Jerry Bader

Did Appleton Schools Attempt an Open Meetings Workaround?

It appears the Appleton Area School District is attempting to use a policy change to work around a Wisconsin Supreme court ruling that the district violated the state’s open meeting law. The court ruled in June that the state’s open meetings law applied to an Appleton school committee that repeatedly met behind closed doors to review […]

Cowles Stands With Armageddon Democrats on Mining Bill

As was widely expected, Green Bay area Sen. Rob Cowles-(R), cast the lone GOP vote against a bill to allow sulfide mining to resume in Wisconsin after a near 20 year absence. Cowles told Media Trackers weeks ago that he had concerns that resuming mining could impact water quality in Northeast Wisconsin.  Cowles’ no vote […]

Baldwin Campaign Agrees to Return Excessive Contributions

The Tammy Baldwin for Senate Campaign Committee will return contributions in excess of legal limits, according to a campaign response to an Federal Elections Commission inquiry posted on the FEC website. As Media Trackers reported last month:  According to the notice, the Baldwin campaign appears to have received excessive contributions totaling $179, 701.99: Excessive Contributions […]

Vos Apologizes for “Terrorists” Comment

After taking criticism from fellow Republicans, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has apologized for calling three Republican state senators “terrorists” for a tactic they used during the state budget process. In a recorded interview with Mike Gousha on “Upfront” which aired Sunday, Vos called Senators Chris Kapenga, Steve Nass and Duey Stroebel terrorists for withholding their […]

City of Green Bay Denies Open Records Request, Again

The Green Bay Mayor’s office is sticking by its contention that departmental spending requests are not subject to the state’s open records law. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week that Assistant City Attorney Joanne Bungert refused the request, saying the requests are drafts and therefore are exempt from the open records law. On Monday […]

Did Green Bay Get the Law Right on a Recent Open Records Request?

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week that the Green Bay Mayor’s office refused to release the spending requests  that city department heads presented to Mayor Jim Schmitt as part of his 2018 budget preparation. The Press-Gazette reported that Assistant City Attorney Joanne Bungert denied an open records request for the documents, saying they are drafts […]

Cowles Not Yet On Board With Lifting Mining Moratorium

A source familiar with the situation tells Media Trackers that supporters of lifting Wisconsin’s mining moratorium are concerned that Republican State Senator Rob Cowles of the Green Bay area may not support the bill. Cowles tells Media Trackers he has not made a final decision but needs to know the bill will protect water quality […]

Debunking the Australia Gun “Buyback” Narrative, Again

A Washington Post article published Tuesday, written by a former gun-control advocate, is being widely disseminated by gun rights supporters. It also was discussed by radio host Mark Levin. Leah Libresco’s admission that her research changed her mind on the effectiveness of gun laws preventing violence is indeed a relevant read in the wake of […]

With Vegas Body Count Still Rising, Anti-Gun Crowd Seizes the Moment

With the body count and number of injured still rising, gun control advocates seized the moment Monday morning following a massacre on the Las Vegas strip that killed nearly 60 people and injured more than 500. Twitter was alive with gun control advocates arguing more laws would have prevented the disaster, even though few facts […]