GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER
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What Calvin Coolidge's Response to the Boston Police Strike of 1919 Tells Us About Scott Walker's Path to the White House in 2016
In September of 1919, nine decades before Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker prevailed in his contentious battle against public sector unions and emerged a conservative hero, a little-known Massachusetts governor named Calvin Coolidge faced a major labor dispute. It's instructive to compare how Coolidge and Walker galvanized their respective GOP bases.
Polls may confirm the angst that some GOP lawmakers are feeling about the governor's full-throated attack on the unions, fearing that slippage of Rauner's approval rating could hit their own numbers, particularly those labor-friendly Republican legislators who may be forced to vote for anti-labor initiatives.