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GOTV - Volunteer TODAY!

As we reach the last week of the campaign, the office needs a lot of help to Get Out the Vote. We are going to need the phones full and doors knocked at all times.
I will also need the front desk monitored and volunteers fed at all times as well. If you can help or sign up for at least two shifts between now and June 5th in the office please contact Joe at 608-298-8441. Let's not wake up on June 6th regretting that we could have done a little more.

Thank You, Joe Leveratto
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Josef Leveratto Field Director
Republican Party of Wisconsin 6211 Durand Ave. Suite 203 Racine, WI 53406

Republican Party to Open Victory Center for Racine County

January 4, 2012 The State Republican Party will officially opened up the Racine County GOP Victory Center, 6211 Durand Ave on Saturday, January 7th.  The Victory Center will be the hub for all GOP candidates in 2012 and will begin to receive collateral material such as literature, signs, bumper stickers and other items immediately.

"Racine is central to ensuring a Republican victories in 2012 and the State Party has recognized that.  In 2010, 56% of Racine County voted for Governor Walker and Senator Johnson and 52% voted for State Senator Wanggaard," stated Racine County GOP Chairman, Bill Folk.  "Racine is ready to do it again in 2012."

The Victory Center will be staffed Monday through Saturday 9-9.

Grand Opening to be held Saturday, January 7th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Please join Senator Van Wanggaard and many other Racine County Elected Officials to learn how you can help keep Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Kleefisch and Senator Wanggaard in office

Phone: 262-864-1010

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RPW Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 13, 2011
Contact: Ciara Matthews
REPUBLICAN PARTY OF WISCONSIN, FRIENDS OF SCOTT WALKER ANNOUNCE VERIFICATION EFFORT
Voters Asked to Help Bring Fairness to the Recall Effort
Madison, Wis. – The Republican Party of Wisconsin and Friends of Scott Walker today announced the official launch of a joint recall signature verification effort at www.ScottWalker.org. The new landing page will be a resource for citizens who want to get involved in the forthcoming process of verifying signatures collected during the recall petition process.
This effort to verify signatures is in response to repeated allegations of individuals signing multiple recall petitions. The Government Accountability Board has ruled that the burden of verifying collected signatures will fall upon Governor Walker, and the Republican Party of Wisconsin. The Friends of Scott Walker campaign will be overseeing a massive statewide volunteer effort to ensure that the recall effort is not tainted by these repeated instances of fraud.
"As the only legal entities able to officially challenge duplicate signatures, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is proud to join Friends of Scott Walker in this joint effort to protect the recall process," said Stephan Thompson, Executive Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. "A majority of citizens have grown increasingly frustrated with the recall process, and this effort allows these people to get involved and protect their state from repeated fraudulent activity."
Ciara Matthews, communications director for Friends of Scott Walker also noted that help from the Governor’s supporters in this verification effort allows Governor Walker to continue to get his message out to voters.
"The Governor has spent his first year in office laying the foundation for a more successful Wisconsin,” Matthews explained. “It is important for him to continue talking with Wisconsinites about how his bold reforms are the first steps in putting state government back on the side of taxpayers.”
Citizens interested in volunteering for the signature verification effort are encouraged to visit http://scottwalker.org or contact Friends of Scott Walker at (608) 441-1640.
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Recall Integrity Center

Statewide, the Recall Integrity Center is the central location for documenting and investigating any cases of fraud, intimidation, or other shady tactics as the left attempts to recall Governor Walker.

Please submit videos, recordings, and incident reports documenting the strong armed tactics of big labor and the Democrats so we can ensure they are held accountable for their actions.

http://www.recallintegritycenter.com/

In Case You Missed It: NRA-PVF Endorses Scott Walker For Governor in Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

In Case You Missed It: NRA-PVF Endorses Scott Walker For Governor inWisconsin

Fairfax, VA -- The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Scott Walker in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race on November 2.

“Scott Walker has earned the NRA-PVF endorsement for his unwavering pro-gun record throughout his political career,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “His commitment to preserving our Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage makes Scott Walker the clear choice for Wisconsin gun owners.”

Walker strongly supports the right-to-carry in Wisconsin and has vowed to sign a “shall issue” bill into law.  He supported an amendment to theWisconsin state constitution that would guarantee the individual right to keep and bear arms and efforts to ensure uniformity in state gun laws and prevent a patchwork of confusing local ordinances and regulations across the state. Walker also voted for a state constitutional amendment to protect the right to hunt and fish. Because of his consistent support for individual gun ownership rights, Scott Walker has earned an “A” rating from the NRA-PVF.

In contrast, Walker’s opponent, Tom Barrett, has earned an “F” rating from the NRA-PVF for his long history of anti-gun activism and his lengthy anti-gun record as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Barrett has worked closely with anti-gun New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg as a member of the anti-gun front group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.”  He opposes right-to-carry in Wisconsin and supports gun bans and state gun registration. Barrett also supports legislation that would regulate gun shows out of business.

