scott walker files
the Scott Walker Failure Files

the Scott Walker Failure Files

An Archive of Gov. Scott Walker's Cronyism, Corruption and Incompetence



In 1993, he got another chance at politics when an Assembly seat opened in predominantly Republican Wauwatosa. Walker moved to Tosa and this time he won, beating Chris Ament, son of the...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/29/2002
When friends suggested he challenge then-County Executive F. Thomas Ament in 2000, Walker says, he immediately rejected the notion, fearing that Ament was unbeatable. That was before the pension scandal forced Ament...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/29/2002
Walker says he won’t stay as county executive beyond 2008, when he’d be 42, and may one day pursue a business career. ‘I imagine I’d have a pretty good pitch to any...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/29/2002

“Younger brother David recalls a tale that only slightly tarnishes Scott Walker’s halo. When a 17-year-old Scott got a speeding ticket, he wore David’s jacket — with the logo for a charitable...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/29/2002
But politics continued to call. In 1990, Walker ran for the state Assembly as a Republican against the Democratic incumbent, Gwen Moore, in a heavily Democratic district on Milwaukee’s north side. He...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/29/2002
Walker said his campaign gave the people the specific reform proposals they demanded. “There is a pretty high meter out there for cynicism. Everybody is talking about reform, but what do they...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/19/2002

The recent constituent letter sent by state Rep. Scott Walker (R-Wauwatosa) cost slightly more than a similar 2000 mailing – and wound up in more mailboxes…Walker said he checked with the state...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/18/2002
“Now put this on your refrigerator. Mark my progress. And hold me to it.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/17/2002
It’s not about political calculation. It can ultimately be boiled down to one word – duty.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/10/2002

When later questioned about his approach, Walker said that he did not mean to come across as heavy-handed. “I should be more clear about my pitch about county government.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/10/2002
The Milwaukee County Labor Council voted Wednesday night to endorse Milwaukee Ald. Thomas Nardelli in the Milwaukee County executive’s race. The council, affiliated with the AFL-CIO, includes about 150 unions with about...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/07/2002
The bill allowed people to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon and required a county sheriff to issue a license to any applicant meeting eligibility requirements. (Assembly Journal)
2001 AB 675
02/27/2002

A state representative has proposed a bill that would require Wisconsin voters to show photo identification before voting, but another lawmaker said the rule would disenfranchise minorities and other voters. State Rep....
Beloit Daily News
09/14/2001
Two Republican lawmakers have sent a blanket request to local prosecutors for information that could provide them with political ammunition against state Attorney General Jim Doyle, considered the leading Democratic candidate for...
Capital Times
09/01/2001
A state Assembly committee chairman Monday called on Attorney General James Doyle to appear before his panel next week to explain how his office missed a critical appeal deadline in a rape...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
08/28/2001

The proposal would have prohibited funding for or allowing school based programs to distribute or prescribe contraceptives.
2001 AB 653
06/05/2001
“Pharmacists could refuse to fill birth control prescriptions if doing so violates their moral or ethical beliefs under a bill before a state committee. The “conscience clause bill” (AB 168) introduced by...
Wisconsin State Journal
04/12/2001
State GOP leaders are urging Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann to charge a Democratic Party volunteer with election bribery for allegedly giving cigarettes to homeless people in exchange for their...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/16/2001

“Being able to travel home each night is a blessing for our family as well as a benefit for our district.”
Wisconsin State Journal
02/07/2001
“There is no legitimate reason why eligible voters cannot bring a photo ID. Only people interested in perpetuating voter fraud need fear such a requirement.” (See also: 2001 Assembly Bill 259)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
01/31/2001
“That definitely would be something I’d be excited to do.”
Wisconsin State Journal
01/03/2001

Provisions of bill would have required women seeking an abortion to be told they could “anonymously and with immunity from liability relinquish custody of her newborn child to a law enforcement officer,...
2001 AB 450
01/01/2001
Walker sponsored 2001 Assembly Bill 605, estimated to reduce state tax collections by up to $120 million per year by eliminating state taxes on the estates of wealthy Wisconsinites.
2001 AB 605
01/01/2001
“My joke was, after I talked to a couple of folks, it could be a ‘Great Scott’ ticket. Either way, I can’t lose.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
06/20/2000

