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Yep, Looks Like Scott Walker Will Run for President

He pivots to national issues, and takes a swipe at Chris Christie.

Two events this past week combined to remove most doubt regarding whether Scott Walker is running for president and must be taken seriously.

The first was Paul Ryan’s announcement that he is not running. Though a Ryan candidacy seemed unlikely the moment he was offered chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, his announcement officially removes what would have been the most credible obstacle to a Walker candidacy. The two old political friends now look forward to a possible fruitful collaboration rather than a rivalry.

The second event was the annual State of the State address Tuesday night. Coming on the heels of his inaugural speech on January 5, the speech was notable both for its relative brevity — the governor spoke for less than half an hour in a speech format which typically runs twice as long — and also for the obvious seeds of a campaign for federal office planted within it.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

What Is Driving Growth in Government Spending?

It’s one of the most fundamental political questions of our time: What’s driving the growth in government spending? And it has a relatively straightforward answer: first and foremost, spending on health care through Medicare and Medicaid, and other major social insurance and entitlement programs.

But I thought it was worth reviewing the evidence in a bit more detail. There are a few surprises along the way, some of which liberal readers might like and others of which will please conservative readers.

The Web site usgovernmentspending.com has an abundance of data on federal, state and local spending at different points in time. My focus will be on how government has been spending its money in the present and the past, rather than evaluating any future budgets or projections.

Read more by NATE SILVER at fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com

WalkerInaugural.com

Friends,

Thank you again for all of your hard work and tireless efforts to help elect Governor Walker and the entire Republican team.  Because of you, we are able to continue moving Wisconsin forward!

The Republican Party of Wisconsin is hosting events surrounding the 2015 Inauguration of Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch.  To that end, I’m asking for your help in getting the word out so that everyone has the opportunity to celebrate Wisconsin’s future together!  Please visit WalkerInaugural.com and attend these historic events.

I want to make sure we kick off the second term of the Walker-Kleefisch Administration with the enthusiasm and excitement it deserves--which means ensuring that all of our volunteers and supporters are informed about the Inaugural events.

On Wisconsin,

Brad Courtney
Chairman
Republican Party of Wisconsin

The Inauguration of Governor Scott Walker

http://walkerinaugural.com/

Inaugural Events
The Inauguration of Governor Scott Walker will be an exciting time for supporters and guests as we celebrate Wisconsin’s future! Below you will find details of the events surrounding the Inauguration, but be sure to check back for more information in the coming days as they become available. see more at http://walkerinaugural.com/inaugural-events/

So You’ve Decided To Run For Local Elective Office. Now What?

(Note: This is the first in a series of posts on how to get started on running for local elective office.)

After a lot of thought and plenty of discussions with your spouse, you’re finally taking the plunge and running for elective office. Whether you’re running for Town Council or Congress, it’s a great feeling to finally be able to tell others about this big life decision.

But now what? How do you actually run a campaign?

One approach is to …

Read more by Bijoy Datta at thewinequation.wordpress.com

Scott and Tonette Walker’s Frosted Christmas Pecans

Scott loves to host our friends at Christmas.

Every year, our home is filled with laughter and love when we invite friends from our church, our relatives, Scott’s staff, classmates of Matt and Alex, friends of mine from my work at the Lung Association, and others for gatherings during the weeks surrounding Christmas. Scott always starts our parties with a prayer giving thanks and we end our gatherings together singing our favorite Christmas carols. It’s really special, especially with Scott’s busy schedule, to have the the chance to spend time around the holiday with so many people we love.

Another annual tradition in our family is helping Scott make his “frosted Christmas pecans.” Scott seems to make more and more pecans every year – we are running out of counter space and mixing bowls to make them all! Everyone looks forward to his pecans - even our Milwaukee County radio stations get excited when Scott delivers them around town.

I know Scott wishes he could give his pecans to EVERYONE this Christmas, so I thought I’d help him out with the next best thing – sharing our family recipe with you (see below)! I hope your family enjoys this Christmas treat as much as ours does.

