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last 24 hours | latimes
Why the birthright citizenship question isn't settled - Los Angeles Times
"...Finally, the article mentions, but does not reconcile, the accepted rule that children of diplomats born in the U.S. are not citizens by birth, even though that exception has been grafted onto the 14th Amendment. That exception, denying birth citizenship to children born to parents who disclaim allegiance to American law, is analogous to children of parents who disclaim allegiance to American law by entering or overstaying in violation of American law.Can a Supreme Court ruling be predicted with certainty? No. But it is an issue that can properly be decided against birth citizenship for those illegally in this country...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1043 days ago | americanthinker
Arguing the Constitutional Case Against Birthright Citizenship for Children of ... - American Thinker

"...Let's look for a minute at the exceptions that illustrate and confirm the general doctrine. Foreign diplomats are not in allegiance to their host country because they carry with them the extraterritorial jurisdiction of their homeland. Citizens of an occupying power are not in allegiance to the host country because the territory they occupy is no longer under the effective protection of the host government. In accordance with same underlying principles, the congressional drafters and the Supreme Court acknowledged another exception: Individual tribal Indians were not in allegiance to the U.S. because at the time they were not governed directly or effectively by the Congress or the federal courts. Like the foreign diplomat and the minions of an occupying power, they were governed directly and effectively only by their own governments...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1043 days ago | dailycaller
U.S.'s Birthright Citizenship System Is Out Of Whack With Rest Of The ... - Daily Caller
"...While liberals and Democrats often point to other nations particularly to Europe as a guide for what U.S. policy should be, when it comes to birthright citizenship, the latest flash point in the presidential campaign, the U.S. is out of step with most of the developed world.The U.S. and Canada are the only two nations with advanced economies that recognize birthright citizenship, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a group that is generally critical of immigration.The group analyzed policies for 190 nations and found that only 33 have what's known as a jus soli system, or right of soil, system. Children are considered citizens as long as they are born within such nations' borders, regardless of their parents' nationality...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1066 days ago | dailycaller
No, The 14th Amendment Doesn't Guarantee Birthright Citizenship - Daily Caller
"...Still, how could anyone even a not-very-bright person imagine that granting citizenship to the children of illegal aliens is actually in our Constitution? I know the country was exuberant after the war, but I really don't think our plate was so clear that Americans were consumed with passing a constitutional amendment to make illegal aliens' kids citizens.Put differently: Give me a scenario just one scenario where guaranteeing the citizenship of children born to illegals would be important to Americans in 1868. You can make it up. It doesn't have to be a true scenario. Any scenario!..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


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1066 days ago | hotair
Bad news from HuffPo contributor: Changing the Constitution to end birthright ... - Hot Air
"...That's how the Court would wrestle with a statute in deciding whether it conflicts with the Fourteenth Amendment. If the amendment itself were amended, though, to limit birthright citizenship to people who are here legally, then there's nothing to wrestle with. The new limitation would be part of the Constitution via supermajority ratification, and the Constitution wait for it can't be unconstitutional by definition. If anything, the Court would be forced to strike down any statutes in the future that attempted to restore birthright citizenship to children of illegals since that would obviously be in conflict with the new, revised Fourteenth Amendment. Either Farias doesn't grasp what makes something unconstitutional or he's proposing something like substantive due process for constitutional amendments, where the Court would take it upon itself to decide that certain unwritten principles hidden in the penumbras or whatever of the rest of the Constitution tacitly prohibit certain types of new amendments from being enacted, even if the proper Article V procedures are followed. As I say: Armed rebellion...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1066 days ago | businessinsider
Donald Trump and other GOP candidates want to radically alter a 150-year-old ... - Business Insider

"...The renewed enthusiasm around the idea has the potential to put Republicans in a politically perilous position. It comes one presidential-election cycle after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was walloped by 45 points among Latino voters against President Barack Obama in 2012.Democrats and pro-immigration-reform activists have been quick to condemn the idea, claiming that changing the concept of birthright citizenship would alter the founding idea of the US as an immigrant-friendly country."It would be a constitutional change that would really alter how we view ourselves as a nation, and how we've thought about what it means to belong," Melissa Keaney, a staff attorney at the pro-reform National Immigration Law Center, told Business Insider...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1067 days ago | huffingtonpost
Sorry, Republicans: Ending Birthright Citizenship Would Be Unconstitutional - Huffington Post

"...It turns out that the very idea of amending the Constitution to end birthright citizenship for the children of immigrants -- a move that squarely targets Latinos -- would probably be found unconstitutional. The same would be true for a Republican-backed bill with a similar goal that's pending in Congress.The reason these proposals would be found unconstitutional is rooted in the very thing Republicans are attacking: the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.Because for all the provisions and principles that the 14th Amendment stands for -- and birthright citizenship is only one of them -- one of the amendment's cornerstones is its promise of equal treatment for everyone...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1067 days ago | newsweek
What Is Birthright Citizenship, Anyway? An Explainer - Newsweek

"...But, in 1982, the court ruled in Plyler v. Doe that the jurisdiction clause could not be used as the basis for denying admittance of illegal alien children to public schools. The ruling said, Use of the phrase within its jurisdiction' confirms the understanding that the Fourteenth Amendment's protection extends to anyone, citizen or stranger, who is subject to the laws of a State, and reaches into every corner of a State's territory. Worse for Trump, in 1898, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Wong Kim Ark that children born in the United States to noncitizen parents are still United States citizens, under the amendment.That could be problematic for any candidate advocating mass deportation of anchor babies. According to Trump's policy paper, the justification for ending birthright would be the following:..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1067 days ago | breitbart
Scott Walker Echoes Donald Trump: End Birthright Citizenship, 'Build the Wall' - Breitbart News
"...Foreigners with no affection or loyalty to America can use these children anchor babies, in common parlance to latch onto the social safety net and take advantage of one of the most valuable possessions in the world: U.S. citizenship.Notorious Mexican drug lord El Chapo sent his wife, herself an anchor baby and daughter of another drug lord, to give birth to twins in California. In another example of an immigration success story, federal authorities knew exactly what El Chapo was planning but refused to stop his family form gaining a foothold in the U.S...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1068 days ago | washingtonpost
Donald Trump and Scott Walker want to repeal birthright citizenship. It's ... - Washington Post

"...Amending the Constitution is notoriously hard, which is why it has happened only 27 times in American history 10 of which were passed en masse when our country was founded. It requires either 1) two-thirds approval in the House and Senate, followed by ratification of three-quarters of the states, or 2) the development of amendments at a constitutional convention called by two-thirds of the states and then ratified by three-quarters. Only the former method has been used.It's a bit tricky to extrapolate from existing polling about birthright to attitudes about permanently altering the Constitution, so it's also hard to say exactly what might happen if such an amendment were actually proposed. But it's worth noting that the subject of birthright is far more common on the right. The most common form of opposition to birthright citizenship has been against "anchor babies," a term used to refer to children of people who come to the United States, often illegally, to have babies who can then eventually take advantage of the natural-born right to be a citizen. (Trump apparentlyused the term in a 2011 book.)..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1068 days ago | newsworks
Trump's clown car express: Ending birthright citizenship - Newsworks.org
"...Donald Trump's newly-unveiled immigration plan is predictably ridiculous - shock jockette Ann Coulter calls it "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta," which is all you need to know - and worst of all is his extremist proposal to abolish an American principle that dates back to 1866.You know how Republicans always pride themselves as being "the party of Lincoln," the original party of civil rights? So much for that notion. The Republican frontrunner (?!) wants to erase the key 14th Amendment provision which awards U.S citizenship to all babies born on American soil. That guarantee is embedded in the Constitution, and the language is unequivocal: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1068 days ago | washingtonpost
Did Republicans just give away the 2016 election by raising birthright ... - Washington Post (blog)

