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Handler-Bryce Fundraiser “Postponed” After Media Trackers Inquiries

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers A “happy hour” fundraiser planned for the end of January for Randy Bryce for Congress with former comedian Chelsea Handler and Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) was “postponed” indefinitely without explanation after inquiries by Media Trackers on Thursday. Handler stirred up controversy last week with an obscenity-laced rant on […]

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Media Trackers Podcast: Mark Graul on 10th Senate Seat Impact on 2018

Republican strategist Mark Graul discussed with Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader the impact of Tuesday’s special election in the 10th state senate district in Northwestern Wisconsin. The district is traditionally deep red and national and state observers were shocked when the seat was won by a democrat with a ten point margin. Observers suggest […]

Policy

Pro-Life Groups Push Sen. Leaders on Fetal Tissue Bills

A coalition of Wisconsin pro-life groups are frustrated with state senate leadership inaction on a set of bills that aims to ensure fetal tissue research without the controversy that has surrounded the issue in recent years. The “Heal Without Harm Initiative” has been co-sponsored by nearly a third of the state legislature. The Fetal Remains […]

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Unity Pledge Tested Again With Vukmir Email

The Republican Party of Wisconsin’s Unity Pledge, sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson, seemed to be tested as Senate candidate Leah Vukmir’s campaign recently sent an email that pointedly criticizes fellow Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson, and tests the limits of the unity pledge.  At least, the Nicholson campaign feels it does. The unity pledge calls for candidates […]

Media

AP And Wisconsin’s Murder Rate

After Governor Scott Walker drew attention to Madison’s murder rate, AP’s Scott Bauer pointed to Wisconsin’s overall murder rate under Walker. Which number is more relevant? Sam Morateck examines the issue today at Wisconsin Media Check.  

The Courts

How Left is Left in High Court Race?

Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Tim Burns, a Madison attorney, has been unabashed in displaying his liberal ideology, while Judge Rebecca Dallet appears to be positioning herself as a more sensible moderate-liberal alternative to Burns. But a recent joint radio interview with the two suggests that Burns has either pulled Dallet to the left, or forced […]

Education

Appleton Schools Superintendent Apologizes for Slave Essay

The second Wisconsin school district this month is dealing with the appropriateness of a homework or essay question involving slavery.  Last week administrators at Our Redeemer Lutheran school in Wauwatosa apologized for a 4th grade homework assignment that asked students to give three good reasons for slavery, and three bad reasons. Media Trackers has learned that […]

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Handler Tweet Reverberates in Wisconsin

The impact of a controversial tweet by former comedian Chelsea Handler, which some are calling homophobic, is being felt in Wisconsin. Handler is due to perform in Appleton February 1st and, for the moment at least, the performance is still on. Handler also has ties with a Democratic candidate in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Handler, […]