campaigns

The Return of The Unruly

Democratic protesters showed up Friday as Governor Scott Walker was meeting with grassroots conservatives in advance of the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s convention today in downtown Milwaukee. A Republican insider on the scene shared with Media Trackers photos and a video of the protesters, and a description of what happened:   All of this happened […]

Who is Midwest Growth Fund?

By Sam Morateck and Jerry Bader As a Republican primary in a special election for Wisconsin’s 1st Senate District grows near, a 527 independent expenditure committee is on a spending blitz; attacking State Representative Andre Jacque. Jacque and Green Bay businessman Alex Renard are vying for the Republican nomination May 15. “Midwest Growth Fund” is […]

The “No Debate, Debate” in the 1 SD GOP Primary

Has Alex Renard, candidate for the Republican nomination in the 1st Senate District special election primary refused to debate his opponent, State Representative Andre Jacque? It depends who you ask. Jacque says Renard has refused a forum proposed by the N.E.W. Patriots, a group born during the Tea Party movement of 2009, and that Renard […]

Polce Finances Raise Questions

The news that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) would retire from Congress at the end of the current session t has lead to a re-examination of other Republican campaigns vying for Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. While not getting many second look by the voters, Nick Polce is certainly getting them from political observers. Polce may […]

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 […]