Friday, July 10, 2015

Scott Walker facts little known outside Wisconsin

[Updated continuously from 2015, again in 2016 beginning 6/16/16] 

The format for this Walker highlight reel of sorts below will be that we begin with just a few recent, 2016 updates that are by no means inclusive - - then the heart of the previously-written main posting, followed by subject summaries:

My apologies for the length and structure.


*  In something of a summary development for a secrecy-obsessed politician who had been previously ensared in a scandal over s secret Milwaukee County and campaign email system and usage, Walker was forced by a court to release emails he'd withheld as Governor despite the requirements of the Wisconsin Open Records law.

The emails proved that Walker lied last year when he said he was not involved in a puget-writing scheme to remove the University of Wisconsin's iconic public service and truth-seeking mission from the system's purpose - - all part of a larger plan through funding cuts and tenure elimination to diminish the UW-Madison and other campuses in Democratic-leaning cities.

*  Still clueless about the world. 'nuf said.

*  Walker has allowed his state's roads to deteriorate to fourth-worse in the country by draining local road aids from his budgets and overspending through inflationary borrowing on big new roads and lanes to please the highway lobby.

* He is consistently polling below 40% in Wisconsin ince dropping out of the Presidential race last summer. Walker blames his standing on negative media and narcissistically says the feedback he gets is positive - - at invite-only, closed-to-media appearances.

*  You can add midwestern nasty payday loan interest legislation of 565% to drug-testing food stamp recipients whose allotments have been cut to the rest of his 'midwestern nice' portfolio.

*  Walker, his equally-corporate legislative allies and the state attorney general are moving quickly through policy and legal maneuvering to let big ag businesses and other heavy water users take as much groundwater as they want without consideration to public water access and downstream, cumulative effects.

*  Basically, the 'chamber of commerce mentality' serving special interest and some campaign donors which he infused throughout the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is standard operating procedure now across all three branches of the GOP-controlled state government.

* More than five years of Walker's deliberate handover of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to big business has depleted the agency's national science reputation and public policy mission, insiders say.

Now back to mid 2015:

*  July 13-14: Racism is so funny!

*  July 9, 2015 updates: When Walker signed NRA bill to repeal WI 48-hr. gun purchase possession cooling-off period, he cited the reliability of federal background check system which we now know failed to stop SC church shooter from improperly obtaining his .45 cal. massacre semi-automatic.

*  True to form, Walker blamed legislators of his own party for the "huge mistake" of their introducing a budget amendment - - and the ensuing bi-partisan statewide backlash - - that would have wiped out the state's foundational Open Records law - - even though his office helped draft it. That big bus he's driving can run over the Legislature which the GOP controls, and is reliably at his beck-and-call.

*  July 5, 2015 update: Walker's history of evading Wisconsin's open records law.

*  The Wisconsin state budget is supposed to be approved and signed by Gov. Walker by June 30, but the process is stalled. A major sticking point is Walker's proposed and unsustainable borrowing and spending on the seven-county, Southeastern Wisconsin freeway system. I posted documents showing that the number of miles of new lanes in the freeway construction package grew to 127 miles from 108 miles - - at a projected cost of $6.4 billion - - on the strength of a key advisory committee-approved motion for the full expansion during the freeway planning process in 2003 by then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. 

Walker also vetoed a resolution opposing the expansion by the Milwaukee County Board - - so the transportation budget now so bloated was made worse by Walker's earlier actions.

*  The amount of public money given to businesses without loan reviews by the job-creating agency Walker established and has had only Walker as board chairman has grown to $125 million.

* Walker created a job-creating state agency - - the WEDC - - on the private-sector model and made himself chairman. It has lost millions of documented, public dollars and is so beset with legal, financial and political problems that the GOP is giving him his wish and removing him from the chairmanship.

* Walker's budget moves through the GOP-controlled Finance Committee with deletions of many science positions from the state's natural resources department, including nine federally-funded jobs. 

* Walker says women the state will force to undergo mandatory. medically-unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds in pursuit of their constitutional right to an abortion should view it as a "cool" thing because he and his wife Tonette liked looking at the ultrasound images shown them when she was pregnant.

* Wink, wink - - for the second time involving wage-reducing legislation - - Walker agrees to sign an anti-labor bill he'd previously said was of no interest to him. 

