Scott Walker
Governor of Wisconsin
Scott Walker
Scott Kevin Walker is an American politician and a member of the Republican Party who currently serves as the 45th Governor of Wisconsin. Walker took office on January 3, 2011, after defeating Democratic candidate Tom Barrett, attaining 52% of the vote in the November 2010 general election.
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How Republicans Divided and Conquered Wisconsin
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Six years ago on a cold February day, I created a protest sign, my first ever, hastily scribbling the words “Member of the Union of Human Beings. I Stand With Wisconsin Workers.” Although never a union member myself, I reacted with moral indignation when newly elected Governor Scott Walker attacked the collective bargaining rights of our public workers. I joined tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who spontaneously gathered at the Capitol, all of us blindsided by Walker’s unexpected action. Governor Walker woke me up—and I can honestly thank him for that. I had spent my life blissfully ignorant of the ways in which local, state, and congressional elections affect me. Now I know our democracy is fragile and demands close attention and good citizenship from each of us. Standing side by side with my fellow citizens during weeks of peaceful protest, I experienced a powerful sense of solidarity. Hardy Wisconsinites marched through snow with temperatures hovering in the teens, more th ...
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Milo Yiannopoulos On Pedophilia And 'This Arbitrary And Oppressive Idea Of Consent'
Huffington Post - 5 days
Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos says sex between adult men and 13 year-old boys is OK as long as the boy’s sexual organs are “mature.” He would also like to thank a certain Catholic priest for teaching him to “give such good head” when Yiannopoulos was a child. All documented on a new video from the Drunken Peasants podcast, which has left American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp in a, shall we say, touchy position. Schlapp has booked Yiannopoulos to speak at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference, better know as CPAC. Yiannopoulos got higher billing, and more speaking time, than Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and media personalities Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs. Schlapp was getting criticism for the invitation even before the Milo pedophilia video emerged. On Sunday he responded, “We think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective. # ...
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Republicans Are Using An Arcane Tool To Handcuff Federal Agencies
Huffington Post - 6 days
WASHINGTON ― While President Donald Trump distracts the public with his angry tweets, Republicans in Congress have been busy undoing federal regulations that agencies have been working on for years. GOP lawmakers are dismantling regulations they deem overreaching and burdensome using an obscure law known as the Congressional Review Act, or CRA, which can be used to undo any regulation within 60 days of its finalization. The law, passed in 1996, also bars agencies from writing a “substantially” similar rule after the initial rule has been blocked ― a major concern for legal experts and advocates. The CRA came to be under legislation pushed by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). Lawmakers wanted an easier way to undo regulations, even though agencies can only issue them according to statutes written by Congress.  Congress had only used the CRA once before Trump took office, which is another reason people are concerned about its implications. There isn’t a whole lot of legal p ...
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Republicans Pave The Way To Drug Test Poor And Jobless
Huffington Post - 17 days
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Despite What Trump Says, It's Not Illegal To Be Registered To Vote In Multiple States
Huffington Post - about 1 month
President Donald Trump suggests millions of people voted illegally because they’re registered to vote in more than one state ― something that isn’t actually illegal. Voting more than once in an election, of course, is illegal. But being registered to vote in multiple states is not. Trump seems to confuse the issues as he has repeatedly ― and falsely ― claimed voter fraud caused him to lose the November popular vote to Hilary Clinton. “If you look at voter registration, you look at the dead people that are registered to vote who vote, you look at people that are registered in two states, you look at all of these different things that are happening with registration,” Trump told ABC’s David Muir in an interview that aired Wednesday. “You take a look at those registrations ... and we’re gonna do an investigation on it.” Trump and his White House have inaccurately pointed to a 2012 Pew study as evidence that millions of people voted illegally. The study, however, ...
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Reince Priebus To Be President Trump's Chief Of Staff
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The Chief of Staff for an administration is the procedural right hand who helps lead the president through political landmines and steers him toward strategic victories. For President Trump, that Chief of Staff will be the eminently capable Reince Priebus. Reince has been a friend of mine for several years and I believe he is an excellent choice. Here's a guy who began his career as a successful lawyer before becoming the youngest Wisconsin state GOP chairman in 2007. Once he took over, he excelled, helping bring Wisconsin Republicans to new heights, culminating in the successful campaigns of Scott Walker for governor and Ron Johnson for senator. Much like a college football coach who rises through the ranks from a small school to a division 1 powerhouse, Reince took his successes to the national level, first as general counsel to the RNC and then as RNC chairman in 2011. When he took over, the RNC was seen as being in trouble. They were $23 million in debt and with Pr ...
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Democrats Look At The 2018 Map And Get Ready To Fight For The Filibuster
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The outcome of the 2016 election shocked and worried Democrats across the country. Unfortunately for them, there may be worse to come in the 2018 midterm elections. In less than two years, 33 Senate seats will be up for grabs. Senate Democrats, armed with the filibuster, are the last line of defense against incoming President Donald Trump and the congressional Republican agenda. That means the electoral stakes are high in 2018, and Democrats must fight to keep up their numbers. The picture looks reasonably sunny for Republicans, who have only eight Senate seats on the ballot next year. Six of them (Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming) are likely safe for the GOP. Democrats, on the other hand, have 23 Senate seats to defend ― 25 if you count the independents who caucus with the Democrats. A dozen of those seats are likely safe in the Democrats’ camp. They’ll probably hold onto seven seats in the Northeast ― Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ne ...
