Political Style Category Archive


  • Desperate Scott Walker Goes Negative Weeks Before Democratic Primary to Pick His General Election Opponent

    With sagging poll numbers, career politician Scott Walker dispatchesRepublican Party to run negative ads.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/01/2018
  • 8 Remaining Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Go After Scott Walker in First Debate

    The eight remaining Democrats running for governor mostly avoided taking shots at each other in their first televised debate Thursday night and instead trained much of their fire on Gov. Scott Walker....

    Chippewa Herald, 07/13/2018
  • Scott Walker Makes Taxpayers Finance His Campaign Operation, Again

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker is using taxpayer resources to stage a “major” announcement this morning at a business run by a major GOP donor.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/12/2018
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Is Sending 671,000 Families an Election-year Check. Democrats Call It Bribery.

    Starting May 15, parents in Wisconsin can log on to a state-run website, answer a few questions and sign up to get checks worth $100 per child. To Gov. Scott Walker (R),...

    Washington Post, 05/03/2018
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s Fight to Win Back Wisconsin for Democrats, Explained

    First thing Walker does in the morning is check the polls, stick his finger in the air, and then figure out how to spend our tax dollars based on the first two.

    Vox, 03/15/2018
  • Wisconsin Sales Tax Holiday Bill Appears Dead and Entire Tax Cut Bill at Risk of Impasse

    A Wisconsin sales tax holiday appears all but dead in the state Senate and an impasse between GOP lawmakers is putting the entire tax cut bill at risk… GOP Gov. Scott Walker...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2018
  • Desperate and Scared Gov. Scott Walker Delivers Annual State of the State Speech

    Gov. Scott Walker’s speech was chock full of the campaign slogans and election year promises the $50,000 poll his campaign just paid for told him to make.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/24/2018
  • How Often Does Gov. Scott Walker, Seeking Re-election in 2018, Hold Events Open to the Public?

    Since 2015, Scott Walker has not done a public event where you don't have to pay admission or be on an approved list. I mean, it is disgraceful.

    Politifact, 11/15/2017
  • Bipartisan Critics Assail Scott Walker-Led Republican Governors Association’s Dishonest, Russian Style Foray Into Fake News

    The Gov. Scott Walker-led Republican Governors Association (RGA) has launched a propaganda website masquerading as a legitimate news outlet.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/19/2017
  • DMV Official Testifies in Voter ID Trial

    Some voters might not have been able to cast ballots this fall if not for a new state rule put in place on the eve of a trial over Wisconsin’s voter ID...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 05/23/2016
  • Walker Releases Names of Potential Prosser Replacements

    More than half of the applicants vying to replace retiring Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser already owe their jobs to Gov. Scott Walker – and now he could tap one of...

    WISN-TV, 05/20/2016
  • Scott Walker’s HR Agency Slammed Civil Service Changes in Private Memo

    The personnel agency in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration privately blasted changes to the state’s civil service days after they were proposed, telling his office the overhaul would slow hiring, turn away qualified...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/02/2016
  • Prosecutors: Walker Campaign, Group ‘one and the Same’

    Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and a supposedly independent conservative group were “one and the same,” prosecutors told the U.S. Supreme Court in a filing this week seeking to reopen a probe of...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 04/29/2016
  • Cruz, Walker Embrace As Wisconsin Crowd Goes Silent for Palin

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, appearing with Cruz on stage for the first time since announcing his endorsement on Tuesday, embraced the Texas senator at the GOP’s Milwaukee County Fish Fry. Cruz now...

    NBC News, 04/02/2016
  • Special Treatment or Limited Access: State Policies Spell Out Who Can Talk to the Press

    While the policy has been in place since at least 2008, the agency’s monthly and quarterly employment data came under intense scrutiny after Gov. Scott Walker promised to add 250,000 private sector...

    La Crosse Tribune, 03/15/2016
  • Walker Act 10 Reduces Union Membership, Power

    Mr. Walker led a push five years ago to cut collective bargaining rights for most public sector workers, saying he needed to solve a state budget gap. Since then, union membership has...

    New York Times, 02/27/2016
  • Walker Picks Campaign Donor for University of Wisconsin Board of Regents

    A Milwaukee lawyer just named to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents by Gov. Scott Walker has been a frequent contributor to his campaign fund, donating $9,639.68 since 2010. Tracey...

