Political Style Category Archive


  • Walker’s Rules Take-over Praised by State’s Largest Business Lobby Group

    The other bill he signed gives the governor veto powers over rules written by state agencies and other elected state officials. Democrats opposing it called it nothing but a power grab…Walker defended...

    Associated Press, 05/24/2011
  • Walker Stripped State Agencies of Rule-Making Authority

    Walker signed into law a bill that would strip state agencies of the power to create rules to enforce the statutes of Wisconsin law. Under current law, an agency may promulgate rules...

    2011 WI Act 21, 05/23/2011
  • Walker Quietly Consolidating Power In Wisconsin

    “It’s turning Wisconsin’s state government from a body that is charged with serving the needs of the people of Wisconsin, into making its first priority serving corporations — both inside and outside...

    Huffington Post, 05/16/2011
  • Walker Signed Measure That Would Allow State to Kick 70,000 Off Health Care Programs

    On May 11, 2011, Walker signed into law reckless health care cutbacks that would allow the state to cut up to 70,000 from Wisconsin health care programs, and could result in deep...

    2011 WI Act 10, 05/11/2011
  • Walker Prevented Local Governments From Having Their Own Paid Sick Leave Laws

    Walker signed into law a bill that prevented local government’s from passing paid sick leave or family medical leave laws that are more inclusive and powerful than the statewide law. The governor...

    2011 WI Act 16, 05/05/2011
  • Walker Appointed Politically Connected Campaign Volunteer With No Relevant Experience to County Post

    Walker has taken heat for nominating Republican campaign worker Renee Miller to the Marinette County register of deeds position, despite Miller’s conspicuous lack of experience with either land or vital records. Miller...

    Isthmus, 04/29/2011
  • Politically Connected College Drop-out With Drunk Driving Convictions Gets $81k Political Appointment

    McCabe points to Walker’s appointment of Brian Deschane to the state Department of Commerce as “an episode that opened some eyes.” Deschane, 27-year-old son of influential Republican lobbyist Jerry Deschane, was tapped...

    Isthmus, 04/29/2011
  • Deschane Was Hired Over Candidates With a Ph.D. & 25 Years Experience

    The Department of Commerce recently hired Deschane, 27, as its new administrator of environmental and regulatory services – an $81,500-a-year job that supervises 76 employees and oversees storage tank regulations and environmental...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/06/2011
  • Politically Connected College Drop-out With Drunk Driving Convictions Gets $81k Political Appointment

    At the recommendation of Walker chief of staff Keith Gilkes, DRL Secretary David Ross appointed Deschane in January as bureau director of board services. A month later, Commerce Secretary Paul Jadin hired...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/05/2011
  • Despite Walker Efforts, State Supreme Court Upheld the Domestic Partnership Registry

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s domestic partnership registry Thursday, ensuring same-sex couples will retain certain rights no matter how a federal court rules on the state’s constitutional amendment banning gay...

    Capital Times, 03/24/2011
  • Walker Left Defense of the State Law to LGBT Advocacy group

    After his 2010 election Walker fired Pines, leaving defense of the law up to gay rights advocate Fair Wisconsin and other interested parties that had intervened in the case. Pines said Thursday...

    Capital Times, 03/24/2011
  • Walker Fired Lawyers Defending State Domestic Partnership Registry Law

    Gov. Scott Walker has fired the lawyers defending the state in a challenge to Wisconsin’s domestic partnership law. But the governor’s spokesman said his office “is still working to appoint a new...

    Capital Times, 03/24/2011
  • Walker Power Grab Replaces Civil Servants With Political Hires

    Gov. Scott Walker will be able to name political appointees to fill three dozen civil-service jobs that handle open records requests from the public under the budget-repair law he signed last week....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/18/2011
  • As Governor, His Signature Achievement – Ending Collective Bargaining for Public Employees – Was a Result of a Bill Passed in the Middle of the Night

    It took a sneak attack in the early morning hours on Friday for Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly to pass Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial budget bill, the one that would eliminate collective...