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A guide to Trump's alarming cabinet full of climate deniers
Yahoo News - 2 months
In an outcome that would have been unthinkable just a year ago, the most notorious climate deniers in the country are about to take over the U.S. government.  Never before have people who reject the mainstream scientific evidence that the world is warming due to human activities occupied so many positions of power, from the White House to federal agencies and both houses of Congress. Depending on the policies they enact, these individuals could have dire consequences for the planet. It was just one year ago this week that world leaders came together in Paris to adopt the most far-reaching climate change agreement ever negotiated. At the time, the Paris agreement seemed to be a repudiation of climate denial, with climate action ascendant from Beijing to Washington and Delhi to Nairobi. Then Donald Trump was elected president. SEE ALSO: Climate scientists vow to stand up to Trump Trump's narrow electoral victory suddenly catapulted climate denialists to the center of policy making in Was ...
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The Coming Fights For Our Lives, And How To Think About Them
Huffington Post - 2 months
The early steps of what will become the Trump administration have obliterated any doubt that it will be the most extremist in American history, with devastating consequences for working families, communities of color, the safety of our water, air and planet, and American democracy itself. No aspect of what our country has achieved in its more progressive, tolerant, and caring moments, and no settled norm or revered institution is safe from this onslaught.  We are in the fight of our lives – and for too many, for our lives – all the more daunting because few were prepared for it just a month ago. Many of us are asking, of ourselves and our institutions: how can we possibly rise to meet this crisis? I’ve been talking in recent weeks with many activists, strategists and donors, and they’ve helped me answer this question – for myself, and I hope for others. The thoughts I share below are not a guide to which specific fights to take on – and in any case, we don’t know yet what each of ...
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The Spoils of the Republican State Conquest
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Get ready for more Scott Walkers as Republicans control 25 state capitals: tax cuts, pension reform, right to work, school choice.
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President-elect Donald Trump Announces His Cabinet
Huffington Post - 4 months
President-Elect Donald J. Trump announced his cabinet on Wednesday. Trump, who won the presidency by defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton, said he wanted to have a cabinet of people who thought and acted like he did. Attorney General: Jeff Sessions Trump said that the U.S. senator from Alabama and he "have a similar thought process." Before Sessions became a senator he was nominated to be a U.S. district court judge. The Senate rejected him because of a long and disturbing history of racism, including praising the Ku Klux Klan, calling a black U.S. attorney "boy" and the NAACP "un-American." Secretary of State: Dennis Rodman Trump praised the cross-dressing former NBA player and celebrity apprentice for his trip to North Korea where he met with the country's leader, Kim Jong-Un. Rodman called Kim "a friend for life," adding, "I was able to get a sense of his soul." Rodman added that Kim's soul looked a lot like Trump's. Secretary of Education: Bill Cosby, Ed.D. Cosby, an ...
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Reject the Trump-Rauner agenda on Tuesday
Huffington Post - 4 months
As a high school English teacher, I've taught my students to read carefully, think critically, and write persuasively. They learn that arguments must be based on good evidence, convincingly explained.   Governor Bruce Rauner seems to believe this concept doesn't apply to him.   While dodging reporters' questions about why he is still one of the few Republican leaders to support Donald Trump after his racist comments and boastful admission of sexual assault, Rauner deflected and said he's focused on governing, an unconvincing claim given Illinois still doesn't have a budget under his watch.   "This is the silly season. I don't pay any attention," Rauner crowed.   He also stated that he's "not too involved in local races."   As any of my freshmen could prove in a few paragraphs, the evidence shows that this is laughably false.   The Governor and two billionaire friends have spent nearly $50 million to advance his unpopular political agenda in the state House and Senate. Some o ...
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Fighting For The Rights Of Wisconsin Voters
Huffington Post - 4 months
Just two days before the final presidential debate, when Donald Trump shocked the country by refusing to accept the outcome of the vote in advance, he offered a preview of this corrosive rhetoric in our home state. At a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Republican nominee decried a "rigged election," alleged that "tremendous voter fraud" was occurring, and said "illegal immigrants are voting all over the country"--claims with no basis in fact. But there's a real threat to fair elections, one that bears no relation to Trump's imagination. Ironically, it owes to new voting restrictions pushed by his own party in 14 states, including Wisconsin. These cynical Republican tactics, coupled with Trump's apparent encouragements of voter intimidation, have led us to call upon the Department of Justice to oversee election monitoring in our state and provide us with federal observers before November 8th. It's almost hard to recall, but before Wisconsin's recent assault on voting rights, o ...
