Jerry Bader

The Foxconn Election

Wisconsin Democrats have made it clear: the 2018 election for governor will be the Foxconn election. Governor Scott Walker took their chief talking point against him off the table Wednesday, when Foxconn announced it had chosen Wisconsin for a $10 billion, 13,000 job facility. Democrats had expected to run against Walker on his jobs record. […]

“Hollywood” Tammy Baldwin

The election is still 15 months away, but Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin’s re-election bid apparently has already gotten the attention of some Hollywood celebrities. Baldwin’s 2nd Quarter campaign finance report includes contributions from actresses Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon and Barbara Streisand. Each woman gave Baldwin $1,000. None of the three are noted for their […]

Is the Green Bay School District Trying to Silence Teachers?

Former Green Bay Teacher Kerstin Westcott pulled back the curtain on severe disciplinary problems at Washington Middle School when she resigned to the School board last month. Now, someone claiming to be a Green Bay Teacher is accusing administration from trying to intimidate other staff members from speaking out on social media. Green Bay school […]

Podcast: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin Nicholson

Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader interviewed Milwaukee area businessman Kevin Nicholson, who announced Wednesday he is running for U.S. Senate. *In light of Dick Uihlein’s contributions to a Super Pac supporting Kevin Nicholson’s Senate run, we feel it necessary when covering the Senate race to disclose that we receive $100 thousand a year from the […]

Remembering Why Health Care Reform Matters: Meet Erin

In the wake of the failure, so far,  by Senate Republicans to pass a healthcare reform bill, President Donald Trump again said that allowing the Affordable Care Act to stay in place and collapse under its own weight might be the best GOP course of action (before later urging senators to press on). Other Republicans agree […]

Steineke and Fitzgerald: Dueling Interviews on Budget Stalemate

The Republican Majority Leaders for the state Senate and Assembly both said they’re close on a budget deal Friday. Yet their positions still sounded worlds apart in separate interviews with Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader. Governor Scott Walker offered Fitzgerald and Speaker Robin Vos the use of $200 million proposed tax cuts to instead […]

The Complexity of Aggressive Recusal Laws

The five conservative jurists on the Wisconsin Supreme Court were heavily criticized in April for rejecting proposed rules that would have forced judges off of cases involving those who helped get them on the bench. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported back then: The retired judges who asked for the rule to be rewritten argued there should […]