Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Endores Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz (L), Gov. Scott Walker (R)

Gov. Scott Walker called into WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee to announce his endorsement of Ted Cruz. Walker called Cruz a “principled, common sense conservative.”

Not sure if endorsements actually do anything in this wild campaign season, though. South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley didn’t seem to do much for Marco Rubio.

But we shall see. The Wisconsin primary is one week away.

The Ted Cruz campaign is thrilled with the news! From the Cruz campaign via press release:

We wanted to share some very exciting news with you: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has just endorsed Ted Cruz for President. This is a HUGE deal. Scott Walker has enacted big, bold conservative reforms in Wisconsin. His endorsement confirms what we have been saying for months, Conservatives are uniting behind Ted Cruz.

Will you join Scott Walker in standing with Ted Cruz today? Over the last year we have been campaigning from coast to coast to elect Ted Cruz as President. We have accomplished a great deal, but there is still a lot left to do. Next week Wisconsin votes. We must send a strong message that we are all behind Ted Cruz.

Scott Walker’s endorsement proves that Ted Cruz has what it takes to win everywhere, including swing states like Wisconsin. The only thing left is your support today. Please join Scott Walker and conservatives across America by contributing to the Wisconsin Victory fund. Your contribution could make the difference between victory and defeat!


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker To Drop White House Campaign

According to the New York Times, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to end his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination today. A press conference has been scheduled for 6PM today from Madison, Wisconsin.

The reason? His dramatic drop in the polls – he was at the top of most pundits list at the beginning of the year – where he now sees his stock plummet to less than one percent.

A supporter who was informed of the decision told the NY Times: “The short answer is money. He’s made a decision not to limp into Iowa.”

In addition to the disappointing poll results,  his lackluster performance in the two GOP debates thus far have apparently made donors nervous and have begun to flee the sinking ship.

One of his donors had this to say: “Donors have totally dried up for Walker, and getting people to come on Thursday was unbelievably hard. Everyone I know was just totally stunned by how difficult the fund-raising became, but the candidate and the campaign just couldn’t inspire confidence.”

Bye, Scott. It’s like we barely knew your union-busting self.

News Round-Up: August 2, 2015

Some news stories you may have missed:

• HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo acknowledges canceling LGBT series “Looking” was a painful decision.

• Just for the fun of it – here’s the best TV bloopers from local news reports in the past month. Folks are human, don’t you know?

• Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker still backs a Constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex marriage.

• Anti-gay Congressman Steve King says the recent SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage means you can now marry your lawn mower.

• Donald Trump may be riding high amid his GOP competitors, but a new poll shows every Democratic nominee would beat him.

• Did former One Directioner Zayn Malik throw shade at his former bandmates?

• GOP hopeful Dr. Ben Carson doesn’t know if the Bible has “authority” over the U.S. Constitution.
(Here’s a clue – it doesn’t. Separation of Church and State and all that, don’t you know…)

• Two current NFL players say they would come out if the media wouldn’t make “a big deal out of it.”

Scott Walker Openly Constitutional Ban On Marriage Equality

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Now here’s a winning formula to become the next president of the United States: oppose an idea that currently enjoys the support of 60% of Americans.

GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker said this today about marriage equality – considered settled law by the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Our conservative values were handed a big blow with the recent Supreme Court ruling. Let me be very clear: this decision was a grave mistake. Five unelected judges took it upon themselves to take that responsibility away from the states and redefine the institution of marriage.

“In 2006, I voted to amend my state constitution to protect the institution of marriage because I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. I believe that the states have the right to define marriage.

“To protect this right, I support an amendment to the United States Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Jumps Into 2016 GOP Race

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially announced his presidential campaign today, joining an already crowded field of GOP hopefuls.

In advance of today’s announcement, CNN’s Dana Bash traveled to Madison to speak with Walker’s sons – 21 year old Matt and 19 year old Alex.

