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Barnes Pushes Discredited Lincoln Memorial Confrontation Narrative

Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes employed a now discredited narrative of a confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial Friday during a Martin Luther King Day event at the UW-Madison Campus Monday. The confrontation was between a Native-American elder and students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky. As USA Today Reported: A viral 3-minute, 44-second clip […]

Red Flag Law: Lack of an Actual Bill Doesn’t Stop Protesters

During his inaugural address, Attorney General Josh Kaul voiced support for a “red flag” law which could potentially strengthen law enforcement’s power to confiscate guns from individuals who have been flagged as a risk to themselves or others. Along with Kaul, Governor Tony Evers has said he would support a “red flag” law, and some Republicans have […]

Media

Are the Watchdogs Still Watching Local Government?

By Jerry Bader and Sam Morateck In June 2017, no media was present when Washington Middle School teacher Kertsin Westcott told the Green Bay School Board she was resigning because of what she described as unsafe conditions at the school for both staff and students due to unchecked unruly behavior by some students. Westcott’s sometimes […]

Policy

What will Frostman DWD Look Like?

We don’t know what Governor elect Tony Evers was looking for in naming outgoing state senator Caleb the workforce development secretary, however only Frostman knows what Evers has gotten in his pick. Media Trackers previously reported that several people familiar with Frostman said they were surprised he ran as a Democrat in the June special […]

Campaigns

Rapper Pulled From Evers Gala Over Offensive Tweets

Sam Morateck contributed to this report The group Milwaukee rapper WebsterX  was to have performed with has been pulled from the Tony Evers inaugural gala after the Evers organization was informed by Media Trackers of offensive tweets by the artist, whose real name is Sam Ahmed. In  tweets from 2011 and 2012, Ahmed jokes about […]

Business and Industry

Swearingen Requests Department of Revenue Force Wedding Barns to Get Liquor Licenses

State Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), a supper club owner and a former president of the Tavern League, is asking the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to begin requiring “wedding barns” to have liquor licenses as early as July 1st. “In order for wedding barns to continue operating without interruption, I encourage the department to proactively take […]

Policy

Wirch Opposes Evers’ Ability to Appoint DNR Head

By James Wigderson While Democrats are making false accusations of a “power grab” by legislative Republicans, some Democrats would like to engage in a power grab of their own. State Sen. Robert Wirch (D-Somers) is circulating a proposed bill that would take away the governor’s authority to appoint the head of the Department of Natural […]