"...For months, people like me have been pointing to the fundamental challenge Republican presidential candidates face on immigration: they need to talk tough to appeal to their base in the primaries, but doing so risks alienating the Hispanic voters they'll need in the general election. This was always going to be a difficult line to walk, but a bunch of their candidates just leaped off to one side.After Donald Trump released his immigration plan, which includes an end to birthright citizenship stating that if you were born in the United States but your parents were undocumented, you don't get to be a citizen some of his competitors jumped up to say that they agreed. NBC News asked Scott Walker the question directly, and he seemed to reply that he does favor an end to birthright citizenship, though his campaign qualified the statement later. Bobby Jindal tweeted, We need to end birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants. Then reporters began looking over others' past statements to see where they stood on this issue, and found that this isn't an uncommon position among the GOP field. Remember all the agonizing Republicans did about how they had to reach out to Hispanic voters? They never figured out how to do it, and now they're running in the opposite direction...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1068 days ago | hotair
Here we go: Marco Rubio opposes repeal of birthright citizenship, contra Trump - Hot Air
"...Er what 10 things in the Constitution would Jeb Bush like to change? But I digress. Here again you have a guy urging righties not to waste time on quixotic pursuits like trying to change a constitutional amendment and not just any amendment but the one that guarantees due process and equal protection when there are other feasible priorities, like improving border security and removal procedures, that can reduce the number of children being born here to illegals in the first place. As the NRO editorial board, in a piece otherwise applauding Trump's immigration plan, put it, While birthright citizenship is abused now, ending it would be a Herculean task politically and the Supreme Court is unlikely to be cooperative. Mark Krikorian, NRO's most prominent writer on immigration, backs ending birthright citizenship for newly arriving illegals only as part of an amnesty for illegals who are already here, so that their kids don't grow up without a civic tie to their homeland. Again, though: If you stop the flow of illegals, you don't need to worry about birthright citizenship.I'm in the middle on this in that I think Trump, Walker, and Jindal are right on the merits but that it's a weird fight to pick in the middle of a presidential campaign. Of course we shouldn't reward or incentivize illegals by promising them citizenship for their children (and, implicitly, permanent residence for themselves) if they make it across the border before mom's water breaks. Every comprehensive reform plan that comes down the pike in Congress is loaded with measures designed to try to reduce the incentives to immigrate illegally pay back taxes, go to the end of the line in applying for citizenship, etc. Birthright citizenship creates an incentive so strong that entire birth tourism industries have sprung up around it. Also, while it's true that getting SCOTUS to read birthright citizenship out of the Constitution is a long, long shot, all it would take to force the issue is have Congress pass a law and wait for it to be challenged in court. You wouldn't necessarily need to repeal that part of the Fourteenth Amendment, as Rubio implies. You could take your chances with John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy. They wouldn't let conservatives down, right?..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1068 days ago | thinkprogress
Every Republican Is Racing To Change The Constitution. This Is Why That's A ... - ThinkProgress
"...For starters, eliminating this basic American right would automatically make America's undocumented immigrant problem much larger. Though most estimates put the current undocumented immigrant population at around 11 million, a 2010 Migration Policy Institute study estimated that eliminating citizenship for every child with at least one undocumented parent to would balloon the population to 24 million by 2050. This change would automatically change the legal status of millions of people in America...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1068 days ago | huffingtonpost
Racist Fears Have Long Driven Attempts To Restrict Birthright Citizenship - Huffington Post

"...But rescinding birthright citizenship privileges would return the U.S. to some of its darkest chapters, when politicians tried to deny citizenship rights to black people and when the country was overtaken by anti-Chinese xenophobia. Walter Dellinger has been trying to push back against the anti-birthright citizenship movement since the mid-1990s, when he served as a top legal official in President Bill Clinton's administration and testified against such an effort before a House committee.He told The Huffington Post Tuesday that the country is at a "critical moment" in this debate, when a major political party may nominate as its presidential candidate someone who embraces the end of birthright citizenship...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1068 days ago | nationaljournal
Marco Rubio Once Benefitted From Birthright Citizenship, Now He's Open to ... - National Journal
"...Marco Rubio, who is running for president thanks to birthright citizenship, says he is open to the idea of ending it for children who were born in the United States to foreign parents."I'm not in favor of repealing the 14th Amendment," Rubio said during a Tuesday news conference at the rain-soaked Iowa State Fair. "But I am open to exploring ways of not allowing people who are coming here deliberately for that purpose to acquire citizenship."Birthright citizenship has become a hot topic on the Republican campaign trail thanks to celebrity businessman Donald Trump. On Sunday, he put out an immigration plan that calls for ending automatic citizenship to anyone born in the United States, which is guaranteed by the Constitution's 14th Amendment...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1068 days ago | nbcnews
What Donald Trump's Immigration Plan Means

"...Most of Trump's plan has no chance of becoming law. Constitutional amendments are almost never adopted, so ending birthright citizenship is deeply unrealistic. The U.S. could attempt to build some kind of border wall, but few Republicans in Congress support this idea and it is opposed by virtually all Democrats. The Mexican government is almost certain not to be paid for it. Mass deportations of illegal immigrants are also unlikely. Trump has two more plausible ideas. Some labor unions are wary of the growing number of foreign workers in the U.S., arguing American companies are too eager to seek employees from other countries instead of raising wages. Some limits on foreign work visas could be adopted. And even some Democrats, like California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, have raised concerns about sanctuary cities. The federal government could threaten to strip funds it sends to cities if those localities don't cooperate with national immigration policies...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1069 days ago | latino.foxnews
Birthright citizenship becomes an issue in US presidential race - Fox News Latino
"...The belligerent speech on immigration, with which Trump took over the campaign from the time he announced his candidacy on June 16, has forced his 16 rivals in the Republican primaries to toughen their stance on a very sensitive subject for Latinos, a decisive electorate in the presidential balloting that traditionally favors the Democratic Party.Walker, who in 2013 said that looking for a path to citizenship for the undocumented "made sense," admitted Monday that he has changed his mind and now favors his party's opinion that such a measure amounts to "amnesty."..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1069 days ago | statesman
Birthright citizenship is the law - Austin American-Statesman
"...The anti-immigrant movement justifies these actions by alleging such efforts would slow future illegal immigration. This allegation is without any factual basis. More importantly, the language of the 14th Amendment is unambiguous and leaves no room for exceptions. The underlying purpose is consistent with what this country stands for, and those who attack it are in direct conflict with the principles that made this country great.Our founding fathers rejected a monarchy based system where bloodlines define status and instead developed a value based system predicated by hard work and equality. Birthright citizenship is a natural byproduct of that perspective. Rather than fighting these fights, we would be better served celebrating our diversity and living our own American experience...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1069 days ago | thinkprogress
Donald Trump's First Policy Plan Is Even More Racist Than You Think It Is - ThinkProgress
"...On Sunday, Trump released a series of immigration proposals, one of which seeks to restore a similar vision of citizenship to the one embraced by the Supreme Court in its infamous Dred Scottdecision. Trump calls for the United States to [e]nd birthright citizenship, which he labels the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. In Trump's vision, the children of a disfavored class will once again carry tainted blood that disqualifies them from citizenship, even if his new target is the children of undocumented immigrants and not the descendants of men and women brought to this country in chains...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1069 days ago | bloomberg
Donald Trump Says He'd Abolish U.S. 'Birthright Citizenship' - Bloomberg
"...The plan attacks legal and illegal immigration from all angles. It leaves no option except for mass deportation of the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally "They have to go," he said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press which would cost some $400-$600 billion to sustain, according to an estimate by the conservative group American Action Forum. It ends "birthright citizenship" which is enshrined into the Constitution under the 14th Amendment."I wish I could say we helped Trump's people write this, but the truth is they have not spoken with us," Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center For Immigration Studies, a group that seeks to slash immigration to the United States, wrote in an e-mail. Overall, he added, "none of the other Republican (or Democratic) candidates (with the exception of Rick Santorum) has as sound and as well thought-through an immigration plan."..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1070 days ago | americanthinker
Trashing Scott Walker - American Thinker (blog)