* Walker has been removed from the board and chairmanship of a floundering job-creation agency he established in 2011 after a second, scathing state audit and investigative reporting found more bad loans and evidence of political influences.

One bad loan is getting a lot of attention, but there are others, and all stem from a lack of oversight, professionalism and non-partisan management.

* Media are catching on to the contradictions, gaps and falsehoods in Walker's narrative. Here is one list of links to important stories.

* Walker's Revenue Department confirms state's slow jobs growth; national rate is 50% higher, data show.

* Walker's 'no-photo-op' trip to Israel - - how words - - turning into the predictable photo op trip, with Walker himself posting campaign-style photos on his Twitter feed, with his initials that signal he's the one using it. A classic example of having to decode Walker to see the facts.

Another damning audit that found the job-creating agency Walker chairs and created to produce evidence he could successfully add employment in Wisconsin had failed to follow state law, document jobs created, track loans, and otherwise properly manage millions of public dollars - - state and federal.
When this post began...

He stalked the stage and wowed the crowd at an Iowa Tea Party event less than two months ago and climbed so fast on the right wing's depth chart that before you could get a fix on Scott Walker, The New York Times was reporting he'd already had a makeover.

But you out there beyond Wisconsin - - what do you really know about the guy, and the faux, 'Regular Joe' line he's touting nationally?

[4/25 - - Most recent update: Under Walker, Wisconsin has fallen to 40th among the states in job growth and 42nd in wage growth.]

 - - Adding a link to a comprehensive legal and financial investigative report on Walker by Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News, here.

Here are a few fun facts you outsiders might not know about Walker that Wisconsinites have learned the hard way:

Some issue categories:


About those emails:

*  Though he ripped Hillary Clinton for using a private email account, records show that Walker, his campaign staff and his official Milwaukee County staff also used a private email account in 2010 while he was Milwaukee County Executive.

The system ran through a private Internet router that was installed, used and then removed from Walker's office suite by Walker county staffers who were later convicted of felonious behavior that came to light after the secret system was discovered.

"Emails link Walker to secret email system," The Journal Sentinel headline and story noted.

* A Walker campaign spokeswoman had said in an email found among records unearthed in the prosecutorial probe that led to six convictions that the system served the campaign, or "the dark side;" a senior Walker county/taxpayer-paid administrator who said at the time she used the system to communicate with Walker and others also welcomed a since-convicted Walker aide to the system's "inner circle" and urged the aide to check the system often, records showed.

*  Records discovered in that investigation showed Walker and his 2010 gubernatorial campaign staff strategized to deflect from Walker, or the County, any potential responsibility for the fatal collapse of a 26,000-pound concrete slab at a county-owned-and-maintained parking garage built prior to Walker's election as County Executive in 2002.

* Separately, but in the same internal procedural vein, Walker, his campaign and his county staff worked to block the release of news about the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the County by the family of a female patient who starved to death in the county's mental health complex. Emails also show a senior Walker county aide demeaning the victim.

* Walker's County chief of staff and the deputy chief of staff exchanged racist emails.

One of those emails echoed a racist posting found separately by federal authorities in official email accounts in Ferguson, Missouri. 

About The Tea Party:

*  While potential Walker rivals like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and others are routinely labeled "Tea Party" candidates, Walker is not, though he told CNN in 2013, "I am the original Tea Party in Wisconsin."

About truth-telling:

*  As of March 22, 2015, the Journal Sentinel's fact-checking service PolitiFact has examined 130 Walker statements. His most frequent rating is "false," totaling thirty-five, and added to ten more rated the most-dishonest, or "pants on fire," those forty-five findings are exactly triple the fifteen Walker statements rated fully "true."

* Sometimes Walker's mistakes are so ridiculous, so devoid of factual citation or foundation ridiculous that they sound like talk radio or bar talk.

*  Sometimes they are laughably infused with Walker's penchant for finger-pointing, like this example of a costly program Walker blamed on his predecessor, Jim Doyle, when the prpgram had actually been created by Doyle's predecessor, Republican Tommy Thompson - - with an affirmative vote cast by then-State Rep. Scott Walker.

* During large protests in and around the State Capitol building in Madison that gathered after Walker's sudden legislative initiative to strip public employees statewide of nearly all collective bargaining opportunities, Walker was taped saying he had considered planting provocateurs in the crowd. He did proceed not with the plan - - not because it was wrong, or illegal - - but because he was afraid that resulting negative media might force him compromise with the protesters, the transcript shows.

