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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 […]

Bryce on ICE

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers Randy Bryce, the leading Democratic candidate hoping to challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s first congressional district, has called for an end to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, according to a report in The Hill on Tuesday. “Rather than deporting immigrants who pose a risk […]

Defendant in Controversial Dallet Sentencing Arrested Again

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers A homeless sex offender at the center of the Wisconsin Supreme Court election on April 3 was arrested again last Thursday. Donald Skenandore, who was just given two years in jail for sexually assaulting minor children by Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet, was arrested for failing to meet […]

Lau Accuses Judges of Seeking Favor With Their Endorsements

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers Waukesha County Court Commissioner Laura Lau has an explanation why the more conservative Waukesha County judges are endorsing her opponent, Wisconsin Division of Gaming Administrator Jack Melvin, in the election for Waukesha County circuit court judge. She accuses the judges of putting their ambitions above their judgment. “The [three] […]

Republicans End Bid to Stop Special Elections

It appears Republicans in the State Legislature and Governor Scott Walker have fully abandoned efforts to stop a pair of special elections to fill vacant legislative seats. On Wednesday, an appellate judge became the third in a week to rule against Walker’s efforts to block the elections, prompting Walker to drop a bid to bring […]

What Will WI High Court Race Tell Us About November?

The last time a Wisconsin Supreme Court race drew national media attention was 2011. That was in the heat of the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s Act 10 public union reforms. The Left decided to make incumbent Justice David Prosser a surrogate for Walker on the ballot. Prosser narrowly defeated JoAnne Kloppenburg, 50.2% to 49.8%. […]