Thank you again, and Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,
Tonette Walker

Scott and Tonette Walker’s Frosted Christmas Pecans

½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound pecans
1 egg white
1 Tablespoon water

In a bowl mix together, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour pecans in another large bowl. In a separate small dish mix well the egg white and water. Pour egg and water mixture over pecans and mix well. Pour dry ingredient mixture over pecans and mix until all pecans are well coated. Spread pecans on a cookie sheet.

Bake 1 hour at 250 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes. Enjoy.

Cocktail Reception supporting Judge James Daley, Candidate for WI Supreme Court on Thur Dec 18

5:00-7:00 pm

Milwaukee Athletic Club
President’s Room (3rd Floor)
758 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI

Host Committee levels
Platinum: $1,000
Gold: $500
Silver: $250
General reception: All contributions greatly accepted

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Dan Morse 608-770-2819, dan@dmorseconsulting.com

www.daleyforwisconsin.net

Nomination Papers for WI Supreme Ct candidate Judge James Daley

My name is Judge James Daley, and I am writing to ask for your assistance as I run for the Wisconsin State Supreme Court against activist Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.

Would you be willing to email my nomination papers to the members of your county party and encourage them to sign and circulate them on my behalf so my name appears on the ballot in the Spring Election on April 7, 2015. The nomination paper, along with the rules of circulation, can be downloaded at the end of this message.

I realize Wisconsin is coming off of a grueling midterm election and much has been asked of you and your volunteers, but the 2015 Spring Election is as important as any other - especially to the integrity of Wisconsin’s highest court.

I believe in an impartial judicial system which fully adheres to the boundaries set by the Constitutions of the United States and State of Wisconsin. It is essential that no judge interject his or her personal opinion into matters before the court, and judges must not be activists who legislate from the bench.

As a Brigadier General with 36 years of service to the state and country, I know what it takes to be a strong, effective leader. I have served three terms as Rock County District Attorney, and I was appointed circuit court judge by Governor Tommy Thompson in January of 1989. Following the appointment, I have been re-elected five times to the bench and have been the presiding judge in Rock County since. Today, I am running to represent Wisconsin on the State Supreme Court.

Can I count on you and your county party members to help me circulate nomination papers among friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors?

In order for everyone’s hard work to count, the rules of circulating nomination papers must be followed exactly. Individuals may begin circulating papers TODAY. Once electors have filled in their signature, name, street number or rural rout, municipality of residence, and date, the circulator must fill out the Certification of the Circulator at the bottom of each page to complete the sheet.

Click Here To Download Judge Daley’s Nomination Papers

Click Here To Download The Rules For Circulating Judge Daley’s Nomination Papers

I ask that the papers be returned in the mail no later than Tuesday, December 23, 2014 so my campaign has a chance to review them. If you have any questions, or would like additional papers to circulate, feel free to call Brit Schiel on my campaign at (608) 352-0620, or visit www.daleyforwisconsin.net.

Again, please return your fully or partially completed papers (with the Certification of Circulator section completely filled out) by December 23, 2014 to:

Daley for Supreme Court Committee
1136 Summerhill Drive
Janesville, WI 53546-3723

Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate your help getting me on the ballot!

Sincerely,
James Daley

Register ahead of election? Yes

Most states already require voters to think ahead.

AFTER ALL THE nasty brawling — not just in Wisconsin, but across the nation — over whether Voter ID amounts to sensible security at the polls or a barely veiled suppression effort, a partisan battle over scrapping same-day registration in the state seems unavoidable.
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Currently, Wisconsin is one of just a handful of states that allow unregistered individuals to come to the polls on election day and take care of the business right then and there. A substantial majority of states require registration well in advance. For example, in Illinois, registration closes about a month before election day.

The tradition in Wisconsin, however, has been far more liberal. Some like that. Some think it’s ripe for fraud, and creates an undue last-minute burden on election officials.

Read more by William Barth at BeloitDailyNews.com

The Gods Have Made Them Mad

It used to strike me as impossible for global warming to cause cold weather. Then I realized that I could chill a soft drink in the oven if there were no room left in the refrigerator to bake a cake.

Up until then I did not know that the same cause can have opposite effects. In my unenlightened state, it never occurred to me that carbon dioxide could cause both excessive heat and excessive cold, both drought and flood.

