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What's the difference between an angry, hostile, bitter mass killer and a right-wing conservative?

One kills people quickly, the other kills them slowly.

At ALEC meeting in California, Scott Walker touts Wisconsin laws


In California on Thursday, presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addressed the annual meeting of a conservative state lawmakers' group, touting laws adopted in his state that the group is working to pass elsewhere.

The American Legislative Exchange Council has backed a number of the policies passed by Walker and GOP lawmakers, such as limiting liability for businesses in lawsuits and prohibiting unions and employers from requiring labor dues as a condition of employment, also known as right-to-work.

ALEC brings together lawmakers and outside groups such as corporations to advance a conservative agenda in statehouses around the country, drawing praise from Republicans and criticism from Democrats. "I'm for real reform in Washington. I know it can work. It's worked in our state," Walker told a cheering audience Thursday.


Walker also touted his support for taxpayer funding for private voucher schools, a longtime priority for ALEC.

Scott Walker says public has no right to some records on key issues


Madison— State documents show Gov. Scott Walker's administration contends it doesn't have to release some internal discussions on four key issues even though the White House hopeful has said trying to rewrite the open records law to allow holding back documents in such cases was a "huge mistake."

According to newly released documents, the Republican governor's office and his Department of Administration in May issued a dozen letters to news organizations and others denying access to records because they claimed doing so could inhibit the free exchange of ideas. State law does not explicitly recognize that as a reason for withholding records. In the following weeks, aides to Walker — who is now running for president — worked with GOP lawmakers to try to rewrite the law so they could use that rationale for keeping the public from learning about internal deliberations.


Administration records have been withheld because they included internal deliberations 12 times, according to newly released records. Most of them related to a provision of the state budget that would have removed from the mission statement of the state university system the Wisconsin Idea, the venerable notion that says the university's aim is to improve the lives of people in all corners of the state.

But three other sets of records are being held back on the same grounds. One deals with emails to or from then-Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch regarding the state Department of Public Instruction. Another deals with a proposal to change how property assessments are done. And the last relates to the Walker administration's attempt to make changes to the long-term care program known as IRIS, which stands for Include, Respect, I Self-Direct.

(Scott Walker's WEDC) Agency gave loan to entrepreneur in case with 'earmarks of fraud'


Madison— The state's jobs agency gave a Wisconsin businessman a $1 million loan from taxpayers in December 2012, nine months after a federal judge wrote in a public order that other deals involving the entrepreneur had "all the earmarks of fraud."

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. knew about the federal lawsuit and the fact that businessman Tim Flaherty had been added to it as a defendant months before the agency made its loan. Now that loan to Flaherty and his Oconto County business, North American Finishing LLC, has gone sour, and WEDC had to file its own suit in state court in April to seek the return of the money.


"We have undocumented and unexplained loans for large sums among parties at less than arms' length; consulting fees or commissions whose character differs based upon who is testifying; mysterious, unusually large payments for 'office space' in a personal residence in a remote location; family trusts; (and) sales of notes at markedly less than face value with no documentation," Griesbach wrote in the order.

WEDC has faced frequent questions about its practices since its creation by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers in July 2011. Walker recently signed legislation ending his four-year tenure as WEDC's chairman, a move that may end up distancing Walker from the agency as he pursues a presidential run.

DU Pulse Check Revisited

If the Democratic Presidential Primary was held today, for whom would you vote?

Jeb Bush: “My plan to invade Iraq is about heritage, not oil.”

Scott Walker: “I’ll tear up the Iran deal on Day One. But don’t worry, Iran won’t dare build nukes after what I did to tenured professors.”

No, I don’t need a Trump 2016 bumper sticker; I already have truck nuts.

I love Donald Trump’s idea of a border wall so big you can see it from space. It’ll be the hugest, classiest Maginot Line ever built.

Trump was asked if he owed McCain an apology.
He said no.
Of course If Trump thought he actually owed anybody he'd just file for bankruptcy


“We passed Castle Doctrine and concealed carry. And we now require a photo ID to vote ..."


Walker’s biggest applause lines came when he took credit for a series of “reforms” that he passed in Wisconsin that had nothing to do with improving the economy or the general welfare in the state: “We defunded Planned Parenthood and enacted pro-life legislation,” he declared. “We passed Castle Doctrine and concealed carry. And we now require a photo ID to vote in the State of Wisconsin.” The crowd went wild.


Walker also touted the provision in the budget he just signed requiring people who get food stamps and unemployment benefits to undergo a drug test. Drug testing welfare recipients brought the Waukesha crowd to its feet. Listening to Walker rev up the Waukesha crowd, in the heart of rightwing talk radioland, where the politics of divide and conquer got their start, was instructive.

Just as Donald Trump got a bump for calling a spade a spade with his racist attack on Mexican immigrants, Walker, in his announcement, was speaking to a strain of race-baiting in the white suburbs of Milwaukee that has played a significant role in his political rise.


But as Alec MacGillis wrote in a terrific cover story for The New Republic, Walker’s rise, and the whole rightwing takeover of Wisconsin politics, has been fueled by the very powerful and explicitly racist radio talkers from the suburbs of Milwaukee. And in his announcement speech, you could hear Walker tuning up the dog whistle for that same group.

Haste, Hustle and Scott Walker


In the formal announcement of his presidential campaign on Monday, Scott Walker mentioned God right away, introduced himself as a preacher’s son and invoked religion repeatedly, as he has throughout a perpetual candidacy that stretches back to his college days, when he told the Marquette University yearbook: “I really think there’s a reason why God put all these political thoughts in my head.”

But what I see in him is the kind of soullessness too common in American politicians and the kind of careerism that makes American politics such a dreary spectacle. I see an ambition even more pronounced than any ideology. I see an interest in personal advancement that eclipses any investment in personal growth. These are hardly unusual traits in our halls of government. But they’re distilled in Walker, the governor of Wisconsin.


He tailors his persona to the race at hand. To win his second term as governor of Wisconsin and thus be able to crow, as he’s doing now, about the triumph of a conservative politician “in a blue state,” he played down his opposition to abortion, signaled resignation to same-sex marriage and explicitly supported a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

But with his current focus on the Iowa caucuses, he no longer supports a path to citizenship, flaunts his anti-abortion credentials and has called for a constitutional amendment permitting states to outlaw same-sex marriage. He even has a newfound affection for ethanol.

New Jersey proposes lottery for college students who didn't major in math


New Jersey could become the first state in the country to create a ‘golden ticket’ for student loan debt.

If N.J. State Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli is successful in passing his sponsored bill, a new lottery would be created to help students rid themselves of college debt — one by one.


Current students and alumni would be eligible to participate, but each person must have their student loan balance authenticated prior to the purchase of the lottery ticket.

Scott Walker, circa 2015: the decision on abortion shouldn’t be between a woman and her doctor


During a recent interview with Laura Ingraham, Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker did a complete reversal on abortion, telling Ingraham that he doesn’t believe the final decision on whether a woman should have an abortion should be between the woman and her doctor.

Ingraham responded: “But you don’t believe — I just want to clarify this, governor … you don’t believe the final decision should be between a woman and her doctor—”

“No,” Walker replied.

So here in 2015, Gov. Scott Walker believes that the final decision on whether a woman should be able to receive an abortion shouldn’t be between a woman and her doctor, but back in 2014 when he was in a reelection campaign he ran an ad in which he said, “Hi, I’m Scott Walker. I’m pro-life,” he says. “But there’s no doubt in my mind the decision of whether or not to end a pregnancy is an agonizing one. That’s why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options. The bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor.”
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