead of the General Election. With a nine-point advantage, Scott Walker has the biggest lead in poll in Colorado over Clinton, leading 47 percent to 38 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio leads Clinton 46 percent to 38 percent. And former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is ahead of Clinton 41 percent to 36 percent in the survey.
  • Groups supporting Scott Walker have raised $26 million

    07/21/2015 5:05:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    Two groups supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential run have raised more than $26 million, even though the Republican did not formally enter the race until last week. The haul puts Walker in fourth place in the GOP’s money race, behind Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Unintimidated PAC, which was started in April by two of Walker’s closest political advisers, has collected just over $20 million, The Washington Post has learned. The super PAC was named for Walker’s 2013 book that chronicled his highly visible fight with public-sector unions and is able to accept unlimited donations, although...
  • Walker first, Trump second in Iowa Poll

    07/20/2015 11:56:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads a crowded field of Republican presidential contenders in the early voting state of Iowa, according to a new Monmouth University poll of likely caucusgoers. Walker takes 22 percent in the poll released Monday, a double digit lead against all other GOP candidates with the exception of businessman Donald Trump, who has 13 percent support. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson (8 percent), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (7 percent), Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (7 percent) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (6 percent) follow behind. The poll was conducted amid Trump's controversial comments Saturday in Iowa, in which...
  • Scott Walker: Satan's Candidate

    07/20/2015 2:34:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Pravda ^ | July 20, 2015 | David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor
    At the beginning of my recent article, Will Wisconsin's Ignorance Become America's Ignorance Again? (Pravda.Ru, 03/04/2015), I stated, "Ever since America's politicized, corrupt, unethical, corporate-controlled Supreme Court decided the cases of Citizens United vs. FEC (2010) and McCutcheon vs. FEC (2014), I have written numerous articles for Pravda.Ru describing how these two decisions destroyed the ability of working class Americans to exercise their once fundamental right to freedom of speech and unleashed a torrent of unbridled political corruption that is rapidly replacing democracy with corporate fascism." As the machinations of Wisconsin governor, and newly announced presidential candidate, Scott Walker graphically...
  • It's On; Trump Courts Arizona Treasurer to Primary McCain

    07/19/2015 1:46:47 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 48 replies ^ | 7/17/2015 | Allahoundit
    It’s on: Trump courts Arizona’s treasurer to primary McCain posted at 5:21 pm on July 17, 2015 by Allahpundit May Trump’s reign as president last a thousand years. No, seriously, I think he’s just blowing smoke, although I’ll repeat what I said yesterday. Few things could endear Trump to a wider swath of the Republican base more quickly than a determined effort to oust the old amnesty shill from the Senate once and for all. He’s selling himself as the guy who terrifies the GOP establishment. Here’s his chance to prove it. Recruit and bankroll a credible Senate challenger for...
  • CNN Deliberately Misquotes Gov. Scott Walker

    07/19/2015 1:14:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 82 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18, 2015
    During a taped interview that aired Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Dana Bash asked Governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker if he thought “being gay was a choice.” VIDEO
  • Tea Party sours on Donald Trump

    07/19/2015 1:01:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 148 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    Even before Donald Trump found himself on defense for disparaging Sen. John McCain's military service, Sal Russo wasn't too impressed with the real estate mogul's presidential prospects. Russo knows a thing or two about populist uprisings and anti-establishment candidates. The former Reaganite spent eight weeks advising billionaire Ross Perot's third party campaign in 1992. In 2002, he consulted for a conservative challenger to moderate Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan in California's Republican gubernatorial primary (his candidate won the nomination). A few years later, Russo founded Tea Party Express, a group he still runs. On Saturday, Trump came under fire for...
  • On Trump, Know What You’re Doing and Why

    07/18/2015 3:12:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | July 17, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    Brendan Bordelon has a piece up on the home page on Scott Walker taking a pass on commenting on Trump on grounds that he doesn’t want to discuss other candidates, which strikes me as entirely reasonable. The conventional wisdom demands that Republicans devote themselves to denouncing Trump, but candidates are foolish to do this unless it serves some other purpose. Jeb has criticized him repeatedly, even after he said he was done with it. I don’t know why he really needs to get drawn into a war of words with Trump, but at least this accords with Jeb’s orientation toward...
  • The man the 'netroots' love to hate: Scott Walker

