Jerry Bader

Nehlen’s Campaign Paid Wife “Meager Stipend”

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers It’s always good to be the candidate and the campaign treasurer for your own campaign. Just ask Paul Nehlen, the former Breitbart favorite running for Congress in the First Congressional District in the Republican Primary against House Speaker Paul Ryan. According to the latest Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing, […]

Scaffidi to Join Handler on Stage Despite Homophobic Tweet

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers If comedian-turned-activist Chelsea Handler shows up at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton as scheduled on February 1st, WTMJ talk show host Steve Scaffidi will be there to ask her some questions. Handler, the former star of E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and Netflix’s “Chelsea,” is scheduled to appear […]

Gallagher, Grothman, Join Call for FISA Memo Release

There were indications Saturday that a secret memo detailing alleged government surveillance abuses will be released to the public soon. The development came the same day two Wisconsin congressmen joined the call for release of the memo, and underscored how serious they believe its contents are.  Republican House members who have viewed the highly classified […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  

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 […]

Macco Supports Sales Tax: Leaves Legality To The Courts To Decide

A Northeast Wisconsin lawmaker is among a group of officials urging the Brown County Taxpayers Association(BCTA) to drop its lawsuit against the County’s recently enacted 0.5 percent sales tax. Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach was joined by dozens of local government and business officials, urging the group to drop the suit. The suit, filed by […]

Johnson Calls for Senate Candidates to Sign GOP Unity Pledge

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, (R) WI, is calling on all candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to sign a unity pledge, committing themselves to, among other things, supporting the eventual nominee. The Republican Party of Wisconsin announced Wednesday that Johnson will act as Chairman of the Grassroots Endorsement Process at the 2018 State […]