Waukesha County GOPers hear from Romney, Santorum

Aside from Scott Walker, others speaking at the Waukesha County Lincoln Reagan Dinner were presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, along with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, and Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus. Romney steered clear of Wisconsin references in his remarks, except to chuckle at the fact that speedskater Derek Parra of California, whom Romney chose to help carry the American flag during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, was able to “beat a bunch of guys from Michigan and Wisconsin and Minnesota.”

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Walker says he’s learned lesson from collective bargaining fight

An animated and defiant Gov. Scott Walker, in his first public appearance since his recall election became official, conceded he’d learned a hard lesson about acting first and explaining later regarding the collective bargaining measures he introduced last February. “If I’d spent more time making the case in January and February, I bet taxpayers would have said, ‘Governor, you have to fix this,’ ” he said Saturday. “Instead, I just went out and fixed it and explained later. I admit I learned a lesson from that and I’m going to spend a whole lot more time explaining things in the future.”

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Dem primary candidates join forces behind Barrett

All three unsuccessful Dem primary candidates publicly threw their support behind Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a joint appearance today outside Barrett’s Milwaukee home. Kathleen Falk, Kathleen Vinehout and Doug La Follette all said they’d actively campaign on Barrett’s behalf over the next 27 days.

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Barrett primes supporters for ‘biggest day in Wisconsin history’

An animated Tom Barrett, wearing a blue shirt with his sleeves rolled up, told his supporters that “the biggest day in Wisconsin history” is tomorrow.
“We saw the largest grass-roots movement that has ever been part of Wisconsin,” Barrett said to wildly cheering volunteers at a campaign office on Milwaukee’s near south side.

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Walker’s campaign event offers differing opinions on guv’s cooperation pledge

When Gov. Scott Walker made his victory speech Tuesday night, he mentioned his desire to move forward and put the rancorous election behind him.
“I’m committed to it whether you voted for me or not,” said Walker, suggesting meetings with Dems over beers and brats. Some Walker supporters at his victory party agreed that Walker should try to heal the rift. But many others — along with some GOP politicians who were present — defiantly rejected the idea of reaching out to the other side.

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Barrett, Walker fight over John Doe, crime and jobs in final debate

With a historic recall election only days away, underdog Tom Barrett accused Scott Walker of using “Willie Horton stuff” while the Republican governor fended off Barrett’s charges he couldn’t be trusted. “My integrity has always been high,” Walker said at the final of two debates before Tuesday’s recall election. The statewide televised debate was co-sponsored by WisPolitics.com.

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Walker rallies supporters, says suggestion he’s target of John Doe probe ‘100 percent wrong’

Gov. Scott Walker rallied supporters Saturday, telling them every voter contact will make a difference come Election Day, and said any suggestion he’s become a target of the John Doe probe are “100 percent wrong.” After several stops across the state Saturday, Walker hit a campaign office in Wauwatosa. He told reporters he has not heard anything further from the Milwaukee County DA’s office about the John Doe probe that has ensnared his former aides from his days at Milwaukee County executive. He brushed off a report from Current TV’s David Shuster that the guv has been told he’s a target of the probe as “spin from those on the left.”

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