Sam Morateck

Gannett Stunningly Indifferent to Attack on Sen. Rand Paul

An alleged dispute over lawn clippings led to US Senator Rand Paul breaking five ribs with lacerations to his lungs after his neighbor attacked him. But even after this serious event, Gannett news outlets, including the Journal Sentinel are seemingly taking the attacker’s side or, at the very least, downplaying the incident. While there was […]

Rep. Jim Steineke Defends “Common Sense” Wetland Reform Bill

The wetland reform bill that was introduced in September is now becoming the target of leftist environmentalists. The Wisconsin State Journal spoke with several environmental activists who argued, among other things, that the change in regulations would destroy natural wildlife habitats in the state. Media Tracker’s Director of Communications Jerry Bader interviewed bill co-author, assembly […]

Assembly Passes Mining Bill: Are Votes There in the Senate?

The State Assembly Thursday on a 53-38 vote approved a bill that would allow gold and copper mining in Wisconsin again. But securing votes in the senate for an expected vote next week in support of repealing Wisconsin’s mining moratorium is proving to be difficult, even with the support of mining experts who say the bill is […]

Are Federal Aid Requirements Hurting Wisconsin School Districts?

The Badger Institute has found that Wisconsin school districts are facing a unique spending problem as money they are saving following Act 10 is being used to meet federal spending regulations in order to satisfy requirements that qualify the districts for federal funding. This problem creates a situation in where the money that districts are saving is […]

Mainstream Media (Mostly) Ignores Wisconsin Dem Connections to “Steele Dossier”

There continues to be scant mention of the Wisconsin connections in the Russian dossier investigation in the state’s mainstream media, even though Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Josh Kaul, and Tim burns have connections with Marc Elias and his firm Perkins Coie.  Media Tracker’s reported on the Wisconsin connection after the Washington Post initially broke the news on the […]

Cap Times Misinterprets Abortion Bill

The Cap Times incorrectly reported on senate bill 154 that deals with banning the training and teaching of abortion procedures linked to the UW system. The Cap Times did not make the distinction that those opportunities may still be available under a hospital setting. Leaving this distinction out is distorts the bill’s intent. The Cap Times article […]

Sen. Tom Tiffany Defends “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights”

State Senator Tom Tiffany on Friday attempted to separate liberal myth from the reality of the “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights” he co-sponsored with Rep. Adam Jarchow. While some websites like urbanmilwaukee.com claim this initiative is scheming to take power away from local governments, the bill has measures in place that protect homeowners and keep local control. Media […]

Revisiting the Champions of Prevailing Wage Reform

Repealing the prevailing wage law in Wisconsin has been a battle for Republicans since the planning of the 2015-17 state budget, and in the last budget, was successfully repealed. Over the years, repealing prevailing wage was met with opposition from both sides, including figures like Speaker Robin Vos, who stripped State Representative Andre Jacque from his Assembly committee chairmanships […]

New Bill to Help Protect Teachers From Student Violence

There may be reason for hope for teachers feeling threatened or powerless against unruly students. A bill being introduced today by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt would help protect teachers against student violence and give them more control over the classroom. Earlier this summer, Media Trackers was the first to report  on Green Bay Washington middle school teacher Kerstin Westcott, who […]

Rep. Weatherston’s “Endorsement” of Dem Mayor Candidate Now A “Misunderstanding”

Republican State Representative Thomas Weatherston has taken heavy fire from Milwaukee conservative talk radio hosts for seemingly endorsing Democratic candidate Cory Mason over conservative candidate Sandy Weidner in the Racine Mayoral race. Along with his reported endorsement, Representative Barca and the Working Families party also wrote in support of Mason. Weatherston’s apparent act of support […]