He made the disclosure, among other unsavory examples, to a blogger who had pretended on the call to be the right-wing funder David Koch whom Walker was eager to impress.

* Walker frequently tells national audiences various accounts of protesters having blocked, rocked, beaten on his state police-driven vehicle and endangered his life during an appearance in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Yet exhaustive efforts by La Crosse and Milwaukee media to document the episode - - from interviews, records searches and even the use of Google Earth - - have all failed.

His campaign-related autobiography "Unintimidated" also tells the story, and also recounts Walker reading to his staff a Top Ten list of ways you can spot a public employee, including:

It takes longer to fire you than the average killer spends on death row...You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe...You have a Democratic congressman’s lips permanently attached to your butt.
About creating jobs:

*  Walker promised repeatedly during his 2010 and 2012 gubernatorial campaigns that he and his conservative fiscal plans would create 250,000 private sector jobs in Wisconsin after one term in office. 

In September, 2014, following a string of disappointing official reports of slow, sluggish job growth in Wisconsin on Walker's watch, PolitiFact rated it a "promise broken."

*  In mid-March, 2015, as Walker was criss-crossing the country and claiming to have turned Wisconsin around, federal data was released showing Wisconsin's job-creation ranking among the states had fallen during the last full year analyzed to 40th place from 31st, with new jobs added at one-half the national rate.

* Numerous articles have been written about neighboring Minnesota's far better economy and job creation record during Walker's four years in office. There was recent testimony in the Wisconsin Legislature during its rush to pass so-called 'right-to-work' legislation that the bill - - now law through Walker's sudden change of heart about it - - would add to Wisconsin's relatively high bankruptcy filing total.

*  After his 2011 inauguration, Walker, touting the private sector model, abolished the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and replaced it with a public-private corporation, which he chairs, called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC. The job of the WEDC was to centralize state resources - - loans, grants, tax credits, federal pass-throughs, etc. - - for Wisconsin job-creation.

Since its beginnings, WEDC has been plagued by negative audits, multiple resignations by executive directors and chief financial officers, loans made inappropriately or beyond the ability of regulators to track them. A summary post is here

A Madison television station reported that 60% of WEDC loans went to Walker or GOP donors, and also reported that some WEDC financial aid went to businesses for job creation overseas.

Now, in late March, that focus has intensified.

* To make an ideological point in 2011, while also dissing President Obama and out-going Democratic WI Gov. Jim Doyle, Walker forfeited $800 million in Amtrak expansion funding to build a fast Midwest regional train line connecting Milwaukee and Madison, the state's two largest cities.

* Walker's stance cost Wisconsinites thousands of rail line construction jobs over three years, has isolated the University of Wisconsin-Madison from rail connections to the University of Minnesota and all of Chicago, forced the closing of a train assembly plant and maintenance facility in a low-income, predominantly African-American Milwaukee neighborhood and transferred hundreds of millions of federal dollars in rail line and train assembly funding to other states, principally Illinois. A detailed posting about it all, here.

5/13 update: 

* To keep its budget balanced, as the law requires, the state recently skipped debt payments, remains far behind the national job growth rate, leads the country is a shrinking middle-class and is hardly a model of success as Walker continually claims:

National media, state reporters and all opinion-makers who respect solid numbers over campaign rhetoric should acknowledge and spread widely the recent official economic forecast for the state released by the Scott Walker's cabinet-level Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

It says, among other fact-based conclusions:

Wisconsin employment will grow 1.5% in 2015, while the national employment increases 2.3%. 
So the US jobs growth rate will exceed the Wisconsin rate by 50%.

Several charts in the same report at the same site go into greater detail, but there's no way Walker can continue to sell, as he continues to spin out there nationally that the state's lagging job growth makes Wisconsin under his leadership a model to replicate.

Taken together with other recent findings, it's clear that Walker's trickle-down tax cuts have not stimulated business to create jobs here.

If his 'plan' had worked, the state would not have missed its budgetary revenue projection or found it necessary to skip more than $100 million in debt payments to keep its budget balanced, as the law requires.

Middle-class incomes are disappearing faster in Wisconsin than in any other state, non-partisan, independent data analysis is showing and Wisconsin's falling ratings measured against other states has repeatedly been documented.