“Voters in Wisconsin value their freedom, and they can count on Scott Walker to fight for them,” Cox continued. “His strong dedication to freedom means that gun owners can count on Scott Walker to continue to support their right to hunt and to keep and bear arms.  We urge all Wisconsin gun owners and sportsmen to vote Scott Walker for Governor on November 2."

Chris W. Cox is NRA's chief lobbyist. He also serves as chairman of NRA-PVF. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund is responsible for political candidate rankings. These are based on candidate voting records, public statements and responses to NRA-PVF questionnaires.

http://www.nrapvf.org/news/Read.aspx?ID=14292&T=1

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In Case You Missed It: Six Weeks From Election Day, Walker Has The Momentum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

In Case You Missed It: Six Weeks From Election Day, Walker Has The Momentum

Walker Leads By 9 in New Poll Showing Huge Leads Outstate

Wauwatosa – Keith Gilkes, campaign manager for Scott Walker, released the following statement on Scott Walker’s continued momentum:

“It is clear voters from across Wisconsin are lining up behind Scott Walker,” said Gilkes.  “As we get closer to Election Day, it is becoming ever more apparent that voters are rejecting a third term of Jim Doyle's policies.”

Democratic Pollster Public Policy Polling

Included in today’s poll:

•       Walker leads Barrett 50% to 41%.

•       Scott Walker leads Barrett by 17 points in northern Wisconsin and by 18 points in the Green Bay area.

•       Independents have a mostly favorable opinion of Scott Walker and a mostly unfavorable opinion of Tom Barrett.  In a head to head matchup, Walker has a 12-point lead with Independents.

See the full results here: http://bit.ly/bHTPck

Independent Pollster Rasmussen Reports

•       Walker’s favorability ratings still the highest of any candidate: 58%-36% (+22).  Barrett viewed favorably by 52%, unfavorably by 43% (+9).

•       Walker clearly has the full support of conservatives following the primary.  He is viewed favorably by 94% of Republicans (69% view him “very favorably”) and 87% of conservatives (61% view him “very favorably”).

•       Walker is still viewed most favorably by independents (Walker is +33, Barrett is even) and in a head to head matchup, Walker leads Barrett among independents by 25 points.

See the full results here: http://bit.ly/doX6t2

National Journal

“Democratic strategists are awfully glum about Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's chances in a state they had very high hopes for several months ago.Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R) survived the primary and looks like a slight favorite to flip this statehouse red.”

http://www.nationaljournal.com/njonline/po_20100921_6126.php

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Walker: “My First Act As Governor Will be to Call an Emergency Special Session on Job Creation”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

Walker: “My First Act As Governor Will be to Call an Emergency Special Session on Job Creation”

Announces Tax Cuts for Small Business to Spur Job Growth

Wauwatosa – Scott Walker, Milwaukee County Executive and Republican nominee for governor, today at EDL Packaging in Green Bay announced that on his first day in office he will declare an economic emergency and call the state legislature into a special session focused entirely on helping small businesses create jobs.  



The emergency jobs plan will be the foundation for Walker's plan to bring 250,000 new jobs to Wisconsin.  



"People are scared about the economy," said Walker, "and they're angry at the inaction from state government. Our plan will make jobs the priority on day one - literally."

"I'll call the legislature in for a special session and not let them out until they pass a plan to help small businesses create jobs," said Walker, "this plan will kick start our efforts to create 250,000 new jobs in Wisconsin."



The declaration of an economic emergency and the calling of a special session on jobs will be Walker's first action as Governor.

Emergency Jobs Plan

Putting Wisconsin Back to Work

“People create jobs, not the government.  However, government can kill jobs, and has been for the last eight years.  My first official act as governor will be to declare an economic emergency and call a special session of the legislature to immediately make the necessary changes to help the private sector create jobs.  This can’t wait for the state budget, Wisconsinites need help now.”

-- Scott Walker 

Without question, the top concern for families across Wisconsin is the economy.  As I travel our state, people tell me they’re scared.  They’re scared about losing their jobs, about paying their bills and about caring for their families.

People are frustrated and uncertain about the future – with good reason.  Wisconsin has lost more than 150,000 jobs since 2008.  With reportsshowing August one of the worst months of the year for job growth, it’s clear the problem isn’t getting better either.

Yet, too many politicians seem intent on offering only more of the same big-spending and big-taxing plans that increase bureaucratic red-tape and make it even harder to create jobs.  Worse, some politicians have spent their career telling us one thing during an election and doing something completely different when they get in office.  These politicians have lost the trust of their constituents by paying nothing but lip service to creating jobs.

THIS MUST CHANGE IMMEDIATELY.

My first official act as governor, within minutes of taking the oath of office, will be to implement my comprehensive Emergency Jobs Plan.