    07/17/2015 12:17:41 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | July 16, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    PHOENIX, Ariz. — There’s no love lost for any of the 2016 Republican presidential contenders at the 2015 Netroots Nation confab, but attendees reserve a special kind of loathing for one candidate in particular: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. It’s an understandable sentiment given the setting. This year’s edition of the annual convention of liberal activists is heavily focused on bread-and-butter economic issues, with a strong union presence. The AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Education Association have booths set up near the center of the convention hall, and many of the other booths are focused on one...
  • Can Walker Hit South Carolina's Sweet Spot?

    07/17/2015 3:50:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    KAUF ^ | July 17, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    Scorching temperatures near the triple digits weren't driving away the 325 people gathered to hear Scott Walker speak at a Lexington, S.C., barbecue joint Wednesday. Packed under an open-air porch with fans that were hardly helping, the heat didn't seem to affect the enthusiasm for the Wisconsin governor on just his second day as an announced presidential candidate — and it's the type of excitement he'll need to generate to win the important South Carolina GOP primary. Clad in his Harley boots, jeans and a button down shirt, Walker bounded onto stage that afternoon to Dirks Bentley's "I Hold On."...
  • Going the Distance [The Man from Wisconsin]

    07/16/2015 6:47:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | July 16, 2015 | John Dickerson
    MAULDIN, South Carolina—Scott Walker is running as the iron man conservative. He doesn’t just say conservative things, he has the endurance to back them up under pressure. “He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk,” says Larry Baker at Mutt’s BBQ joint, where Walker was wrapping up a one-day visit to South Carolina on Wednesday. He’s referring, of course, to Walker’s battle against the unions. This is perhaps the most oft-quoted line from voters at Walker’s rallies. Fate and weather conspired to put the Wisconsin governor’s grit front and center. After announcing his candidacy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on...
  • NYT Pundit Discovers Politicians Are Ambitious

    07/16/2015 6:01:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 15, 2015 | Russ Smith
    Frank Bruni, the spent New York Times op-ed columnist, doesn't care for GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker. That's his prerogative, of course, and it's a lock that he'll furrow his brow, like so many other liberals, and vote for Hillary Clinton in next year's election. (I'm discounting the euphoric "boom" for Bernie Sanders that's jazzing up "progressives" and amusing journalists this summer.) And there's no reason to expect that Bruni would write much positive about Walker: the Wisconsin governor is anti-union, anti-Obamacare, makes pitches to both mainstream and socially conservative Republicans and has a "newfound affection for ethanol" now that...
  • You’re Darn Right I Wish He Had Failed

    07/15/2015 1:10:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    EIB ^ | July 15, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Coronado, California. Smokey, I'm glad you waited. Really appreciate your patience. Hello. CALLER: Hey, Rush. Several years ago you said that you wanted President Obama to fail. And to be honest at the time you were pilloried by the press, and it did seem very harsh. But I have to say, you know, you look back over time with the Iran deal, the Bergdahl deal, the Auschwitz-like video that appeared in the last couple days from Planned Parenthood, I think now you don't have to explain why you wanted him to fail. I think now you could...
  • Think Gov. Scott Walker is ‘divisive’? Think again

    07/15/2015 12:11:26 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 15, 2015 | Christian Schneider
    Before Gov. Scott Walker began his sweaty presidential announcement speech at the Waukesha County Expo Center on Monday, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin was looking to put his future ambitions on ice. Signaling the attacks Walker will endure from the left,party chair Martha Laning said the governor was guilty of "unprecedented corruption, division" and "extremism."Of course, the charge of "division," is merely a placeholder for saying, "Walker has enacted policies we don't like." The Journal Sentinel Editorial Board followed with an editorial titled, "The ever divisive Scott Walker," which claims Walker is "the most divisive Wisconsin politician in living memory."Well.Set...
  • Haste, Hustle and Scott Walker [Openly Gay NYT writer attacks Walker]

