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First things first. About that Journal Sentinel headline:
John Doe prosecutors allege Scott Walker at center of 'criminal scheme'
George Mitchell writes on Right Wisconsin:
Amazingly, not until the second-to-last paragraph of this 1600-word article does the Journal Sentinel quote the judge presiding over the investigation as finding ‘no probable cause [of] any violations of the campaign finance laws.
Not until 270 words into the story do readers even hear from Walker.
How do six reporters (three named in the byline and three contributors) plus their editors get it so wrong?
Right Wisconsin also offers these.
Governor Walker was also the subject of a lengthy piece in the National Journal:
In interviews with dozens of officials, aides, and activists from both parties, it was hard to find anyone who could muster a negative word about Walker the man—even among those who make a living berating Walker the governor. "I'll be honest with you," says Mike Tate, chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party. "He's just a very pleasant guy."
Being a pleasant guy—agreeable, inoffensive—isn't an obvious political strength, but it has been one for Walker. His soft-spoken nature and his humdrum personal style have led his opponents repeatedly to underestimate his ambition, his determination, and his strategic skill.
If Walker's friendly, down-to-earth persona is somehow an act meant to lull his political foes, he inhabits the role like Daniel Day-Lewis preparing to play Lincoln. He greets guests at the governor's residence by hanging up their coats and bringing them glasses of water. He buys bleacher seats at Milwaukee Brewers games and enjoys a Leinenkugel beer with the locals. He packs two ham sandwiches into a brown paper bag every day for lunch. He rides his Harley wearing a full helmet and interacts anonymously with other motorists. He mows the lawn of the small, nondescript home he still owns a few miles outside Milwaukee wearing jean shorts and torn-up Nikes.
"We always got along just fine—and we still do to this day, frankly," says Barca, the Democratic assembly leader. "He's very affable, easy to talk to, easy to get along with. And I think that's part of his political success. It's very disarming." Which is exactly what his 2016 rivals should be worried about.
This blog is presented every week to show what great things our Governor is doing, some that go un-reported.
Toured tornado damage in Platteville with local & county officials and state Rep. Travis Tranel.
Toured tornado damage in Verona.
Acuity dedicated the tallest flag pole in the nation. The 400-foot flag pole was dedicated with a patriotic ceremony.
Governor Walker talked with folks at the Global Water Center's Water Summit in Milwaukee
Ground breaking was held for a new 358,000 square foot development in downtown Milwaukee at 833 East Michigan
Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh
Badger Boys State at Ripon College
At a stop in Ashwaubenon, Gov. Walker was asked by reporters about his stance on gay marriage:
"I think the media gave it a lot more time than everyday citizens. Nobody I’ve talked to in the last few days has asked me about that issue. They want to know about jobs, the economy, their kids’ education — things of that nature. My position, or the position of any governor, isn’t relevant to this issue because it won’t be changed, if it’s ever changed, by a governor.”
WI unemployment rate in May went down to 5.7% (lowest since October 2008). More than 100,000 jobs have been created since Gov. Walker took office.
Governor Walker also released this information:
"In my first three years, Wisconsin created over 27,000 more jobs than during Governor Doyle's first three years. In my first three years, Wisconsin created more jobs than during Governor Doyle's first term. In fact, more jobs were created in my first three years than in Governor Doyle's eight years in office."
I’ll have more next week. This week we conclude with a new ad.