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WI Civics 101: Voters Change The State Constitution

By Sam Morateck and Jerry Bader News this week that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson will not seek another ten year term on the court next year was hardly unexpected; she apparently has been dealing with health issues of late.  But her decision is significant nonetheless. The open seat likely will be hotly contested […]

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WI GOP House Candidate’s Ads Disappear from Facebook

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers Steve Toft is already facing tough odds in the race against Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI03), but now he has Facebook against him, too. Mysteriously and without explanation, Toft’s ads were pulled from Facebook over the Memorial Day weekend for “Unauthorized Political Content” even though they met all of Facebook’s […]

Campaigns

Is a Blue Wave Still in The Wisconsin Forecast?

The first quarter of 2018 saw Wisconsin Democrats supremely confident about their chances in the November elections, and Republicans obviously nervous. A stunning Democratic upset in a special election in the 10th State Senate District garnered national headlines. Patty Schactner defeated Republican Adam Jarchow in what was presumed to be a firmly red Western Wisconsin […]

Policy

Figures Don’t Lie But…

New data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Minnesota has now passed Wisconsin in terms of total jobs, however many factors are at play in the way the data has been interpreted. Also, in reaction to the study, many are using the data to compare conservative Gov. Scott Walker with liberal Minnesota […]

Organizations

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 […]

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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 […]