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UPDATE: Race for Governor: Mark Neumann's Candidacy

UPDATED Thursday, August 19, 2010 --- 12:31 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- If Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann doesn't get elected, he may have a future in holding beer steins.

Neumann was scheduled to compete Thursday night in a beer stein holding contest in downtown Milwaukee. Neumann advanced to compete in the regional competition after he won a local contest back in February by holding his stein nearly seven minutes.

The contest requires competitors to hold a stein full of beer with their arm fully extended.

If Neumann emerges victorious, he would move on to a national competition.

In the other contest in which he's competing, Neumann is being challenged for the Republican nomination by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is running as a Democrat.

It wasn't immediately clear how long Walker or Barrett could hold a beer stein.

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UPDATED Tuesday, August 10, 2010 --- 11:08 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Most candidates stick to press releases when announcing new initiatives, or maybe a few carefully crafted reports here and there outlining their ideas.

But Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann is releasing a 210-page book outlining his vision for the state's future.

Neumann is being challenged for the Republican nomination by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

Neumann says voters are tired of slogans and gimmicks so he is proposing a detailed plan that is also the subject of a new television ad his campaign says is airing in all major markets statewide.

Neumann is sending his book titled "Wisconsin Taxpayers First: A Bold Plan to Take Back Wisconsin" out statewide to libraries, schools, elected officials, and businesses.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 21, 2010 --- 1:42 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Mark Neumann has proposed a plan that would allow property owners to pay their taxes monthly.

Right now, property taxes generally are due in a lump sum at the beginning of each year. Many lenders require homeowners to pay an amount on top of their mortgage each month to cover their taxes.

Under Neumann's plan, property owners wouldn't have to pay the extra tax money to their lenders in 2011. Beginning in 2012, they would have to pay their taxes on a monthly basis.

Neumann faces Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker in the Republican primary in September. The winner likely will face Milwaukee's Democratic mayor, Tom Barrett, in the November general election.

Walker campaign manager Keith Gilkes called the plan "smoke and mirrors." Barrett's campaign had no immediate comment.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 21, 2010 --- 8:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann has loaned his campaign $2.7 million.

Reports Neumann filed with the state this week show that since he launched his campaign a year ago he has loaned it $2.7 million, including $1 million on June 30. The homebuilder from the Milwaukee area reports having a little over $1 million cash on hand.

That's less than his Republican rival, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. He reports having raised $2.5 million the first six months of the year and having $2.5 million on hand.

The only major Democratic candidate, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, raised $2.4 million for the period and had $2.9 million cash on hand.

The primary is Sept. 14 and the general election is Nov. 2.

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 13, 2010 --- 9:10 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican candidate for governor Mark Neumann's campaign admits that he made a mistake by not paying $25,000 in real estate transfer fees and promises to correct the mistake.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Dan Bice reported Tuesday that the home builder and former congressman failed to pay about $25,000 in real estate transfer fees when he moved millions of dollars' worth of properties from one corporate entity to another since May 2008.

Neumann campaign spokesman Chris Lato says in an e-mail that there was a "screw up" and Neumann thought he had done things correctly, but he had not.

Lato says Neumann has begun paying the fees that are owed to the state Department of Revenue.

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UPDATED Friday, July 9, 2010 --- 2:25 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann has turned in enough signatures to qualify for the Wisconsin governor's primary ballot this fall as a Republican.

Neumann said running as a Republican rather than an independent puts him in a better position to work with lawmakers of that party if he's elected.

On the other hand, he said he considered himself an "American" and a "conservative" before a Republican.

He made the comments as he turned in 4,000 signatures with his nomination papers at the Government Accountability Board office in Madison. Only 2,000 signatures are needed to qualify for the ballot.

Neumann will face Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker in the September primary.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 29, 2010 --- 1:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican candidate for governor Mark Neumann says his goal is to attracted 300,000 jobs in 10 years by working closely with University of Wisconsin campuses to attract more businesses and research.

Neumann unveiled his plan to create three "research triangles" that would match expertise on the campuses with businesses that create jobs.

Neumann says his plan can succeed even if the university's budget is cut as part of his plan to reduce the budgets of all state agencies. His plan even calls for offering a tax break to businesses that create jobs.

Neumann's Republican challenger Scott Walker says he can create 250,000 jobs in four years. Democrat Tom Barrett says his goal is to create 180,000 jobs in his first term.

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UPDATED Monday, June 21, 2010 --- 10:25 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann is proposing to get rid of state certification for teachers as part of an education reform plan that would encourage competition between public schools and private and charter schools.

Neumann is a partner in a company that uses public funds to run three private schools in Milwaukee and one in Phoenix known as Hope Christian Schools.