I should have known. After all, we calm hyperactive children with stimulants and cure addiction to drugs with addicting drugs. When the government goes too far in debt, it borrows more money. We achieve diversity through uniformity. We overcome racism with racism. When children don’t learn, we send them to schools that don’t teach. We question authority by believing the authorities.

Read more by Jonathan David Carson at AmericanThinker.com

Today I stopped Caring…

Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.

I stopped caring today because parents refuse to teach their kids right from wrong and blame us when they are caught breaking the law. I stopped caring today because parents tell their little kids to be good or “the police will take you away” embedding a fear from year one. Moms hate us in their schools because we frighten them and remind them of the evil that lurks in the world.

They would rather we stay unseen, but close by if needed, but readily available to “fix their kid.” I stopped caring today because we work to keep our streets safe from mayhem in the form of reckless, drunk, high, or speeding drivers, only to be hated for it, yet hated even more because we didn’t catch the drunk before he killed someone they may know.

Read more by Lt Daniel Furseth, DeForest Wisconsin Police Department at nycfirewire.com

Wisconsin, a Microcosm of the United States

Scott Walker offers an intriguing glimpse into how conservative principles could succeed on a national scale.

One of the more compelling reasons to consider Scott Walker’s candidacy for president is that he has been elected, repeatedly, governor of a mid-size state with a strong executive. Wisconsin’s state constitution establishes a powerful governor’s seat, as opposed to, say, Texas’ constitution, or even to the limited powers granted to the U.S. president.

There are numerous ways in which the state of Wisconsin is a microcosm of the country, and perhaps advisory of things to come.

The state is deeply polarized, divided almost equally between left and right, as the U.S. has been now for forty years or more, and the state’s Republican Party is itself divided, principally in three parts. The Wisconsin GOP “establishment” generally adheres to the original Big Government principles; it contends with a growing conservative faction and a libertarian faction.

Over the last several national elections, the candidate favored by…

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

Scott Walker’s Challenges: A Win, But Trouble Ahead in Wisconsin

Never a break for Walker: the state has big issues he must navigate successfully before 2016.

Despite the heady rhetoric about a possible presidential run in 2016, Scott Walker faces significant issues as he contemplates his inauguration and second term.

Walker’s major first-term problem was a $3.6B budget shortfall left to him by the departing Democratic administration. This was an unconstitutional problem, as Wisconsin law requires a balanced budget. He and the Republican-controlled legislature dealt with the problem brilliantly through an initiative known as Act 10, under which they found savings without harming vital services and greatly curtailed the collective bargaining rights of unionized government employees.

Walker was able to balance the budget, to reduce taxes, and to actually project a $900M surplus. Much of the projected surplus was returned to the taxpayers in the form of additional tax cuts.

One problem he now faces lies in that word “projected.”

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

Walker for President? WI Gov’s Rise Has Similarities to Reagan

He isn’t the great communicator, but his record, abilities, and the opponent’s situation mimic the 1980 race.

The “elephant in the room,” now that Scott Walker has won a remarkable third election as governor of Wisconsin in only four years, is the presidential election in 2016. Well before the 2014 midterms, speculation was rife about Walker’s possible presidential ambitions, and his several trips to neighboring Iowa did nothing to quell it. It is widely assumed that Walker’s possible presidential ambitions are a major reason the national Democratic Party and its various third-party interest groups expended enormous resources in the unsuccessful attempts to defeat him.

There are many reasons for the Democrats to be terrified of a possible Walker candidacy for president. Most of those reasons can be summarized with two words: “Ronald Reagan.”

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

Should Governments Be Allowed to Steal Your Property?

I’ve already written about the despicable practice of “civil forfeiture,” which allows governments to confiscate the property of innocent people who have not been convicted of any crime.

And I’ve cited great columns on the issue from George Will and John Stossel., as well a sobering report on the topic from the Wall Street Journal.

Now the Institute for Justice has a video that should outrage any decent person.

It’s examples of government thuggery like this that make me a libertarian. You should be one as well.

Read more by Daniel J. Mitchell at Townhall.com

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