Emergency Jobs Plan Summary

1.   Immediately declare an economic emergency and call a special session of the legislature to begin on inauguration day and not end until the legislature passes measures including, but not limited to:

a.  Cutting taxes on small businesses;

b.  Curbing Frivolous lawsuits that drive costs up;

c.   Eliminating the state tax on Health Savings Accounts; and

d.  Reforming the Department of Commerce into a true Economic Development Agency.

2.   Immediately convene Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission to trim wasteful spending.

Emergency Special Session on Jobs

Fixing the Doyle Disaster can’t wait, not even one day.  That’s why my first official act as governor, minutes after taking the oath of office, will be to declare an economic emergency and call a special session of the legislature on jobs.

I will call on the legislature to meet on Day One and work until the job is done.  I will ask to send to my desk legislation lowering taxes on job creators, curbing frivolous lawsuits that drive-up costs, eliminate the tax on health care coverage and cutting bureaucratic red tape that kills job growth.

Wisconsinites need jobs and there simply is no time to waste.

Cut Taxes on Small Businesses

Small businesses form the backbone of our economy.  Some reports estimate that as much as 80% of job growth in our nation is from small businesses alone.

In Wisconsin, small business owners often file their business taxes as individuals.  This means that a husband and wife who own a convenience store often pay the same tax rate as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

I think that’s wrong.  That’s why, as part of the emergency special session, I will ask the legislature to pass an immediate tax cut for small businesses employing 50 or fewer workers.

I will call for a tax cut of as much as 20% off the small businesses that provide most of the jobs in Wisconsin.  That’s money that can be used to hire more workers at small businesses here in Wisconsin.

End Frivolous Lawsuits that Drive Up Costs

Wisconsin faces a crisis when it comes to health care costs for families and employers.  One of the key reasons is frivolous lawsuits that drive up costs.

Frivolous lawsuits force doctors to practice defensive medicine by ordering expensive and unnecessary tests instead of focusing on what’s best for patients.  They cause malpractice insurance rates to skyrocket, costs which get passed onto patients.

By passing true lawsuit reform, we can ensure that patients are protected while making health care affordable for families and employers.

Eliminate the Tax on Health Care Coverage

Many small businesses want to provide health insurance for their employees but can’t afford it.  In other states, tax-exempt Health Savings Accountsoffer an affordable alternative for small businesses and family farmers, but Wisconsin is being left behind because we continue to tax these accounts, eliminating nearly all of the benefit for small employers to use them.

As part of the emergency special session, I will call on the legislature to eliminate the tax on Health Savings Accounts, taking effect immediately.

Create a True Economic Development Agency

During the last eight years, Wisconsin’s Department of Commerce has become a bureaucratic mess more focused on increasing red tape than on creating a state where employers will create jobs.

Working with the legislature and through executive order, I will replace DOC with a true economic development agency. 

Instead of a traditional cabinet secretary, I will hire an experienced economic development professional as Executive Director.  All regulatory functions will be transferred to other agencies.  Existing economic development functions of state agencies, like the Department of Workforce Development, and state affiliated entities, like the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, will be consolidated within the new agency.

The new consolidated agency, focused entirely on the promotion of commerce, can immediately become a rapid-response agency to shepherd job creators through state government, expedite backlogged permit applications and help them put Wisconsin citizens back to work.

Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission

Wisconsin’s state budget now spends more than $62 billion, a 33% increase since Gov. Doyle took office.  Put simply, government has grown beyond the ability of the taxpayers to pay for it.

When I was first elected County executive, I promised to spend tax money as if it were my own.  It’s time the state did the same.

In August, I announced I would create a Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission to examine state government from top-to-bottom to find wasteful spending to trim.

As part of my Emergency Jobs Plan, I will issue an executive order on my first day in office, creating this commission, directing it to meet within one week, and giving it the authority to access the books of all state agencies and go through them line-by-line.

I will appoint a tough, private-sector chairman who will bring common sense to government spending and ensure that taxpayer money is being spent efficiently and effectively.

I will instruct the Commission to report by the end of January so I can immediately begin saving money to lower taxes and balance the budget.

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ICYMI: Rasmussen Poll Shows Walker Again Over 50%

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

ICYMI: Rasmussen Poll Shows Walker Again Over 50% With 8-Point Lead, Race Now “Leans Republican”

Wauwatosa – Keith Gilkes, campaign manager for Scott Walker, released the following statement on polling showing Scott Walker’s lead on Tom Barrett growing.

“Following Scott’s huge primary win, it is clear voters are rallying behind Scott Walker’s candidacy and his positive message of job creation; this despite the millions spent in desperate attack ads by Governor Jim Doyle to ensure a third term of his policies by his hand-picked candidate, Tom Barrett,” said Gilkes.

Included in today’s poll:

•       Walker’s favorability ratings still the highest of any candidate: 58%-36% (+22).  Barrett viewed favorably by 52%, unfavorably by 43% (+9).

•       Walker clearly has the full support of conservatives following the primary.  He is viewed favorably by 94% of Republicans (69% view him “very favorably”) and 87% of conservatives (61% view him “very favorably”).

