Radio Silence on Johnson’s Russian Cancellation

“For as Russia-obsessed as the mainstream press has become, one would have assumed a Wisconsin-related Russia story would make front page news in the Badger state. Instead, there was hardly a peep from Wisconsin-based media.” Read the whole story from Kevin Binversie at Wisconsin Media Check.com.

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Johnson Calls for Senate Candidates to Sign GOP Unity Pledge

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, (R) WI, is calling on all candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to sign a unity pledge, committing themselves to, among other things, supporting the eventual nominee. The Republican Party of Wisconsin announced Wednesday that Johnson will act as Chairman of the Grassroots Endorsement Process at the 2018 State […]

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TV Spots Pressure Johnson on Tax Reform

45Committee has begun airing TV spots in Wisconsin that attempt to pressure U.S. Senator Ron Johnson into supporting the Republican Tax reform proposal. Johnson has come under fire from some Republicans for the manner in which he voiced opposition to the plan. Wisconsin Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner told Milwaukee talk show host Mark Belling last […]

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Baldwin Voted to Confirm “Gray Wolf Judges”

Residents of rural Wisconsin got unwelcome news this week and have Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison), in part, to blame for it. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling denying the removal of gray wolves from the Endangered Species List. States in the upper Great Lakes states were able […]

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Interview: The USPS Whistle Blower Talks with Media Trackers

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has called Central Wisconsin postal worker Timm Kopp a “courageous whistle blower.” Two things are clear from talking with Kopp. First, he wears that title uncomfortably. Second, he had no political motivations when he complained about a longstanding practice last year that created staffing shortages at post offices around the country. […]

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Investigation Finds USPS Hatch Act Violation

An investigation requested by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has found that  U.S. Postal Service practices during the 2016 election cycle violated the Hatch Act. Media Trackers exclusively reported last week that the investigation would likely find Hatch Act violations and we obtained the U.S. Office of Special Council’s final report on the probe Tuesday. Media […]

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Exclusive: Investigation “Will Likely Find” USPS Activity Violated Hatch Act

Media Trackers has learned that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs will hold a hearing Wednesday on leaves granted to postal workers to engage in campaign activity during the 2016 election. A letter to a witness from committee chairman, Senator Ron Johnson (R)-Wisconsin, and ranking Member Claire McCaskill, (D)-Missouri, obtained by Media […]

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Probe Into Postal Service Includes Possible Hatch Act Violations

An audit concludes that U.S. Postal Service policy was circumvented when Postal Service employees around the country, including Wisconsin, were granted leave without pay (LWOP) to engage in union campaign activities for Democrats in Fall, 2016. Media Trackers exclusively reported about the existence of the investigation in December. In late November 2016, Senator Ron Johnson […]