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Who Watches the Watchdog?

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers Former state Treasurer Jack Voight wants voters to reject a referendum on April 3 that would eliminate his old job. However, his “Save Our Fiscal Watchdog” group could use a fiscal watchdog themselves. Save Our Fiscal Watchdog submitted a campaign finance statement to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission that they […]

Campaigns

Dallet’s San Francisco Values Defined

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers After a fundraiser in San Francisco last week for her state Supreme Court race, Judge Rebecca Dallet’s statement that their values are our values was never clarified by the campaign. However, the host of the fundraiser, state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and the San Francisco judge who introduced […]

Open Government

Brown County Board Candidate Tried to Erase Public Input

A candidate for a Brown County Board of Supervisors seat on April 3, who is a county Board of Health(BOH) member, is accused of attempting to erase from the public record comments two citizens made at a BOH meeting last year. Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy (BCCRWE) has been advocating for county residents […]

Campaigns

Dallet Loves Her Some “San Francisco Values”

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers Judge Rebecca Dallet, a candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, told an audience at a fundraiser for her in San Francisco, CA, that her campaign is an effort to bring their values back to Wisconsin. “It’s San Francisco. Like this is awesome, the people,” Dallet said. “I know that […]

Campaigns

WI GOP Insiders: Concern Over Fall Elections “Is Indeed Dire”

Wisconsin was one of three improbable state victories that propelled Donald Trump to the White House in 2016. But without immediate Republican Party course corrections, the state’s conservative revolution could screech to a halt after the November elections, or even be reversed in some areas. That’s according to two Republican insiders, whose job it is […]

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Politifail

By James Wigderson “The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Kertscher, writing in the newspaper’s fact-checking Politifact section, once again substitutes opinion for an objective evaluation of a political candidate’s statement. Kertscher gave a Supreme Court candidate a “half true” rating when everything he wrote in evidence pointed to a “Pants on Fire” rating for knowingly making […]

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Will WI Dems Repudiate Clinton’s Labeling of State Voters?

Hillary Clinton’s recent remarks about the states she didn’t win in the 2016 presidential election suggested  that backwards-looking,  racist and sexist messages appealed to voters there. With Wisconsin being one of the states covered by Clinton’s latest effort to explain away her defeat, the question now becomes: will Democrats candidates and leaders here repudiate her […]

Policy

WI Dems Move to Ban High Capacity Magazines

Democrats in the state legislature are moving to ban “high capacity magazines” for most gun owners in Wisconsin. But what effect such a ban would have on mass shootings and even the definition of what a high capacity magazine is remains heavily disputed. According to an analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau, the bill: prohibits […]

Education

UWSP Changes: When in Doubt, Blame Scott Walker

By Amelia Heupp for Media Trackers Monday, March 5th the campus of UW-Stevens Point received an email from the office of Chancellor Bernie Patterson with the subject title, “Reimagining the University.” In the email, the Chancellor outlined a proposal to eliminate thirteen curriculum majors, primarily those in the area of humanities. The list of potentially eliminated […]