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.

Walker silent about ‘listening tour’ to Israel, but tweets show him wearing skullcap

Written by Josef Federman
and Steve Peoples,
AP writers
Thursday, 14 May 2015 15:42

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is wrapping up a five-day “listening tour” through Israel, his first visit to the U.S. ally. But don’t ask the Republican White House prospect where he went, whom he listened to or what was said as he shapes his foreign policy.

GOP field grows as Fiorina, Carson announce

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:32

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.

Walker brags to Wisconsin Republicans about turning the state to the right

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 17 May 2015 16:08

Gov. Scott Walker told Wisconsin Republicans yesterday that in his four-plus years in office he has transformed the state by enacting numerous conservative priorities, including defunding Planned Parenthood, legalizing concealed carry and weakening public union power.

Russ Feingold announces 2016 Senate campaign

Written by WiG reports Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:00

Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold wants his Senate seat back.

Where does Bernie Sanders stand? A look at key issues

Written by The AP Monday, 04 May 2015 14:35

Where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, stands on some issues:

A new poll shows strong opposition to key provisions of Gov. Scott Walker's budget.

Ron Johnson faces a tough battle in rematch with Feingold

Written by Scott Bauer
and Dana Ferguson,
AP writers
Sunday, 17 May 2015 06:49

Ron Johnson and Russ Fenigold

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.

Race is on, as Sanders raises $1.5 million during the 24 hours after announcing his campaign

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 13:39

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is running for president.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

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.

Problems facing poor inch into presidential race

Written by Julie Pace,
AP White House correspondent
Sunday, 03 May 2015 07:49

In a presidential campaign where candidates are jockeying to be champions of the middle class and asking wealthy people for money, the problems facing the poor are inching into the debate.

A Marquette University poll released today shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s approval rating at 41 percent, down from 49 percent in October. The poll found that 56 percent of voters in the state disapprove of Walker’s performance as governor.