Jerry Bader

When Figures Do Lie

The adage “figures don’t lie, but liars sure figure,” has withstood the test of time; numbers don’t deceive but those who manipulate them often do, although not always intentionally.  Take the case of Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany (R)-Hazelhurst. He tells Media Trackers in referring to the most recent legislative session: “No doubt about it […]

Baldwin’s Broydrick Bucks

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers In her re-election bid, Senator Tammy Baldwin has made a point of attacking outside special interests spending money in her campaign. “Shady outside groups have spent nearly $10 MILLION to defeat Tammy,” Baldwin’s campaign website complains. It turns out Baldwin is not shy about getting some shady outside money […]

DPI: “Social Justice Equity Warriors Please Apply”

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers   The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is hiring a new Assistant Director for Teacher Education/Professional Development/Licensing, but apparently conservatives need not apply. Assistant State Superintendent Sheila Briggs posted a link to the position on Twitter and added, “Social Justice Equity Warriors please apply.” State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt […]

An April Blizzard and Tone Deaf Tammy

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers There may be a reason that U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is near the top of the list of vulnerable Democratic Senators. Baldwin has the worst sense of timing since Spain sent the fleet to attack England. On Wednesday, Baldwin sent out a fundraising email asking for donations for a […]

No Walker Endorsement in 1st SD GOP Primary

Governor Scott Walker is remaining neutral in the Republican primary for a special election in the 1st State Senate District. Media Trackers received an email Wednesday morning from someone suggesting Walker had thrown his support behind State Representative Andre Jacque. Jacque and Green Bay businessman Alex Renard are vying for the nomination. The e-mailer was […]

GOP State Senate Candidate Renard Mum on Prevailing Wage Stance

A candidate for the Republican nomination in the 1st State Senate District is declining to reveal his position on the repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law. Alex Renard’s silence on the issue is notable because former Assembly speaker John Gard, who appears to have a central role in Renard’s campaign, represented as a lobbyist […]

What’s the Ryan Effect on Wisconsin in November

While Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement wasn’t a complete surprise, the timing caught observers off guard. What impact will Ryan not seeking re-election have on Wisconsin politics in November? Media Trackers put a series of questions to Republican strategist Mark Graul on the Ryan effect in Wisconsin: What are the prospects for […]

TV Show Celebrates Death

1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is considered one of the best movies of the latter half of the 20th century. It might also mark the birth of the “anti-hero” drama that defines much of the entertainment medium today. The movie portrayed blowing up trains and robbing banks in comedic terms. Two people who […]

Lawmakers Explain Jacque Snub

A quintet of Northeast Wisconsin Republican state representatives are explaining why they chose to endorse a political newcomer over fellow Rep. Andre Jacque in the Republican primary for the vacant 1st district state senate seat. In a rare move, State Representatives Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), John Nygren (R-Marinette), David Steffen (R-Howard), and John […]

Bryce on ICE

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers Randy Bryce, the leading Democratic candidate hoping to challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s first congressional district, has called for an end to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, according to a report in The Hill on Tuesday. “Rather than deporting immigrants who pose a risk […]