The commission appears to be incapable of using common sense in most of these cases. Time and time again their rulings defy logic to the public.”
Associated Press
03/21/2000
Walker voted for Assembly Bill 815, a state prescription drug benefit for seniors making less than 185% of the federal poverty line, at the time approximately $15,000 for a single person. (Assembly...
1999 AB 815
03/07/2000
The bill would have granted, “firearm importers, manufacturers, dealers and trade associations immunity from civil liability in any action brought by an individual or group for an injury or death caused by...
1999 AB 246
02/08/2000

Rep. Scott Walker sees the future for Wisconsin’s overburdened prison system, and it doesn’t involve a massive building campaign by the state. Instead, Walker, R-Wauwatosa, the chairman of the Assembly Committee on...
Capital Times
10/28/1999
Walker’s proposal does permit state and local government employees to perform an abortion or assist in its performance to save the life of the mother, a concession that the procedure can be...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
06/29/1999
“Teaching any abortion-related topic or abortion technique in Wisconsin’s medical schools would be prohibited by a measure to be added to the state budget by Assembly Republicans. The budget addition, already approved...
Capital Times
06/24/1999

He also noted that he did not consider Thompson a “viable candidate on a national basis.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
03/17/1999
The lawmakers’ proposal would eliminate the $ 819.5 million a year in operating subsidies that state government gives to cities, villages and towns.But it would continue state operating aid of $189 million...
Associated Press
02/26/1999
“Quite frankly, I was surprised that if he was going to give, he hadn’t given earlier. I’ve been a private-prison advocate for some time.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
02/18/1999

This bill expands the definition of employment discrimination based on creed to include discriminating against a health care provider on the basis of his or her refusal, based on creed, to participate...
2001 AB 168
01/01/1999
The bill, “establishes the conditions under which a private person may construct and operate a prison in this state for the confinement of inmates from other states.”
1999 AB 519
01/01/1999
The bill banned “the use of funds for family planning services and pregnancy counseling to prescribe, dispense or administer a contraceptive prescription drug or device to a minor without parental notification.”
1999 AB 632
01/01/1999

The bill “establishes the criteria to determine if a product manufacturer, distributor or seller is liable to a person injured by the manufactured product” and “specifies when a manufactured product is defective.”
1999 AB 884
01/01/1999
“For years, Milwaukee students have been bused to schools far from their homes and far from the support of their parents and neighbors.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
01/06/1998
If we don’t do anything … our school costs will so overwhelm our budget that there won’t be anything left.”
Wisconsin State Journal
07/03/1997

According to the Legislative Reference Bureau analysis, “This bill creates new prohibitions against using public employes and public property for abortion-related activity. First, the bill provides that no person employed by this...
1997 AB 740
06/05/1997
According to the Legislative Reference Bureau analysis, the bill expanded “the definition of employment discrimination based on creed to include discriminating against a health care provider on the basis of his or...
1997 AB 953
06/05/1997
“The bottom line is about victims. This gives prosecutors, judges and especially, victims, some certainty to these sentences.” (1997 Assembly Bill 351, 1997 WI Act 283)
Wisconsin State Journal
05/29/1997

The bill prohibited same sex marriages from occurring in Wisconsin and prohibited the state from recognizing a same sex marriage performed in another state where it was legal. (Assembly Journal)
1997 AB 104
05/13/1997
The bill “creates an immunity from a wrongful birth or wrongful life action for a person who commits an act or fails to commit an act and that act or omission results...
1997 AB 538; 1999 AB 535; 2001 AB 360
01/01/1997
The bill prohibited “any employer or other person who is responsible for the disbursement of moneys in payment of wages or salaries from withholding any portion of an employe’s wages or salary...
1997 AB 624
01/01/1997

The bill made numerous revisions to the juvenile justice code including providing, “a uniform age of 15 years at which DOC may transfer a juvenile prisoner to an adult prison.”
1997 AB 729
01/01/1997
The bill cut off any state funding for pro-choice groups and prohibited a state employee while acting within the scope of his or her employment from providing abortion services, promoting, encouraging or...
1997 AB 740
01/01/1997
The bill prohibited, “any committee or group, from accepting a political contribution made by any person who owns, operates or manages a casino or racetrack in any state, or who is licensed...
1997 AB 793
01/01/1997