"...Polman's primary objective seems to be to trash Governor Scott Walker. Obviously, the leftists consider Walker a serious threat to their morally, ethically, and charismatically challenged presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton. So he must be destroyed.Polman chastises Walker for signing a bill that bans Wisconsin abortions after 20 weeks and for saying, That's the time when an unborn child can feel pain. That's not what science says at all, asserts Polman. Then he cites a few sources who put the number at 4 to 6 weeks beyond 20. By emphasizing scientific precision, he's making Walker out to be an anti-science nutjob. Clearly, he misses Walker's real point...." see full article


1082 days ago | businessinsider
Why Scott Walker is so dangerous - Business Insider - Business Insider

"...Walker then went on to celebrate his triumphs over the demonstrators who objected to his dismantling of Wisconsin's public-sector unions, portraying the pro-union forces as violent thugs. "Those big government interests they believe they can win by intimidating elected officials," he said. "There were amazing things they did to try to intimidate us. The good news is we didn't back down. We remembered the reason we were elected was not to serve the few in our state capitol, but to serve the masses."This is the essence of Walker's appeal and why he is so dangerous. He is not as outrageous as Donald Trump and Sen.Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but his technique of scapegoating unions for the nation's ills is no less demagogic. Sixty-five years ago, another man from Wisconsin made himself a national reputation by frightening the country about the menace of communists, though the actual danger they represented was negligible. Scott Walker is not Joe McCarthy, but his technique is similar: He suggests that the nation's ills can be cured by fighting labor unions (foremost among the "big government special interests" hurting America), even though unions represent just 11 percent of the American workforce and have been at a low ebb...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1093 days ago | nypost
How workers are winning in Scott Walker's Wisconsin | New York Post - New York Post
"...The Badger State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 7.4 percent in January 2011 (the month of Walker's inauguration) to 4.6 percent in May 2015 (the latest available figure).US joblessness dropped from 9.0 percent to 5.5 percent over that period. Wisconsin's unemployment, thus, stands well below America's.May's labor-force participation rate also was higher in Wisconsin (67.9 percent) than across America (62.9 percent). These figures are down in both places, compared to when Walker arrived.In January 2011, 69.1 percent of working-age Wisconsinites held jobs, versus 64.2 percent of Americans. This key metric has slipped 1.7 percent in Wisconsin, but has slid 2.0 percent nationwide.Concerning ready cash, workers are faring significantly better under Walker than Obama...." see full article


1099 days ago | washingtonpost
Scott Walker wants to drug test food stamp recipients. That shows why he'll ... - Washington Post (blog)

"...First, some context. The drug testing programs for welfare recipients are usually justified by saying they'll save money by rooting out all the junkies on the dole, but in practice they've been almost comically ineffective. In state after state, testing programs have found that welfare recipients use drugs at lower rates than the general population, finding only a tiny number of welfare recipients who test positive.But this hasn't discouraged politicians like Walker, any more than the abysmal failure of abstinence-only sex education discourages them from continuing to advocate it. The test is the point, not the result. Walker isn't trying to solve a practical problem here. He wants to test food stamp recipients as a way of expressing moral condemnation. You can get this benefit, he's saying, but we want to give you a little humiliation so you know that because you sought the government's help, we think you're a rotten person...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1101 days ago | motherjones
Scott Walker Has a Texas-Sized Fundraising Problem | Mother Jones - Mother Jones

"...The union-busting Wisconsin governor may be a conservative darling, but he's way behind the curve when it comes to courting Texas' biggest money men. Bill Miller, a top Texas lobbyist who regularly advises megadonors on their contributions, says he's heard almost no buzz from the donor class about Walker. In the past, Miller has worked with major political benefactors including the late Bob Perry, a Texas home builder who gave more than $70 million to conservative causes over the years and was the major funder behind the 2004 Swiftboat Veterans for Truthgroup. This year Miller says he's talked to clients about many of the Republican candidates, but not Walker."No one is asking about him," Miller says. "None of our clients. We have a huge client base. It's oddly quiet for a guy that's supposedly top three among the potential nominees."..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1101 days ago | politico
Waiting for Scott Walker - Politico

"...But the Wisconsin governor's camp, according to three people familiar with the conversations, wasn't interested in taking questions. They simply wanted to deliver a speech and meet people afterwards.Story Continued BelowThe event fell through.That interaction, as much as anything else, provides some insight into why the clear front-runner in Iowa is merely a middle-of-the-pack candidate in New Hampshire. When Walker arrives in the Granite State Thursday, three days after launching his presidential campaign, it will be a rare appearance his first New Hampshire sighting since May. According to figures compiled by U.S. News and World Report, only one Republican has been to the state less than Walker Rick Santorum.Over the July 4 holiday weekend as GOP rivals paraded down Main Streets here, not only was Walker absent his campaign didn't bother to have surrogates march in his absence...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1102 days ago | dailynews
Scott Walker has been 'boning up' on foreign policy. He'd better keep studying - LA Daily News
"...That's how Walker answered a question about the Islamic State at the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February, and it still ranks up there as one of the worst foreign policy gaffes of the long campaign season. (Although, at this point, it would be hard to top Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists.)Sure, it was just one terribly worded, terribly thought-out sentence, but by the time Walker let those words come out of his mouth, he'd already developed a reputation for being uninformed about foreign policy, national security, and the world.It's no wonder, considering exchanges like the one he had with ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1102 days ago | foxnews
The media say Scott Walker's campaign has stalled -- are they right? - Fox News

"...Yet the media consensus is that he stumbled and stalled. There was a long period where Walker seemed to fade from the media radar, even before the coverage turned All Trump All the Time. The governor was undoubtedly spending time fundraising and meeting with policy experts, and, well, he's also got a state to run. But that enabled the spotlight to shift to Jeb and Marco, and Ted and Rand, and ultimately The Donald.While Walker leads in Iowa, he is tied nationally for sixth (with Rubio) in a recent CNN poll, but is third, with 8 percent (behind Trump and Bush), in a new USA Today survey.But political junkies should keep in mind that one in five Republican primary voters in a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll didn't even recognize Scott Walker's name...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1102 days ago | nytimes
Haste, Hustle and Scott Walker - The New York Times - New York Times

"...Walker's cart has a way of getting ahead of Walker's horse. Only after several flubbed interviews earlier this year were there reports that he was taking extra time to bone up on world affairs. This was supposed to be a comfort to us, but what would really be reassuring is a candidate who had pursued that mastery already, out of honest curiosity rather than last-minute need.When allies and opponents talk about his strengths, they seem to focus not on his passion for governing but on his cunning at getting elected. He's a sneaky-smart campaigner, they say, a polished and levelheaded tactician, a master at reading crowds, wrote Kyle Cheney and Daniel Strauss in Politico. He learned the value of ignoring uncomfortable questions, rather than answering them. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1102 days ago | washingtonpost
Scott Walker: Unbending (and unexcitable) - Washington Post

"...Already, there are cracks. Speaking to farmers in Iowa earlier this year, he endorsed the federal ethanol mandate, a reversal of his previous position. Years ago, as Milwaukee County executive, he supported a plan that would create a path to legal status for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants. He said in March, My view has changed. But Walker is betting that voters want an unwavering, unflappable leader who knows exactly where he want to go and won't stop until he gets there. He tells audiences he refused to back off on making change in Wisconsin even in the face of death threats, including against his wife, Tonette, and their children...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1102 days ago | economist
Scott Walker and the 2016 race - The Economist (blog)
"...In electoral terms, Mr Walker's strategy has not been to persuade blue voters of the merits of red policies, but rather to take advantage of partisan polarisation by piling up just enough votes in red counties to compensate for the Democratic stranglehold on places such as Milwaukee County. And he has managed this in off-year elections, when turnout tends to be lower, particularly among Democrats. In 2014, facing a political novice in what turned out to be a wave year for Republicans, he got just 52% of the vote. By comparison, John Kasich racked up 64% in the 2014 race to become governor of Ohio, another swing state (though his opponent was even weaker).Mr Walker may yet turn into a formidable candidate, capable of uniting the party's cultural conservatives with its business wing. But his record in Wisconsin does not on its own suggest that he would thrive in a general election...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1103 days ago | chicagotribune
Scott Walker enters race as the quieter Donald Trump - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune

"...The question is whether he can be heard above the din of 14 other candidates, and over the roar of one Republican in particular: Donald Trump, who has stolen a march on his rivals since his own announcement June 16.Walker may be able to sell himself as an establishment Republican candidate with the same kind of base-pleasing views as Trump, but with a less bombastic self-presentation. On the surface, you couldn't ask for two more different candidates than the real estate mogul and the preacher's son...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1103 days ago | foxbusiness
Why Scott Walker Can Win the White House - Fox Business
"...With Scott Walker's bid for the Presidency official we could finally be set for the end of the damaging post-Reagan era. The four leaders during this period, which began on Jan 20, 1989 with the election of President George H.W. Bush and has continued through President Barack Obama, have over-promised and under-delivered their way to $13 trillion in deficit spending. If America chooses to prolong the recent monarchy with a Bush-Clinton general election, the age of post-Reaganism will continue. If we have the courage to go in a different direction, the process of American renewal and reformation can truly begin. I think, ultimately, the post-Reagan era will end with Scott Walker being elected the 45th President of the United States. If you grew up like I did on Long Island in the early 1970s, chances are you went to the Commack Circus. My Nana used to take me. While the elephants were always fun, my favorite part was the clown car. I could never figure out how they got so many clowns out of that tiny car. Today, I am witnessing the same sort of trick happening in my political party. The biggest challenge for television networks will be figuring out how to fit them all on a stage. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1104 days ago | bloombergview
Scott Walker, the Quieter Trump - Bloomberg View
"...This is where the contrast between Walker and Trump ends and the similarities begin. In his political life, Walker has tried to bring about the America that Trump says we need. He did so first as an assemblyman (calling for a harsh "truth in sentencing" law, prison privatization, and voter-ID laws) and then as Milwaukee county executive (making cuts to spending on parks and public transit, and focusing on making life better in the suburbs rather than helping those in the city). By the time he left that post, Milwaukee had the second-highest black poverty rate in the U.S. and an unemployment rate almost four times higher for blacks than for whites.He was elected governor with high turnout among his white base. His first act was to bust the public unions and give businesses a tax break. The idea of alternatives to prison -- adopted by some Republicans -- has no appeal in Wisconsin, which has the highest rate of black males behind bars of any state...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1104 days ago | motherjones
Yeah, Scott Walker Is Boring. But It's Not Like He's the Only One. - Mother Jones

"...Walker's biggest liability may be this: He is incredibly dull. Not just plodding-speaker dull, though he's often that, too, but an actually boring person. Mitt Romney is nobody's caricature of a party animal, but he could legitimately boast of being an industrial titan, a fixer, and a man of the world. Hillary Clinton isn't particularly charismatic, but her life story is filled with dramatic tension, and nobody who masterminded #Benghazi can be credibly dismissed as boring.Walker, by contrast, is painfully boring. His boringness is evidenced by this sequence of 37 tweets, which go back more than four years.Walker abbrevi8es like a tween. His life turns on snow, dairy, hot ham, Kohls, haircuts, Packers, Badgers, and watching American Idol while eating chili. His critics err when they mock him for lacking a college diploma, but they could be forgiven for observing that his intellectual incuriousness is symptomatic of lacking ambition outside politics...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1104 days ago | csmonitor
Scott Walker 2016: rock star or villain? - Christian Science Monitor
"...Walker's style is one way to govern, but it's not a centrist or encompassing way to govern, and he'll have to explain himself to the average general election voter in the fall [of 2016], if he gets that far, says Professor Burden.Walker wasn't the only force behind the polarization of Wisconsin politics, but he contributed to it, analysts say. "The broad middle that existed back when Tommy Thompson was governor back in the 1980s and '90s, a lot of that has evaporated," Burden says. "People have chosen sides around Walker pretty quickly, really from his first days in office." ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1104 days ago | politicususa
You Could Almost See The Koch Lips Moving As Scott Walker Announced His ... - PoliticusUSA
"...Gov. Walker's whole speech was based on selling himself as someone who can win in blue states because he has managed to survive in Wisconsin. Walker announced his plan to gut federal funding for education, Medicaid and job retraining by disguising this as sending money back to the states. What Walker was referring to was block grants that would lead to fewer people getting services. Walker attacked poor people and talked about the dignity of work. Walker disguised it as helping people move from government dependence to independence. He touted his drug testing of welfare recipients. He claimed that he was making it easy to get a job, but what he has actually done in Wisconsin is throw hundreds of thousands of people off of healthcare while harming senior citizens by cutting Wisconsin's SeniorCare program...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1104 days ago | newrepublic
Scott Walker Is the Most Boring Presidential Candidate Ever - The New Republic
"...But Walker's biggest liability may be this: He is incredibly dull. Not just plodding-speaker dull, though he's often that, too, but an actually boring person. Mitt Romney is nobody's caricature of a party animal, but he could legitimately boast of being an industrial titan, a fixer, and a man of the world. Hillary Clinton isn't particularly charismatic, but her life story is filled with dramatic tension, and nobody who masterminded #Benghazi can be credibly dismissed as boring.Walker, by contrast, is painfully boring. His boringness is encapsulated by this sequence of 37 incredibly boring tweets, going back more than four years...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1104 days ago | nytimes
Scott Walker Had a Great Starting Position but Not a Great Start - New York Times

"...Scott Walker's rapid but unsurprising rise to the top of the Republican pack was perhaps the clearest example during the first half of the primary season of the importance of fundamentals: factors that shape the outcome of the race from the very start, like the amount of support from party elites and the potential to build a broad coalition. His ability to appeal to conservatives thanks to his high-profile fight against organized labor in Wisconsin without alienating the rest of the party instantly made him a formidable contender.But the next part of the primary season may offer a very different lesson. In the end, it may underscore that fundamentals are not enough: Candidate..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1104 days ago | time
Scott Walker Seeks to Calm Conservatives as He Joins 2016 Race - TIME
"...But even among his likely supporters, he still is facing some hesitation. Yes, he's saying the right things and became a conservative hero when he gutted union rights for state workers. But does he mean it? That's his biggest challenge he will have to overcome after he makes official his White House run with a rally on Monday then hits the road to campaign in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Initially, there was some skepticism from social conservatives, especially on the marriage issue, said Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage.For instance, Walker has acknowledged that he attended the wedding reception for his wife's cousin, Shelli Marquardt, and her wife, Cathy Priem. Even though my position on marriage is still that its defined as between a man and a woman, and I support the constitution of the state, but for someone I love, we've been to a reception, Walker told activists earlier this year during a summit in New Hampshire. Walker's then-19-year-old son Matt was the couple's best man. The couple later was listed as co-hosts for last year's Fourth of July barbecue at the Governor's Mansion in Madison...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1105 days ago | cnn
How Scott Walker could go from No. 15 to No. 1 - CNN

"...Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially enters the GOP presidential race Monday, and despite a bit of a rough patch of late, it is clear he starts with ideological and geographical advantages.CNN's Jeff Zeleny noted that those and other advantages all but guarantee Walker will be an impact player in the GOP race."He has one foot in the evangelical camp, one foot in a tea party camp, and he has shown that he can win election after election after election," said Zeleny."Once he gets in on Monday, I believe he will be the most formidable candidate in Iowa. So, he's No. 15 but he could be No. 1."..." see full article


1105 days ago | politico
Scott Walker didn't finish college. Would that make him a bad president - Politico

