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Flynn: Democratic Party “Pickled in Identity Politics”

One of the 10 Democratic candidates for Wisconsin Governor admitted that his party is “pickled in identity politics.” Former Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Matt Flynn made the comments Monday to WHBY, Appleton talk radio host Josh Dukelow. Dukelow told Flynn he believes the Democratic Party focus has shifted to “identity politics” since the time […]

Wisconsin Being Watched Tue. For Blue Wave Clues

National political watchers are focusing on two Wisconsin special elections Tuesday, looking for evidence of a fall “Blue Wave” of Democratic electoral success.  The elections are to fill vacancies in the 1st State Senate District in Northeast Wisconsin and the 42nd Assembly District in South Central Wisconsin. Both seats became open when Governor Scott Walker […]

Liberals Use Violent Imagery on Walker, Vukmir

A liberal group is being criticized for its imagery of a target on Governor Scott Walker and state Senator Leah Vukmir. The image on a Citizen Action of Wisconsin podcast shows a target with an arrow or spear over Walker and Vukmir with the message: “open political season.” Walker is seeking re-election, Vukmir is a […]

Did Frostman Duck Radio Debate?

WHBY Appleton talk radio host Josh Dukelow attempted to arrange an on-air debate between the candidates in the 1st Senate District special election June 12. Dukelow told Media Trackers via email that the effort failed because he couldn’t get Democrat Caleb Frostman’s campaign to commit: On May 16, I emailed Rep Jacque and Hannah Akbik, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Frostman Ideology Still Unclear

Media Trackers previously reported several people who know former Door County Economic Development Corporation Caleb Frostman were surprised when he announced his candidacy as a Democrat rather than Republican candidate for the June special election to fill the 1st District State Senate seat. While Frostman did not respond to any Media Trackers inquiry, talk show host Josh […]

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. […]

1st Senate GOP Primary: Analyzing the Jacque Win

Tuesday’s GOP primary for a June special election for the vacant 1st District Senate seat could be called “The Tale of Two David and Goliaths.” Early on, it appeared Jacque was the more formidable candidate. He is a well established state representative whose conservative bona fides are unquestioned. Jacque announced his candidacy shortly after former […]