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Marquette Poll: Walker-Burke Dead Heat in Wisconsin

Posted on January 21st, 2014

An early poll in the 2014 Wisconsin governor's race puts incumbent Republican Scott Walker in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Mary Burke and indicates that Hillary Clinton would carry the state in the 2016 presidential election.

According to a Marquette Law School Poll of 800 Wisconsin registered voters, 47 percent of those surveyed would choose Walker, compared to 45 percent who would support Burke, a difference that is within the poll's margin of error.

The poll conducted Oct. 21-24 also found that 49 percent of those surveyed approve of the job Walker is doing but 47 percent disapprove, suggesting there are very few voters in the Badger State who haven't formed an opinion of the conservative governor, who was elected in 2010.

But the survey also found that the public has yet to form any strong impressions of Burke, a Madison school board member, former state commerce secretary, and Trek Bicycle executive.

Seventy percent of those surveyed say they haven't heard enough about her to know whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion. Seventeen percent expressed a favorable impression toward her and 14 percent an unfavorable view.

Walker has been touted as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, and the poll indicated he would be the first choice for the party's nomination among Wisconsin Republicans and independents who lean Republican.

Twenty-nine percent of Republicans and independents surveyed say they would support his presidential bid, compared to 25 percent who say they support Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012.

Overall, 52 percent of those surveyed said they would like to see Walker run for president, compared to 43 percent who expressed the opposite view.

No matter who the Republican nominee turns out to be, most voters in the Marquette poll say they plan to back Hillary Clinton if she runs for president.

If a general election match-up were held today, the survey found that Clinton would beat Walker by a margin of 53 percent to 41 percent, and would beat Ryan 51 percent to 43 percent.

The survey also found that she would beat New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 50 percent to 40 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas by a margin of 55 percent to 33 percent.


Burke raised nearly $1.8 million in first months of campaign

Posted on January 15th, 2014

Dem guv candidate Mary Burke will report raising nearly $1.8 million during the first months of her campaign.

Her campaign released a statement this morning that the former Trek executive and Madison School Board member finished 2013 with more than $1.3 million cash on hand.

Burke, who began exploring a campaign in late spring but didn't announce until Oct. 7, gave her campaign $400,000, a spokesman said. Details of the report, which is not due until Jan. 31, were still being finalized.

Still, the campaign also said she had more than 5,600 individual contributors and 88 percent of her donations were for $100 or less.

UPDATE: Walker's campaign responded to the release: "Today's report clearly shows that Mary Burke is willing to reach into her own pockets to spend whatever it takes to take Wisconsin backwards to the failed policies of the past. Governor Walker is proud to have a campaign fueled by our grassroots donors, which will continue to be demonstrated in our report that will be released at the end of the month."

-- By JR Ross

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Left-Wing School Board Member Meets with Union and Dem Officials to Take on Walker

Posted on August 30th, 2013

Mary Burke, a Madison School Board member, has been busy this summer meeting with Wisconsin's largest union, Democratic lawmakers, and operatives with ties to President Obama and groups like EMILY'S List, exploring a possible run for governor.  While Burke has not officially announced, she is considered likely to face Governor Scott Walker in 2014.

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Marquette Law Professor Announces Supreme Court Bid

Posted on December 10th, 2012

Marquette Law School professor Ed Fallone today announced he'll challenge Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack in this spring's high court race, saying "we need a change in the Supreme Court."

Fallone, who also practices law with Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan in Milwaukee, says he would be the court's first Latino justice.

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Marquette Law Professor Fallone Considering State Supreme Court Run

Posted on November 9th, 2012

A law-school professor at Marquette University said he is considering running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Ed Fallone said Friday that he is looking at running against Justice Patience Roggensack next year. The election is April 2.

Fallone joins Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi as potential candidates in the race. Sumi said Thursday she was considering running.

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Posted on September 17th, 2012

A Wisconsin judge ruled Friday that a controversial state law limiting unions’ rights is unconstitutional, a decision Gov. Scott Walker is “confident” will be overturned on appeal.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas struck down the law, which essentially eliminated collective-bargaining rights for most public employees, as a violation of the state and U.S. Constitution, according to The Associated Press.

Walker won a June recall election that was widely viewed as a referendum on the law, which he had proposed. After Friday’s ruling, the governor called Colas “a liberal activist judge” who “wants to go backwards.”

“The people of Wisconsin clearly spoke on June 5th. Now, they are ready to move on. Sadly, a liberal activist judge in Dane County wants to go backwards and take away the law-making responsibilities of the legislature and the governor,” Walker said in a statement. “We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process.”

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Posted on July 8th, 2012

La Crosse's 32nd Senate District seat is now held by Democrat Jennifer Shilling. She defeated Republican Dan Kapanke in a special recall election last August. This fall she'll be on the ballot against former La Crosse County Republican Chair Bill Feehan. So that'll be two elections in just more than a year. ...

Meanwhile her challenger, Bill Feehan is also busy campaigning. Feehan says he's spending hours going door to door in what he hopes will soon be his district; trying to meet as many people as possible.

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Posted on June 6th, 2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, now secure in his post for another two and a half years, said Wednesday he wants to move beyond the partisan rancor of the recall campaign and, most of all, get back to work.

The first step, as is to be expected in Wisconsin: bipartisan bratwursts.

"The election is over and we're no longer opponents in this state -- we're Wisconsinites," he said Wednesday morning on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown." So, he plans to "invite all of the legislators, Republican and Democrat alike, over the next week for some brats, burgers, and maybe a little bit of Wisconsin beer to talk about where do we go from here."

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Posted on June 6th, 2012

Big Labor went all in on the Wisconsin recall — putting millions of dollars, months of organizing and its reputation as a political superpower on the line to defeat GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

Then they got trounced on Election Day.

Walker’s decisive victory over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday has demonstrated the vulnerability of a long-formidable movement whose ranks are thinning across the country. The failed recall attempt has energized organized labor’s foes and emboldened lawmakers to pick fights with unions in other states. And it has underscored the fact that unions — a potent source of political power and dollars for Democrats — aren’t going to be the left’s counter to conservative groups’ outside cash in November.

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Posted on June 6th, 2012

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said today his victory in yesterday’s recall election sets the stage for Mitt Romney to be competitive in his state in November’s election, while the presumptive Republican presidential nominee saw broader national implications to the result.

“I think he’d acknowledge he’s an underdog, particularly here in Wisconsin,” Walker said of Romney on MSNBC. “But I think anyone looking at the results last night would also acknowledge that it’s now competitive in Wisconsin.”

Romney, speaking at a fundraiser today in San Antonio, Texas, said the Wisconsin vote will “echo” throughout U.S.

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