"...But they don't. Other things equal, countries with college-educated leaders and countries led by politicians who didn't finish college have similar rates of economic growth, similar unemployment rates, similar inflation rates, similar numbers of wars and major work stoppages, and similar levels of income inequality. When it comes to major social outcomes that voters care about, it just doesn't seem to matter whether a country's national executive has a college diploma.The same was true when we looked at an innovative anti-corruption program in Brazil. Every year since 2003, an anti-corruption office in Brazil's federal government has randomly selected 250 municipalities and extensively audited how they spend their money. We looked at the data, and corruption appears to be just as common in cities run by college-educated mayors as it is in cities whose mayors didn't finish college...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1109 days ago | politico
Scott Walkers latest target: College professors - Politico

"...Obtaining tenure status at the college level typically requires intensive years of research and publishing and is difficult to achieve. That's different than in K-12 systems, where historically in many states teachers only had to teach for a set period of time before making tenure without having to show their students were learning.That's shifted as states have made it more strenuous for K-12 teachers to obtain tenure status and a few states have taken it away altogether.Already, there are fewer tenured faculty members today in higher education than 10 years ago...." see full article


1129 days ago | ijreview
Scott Walker Doesnt Possess a College Degree, But it Could Work in His Favor
"...If Walker wants to connect with average Americans, his lack of a college degree might actually have some appeal. Out of the 209.3 million people in the United States over 25 years old, 68% didn't graduate from a four-year university program.In fact, according to Bloomberg, another Presidential hopeful, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) never finished his undergraduate degree, either (of course Dr. Paul's medical exam scores took him straight into his graduate studies).There are lots of examples of influential people who lack a college degree, such as Bill Gates, Rush Limbaugh and Kanye West. In politics, 19 members of Congress don't have advanced formal education, and in the past, Americans elected 9 different presidents who lacked degrees...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1133 days ago | nytimes
Scott Walker's Wisconsin Audition - New York Times

"...Having crippled the public sector unions, Walker more recently put the hurt on the state's private-sector unions, signing legislation that made Wisconsin a right-to-work state, meaning that unions could not force employees to join a union or to pay dues. That bill became law in March; it is the focus of Dan Kaufman's article in The Times Magazine.As the two magazine articles make clear, there was no pressing need for either law. At the time he proposed Act 10, Walker claimed that busting the public employees' unions was necessary because Wisconsin was facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, and that the deficit couldn't be closed, as he told Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday, with the current collective bargaining laws in the state. But as Kettl points out, that was simply not true. Although there are plenty of states with woefully underfunded pensions, Wisconsin isn't one of them. And while Walker claims to have saved the state $3 billion during his first term as a result of Act 10, he almost surely could have gotten the same givebacks by bargaining for them, as other states, such as Rhode Island, have done...." see full article


1134 days ago | motherjones
The Koch Brothers Usually Have Scott Walker's Back. Not This Time. - Mother Jones

"...While Walker's forays into union-busting had strong conservative backing, the political dynamics involved in the public financing of sports arenas and stadiums are much different. Across the nation in recent years, conservatives and progressive groups and activists have questioned the notion that financing arenas for sports franchises with taxpayer funds will spur the local economy. And Walker is feeling the backlash.Wisconsin Democrats predictably oppose Walker's plan, but few of his fellow Republicans are rushing to join him in standing with the NBA. At the moment, 12 of 19 GOP state senators are against the idea. In the state's lower chamber, Walker's not faring much better. State representative David Murphy (R), who recently called Walker's plan to slash $300 million from the state university system "a bold vision for the future," declared, "I'm not a believer in government supporting sports arenas for millionaire players and billionaire owners."..." see full article


1135 days ago | motherjones
Yeah, Scott Walker Is a Social Troglodyte. This Is News? - Mother Jones

"...Now, if they could find anything about some Walker relative being gay, or perhaps Walker owning a speedboat, or possibly honing campaign strategy in secret with the help of polling numbers well, that would be a story. And if he controlled a foundation that gave billions of dollars to worthy causes? Well hold the presses! That would be flood-the-zone news indeed.NOTE TO CAMPAIGN REPORTERS: Scott Walker is actually a pretty full-blown evangelical tea party type. He sands the edges off occasionally, but not really that often. Nobody should have been truly surprised by this...." see full article


1136 days ago | forbes
Scott Walker Presidential Bid Self-Destructs On ABC's 'This Week ...
"...I admit it it's pretty hard to argue with someone who realizes that some new, big and bold ideas would be a very welcome addition to the debate when it comes to sifting through who would make the best presidential candidates for 2016.While Scott Walker made the case Sunday morning for the importance of putting these new, big and bold ideas on display for the 2016 election, he made an even more compelling case for why he is not the man capable of doing so...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1136 days ago | politico
Scott Walkers Revolt Back Home - Politico

"...It's a scene that's played out more than once this spring as lawmakers wrangle with Walker's budget and other issues. His frequent out-of-state trips have given Democrats plenty of fodder to declare Walker an absentee governor placing his expected presidential run above the needs of Wisconsinites.Walker has repeatedly brushed off the suggestion, pointing out he's on the phone constantly with his chief of staff and legislative leaders, no matter where he is. He's also scored significant victories on the things he likes to tout on the national campaign trail, like holding down property taxes, and GOP lawmakers insist publicly the governor is just as available to them as he was in each of his first two budgets, even if he's often not at the table...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1138 days ago | nytimes
Behind Scott Walker, a Longstanding Conservative Alliance Against Unions - New York Times

"...More than any of his potential rivals for the White House, Mr. Walker, 47, is a product of a loose network of conservative donors, think tanks and talk radio hosts who have spent years preparing the road for a politician who could successfully present their arguments for small government to a broader constituency.Mr. Walker has embraced those goals in Wisconsin, and the promise of his fledgling presidential campaign is to do the same in Washington. The little-known governor-elect honored in Milwaukee has become something of a conservative hero, backed by wealthy donors like Charles G. and David H. Koch and revered as a leader brave enough to face down unions and their liberal supporters...." see full article


1139 days ago | nytimes
Scott Walker Riding With Joni Ernst in Iowa as Rivals Give Chase - New York Times

"...But that head-of-the-pack status has come with high expectations and a target on his back.Two challenges loom on the near horizon for Mr. Walker, who has said the path to the presidency comes through the Midwest. They are the first Republican debate, in Ohio on Aug. 6, in which he could be the target of the nine other candidates on stage, and a decision on whether to compete in Iowa's straw poll in Boone two days later...." see full article


1141 days ago | salon
Step inside the GOP clown car! Listening in as Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee ... - Salon

"...Walker's doing much better in the polls than any other GOP governor nearby rivals Mike Pence and Rick Snyder have both recently dropped, while John Kasich appears to be in the sub-1-percent range, at least for now. Christie at 5.4 percent defines the third tier, the only other governor who really registers so far.But Walker's record as governor is abysmal. He faces a $2.2 billion budget deficit, as Wisconsin blogger Jimmy Anderson explains:Since Walker took over, revenues have consistently come in less than expected due to a combination of below average job and wage growth, a sluggish state economy, and his arguably reckless $2 billion in tax cuts. Estimates now put our state budget at a $2.2 billion deficit...." see full article


1141 days ago | nytimes
Scott Walker's Effort to Weaken College Tenure - New York Times

"...Gov. Scott Walker's proposal for weakening tenure at Wisconsin's highly respected state university system and undermining the faculty's role in campus governance will appeal to conservative voters whose support he needs to win the Republican presidential nomination.But if this proposal becomes law, it will damage the university, perhaps irreparably. It will make it harder to recruit top-tier faculty members, who have the pick of other institutions that respect academic independence and where they do not have to fear dismissal for taking controversial views or for doing research that might be frowned upon by politicians...." see full article


1141 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
Scott Walker is the only potential presidential candidate who can go to a biker rally and mean it