Neumann's Republican challenger Scott Walker issued a statement in reaction Monday saying he'll push for reforms to pay teachers based on their performance, change how academic success is measured and remove costly mandates. He didn't offer any more details.

Democratic candidate Tom Barrett says he hasn't seen Neumann's plan yet and declined to comment in detail about it.

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UPDATED Monday, June 7, 2010 --- 2:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican Party operative who initially endorsed Mark Neumann's run for governor is now urging Neumann to drop out and return $10,000 in campaign contributions.

Jim Klauser says in an e-mail to Neumann dated Monday that he is "aghast" at the campaign Neumann is running against Republican rival Scott Walker. He accuses Neumann of making contrived criticisms of Walker, who received the official party endorsement last month.

Neumann says he will only return the money if Klauser can prove that statements he's made about Walker's budget increases as Milwaukee County executive were false.

Neumann said last week that he can't imagine any scenario under which he would quit the race before the Sept. 14 primary.

Klauser worked under former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 2, 2010 --- 1:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The two main Republicans running for governor are sparring over budgets.

Mark Neumann is holding a series of press conferences across Wisconsin on Wednesday to argue that Scott Walker proposed increasing Milwaukee County government spending more over an eight-year period than did Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle in his state budgets.

Neumann says Walker recommended a 35 percent spending increase while Doyle proposed a 27 percent increase.

Walker is accusing Neumann of lying. Walker says he has proposed eight consecutive budgets without a property tax increase from the previous year, cut the debt by 10 percent and reduced the county workforce by 20 percent.

The primary is Sept. 14. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is running as a Democrat.

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UPDATED Monday, May 24, 2010 --- 1:25 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican candidate for governor Mark Neumann has dropped off petitions he says are signed by 25,000 people urging Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle to join a lawsuit challenging the recently passed federal health care reform law.

Neumann dropped off the petitions at Doyle's Capitol office on Monday. Doyle supports the health care reform law.

Neumann says if he's elected governor, within 60 days he will ask for a waiver from the requirements of the federal law and instead enact state health care reform that would make health care costs tax deductible and encourage participation in health savings accounts.

Neumann is running against Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker in the Republican primary. Walker won the party's endorsement on Saturday.

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UPDATED Monday, May 17, 2010 --- 3:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Mark Neumann's campaign is accusing his Republican rival for governor of spending too much time on the campaign trail and not enough in his elected position as Milwaukee County executive.

Neumann cited Scott Walker's official schedules that he says show an average of 17 hours a week devoted to personal time since January 2009.

Neumann's campaign manager Chip Englander says Walker is only working part-time while he collects his full-time salary.

Walker's campaign manager Keith Gilkes calls Neumann's claims complete fiction.

Gilkes says anytime Walker didn't have a meeting or other scheduled event in the office it's noted on his calendar as "personal time." He says that is not an accurate record of how the time was actually spent and Walker is on the clock 24 hours a day.

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UPDATED Thursday, May 13, 2010 --- 10:15 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Mark Neumann is taking the highly unusual step of not seeking his own party's endorsement in the race for governor.

Neumann's decision he announced Thursday clears the way for fellow Republican Scott Walker to get the official GOP endorsement at its convention in Milwaukee on May 22.

Neumann has been presenting himself as the outsider candidate, even though he is running as a Republican and served two terms in Congress in the 1990s as a Republican.

Walker has been courting party insiders almost nonstop since he dropped out of the governor's race four years ago, making it likely he would get the endorsement even if Neumann sought it.

Neumann says the next governor should be picked by voters, not party insiders.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 12, 2010---11:22 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former state Assembly Speaker John Gard of Peshtigo is endorsing Republican Mark Neumann over his former Assembly colleague Scott Walker in the race for governor.

Gard is also joining the Neumann campaign as its co-chair along with his wife, Cate Zeuske, a former state treasurer, state representative and Revenue secretary.

Gard calls Neumann a conservative leader who stands for less government spending and lower taxes.

Walker and Gard were both in the Assembly between 1993 and 2001. Walker left in 2002 when he was elected Milwaukee County Executive, a post he still currently holds.

Since leaving the Legislature in 2007, Gard has run unsuccessfully twice for Congress and worked as a lobbyist with his wife.

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UPDATED Monday, May 3, 2010 --- 4:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The two Republican candidates for governor each have U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan listed as a co-chair of separate fundraisers on Tuesday but Ryan won't be at either one.

Both Scott Walker and Mark Neumann coincidentally scheduled fundraisers in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Walker's is in the afternoon and Neumann's is in the early evening.

