Walker's Political Maneuvers

Elections, State

Dithering Gov. Scott Walker can't seem to make a decision on whether to allow the Menomonee tribe to open a casino in Kenosha.    The  Journal Sentinel  reports,   "Originally, Walker said he would decide the issue last year but repeatedly broke his self-imposed deadlines."   A  letter  (Political game on casino) published in today's Journal Sentinel,  reminds us that Walker is spending $1.5 million of the taxpayers' money for an out-of-state law firm to study the casino issue and help him make his decision.   The letter writer asks, " Isn't the governor  smart enough to make this decision on his own? "   

He notes that our stonewalling governor was able to get the federal government to give him an additional 6 months to make the decision.  This enables Walker  to get more campaign contributions from the tribes--for and against the project-- before the election.

Gov. Walker's "indecision" regarding the casino could easily be perceived as politically  self-serving.

His retaliatory actions are also troubling. 

For example;

  " A University of Wisconsin-Platteville engineering student anticipating a new seat on the UW System's Board of Regents was renounced at the eleventh hour by Gov. Scott Walker, who withdrew the young man's appointment after finding out he had signed a petition as an 18-year-old freshman calling for the governor's recall."  (excerpt from  June 14, 2013 Journal Sentinel article).  Walker told reporters he was pulling the appointment but refused to say why.  

Needless to say, rescinding that appointment made Walker appear petty and vindictive.

And catch this--

A recent One Wisconsin Now press release communicates  that in November  2013, Gov. Walker withdrew his own 2011 appointment  of then-Government Accountability Board Chair David Deininger. 

To read about it,  click on the OWN post---  Legal Filings Show Walker Ousted GAB Chair After Board's Unanimous Vote to Proceed With John Doe Investigation.

It says:

 According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Former judges on the state Government Accountability Board voted unanimously last year to authorize the investigation of fundraising and spending by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and his allies during the recent recall elections, according to a Tuesday court filing."  The paper reports the vote of the non-partisan board comprised of retired judges took place in June 2013.

"The veil is down and the truth is apparent," said [Scott] Ross. "The Government Accountability Board unanimously voted to authorize the investigation of Gov. Walker's pollitical activities and Gov. Walker used his power to remove its chair."

Gov. Walker made news when, after pledging he was cooperating in the investigation, he had his campaign file a brief seeking to have a case in the investigation moved to the conservative majority-led Wisconsin State Supreme Court.

(According to One Wisconsin Now, two of the groups reported by the media to be involved in the investigation, Club for Growth and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, financed over $8 million in spending to elect four of the justices, who constitute a conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 

One Wisconsin Now reports that it filed a formal letter with the Wisconsin Supreme Court urging those four justices to recuse themselves from a legal request by the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker related to the ongoing John Doe investigation surrounding allegations of illegal coordination.)

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