Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the son of a president of a foundation that supports tea party causes to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. The board oversees the University of Wisconsin system, setting policies and approving budgets, among other vital regulatory duties.
Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have joined the rapidly expanding 2016 Republican presidential class, casting themselves as political outsiders in underdog campaigns, eager to challenge the elite of both parties.
In announcements separated by both geography and style, the two also highlighted the possibility that they can help the GOP expand its appeal among an increasingly diverse electorate. Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, with Carson the only African-American.
Visiting with Minnesota Republicans last week, Gov. Scott Walker blamed Wisconsin’s lagging economy on former Gov. Jim Doyle, the Democrat who held office before Walker took over in 2010. On the other hand, he credited Minnesota’s booming economy to former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who preceded Democrat Mark Dayton. Like Walker, Dayton began his first term in 2010.
Where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, stands on some issues:
Almost from the day Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson defeated his Democratic predecessor Russ Feingold five years ago, both sides have anticipated a rematch.
The presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is off to a strong start, raising $1.5 million in the 24 hours after he announced his plan on April 30 to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.