Both candidates named Ryan as a co-chair. But Ryan's spokeswoman Susan Jacobson says scheduling conflicts will prevent the Janesville congressman from attending either one. She says Ryan will not be endorsing anyone in the primary.

Neumann did get the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma who served four years with Neumann in Congress. Coburn is also co-hosting Neumann's fundraiser.

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UPDATED Monday, May 3, 2010 --- 1:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn are hosting a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann.

Neumann's campaign announced the Tuesday fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Ryan represents the Wisconsin congressional district where Neumann served for two terms before leaving in 1998 when he mounted an unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold.

Ryan spokeswoman Susan Jacobson says Ryan also intends to host a fundraiser for Neumann's Republican challenger Scott Walker. She says Ryan will not endorse anyone in the primary.

Coburn, however, did endorse Neumann. Both Coburn and Neumann served together for four years in Congress.

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UPDATED Monday, March 15, 2010 --- 4:15 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican candidate for governor Mark Neumann has delivered petitions he says were signed by more than 5,000 people opposing the health care reform legislation in Congress.

Neumann dropped off the petitions Monday at the Milwaukee office of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis. Neumann says copies of the petitions, which were signed on by people through his campaign Web site, will be dropped off at the offices of Wisconsin's other members of Congress as well.

Neumann says the petitions show that people are vehemently opposed to the health care reform being pushed by Democrats in Congress. He says the proposal would result in higher taxes and more spending.

Neumann is being challenged for the Republican nomination by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

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UPDATED Monday, February 22, 2010 --- 10:00 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Mark Neumann is running the first television advertisement in the Wisconsin governor's race.

Neumann says the ad is running statewide starting Monday. It is also available on his Web site.

Neumann does not mention his primary opponent, Republican Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, in the 30-second ad titled "Humble Beginnings." The ad also doesn't mention the fact that Neumann previously served two terms in Congress in the 1990s.

In fact, the narrator instead says Neumann is "not a career politician but a businessman."

The ad shows Neumann in a hard hat looking at blueprints, emphasizing his private sector experience as a homebuilder and developer in the Milwaukee area.

Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is also running for governor.

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UPDATED Friday, January 15, 2010 --- 2:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann says he has decided to put $1 million of his personal wealth into his campaign for Wisconsin governor.

In a statement Friday, Neumann said his personal investment would make sure the campaign has enough money to be successful.

Neumann is running for the Republican nomination against Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

Neumann is a businessman and philanthropist who served in Congress from 1994 to 1998.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is running as a Democrat to succeed Gov. Jim Doyle, who is stepping down after two terms.

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UPDATED Monday, January 4, 2010 --- 9:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican candidate for governor says he supports limiting the governor and all state lawmakers to no more than 12 years in office.

Mark Neumann said Monday that if elected he would serve no more than two terms as governor.

Neumann is a former congressman who is running for the Republican nomination against Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and others.

Neumann says the governor and other constitutional officers should not be allowed to serve any more than three terms, or 12 years, in office. He says state senators should be limited to three four-year terms as well and state representatives should get no more than six terms, or 12 years.

He's also calling for allowing citizens to circulate petitions to get proposed law changes on the ballot.

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 9, 2009 --- 10:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Mark Neumann is launching a statewide tour this week complete with rallies and press interviews to give his run for governor a boost.

Neumann first announced he was seeking the Republican nomination in July. On Wednesday he scheduled an online news conference to formally announce his campaign a second time.

He says he's using the online news conference to set a tone for his campaign and to use technology to bring the state together.

Neumann entered the race already $1 million behind Scott Walker who has campaigned for months. Walker is the Milwaukee County executive. Neumann is a former congressman who lives in Nashotah just west of Milwaukee. He runs a real estate development firm and is a home builder.

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UPDATED Sunday, September 6, 2009 --- 7:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Mark Neumann plans an online news conference next week to formally announce his campaign.

The announcement comes two months after Neumann first officially announced he was running. He's been raising money, conducting media interviews and working on shoring up support ever since.

But that's not stopping him from announcing again.

Neumann says he will answer questions during the online news conference that are submitted in advance or asked over a Web cam.

On Wednesday night he's hosting a town hall meeting over the Internet.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 30, 2009 --- 6:15 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A spokesman for Republican Mark Neumann says he intends to file for governor on Wednesday.

Neumann will join Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and Appleton businessman Mark Todd in the Republican field for next year's race.

The 55-year-old Neumann, who lives in Nashotah, served in Congress for four years between 1995 and 1999 but has been out of politics since he ran a close race in 1998 trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold.

He now runs a real estate development firm and is a home builder. He also is co-chairman of a nonprofit group that runs three Christian schools in the Milwaukee choice program and an Arizona charter school.

Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, is expected to seek a third term but has not formally announced.

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