Jerry Bader

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Wisconsin | Education

When Fear Drives Great Teachers From the Classroom: Updated with Response from Superintendent Langenfeld

Green Bay, Wisconsin is best known to national television audiences as the smallest city in America with an NFL team. Green Bay Packers broadcasts are typically replete with scenes of bucolic torpor; cows grazing on grass, cheese being manufactured or perhaps fans noshing on bratwurst. With a city population of just a shade over 100,000 […]

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Wisconsin | Campaigns

Justice Rebecca Bradley: Anatomy of a Smear

Media Trackers Communications Director and talk show host Jerry Bader conducted an invitation only Q&A session last week with State Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley, hosted by Wisconsin Media Check Foundation. Bradley also agreed to a post-event recorded interview. Bradley spoke openly about the media attacks she faced while running for State Supreme Court in […]

Wisconsin | Policy

Will Walker’s Self-Insurance Plan Die Today?

By James Wigderson, special to Media Trackers The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is expected on Thursday to take up, and reject, Governor Scott Walker’s plan to move Wisconsin to a self-insurance model for state employees. The Capital Times reports: Also on Thursday, the committee will vote on contracts to approve Walker’s proposal to move […]

Wisconsin | Organizations

WI Democrats Get Alexandria Right. One Wisconsin Now, Not So Much

Democratic members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation tweeted dignified and appropriate comments in response to the ambush rifle attack on Republicans at an Alexandria,Virginia park: My heart goes out to @SteveScalise, his staff & @CapitolPolice. Sending prayers & wishing everyone a swift recovery. — Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) June 14, 2017 My prayers are with […]

Wisconsin | Policy

WI AFT Local President Fails Econ 101 on PLAs and Prevailing Wage

An effort to school Governor Scott Walker on free market forces morphed into a self-taught lesson in irony Tuesday for American Federation of Teachers Local 212 President Mike Rosen. Rosen joined  Democratic Assembly Leader Peter Barca and Rep. Katrina Shankland on a media conference call to respond to President Donald Trump’s visit to Wisconsin and appearance […]

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Wisconsin | Open Government

Green Bay MSM Ignores Developer’s Claims About Mayor

For several months, Green Bay aldermen have been accusing Mayor Jim Schmitt of lying about the purpose of requested loan for the embattled Hotel Northland downtown redevelopment. On June 2nd, a former developer in the project, Mike Frantz, substantiated the aldermen’s claims on a radio talk show. As of today, only one other Green Bay […]

Wisconsin | Policy

The Math Likely Behind The “Three-Tier System” Draft Proposal

In the movie “Philadelphia,” attorney Joe Miller, played by Denzel Washington, often asked witnesses to explain something to him “like I’m a five year old.” Without sounding the least bit patronizing, Mark Garthwaite, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild, takes that approach when explaining the controversial three-tier system of alcohol distribution in Wisconsin. “Any […]

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