Political Style Category Archive


  • Right-to-work Group Launches After Governor, Legislators Say Issue Not a Priority

    “It’s the same playbook from four years ago that tore Wisconsin apart,” Ross said in a statement. “Gov. Walker says anything to get elected and now he and his Republican front groups...

    Racine Journal Times, 12/01/2014
  • The Latest Scott Walker Bald-Faced, Hair-Raising Dissemble

    On issue after issue, Gov. Walker has made hair-raising excuses and offered bald-faced distortions.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/20/2014
  • Gov. Walker Reacts to Falling Poll Numbers By Accusing Media of ‘Bias,’ ‘Incompetence,’ ‘Being Lazy’

    Gov. Walker’s whining about the state and national media is a sign of a desperate, flailing governor who refuses to take responsibility for the corruption, cronyism and incompetence Wisconsin has endured under his ‘leadership.’

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/02/2014
  • Gov. Walker’s Campaign Launches Political Attack on a Successful International Corporation Based in Wisconsin That Provides 1,000 Jobs

    In his latest negative television ad, Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign attacks Trek Bicycles - an international company, headquartered in Wisconsin and employing 1,000 state residents.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/18/2014
  • One Wisconsin Now Slams Gov. Walker on Capitol City Sunday

    Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, isn’t buying Walker’s answer. “There’s something there,” said Ross. “All this discussion about a settlement comes after there’s been discussion about the records...

    WKOW-TV, 05/30/2014
  • Gov. Walker’s Administration Continues Secrecy With Wisconsinites

    MADISON, Wis. — Governor Scott Walker continues engaging in a pattern of secrecy with the public he was elected to serve. His administration recently refused to fulfill a simple request for email communications...

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/30/2014
  • Walker Signs Early-voting Bill; Partial Veto Slightly Extended Voting Hours From Legislative Version

    Acting out of the public eye on controversial measures, Gov. Scott Walker signed asbestos liability legislation Thursday opposed by a number of veterans groups and used a partial veto to loosen new...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/27/2014
  • Emails Show Walker Campaign Manager Successfully Delayed Milwaukee County Settlement With Parents of Woman Who Starved to Death at Walker Overseen County Mental Health Complex

    Instructions from Scott Walker’s campaign manager were explicit: Delay settlement of a long-standing legal case over the starvation-relateddeath of Cindy Anczak at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. “Could care less what...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Newly Disclosed Emails Reveal Racist Jokes by Scott Walker’s Ex-aides

    Even while arguing for racial outreach from his party, Gov. Scott Walker has had to deal with recent disclosures of racially charged statements from aides, with the latest two examples coming Wednesday...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • Email Dump Makes Political Hurdles for Walker

    The emails raise serious questions about his ethics and trustworthiness as a politician and public official.

    MSNBC, 02/20/2014
  • Walker’s Health Care Plan Kicked 77,000 Adults Off the Badgercare Program

    Legislation approved by Walker and GOP lawmakers requires some 77,000 adults in BadgerCare with incomes above the poverty line — $23,550 for a family of four — to be dropped from that...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/09/2014
  • “Public Input” Walker Style: Administration Shutting Out Media and Public From Invite Only Meetings With Big Business to Talk Tax Policy

    MADISON, Wis. — While claiming they will seek public input for an unspecified new scheme on state taxes, the administration of Gov. Walker is barring the media and general public from invite...

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/17/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now to Gov. Walker: “Governor, Tear Down Your Wall of Secrecy”

    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Walker is publicizing multiple “forums” across the state where, at his direction, top administration officials talk tax policy changes with big business representatives. At the first stop in...

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/13/2013
  • Walker Aide Fired After Tweets Demeaning Hispanics

    For the second time in less than four months, Gov. Scott Walker has fired an aide for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media. Walker — who has been calling on...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/03/2013
  • Air Walker, Frequent Flyer

    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Walker has ditched the brown bag and four-door Saturn featured in his 2010 campaign ads for state taxpayer funded airplane travel, according to a report this week in the...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/12/2013
  • DOT Official Likens Illegal Immigrants to Satan, Then Quickly Fired

    In a stunning online rant, a top Gov. Scott Walker official likened illegal immigrants to Satan during a Facebook debate over a bumper sticker declaring open season on foreigners living in the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08/08/2013
  • Top Walker Aides Sought to Slow Down Release of Public Records