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Adelson pours $25 million into WH race, more may be coming
Fox News - 4 months
Per Ed Henry Fox News has learned that billionaire Sheldon Adelson just committed $25 million dollars to an anti-Hillary Clinton Super PAC to try and help tilt the presidential race and down ballot House and Senate races to Republicans, and there are indications the casino magnate will pony up even more by the end of the week. Two senior Republican sources familiar with the donation described it to Fox as a “massive” amount of money to be spent during the final week of the presidential race and is a sign that Adelson, who has largely been on the sidelines after initially suggesting he would give $100 million to help Donald Trump, is now going all in on the Republican nominee. The money will benefit Future 45, a Super PAC launched by the Ricketts family in Chicago, founders of TD Ameritrade. The group has recently been running a television ad in battlegrounds comparing Clinton to Richard Nixon, calling her a “secretive, paranoid politician who destroyed 30,000 pieces of evid ...
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Greed Is Destroying K-12 Education System
Huffington Post - 4 months
We now know the results of rampant greed among the politicians in those states that are cutting education budgets in their K-12 school systems. They would rather preserve the wealth of the wealthiest one percent than see any value in governments or governing of any kind. The cuts are for the most part in red states, causing their educational systems to crumble, which destroys the seed-corn of our democracy: educated children. The CBPP Center on Public Policies and Priorities has just published a study on what has happened to our public school systems in many of those states. "At least 23 states will provide less "general" or "formula" funding--the primary form of state support for elementary and secondary schools--in the current school year (2017) than when the Great Recession took hold in 2008, our survey of state budget documents finds," said the CBPP. "Eight states have cut general funding per student by about10 percent or more over this period. Five of those eight --Arizona ...
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Paul Ryan Pretends Donald Trump Doesn't Exist
Huffington Post - 5 months
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Saturday completely sidestepped the release of a bombshell video of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump making graphic comments about women, not even mentioning the nominee by name at a Wisconsin GOP rally that Trump was initially scheduled to attend. “Let me start off by saying there is a bit of an elephant in the room, and it is a troubling situation,” Ryan said. “I put out a statement about this last night. I meant what I said, and it’s still how I feel.” function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible ...
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Hey, Is Matt Drudge OK?
Huffington Post - 5 months
Hey, happy October 2016, you guys! Is Matt Drudge doing OK today? LOL, what now?   Oh, yeah, this was on Glenn Beck’s site, like, months ago. Bill Clinton reportedly had an affair with a prostitute in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her name is Bobbie Ann Williams, and she – along with her family – have passed multiple lie-dictator tests when asked if Clinton is the father of her illegitimate son Danny. Buddy Young, a former Arkansas State Trooper, has admitted that in 1983, he drove Clinton and Bobbie to her mother’s home near Hot Springs for an extended, intimate visit while the mother was out-of-town. Both were paid $400 each, plus a $50 tip. What makes the story so compelling is, the Danny also looks like Bill! Or you may have seen this story getting the Rush & Molloy treatment in the New York Daily News of January 1999: The 13-year-old son of a former Arkansas prostitute has reportedly undergone DNA testing to see if his father is President Bill Cli ...
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Fail U.
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Charles J. Sykes   Where are the professors? Nothing annoys academics more than pointing out how little time they actually spend teaching students. The average professor at a major university rarely teaches more than two courses a semester. Since the average class hour is actually 50 minutes that translates into about five hours of teaching a week. Evidence suggests that the flight from teaching is accelerating as even liberal arts colleges and second- and third-tier universities emphasize research over classroom teaching. The professoriate is understandably touchy about this. In 2015, Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker suggested that "Maybe it's time for faculty and staff to start thinking about teaching more classes and doing more work." Predictably, his suggestion was met with "incredulity" on campus. UW President Ray Cross led the chorus of indignation, saying that he was "frustrated" by the talk of having professors teach more. "I think it's a shame that peo ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Scott Walker
  • 2016
    Age 48
    While still maintaining that Trump would be better choice than Clinton, Walker noted that Trump is not yet the party's nominee and wanted Trump to renounce his comments on the judge before the 2016 Republican National Convention.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010 Walker told the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he opposed abortion, without exception for rape or incest. Regarding his stance on abortion, he has stated: "I don't apologize for that, but I don't focus on that; I don't obsess with it." In a TV ad during his 2014 campaign for re-election Walker stated that he is "pro-life", and pointed to legislation he signed that leaves "the final decision to a woman and her doctor". In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a few weeks before the November 2014 election, Walker declined to answer directly when asked if abortion should be prohibited after 20 weeks. Walker has since indicated that he would sign a state law banning abortion after 20 weeks, including in cases of rape or incest. Walker has promised to pursue major changes in federal entitlement programs. He is also expected to focus on job creation. As Governor of Wisconsin, Walker has received grades of B in 2012 and B in 2014 from the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, in their biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors.
    Walker withdrew his support for Trump on June 8, 2016 after Trump called the judge Gonzalo P. Curiel biased against Trump because of Curiel's Mexican heritage.
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    After Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee for the Republic Party in May 2016, Walker stated that he would support Trump as the Republican nominee, saying that Trump would make a better president than Hillary Clinton.
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    On March 29, 2016, Walker endorsed the candidacy of Ted Cruz.