    Mother Jones, 02/25/2011
  • Walker Proposed Taking Away Most Legislative Oversight of BadgerCare; Turning Decision-making Over to DHS Secretary

    Appleton Post Crescent Editorial: Prescription for trouble / Agency would make decisions on medical assistance: Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill has another provision that can have a huge impact on people...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 02/24/2011
  • Proposed Breaking UW-Madison Away From System, Appoint Most of UW Board

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker would appoint a majority of a board that would run the University of Wisconsin-Madison independently of UW System governance under a plan spelled out in a document released...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/23/2011
  • Bill Called “Power Grab” That Gives Governor Too Much Power

    Legislation which gives the governor sweeping oversight of the state’s rule making authority has passed the state Senate, meaning another Special Session bill will soon be ready for Governor Scott Walker’s signature....

    Wisconsin Radio Network, 02/11/2011
  • Walker Falsely Claimed Tort Reform Was Employers’ Top Issue

    In trying to tie the lawsuit reforms to job creation, Walker asserted the issue is “one of the most important factors” when businesses are deciding to expand or invest in Wisconsin. That’s...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/02/2011
  • Walker Gave Senator Job After He Voted Against State Employee Contracts

    Former Democratic Sen. Jeff Plale, who voted against his party during a lame duck session on state contracts last month, has joined the administration of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Plale will earn...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/20/2011
  • Walker Put Reading Task Force Outside of Department of Public Instruction

    In the budget, Walker allocated $1.2 million to the creation of a reading task force to reside within the GOP controlled Department of Administration, rather than in the Department of Public Instruction,...

    Department of Administration, 01/01/2011
  • Walker Aide’s Tweet Brings Racism Charge

    Democrats are accusing Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker of racism after a campaign aide tweeted a link to a video that some found offensive.Walker spokeswoman Jill Bader quickly took down the offending...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08/17/2010
  • In Assembly, Walker Voted to Allow Late-Night Lawmaking, Later Claimed to Be Against It

    “Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker voted to allow late-night lawmaking when he was a member of the Assembly even though he rails against the practice now. Walker joined with the Republican majority...

    Associated Press, 04/24/2010
  • During His 2010 Gubernatorial Campaign, Walker Endorsed Halt to Legislature’s Late-night Votes

    Last week, when the Assembly pulled two all-nighters, lawmakers became an easy target of critics who said that late-night lawmaking is not the way to do the state’s business. One of those...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/26/2010
  • Former Mayor Called Walker Claim That He Landed GE Headquarters Overblown ‘Revisionist History’

    “One recent dust-up involves Walker’s talk of his help in landing GE Healthcare’s $85 million headquarters in the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa in 2004. But the former mayor of Wauwatosa...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/21/2010
  • Walker Attacked Doyle for Not Giving Walker Donor Contract for Train

    “Republican candidate for governor Scott Walker accused Democratic leaders of stifling the Milwaukee job market by buying trains from a Spanish company rather than from a local train maker run by one...

    Associated Press, 03/18/2010
  • Walker Signs No-Tax Pledge of Americans for Tax Reform

    “Republican candidate for governor Scott Walker has signed a pledge to veto any tax increase. Walker, the Milwaukee County executive, signed the pledge by Americans for Tax Reform to ‘oppose and veto...

    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 03/15/2010
  • Walker Claimed to ‘Brown Bag’ It While Spending Thousands on High-End Restaurants

    Despite touting a campaign website, BrownBagMovement.com to tout his frugality, “Walker’s campaign has spent thousands of dollars on food and beverages, including at high-end restaurants, even as it launches a public relations...

    Associated Press, 03/14/2010
  • In 2010, Jeb Bush Stumped for Walker

    “Republican candidate for governor, Scott Walker is getting some help from a well-connected former governor. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, brother of former president George W. Bush and son of former...

    WKOW-TV, 03/09/2010
  • County Board Supervisors Accused Walker of Overstepping His Authority in Laying Off 76 Workers, Privatizing Their Jobs

    “Irate supervisors said Wednesday that Walker overstepped his authority by laying off 76 workers, including the security personnel, and some vowed to try to stop him from privatizing courthouse security. Walker’s unilateral...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/03/2010
  • Walker Campaign Inaccurately Claimed His Finance Report Crashed GAB Computer

    “The Walker campaign claimed the county executive’s report was so hefty it had ‘crashed’ the state’s campaign finance computer. However, Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney said the system had not crashed....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/02/2010
  • County Supervisors Said Walker Failed to Market Financing Aid Available to Boost Economic Development

    “Milwaukee County supervisors faulted County Executive Scott Walker on Monday, saying he hadn’t developed a plan or designated staff to promote financing aid that could boost local economic development. Two major federal...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/26/2010
  • Union Leader Says Walker Has Scapegoated County Employees For Years

