Jerry Bader

How Wisconsin Media Handled the Baldwin Fundraiser Story

Fox News and CNN both reported Thursday on a planned Oct. 1 fundraising event for Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin that was to feature the lawyers for Professor Christine Blasey Ford. Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980’s when both were in high school. CNN reported […]

Speaker Shut Down at Brown Co. Meeting

A citizen attempting to speak at a Brown County Board of Health meeting in July was stopped after the board’s chairman raised concerns that a board member might be slandered. An open government specialist tells Media Trackers that such prior restraint of public speech at a governmental meeting is unconstitutional. William Acker was attempting to […]

Walker Cites “National Environment,” Not Trump Directly in Re-Election Challenge

Recent surveys show that President Donald Trump’s unpopularity is increasingly creating  a drag on Republican candidates around the country in November, and not just those running for Senate and House seats. The polls would indicate that a number of melodramatic controversies in recent weeks have driven Trump’s numbers down, increasing the prospects of Democrats nationwide. […]

DPI Spox Says Homeschooling Quote Was Taken Out of Context

A quote by State Department of Public Instruction Spokesman Thomas McCarthy suggests he doesn’t believe parents are qualified to home school their children. McCarthy tells Media Trackers that he was quoted out of context. But the TV station that reported the story appears to be standing behind it. The quote in question comes in a […]

Investigations into Green Bay City Officials Continue

A pair of investigations into Green Bay city officials continue, according to Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney. Toney is serving as special prosecutor investigating the complaints; one against Mayor James Schmitt and one against five aldermen who asked for an investigation into Schmitt’s actions in the Hotel Northland redevelopment project. Brown County […]

Software Problem Blamed for Inflated Milwaukee Co. Sheriff’s Primary Election Results

Problems with the WisVote software are being blamed for the Milwaukee County canvass of the August 14 Democratic Sheriff’s primary showing almost exactly double the number of votes actually cast on Election Day.  The discrepancy was visible in the canvass online, seen in this screen capture: The official canvass filed Tuesday  shows the correct numbers. The […]

USPS Hatch Act Violation Battle Not Over

The U.S. Postal Service and the unions representing its employees continue to battle over policy changes banning employees from taking unpaid time off for political campaigning. As Media Trackers was first to report in late 2016, the USPS inspector general investigated the practice after a whistle blower in a central Wisconsin post office reported the […]

More Licensing Revocation Questions for Evers’ DPI

Two educators who were referred to the State Department of Public Instruction for possible license revocation under a 2011 immoral conduct law were allowed by DPI to remain licensed, Media Trackers has learned.  The incidents involve a Bloomer special education substitute teacher in 2017 and a Kenosha School District administrator in 2016. DPI is led […]

RPW Targets Four Dem Governor Candidates

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers Some things just can’t wait. Wisconsin’s Republican Party is targeting four Democratic candidates ahead of the August 14 primary election with radio ads in key markets around the state. The four Democrats are: state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, firefighter union boss Mahlon Mitchell, former state Democratic Party […]

Randy’s Got a Gun…Or Does He?

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers Randy Bryce, the troubled Democratic candidate in the 1st congressional district, has a campaign ad supporting “sensible gun policy.” In the ad, Bryce is shown firing a bolt-action rifle with a scope, but does it belong to him or the campaign? Shortly before the ad was recorded, campaign finance […]