Politifact on Scott Walker


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Republican from Wisconsin

Scott Walker, a Republican, was elected governor of Wisconsin in November 2010. He was recalled in 2012 after igniting controversy with a bill curtailing public-employee union collective-bargaining rights. He survived the recall election, defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.  Walker is a former Milwaukee County executive and former member of the state Assembly.

Recent statements involving Scott Walker

"Mitt Romney did not run his campaign on the basis of arguing his experience in the business world was a reason to vote for him."

Says a $12.5 million incentive deal she approved for Abbott Laboratories contained "strong protections for taxpayers if job creation goals were not met."

Mary Burke "wasted 12.5 million dollars on a vacant lot" in a move that "could cost taxpayers nearly $25 million."

"(Mary) Burke’s company," Trek Bicycles, "makes 99% of their bikes overseas."

"As Jim Doyle’s Commerce secretary, Mary Burke spent $12.5 million dollars to buy a vacant lot for a company that said it had no plans to create jobs in Wisconsin" and had laid off 800 workers.

Recent stories featuring Scott Walker

The High Five: Scott Walker's clickability:

Statements Gov. Scott Walker made about his Democratic challenger, the former Democratic governor and gay marriage were among our most-clicked items in July 2014.

A congressional hopeful’s claim about the Common Core school standards also made the High Five.

Scott Walker on gay marriage ban ruling: "I don't have any choice" but to appeal. Is he right?:

Gov. Scott Walker says his oath of office rather than political calculations explain his appeal of a federal court decision overturning Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage. We examine how much discretion, if any, he had.

Our June High Five :

Two sharply different statements regarding the now-stalled investigation into whether there was illegal coordination among conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign rose to the top of our most-clicked list for June. A statement by Rep. Paul Ryan on whether or not Medicare is growing broke also received lots of attention.

Some of the themes that will shape the governor's race:

More than four months out before the November 2014 gubernatorial election in Wisconsin, some of the campaign themes are coming into focus.

Gov. Scott Walker's record on jobs and the economy. How that record compares to that of his predecessor, Democrat Jim Doyle. And the record of likely Democratic nominee Mary Burke, both as Doyle's commerce secretary and as a former executive of Trek Bicycle Corp.

Our May High Five:

Our analysis of Gov. Scott Walker’s new way of talking about job creation topped PolitiFact Wisconsin’s High Five for May, our list of the most-clicked items for the month.

So did items about Benghazi (times 2), jobs and private-school choice.

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