Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he may run again

(4 Jan 2019) Ousted Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he would be interested in running for office again, maybe even for governor. Walker spoke to The Associated Press just three days before he’s replaced by Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. (Jan. 4)

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Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills

(14 Dec 2018) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. (Dec. 14)

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Wisconsin Republicans Are Trying To Strip Power From Newly Elected Democrats (HBO)

MADISON — Republican lawmakers passed a series of bills designed to strip power away from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general today, in an extraordinary session that started on Tuesday afternoon and didn’t end until after dawn on Wednesday.

The laws included measures that would force the incoming governor, Tony Evers, to seek legislative approval for any changes to the state’s public benefits programs, including Medicaid, and severely curtail the ability of the new attorney general, Josh Kaul, to bring or leave lawsuits on behalf of the state. Evers and Kaul ran on a promise to end the state’s legal fight against the Affordable Care Act.

The laws now go to Republican governor Scott Walker for final approval. Walker didn’t respond to a VICE News request for comment, but he has previously said he would be willing to sign the bills.

The Wisconsin Capitol dome has been home to a furious protests during the eight years under Walker, most notably in 2011, when he sought to end the state’s longstanding practice of collective bargaining for public employees.

The outrage this week was far more muted. But Democratic lawmakers decried the Republican policies as an attempt to change the rules of government in the aftermath of an election loss, and part of a trend that has also seen Republican legislatures cut the powers of newly elected Democratic governors in North Carolina and Michigan in recent years.

“It is ridiculous that Republicans are more concerned with clinging to power, than accepting an election,” said Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) in a speech on the senate floor late Tuesday night. “Your antics today are what the voters rejected on November 6.”

Republicans, meanwhile, were relatively scarce. None of the dozen or so contact by VICE News agreed to an interview.

To some degree, that’s because their position in the legislature is secure. Gerrymandering in the state has all but guaranteed Republican control, even as the statewide vote tilts back Democratic. In November, for instance, while Democrats won most statewide elections, Republican candidates for the Assembly won 64% of the seats. They also gained one seat in the Senate.

If signed into law, the bills are likely to face legal challenges from none other than the incoming attorney general.

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ShowBiz Minute: Walker, Van Damme, ‘Grease’

(16 Aug 2018) Paul Walker’s brothers open to “Fast” franchise return; Jean-Claude Van Damme’s son pleads guilty in Arizona knife incident; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts 40th anniversary screening of musical “Grease.” (Aug. 16)

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How Charlottesville’s First Black Female Mayor Tried To Revive The City After Tragedy (HBO)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville have declared a state of emergency this weekend, in preparation for the year anniversary of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally.

The organizers were denied a permit and don’t plan to meet in Charlottesville again. Instead, they will be hosting a rally in D.C. But the city of Charlottesville is still preparing for the possibility of violence.

VICE News spent time with Mayor Nikuyah Walker, the city’s first black female elected to the position, and explores what it’s been like for the Charlottesville native to revive the city after a tragedy.

“My hope is that we do this work of transforming the current state of the city so well that people will come and ask us how we did that,” Walker told VICE News. ​”And that we may become a model for how true change happens in a country that has been struggling with truth for almost 400 years.” ​

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Firefighter Killed in Wis. Explosion a ‘Hero’

A fire chief and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are remembering Cory Barr, a firefighter killed in a natural gas explosion. Walker says Barr is a “hero” because without his service and that of other responders, the tragedy would have been greater. (July 11)

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Wisconsin Gov. Walker: No Tariffs Should Be Goal

Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker says he’s pushing for no tariffs. He commented as Harley-Davidson said it will start making some of its motorcycles overseas. The Milwaukee-based company is facing raised tariffs from the European Union. (June 26)

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LA’s people walker is beating loneliness, one step at a time

People Walker is a service that allows you to pay someone to walk with you, providing physical exercise, relaxation and conversation.

Retaking Mosul: Burying The Dead (HBO)

The UN issued a new warning about the growing humanitarian crisis in Mosul. In the six weeks since the offensive began, conditions are worsening dramatically for the people who live there: an estimated 600 people have been killed and 1200 more have been treated for traumatic injuries.

VICE News’ Seb Walker reports from Erbil.

This segment originally aired November 30, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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