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Revisiting the SPLC Definition of “Hate Group”

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is facing criticism by Democrats after a financial disclosure revealed that he had attended a conference hosted by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBT hate group. However, while historically the SPLC has fought for civil rights, the increasing number of labeled hate […]

Education

Milk: A Symbol of Neo-Nazi Hate

When administrators at UW-Stevens Point announced plans to eliminate 13 majors, critics decried the plan as evidence of a waning commitment to liberal arts and an effort to lay off faculty under new rules regarding tenure. The university said the move was driven by declining enrollment and a multi-million dollar deficit, and said programs would […]

Campaigns

Crute: “Evers called Me An F-ing Liar”

Liberal Milwaukee talk host and former gubernatorial candidate Mike Crute is accusing State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers of calling him an “f-ing liar.” Crute says it happened during a candidate’s forum Saturday aired on Crute’s Milwaukee radio station after Evers was upset with Crute’s appraisal of the Evers’ track record on minority education. […]

Oconto Falls School Board Votes Not To Renew Social Worker

Oconto Falls School district social worker Sharon Stodola-Eslien failed in her bid Monday night to get the school board to reverse a decision to eliminate her position. Media Trackers previously reported that the Oconto Falls School district told media that they eliminated Stodola-Eslien’s position for budgetary reasons, however Stodola-Eslien discovered the district also gave several […]

Campaigns

The Return of The Unruly

Democratic protesters showed up Friday as Governor Scott Walker was meeting with grassroots conservatives in advance of the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s convention today in downtown Milwaukee. A Republican insider on the scene shared with Media Trackers photos and a video of the protesters, and a description of what happened:   All of this happened […]

Campaigns

Who is Midwest Growth Fund?

By Sam Morateck and Jerry Bader As a Republican primary in a special election for Wisconsin’s 1st Senate District grows near, a 527 independent expenditure committee is on a spending blitz; attacking State Representative Andre Jacque. Jacque and Green Bay businessman Alex Renard are vying for the Republican nomination May 15. “Midwest Growth Fund” is […]

Campaigns

The “No Debate, Debate” in the 1 SD GOP Primary

Has Alex Renard, candidate for the Republican nomination in the 1st Senate District special election primary refused to debate his opponent, State Representative Andre Jacque? It depends who you ask. Jacque says Renard has refused a forum proposed by the N.E.W. Patriots, a group born during the Tea Party movement of 2009, and that Renard […]

Supreme Court Policy

Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Expects Membership Exodus

Could a U.S. Supreme Court ruling have the same effect nationally as Act 10 has had in Wisconsin? That seems to be very likely. With many court watchers focusing on cases regarding redistricting and cake bakers in Colorado, one court case could send shock waves throughout the political landscape. If the nation’s highest court rules […]