"...Scott Walker hasn't yet said that he's running for president. But the Wisconsin governor is working to brand himself as the plain-speaking, Miller-drinking, cheap-clothes-wearing candidate who understands the struggles of the middle class. And he rides a Harley.This weekend is an opportunity to showcase it: He's taking part in a Roast and Ride fundraiser for Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R), who drew national attention last year when she ran campaign ads saying that she castrated hogs growing up on a farm and that she isn't afraid to make 'em squeal in Washington. (Walker's political organization recently hired Ernst's former strategist, David Polyansky.)..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1141 days ago | prweek
Six reasons Scott Walker shouldn't be underestimated
"...Walker does not have a college degree, a rarity for a presidential candidate. (And he never said he did, which would have been a disqualifying fib for a candidate or any job applicant). Time will tell how much it matters. He'll probably argue that two of the men on Mount Rushmore didn't have degrees, either. Many believe the distinction will actually help him...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1142 days ago | ibtimes
Scott Walker Abortion Politics Aren't Unique, But Help Build National GOP ... - International Business Times
"...Walker's stance on abortion isn't particularly surprising, but his opposition to exceptions for rape or incest comes across as particularly conservative on the anti-abortion spectrum, pro-abortion and political experts said. Put another way, the decision looks like Walker is just adding to a list of credentials that make him an increasingly attractive candidate to the types of conservatives he will need to woo in primary elections. And he is doing a solid job of it so far.Walker, who is known for dropping out of college and making his way up the political ladder to become governor in 2010, isn't alone on his anti-abortion stance. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who officially joined the 2016 race this week, is known for his firm anti-abortion position. Other candidates, such as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have also staked out conservative positions on abortion...." see full article


1148 days ago | salon
Scott Walker: Women should be forced to have transvaginal ultrasounds ... - Salon

"...You read that right. They have come to the point where the woman's life isn't even worthy of consideration.Unfortunately for Scott Walker, this whole thing puts him in a very difficult position. He talks the talk very nicely, but the walk they want him to walk is right over a cliff. Recall that last week Gallup released a poll showing that social liberals and social conservatives were at parity for the first time since they began asking the question. And on Friday they released this little factoid from the poll:..." see full article


1149 days ago | breitbart
Exclusive — Gov. Scott Walker: Federal Government 'Too Big To Fail,' Next ... - Breitbart News
"...Walker is currently the clear frontrunner in the Republican primary in 2016 according to most polls in many early state polls he's got a double digit lead and when asked why he thinks that's the case, Walker said it's because he's someone who delivers results.Walker said that if he's elected president in 2016, he'd aim to severely cut back on the size and scope of the federal government and he touted his experience battling the unions in Wisconsin as having prepared him for what's necessary to do that...." see full article


1152 days ago | commentarymagazine
The Lefts Shaming of Scott Walker
"...There are, however, some examples of shaming that the left continues to find noble. It is no accident that the targets of their censure are exclusively conservative, the ultimate offense meriting a scolding. The latest target of the left's lofty discrimination is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. According to a prominent Hillary Clinton donor, Walker's failure to graduate college with a degree renders him intellectually incapable of occupying the Oval Office.At a time when millions of American families are struggling to send their children to four-year institutions, and with still more millions of Americans rediscovering the value of vocational education and blue-collar career paths, it is perhaps ill-advised to be insulting those who decline to attend college. That is doubly true for Scott Walker, who only failed to graduate with a degree because he left his university a few credits shy when he received a lucrative job offer in the middle of his senior year. And as for those liberals who would object to suggesting that the comments of one donor are indicative of the party's thinking on this issue, they would be advised to turn to Charles and David Koch for comment...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1153 days ago | washingtonpost
The right's political correctness - Washington Post

"...Unfortunately for the Republican Party and the country, Walker's careful parsing of shape-shifting counts as one of the cerebral high points of the debate among the party's 2016 presidential candidates.The shortage of philosophical adventure and the eagerness of GOP hopefuls to alter their positions to make them more conservative have the same cause: a Republican primary electorate that has moved so far right that it brooks no deviation. What makes it even harder for the candidates to break new ground is that the imperatives of orthodoxy are constraining even the thinkers who are trying to create a reform conservatism. ..." see full article


1154 days ago | chicagotribune
Ben Carson wins Okla. GOP straw poll, Wis. governor Scott Walker comes in 2nd - Chicago Tribune

"...Walker was the first likely or declared candidate to speak at the conference, offering a fiery and passionate speech that repeated stories he has told several times on the stump but also revealed his support of ending a ban on exporting crude oil a position popular in Oklahoma, where oil production is among the highest in the country. Poll results showed 85 percent of respondents favor lifting restrictions on oil and gas exports.The conference came after a month of rough headlines in Wisconsin for Walker, who has faced questions in the wake of a State Journal investigation into a questionable $500,000 loan his top aides pushed to give to a failing company, which never repaid the state, through a jobs agency Walker created. Recent polling of Wisconsin residents also shows faltering support for Walker, largely based on proposals in his 2015-17 budget that cut K-12 and higher education funding...." see full article


1154 days ago | nymag
Where Is Scott Walker? - New York Magazine
"...Sure, he's still touring the country, introducing himself to voters, telling them how unafraid he was to stand up to the unions and liberal protesters he battled in Wisconsin, but he's also ducking out of uncontrolled situations, skipping questions from the press, and spending more time on small or private events, usually packed with friendly crowds. Last week, when he traveled to Israel usually an occasion to invite reporters or hold a press conference Walker held no press events. The same was true last month when he went to Europe. He skipped the press on a recent tour of the Mexico border, at a campaign stop in South Carolina, and even at a local chamber of commerce event in his home state of Wisconsin...." see full article


1155 days ago | jsonline
Scott Walker signs 70-mph speed limit law, pauses impact of state test - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"...Scott Walker's strategy on immigration reform is to say a bunch of different things all the time in order to confuse everyone. It's not a bad strategy on immigration or any other issue, so long as you don't care about anything. And who does?Let's run through his mishmash of positions.When he was Milwaukee county executive in 2006, he signed a resolution calling on Congress to pass a Kennedy-McCain immigration reform bill that served as the model for the comprehensive immigration reform battle of 2007. That one, much like the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform proposal, went down largely because of conservative opposition to amnesty. ..." see full article


1157 days ago | motherjones
The Slow-Mo Scandal That Could Crush Scott Walker's Presidential Hopes - Mother Jones

"...Just how deeply had politics pervaded Walker's supposedly apolitical office? In court, prosecutors highlighted one particularly troubling example. In July 2010, a concrete slab fell from a county parking garage, killing a 15-year-old boy. Knowing that journalists would file public records requests about the accident, Walker's campaign sprang into action. Hours after the boy's death, Walker's campaign manager ordered Rindfleisch to "make sure there is not a paper anywhere that details a problem at all."The probe led to six convictions. Rindfleisch was sentenced to six months in jail. Wink pleaded guiltyto two misdemeanors. A Walker aide and an appointee both received two-year prison sentences after admitting to embezzling more than $70,000 from Operation Freedom. And a railroad executive who'd donated to Walker's campaigns admitted to an illegal scheme in which he pressed his employees to donate to Walker and reimbursed them for it; he received two years of probation...." see full article


1158 days ago | alternet
Scott Walker Lets Billionaire Donors Know the Outrageous Sum It'll Take to Buy ... - AlterNet
"...Walker's super PAC charade is just the latest example of how 2016 candidates are making a mockery of the little that remains of federal campaign finance law, where the maximum legal contribution from individuals to one candidate is supposed to be $2,700 in the primaries and $2,700 in the general election.Anybody who has been paying attention to the democracy-destroying role of big money in politics knows that every successive election cycle unearths new ways for the wealthy to buy access and influence with candidates. Does anybody giving $1 milliion to Walker's super PAC really believe their money will not gain access to Walker's ear?..." see full article