    Capital Times, 02/20/2016
  • Walker Signs Overhaul of State Civil Service law

    Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation Friday overhauling the state’s century-old system of merit hiring and firing, gaining the first legislative priority he set after calling off his presidential bid last year. Inking...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/12/2016
  • 5 Years After Walker’s Act 10 Union Membership Falls in Wisconsin

    In the five years since Act 10 was signed by Gov. Scott Walker, union membership in Wisconsin has plummeted. In 2015, the number of union members fell well below the national average...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/11/2016
  • Major Walker Donor Seeks Special Treatment From State Environmental Protection Agency

    Business executive Richard E. Uihlein has continued to press his case to move a massive floating bog away from his property on the Chippewa Flowage in a meeting involving state, federal and...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/05/2016
  • On the Capitol: Conservative Group Makes 6 Figure Ad Buy for Supreme Court Race

    Walker formed a nonprofit political organization called Our American Revival that raised $6.21 million in the first half of the year. His political advisers also launched their own Super PAC, Unintimidated PAC,...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/31/2016
  • Union Membership in Wisconsin Tumbles Below National Average

    Since Walker and Republican lawmakers successfully passed measures in 2011 that rolled back the power of most public sector unions, the number of members has dropped sharply…As of February 2015, a WEAC...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/29/2016
  • Walker Signs Split of State’s GAB | Campaign Finance Measure Also Approved

    Gov. Scott Walker privately signed a measure Wednesday loosening the state’s campaign finance laws and eliminating the state elections and ethics agency that investigated his campaign for teaming up with conservative groups.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/16/2015
  • Worker Used As an Example of Problems Not a Civil Servant

    One of the state employees that Gov. Scott Walker and some lawmakers used to argue for broad changes to the state’s civil service system was never a civil servant, a Milwaukee Journal...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/14/2015
  • Questions, Answers About Text Messages, Visitor Logs and Other Wisconsin Open Records Issues

    Gov. Scott Walker on Monday refuted reports that his administration is doing anything questionable when it comes to Wisconsin ‘s open records law. But those reports brought to light a change made...

    Capital Times, 12/10/2015
  • Ex-DNR Officials Complain About Enforcement Under Walker

    The DNR has come under fire from Democrats and environmentalists under Gov. Scott Walker. Officials have said they are enforcing regulations but also trying to reduce unnecessary costs and red tape by...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/07/2015
  • State’s Handling of Workers Caught in Workplace Sex Doesn’t Match Scott Walker’s Account

    In making his case to Republican lawmakers this fall that the state’s civil service system needed to be overhauled, Gov. Scott Walker cited the case of two state workers who he said...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/05/2015
  • Failure at the Faucet: Safe, Clean Drinking Water Eludes Many Wisconsinite

    In 2011, the EPA identified 75 failings in the DNR’s enforcement of the state’s wastewater pollution permit program. Last month, after the residents’ petition was filed, the state agency announced it is...

    Capital Times, 11/08/2015
  • GOP Lawmakers Reverse Course, Balk at Campaign Donor Reporting

    GOP state senators reversed course early Saturday and voted to let people make political donations without disclosing their employers as part of a broad overhaul of campaign finance laws.Earlier this week, Republicans...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/07/2015
  • Lawmakers Inch Closer to Overhauling Civil Service System

    On the civil service bill, both sides in the GOP dispute are holding firm, meaning that the proposal is unlikely to pass the Senate until early next year. The bill would overhaul...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/27/2015
  • Lapdogs’ and ‘la-la Land’: Wisconsin Assembly Debates Campaign Finance Laws, GAB Overhaul

    A spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker said he supports overall reform of the GAB, and he “looks forward to working with lawmakers on a replacement for the GAB that is fair, transparent,...

    Capital Times, 10/21/2015
  • Lawmakers Approve Bill Ending John Doe Probes of Political Crimes

    The proposal, which would reshape how cases of bribery of public officials and other political crimes are often investigated, was largely prompted by a probe into the Republican governor’s campaign and conservative...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/20/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Politics

    Gov. Scott Walker is a masterful career politician, willing to do or say anything to get elected, and carefully cultivates relationships with key players.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015
  • Rep. Chris Taylor Says Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Filled With Mistakes

    Democrats (and a few Republicans) have complained about a variety of matters in the budget, and said the package was poorly prepared. Such complaints were raised in a news release issued the...

