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Scott Walker Lands Book Deal

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has inked a book deal with Penguin Group’s Sentinel imprint. President George W. Bush‘s former chief speechwriter Marc Thiessen will co-write.

The publisher acquired world rights to Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge and publication is tentatively scheduled for “late 2013.” Writers’ Representatives agent Glen Hartley negotiated the deal with publisher Adrian Zackheim. The book will cover Walker’s controversial battle with Wisconsin unions.

Governor Walker became the focus of a nationwide controversy in 2011 when he proposed a series of budget reforms that eliminated Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion deficit through limiting the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, which was costing taxpayers billions in pension and health care costs across all levels of government. Liberals all over America swiftly denounced Governor Walker, with nearly 100,000 protesters overtaking the state Capitol. Despite relentless attacks, Governor Walker stood his ground — and with the help of supporters from across Wisconsin and the country he passed his reforms, took his case to the voters of Wisconsin, and became the first governor in American history to survive a recall election — and thus be elected not once, but twice, to his first term in office.

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Wisconsin Republicans Seek Access to Professor’s Email

History professor William Cronon (pictured, via) has written two opinion pieces criticizing Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. Shortly after publicizing them, the Wisconsin Republican Party filed a request under the state’s Open Records Law for access to Cronon’s university email inbox.

The request demands copies of emails received and sent dated from January 1, 2011 to the present. Last night, Cronon responded with outrage on his blog, “Scholar as Citizen.”

Here’s an excerpt from Cronon’s post: “My most important observation is that I find it simply outrageous that the Wisconsin Republican Party would seek to employ the state’s Open Records Law for the nakedly political purpose of trying to embarrass, harass, or silence a university professor (and a citizen) who has asked legitimate questions…I’m offended by this not just because it’s yet another abuse of law and procedure that has seemingly become standard operating procedure for the state’s Republican Party under Governor Walker, but because it’s such an obvious assault on academic freedom at a great research university.”

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