    “Richard Abelson, head of the county’s largest union, wasn’t buying ‘this new soft, gentle and fluffy Scott Walker.’ Walker’s layoff remarks mean little and are likely aimed at voters in next year’s...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/29/2009
  • Walker Said Layoffs Were the Only Option, But Later Rescinded Them

    “Memo to Milwaukee County employees: Never mind. That was the upshot of a Friday session that ended with a new deal to avert the Thanksgiving layoffs of 180 county workers intended to...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/31/2009
  • Supervisors Accused Walker of Concealing Deficit-Causing Change in State Medical Care

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s plan to temporarily lay off up to 180 employees as a last-ditch move to balance this year’s budget prompted finger-pointing and shouting Thursday from county supervisors. …Supervisors...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/30/2009
  • Walker ‘Pleased to Announce’ Receiving Federal Funds, Despite Opposition to Federal Stimulus

    “County Executive Scott Walker is pleased to announce that the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division-Wraparound Milwaukee program, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, was notified that it...

    Milwaukee County Executive, 09/16/2009
  • Walker Finance Reports Fail to Provide Required Employer Data for Over $172,000 in Donations

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker did not provide the required names of employers for more than 260 donors in his most recent filing in his campaign for governor. Walker’s campaign said it...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08/12/2009
  • Walker Proposes Ending County Government

    “Walker, the county executive who is running for governor, renewed his call Monday to parcel out county functions to the state, municipalities and to governmental districts yet to be created. Walker has...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/22/2009
  • Arbitrator Ruled Walker Exceeded Authority In Cutting Employee Hours and Failed to Show County Was in Fiscal Crisis

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker exceeded his authority in attempting to unilaterally cut union employees’ hours as a budget-cutting move, according to an arbitrator’s ruling issued Wednesday.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/02/2009
  • Walker Intended to Use Wage Freezes & Shortened Work Weeks to Address County’s Shortfall of $15 Million in 2009 and $90 Million in 2010

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker on Friday added an employee wage freeze to his growing arsenal of tools aimed at avoiding large budget shortfalls. But as with other ideas he’s broached —...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/29/2009
  • Walker Took Credit for Summer Youth Employment Program He Had Vetoed

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker acknowledged Friday it was too late to apply for 350 county summer jobs he highlighted in an outdoor ceremony at Washington Park on the city’s west side....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/29/2009
  • Walker Ordered Weekly Unpaid Furloughs for County Employees

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker on Thursday ordered five-hour weekly unpaid furloughs for most county employees through the rest of 2009 as a way of offsetting a projected $15 million deficit this...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/14/2009
  • Walker Hosts Annual Harley Ride Throughout Wisconsin

    “This year’s Harley ride for Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker will be different. Sure, he’s motoring to the far corners of Wisconsin and dipping briefly into Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. And...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/22/2009
  • Walker Used Creative Veto Power of the Vanna Veto

    “Walker stitched together random letters and even spaces from paragraphs of 2009 budget text, as amended by the County Board, to create new meaning …‘Vanna White’ vetoes -grabbing letters like the game...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/19/2008
  • Walker Delayed Hiring of Green Building Projects Position for Over A year

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker came under fire Tuesday for delays in hiring the county’s first engineer to oversee the county’s ‘green’ building projects. Although the position was created in July 2007...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/29/2008
  • Walker Backed Down From Top County Aide’s 26 Percent Pay Hike

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker said Wednesday that he would drop his request for a 26% pay increase for his chief of staff, Tom Nardelli, at least until after work on the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/09/2008
  • Walker’s County Budgets Are ‘Political Shell Game’

    “In recent budgets, Walker has been playing a political shell game. He makes taxpayers think the county can get by with what it spent the previous year when it can’t. To prevent...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2008
  • Budget Walker Vetoed for Allegedly Not Being Balanced Actually Resulted in a $7 Million Surplus

    “Supervisors point out that it now appears their 2007 budget, which Walker vetoed — claiming it was not balanced – will result in a $7 million surplus.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2008
  • County Pension Boss Fired After Harassment Inquiry; He Says He Was Ousted for Opposing Walker, Alleging Improprieties

    “The Milwaukee County retirement manager challenging County Executive Scott Walker for re-election has been fired as a result of a harassment investigation, officials said Wednesday. Jack Hohrein, who led the county’s pension...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/06/2007