Political Notebook


Wisconsin governor to speak at state GOP dinner

The Indiana Republican Party announced Monday that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be the keynote speaker at the organization’s July 9 summer dinner.

Details on the dinner will be released in coming weeks, the GOP said in a news release.

State Republican Chairman Eric Holcomb said in a statement that Walker “is a nationally recognized reformer, a respected voice within our party and the only governor in U.S. history to defeat a recall.”

A year ago, Walker easily won a recall election forced by organized labor and Democrats upset with the governor after he and Republican-majority lawmakers ended collective bargaining rights for most public employees. In 2011, the Wisconsin Statehouse was the site of massive demonstrations by Walker’s opponents and supporters.

Walker, 45, was elected Wisconsin governor in 2010 after eight years as Milwaukee County executive.