Gov. Walker

Politics & Government
1:01 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Walker's Busy Travel Week Fuels Speculation About His Political Ambitions

Gov. Walker's speaking engagement schedule is jam packed this week.
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Gov. Scott Walker embarks on a speaking frenzy this week. He’s set to keynote huge Republican gatherings in Connecticut and New York City, then head to Iowa, to be the star of a GOP gathering. Iowa is home to the nation's first presidential caucuses.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Two Legislative Committees Grill WEDC

Legislators are looking into a variety of ways to rein in the economic agency, in the wake of a scathing report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau
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Two legislative panels sunk their teeth into the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. on Thursday. A state audit has revealed evidence that WEDC gave taxpayer money to ineligible recipients and did not properly track loans and grants.

The Joint Finance committee voted to give WEDC $59M in the 2013-14 state budget but nothing in 2014-15 unless it improves.

The Joint Audit committee grilled WEDC executives for more than four hours.

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Politics & Government
10:44 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Walker Gives WEDC Vote of Confidence in Light of Criticism

Gov. Scott Walker says his job creation agency overall is doing good work
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Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday presided over an emergency meeting of the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC.

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Politics & Government
11:39 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Wisconsin Republican Leaders Work to Rally Party Faithful

Gov. Walker lobbied for voucher expansion, income tax cuts and Medicaid reform
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UW Madison Political Scientist Charles Franklin discusses this weekend's state Republican convention in central Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Republicans rallied near Wausau over the weekend - during their annual convention.

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Economy & Business
9:54 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Walker Proposes Changes to State Laws Governing Foreign Land Sale

Gov. Walker has proposed lifting the cap on the amount of land foreigners and corporations are allowed to purchase.
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Wisconsin may soon allow foreign investors to purchase large parcels of land here. For more than 100 years, the state has limited foreign interests from owning more than 640 acres. However, Governor Walker’s proposed budget removes the cap, including for corporations. The Wisconsin Realtors Association asked for the change, according to spokesman Thomas Larson.

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Politics & Government
11:49 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Walker's Planned Memoir Indicates an Interest in Being President

Is Walker's book his next step toward running for President?
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Governor Walker obviously wants to run for President, according to UWM History Professor Glen Jeansonne. He’s been watching the governor travel the country, raising money and speaking to conservative audiences. Now that Walker will publish a book detailing his political experiences and ideology, there’s no question in the professor’s mind - the career politician wants the country to know about him.

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Politics & Government
11:41 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Walker Marketing His Conservative Brand, Perhaps Testing Presidential Waters

A familiar face at big Republican gatherings.
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Gov. Scott Walker appeared to be one of the Republican leaders ‘testing the water’ late last week, as the Conservative Political Action Conference gathered in Maryland.

Walker was invited to address the conference and was also on its straw ballot of GOP presidential contenders for 2016.

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Economy & Business
8:36 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Walker Looks to Change Rent-to-Own Rules

Gov. Walker's plan caps of the cost of renting at double the purchase price.

The rent-to-own industry has been working for years to change the way Wisconsin governs those shops. It now appears Gov. Walker is on board with change. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, he has included in his budget a provision bringing Wisconsin in line with most other states. His plan will certainly reignite a battle here between consumer advocates and an industry insisting it provides an option some shoppers need.

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Recall Election
4:27 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Walker Survives Recall Attempt, Vows Cooperation Moving Forward

Hundreds gather in Waukesha for Scott Walker's victory rally.
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Wisconsin residents have voted to keep Republican Gov. Scott Walker in office. Walker defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in Tuesday’s recall election by 6 percentage points. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, Walker told his supporters it is time to leave a year of division behind.

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Recall Election
1:47 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Crowd Cheers as Truck Delivers One Million Recall Signatures

A volunteer carries a box of signatures into the Government Accountability Board office.

Hundreds of people celebrated on the streets of downtown Madison Tuesday, as a truck full of petitions aimed at recalling Gov. Scott Walker pulled up to the Governmental Accountability Board office. Volunteers carried dozens of boxes into the building as organizers claimed they’ve collected more than one million signatures to force an election. The recall effort began last year in response to Walker’s push to end most collective bargaining rights for public unions. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, election officials now have their work cut out for them.

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