Organizations

Email Calls for the Walker “bird-dogging” to Begin

Although a protest group wanted to retain the element of surprise, Media Trackers has found out that Mark Rice, assistant state director of EXPO(EX-Prisoners Organizing), is calling on supporters to protest Governor Walker at the Wisconsin Business and Industry Luncheon in Madison on October 16th.  The email calls on supporters  to “bird dog” the event. The leaders of […]

Policy

An “Act 10” for Wetland Reform

A pair of Republican legislative leaders will introduce a bill Friday to reform wetland regulation that advocates say will be a boon for real estate development while leaving current regulation of federal wetlands in place. More than 80% of wetlands in Wisconsin are adjacent to navigable waters and fall under federal jurisdiction. The bill by […]

Democratic Governor Candidates Condemn Bipartisan Supported Bill

A newly announced Democratic candidate for governor appears to have knee-jerk reacted to another candidate who is seen as running to the left of the field. Senator Kathleen Vinehout withdrew as a co-sponsor of a recently proposed bipartisan supported bill a day after another governor candidate, Mike McCabe, published a press release heavily criticizing the […]

Policy

Wisconsin’s ESSA Plans Fail to Impress

The due date for the proposal of the Every Student Succeeds Act is rapidly approaching for Wisconsin and concerns are being expressed that the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Evers, is becoming a road block to the possibility of any progressive reforms for Wisconsin’s education plan. ESSA is the federal law enacted in 2015 that replaced the […]

Policy

Costly Medicaid Expansion Nears Approval In Colorado

The Colorado State House voted last Thursday to approve a multi-billion dollar Medicaid expansion for the state of Colorado. Colorado’s Medicaid healthcare program is administered by the state, but jointly financed with the federal government. The expansion takes advantage of provisions in President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the Patient Provider and Affordable Care Act, also […]

Organizations

“Parent Led” Strong Schools Coalition Broadcasts Union Talking Points

The “parent led” Douglas County Strong Schools Coalition (SSC) and the Douglas County Federation of Teachers (DCFT) appear to be collaborating in opposition to recent Douglas County School Board reforms, despite repeated claims to the contrary. A Media Trackers investigation reveals that in addition to parroting union talking points, SSC has worked in tandem with DCFT […]

Policy

Dueling Florida Pension Bills Reveal More Liberal Senate Republicans

Dueling pension reform bills in the Florida legislature reveal a sharp ideological divide between the state’s Republican Senators and House members. Although Florida’s Republican legislators say they agree on the importance of reining in runaway costs in the state’s government worker pension program, the House bill addresses the problem head-on while the Senate bill defers […]

Organizations

Defeated Douglas County Teachers Union Brings “Frivolous” Suit Against District

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) was recently named in another legal complaint brought forth by the local teacher’s union, the Douglas County Federation of Teachers (DCFT). While the lawsuit attempts to highlight six claims against the District with regard to laid-off union member teachers who were not rehired, DCSD officials appear to have followed […]