About being "Midwestern nice:"

* While claiming to be "Midwestern nice," a label gifted him by a conservative talk radio host, Walker, as Governor, has:

Blocked any increase in the Wisconsin wage above the federal floor of $7.25 per hour; has said he sees no value in having a minimum wage altogether; is proposing in his current budget now under legislative review to reduce a person's lifetime receipt of public assistance in Wisconsin from five years, total, to four; is also proposing that all adult assistance recipients be required to take and pass a urine screening for drugs to receive food stamps or medicaid; has turned down available federal funding to expand medicaid coverage in Wisconsin even though the state has had to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to fill just part of the gap; and is proposing to upend and privatize existing home-care assistance and treatment coverage for the long-term disabled. Many links, here.

* While Walker says potential rival Jeb Bush will have access to the most GOP money, business media refer to Walker now as "king of Kochworld," and Michael Grebe, the top official at the heavyweight, Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation has served as chairman of Walker's 2010 gubernatorial campaign, co-chair of Walker's transition team, and chairman of Walker's successful 2012 recall campaign committee.

About some relationships with donors, and the environment:

*   4/25 update - - Seems the Koch brothers want to give Walker their $900,000,000 campaign fund.

*  Walker was among at least fifteen conservative activists and power brokers, including an official with the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity, which met in 2007 somewhere "on the shores of Lake Michigan" to plan a GOP/Tea Party capture of Wisconsin, as has been reported, but not widely.

*  Walker signed the Koch brothers 'no climate change action' pledge in 2013.

*  Documents released by a Federal Court of Appeals in Chicago showed that Walker helped coordinate the donation of $700,000 from an iron mining company to a third-party, so-called independent group which he wanted to coordinate sympathetic messaging for his successful 2012 recall campaign and re-election. 

The iron mining company helped write a new iron mining law for Wisconsin that eased its ability to dig a massive open-pit iron mine in a water-rich range of hills in NW Wisconsin close to Lake Superior and very close to a Native American reservation where wild rice is grown on estuaries.

Walker had campaigned for the new mining bill and signed it into law. The mining plan has been suspended because the site contains even more water and wetlands than the company says it initially knew about, though a drop in iron ore prices, opposition from the nearby Ojibwa reservation, environmental and conservation-minded organizations were obstacles the mining plan could not overcome.

* One of Walker's very first actions as Governor spoke volumes about his approach to environmental protection. He got the Legislature to approve a special bill to suspend before completion an ongoing environmental review by the Department of Natural Resources so that one of his 2010 campaign donors - - a car dealer and developer - - could build a retail project for Bass Pro Shops, a destination fishing and outdoors retailer on a site that included a wetland close to Lambeau Field in Green Bay. 

Bass Pro Shops pulled out of the project when it became controversial, but once the wetland filling permission was granted by the Legislature and signed into law by Walker, Cabela's, another large outdoors merchandiser, built on the site.

* In the years that followed his inauguration, Walker installed what he called "a chamber-of-commerce mentality" atop the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, traditionally a science-based regulatory agency driven by citizen participation. Basically, Walker remade the DNR into something of a reconfigured Department of Commerce, of sorts, with a new business service division and pro-corporate attitude.

Through new laws, budgets and industry-friendly appointments, Walker cut the DNR staff, reduced citizen participation and policy oversight, and enabled relaxed agency pollution and reduced investigation and enforcement. The DNR is now selling 10,000 acres of public land and, with all state funds except for campaign and permit fees removed from parks operations in Walker's budget, the DNR may sell naming rights for the parks to corporate interests.

A summary posting, here.

About dropping out of college:

*  Much attention has been paid to Walker's departure from Marquette University before finishing his degree. Walker has said, variously, that he left school in his senior year, or a few credits short of graduation and did not return and finish his degree because he got married, then had children.

But PolitiFact established in a lengthy, setting-the-record-straight piece that Walker left Marquette in 1990 two credits short of attaining typical junior status. In 1988, Walker lost a hotly-contested race for student body president in which his campaign committee was sanctioned for rule violations.

Walker married in 1993, and his first child was born in 1994, by which time he had already run twice for the State Assembly (losing a run in the City of Milwaukee in 1990 to now-US Congresswoman Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee.

He was elected to an assembly seat in a 1993 special election in the relatively-conservative Milwaukee suburb of the City of Wauwatosa, where he still lives from which he moved in May, 2016. His full-time residence is now the Governor's Mansion in Maple Bluff, WI, an upscale Madison suburb a few miles from his State Capitol east wing office.