•       Walker is still viewed most favorably by independents (Walker is +33, Barrett is even) and in a head to head matchup, Walker leads Barrett among independents by 25 points.

See the full results here: http://bit.ly/doX6t2

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Walker: “I’ll End Permitting Delays for Farmers”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

Walker: “I’ll End Permitting Delays for Farmers” Walker Would Reduce Taxation, Regulation Burden on Family Farmers

See Walker's Plan HERE

Wauwatosa – Today, Scott Walker, Milwaukee County executive and candidate for governor, released his plan to help Wisconsin’s family farmers restore our proud agricultural tradition.  As governor, Walker would introduce legislation to require state agencies to review permits within 60 days.  If the permit is not approved or denied within 180 days, the application will be presumed to be approved.

“Our family farmers work too hard to have their livelihood put in jeopardy by a heavy-handed bureaucracy that doesn’t put farmers first,” said Walker.  “One way we can help is to reduce the wait time for farm applications.  I’ve heard horror stories about delays of a year or more from farmers around Wisconsin.  As governor, I’ll support legislation to require state agencies to review permits within 60 days.  If the application is not approved or denied by the state agency within 180 days, the application will be presumed approved.



“We will also work to lower taxes and regulations across the board, so that farms can continue to create jobs and help our economy.” 



Recently, Walker was endorsed by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, the Dairy Business Association, and the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association.

Highlights of Walker’s plan include: 

  • Lowering Taxes on the Family Farm

o   A comprehensive review of all tax policies that impact farmers.

o   Eliminating tax barriers to production.

o   Opposing any efforts to weaken Wisconsin’s “Use Value” law.

  • Making Government Accountable to Farmers

o   Refocusing government to be a resource for farmers, not simply a regulator of them.

o   Require state agencies to review permit applications within 60 days of receipt and approve or deny them within 180 days or else they will be presumed approved.

o   Ensuring that funds created for specific purposes, such as the Ag Chemical Management Fund and the Ag Chemical Cleanup Program, are not raided to pay for other programs.

o   Ensuring that at least one of the members of the Natural Resources Board comes from an agricultural background.

  • Farming for the Next Generation

o   Working with members of Congress to end its crippling effects on Wisconsin farmers.

o   Strengthening public/private partnerships that will incorporate 21st century innovations into best practices standards.

o   Supporting tax incentives aimed at modernizing the farms.

o   Continuing to invest in our state’s infrastructure to ensure farmers can move their products to market for years to come by preventing raids to the Transportation Fund.

  • Focus on the Farm, Not the Courtroom

o   Supporting improvements to Wisconsin’s “Right to Farm” law.

o   Reforming our legal system so that property rights of farmers and all landowners across the state are protected.

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Walker Campaign Announces $826,542 Raised

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

Walker Campaign Announces $826,542 Raised 

Wauwatosa. – Today, Scott Walker's campaign $826, 542 raised since the last reporting period.     


“Unlike Congressman Neumann and his millions in personal wealth, our campaign is fueled by everyday Wisconsin families ready to end the Doyle-Barrett legacy of sky-high taxes, out of control spending, and bigger government,” said campaign manager Keith Gilkes.  “Approximately 70% of Scott’s donations are from individuals giving $50 or less, with supporters not only contributing, but also organizing and volunteering - that’s the type of momentum that will show real results next Tuesday.” 

Walker finished the reporting period with $1.2 million cash on hand.  

Scott Walker serves as Milwaukee County executive.  He was elected eight years ago when he joined with everyday families in taking back their government after a pension scandal rocked the community, costing taxpayers millions.  After being elected on a promise clean up county government and spend taxpayer money as if it were his own, over the past eight years Scott and his wife Tonette have given over $370,000 of Scott’s personal salary back to the taxpayers.  Walker packs his own brown bag lunch to save money in his family budget, and has approached his county budget the same way, cutting out waste and doing more with less.  Walker has cut the county debt by 10%, cut the county workforce by 20% and introduced eight consecutive budgets without an increase to the property tax levyfrom the previous year – even announcing an a surplus in his most recent budget.

Walker and his wife Tonette live in Wauwatosa with their two sons, Matt and Alex.

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Congressman Neumann Defends Vote for $9 Billion in Pork

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

Congressman Neumann Defends Vote for $9 Billion in Pork Uses Personal Millions Distance Himself from Record in D.C.

Wauwatosa – Keith Gilkes, campaign manager for Scott Walker, released the following statement on Mark Neumann’s defense of his vote to joinNancy Pelosi in supporting one of the largest transportation bills in history.

“Wisconsin voters continue to ask about the difference between Scott Walker and Congressman Neumann,” said Walker campaign manager Keith Gilkes.  “Congressman Neumann has been spending millions of his personal wealth trying to scrub clean his six runs for office and his support for one of the largest pork barrel spending bills in history while in Washington.