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    Walker was a candidate for his party's nomination to the 2016 presidential election.
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  • 2015
    Age 47
    On July 16, 2015, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4–2 that Walker did not illegally collaborate with conservative groups during the recall campaigns.
    More Details Hide Details Writing for the majority in the case, Justice Michael Gableman stated: "To be clear, this conclusion ends the John Doe investigation because the special prosecutor's legal theory is unsupported in either reason or law," he said, "Consequently, the investigation is closed." Wisconsin faced an anticipated deficit of approximately $3.6 billion in the 2012–13 budget cycle which must be balanced according to state law. Walker's proposed budget cut $834 million in state aid for K-12 education, which would be a 7.9% reduction from the prior budget. He proposed a 5.5% decrease in the maximum amount of funding school districts can receive from state aid and property taxes, which would limit how much property taxes could be increased to compensate for the reduction in state aid. The budget lowered state capital gains taxes for investments in Wisconsin businesses. It increased spending on health care by $1.3 billion to cover increased costs for Medicaid, and increased transportation funding by $410.5 million.
    Initially a front-runner in the race, Walker saw a precipitous decline in both polling numbers and campaign funds. On September 21, 2015, Walker suspended his campaign and asked other candidates to do the same, so that the party could rally around a conservative alternate to Donald Trump.
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    Based on an analysis including Crowdpac's rating, public statements by candidates on issues, and congressional voting (not applicable to Walker), FiveThirtyEight had ranked Walker the third-most conservative among candidates as of May 27, 2015.
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    As of August 18, 2015, Crowdpac ranked Walker as the fourth-most conservative candidate (following Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson) for the 2016 presidential election based on an analysis of campaign donors.
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    On June 18, 2015, Walker took a further step towards a presidential campaign when he established a "testing-the-waters" federal campaign committee.
    More Details Hide Details This allowed him to raise federal campaign dollars as he explored a possible presidential run. On July 2, it was reported and confirmed by Walker aides, "The governor is filing papers announcing his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday 'after hearing from countless Americans'" and would "officially announce his intentions in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on the afternoon of July 13." On the morning of July 13, Walker announced his candidacy via social media.
    In late January 2015, Walker set up a 527 organization called "Our American Revival" to "help spread his message and underwrite his activities" which The Washington Post described as helpful for building the political and fundraising networks for a run for the presidency. In February 2015, Trip Gabriel of The New York Times described him as having "quickly vaulted into the top tier of likely candidates in the Republican presidential race".
    More Details Hide Details On April 20, at a fundraising event for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch told donors that he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believed that Walker would be the Republican nominee. Following a controversial statement by Rudy Giuliani, Walker declined to answer the question of whether he believes President Obama loves America or was a true Christian, stating that he did not know President Obama's patriotism was in doubt.
    Walker signed the budget in July 2015.
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    Walker introduced a state budget in February 2015 which removed all of the elected officials from the board.
    More Details Hide Details This included removing himself from chairmanship of WEDC. This was revised by the Legislature's budget committee who altered it to only remove Walker.
    In June 2015, it was reported that under Walker, WEDC gave out $124 million between the years 2011 and 2013 without formal review.
    More Details Hide Details Based on the 27 awards during that period, 2,100 jobs had been created to date out of a total expected of 6,100. $62.5 million was awarded to Kohl's to create 3,000 jobs as part of a headquarters expansion but only 473 had been created, and $18 million was awarded to Kestrel Aircraft which was supposed to create 665 jobs, but only created 24. In July 2013, WEDC adopted a new policy requiring written reviews on all program awards. According to WEDC, it had approved more than 760 reviewed awards under the new policy by June 2015.
    In April 2015, in New Hampshire, Walker stated that marriage is "defined as between a man and a woman", and in Iowa said a federal constitutional amendment allowing states to define marriage was reasonable.
    More Details Hide Details Walker called the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide a "grave mistake". Walker said public-union collective-bargaining rights frustrate balancing the state budget. Walker signed right-to-work legislation he said would contribute to economic growth. The Atlantic has written that "anti-union politics" have defined his tenure as governor and established him as a Republican presidential contender. Politico wrote that Walker initiated a 21st-century revival of anti-union legislation in upper Midwestern industrial states and that his "fervent anti-union rhetoric and actions" has helped his national reputation within the Republican Party. Walker and his wife Tonette have two sons, Matt and Alex. The family attends Meadowbrook Church, a nondenominational, evangelical church in Wauwatosa, which is a daughter church of Elmbrook Church, in nearby Brookfield. Tonette Walker works in the development department for the American Lung Association.
    On March 9, 2015, Walker signed legislation making Wisconsin a right-to-work state.
