Today’s R&D covers the Wisconsin gubernatorial election. Republican Governor Scott Walker is fending off a challenge former Trek Bicycle Corporation executive Mary Burke, who is the Democratic nominee. Burke is the first female gubernatorial candidate to be nominated by a major party in state history. Walker is deemed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, so winning re-election is crucial. This is the third gubernatorial campaign for Walker, who survived a recall vote in 2012. Major issues in the race include Common Core standards, Walker’s championing of a controversial 2011 bill that stripped collective bargaining rights from public employees, Wisconsin’s economy, and an investigation into whether Walker illegally coordinated his campaign activities with outside groups. Polls show the race as dead even.
Minnesota, Wisconsin gubernatorial races to sharpen after primary http://t.co/lQnjL4gbRg
— Yahoo Maktoob News (@YahooNewsME) August 12, 2014
— CS Monitor (@csmonitor) August 15, 2014
“Walker has cost [Wisconsin taxpayers] millions of dollars by refusing to fully expand [BadgerCare].” http://t.co/COXUefBCiR
— Mary Burke (@Burke4WI) August 20, 2014