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Walker Under Fire After Recall Emails Surface

Governor Scott Walker

As he engaged in a desperate hunt for national money to help Republicans retain control of the Wisconsin Senate in a series of 2011 recall elections, Gov. Walker reached out to Karl Rove, who controlled a conservative super PAC known as American Crossroads. In his May 4, 2011, email to Rove, Walker asked for an email list, names of big donors to call, and a “million or two from American Crossroads.” Previous revelations and leaks regarding the John Doe case have shined light on the governor’s outreach to Rove and Walker’s bragging about how his “team” ran things in Wisconsin. The details contained in the recently leaked documents focus particular attention on a line in Walker’s email that described the critical role veteran Republican political operative R. J. Johnson played in shaping the state Supreme Court’s conservative majority. “He ran the effort that defeated the first incumbent Supreme Court justice in decades back in 2008 and Club for Growth-Wisconsin was the key to retaining Justice Prosser,” wrote Walker. Johnson’s name has long been associated with the Wisconsin Club for Growth, a highly secretive, politically aggressive operation that refuses to disclose the sources of funding for the campaigns it runs. Justice David Prosser had just been re-elected in a brutal April election, which saw the incumbent jurist prevail over his challenger by barely 7,000 votes out of 1.5 million cast. The favorite of Walker and his allies in the 2008 election was Justice Michael Gableman. Four years after Walker’s email declared that Johnson and the Wisconsin Club for Growth were vital to electing Prosser and Gableman, these two justices cast decisive votes in a state Supreme Court decision that shut down an investigation targeting the actions of Walker, Johnson and others. That investigation sought to determine whether the governor and his allies engaged in a conspiracy to illegally coordinate campaign activities in the recall fights of 2011 and 2012. The opinion in that 2015 high court ruling was written by Gableman. Prosser and Gableman were asked to recuse themselves from the John Doe case, but both refused to do so.

Source: The Capital Times

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Sen. Baldwin announced growing support for legislation that seeks to improve entrepreneurial and startup activity in Wisconsin. The Small Business Innovation Act was reintroduced by Senator Baldwin last week. The bill will provide Wisconsin small businesses increased access to the capital they need to grow their companies and create jobs.

A study done by the Kauffman Foundation showed Wisconsin ranks last in startup activity for the second year in a row and third-to-last in entrepreneurship growth among large states. In addition, Wisconsin continued to lag the nation in the latest quarterly census of job creation, ranking 33rd among the 50 states in the pace of job creation from March 2015 through March 2016. “Using the Small Business Administration to leverage private venture capital in an effort to target high-growth industries makes sense for America’s innovation sector,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council and Wisconsin Innovation Network. “Of special interest to private investors will be the requirement that qualified companies in the program will include recipients of federal merit-based grants, such as Small Business Innovation Research grants. These are tech-based companies that have already demonstrated commercial potential and have survived a rigorous competitive process to win such grants. For investors, that means significant due diligence has already taken place and their risk is reduced because they are investing in companies with demonstrated potential.”

Source: Baldwin press release

Senator Ron Johnson

Sen. Johnson will visit an open house of the Door County Republican Headquarters on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The headquarters is located at 43 S. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served. Representative Joel Kitchens, State Senator Frank Lasee and other county elected officials are also expected to be in attendance. The headquarters has regular hours on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and yard signs and campaign materials are available. Any questions should be directed to Chairman Bill Berglund at 493.8492.

Source: Press release

President Barack Obama

In his weekly address, President Obama commemorated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The President recognized the museum for celebrating the many accomplishments of the African American community – and for telling the fuller story of America by facing the uncomfortable truths of our Nation’s history all while embracing the knowledge that America is a constant work in progress. The National Museum of African American History and Culture not only tells the African American story – it tells the American story. By telling the fuller account of the American story, the President said, the museum will give all of us a chance to reflect and set the course for generations to come.

Source: White House press release

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