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Scott Walker OK with sending donors to secret fund. John Doe documents show mining firm gave him $700K.

Gov. Scott Walker Saturday defended his actions directing campaign contributions to the Wisconsin Club for Growth, saying “there isn’t
anything wrong” with doing so. Details on Walker’s fundraising on behalf of the 501(c)(4) were included in a batch of documents briefly released late Friday as part of an ongoing suit over a John Doe investigation into allegations that Walker coordinated with conservative groups in the recall elections.

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In visit to Milwaukee, Vinehout says she could woo swing voters in general election

Gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Vinehout spent Saturday afternoon in the heart of Milwaukee, where she told residents of the Riverwest neighborhood that she’s the candidate who can win over the small but crucial undecided vote that will determine the outcome of the recall. With polls showing Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a dead heat with Gov. Scott Walker, Vinehout said it makes sense to choose a Democratic candidate who can win swing voters in what she calls Wisconsin’s “fertile crescent” — a curved swath stretching from La Crosse and Eau Claire, through Wausau and up through Green Bay and northward.

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Scott Walker, Mary Burke debate jobs, Milwaukee issues

Dem Mary Burke Friday slammed Gov. Scott Walker for what she said was a lagging economy, knocking his claim the state does not have a jobs problem.
In their second and final debate, Walker countered by seeking to tie Burke to his predecessor, Jim Doyle. Walker said several times through the course of the hour-long exchange that his Dem rival had previously said she completely supported Doyle’s policies, which he said led to a fiscal mess in Wisconsin that he cleaned up after taking office.

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Barrett to supporters: Need you like never before

Tom Barrett told hundreds of cheering supporters in his victory speech that “I need you like I’ve never needed you before and more important, this state needs you like it’s never needed you before.” “We have a lot of work to do in the next 27 days,” he said, warning that Scott Walker’s campaign would unleash a barrage of attack ads. Blaming Walker for dividing Wisconsin as he has never seen it, Barrett said, “That division is the exact opposite from the way I will govern.”

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Final recall debate gets international attention

Thursday’s debate between Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett drew news media not only from Wisconsin but also the national and international press. Among media outlets that sent reporters and photographers to cover the event at Marquette University Law School in downtown Milwaukee were the PBS Newshour, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, NHK Japan Broadcast Radio — which was broadcasting live in Japan, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, NPR News, Reuters, and CBS Evening News.

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Mary Burke denies Trek firing; accuses Walker of last-minute smear

Mary Burke on Thursday said she stands by her performance record at Trek Bicycle and called former Trek COO Tom Albers a liar with “an ax to grind.”
Burke linked claims this week by Albers and former Trek employee Gary Ellerman that she had been fired by Trek to what she called Gov. Scott Walker’s
efforts to attack the Wisconsin bicycle manufacturer founded by Burke’s family.

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Scott Walker insists no state business being done via personal emails in wake of newly released John Doe documents

Gov. Scott Walker said today that no state business is being conducted via personal emails, as he continued to face scrutiny over thousands of newly released documents having to do with how he ran Milwaukee County as county executive from 2002-2010. “There is not, has not, been any state business conducted that way,” said Walker, when asked if personal emails are involved in his current administration.

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Scott Walker softens remarks about RGA, Chris Christie

President Barack Obama will be in the state later today for a rally with Dem guv candidate Mary Burke at Milwaukee’s North Division High School.
The visit follows an appearance in Milwaukee by former President Bill Clinton last week, but Burke yesterday downplayed her campaign’s emphasis on the state’s largest city.

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Scott Walker joins lawsuit over Obama immigration plan; sidesteps right-to-work question

Gov. Scott Walker suggested to attendees at the CPAC conference in Washington, D.C., that his experience dealing with thousands of protesters in the
state Capitol has prepared him to lead the fight against terrorist groups like ISIS. “If I can take on 100,000 protesters I can do the same across the world,” Walker said. Asked what his plan would be to deal with the threat from ISIS, Walker said he receives threat assessments from the FBI and was concerned not only about attacks abroad, but in the U.S. as well.

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