Monthly Archives: March 2013

Battleground Watch 2016

This is who I am keeping a close eye on for the future of the party:

Scott Walker follows path familiar to presidential hopefuls

Wisconsin governor to speak to key Iowa GOP gathering

By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel
March 30, 2013 5:04 p.m.

Madison – In a few weeks, Scott Walker will head to a Sheraton hotel just outside Des Moines, following a path already traveled by Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann.

The Republican governor from Wisconsin will fire up a partisan crowd in the very heart of Iowa, the state whose caucus will open the 2016 presidential race. The Polk County Republican fundraiser is an event that doesn’t just draw big names in conservative politics – it draws presidential contenders.

It’s just one of several signs the first-term governor is looking beyond his 2014 re-election to a bigger potential prize – the Republican nomination for a president. Walker is crisscrossing the country to speak to conservatives, holding open a possible run, and overseeing a high-profile book that will introduce his life story to the rest of the country this fall.

It’s a long way off and 2014 is more important due to the calendar, but since 2013 is so boring (NJ gov? cakewalk for Christie; VA gov? Cuccinelli is a surprisingly easy (to the media’s wholly-biased mind) victory; NYC mayor? who cares (and I live here); LA mayor? who cares (the city/state are collapsing). So we kill time until 2014.

What voter fraud?

Remember all the opponents of photo ID laws say this doesn’t happen:

Milwaukee County prosecutors Thursday filed voter fraud charges against 10 people, including two accused of double voting in 2012 elections and two felons ineligible to vote.

Also among the fraud cases: a Milwaukee woman who is accused of signing a recall petition against Republican Gov. Scott Walker three times; and the petition circulator who collected those signatures.

Leonard K. Brown, 55, is charged with voting more than once, providing false information to an election official and four counts of voting as a disqualified person for ballots cast April 5, 2011; and Feb. 21, April 2, June 5 and Nov. 6, 2012. The double voting and false information counts relate to the November election.

According to the criminal complaint, Brown voted in person in Milwaukee on Nov. 6, and by absentee ballot for that election in West Milwaukee, and his several prior votes in West Milwaukee occurred when he was not qualified to vote there because he lived in Milwaukee. He faces up to 24 1/2 years in prison and $70,000 in fines, if convicted.

Do we even need to speculate which party they support?