    07/15/2015 5:22:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 15, 2015 | Frank Bruni
    In the formal announcement of his presidential campaign on Monday, Scott Walker mentioned God right away, introduced himself as a preacher’s son and invoked religion repeatedly, as he has throughout a perpetual candidacy that stretches back to his college days, when he told the Marquette University yearbook: “I really think there’s a reason why God put all these political thoughts in my head.” But what I see in him is the kind of soullessness too common in American politicians and the kind of careerism that makes American politics such a dreary spectacle. I see an ambition even more pronounced than...
  • Scott Walker and the Other Dummies

    07/15/2015 5:09:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Arca Max Publishing ^ | July 15, 2015 | L. Brent Bozell III
    On the day Scott Walker would announce in Wisconsin that he was running for president, The New York Times offered a typical takedown on the front page. "Admiring voters" found him to be authentic and approachable, but there were two words these fans apparently did not use: "Smart" and "sophisticated." That might be because liberal snobs at the Times think that those words are defined by how liberal you are. Those are qualities you get from reading the Times. Their own ads have touted them for giving the customer "depth" and "breadth" and "insights." Conservatives are dumb, but they have...
  • Marc Thiessen: Scott Walker Is "Truly Impressive... Unapologetic Full-Spectrum Conservative"

    07/13/2015 12:35:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 13, 2015
    [great 4:00 Fox News VIDEO] MARK THIESSEN: I went into that book an admirer and came out a true believer... He is a truly impressive individual. First of all, he is super smart. He came into office, he took a $3.6 billion deficit and turned it into a $1 billion dollar surplus without raising taxes, cutting services to the poor, and decimating educations... He won three elections in Wisconsin in four years, in a state which hasn't voted for a Republican for president since 1984, not by tacking to the center, but by governing as an unapologetic, full-spectrum conservative... The...
  • Six Reasons Why Scott Walker Will Be Elected President - Today he makes it official

    07/13/2015 1:15:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 13, 2015 | Aaron Goldstein
    Shortly before Scott Walker was re-elected Wisconsin’s Governor for the third time in four years, I made the case that if Walker prevailed Republicans should nominate him as their presidential candidate right then and there. Since January, Walker has been at or near the top of most public opinion polls of preferred standard bearers for the GOP in 2016, and today he officially launches his White House bid, making him the 15th Republican to join the field. While this field is quite crowded, I believe it will soon become apparent that Scott Walker stands out head and shoulders above the...
  • Walker's sons not trying to change his mind [candied pecans and Disneyworld]

    07/13/2015 12:46:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | July 12, 2015 | Dana Bash
    Gov. Scott Walker's sons Matt and Alex are such a staple of his stump speech that some in Wisconsin even made up a drinking game:.............Walker is also known in Wisconsin as a micromanager,especially of his political operation...[Charlie Sykes]said the challenge for his presidential campaign team will be to let some of that go."I'm guessing that right now there are people in a room somewhere who are having that conversation with him ... maybe pushing back a little bit but also understanding that,yeah,you're at a completely different level now," said Sykes.But that may be hard to achieve,because Walker is also known...
  • Trump Fans, It’s Time for An Intervention

    07/11/2015 1:59:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 305 replies
    National Review ^ | July 11, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg's Weekly News Letter
    There have been times in the past when IÂ’ve gotten crosswise with certain segments of the conservative base and/or with the readership of National Review. And, because, like the Elephant Man, I am a not an animal but a human being, I have always had at least some self-doubt. ThatÂ’s as it should be. People who share principles should not only hear each other out when they disagree; they should be able to see each otherÂ’s points and hold open the possibility that oneÂ’s opponents have the better argument. This is not one of those times, at least not for...
  • Walker tweet says he's running, but who posted it?