    In one exchange, Walker’s top Milwaukee County fiscal aide, Cindy Archer, emailed Walker and Walker campaign aides on July 8 that “we may be responding too quickly” to requests for O’Donnell-related records...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013
  • Walker Sought to Justify Involvement of Campaign Aides in County Response to O’Donnell Park Incident by Blaming Political Opponents

    Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that his top campaign staffers began advising and directing his Milwaukee County aides on their response to the 2010 O’Donnell Park tragedy because Walker’s political foes were...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013
  • Walker Claimed His “Boldest” Reform of 2013 Budget Was Forcing Food Stamp Recipients to Attend Work Training

    Walker went on to say, however, that the “biggest, boldest reform” in the budget was new work requirements for people on food stamps. Able-bodied adults must spend at least 20 hours a...

    Associated Press, 07/01/2013
  • Walker Budget Gave Himself Power to Sell State Property

    Gov. Scott Walker will have new power to sell state heating plants, highways and other properties, but privatization deals in other states have ranged widely in popularity and success.Revenue from the sales...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06/30/2013
  • Walker Rejected Federal Expansion of Medicaid, Costing Taxpayers More For Less

    If the federal government keeps its current commitments, Gov. Scott Walker’s plan for avoiding a full expansion of the BadgerCare program under the federal health care law would cost Wisconsin taxpayers roughly...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/16/2013
  • Walker Signed a Bill Allowing Partisan Election Observers Closer to Voters, Jeopardizing Their Private Information and Making Polling Places More Contentious

    Signed a bill that allows election observers to be as close as three feet to voters and poll workers when they are registering to vote or giving their name and address when...

    2013 AB 202, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Signed a Bill Making It Harder for Individuals in Residential Care Facilities To Vote

    Signed a bill which reduced the number of locations to which clerks are required to send special voting deputies to allow individuals to cast absentee ballots. The bill was passed by both...

    2013 AB 396, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Signed a Bill Increasing Partisanship of Poll Workers

    Signed a bill that requires that whenever two or more poll workers are required to perform a function at polling place and both parties have submitted nominees, then the chief inspector must...

    2013 SB 265, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Signed Bill Restricting Early Voting Hours and Limiting Local Clerks’ Control of Early Voting Hours

    Signed bill that limited clerk’s office hours and days available for early voting, eliminating weekend voting and severely restricting voting hours available outside the normal work day. The Assembly version of the...

    2013 SB 324, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • How Far Does Walker Open Records Slowdown Go?

    MADISON, Wis. — A report that Gov. Walker’s gubernatorial campaign manager directed his Milwaukee County staff to “drag out” fulfilling requests under the state open records law for information related to a...

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/20/2012
  • Beer and Brats: Is Gov. Walker Just Feeding Wisconsin Another Line?

    MADISON, Wis. — Citing the age-old adage that actions speak louder than words, One Wisconsin Now is calling on Gov. Scott Walker to take concrete actions to heal the rift in Wisconsin...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/11/2012
  • Walker Tells Public Budget Is Balanced, Tells Fed Government WI Has Budget deficit

    Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has touted for months its efforts to balance the state budget, but now it also has acknowledged a significant way in which the budget isn’t balanced. To keep...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/22/2012
  • 3 Wisconsin Veterans Board Members Have Resigned in Protest

    A third veteran has resigned from a state board in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s moves to gain greater control of the Department of Veterans Affairs, including his decision to appoint John...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/18/2012
  • DHS Secretary Hires Heritage Foundation Fellow With No Background or Degree in Public Health to Run Division of Public Health

    But insiders point out that McKeown, who as the state’s health officer is the administrator of the Division of Public Health, appears to have no background or degrees in public health, a...

    Capital Times, 01/13/2012
  • Spokesperson Refuses to Speak to Reporters Who Ask About His Immunity Deal

    Gov. Scott Walker’s spokesman, Cullen Werwie, has begun to refuse interviews with media outlets that discuss the fact that Werwie has been granted immunity in a Joe Doe inquiry into wrongdoing by...

    Capital Times, 01/12/2012
  • Walker Says He’s Not Responsible for Recall Effort Against Him

    But Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, noted Walker did not talk about cutting collective bargaining during the campaign and said Walker was precisely the one who...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/15/2011
  • Walker Allowed Municipal Employers to Undermine Collective Bargaining agreements

    Walker signed into a law a bill that allows any municipal employer to enter into a memorandum of understanding to reduce the cost of compensation or fringe benefits, without modifying an existing...

