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Nehlen’s Campaign Paid Wife “Meager Stipend”

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers It’s always good to be the candidate and the campaign treasurer for your own campaign. Just ask Paul Nehlen, the former Breitbart favorite running for Congress in the First Congressional District in the Republican Primary against House Speaker Paul Ryan. According to the latest Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing, […]

Media

Scaffidi to Join Handler on Stage Despite Homophobic Tweet

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers If comedian-turned-activist Chelsea Handler shows up at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton as scheduled on February 1st, WTMJ talk show host Steve Scaffidi will be there to ask her some questions. Handler, the former star of E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and Netflix’s “Chelsea,” is scheduled to appear […]

Policy

Gallagher, Grothman, Join Call for FISA Memo Release

There were indications Saturday that a secret memo detailing alleged government surveillance abuses will be released to the public soon. The development came the same day two Wisconsin congressmen joined the call for release of the memo, and underscored how serious they believe its contents are.  Republican House members who have viewed the highly classified […]

Campaigns

Handler-Bryce Fundraiser “Postponed” After Media Trackers Inquiries

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers A “happy hour” fundraiser planned for the end of January for Randy Bryce for Congress with former comedian Chelsea Handler and Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) was “postponed” indefinitely without explanation after inquiries by Media Trackers on Thursday. Handler stirred up controversy last week with an obscenity-laced rant on […]

Policy

Pro-Life Groups Push Sen. Leaders on Fetal Tissue Bills

A coalition of Wisconsin pro-life groups are frustrated with state senate leadership inaction on a set of bills that aims to ensure fetal tissue research without the controversy that has surrounded the issue in recent years. The “Heal Without Harm Initiative” has been co-sponsored by nearly a third of the state legislature. The Fetal Remains […]

Campaigns

Unity Pledge Tested Again With Vukmir Email

The Republican Party of Wisconsin’s Unity Pledge, sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson, seemed to be tested as Senate candidate Leah Vukmir’s campaign recently sent an email that pointedly criticizes fellow Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson, and tests the limits of the unity pledge.  At least, the Nicholson campaign feels it does. The unity pledge calls for candidates […]

Media

AP And Wisconsin’s Murder Rate

After Governor Scott Walker drew attention to Madison’s murder rate, AP’s Scott Bauer pointed to Wisconsin’s overall murder rate under Walker. Which number is more relevant? Sam Morateck examines the issue today at Wisconsin Media Check.  

The Courts

How Left is Left in High Court Race?

Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Tim Burns, a Madison attorney, has been unabashed in displaying his liberal ideology, while Judge Rebecca Dallet appears to be positioning herself as a more sensible moderate-liberal alternative to Burns. But a recent joint radio interview with the two suggests that Burns has either pulled Dallet to the left, or forced […]