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Is Pocan Making Up Fund Raiser Cancellation with SOTU Invite?

It’s customary for members of Congress to invite constituents to the annual State of the Union Address. But this year, Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Madison) appears to have found none of his constituents deserving of that honor. Instead, the Madison liberal will be trying to troll Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) by inviting Randy Bryce, one of […]

More Union Love(Dollars) for Mitchell

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers It’s against the bylaws of the state’s firefighter union for a member to enrich himself at his union brothers’ expense, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice uncovered just how running has benefitted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell financially and politically. Now campaign finance reports reveal more about how […]

Bryce Won’t Commit to Debating Primary Opponent

Randy “Iron Stache” Bryce refused Tuesday to commit to debating his Democratic primary opponent in the 1st Congressional District to challenge Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan.  When pressed at a Janesville event, Bryce claimed he never said he wouldn’t debate Cathy Myers but also wouldn’t commit to doing so. Bryce’s campaign previously told […]

Nehlen’s Campaign Paid Wife “Meager Stipend”

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers It’s always good to be the candidate and the campaign treasurer for your own campaign. Just ask Paul Nehlen, the former Breitbart favorite running for Congress in the First Congressional District in the Republican Primary against House Speaker Paul Ryan. According to the latest Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing, […]

Handler-Bryce Fundraiser “Postponed” After Media Trackers Inquiries

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers A “happy hour” fundraiser planned for the end of January for Randy Bryce for Congress with former comedian Chelsea Handler and Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) was “postponed” indefinitely without explanation after inquiries by Media Trackers on Thursday. Handler stirred up controversy last week with an obscenity-laced rant on […]

Media Trackers Podcast: Mark Graul on 10th Senate Seat Impact on 2018

Republican strategist Mark Graul discussed with Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader the impact of Tuesday’s special election in the 10th state senate district in Northwestern Wisconsin. The district is traditionally deep red and national and state observers were shocked when the seat was won by a democrat with a ten point margin. Observers suggest […]

Unity Pledge Tested Again With Vukmir Email

The Republican Party of Wisconsin’s Unity Pledge, sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson, seemed to be tested as Senate candidate Leah Vukmir’s campaign recently sent an email that pointedly criticizes fellow Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson, and tests the limits of the unity pledge.  At least, the Nicholson campaign feels it does. The unity pledge calls for candidates […]

Handler Tweet Reverberates in Wisconsin

The impact of a controversial tweet by former comedian Chelsea Handler, which some are calling homophobic, is being felt in Wisconsin. Handler is due to perform in Appleton February 1st and, for the moment at least, the performance is still on. Handler also has ties with a Democratic candidate in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Handler, […]

Burns’ Campaign Quiet on Wisconsin Supreme Court Forum

While Tim Burns, Judge Rebecca Dallet, and Judge Michael Screneck were all invited to a Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Forum which would give candidates an opportunity to speak more about their own judicial beliefs and platforms, Tim Burns is not included on the attendee list. Media Trackers reached out several times to Tim Burns campaign […]