    More Details Hide Details The law applied to private employee unions as well as public. Once signed, Walker claimed partial credit for the right-to-work law. rated Walker's position on right-to-work as a "major reversal of position." Three trade unions, including the AFL-CIO, subsequently sued to get the law overturned as unconstitutional. In March 2015, the court declined the unions' request to put the law on hold until the lawsuit is settled. In 2011, the WEDC was created by Walker as a quasi-public entity to replace the state's Department of Commerce with the objective of incenting job creation in Wisconsin. A 2013 report from the state's Legislative Audit Committee indicated that the organization gave some "grants, loans, and tax credits to ineligible recipients, for ineligible projects, and for amounts that exceeded specified limits." It also reported that WEDC "did not consistently perform statutorily required program oversight duties such as monitoring the contractually specified performance of award recipients". According to Wisconsin Public Radio, "The agency has been plagued by mismanagement and questions about handing out loans without properly vetting recipients."
    On August 30, 2015, Walker was asked on Meet the Press to discuss building a wall along the Canada–United States border.
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    In January and April 2015 speeches in Iowa, Walker included passing concealed carry and castle doctrine laws among his accomplishments.
    More Details Hide Details Walker has stated that securing the United States border with Mexico is "our first priority". After that, illegal immigrants in the United States could "secure their citizenship" but would have to "get in the back of line", and wait like anyone else applying for citizenship. Walker says that he does not advocate deportation for all people in the country illegally, but he is not in favor of amnesty.
    On February 28, 2015, in an interview in Palm Beach, Florida, Walker said that "the most significant foreign policy decision" of his lifetime was President Ronald Reagan's firing 11,000 striking air traffic controllers in 1981. "It sent a message not only across America, it sent a message around the world", Walker said.
    More Details Hide Details The message was that Reagan was not afraid to take action and that "we weren't to be messed with", he said. The National Rifle Association gave Walker a 100% ranking in 2014.
    Walker faults Obama for lack of strategy in dealing with ISIS. On February 3, 2015, in an interview with a Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Walker was asked, "What is your big, bold, fresh idea in Syria?" Walker responded, "I think anywhere and everywhere, we have to be - go beyond just aggressive air strikes.
    More Details Hide Details We have to look at other surgical methods. And ultimately, we have to be prepared to put boots on the ground if that's what it takes."
    In 2015, Walker stated that were he elected president, he would immediately rescind any prior White House-brokered deal that did not prevent Iran from attaining nuclear arms.
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    On February 3, 2015, Walker delivered a budget proposal to the Wisconsin Legislature, in which he recommended placing the University of Wisconsin system under the direction of a "private authority", governed by the Board of Regents (all the governor's appointees).
    More Details Hide Details The budget proposal called for a 13% reduction in state funding for the university system.
    Walker's proposed budget for fiscal 2015–2017 included a $300 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System, while holding funding flat for K-12 public schools and continuing to expand the school voucher program.
    More Details Hide Details It included a plan to borrow $1.3 billion to fund improvements to roads and infrastructure, and proposed drug testing for recipients of public benefits like Medicaid and food stamps.
    In January 2015, Walker rejected a proposed casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
    More Details Hide Details Walker signed the 2011 state budget that de-funded Planned Parenthood.
  • 2014
    Age 46
    When the U.S. Supreme Court subsequently rejected the appeals of five states, including Wisconsin, in October 2014, allowing same-sex marriages to continue, Walker stated: "I think it's resolved."
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    While campaigning for re-election in 2014, Walker again said he had no plans to pursue right-to-work legislation focused on private unions.
    More Details Hide Details Once the legislation was initiated in the state legislature, Walker stated: "I haven't changed my position on it, it just wasn't a priority for me. But should they pass it within the next two weeks, which is their target, I plan on signing it."
  • 2013
    Age 45
    In 2013, Walker published Unintimidated – A Governor's Story and A Nation's Challenge, co-written with Marc Thiessen, about his experiences during the recall vote and subsequent election, both of which he won.
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    In 2013, Walker signed a bill requiring abortion providers in Wisconsin to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.
    More Details Hide Details The law was found unconstitutional by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2015. The court found the medical justifications for such restrictions "nonexistent" and said they "cannot be taken seriously as a measure to improve women's health." In June 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, and struck down admitting privileges and other similar restrictions, finding that they were an unconstitutional "undue burden" on women. The day after delivering this decision, the Court refused to hear the Walker administration's appeal of the Seventh Circuit decision, leaving its finding of unconstitutionality in place. Walker blamed an "activist court" for finding his law unconstitutional. In 2012, regarding right-to-work legislation, Walker told reporters at the state Republican Party convention that "It's not going to get to my desk... I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure it isn't there because my focal point (is) private sector unions have overwhelmingly come to the table to be my partner in economic development."
    In 2013, Walker signed a bill that requires women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound and doctors to show the women the image of the fetus.
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    Walker approved a two-year freeze of tuition at the University of Wisconsin System in the 2013 budget.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, he proposed a two-year extension of the freeze based on expected cash balances for the system in excess of $1 billion.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    On April 2, 2012, Walker signed a law to fund evaluation of the reading skills of kindergartners as part of an initiative to ensure that students are reading at or above grade level by 3rd grade.
    More Details Hide Details The law also created a system for evaluating teachers and principals based in part on the performance of their students. It specified that student performance metrics must be based on objective measures, including their performance on standardized tests.