Just because Congressman Neumann is on TV saying he’s an ‘outsider’ and a ‘conservative’ doesn’t change his record in Washington - in 1998 Congressman Neumann joined Nancy Pelosi in supporting a bill filled with $9 billion dollars in pork barrel spending.  The bill included the first funds Congress authorized for the "Bridge to Nowhere" and a highway through Canada.  When questioned Sunday on why he supported a bill that Jim Sensenbrenner called "pork-barreling at its worst,” what was Neumann’s defense?  He said that he voted for the $9 billion pork bill because ‘many other Republicans did too.’

Scott Walker has a true record of reform – fighting out of control government spending, cutting his debt by 10%, reducing his workforce by 20%, and holding the line on taxes – all while having a surplus in his most recent budget.”

Congressman Neumann has been spending his personal millions to distance himself from his time in Washington, D.C., saying that he is a ‘conservative’ and not a ‘career politician,’ regardless of the fact he has run for office six times, and while in DC, voted for a bill that included $9 billion in pork - the type of spending bill he says he’s against.

FACT: Jim Sensenbrenner called this bill "pork-barreling at its worst" while the Wall Street Journal said it was a "pork-fest" and "one of the great logrolling parties of all time." Stephen Moore said the bill was "an affront to the platform on which Republicans rode into town: making government smaller and smarter."



FACT: The bill included the first funds Congress authorized for the "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska, money for a highway in Canada, and $9 billion in other pork projects. 



FACT: Congressman Mark Neumann voted for this bill.  One month later, Congressman Bud Shuster (the powerful chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) hosted a fundraiser for Neumann's campaign.   



FACT: Mark Neumann is spending millions of his own money to create an image that is contrary to many of these votes in Congress.

You can watch the ad “Congressman Neumann” HERE

“Congressman Neumann” Ad Script

Mark Neumann says he’s against big government spending.

But in 1998, Congressman Neumann voted for one of the largest transportation bills in history.

A bill that contained $9 billion in pork barrel spending.

Including funding for the infamous bridge to nowhere. 

And a highway in Canada.  

You know who else voted for that $9 billion in pork barrel spending?

Nancy Pelosi.

Take a closer look at Mark Neumann, remind you of anyone?

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Walker: “Obama Admits $1 Trillion Stimulus Bill Failure”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader 

Walker: “Obama Admits $1 Trillion Stimulus Bill Failure” Continues to Call for End to Boondoggle Train

Wauwatosa – Scott Walker, Milwaukee County executive and candidate for governor, said that the announcement by the president of yet another “jobs” bill is an admission the stimulus bill is a failure.   

“Today’s announcement of yet another so-called ‘jobs’ bill by the president is an admission that his summer stimulus spending spree was an outright failure,” said Walker.  “It seems like every time the president opens his mouth, he spends another $50 billion of our money to ‘create jobs’ but instead we continue to see spiraling unemployment.  


It’s outrageous that despite a failing record of creating jobs, Jim Doyle and Tom Barrett continue to endorse President Obama's spend-o-rama stimulus-fueled $810 million boondoggle train from Milwaukee to Madison that ‘creates’ only 55 permanent jobs - at the cost of $14.7 million per job!

This Labor Day, it's time we focus on policies that will allow the people, not the government, to create jobs.  My plan means lower taxes, less spending, and a reduction of the regulation and litigation burden to bring 250,000 jobs to our state by 2015.  It's time for Obama, Barrett, and Doyle to admit that their big government approach has failed.  Unlike Mayor Barrett, I believe people create jobs, not the government, and as governor, I look forward to getting government out of the way to make Wisconsin a great place in which to do business.”

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Will Congressman Mark Neumann Run Wisconsin Like He Runs His Business?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

Will Congressman Mark Neumann Run Wisconsin Like He Runs His Business? Families Hurt By Neumann Tell Voters “Watch Your Back”

Wauwatosa – Keith Gilkes, campaign manager for Scott Walker, released the following statement on the disturbing news in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Congressman Mark Neumann’s business dealings.  Neumann frequently mentions his 26 years of business experience as his qualification to become governor. 

“Congressman Neumann says he wants to run Wisconsin like a business.  Today’s disturbing news about Congressman Neumann’s business practices reveals he has been making millions by breaking contracts, hiding his assets, and using families and customers for personal gain.”  



“This was not an isolated incident.  It was previously reported that Neumann had dodged paying taxes after shifting around properties owned by his various businesses, and even one of his campaign workers had to threaten Neumann with a lawsuit to get paid.”