About his faith:

* Media frequently note that Walker is the son of a Baptist preacher, which is correct. While the fact can efficiently help flesh out a Walker feature story, for the record - - Walker is a member of the non-denominational, Christian evangelical Meadowbrook Church, located in Wauwatosa.

Meadowbrook was founded in 1989 as one of thirteen "daughter," or spun-off, churches founded by Elmbrook Church, a fast-growing Christian, evangelical non-denominational mega-church in Waukesha County, according to its website.

* Walker says his faith has guided his life and decision-making. Here is one item, with an audio link to a Walker talk about it.

About the law:

*  Wisconsin is the land of famous environmentalists like John Muir, Aldo Leopold (Sand County Almanac), and Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson. Former Gov. Nelson shares with ex-GOP Governor Warren Knowles the founding inspiration of the state's signature, bi-partisan Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, a public land acquisition and access program that reserves woodland, wetlands and shorelines for hikers, hunters and anglers.

But Walker, having already cut the program's funding, wants to suspend it through his new budget for thirteen years.

* He and his GOP allies changed Wisconsin wetlands law to make filling and encroachment easier. Developers openly crowed about their role in drafting the bill, even citing the behind-scenes work, and Walker signed the bill to a standing ovation at a  Realtors convention, the AP reported.

Walker served the same special interests when he backed legislation that severely restricted wind turbine citing in Wisconsin, while neighboring Iowa and Minnesota lead Wisconsin in green energy production and employment.

In fact, Walker's new budget which cuts early everything contains a fresh $250,000 to produce a 'study' proving that wind energy causes health problems. Somehow Iowa, Minnesota, Texas and other states have escaped the harm.

* Walker's DNR and Public Service Commission staffs now led by industry insiders or sympathizers are suing the US EPA over new federal clean air standards; Walker's DNR has stripped nearly all mention of climate change from its website and his current budget further reduces UW and DNR energy and environmental science. One posting, here with details.

* Walker's DNR is green-lighting the capacity expansion of a tar sands oil pipeline north-south across the entire state without a full environmental route of route, despite its proximity to Wisconsin farms and water supplies. To date, the DNR has only held a hearing on an air quality permit covering the firm's northern Wisconsin pumping station in Superior, WI, on the deepest of the Great Lakes shared with Canada, Lake Superior.

The pipeline, targeted to move more oil than the much-more-publicized Keystone XL, is owned by Enbridge, the same Canadian firm with a record of oil pipeline spills and construction damage in Wisconsin, Canada and other states

The New York Times put it this way: 

While the ire of environmental activists remains fixed on the Keystone XL pipeline, a potentially greater threat looms in the proposed expansion of Line 61, a pipeline running the length of Wisconsin carrying tar sands crude. The pipeline is owned by Enbridge, a $40 billion Canadian company, which has been responsible for several hundred spills in the past decade, including one in 2010 near Marshall, Mich., reportedly the largest and most expensive inland oil spill in American history. 
Enbridge is seeking to increase Line 61’s capacity threefold, making it a third larger than the projected Keystone XL. 
It is also same firm responsible for a catastrophic spill into the Kalamazoo River in neighboring Michigan that led to a one-billion-dollar-plus cleanup, the biggest inland spill event in US history. 

Walker made a campaign-style stop at the firm's northern Wisconsin pumping station in 2014 without mentioning the substantial environmental issues inherent in the pipeline expansion. 

* Walker supported an appeal to the US Supreme Court and won on March 23rd which approved Voter ID in state elections, but lost a separate bid to maintain state constitutional prohibitions against same-sex marriage. Both issues are staples of right-wing Republican and Tea Party ideology and agendas that use state power to disenfranchise and marginalize minority communities. 

* A bill he supported and signed into law that established onerous restrictions on Planned Parenthood clinics was blocked and slapped as unconstitutional by a federal judge in Wisconsin on Friday.

* Long before he began his pre-presidential campaigning, Walker had said that Diane Sykes, a very conservative federal appeals court judge in Chicago, would make a fine appointee of his to the US Supreme Court. were he ever President. 

Sykes, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court jurist, led a three-judge federal appeals court panel which ruled in favor of Wisconsin's controversial and restrictive Voter ID law, a Walker priority, only to see that ruling stayed by the US Supreme Court.