    In January 2012, Walker returned a $37.6 million federal grant meant to set up a health exchange in Wisconsin for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    More Details Hide Details Walker said "Stopping the encroachment of Obamacare in our state, which has the potential to have a devastating impact on Wisconsin's economy, is a top priority." Walker rejected an $11 million federal grant designed to improve Medicaid enrollment systems. It can take up to 3 months to determine whether an applicant qualifies for the program. If the applicant does not qualify, the state must pay the medical costs for the first three months. The Walker administration previously said it wants to end the practice of presuming some applicants are eligible and go to a real-time system for determining eligibility. Walker rejected an expansion of Medicaid coverage for the state, but instead reduced the eligibility requirements for the state's BadgerCare program.
  • 2011
    Age 43
    The effort to recall Walker officially began on November 15, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Walker reportedly raised more than $30 million during the recall effort, with a significant portion from out of state. Commentators claimed the amount of money raised was "illustrating the national significance both political parties saw in the recall fight". In March 2012, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board announced there were more than 900,000 valid signatures to force a recall vote, well above the required minimum. In February 2012, Walker's campaign requested additional time for the petition signatures to be verified, claiming about 20% of the signatures were not valid. Democrats argued that even if 20% of the signatures were disregarded they still had obtained 300,000 more signatures than required to initiate the recall. Wisconsin Democratic Party Communications Director Graeme Zielinski claimed Walker was "delaying the inevitable". On February 17, 2012, Dane County Judge Richard Niess, who had signed the recall petition, denied Walker's request for additional time. On March 30, 2012, the Government Accountability Board unanimously ruled in favor of the recall election. The recall elections for both Walker and Kleefisch took place on June 5, 2012.
    After the contentious collective bargaining dispute, Walker's disapproval ratings varied between 50% and 51% while his approval ratings varied between 47% and 49% in 2011.
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    On May 25, 2011, Walker signed a Voter ID law that required voters to show a government-issued ID before casting a ballot.
    More Details Hide Details The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court to invalidate the law on December 13, 2011, claiming the law violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law. On April 29, 2014, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman struck down the law, saying it violated the Voting Rights Act and U.S. Constitution. The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the voter ID law under the Constitution of Wisconsin in two other cases in July 2014. On September 12, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the law to be put into effect just 54 days before the 2014 elections, overturning a previous ruling in federal court. On October 9, 2014, the state was again barred from implementing the Voter ID law for 2014 by the U.S. Supreme Court. On March 23, 2015, the Supreme Court denied writ of certiorari, thus ruling in favor of the state of Wisconsin's new stricter voter ID law.
    On May 23, 2011, Walker signed legislation changing the process of creating administrative rules for the state.
    More Details Hide Details This measure, which became 2011 Wisconsin Act 21 (and became effective June 8, 2011), changes State agency authority to promulgate rules, provides for gubernatorial approval of proposed rules, revised the requirement of an economic impact analysis for proposed rules and changes venue in the process of judicial review of agency rules.
    On May 13, 2011, the Walker administration petitioned the Dane County Circuit Court for permission to withdraw the state as a defendant from Appling v. Doyle, which was a challenge to the state's domestic partner registry.
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    Walker said he was not pursuing right-to-work legislation and that in his 2011 comment to Hendricks he was referring to his responsibility as governor to defend taxpayers from unions that he believed were frustrating resolution of the state's budget deficit.
    More Details Hide Details In announcing the proposed legislation, Walker said the Wisconsin National Guard and other state agencies were prepared to prevent disruptions in state services. He later explained that police and firefighters were excluded from the changes because he would not jeopardize public safety. Walker stated that the bill was necessary to avoid laying off thousands of state employees and that no one should be surprised by its provisions. Union leaders and Democratic legislators immediately criticized the bill, claiming Walker had never campaigned on doing away with collective bargaining rights. In a media interview a week later, Walker said he was not trying to break the public sector unions, noting that Wisconsin government employees would retain the protections of civil service laws. He said that asking employees to pay half the national average for health care benefits was a modest request. Demonstrators began protesting the proposed bill on February 14, 2011. During the sixth day of the protests, leaders of the two largest unions said publicly they were prepared to accept the financial concessions in the bill, but would not agree to the limitations of collective bargaining rights. All 14 of the Democratic state senators left the state to Illinois on February 17, preventing the passage of the bill by the mostly Republican legislature in the absence of the quorum necessary for a vote. The missing legislators said they would not return to Madison unless Walker agreed to remove the limitations on collective bargaining from the bill.
    On January 18, 2011, days after Walker's inauguration, Beloit businesswoman and Walker supporter Diane Hendricks asked him, "Any chance we'll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions and become a right-to-work (state)?", and he replied:
    More Details Hide Details Well, we're going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill. The first step is, we're going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer. So for us the base we've got for that is the fact that we've got – budgetarily we can't afford not to. If we have collective bargaining agreements in place, there's no way not only the state but local governments can balance things out. So you think city of Beloit, city of Janesville, any of the school districts, that opens the door once we do that. That's your bigger problem right there. After video tape of the interaction was released in May 2012, Walker's opponents said Walker had revealed his intention to target private sector unions and pursue right-to-work legislation.