    2011 WI Act 65, 11/09/2011
  • Walker Says He Opposes “Double Dipping” but Won’t Force Top Aides to Stop Taking Pensions

    Gov. Scott Walker voiced support for legislation that would end a long-standing practice that allows public workers to simultaneously collect their pension and a state paycheck. The statement concludes by adding Gov....

    Capital Times, 10/26/2011
  • Walker Says He Opposes “Double Dipping” but Won’t Force Top Aides to Stop Taking Pensions

    In the past five and a half years, at least 6,829 state and local government employees covered by the Wisconsin Retirement System left then returned to work, simultaneously earning a pension and...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 10/23/2011
  • Committee Considers Litigation Reform Bills

    Opponents of a pair of Republican-backed litigation reform bills argued before a state Assembly committee Friday that the proposals will gut consumer protection laws and effectively stop the filing of lawsuits against...

    Associated Press, 10/21/2011
  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker Broke Campaign Promise on Paying Full Cost of Pension

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who forced public workers to pay more for their pensions as part of a push to curb union rights, broke his campaign promise to pay the full cost...

    Boston Globe, 10/13/2011
  • In First Year As Governor, Walker Admin Proposed Sharply Raising Premiums for State Health Programs & Force Others to Lower Cost or Private Plans

    To fill a half-billion dollar budget hole in state health programs, Gov. Scott Walker’s administration wants to raise premiums sharply for some families and shift hundreds of thousands of residents to lower-cost...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/30/2011
  • Walker Chief-of-Staff Quits Just Nine Months Into the Job

    Keith Gilkes, the third top Walker aide to announce their resignation in recent months, said he’ll leave the $112,000-per-year chief of staff job Oct. 8. As Gilkes, 34, discussed the announcement’s timing,...

    Associated Press, 09/30/2011
  • Walker Latest Scheme: Public Can Pay $50 to Hear His Job Ideas

    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker, facing a steadily-increasing state unemployment rate despite passing $2.3 billion in tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, has announced his latest scheme: charge the public...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/19/2011
  • Wisconsin Recalls: Is Gov. Scott Walker Next?

    On Wednesday, Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, called for the recall of Walker next year.”The damage Gov. Walker has inflicted on Wisconsin from a public policy...

    Star Tribune, 08/16/2011
  • GOP Gives Oversight of Administrative Rules to Walker in Unprecedented Power Grab

    Introduced in January by the Joint Committee on Organization and approved by the Legislature in May, the act gives the governor new power over administrative rules and requires an economic analysis of...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/27/2011
  • Politicized Department of Veterans Affairs & Appointed Crony As Secretary

    Walker signed into law a bill that politicizes the Department of Veterans Affairs by giving the governor authority to appoint the Secretary, rather than being selected by the Board of Veterans Affairs,...

    2011 WI Act 36, 07/13/2011
  • Stripped Public Workers of Collective Bargaining Rights

    Walker signed a bill that stripped all public workers, except police and firefighters, of their collective bargaining rights. The bill no longer allows teachers, nurses, snow plow drivers and other public employees...

    2011 WI Act 10, 06/28/2011
  • GOP Bill Takes Away Local Control Over Landlords; Allows Landlords to Discriminate Against Poor People

    Madison city officials and housing advocates are reeling from a punch delivered by new GOP legislation that threatens to erase several decades worth of renter protections enacted here. Senate Bill 107, introduced...

    Capital Times, 06/15/2011
  • Artwork Shuffle at Governor’s Mansion Raises Eyebrows

    Earlier this year, the governor and first lady Tonette Walker took down Lenz’s painting “Wishes in the Wind,” a realistic portrait of three children – one black, one Hispanic and one white...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06/04/2011
  • Move to Create a “One-stop-shop” Criticized by Consumer Protection Advocates

    A proposed change in rule-making power criticized as an attack on consumer protection has been abandoned by the governor’s office. Defended by Gov. Scott Walker’s office because “it makes more sense” and...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/31/2011
  • Public Backlash to the Split Ultimately Killed the Proposal to Spin Off UW-Madison

    Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to break off the Madison campus from the rest of the University of Wisconsin System is dead. UW-Madison lobbyist Don Nelson said Friday talks continue with state lawmakers...

    Associated Press, 05/27/2011