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Baldwin’s Broydrick Bucks

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers In her re-election bid, Senator Tammy Baldwin has made a point of attacking outside special interests spending money in her campaign. “Shady outside groups have spent nearly $10 MILLION to defeat Tammy,” Baldwin’s campaign website complains. It turns out Baldwin is not shy about getting some shady outside money […]

An April Blizzard and Tone Deaf Tammy

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers There may be a reason that U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is near the top of the list of vulnerable Democratic Senators. Baldwin has the worst sense of timing since Spain sent the fleet to attack England. On Wednesday, Baldwin sent out a fundraising email asking for donations for a […]

No Walker Endorsement in 1st SD GOP Primary

Governor Scott Walker is remaining neutral in the Republican primary for a special election in the 1st State Senate District. Media Trackers received an email Wednesday morning from someone suggesting Walker had thrown his support behind State Representative Andre Jacque. Jacque and Green Bay businessman Alex Renard are vying for the nomination. The e-mailer was […]

GOP State Senate Candidate Renard Mum on Prevailing Wage Stance

A candidate for the Republican nomination in the 1st State Senate District is declining to reveal his position on the repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law. Alex Renard’s silence on the issue is notable because former Assembly speaker John Gard, who appears to have a central role in Renard’s campaign, represented as a lobbyist […]

Spring Election: Fervor Vs. Facts

There is a difficult to explain phenomenon that occurred on Wisconsin’s April 3 Spring Election. Clerks in several predominately liberal counties predicted strong turnout with the media spreading their message. But once the polls closed the reported numbers didn’t live up to their projections. While many point to the spring election as an indicator of […]

Do The Supreme Court Results Really Say Anything About November?

The results of the Supreme Court election had many Republicans pointing to the outcome as a sign of an impending “blue wave;” an indicator for what may happen in the November elections. Despite Liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet’s win, Republican strategist Mark Graul told Media Trackers he doesn’t believe that’s the case. Graul is highly regarded […]

Bryce’s Braggadocio Doesn’t Match Reality

After the news that Speaker of The House Paul Ryan would not be running for re-election began spreading, many Democrats began to claim it was because Ryan feared likely Democratic opponent Randy “Ironstache” Bryce. But the taunts aren’t rooted in statistical reality. The Journal Sentinel reported that both of Ryan’s would-be competitors had a lot […]

What’s the Ryan Effect on Wisconsin in November

While Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement wasn’t a complete surprise, the timing caught observers off guard. What impact will Ryan not seeking re-election have on Wisconsin politics in November? Media Trackers put a series of questions to Republican strategist Mark Graul on the Ryan effect in Wisconsin: What are the prospects for […]

A Tom Steyer Primer

You may recognize Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer from his personally funded TV ads that called for President Trump’s impeachment, but now his funds and focus have shifted to Wisconsin in an effort to help Democrats win the midterm elections. But just what does Steyer stand for? According to Forbes.com Steyer’s net worth as of 4/10/18 […]

Lawmakers Explain Jacque Snub

A quintet of Northeast Wisconsin Republican state representatives are explaining why they chose to endorse a political newcomer over fellow Rep. Andre Jacque in the Republican primary for the vacant 1st district state senate seat. In a rare move, State Representatives Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), John Nygren (R-Marinette), David Steffen (R-Howard), and John […]