    Walker proposed the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill on February 11, 2011, estimated to save Wisconsin $30 million in the current fiscal year and $300 million over the next two years.
    More Details Hide Details The bill requires additional contributions by state and local government workers to their health care plans and pensions, amounting to roughly an 8% decrease in the average government worker's take home pay. The bill eliminated, for most state workers, other than certain public safety workers, many collective bargaining rights aside from seeking pay increases, and then not above the rate of inflation, unless approved by a voter referendum. Under the bill, unions have to win yearly votes to continue representing government workers and could no longer have dues automatically deducted from government workers' paychecks. Certain law enforcement personnel and firefighters are exempt from the bargaining changes.
    Walker became a figure of national recognition and controversy after he proposed the "Wisconsin budget repair bill" in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The bill, which would eventually be passed by the Wisconsin Legislature, significantly changed the collective bargaining process for most public employees in Wisconsin. Opponents of Walker's actions launched a push for a recall election and received enough support to force an election on June 5, 2012, the first time a Governor of Wisconsin had ever faced recall. During Walker's first term as governor, the state's $3.6 billion budget deficit was turned into a surplus and taxes were cut by $2 billion. More than 100,000 jobs were created in the state of Wisconsin. However it has yet to regain all the jobs lost during and after the Great Recession of 2007–2009.
    By January 25, 2011, the state legislature passed a series of Walker-backed bills, the largest of which would cut taxes for businesses at "a two-year cost of $67 million", according to the Associated Press.
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    Walker took the oath of office to become the 45th Governor of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    On November 2, 2010, his 43rd birthday, Walker won the general election with 52% of total votes cast, while Democrat Tom Barrett received 46%.
    More Details Hide Details His running mate, now Lieutenant Governor, was Rebecca Kleefisch, a former Milwaukee television news reporter.
    He won the Republican nomination in the primary election of September 14, 2010, receiving 59% of the popular vote, while former U.S. Representative Mark Neumann garnered 39%.
    More Details Hide Details As part of his campaign platform, Walker said he would create 250,000 jobs in his first term through a program that would include tax cuts for small businesses, capital gains tax cuts, and income tax cuts. He proposed cutting state employee wages and benefits to help pay for these tax cuts. Critics argued that his proposals would help only the wealthy and that cutting the salaries of public employees would adversely affect state services, while supporters argued that tax cuts for businesses would spur the economy and create jobs. Walker indicated he would refuse an $810 million award from the federal Department of Transportation to build a high speed railroad line from Madison to Milwaukee as he believed it would cost the state $7.5 million per year to operate and would not prove profitable. This was in spite of offers by the mayor of Madison and the Dane County executive to help absorb costs the state might have incurred. The award was later rescinded and split among other states. This cost the state at least $60 million for rail repairs federal funds would have covered.
    Walker won the Wisconsin GOP convention endorsement on May 22, 2010, receiving 91% of the votes cast by delegates.
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    First elected governor in the 2010 Wisconsin general election, he survived a 2012 recall election and was reelected governor in the 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial election.
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  • 2009
    Age 41
    In 2009 and 2010, Americans for Prosperity helped raise Walker's statewide profile, inviting him to address its events and rallies throughout the state.
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    He criticized the 2009–11 Wisconsin state budget as too big given the slow economy.
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    He announced his candidacy in late April 2009 after several months of previewing his campaign themes of reduced taxes and reduced spending to Republican audiences around the state.
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  • 2006
    Age 38
    He dropped out in April 2006, after 14 months of campaigning, citing fundraising difficulties.
    More Details Hide Details Walker threw his support to fellow Republican Mark Andrew Green, who won the Republican primary unopposed. Green lost the general election, in November 2006, to the incumbent Democrat, Jim Doyle. Walker became an early favorite for the 2010 Republican Party endorsement for Wisconsin governor, winning straw polls of Wisconsin GOP convention attendees in 2007 and 2008.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    While county executive, Walker became a candidate, in February 2005, in the 2006 race for Wisconsin governor.
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  • 2004
    Age 36
    Walker was elected to a four-year term in 2004, winning 57% of the vote to defeat former state budget director, David Riemer.
    More Details Hide Details He won another four-year term in 2008, defeating State Senator Lena Taylor with 59% of the vote. Walker is the only Republican to hold this office to date. Walker won the office on a platform of fiscal conservatism, promising to give back part of his own salary. He said that his voluntary give-back gave him moral authority to make cuts in the budget. He returned $60,000 per year (slightly less than half of his salary) during his first term, and reduced his give-back to $10,000 per year during his second term. During his eight years in office, there were disputes with the county board "over taxes, privatization of public services, quality of parks and public buildings, and delivery of social services", according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The County Board approved several budgets over Walker's veto and he never submitted a budget with a higher property tax than the board had approved the prior year. According to Walker, during his tenure the number of county employees was reduced by over 20% and the $3.5 million county deficit was turned into a surplus.
    Thomas Ament; he was elected for a full term in 2004 and was reelected in 2008, defeating state Senator Lena Taylor.