Congressman Neumann says his 26 years in business makes him qualified to serve as governor.  But the voters have to question if  Neumann’s business practices are what they want to see out of their next governor?  Excerpts from today’s Journal Sentinel:

  • "If you're doing business with him, I'd say, 'Watch your back - and make sure everything in the contract is to your advantage,'" Schmidt said.
  • Not everybody is impressed when Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann repeatedly touts his business experience.  Dennis Jahns of Kenosha certainly isn't.  In 2008, Jahns and his wife moved into a house built by a now-defunct firm partially owned and run by Neumann, and Jahns can tick off a list of problems with the residence, including a floor-to-ceiling crack in the concrete foundation. The disgruntled Kenosha homeowner says Neumann's employees tell him that these problems from the shoddy construction job are Jahns' headache, not theirs.
  • Steve Schmidt of Waupun is also put off by Neumann's business claims.  "Mark was calling all the shots," the 50-year-old dairy farmer said. "The whole thing just ticks the hell out of me."Schmidt, who isn't politically active, contacted the Journal Sentinel after reading an earlier column regarding Neumann's failure to pay more than $25,000 in transfer fees on millions of dollars' worth of property that he shifted from one entity he owned to another beginning in May 2008.  The dairy farmer openly wonders if his lawsuit prompted Neumann to move those properties around.
  • But the suit contended that Neumann's company intentionally dragged its feet, leading the firm to miss the deadline and allowing them to try to get out of the deal.
  • "The market was also going south, and they wanted out," Schmidt said.
  • Neumann's team tried to have the case tossed on summary judgment, but the judge rejected the request in April 2008. Interestingly, Matt Neumann created MN Holdings a month later, and his father immediately began moving millions of dollars worth of property from Neumann Developments to the new company. A spokesman for Neumann, who has said he owns MN Holdings Inc., declined to answer a question on whether the suit led Neumann to transfer these properties.
  • Contrast that response to the one Neumann gave recently when discussing the fatal O'Donnell Park garage accident while on radio talker Mark Belling's show. Neumann said in the July 1 interview that he would "panic immediately" if he found out his company was responsible for a building with a structural problem.
  • "Why would you leave a homeowner high and dry like that?" Kovachik asked. "Well, not dry. He's got water coming into the basement."

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Scott Walker to Name ‘Whitetail Deer Trustee’ to Monitor Health and Population of Deer Herd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

Scott Walker to Name ‘Whitetail Deer Trustee’ to Monitor Health and Population of Deer Herd
  Walker: “It’s Time We Took the Politics Out of the Woods and Put the Deer Back In”

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Wauwatosa – Scott Walker, Milwaukee County executive and candidate for governor, today announced his plans to name a ‘Whitetail Deer Trustee’ to “take the politics out of the forest and put the deer back in.”  Walker announced his pledge to put more deer in the forest by bringing in an independent third party auditor (Whitetail Deer Trustee) to monitor the health and population of the deer herd.  Walker also unveiled his DNR policy before purchasing his hunting license at West Town Archery. 

“Like most sportsmen, I’m tired of sitting in a deer stand all day and not seeing any deer,” said Walker.  “As governor, I will name a ‘Whitetail Deer Trustee’ to monitor the health and population of the deer herd.  That way, we take the politics out of the forest and put the deer back in.”

Walker continued, “I believe that Department of Natural Resources has lost the trust of Wisconsin sportsmen.  To restore confidence, I will also require more transparency and accountability while ensuring decisions are based on objective science and the best interests of the taxpayer and license payers.  The DNR should work for us, not the other way around.  As governor, I will ensure the DNR becomes an ‘opportunity’ agency, giving job creators the opportunity to grow, sportsmen and women the opportunity to be heard and not ignored, and all Wisconsinites the opportunity to enjoy our state’s abundant natural resources.” 

Walker’s DNR proposals:

My Core Values to Preserve Our Sporting Heritage

Our state needs a commitment to accessibility of land and waterways for sportsmen and women of all ages to hunt, fish and trap. Our policy leaders must use simplicity in the drafting of hunting and fishing regulations so law- abiding citizens can hunt, fish and trap without fear of breaking the law. As Governor, I will be a steward of the trust between sportsmen and the Department of Natural Resources that manages our fish and game.

Changing the Culture at the DNR – Restoring Trust and Accountability

Under the Doyle Administration, the DNR has become adversarial to the citizens of our state. As Governor, I will make sure the DNR treats Wisconsinites as customers, not criminals. The DNR works for us, not the other way around. To this end, I will require the DNR to:

  • Effectively manage game and fish habitat based on proven science to provide a sustainable abundance of these renewable resources for all of Wisconsin’s citizens.
  • Allow increased access to state lands for forest management and all of Wisconsin’s citizens.
  • Implement simplified and understandable regulations.
  • Implement a fair and common sense permitting process, requiring all permits to be processed in a reasonable and predictable period of time.
  • Discount the permitting fee for permits not processed in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Require annual audits of our fish and wildlife accounts to ensure that we are prioritizing expenditures and getting maximum value for the taxpayers’ money.
  • Use a balanced and science-based approach to protect our lakes, rivers and streams from invasive species.