    07/11/2015 1:24:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Altoona Mirror ^ | July 11, 2015 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter says it's investigating a premature presidential announcement that popped up on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's account Friday evening. The message, which was quickly deleted, said, "Scott Walker is running for president." Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler said later, "We're looking into today's issue, and we've determined the Walker team was not at fault."
  • One of Wall Street's most political billionaires just passed on Scott Walker

    07/09/2015 5:58:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 9, 2015 | Linette Lopez
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) met with billionaire hedge-fund manager Dan Loeb on Wednesday, Business Insider has learned. Walker was seeking Loeb's key financial support ahead of his all-but-certain presidential campaign, but he didn't get it. According to sources close to the situation, the sticking point was Loeb's support of same-sex marriage. Last month, Walker called the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide a "grave mistake." He also called for a constitutional amendment to reverse the decision. “As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the...
  • What Democrats Should Fear Most About Scott Walker [now let's talk about Hillary's marriage to Bill]

    07/09/2015 4:18:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 9, 2015 | Jill Lawrence
    Before there were public employee unions, there was Tonette. Unintimidated is the title of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s book, the title of his SuperPAC, and the thematic spine of his presidential campaign. It is of course a reference to his knock-down, drag-out fight with state worker unions, and his subsequent triumphs in politics and policy. The protracted showdown over collective bargaining rights revealed the small-town pastor’s son with the low-key manner to be unusually audacious and persistent, as well as undeterred by custom or convention. None of that would have surprised anyone familiar with the story of his marriage —...
  • Chuck Todd: Voters Who Care Walker Never Finished College Degree Wouldn't Vote For Him Anyway

    07/08/2015 5:42:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 8, 2015
    2:52 Video (first 2:00 on Walker) "Chuck Todd says that for some voters, having a president who didn't attend an Ivy League university would be a breath of fresh air, so what do they think about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who never finished his college degree because he got a good job in his senior year? "For the voters that this matters for, he was never going to be their first or second choice anyway."
  • A Uniter and A Fighter: Bush and Walker Videos Illustrate Appeals

    07/07/2015 12:17:26 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 7, 2015 | Reid J. Epstein
    To see how Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are approaching the 2016 presidential campaign, listen to the background music in the web videos their respective campaigns released Tuesday. The soundtrack to Mr. Bush’s video is a series of simple piano scales, from low to high notes, representing the sort of happy-warrior optimism from a candidate who said he’d only seek the White House if he could do so “joyfully.” Mr. Bush narrates the video from footage acquired at his various campaign events. For Mr. Walker’s video – a setup to his planned campaign launch next Monday – the foreboding orchestral...
  • GOP debate countdown: Who's in and who's out?

    07/07/2015 4:35:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    The first Republican presidential debate is one month away, making the next 30 days a critical period for the more than half-dozen candidates who are in danger of being left off the stage. The Fox News debate in Cleveland on Aug. 6 will only include the top 10 candidates, as determined by national polling averages. If the debate were held today, the governor of a critical battleground state would miss the cut, as would the winner of the 2012 Iowa caucuses. Businessman Donald Trump, meanwhile, appears on track to take the stage. Fox News has said it will determine the...

    07/06/2015 12:37:30 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Jul 2015 | TONY LEE
    In June, 55,000 people voted in the Breitbart Primary, and they preferred Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to win the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination.In June’s inaugural Breitbart Primary poll, Cruz finished first nationally (33%)–and in each of the first three nominating states–with Walker (23%), who has yet to declare his candidacy, right on his heels. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) finished in third with 10%, followed by Dr. Ben Carson (7%), former Texas Governor Rick Perry (5%), businessman Donald Trump (4%), former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (4%), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (4%).Voting in the Breitbart...
  • Walker aims to blaze Midwestern trail to White House

    07/06/2015 5:06:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | July 6, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    His megadonors are from Chicago. His brain trust is from Wisconsin. And Iowa is the campaign linchpin. When he formally announces his presidential bid in a Milwaukee suburb next week, Scott Walker’s campaign will have an unmistakably Midwestern stamp on it, from a stump speech that features giant Midwestern retailer Kohl’s to a primary season strategy pegged to Iowa and Michigan. The idea is to position the Wisconsin governor as the favorite son of the Midwest, where he hopes to run up the score beginning with Iowa next February. Walker has so far raised nearly $30 million for his effort,...
  • Scott Walker’s wife, toughened by life, adds steel to candidate’s spine