1158 days ago | breitbart
Republican Lawmakers: Scott Walker Dazzles on Capitol Hill - Breitbart News
"...Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker the clear Republican presidential frontrunner according to almost all GOP primary polls, even though he hasn't announced a 2016 campaign officially yet dazzled Republicans across Capitol Hill in meetings all day Tuesday...." see full article


1158 days ago | dailycaller
Scott Walker Redefines What Constitutes A 'Flip-Flop' - Daily Caller
".... According to Walker's definition, you can change your mind as many times as you want on as many hot-button issues as possible so long as your past public support didn't involve casting a vote. It's a pretty convenient argument for a Midwestern county executive, turned governor, to make (although, even this deserves an asterisk)...." see full article


1158 days ago | chicagotribune
Can Scott Walker capitalize on Jeb Bush's stumbles? - Chicago Tribune

"...If Walker can combine his political skills and moxie with policy chops and a domestic and foreign policy agenda, he will be a formidable contender. With Bush's troubles this week, Walker once again has the opportunity to present himself as a someone who can both win and govern..." see full article


1159 days ago | thedailybeast
Scott Walker's Dirty Tricks - Daily Beast

"...Walker's trouble with campaign rules began even before he embarked on a political career in earnest. As a sophomore at Marquette University in Milwaukee, he lost a bid for student body president in a race that was marred by allegations that Walker improperly campaigned before officially registering his campaign, that he failed to properly register his campaign workers, and that he went door-to-door to hand out fliers in violation of campus policy. ..." see full article


1160 days ago | salon
The climate nightmare we aren't taking seriously enough: President Scott Walker - Salon

"...President Walker, whose base is furious that he has only eliminated half of all federal food stamp and welfare programs, jumps into action. He orders Interior Department Secretary Donald Trump to immediately approve the project. Liberals are aghast. Environmentalists threaten blockades. Bill McKibben again promises the biggest climate march in history, this time with even more protest signs...." see full article


1160 days ago | rawstory
Scott Walker: Visiting six countries makes me 'the most' qualified to be ... - Raw Story

"...Likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker argued on Sunday that he would be the most qualified person to lead the country's foreign policy because he had visited six countries while serving as governor of Wisconsin...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1161 days ago | salon
Scott Walker's vicious college-tuition scam: The real reason why higher-ed ... - Salon

"...In Wisconsin, Scott Walker is cutting $300 million over two years, again to pay for reckless tax cuts...." see full article


1170 days ago | hotair
Scott Walker soon to be toppled in #Searsgate - Hot Air
"...Wait a minute I thought evil, rich Republicans were the problem because of income inequality and the inability to relate to real Americans with modest incomes and debt. Wouldn't this actually make him a good candidate? Apparently not. It just means he's not a fiscal conservative. And by that measure, there's probably only about 40,000 fiscal conservatives in the entire country...." see full article


1176 days ago | cleveland
Scott Walker owes tens of thousands of dollars on his credit cards: Scott ... - cleveland.com (blog)
"...But personal wealth, or lack thereof, and political wealth are very different, and the New York Times points out that Walker has assets where needed: He has stronger ties to the GOP's top donors than any candidate other than Jeb Bush. That should come in handy if Walker decides he will, in fact, officially enter the presidential race...." see full article


1178 days ago | nationalreview
If You Look at the Numbers, One of Scott Walker's Advantages Is Even Bigger ... - National Review Online

"...No other Republican contender has fought a national fight like that. It's hard to measure grassroots cred, but just how dramatic is Walker's first-contact advantage with big donors? ..." see full article


1178 days ago | weeklystandard
Scott Walker Versus the Wall St. Journal on Immigration - The Weekly Standard (blog)

"...There is no dispute that immigration increases the size of the economy. The question is whether it increases the economic well-being of the typical American. In this, Walker is asking the right questions and focusing on the right ends. ..." see full article


1181 days ago | huffingtonpost
Scott Walker is 2016's Mitt Romney - Huffington Post

"...How else to explain Romney's showing among American Latino voters -- the worst since President Ford? In fact, it does help explain the loss of key swing states, by having repulsed Latino voters en masse...." see full article


1183 days ago | peoplesworld
Koch brothers can't conceal their love for Scott Walker - People's World
"...What's keeping his legislative majority in check are warnings that his minions will use Walker's national media allure and Koch-like money to primary them out of power in 2016 elections should they rebel. That threat has limited how they can ward off the growing alarm from district residents. So at home Walker is in big trouble and it is mainly national media jaunts and secret money sources that are propping him up...." see full article


1184 days ago | salon
Scott Walker is now toast: The crazy move right that cost him the Koch ... - Salon

"...First, let's acknowledge once again that the Great Whitebread Hope from Wisconsin seems to have everyone in the political establishment mesmerized by his alleged strategic and tactical brilliance. Sure, he makes epic gaffes over and over again, but that cannot take anything away from the fact that he barely won a recall election and two swing-state elections in years in which Republicans ran the table. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1185 days ago | salon
Scott Walker is the absolute worst: Beneath his "Everyman" facade, a grossly ... - Salon

"...So in fact, Walker's terrible performance would seem to have hurt him. It might also help Paul and Rubio that they have declared officially their candidacies, while Walker still apparently waits for God to tell him what to do...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1188 days ago | host.madison
Arthur Christopher Schaper: Scott Walker is looking more presidential every day - Madison.com
"...Walker should be applauded for signing the right-to-work law, despite initial presumed reticence, all of which takes place because unions have an immoral tendency to extend labor contracts indefinitely right before right-to-work legislation ensues. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1196 days ago | bizjournals
Business backers of Wisconsin governor like the ring of 'Walker for president' - Milwaukee Business Journal (blog)
"...But Walker's expected presidential bid generally gets a thumbs-up from business people who love him as governor...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1198 days ago | jsonline
Scott Walker has spent most of life planted firmly in middle class - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"...could boost a presidential bid by helping the governor reach out to ordinary voters and by ruling out some of the financial conflicts of interest that crop up for wealthy candidates...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1202 days ago | jsonline
Scott Walker has spent most of life planted firmly in middle class - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"...But Walker's modest finances could boost a presidential bid by helping the governor reach out to ordinary voters and by ruling out some of the financial conflicts of interest that crop up for wealthy candidates...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1203 days ago | businessinsider
Republican presidential contender Scott Walker ... - Business Insider

"...It's a record that complicates Walker's path in early primary states as he sells himself as a reformer. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1204 days ago | politifact
Gov. Scott Walker says he bought a sweater for $1 at Kohl's - PolitiFact
"...When Gov. Scott Walker took his presidential ambitions to New Hampshire, he shared a penny-pinching story that would have been right at home in bargain-hunting Wisconsin...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1205 days ago | nytimes
The State of Scott Walker - New York Times

"...During his two terms in office, Wisconsin's public education system, public lands and pristine environment have suffered as Mr. Walker slashed funding for the things that have made Wisconsin a quality place to live...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1206 days ago | takingnote.blogs.nytimes
Scott Walker: From Eagle Scout to Commander in Chief? - New York Times (blog)
"...It would be unfair to say Mr. Walker's response hinged solely on his knot-tying skills. He did offer a grand vision for military strategy. He said the United States should use military force when appropriate, with a plan and a charge that ultimately leads to victory. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1208 days ago | thedailybeast
What Jeb Gets That Walker Doesnt - Daily Beast

"...while Walker's positions have evolved in the base's direction and, as of now, that is a decidedly less optimistic one...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1208 days ago | washingtonpost
The newest smear against Scott Walker - Washington Post (blog)

"...I bet you didn't know Walker was so racially divisive. Well, neither did he or the voters who supported him in three elections...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1209 days ago | washingtonpost
Morning Plum: Scott Walker versus Jeb Bush for soul of the GOP? - Washington Post (blog)

