policy

Ringhand Attacks Foxconn Profits, Ignores the Big Picture

All of a sudden, Wisconsin Democrats have become a fan of corporate profits. That seems to be the case as this week showed that Foxconn, the Taiwanese technology company about to begin building a massive factory in Pleasant Prairie, announced that its quarterly profits dropped 39 percent according to its latest earnings report. While the […]

Ron Kind’s Imaginary Holy War

There might be a reason why Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) doesn’t dabble much in hyperbole. He’s not very good at it. Yet, that’s exactly what the nearly 20-year congressman did last week during the House Ways and Means Committee markup of the tax reform package. Kind managed to turn a debate on what should […]

Did Appleton Schools Attempt an Open Meetings Workaround?

It appears the Appleton Area School District is attempting to use a policy change to work around a Wisconsin Supreme court ruling that the district violated the state’s open meeting law. The court ruled in June that the state’s open meetings law applied to an Appleton school committee that repeatedly met behind closed doors to review […]

Cowles Stands With Armageddon Democrats on Mining Bill

As was widely expected, Green Bay area Sen. Rob Cowles-(R), cast the lone GOP vote against a bill to allow sulfide mining to resume in Wisconsin after a near 20 year absence. Cowles told Media Trackers weeks ago that he had concerns that resuming mining could impact water quality in Northeast Wisconsin.  Cowles’ no vote […]

New Bill to Help Protect Teachers From Student Violence

There may be reason for hope for teachers feeling threatened or powerless against unruly students. A bill being introduced today by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt would help protect teachers against student violence and give them more control over the classroom. Earlier this summer, Media Trackers was the first to report  on Green Bay Washington middle school teacher Kerstin Westcott, who […]

Vos Apologizes for “Terrorists” Comment

After taking criticism from fellow Republicans, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has apologized for calling three Republican state senators “terrorists” for a tactic they used during the state budget process. In a recorded interview with Mike Gousha on “Upfront” which aired Sunday, Vos called Senators Chris Kapenga, Steve Nass and Duey Stroebel terrorists for withholding their […]

Did Green Bay Get the Law Right on a Recent Open Records Request?

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week that the Green Bay Mayor’s office refused to release the spending requests  that city department heads presented to Mayor Jim Schmitt as part of his 2018 budget preparation. The Press-Gazette reported that Assistant City Attorney Joanne Bungert denied an open records request for the documents, saying they are drafts […]

Familiar Arguments Repeated at Hearing on Mining Moratorium Repeal

As expected, many environmental groups testified against lifting the mining moratorium at a public hearing before the Assembly Labor Committee Friday; countered by assurances from others testifying that  mining under the new legislation would still uphold environmental standards, and be done “safely and responsibly.” The bill’s Senate author, Tom Tiffany, began the hearing reiterating that […]

Cowles Not Yet On Board With Lifting Mining Moratorium

A source familiar with the situation tells Media Trackers that supporters of lifting Wisconsin’s mining moratorium are concerned that Republican State Senator Rob Cowles of the Green Bay area may not support the bill. Cowles tells Media Trackers he has not made a final decision but needs to know the bill will protect water quality […]

Now Facts Require “Trigger Warnings”

University students in Colorado were so disturbed by graphics on an Americans For Tax Reform tour bus, that the group recently was ordered to move out of the lot they were paying to park in. The graphics on the bus however, were simply statements about the Obamacare taxes still in effect. Facts, that were apparently […]