    More Details Hide Details Walker campaigned for Governor of Wisconsin in 2006 and ran again in 2010, defeating Democrat Tom Barrett in the general election. Shortly after his inauguration in 2011, Walker introduced a budget plan which limited the collective bargaining of most Wisconsin public employees. The response to Walker's policies included protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol and an effort to recall Walker. In the 2012 recall election, Walker again defeated Barrett, becoming the first American governor to survive a recall effort. In 2014, Walker defeated his Democratic challenger, businesswoman and Madison school board member Mary Burke.
  • 2002
    Age 34
    Walker became Milwaukee County Executive in a special election run in April 2002, after the former County Executive, Tom Ament, resigned in the wake of a county pension fund scandal.
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    He was re-elected four times, serving until 2002 when he became a county executive.
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    In 2002, Walker was elected County Executive in a special election following the resignation of F.
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  • 2001
    Age 33
    In 2001–02, Walker and fellow state assembly member Michael Huebsch objected to the hiring of a state employee, Rev. Jamyi Witch, on the basis of her religious beliefs as a Wiccan.
    More Details Hide Details Walker claimed that Witch's hiring as a prison chaplain raised "both personal and political concerns" because she "practiced a religion that actually offends people of many other faiths". Walker and Huebsch were ultimately unsuccessful in terminating Witch's chaplaincy or employment.
    In 2001, he was the lead sponsor of a bill to prevent pharmacists from being disciplined for refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception and was a strong supporter of a bill to require voters to show photo ID at the polls.
    More Details Hide Details According to research by two political analysts, Walker was more conservative than about 90% of his peers in the Assembly and about 80% of the Republicans in the Assembly.
  • 1999
    Age 31
    In 1999 he took the lead in a truth-in-sentencing bill that increased prison time for some crimes, eliminated parole for others, and subsequently contributed to prison overcrowding.
    More Details Hide Details Walker was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) at the time, and credited the organization for much of the success of the legislation.
  • 1993
    Age 25
    As a freshman legislator in 1993, he co-sponsored right-to-work legislation.
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    In 1993, Walker moved to Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee, and ran in a special election in the more conservative 14th legislative district, based around Wauwatosa.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated Democrat Chris Ament, son of then-Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament. During the campaign, Walker backed welfare reform and opposed the expansion of mass transit. He supported a cap on state spending and said that the law on resolving labor disputes with local government employees needed to be reformed. Walker received the endorsements of Wisconsin Right to Life and The Milwaukee Sentinel, which called him a fiscal conservative and noted his pro-life, tough-on-crime, and pro-welfare reform positions.
  • 1992
    Age 24
    Walker was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1992, representing a district in western Milwaukee County.
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  • 1990
    Age 22
    In 1990, at age 22, Walker ran for Milwaukee's 7th District seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
    More Details Hide Details He won the Republican nomination, but lost in the general election to incumbent Democrat Gwen Moore, receiving less than one-third of the vote.
    In spring 1990 Walker discontinued his studies at Marquette, earning only 94 of the 128 minimum credits needed to graduate.
    More Details Hide Details He left in good standing with a 2.59/4. grade point average but without obtaining a degree. Walker has said he dropped out of college when he received an offer for a full-time job with the American Red Cross; he had worked part-time in college for IBM selling warranties on mainframe computers, which led to the American Red Cross position.
  • 1988
    Age 20
    In 1988, he ran for student government president, touting a 19-point resume.
    More Details Hide Details On election day, a record number of students voted and Walker lost 927 to 1,245, following an alleged infringement of campaign guidelines; an election commission later found Walker guilty of beginning his campaign one week before he was allowed. His opponent was impeached shortly after taking office but Walker did not apply for the position.
  • 1986
    Age 18
    In 1986, Walker worked as a volunteer for Tommy Thompson's gubernatorial campaign, and in the fall of that year, enrolled at Marquette University.
    More Details Hide Details Within a few weeks of beginning studies, Walker became a student senator and a few weeks later led a probe involving student government leaders misusing funds during homecoming. Walker's committee recommended impeachment of those being investigated, leading many to resign, and earning Walker enemies, a number of whom, according to Politifact, "continue to taunt him today".
    He attained the highest rank, Eagle Scout, in the Boy Scouts of America, and graduated from Delavan-Darien High School in 1986.
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  • 1967
    Walker was born on November 2, 1967, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the elder of two sons of Patricia Ann "Pat" (née Fitch; born December 30, 1938), a bookkeeper, and Llewellyn Scott "Llew" Walker (born May 19, 1939), a Baptist minister.
    More Details Hide Details The family moved to Plainfield, Iowa, in 1970, where Llew worked as pastor in the local Baptist Church and served on the municipal council. When Walker was ten years old, the family moved to Delavan, Wisconsin, where his father continued to work as a preacher. In high school, he attended two weeks of American Legion-sponsored training in leadership and government at Badger Boys State in Wisconsin and the selective Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. Walker has credited the experience with solidifying his interest in public service and giving him the "political bug".
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