WEDC: Walker’s Expensive Corporate Welfare Failure

Eaton Corporation, a company awarded money by Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has announced the upcoming layoff of 93 workers at it’s Watertown plant. The company previously faced criticism when it outsourced jobs to foreign countries shortly after receiving millions from WEDC.

Eaton is just one example of the failures that have plagued Walker’s WEDC — including the governor’s beloved Kohl’s — since its start.

Here's a look at the worst hits of Walker's flagship program.

Can’t make this up, Jeb Bush money edition

SHOT: “‘I don’t think you need to spend $1 billion to be elected president of the United States in 2016,’ Bush told reporters,” according to Bloomberg.

SAME DAY CHASER: “Jeb Bush told about 350 of the top donors to his super PAC on Sunday evening that the organization has raised more money in its first 100 days than any other Republican operation in modern history,” according to the Washington Post.

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ICYMI: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker, prosecutors trade pointed swipes on John Doe

Over the weekend, Scott Walker joined the 2016 GOP field in their pilgrimage to Iowa, but leaving his home state didn’t help him escape the John Doe investigation into his 2011 campaign. In a radio interview, Walker took issue with the controversy. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm was quick to hit back at the governor’s reprehensible comments:

In a separate statement, Schmitz said he was surprised Walker would “speak publicly about specific issues which are now before the Wisconsin Supreme Court for a decision.”

“His description of the investigation as a ‘political witch hunt’ is offensive when he knows that the investigation was authorized by a bipartisan group of judges and is directed by a Republican special prosecutor appointed at the request of a bipartisan group of district attorneys,” Schmitz’s statement said.

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GOP Candidates in Iowa Triple Down on RFRA, Opposing Gay Marriage

A reminder to the WHCA hangover crowd:  while DC was partying, GOP presidential candidates were on the stump in Waukee, Iowa for the five hour Iowa Faith & Freedom summit, putting all their chips in on opposing gay marriage and supporting discriminatory Indiana-style RFRA laws.  Here are some highlights:

Marco Rubio

Marriage is between one man and one woman, and children are better off with heterosexual parents:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SVZADxUq74

Rick Perry

Backing RFRA, and hyping his own role in passing it in Texas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yu4u07Hz2c

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WaPo: Scott Waffler’s “stances on immigration issues have moved back and forth”

Walker’s stances on immigration issues have moved back and forth in recent weeks — moves labeled a subtle evolution by his supporters and flip-flopping by detractors. The shifts underscore how the Wisconsin governor is still solidifying his views on national policy issues, while also trying to please a wide range of Republicans who often don’t agree on issues such as immigration.

Two years ago, Walker said that it “makes sense” to grant citizenship to some of the millions of undocumented workers already in the country. By earlier this year, his position had changed, with Walker saying in March: “I don’t believe in amnesty” for those in the country illegally.

Washington Post: What does Scott Walker believe on immigration?

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Talk about a bad press day…

Here’s hoping at least some of that high-dollar Miami hotel bill Jeb’s running up this weekend while his opponents are in Iowa is set aside for an open bar for the communications staff — they must need a drink after reading this morning’s clips.

Washington Post “Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush supports President Obama’s trade deal, praises his management of the National Security Agency and agrees that Congress should have moved faster to hold a vote on new attorney general Loretta Lynch.  And that’s all since last week.”

Republican insiders speaking to Politico:  “‘[Common Core] is the number-one issue Bush faces in Iowa with caucusgoers,’ …’Right now, it’s a big issue among suburban GOP women…which is a demographic that is central to him winning New Hampshire.’”

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