    Politifact, 06/01/2015
  • Scott Walker Pushes Candidate Boundaries, From 2012 Recall to 2016 Presidential Election

    It's also another example of how the Walker GOP machine has been willing to twist and bend the real purposes of our laws in whatever way benefits him politically.

    Capital Times, 05/15/2015
  • Wisconsin Walker’s Shopping Tale Doesn’t Mention Taxpayer Millions

    “If you look at the Walker record, it has been cuts to infrastructure like public education to fund a trickle-down economic agenda that hasn’t worked,” said Mike Browne, deputy executive director of One Wisconsin Now.

    Bloomberg News, 04/21/2015
  • Walker Says It’s Not “unreasonable” to Prohibit State Employee From Working on Climate Change

    While Walker did not directly vote on the matter, his office issued a statement indicating the policy was not “unreasonable.” “A small Wisconsin agency that manages thousands of acres of state land...

    New York Times, 04/09/2015
  • Fighting the Affordable Care Act Is a Priority for Walker

    On his first day as governor of Wisconsin, Walker authorized a state lawsuit challenging Obama’s signature health care law and, in part because of the success of states’ legal challenges to the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/07/2015
  • Walker Has Said He Will “Push Back” on Any Pressure for Governors to Fix Obamacare Should the Supreme Court Rule Against Subsidies for States That Have Not Set Up Their Own Exchange

    In an interview last week with radio host Charlie Sykes, this exchange happened: SYKES: You may have a major decision coming up in a few months. If the Supreme Court rules in...

    Washington Post, 04/06/2015
  • Walker Allowed State to Contest & Appeal Marriage Ruling, Resulting in State Ultimately Owing $1.1 Million to the ACLU in Legal Fees

    The State of Wisconsin’s unsuccessful court battle to prevent gay marriage will cost taxpayers more than $1 million, under an agreement released Friday. State Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican, and attorneys...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/27/2015
  • Walker Continues Campaign Against Obamacare, Despite Facts

    “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in the lead-up to an expected presidential bid, is continuing a push to align himself with the most conservative elements of the Republican Party, writing in an email...

    RH Reality Check, 03/24/2015
  • Scott Walker Hit From Left, Right for Evolution on Key Issues

    In four mere months since his last election, Gov. Walker has reversed his public position... on immigration, abortion, workplace rights and ethanol in service of his personal political ambitions.

    Capital Times, 03/12/2015
  • Walker Has Repeatedly Refused to Accept Federal Medicaid Expansion in Wisconsin, Hurting Low-income Workers And women

    “The state would stay the course and turn down federal money to expand Wisconsin’s health programs for the needy, under Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015 budget proposal….In 2013, the Republican governor rejected taking...

    Governing.com, 02/19/2015
  • Refusal to Accept Medicaid Expansion Comes With a Real Cost to Those Pushed Off Badgercare by Walker’s Plan

    “As of last fall, BadgerCare had added about 97,500 adults without children who were below this cutoff of 100% of the federal poverty level, with state taxpayers covering a little more than...

    Governing.com, 02/19/2015
  • During 2014 Campaign, Walker Promised to Serve Full Term As Governor

    His continued interest in exploring a 2016 presidential bid prompted a question at the Oct. 10, 2014 gubernatorial debate: Would he promise to serve a full term if re-elected? He said he...

    Politifact, 01/04/2015
  • John Doe Emails: ‘Dark Side’ Was Code for Scott Walker Campaign

    Scott Walker’s Milwaukee County staff had a code name for his gubernatorial campaign with which they secretly coordinated strategy and messaging nearly every day: “the dark side.” […] Most of the correspondence...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/31/2014
  • Fundraising Component of Walker Inauguration Draws Liberal Criticism

    The liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now was critical of Walker’s decision to give proceeds to the state party rather than donate them to charity. It dubbed the event a “pay to...

    Capital Times, 12/18/2014
  • Conservative Group Will Push to Make Wisconsin a Right-to-work State

    Walker says anything to get re-elected and now he and his Republican front groups are ready to launch a frontal assault on Wisconsin's middle class working women and men.

    Capital Times, 12/01/2014