Archive for the ‘State’ Category
Fresh off its widely-mocked exclusive on the traffic citations given Marco and Jeannette Rubio – fewer than one per year, combined – the New York Times has an in-depth look at Scott Walker and the wealthy conservatives who backed him throughout his rise to national prominence. It’s a classic of the genre.
The article is more sophisticated than the awkward and error-filled attempted hit on Walker by Gail Collins from the Times editorial page, who blamed Walker for layoffs that took place before he had been elected. And it avoids the kind of over-the-top claims that require corrections. But the piece nonetheless makes clear that its authors believe Walker’s views are far out of the mainstream and that he owes his success to wealthy conservatives eager to exploit a simpleton as the vessel for their ideological goals.
Read more by STEPHEN F. HAYES at WeeklyStandard.com
Some liberal writer at the Huffington Post was excited to find out that I’ve been talking to Wisconsinites about how enthusiastically the entertainment media spread a “business is bad” message.
He seems to get hung up on the way I mentioned “The Lego Movie,” a children’s movie “in which the bad guy is a heartless businessman intent on destroying the world for profit. ‘That’s done for a reason,’ Johnson said. ‘They’re starting that propaganda, and it’s insidious.’”
Read more by Sen. Ron Johnson
Special Guest: State Rep. Rob Hutton
from 9am-10am at The Chancery, 7615 W. State St. Wauwatosa WI
Come “Coffee Klatch” with us!
A Coffee Klatch is:
· Casual – don’t dress up! There’s no program, no sign-in sheet, and it’s an opportunity for all of us to chat, meet like-minded friends and talk over what’s going on in our world
· “Dutch Treat” – everyone buys their own coffee/breakfast/whatever they want to eat or drink)
· Scheduled for a Saturday morning in the months that the RWGM doesn’t have General Membership Meetings
· Held at various locations around Milwaukee County (Denny’s this time, if you have a place to suggest please let me know)
· A great opportunity to introduce your friends to Republican Women!
Bring a friend. RSVP are not required, but are helpful to assure we have enough tables and seats for everyone. To RSVP, please email Darlene at firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 411 South at Capitol
Exclusive — Gov. Scott Walker: Federal Government ‘Too Big To Fail,’ Next President Must Shrink It So It’s ‘Small Enough To Succeed’
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview over Memorial Day weekend that he’s getting much closer to a decision on whether he’ll pursue a presidential campaign in 2016, a decision he expects will come in early July.
“My state budget is done at the end of June, and so obviously my number one responsibility over that period is to complete a state budget—and so I’ve said in state and publicly that I won’t make any declaration about my intentions until after that,” Walker said when asked where he’s at in his decision-making process. “It will be shortly thereafter, not too far after the first of July, but I owe it to the people of Wisconsin first and foremost to be focused on that and to make sure we pass and I sign a budget that continues to lower property taxes and is a reasonable and responsible budget.”
Walker is currently the clear frontrunner in the Republican primary in 2016 according to most polls—in many early state polls he’s got a double digit lead—and when asked why he thinks that’s the case, Walker said it’s because he’s someone who delivers results.
Read more by Matthew Boyle at Breitbart.com
Hillary Clinton is not the only Democratic comeback candidate on the 2016 ticket. Senate Democrats are betting on the past to rebuild their party for the future.
One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama’s tenure in office. The party has become much more ideologically homogenous, losing most of its moderate wing as a result of the last two disastrous midterm elections. By one new catch-all measure, a party-strength index introduced by RealClearPolitics analysts Sean Trende and David Byler, Democrats are in their worst position since 1928. That dynamic has manifested itself in the Democratic presidential contest, where the bench is so barren that a flawed Hillary Clinton is barreling to an uncontested nomination.
Read more By Josh Kraushaar at NationalJournal.com
If he runs for president in 2016, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promises that “the contrast would be clear” between his foreign policy and that of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“If I choose to get in this race, [foreign policy is] something I’m going to lay out a very clear plan for what we should do going forward, and how we should address the issues we face here in America and the issues we face around the world. I think there’s a wide open door to lay out a very clear doctrine. And I do think that if foreign policy plays an important role, the contrast would be clear,” Walker said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.
“Just about everywhere that Hillary Clinton has played a role with this president, under President Obama, that part of the world is largely a failure, a mess, because of the policies that we’ve seen from Obama and Clinton,” he added.
Read more by Rebecca Kaplan at CBSnews.com
Who could have guessed in the mid-1980s, at a pair of otherwise forgettable McDonald’s restaurants some 20 miles apart, that two bushy-haired teenagers working the burger grills would become Wisconsin’s most powerful Republicans?
Scott Walker, 47, now the governor and a likely presidential candidate, was a record-setting track star with a mean mullet when he donned the McDonald’s uniform — black pants, white shirt, long black tie — to make Big Macs here in his hometown.
Paul D. Ryan, 45, now a powerful United States representative who was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2012, suited up with something greater in mind in nearby Janesville: operating the front register. One dark day, though, Mr. Ryan’s manager told him that he lacked the “interpersonal skills” to deal with customers — and into the kitchen he went.
Mr. Walker tells that story of a young Mr. Ryan to virtually every Republican crowd he meets as he prepares for his campaign for president, sprinkling his biography with some of the gold dust Mr. Ryan has accrued as a favorite of conservatives — and as the better-known name, from his three months as Mitt Romney’s running mate.
Read more by PATRICK HEALY and JONATHAN MARTIN at NYtimes.com
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, pledged to protect American workers from the economic effects, not only of illegal immigration but also of a massive increase in legal immigration.
During an interview with Glenn Beck, Walker became the first declared or potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate to stake out a position on immigration fully in line with that of Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). He also noted that he has been working with Chairman Sessions on the issue to learn more about it.
Walker is now the only potential or declared GOP presidential candidate to discuss the negative effects of a massive increase in legal immigration on American workers:
Read more at DraftScottWalker16.com
According to a new survey, the average person breaks the law 260 times a year . . . or five times a week. Now, granted, they’re all really minor laws . . . but still, illegal is illegal. Here are the top 10 most common laws people break . . .
and also at dailymail.co.uk
If anyone truly doubts that the Left is on the run in American domestic politics, the results of the 2014 election should provide bracing reading. Aside from strengthening the Republican majority in the House of Representatives and taking back control of the U.S. Senate, Republican governors are now in charge of 30 of the 50 states. In 24 states, Republicans have complete control of the legislative agenda (including 5 of the 10 largest states by population), and in 19 more they control at least one house of the state legislature (of the “top 10,” only California is completely under Democratic control).
In my own state of Wisconsin, the Republicans swept every single state-wide office contested in November save one (secretary of state), and strengthened the Republican hold on both houses of the legislature. What is more, both houses are also arguably more conservative than they were before, as some older, less conservative legislators retired from office or were defeated in primaries.
Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com
Tax Freedom Day is the day when Americans finally have earned enough money to pay off their total tax bill for the year. In 2014, Wisconsin taxpayers worked until April 22nd (13th latest nationally) to pay their total tax bill.
Read more at TaxFoundation.org
Wisconsin conservatives have been subjected to secretive, baseless investigations ‘They came with a battering ram.” Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking.
Read more by David French at NationalReview.com