It turns out that Matt and Alex, like the vast majority of younger Americans, are both supporters of marriage equality. Gov. Walker, however, is decidedly not. He called the Supreme Court’s ruling last month a “grave mistake” and has tested the waters with an idea of a constitutional amendment to allow states to continue banning same-sex marriage.

Bash asked the two sons about their father’s negative reaction to the historic SCOTUS ruling, and how they feel about his position on same-sex marriage.

“We talked to him, like any family we have disagreements,” said Matt . “He just explained his position and that was it.”

“Matt and I aren’t necessarily changing his stances on any issues,” added Alex. “We respect his opinion on things.”

Walker is considered a GOP front-runner along with Jeb Bush, both of whom are expected to be competitive in a general election.

We shall see about that.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Supports Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who voted for his state’s ban on same-sex marriage in 2006, said in an appearance today on ABC’s “This Week” that he supports a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality nationwide.

“I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman,” said Walker, a prospective GOP presidential candidate, on ABC’s “This Week.” “If the court decides that, the only next approach is for those who are supporters of marriage being defined as between one man and one woman is ultimately to consider pursuing a constitutional amendment.”

Walker added that “the decision on defining marriage should be left up to the states.”

Recent polls show support for marriage equality at or near 60% approval across the U.S.

The most recent Quinnipiac University poll shows 56% of Americans support the Supreme Court striking down bans on same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 36 states plus the District of Columbia.

To pass a constitutional amendment, you have to get approval from TWO-THIRDS of the Senate, TWO-THIRDS of the House of Representatives and then TWO-THIRDS of all state legislatures.

Clearly that won’t ever happen. Walker is pandering to the conservative extremists.

Walker is expected to announce his candidacy for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination in the coming weeks.

Hillary Clinton Beats All GOP Contenders In New CNN/ORC Poll

In the latest CNN/ORC poll, Democrat Hillary Clinton beats every potential GOP candidate by at least 11 points.

Coming closest to Hillary is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, but still 11 points behind the former Secretary of State with 54% preferring Clinton and only 43% picking Paul.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker each get only 40% to Hillary’s 55%.

And it gets worse for the rest of the pack from there.

In terms of the Democratic nomination, folks like Hillary over Vice-President Biden 62%-15%.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts gets 10%.

The GOP side is still packed up in the teens with Bush getting 16% support, Walker getting 13% and Paul getting 12%.

Unions Demand Apology From Gov. Scott Walker For Comparison To Terrorists

Yesterday at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker compared a president standing up against ISIS to his standing up to protesting union workers in his state:

“I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil,” Walker said, adding, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

Once that sh*t hit the fan, he sought to “clarify” his statement saying “if I could handle that kind of a pressure and kind of intensity, I think I’m up for the challenge for whatever might come, if I choose to run for president.”

Today, however, AFSCME (the country’s largest public service employees union) issued a press release demanding an apology for comparing American union workers to terrorists:

We’re not going to stand by and let Scott Walker smear hard-working Americans, simply because the exercise their first amendment freedom to disagree with him. You don’t attack good men and women who give their time every day to make this country a better place.

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To compare the 100,000 men and women who stood up in Madison and called Governor Walker out for his attack on workers’ freedom to terrorists is disgusting. That’s the desperate act of a craven, career politician, not a leader whose values are aligned with what this country stands for. In Madison, we marched alongside military veterans, firefighters, police officers, nurses, librarians and teachers. There were senior citizens and children. College students and clergy.

This cannot stand, Governor Walker, and the nation deserves an apology.

Dropkick Murphys To Gov. Scott Walker: “Stop Using Our Music – We Hate You!”

Dropkick Murphys, a platinum-selling American Celtic punk band, sent the above tweet out Saturday to Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

The tweet reads, “@ScottWalker @GovWalker please stop using our music in any way… we literally hate you!!! Love, Dropkick Murphys.”

The band members are ardent supporters of the working class and unions with a strong relationship with the AFL-CIO.

Walker, known for union busting in his state, is clearly the LAST person who should associate himself with band’s music.

Rock on, Dropkick Murphys!