#WalkerAt20: Failing Democracy

Remembering 20 Years of Walker Failure

MADISON, Wis. — In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. In today’s installment, Gov. Walker’s anti-voter record is “highlighted”.

One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented, “The rights of voters to participate in free and fair elections, and have confidence that their vote will be counted is fundamental to our democracy. No one has failed them more than Gov. Walker.”

“Highlights” of Walker’s record of failure include:

  • As Governor, Walker signed a voter ID law that would have made it harder for seniors, students and veterans to vote. The law, found unconstitutional by two state circuit court and still subject of court action, could keep up to 300,000 legal voters from casting their ballots. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/15/11]
  • Gov. Walker signed into law a radical gerrymandering of state legislative districts. Republicans redrew the geography of state legislative districts to protect their jobs and give themselves a partisan advantage for example, Democrats won 174,000 more votes than Republicans in Assembly races statewide, yet it was Republicans that gained seats. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 11, 2011]
  • Days after November elections, in which over 11% of legal voters in the state registered at the polls, Gov. Walker flew to California with an entourage including his $500,000 contributor Diane Hendricks and called for the elimination of same day voter registration in Wisconsin. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/7/12]
  • In 2010 when Scott Walker was in the midst of his run for Governor, billboards sprang up in minority communities in Southeastern Wisconsin declaring, “voter fraud is a felony.” Who was footing the bill for this racially-charged attempt to intimidate voters and keep them away from the polls? The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, headed by Walker’s campaign co-chair Michael Grebe. [Joint Investigation by One Wisconsin Now & TheGrio.com, 10/29/12]

One Wisconsin Now is commemorating over 20 days the failings, scandals and imbroglios of Gov. Scott Walker’s 20-years in elected office. Gov. Walker, who was first elected to the State Assembly on June 29, 1993, has spent virtually no time in the private sector and has enjoyed nearly half his life on the taxpayers’ dime, including receiving well over $1 million in salary alone, as well as health care benefits for he and his family.

Previous information compiled by One Wisconsin Now about Scott Walker’s failure as Milwaukee County Executive is available at www.ScottWalkerFailureFiles.com, his first disastrous year as Governor is available at www.WalkerFailure.comand the millionaires and billionaires behind it all at http://pinterest.com/onewisconsinnow/who-s-buying-gov-scott-walker

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.