* As pressure mounted against the use of school and sports team logos, nicknames and mascots that Native Americans find degrading and offensive, Walker signed a bill into law that made it easier for Wisconsin schools to maintain and use such logos, nicknames and mascots. Walker said it was a First Amendment issue, a position castigated by experts.

* About all Wisconsin groups and individuals disrespected and manipulated for political reasons during Walker's term:

This one posting updated over the last half-year contains numerous links which catalog some of the aggrieved, fyi.

More later.

Photo courtesy MAL Contends…blog. 


Anonymous said...

"Walker married in 1993, and his first child was born in 1994, by which time he had already twice for the state legislature, having been elected in 1992."

Aside from the minor correction you might want to make, I hope you can expand on this period of Walker's life. Wasn't it 1992 we he stated David Duke raised legitimate issues?

Was Walker already receiving some sort of wingnut welfare prior to is first run for office? I can't recall, but there may even be something hidden. Aaron Schock for example was on the winning end of sweet land deals while still in highschool! BUYING 107 ACRES OF FARMLAND AND FLIPPING IT TO THE LOCAL SEWER DISTRICT FOR OVER $100,000 PROFIT IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS... Shameless people do shameful things.

Anonymous said...

Tonette is Walker's sugar mama. The uncle who raised her, George Dalton, started Fiserv: Dalton, 83, founded the national financial services company with Leslie Muma in 1984. The company went public two years later and grew from a $21 million data processor with 350 employees in 1984, to a $4.7 billion Fortune 500 company, with 20,000 employees in 2009 when it celebrated its 25th anniversary.

His CaringBridge web site says Dalton had open heart surgery in April.

A report quotes longtime friend James McKenna, chief executive officer at North Shore Bank, on Dalton: "George genuinely never met anyone he didn't like, which is maybe what made him such a terrific salesman."

JSOnline also has a photo gallery of Dalton over the years.

BizTimes has a video tribute.

Gov. Scott Walker said of Dalton, who is the uncle of Walker's wife Tonette: "George Dalton was an optimistic entrepreneur who passed on his passion for business and life as a marvelous mentor to many of us. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him."

Anonymous said...

Today Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is publishing lies that Scott Walker is almost Christ-like because his daddy was a preacher. I didn't read the article, so I don't know if this pro-Walker propaganda tool is also recycling the garbage about him being an Eagle Scout.

Walker’s teen years in Delavan put him on the road to politics

[WARNING: Link below is shameless propaganda]

The information you post is important, so you have done us a good service by putting this together in one post with reference links. However, what you have posted here is also largely unknown in Wisconsin and the reason is that the state is dominated by a rightwing media that is more interested in publishing Walker's talking points and puffing him up with bogus stories like the one in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today.

Anonymous said...


Gov. Scott Walker is taking a "political" trip to Israel! This should really help the citizens of Wisconsin, right?

And to you Walker backers that worry all the campaigning on the taxpayers dime might undermine Walker's popularity, don't fret, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is running cover to help hide this blatant misuse of taxpayer funds for partisan political purposes.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget about the high speed rail and the casino he denied our state and the Menomonee tribe for political reasons.

Anonymous said...

It is important to know that Walker does not govern when he is elected to an executive position.. He just campaigns for the next higher office, pretty much full time.

Anonymous said...

You might want to add to this account the cronyism/nepotism that has plagued his administration in Wisconsin. I remember several dubious appointments of son's of contributors to positions that they were not qualified.

JoAnn said...

Thank you Mr Rowan for such a concise,truth telling article on Mr. Walker.

James Rowen said...

You are welcome. Thanks for reading it.

Anonymous said...

Funny how you can provide a post like this, all appearing to be factual based, and the public is largely uninformed on any of it. Good work, but you are also pointing out that our media is failing to cover the most important issues of the day.

And given that James can provide such a long list of factual-based examples of Walker's malfeasance, we all should know that the media is not just innocently omitting these stories from their coverage. The media is actively promoting Scott Walker, the right-wing agenda of out-of-state interests, and the criminality behind him.

Yes, we need to tell these stories, but we cannot reach important blocks of voters unless we can also put pressure on the media to be honest and truthful when they report political news. WEDC is criminally misappropriating taxpayer's money, has done this repeatedly over the years it has existed, and Scott Walker is still listed as the Board Chair.

This alone should be enough to crush Scott Walker's presidential ambition. Instead the media wants you to believe he is unstoppable in his quest for the White House.

