Posts Tagged ‘Scott Walker’
In 2011, thousands of government employees and others, enraged by Gov. Scott Walker’s determination to break the ruinously expensive and paralyzing grip that government workers’ unions had on Wisconsin, took over the capitol building in Madison. With chanting, screaming and singing supplemented by bullhorns, bagpipes and drum circles, their cacophony shook the building that the squalor of their occupation made malodorous. They spat on Republican legislators and urinated on Walker’s office door. They shouted, “This is what democracy looks like!”
When they and Democratic legislators failed to prevent passage of Act 10, they tried to defeat — with a scurrilous smear campaign that backfired — an elected state Supreme Court justice. They hoped that changing the court’s composition would get Walker’s reforms overturned. When this failed, they tried to capture the state Senate by recalling six Republican senators. When this failed, they tried to recall Walker. On the night that failed — he won with a larger margin than he had received when elected 19 months earlier — he resisted the temptation to proclaim, “This is what democracy looks like!”
Read more by George Will at WashingtonPost.com
Cops are bursting into homes, seizing computers and other “evidence” while groups are being hit with subpoenas that require them to turn over voluminous and sensitive information - including the names of political donors.
The crime of being conservative is being prosecuted with vengeance.
In Wisconsin, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz is going after conservative groups that were involved in the fight over the recall of Governor Scott Walker and Walker’s union reforms. Subpoenas are requesting “all records of income received, including fundraising information and the identity of persons contributing to the corporation.” They are seeking lists of conservative donors.
These “John Doe” subpoenas are alarming as, under Wisconsin law, when someone receives one of these subpoenas, the only person they are allowed to discuss the subpoena with is their attorney. Not only does this inhibit First Amendment rights, it stops groups from being able to create a unified defense to allegations.
Read more by Judson Phillips at Communities.WashingtonTimes.com
Subpoenas hit allies of Scott Walker as his re-election campaign looms.
Americans learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s union reforms.
In recent weeks, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has hit dozens of conservative groups with subpoenas demanding documents related to the 2011 and 2012 campaigns to recall Governor Walker and state legislative leaders.
Copies of two subpoenas we’ve seen demand “all memoranda, email . . . correspondence, and communications” both internally and between the subpoena target and some 29 conservative groups, including Wisconsin and national nonprofits, political vendors and party committees. The groups include the League of American Voters, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Americans for Prosperity—Wisconsin, American Crossroads, the Republican Governors Association, Friends of Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
Read more at WSJ.com
Thanks to the Republican Party!
Wisconsin’s Carrying Concealed Weapon Law Questions And Answers (from Wisconsin Dept. of Justice)
Thanks to the reforms we passed, Wisconsin’s economy is starting to boom. So much so that Governor Walker is calling a Special Session of the Legislature to pass $100 million in property tax relief.
When Governor Walker took over, our state had a $3.6 billion deficit. Now we have a surplus. Thanks to tax cuts and prudent fiscal budgeting, we are able to return $100 million to taxpayers with a significant property tax cut. After years of property tax bills rising under the previous administration, this will be the third straight year that property taxes have dropped.
Governor Walker has repeatedly outlined five priorities in his tenure: develop our workforce, transform education, create jobs, reform government, and invest in our economy. The Joint Finance Committee has been working with the same priorities. That’s why tax relief for Wisconsin’s middle class families was a top priority in the state budget passed earlier this year.
To make sure property taxpayers benefit from the tax cut this year, we hope to pass the tax cuts next week.
by State Senator Alberta Darling
Fall Fest is the 1st District GOP WI’s only fundraiser throughout the year. Fall Fest was started in 2000 by then 1st District Chairman, Reince Priebus, who is the current Republican National Committee Chairman. Reince enjoys Fall Fest so much, that even though he is very busy on the national level, he makes every effort to attend the event every year.
WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
WHERE: Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 East Court Street, Highway 11, Elkhorn, WI
Master of Ceremonies Jay Weber from AM1130 Milwaukee
Invited Guests Include:
Congressman Paul Ryan
Governor Scott Walker
Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
Senator Ron Johnson
RNC Chair Reince Priebus
Attorney General JB Van Hollen
RPW Chair Brad Courtney
MORE DETAILS at Fall Fest 2013
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch walks into a local coffee shop without a fuss.
There’s no entourage, not even a press aide, as she orders a cup of coffee, sits down with a reporter and reflects on her life and her career.
Four years ago, Kleefisch was a stay-at-home mom who completed business assignments while her daughters napped. Her political vision was focused tightly on her husband’s career as a Republican member of the state Assembly.
Now, she constantly tours the state as Gov. Scott Walker’s surrogate on small business and workforce development as she talks up jobs and the economy.
Read more by Bill Glauber at JSOnline.com
The dividing line in the national debate over the future of public-sector unions can be found between the Land of Lincoln and its neighbor to the north.
The story of Illinois and Wisconsin is a tale of two very different states.
Wisconsin, led by Gov. Scott Walker and majority Republicans, took on public-sector unions and won in the pursuit of balancing a $3.6 billion state budget shortfall in 2011.
Illinois, led by Democrats with a veto-proof supermajority in the Legislature and Democrat Pat Quinn in the governor’s mansion (at least occasionally), have long coddled the public unions to which they and their campaign war chests are beholden. Consequently, the state faces billions of dollars in unpaid bills and unfunded pension liabilities for current public employees of about $130 billion.
Wisconsin’s economic prospects have vastly improved. . . .
Read more by Benjamin Yount and M.D. Kittle at Watchdog.org
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on Monday said Republicans in Washington need to lay out specific alternatives to the Democratic agenda rather than just seeking to block it at every turn.
“As governors, as state leaders, we’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington,” Walker said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “We’re not just against something. We’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision. You don’t just sit back and nick the other guy — you have to lay out a plan.”
Read more by Jonathan Easley at TheHill.com
Also see, A Republican Plan to Replace Obamacare
Remember when President Obama famously promised that if you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan? It was a brilliantly crafted political sound bite. Turns out, the statement is untrue.
Aside from that small detail, the slightly larger problem is that the Obama administration doesn’t have a health-care plan. Yes, the White House has a law with thousands of pages, but the closer we get to Oct. 1, the day government-mandated health-insurance exchanges are supposed to open, the more we see that the administration doesn’t have a legitimate plan to successfully implement the law.
Unworkable. That word best describes ObamaCare. Government agencies in states across the country, whether red or blue, have spent countless hours and incalculable dollars trying to keep the ObamaCare train on its track, but the wreck is coming. And it is the American people who are going to pay the price.
Read more by Gov. BOBBY JINDAL and Gov. SCOTT WALKER at WSJ.com
by Gov. Scott Walker
1) The new budget provides nearly $1 billion worth of tax relief—including an income tax cut reducing all rates, shrinking the number of rates, and reforming the tax code.
2) The new budget continues to provide property tax relief by limiting levy increases—and by limiting the ability of local governments to shift levy costs off onto new fees.
3) The new budget expands school choice statewide, strengthens the current system, and provides a tax deduction for families who send their kids to private schools.
4) The new budget assists home school parents.
5) The new budget freezes tuition at all University of Wisconsin campuses for the next two years.
6) The new budget keeps local governments from enacting “nanny state” requirements on citizens regarding size of soda and food, like they’ve done in New York City.
7) The new budget protects individual rights by prohibiting residency requirements that have nothing to do with an employee’s work requirements.
8) The new budget protects utility ratepayers from picking up the costs of the proposed trolley in the City of Milwaukee.
9) The new budget reforms entitlements like unemployment benefits, food stamps and Medicaid, so people can transition from government dependence to true independence.
10) The new budget affirms my position that we will not take the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.
because we value our Independence FROM Government NOT Dependence on the government.” -Governor Scott Walker
A good article on what we’ve done to make Wisconsin a better place for business and industry.
(And done in an interesting FlipBook format.)
Read more at IndustryToday.com