Jerry Bader

GOP Lawmakers, Privately, Use Harsh Language to Criticize Walker Budget

In what has become a biennial ritual, the Wisconsin media is crafting alarmist stories about the “structural deficit” in Governor Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-2019 state budget. What is new, however, is the tone of criticism several Republican lawmakers are voicing about the Walker budget in private conversations. The Wisconsin State Journal claimed in a headline: […]

A Case Study in Democratic Gun Mythology: Nobody is Giving Guns To Teenagers

Draconian handgun laws in Chicago, Washington D.C. and other cities have done little to stem a rising tide of violent crime. What they have done is making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to self-protect with guns. That indisputable reality doesn’t keep Democratic lawmakers from insisting that making easier for non-criminals to legally carry guns […]

Lawmakers Circulate “Constitutional Carry” Bill for Wisconsin

A pair of Wisconsin lawmakers today have begun circulating for co-sponsorship a bill that would make Wisconsin a “constitutional carry” state. Under current law, the “open” or exposed carry of a firearm is legal without a concealed carry license. The “Right to Carry Act,” authored by State Senator David Craig and Representative Mary Felzkowski would remove […]

Another GOP Name Surfaces in WI 2018 Senate Race:UPDATED

The race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2018 could be crowded and expensive. There are already three candidates considered likely to run for the chance to challenge incumbent Tammy Baldwin: Madison businessman Eric Hovde, Milwaukee area business consultant and Marine veteran Kevin Nicholson and State Senator Leah Vukmir.  Most observers consider Nicholson […]

Gallagher Responds to Town Hall Criticism

Several Republican members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation have been criticized by liberal groups for not holding in-person town hall meetings during the debate over a GOP health care plan. One Wisconsin Now has urged its followers to write letters to their local newspapers, urging Representatives Sean Duffy and Mike Gallagher, and Senator Ron Johnson […]

“Vets Hardest Hit” Prevailing Wage Myth Goes Multi-State

It has been nearly a year since Huffington Post ran a piece arguing that the repeal of of prevailing wage laws would disproportionately harm veterans. Media Trackers deconstructed the argument and revealed the myth in the argument in October, 2016. After failing to stop a partial repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law last session, union backed […]