Saturday, November 1st, 2014

All stories featuring Scott Walker

High Five for November: Walker and Burke

Gov. Scott Walker's property-tax claim, his campaign promises and his new book dominated online traffic at PolitiFact Wisconsin in November. A claim by likely Democratic challenger Mary Burke also drew a big audience.

So, where does Mary Burke stand on the issues?

Nearly two months into her campaign, the picture of Mary Burke as a candidate for governor is something like the Wisconsin sky on many a December day: Mostly cloudy, with sunlight occasionally shining through.

In Context: Scott Walker's "healthy balance" remark

Gov. Scott Walker caused a reverberation among liberals when, while plugging his new book, he used a seemingly innocuous term: "Healthy balance." LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) advocates were especially put off, as these headlines show: Wisconsin governor defends ban on same-sex marriage as "healthy balance" of LGBT rights -- Think Progress (liberal blog) Funny definition of "healthy balance" you got there, Scotty -- Daily Kos (liberal blog)

Candidates by any other name: Do they smell as sweet?

Striving to concoct a negative image for opponents, political partisans are playing the age-old Name Game for keeps as Wisconsin enters a big 2014 campaign season. In the governor's race, "Millionaire Mary" takes on "Governor Ultrasound."

Walker making news on book tour

Scott Walker became the ubiquitous governor in the days before and after the release of his political memoir, giving one national media interview after another. We take a look at what he said that's new and note where he made comments related to previous PolitiFact articles.

Fact-checking Gov. Scott Walker's new book

In his new memoir, Gov. Scott Walker recounts how he secretly crafted a plan "that gets rid of the unions and eliminates collective bargaining." He dwells on the state of state government’s finances prior to his election and argues for how much better they are now. And he takes a few pokes at President Obama’s Washington. We take a look at how Walker's claims -- new and old -- stack up on the Truth-O-Meter.

Promises, promises: Gov. Scott Walker, the Walk-O-Meter and 2014

Barring something unforeseen, Gov. Scott Walker will stand for election for the third time in four years in November 2014. One year out, we examine his record on keeping campaign pledges he made in the 2010 contest. Sneak preview: he's keeping far more than he's breaking.

High Five for October: Obamacare gets hits

Two items involving Obamacare, Mary Burke's political debut, debate over a proposed casino and a claim that Wisconsin sold water to California attracted the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin in October 2013.  

Would a Kenosha casino drain 40% of the Milwaukee casino's revenue?

Given that we’re talking about projections, we can’t test on the Truth-O-Meter whether the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee would lose as much as 40% of its revenue if the Menominee tribe opens a casino 40 miles to the south in the Kenosha. We can, however, share what we learned from seven gambling experts.

The High Five: Our most-clicked items for September

Reader favorites last month dealt with the jobs picture, the state budget and a review of Truth-O-Meter items on Obamacare just days before the government shutdown. We promise to remain open for business, no matter what happens in Washington.

Testing Obamacare on the Truth-O-Meter

The Affordable Care Act reaches a milestone on Oct. 1, 2013, when health insurance marketplaces that were set up as part of the law begin enrolling people. Many claims on both sides of the political aisle have been made about President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, which has been implemented in phases since becoming law in March 2010.     

In Context: Scott Walker's critiques of the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign

Might Gov. Scott Walker's blunt critiques of the Romney campaign come back to haunt his nascent presidential aspirations for 2016? With our In Context feature, we review the record but will let you decide.

The August High Five: Walker, Walker, Walker

Gov. Scott Walker continues to click with PolitiFact Wisconsin readers. The three items that got the most page-views on our site in August 2013 were each Walker-related. And two of those involved perhaps the central issue of Walker's tenure: jobs. Rounding out the High Five were statements by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

In Context: Walker on extending Act 10 to police, firefighters

Gov. Scott Walker exempted police and firefighters from Act 10, his 2011 law curtailing the collective bargaining power of most public employees. But in late July 2013, Walker seemed to open the door to extending the law to police and fire -- then the next day, he seemed to walk back his comments. So, what did the governor actually say?

Our High Five for July

The link between seeing ultrasounds and choosing abortion; how rare homicides used to be in Milwaukee; and Gov. Scott Walker's statement about much milk Wisconsin imports (yes, imports) were our most popular articles among online readers in July 2013. Here's a recap of July High Five, the five stories that received the most page views.

A roundup of ratings on eve of National Governors Association meeting

Chief executives of the states will discuss a variety of issues at the National Governors Association convention, which is set for Aug. 2 to 4, 2013, in Milwaukee. We welcome them to Wisconsin with a roundup of recent gubernatorial Truth-O-Meter items produced by PolitiFact Wisconsin, as well as by our PolitiFact siblings in nine other states and at PolitiFact National.

The High Five: Our most-clicked items for June

It's time for our monthly recap of the five items that received the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin during the previous month. In June, the NRA, junk food, Scott Walker and Obamacare were on top of the list.

The Truth-O-Meter and the 2013-15 state budget

Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign the 2013-15 state budget into law on June 30, 2013. The two-year tax-and-spending plan takes effect the next day. We’ve covered the budget terrain with a number of Truth-O-Meter items. Here’s a roundup of claims on school vouchers, bail bonds, tax cuts and more.

In Context: Strong statements on abortion

Lawmakers and partisans on both sides of the abortion issue reacted strongly to statements made during the legislative floor debate as the Wisconsin Senate narrowly passed a Republican-backed bill last week. Here -- in our In Context feature -- we take a closer look at the attention-getting remarks on the bill, which requires women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound.

Introducing the High Five: A look at our most-clicked items for May

Today we introduce a new feature: the High Five. We’ll recap the five PolitiFact Wisconsin items that received the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin during the previous month. In May, they included a one drink maximum; a girl, an injured woodpecker and the FBI; repeated hand-washing and a memorable Clinton vs. Johnson moment.