Whitetail Deer Trustee for Better Deer Herd Management We must establish a healthy deer herd for us to hunt now and more importantly for future generations of hunters. First, I will appoint a Whitetail Deer Trustee, an outside independent expert to revise our deer counting system. Second, policymakers in Madison must recognize that our Chronic Wasting Disease efforts aren’t working and shift to a strategy that makes sense for our hunters. Third, our state should return to traditional hunts – enough with T-Zones and Earn-a-Buck – making Wisconsin the best place in the nation to hunt white tailed deer again. Finally, Wisconsin must be allowed to manage its own wolf population free of outside interference.

Balanced Representation Wisconsin needs a responsive Natural Resources Board that represents the diverse interests of the people of our state, not narrow special interests. As governor, I will appoint active and qualified board members who will balance the concerns of, sportsmen and women, shooters, conservationists, job creators, and farmers. I will look for Board Members who will eliminate frivolous barriers to job growth and take a cooperative rather than heavy-handed approach to the people of Wisconsin.

Making Your Voice Heard To ensure the DNR governs in the people’s best interests, I will require them to listen to you. Specifically, I will create Governor Advisory Groups consisting of everyday sportsmen, conservationists, business owners and rank-and-file DNR employees to advise me on new and existing regulations and practices. By making all voices heard, we can focus the DNR on the common sense solutions that will protect our natural resources while restoring our position as a top state for sportsmen and women and job growth.

Accountability and Transparency The DNR is a billion dollar agency. Facing a $2.5 billion budget deficit, I will direct the DNR secretary to examine it from the ground up to find savings.

I will also require increased transparency and accountability by requiring annual audits of our fish and wildlife accounts to ensure that we are prioritizing expenditures an getting maximum value for our sportsmen and women. I will require the same stringent review of all DNR expenses to ensure we are making the best use of our taxpayers’ and license buyers’ money.

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In Case You Missed It: Wisconsin Grocers Association Endorses Scott Walker for Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

In Case You Missed It: Wisconsin Grocers Association Endorses Scott Walker for Governor

WISCONSIN GROCERS ENDORSE WALKER/DAVIS TO LEAD WISCONSIN

August 25, 2010— The Wisconsin Grocers Association Board of Directors has voted to endorse Scott Walker for Governor and Brett Davis forLieutenant Governor at their most recent Board meeting in Milwaukee.

"The WGA Board is a good representation of the retail food industry and contains representatives of warehouses, distributors/suppliers, chain store operators, single store owners and the manufacturing industry,” said Board Chairman Brad Brooks from Affiliated Foods Midwest. “While discussing the race for Governor and Lieutenant Governor from the different perspectives, the Board agreed that Walker and Davis were the right choices for the grocery industry in Wisconsin, the best candidates to lead Wisconsin and represent all of our mutual interests."

WGA President Brandon Scholz said, “This wasn't an easy decision for our board. We incorporated input from our members around the state into the board discussion. However, both Scott Walker and Brett Davis are past recipients of the ‘Friend of Grocers’ award and their past support of the grocery industry had already been proven during their tenures in the State Assembly.”

WGA Board Member Dave Spiegelhoff, Director of Operations for Spiegelhoff’s Supermarkets, supported the decision to endorse Walker and Davis and said, “The Walker/Davis team will bring to Wisconsin what has been missing for a long time--a common sense approach to issues and the philosophy to not spend what we don’t have.”

"With the economy the way it is and no improvement in sight, we need the government to stay out of our businesses and out of our cash registers," said Scholz. "Scott Walker and Brett Davis understand that and will get the job done!"

The Wisconsin Grocers Association represents more than 1,000 independent grocers, retail grocery chain stores, warehouses and distributors, convenience stores, food brokers and suppliers who employ over 66,000 people and generate more than $6 billion in annual sales in Wisconsin.

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Doyle-Barrett Railroading Wisconsin Taxpayers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 Email: Jillb@scottwalker.org Twitter: @JillBader

Doyle-Barrett Railroading Wisconsin Taxpayers Racing to Spend $300 Million to Build Boondoggle Train Before Walker Elected Governor

Wauwatosa – Keith Gilkes, campaign manager for Scott Walker, released the following statement on news that Gov. Doyle and Mayor Barrett are racing against the clock to commit to spending another $200 million above prior estimates of $100 million on high-speed rail before the next governor takes office.

“If Governor Doyle had any confidence that Tom Barrett would be elected the next governor, they wouldn’t be spending another $200 million beyond earlier estimates of $100 million faster than the federal government can borrow it,” said Gilkes.  “Doyle and Barrett know that if Scott Walker is elected governor, he will stop this train.  Trying to railroad the people of Wisconsin into paying for this train through runaway spending is outrageous and insulting.”  



Gilkes pointed out that only weeks ago DOT officials estimated spending for the train would be $100 million.  The officials also said that, “If the next governor wants to stop the project…there is language in the contracts that enables the state to cancel them.”



“The reality is that Jim Doyle and Tom Barrett don’t deny that this train would cost state taxpayers nearly $10 million every year to subsidize their pet project, and officials concede that the train could be stopped.  Tom Barrett knows that people across Wisconsin don’t want this $810 million boondoggle train – why else wouldn’t he agree to be interviewed for this story?”