    07/05/2015 11:49:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2015 | Mary Jordan
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — Tonette Tarantino’s year of sorrow came when she was only 30. First she lost the grandmother who helped raise her, like a second mother. Weeks later her brother, her only sibling, died of bone cancer. Then her husband died of kidney failure. Now, as Tonette Walker, the wife of Wisconsin governor and GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker, looks back, she says those brutal 12 months in the mid-1980s prepared her for her life ahead — and most especially for the rough ride of politics. “My mom was tough. She didn’t give you a break,” Tonette Walker said...
  • EXCLUSIVE: NYT Debunked: Scott Walker’s ‘I’m Not Going Nativist’ Conversation Never Happened

    07/04/2015 12:34:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 3, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    A conversation about immigration between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore, reported on by the New York Times this week, never happened. “We have spoken with Stephen Moore and the conversation that was reported did not happen and he will tell you that. I would recommend you reach out to him,” Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong told Breitbart News on Thursday in response to an article by Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman. On Thursday, the reporters wrote: “Stephen Moore, a conservative scholar at the Heritage Foundation who backs an immigration overhaul, called Mr. Walker’s embrace of a...
  • Scott Walker files papers to run for president

    07/02/2015 11:36:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 2, 2015 | By Mary Spicuzza
    Gov. Scott Walker is making it official that he is running for president — sort of. Wisconsin's Republican governor filed papers with the Federal Election Commission Thursday "after hearing from countless Americans" during his testing the waters stage, an aide said. "While I have not yet announced whether I will be a candidate for President of the United States, I have received contributions of more than $5,000 within the last 15 days," Walker wrote in a Thursday letter to the FEC. "Should I formally announce, I will seek the Republican nomination for the office of President of the United States...
  • Iowa poll: Trump takes second place behind Gov. Walker

    07/01/2015 6:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    CBS 58 ^ | July 1, 2015 | Dana Bishop
    CNN - Whatever New Hampshire saw in Donald Trump, it looks like Iowa is seeing it too. After taking second place in the latest New Hampshire polls, Trump is also claiming the silver in Iowa -- where he traveled hot off his announcement -- claiming 10% of support among likely caucus-goers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues to lead the Republican field in the Hawkeye state with 18%, while Ben Carson tied with Trump for second. Walker has yet to announce he is running for president, but is expected to launch his campaign...
  • Trump near top of pack in Michigan, Clinton leads GOP field

    07/01/2015 1:57:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    PPP's newest Michigan poll finds a four way cluster at the top of the Republican field- Scott Walker's at 15%, with Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump all right behind at 14%. Marco Rubio at 9%, Mike Huckabee at 8%, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz at 5%, and Rand Paul at 4% also all make the top 9. Rounding out the field are Carly Fiorina and John Kasich at 3%, Rick Santorum at 2%, Lindsey Graham and Rick Perry at 1%, and Bobby Jindal and George Pataki with less than 1%. It's interesting to note that Trump is in...
  • Bernie Sanders And Unions Have A Common Enemy: Scott Walker

    06/30/2015 2:35:24 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    TDC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 30, 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Democratic presidential hopeful and self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders Tuesday went after Republican Gov. Scott Walker for limiting union power in Wisconsin. “Needless to say I’m strongly opposed to his agenda,” Sanders told reporters during a phone conference, according Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think we need leadership in this country that is ready to stand up for working families. We need to strengthen the trade union movement in this country, not break it.” Though most of the major unions have yet to officially endorse a candidate, local unions have been increasingly moving to support Sanders. Walker, however, is loathed by organized...
  • Elizabeth Warren slams Scott Walker over gay marriage