"...Conservative writer Matt Lewis tells Martin that Walker's strategy is about turning out disaffected white men, and a Walker adviser didn't dispute the idea. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1209 days ago | forbes
Scott Walker's Medicaid Policy Says A Lot About How He Would Govern - Forbes
"...In doing so he bolstered his Tea Party bona fides by refusing to accept this Obamacare expansion. But exactly how he did it says a lot about Scott Walker...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1209 days ago | politico
The crushing defeat that shaped Scott Walker - Politico

"...But the hard-earned lessons from his failed, slapdash run for governor in 2006 have shaped Walker's career since, putting him on a trajectory that has led him to become one of the early front-runners for the 2016 GOP nomination. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1210 days ago | salon
The rich's Scott Walker bungle: Why plutocrats fell for the wrong GOP governor - Salon

"...To recap: Walker is stumbling, Bush is widely viewed as a vulnerable frontrunner and Ted Cruz is running for president of the he-man Obama haters club and scaring GOP pragmatists. It's clearly time for a fresher face,..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1212 days ago | salon
Ted Cruz's "Scott Walker" problem: Why they're both making false promises to ... - Salon

"...And it's why you should consider the midwestern governor a more serious threat to Bush than the Texan in the Senate. Because although Walker is more popular than Bush with the Tea Party rank-and-file, he hasn't earned their support at the cost of alienating the party establishment. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1216 days ago | time
Scott Walker: Bold in Office, Meek on the Trail - TIME
"...As a candidate, Walker has a history of being blandly genial and preternaturally vague. When he's asked policy questions, he gives squishy, milquetoast answers, and seems willing to go to great lengths to avoid saying anything that could get him in trouble later:..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1219 days ago | theweek
Scott Walker: The gutless wonder of 2016 - The Week Magazine
"...Forcing Mair out was like amputating your finger to deal with a paper cut. Instead of having a problem with a few Iowans and a writer at Breitbart.com, Walker has now baffled his admirers across the right..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1220 days ago | huffingtonpost
Scott Walker's Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Week - Huffington Post

"...It appears, however, that he may have succeeded in alienating both groups this week when he decided to part ways with an aide in charge of his digital communication efforts...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1220 days ago | rushlimbaugh
Why Scott Walker Scares Barney Frank - RushLimbaugh.com
"... I firmly believe a conservative candidate can beat whoever the Democrats nominate in 2016. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1221 days ago | nymag
Scott Walker and the Continuing Power of the Republican Cult of Reagan - New York Magazine
"...Yet the form of the debate helps explain why the reformists were so badly crushed. The history used by the supply-siders may be inaccurate, but the fanaticism with which they purvey it is real. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1222 days ago | washingtonpost
What would Walker vs. Clinton be like? - Washington Post (blog)

"...In just about every way imaginable, Walker is the antithesis of Clinton. There is no doubt that he can run as the change candidate voters say they want...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1224 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
Scott Walker compares his 'friend' Jeb Bush to failed GOP nominees

"...Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker compared his friend Jeb Bush to several failed GOP presidential nominees Friday, suggesting the Republican establishment is supporting him in part because they owe favors to the Bush family...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | politifact
Scott Walker says he unsealed his records from college: False - PolitiFact
"...In fact, he has taken only the very limited step of authorizing the school to confirm that he was in "good standing" during his time at Marquette and that he voluntarily withdrew. We haven't seen any records...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1227 days ago | dailykos
Union-busting is Scott Walker's answer to terrorism, and he's sticking with it

"...Last week, speaking at CPAC, Walker explained that he could handle ISIS because "If I can take on a hundred thousand protesters, I can do the same across the world."..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1237 days ago | washingtonpost
What many have in common with Scott Walker: College credits, no degree

"...Much attention has been given in recent weeks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's decision to drop out of Marquette University in the spring of his senior year. The Republican presidential hopeful was just 34 credits short of earning a bachelor's degree in 1990. He never went back.Various media reports have analyzed how the lack of a college degree makes Walker unusual presidential material, at least in recent history, though the distinction makes him like most Americans, 70 percent of whom don't have a bachelor's degree...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1244 days ago | takingnote.blogs.nytimes
Scott Walker on Not Having a College Degree
"...On the other hand, defending Mr. Walker by saying college means absolutely nothing, as some have done, sounds out-of-it. Many employers expect or even require their employees to have graduated from college, and research suggests that the rate of return for a bachelor's degree hovers around 15 percent.But there's obviously a middle ground between college is worthless and Walker is worthless because he dropped out a few credits short. Something like: There's a reason elected officials at the national level tend to have at least a B.A., but there are plenty of other ways to prove basic competence...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1249 days ago | usnews
Schooling Scott Walker

"...Walker's lack of a college degree may indeed haunt him in a national political campaign (and not just because he's seeking to make deep budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin system). It's not just that he'd be the first president since Harry S. Truman to lack a college degree; it's that he left school with so little time left to finish. If college wasn't working out in his sophomore or junior years, and he found another avenue for success, then leaving might not have been such a big deal. But who departs college just a couple months shy of getting his or her degree? There's something to be said for abandoning a project or policy that isn't working out that's actually an appealing quality in a lawmaker. But failing to finish something could also indicate a lack of commitment or discipline.We need to take the stigma away from those who choose not to go to college, and we also need to emphasize community college for those who need more education, but not a four-year program. But it's also not unreasonable to expect that our political elite and there's nothing more elite than being president of the United States have a semi-elite level of formal education...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1250 days ago | weeklystandard
The Real Reason Scott Walker Didn't Graduate from College

"...One would think Walker's practical political education, including all of the policy experience he gained, would put to rest any concern that he lacked the credits for a B.A. in political science. Of course, whether Walker's lack of a college degree should matter and whether it will matter are two entirely different questions. It's certainly possible that some voters, particularly low-information voters, will have concerns that Walker isn't up to the job when they hear he's a "college dropout." If Walker is evasive on policy questions, the press may jump more quickly to the conclusion that Walker just doesn't know much about the issues. Walker isn't going to last very long if his main response to foreign policy questions is to point out that Ronald Reagan took on the air traffic controllers. But if Walker has thought deeply about the issues and articulates a clear agenda, it's doubtful that the lack of a college degree will significantly hurt him in the race for the presidency...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1254 days ago | chicagotribune
Can Scott Walker be president without a college degree?

"...There is one credential that he doesn't have: a post-high school education. America hasn't elected a president without a college degree since Harry Truman.Privately, some strategists in both parties suspect that this could increasingly become troublesome for voters, a little in the nominating process, more so in a general election, particularly in battleground upscale suburban areas. If this seems illogical -- it does -- try raising the issue at the next coffee klatch or cocktail party; you're likely to be surprised by the responses.Americans celebrate higher education. More than 40 percent of voters have a college degree; only three countries, Canada, Israel and Japan have a more educated electorate. College graduates, on average, make in excess of 50 percentmore in a lifetime in America than non-graduates...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1265 days ago | newsmax
Can Walker Be President Without a College Degree?
"...Privately, some strategists in both parties suspect that this could increasingly become troublesome for voters, a little in the nominating process, more so in a general election, particularly in battleground upscale suburban areas. If this seems illogical it does try raising the issue at the next coffee klatch or cocktail party; you're likely to be surprised by the responses.Americans celebrate higher education. More than 40 percent of voters have a college degree; only three countries, Canada, Israel and Japan have a more educated electorate. College graduates, on average, make in excess of 50 percent more in a lifetime in America than non-graduates.All members of the Senate have higher degrees, as do all but 19 members of the House: 15 Republicans and four Democrats. Utah's Gary Herbert and Walker are the only two governors...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1266 days ago | washingtonpost
Scott Walker has no college degree. Thats normal for an American, but not a president.

"...Many Americans would likely be quick to say that the decision they'll make on voting for a president isn't tied to whatever degrees that person holds. But in recent years, we've had the best-educated crop of presidents in our history -- the first time three presidents in a row have had post-graduate degrees.Walker is clearly no dummy, but he'd better hope his "master's in battling big government" line doesn't become something he needs to offer very often...." see full article or see all articles on this topic



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