 

State speeds train spending $300 million in contracts projected this year, far above $50 million announced earlier

By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel

Madison — The state is steaming ahead with establishing a federal high-speed rail line, projecting it will commit $300 million this year - far more than the roughly $50 million in spending previously announced.

The project's price tag isn't changing. Instead, Gov. Jim Doyle's administration is hustling to move forward with the planned passenger rail line between Milwaukee and Madison, which Republicans say is an attempt to make it harder for the next governor to cancel.

GOP gubernatorial candidates Scott Walker and Mark Neumann have said they would stop the train line regardless of how much the state spends in the next few months because of concerns about taxpayer subsidies to operate the system. Calling the accelerated spending a bluff, Walker said Monday that a new governor could get the state out of contracts entered into by the Doyle administration.

"By the end of the year it is anticipated we will have expended $300 million," state Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi said Sunday in an interview on "UpFront with Mike Gousha."

Busalacchi aide Cari Anne Renlund clarified Monday that the state will have spent or entered into contracts for roughly that amount by the end of the year but won't necessarily have spent that much. The construction of the $810 million line is being paid for by the federal government, but the state could be on the hook for both the spending and possibly the contracts signed on it so far if the state doesn't finish the construction.

Walker, the Milwaukee County executive, said he did not believe Busalacchi's new figure of $300 million. He said the state may sign contracts worth $100 million or so before the end of the year, but he believes as governor he would be able to break those contracts and pay only for the work that has actually been performed.

"I think this is all just part of the political rhetoric to try to intimidate people into thinking this is a done deal, and I just don't think people are going to buy it," Walker said. "I think in the end this is more a bluff on their part."

The route, which is supported by Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and previously had the backing of thenGOP Gov. Tommy Thompson, would be an extension of Amtrak's existing Milwaukee-to-Chicago Hiawatha line and eventually could be extended to the Twin Cities. It would start service in 2013 at a top speed of 79 mph, increasing to 110 mph by the end of 2015.

Earlier this year, the state estimated it will have spent nearly $57 million in federal funds for the Milwaukee-to-Madison route, according to the state's application for the federal dollars. Renlund said she didn't have a new estimate on how much will actually be spent.

Renlund said the state is spending $52.4 million for design work on stations and the overall rail corridor on the line, $140 million in contracts for work on building raised land bridges that will start in October, and $50 million to $100 million in contracts for materials such as steel and railroad ties. Renlund said it would be "difficult to predict" what would happen if the next governor tried to cancel contracts for work or goods that haven't been delivered yet.

"We know that if we spend and commit money that was given to us by the federal government and we don't produce the project that was promised with that money, we have to give that money back," she said.

Neumann, a homebuilder and former member of Congress, criticized Doyle for "burning through as much money as humanly possible" on a poorly thought out project that will be a long-term burden to taxpayers. Walker says he would rather see the train money spent on fixing roads and bridges - a position Doyle has called ridiculous because the money is reserved by Congress for rail lines and can't be spent on anything else.

Barrett was campaigning Monday in Green Bay and unavailable for comment, spokesman Phil Walzak said.

"There seems to be universal agreement that ripping up the tracks will cost Wisconsin taxpayers at least tens and tens of millions of dollars," he said.

Walzak said Walker was inconsistent on rail because as a lawmaker in the 1990s he voted for state budgets that included $50 million in bonding for passenger rail and allowed no-bid contracting for passenger rail service and equipment. Walker's campaign said he voted for those budgets because they controlled spending, not because of the rail elements.

Legislature OK'd spending

Renlund said stopping the project would require the next Legislature and governor to pass a law because spending of the so-called federal stimulus money for transportation projects had been included in the 2009-2011 budget bill, and the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee approved the spending for the specific project in February.

Walker said he believed he could stop the rail line without the backing of the Legislature. But he said that support from lawmakers would be helpful and that voters should put Republicans in charge of the Legislature to make stopping the line easier.

By the 2012-'13 fiscal year, the state projects that Hiawatha annual operating costs would grow to $24.2 million for the Milwaukee-to-Chicago leg, plus $16.5 million for the Milwaukee-to-Madison leg, to be covered with $25.1 million from riders and $15.6 million from state and federal taxpayers.

In the Gousha interview, Busalacchi said the project would be a "great economic boon" for the state because it would connect Wisconsin with the Twin Cities, Chicago and the rest of the Midwest. He said the state spent $2.1 billion last year on bridges and roads in the state, or $360 per person, compared to just $1.38 per person on passenger rail.

Busalacchi said a planned stop in Oconomowoc now being dropped by state officials was "irrelevant" to the success of the overall line. State officials say city officials there didn't want the station but the city officials dispute that, saying they had only raised questions about costs and financing for it.

"We're going to move ahead with the project. Whether we have these intermediate stations is irrelevant. We can do this project without those stations if we have to," Busalacchi said.

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