    06/30/2015 1:12:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Cnn ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN) Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn't running for president -- but that's not stopping her from taking a swing at a leading likely Republican presidential candidate. The progressive senator from Massachusetts on Monday night knocked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for calling for a Constitutional amendment that would allow states to ban gay marriage. "Well, Scott Walker, if you believe the next president's job is to encourage bigotry and to treat some families better than others, then I believe it is our job to make sure you aren't president," Warren said while speaking at a fundraiser for Connecticut's Democratic party.
  • Conservatives Love Scott Walker’s Anti-Gay Transition

    06/30/2015 6:02:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    the Daily Beast ^ | June 30, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    Scott Walker’s call for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling has saved his reputation with the conservative right. Scott Walker has his groove back with social conservatives and he has the Supreme Court to thank. After the court ruled that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry, Walker released a statement calling for a Constitutional ban on gay marriage. And social conservatives loved it, and it came at a moment when he needed all the love he could get. Back in May, the Wisconsin governor traveled to Washington to...
  • Scott Walker says most Americans support voter ID laws, which make it easier to vote harder to cheat

    06/29/2015 2:23:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Politifact ^ | June 29, 2015 | Lucas Daprile
    In Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton's perfect world, at around this time next year each will be preparing to participate in the 2016 presidential debates. For now, they will have to be content exchanging jabs from afar. The latest exchange began June 4, 2015 when Clinton, who is the leading Democratic presidential candidate, criticized Walker and three other GOP contenders in a speech at Texas Southern University in Houston for their support of voter ID laws. She claimed Walker had cut back early voting in Wisconsin and made it harder for college students to vote. We rated that Mostly True....
  • Walker Maintains Lead in 4th Kristol Clear Straw Poll ...Fiorina gets a boost

    06/29/2015 12:35:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    TWS - The Weekly Standard ^ | June 22, 2016 | JIM SWIFT
    Over the past few months, the boss has conducted an unscientific straw poll to ask newsletter subscribers and TWS blog readers their top three choices for the 2016 GOP nominee. This morning, he sent out the results, and Scott Walker has maintained his lead. Here's an excerpt from the newsletter: Last but not least: the results of our straw poll. First, a caveat: The last newsletter appeared just before Donald Trump got in the race, so he wasn't on the list of candidates. He nonetheless got a fair number of write-in votes (he ended up with 2% of the first...
  • Notes from a gathering of conservatives and candidates

    06/28/2015 11:55:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    TDC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 28, 2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    This weekend, I attended the Centennial Institute of Colorado Christian University's annual Western Conservative Summit in Denver. The red-eye flight on Saturday night to D.C. gave me plenty of time to sort my impressions before appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" the following day, during which host Jake Tapper went out of his way to over-allocate time to me — perhaps as a sort of welcome to an ambassador from fly-over land. Here's what I reported to him: 1. While there is considerable division within conservatives generally and among Republican activists specifically on whether state legislatures and electorates ought...
  • Ben Carson wins conservative straw poll, Fiorina and Walker close behind

    06/28/2015 1:31:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2015 | Philip Klein and Ariel Cohen
    DENVER -- Ben Carson, the famed surgeon turned presidential candidate, rode his outsider message to victory on Sunday at the Western Conservative Summit straw poll sponsored by the Washington Examiner, edging out former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Taken together, the results point to the resonance of the anti-Washington message among conservative audiences, as all three candidates argued in different ways that they would shake up the DC status quo. Carson garnered 26 percent of the 871 votes cast; Fiorina got 23 percent; Walker was at 22 percent; and Ted Cruz, at 11 percent, was the...
  • Scott Walker on Crime and Punishment: Back to the ‘90s

    06/26/2015 12:03:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Marshall Report ^ | June 26, 2015 | Eli Hager
    Governor Scott Walker knew exactly what he was doing Wednesday as he signed two bills expanding access to guns only a week after a gunman had murdered nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina. “If we had pulled back on this,” the likely Republican presidential candidate said as he abolished Wisconsin’s 48-hour waiting period for purchasing handguns (which had been in effect since 1976) and authorized off-duty and retired cops to carry firearms inside public schools, “I think it would have given people the erroneous opinion that what we signed into law today had anything to do with...