Anonymous said...

While Rep. Barca and Sen. Lassa have publically stated concerns about WEDC (they are both members of the board), to date they refuse to take or advocate for meaningful action. WEDC's Board of Directors, which Walker chairs (, all have fiduciary duties to protect the organization's interest which, as a taxpayer funded nonprofit, extends to Wisconsin citizens.

While any of this could happen in any given year, we now have 4 years of corruption and lawbreaking. No one sitting on the board, most of all its Chair (Walker) and its ever-changing Chief Financial Officers (5 in the last four years) can avoid legal responsibility for these failures by prclaiming "OOOPS!" over-and-over again.

We actually don't have to wait until the Wisconsin Attorney General takes action. We know he won't. We also can't wait for Federal action. It isn't coming. There is no "white knight" on the horizon.

But, it would be possible to start civil litigation against Walker and the band of rotating CFOs as they have all broken legal duties of accountability. We all know that only a highly political agency like WEDC can get away with the ongoing criminality. The media has made excuses for all of this and falsely proclaims there's nothing anyone can do about it. Even Barca and Lassa claim they are powerless to seek accountability -- all of this is another lie.

That Walker and his CFOs are liable for breaches of Fiduciary Duties is beyond question. More at the links below:

Fiduciary Duties of Directors and Officers of Distressed Nonprofit Organizations

To Whom Does The Nonprofit Board of Directors Owe Fiduciary Duties?

A Nonprofit Board’s Fiduciary Responsibility

Nonprofit Director Fiduciary Duties

Anonymous said...

And let's be sure to let the nation know that, with his wife's family fortune -- and speaking fees and who knows what else as sources, since he never has worked in the business world -- Walker is not the middle-class, regular guy that he claims to be. Walker is a millionaire.

No wonder, then -- to add to the evidence of the economic woes of Wisconsin -- that a recent Pew study shows that Walker's state has had the worst record for the middle-class, with the fastest-shrinking middle class in the entire country.

Anonymous said...

But but but...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says he is an "average joe" and is in direct consultation of God himself about everything he does. How can your extensive list of concerns, legitimate beefs if true, be accurate if neither the state nor national media will cover? Isn't this post actually saying that the reporters that tell us the news are on the take for Scott Walker? If true, very disturbing.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:08

You are right and what people should be talking about is the fact that no publicly traded company that broke the law year-after-year would be allowed to have a Board of Directors that stands down and lets the treasury be looted. There would be class action lawsuits against everyone that, by law, was required to be responsible for the outcomes of their leadership.

It is only the massive propaganda machine and the cowardice of Democrats that lets this go one-and-on year-after-year. It is time for legal action. Walker cannot escape legal liability by saying OOOOOPS! we screwed up. The law demanded more of him and his Chief Financial Officers.

Most important of all, since we cannot expect a real investigation by anyone in Madison, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, or the Federal Department of Justice, civil suits are the only way that people will be put under oath and made to reveal just how corrupt WEDC is.

Please call Barca and Lassa's office and demand that they hold key board members accountable for failing to protect WEDC and the taxpayers that have direct interests here. Please call your reps too and demand the same accountability.

There are law firms that specialize in these types of cases and if WEDC was not a political organization, they'd be involved with this type of case by now. We need to find a law firm that will file suit and begin the process of Discovery.

Walker under oath talking about the failures of his flagship agency? Priceless! And this would put an end to his presidential ambitions.

Anonymous said...

What I also find disturbing is that when Walker leaves onbtrips, we cannot see who else he takes with him on the taxpayer dime. During Walker's recent Canada trip...Walker's parents were not in Tosa. And, when Walker came back...their car was back in the driveway. Anyone filing a request yet for the travel logs on these "WI business trips" abroad??

Anonymous said...

There is a white knight coming if Hillary wins in 2016. Bet on it. And bet Walker will be long gone from WI if she wins.

Jake formerly of the LP said...

$124 million in WEDC money given out improperly in 18 months! Fiscal conservative my a$$!!!

Wonder what the "anti-crony" Tea Partiers will think once they find out about that?

Anonymous said...

Funny how the tea party HATES big government. Walker IS big government!!

Anonymous said...

I, for one, am glad that this blog is digital, 'cuz you be killing one helluva lotta trees with this list if it wasn't. :)

Glad to see the update, James.