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Vos Attacks Senate Trio as Renegade Hijackers Who Achieved Little

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos attacked a trio of state senators as “renegades” and hostage takers because of their opposition to items included in the budget that was ultimately passed by the state senate. While the budget bill is in its final stages of passage, in an interview with Joy Cardin of the Wisconsin Public Radio, […]

A “Frank” Talk about Right to Work

Illinois is surrounded. Surrounded that is, by six states with right-to-work laws, and to counter what many in the Land of Lincoln feel may be the inevitable (Enactment of its own law), forces of the status quo are doing a full court press to maintain it. Among those is a familiar face to Wisconsinites, former Doyle […]

Foxconn Gets WI Dems in Touch With Their Inner-Xenophobe

Here is how the Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines “xenophobe:” one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin. Merriam-Webster may want to consider including the Democratic Party of Wisconsin logo with that definition. In response to Governor Scott Walker’s Monday signing of the Foxconn incentive package, a quartet of democratic legislative […]

WI Assembly Dems Pivotal Moment: The Antifa Resolution

Democrats in the Wisconsin Assembly will soon face a moment of reckoning: do they reject violence as political discourse from anyone who perpetrates it? Last month the Assembly approved a resolution authored by Majority Leader Jim Steineke that called out white supremacists by name for violence at Charlottesville, Virginia. Steineke has now authored a resolution calling […]

To Pay Its Bills, Illinois to Issue Even More Debt

While not as extreme as taking out a new credit card to help pay for your mortgage, the fiscal situation in Illinois is one which continues to boggle the mind. On Thursday, as part of its attempt to dig out of a mountain of unpaid bills, Governor Bruce Rauner (R) announced plans to begin a […]

So Who Are the “Environmentalists” Opposing WI Mining?

Environmentalists are expected to pack a public hearing in Ladysmith today, opposing legislation to repeal a moratorium on mining in Wisconsin. Mining supporters say it can be done safely and will be a boon to the state economy. They point to the closed Flambeau mine as a success story. Opponents claim mining will harm the […]

Podcast: What Reviving Mining Would Mean to Northern Wisconsin

As debate is expected to heat up over lifting Wisconsin’s moratorium on sulfide mining,  Florence County Director of Economic Development Wendy Gehlhoff spoke with Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader Friday on how vital resumption of mining would be to her region. A public hearing on a bill co-sponsored by Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative […]

DPI Responds to Manitowoc Schools Virtual Charter School Ban

The Manitowoc Public Schools’ prohibition of students enrolling in Virtual Charter Schools is an exercise in futility, based on comments from a spokesman for the State Department of Public Instruction. Media Trackers reported Friday that  Manitowoc Public Schools Business Services Manager Ken Mischler said he is denying all requests for students to enroll in virtual charter […]

Manitowoc Schools Deny Students Virtual School Option

Manitowoc Public Schools are denying all requests for students to enroll in virtual charter schools this summer. If parents make such a request during the state’s open enrollment period in spring, school districts don’t have the option of rejecting enrollment in virtual charter schools. However after that window closes there is an “alternative application procedure” […]

Wisconsin’s ESSA Plans Fail to Impress

The due date for the proposal of the Every Student Succeeds Act is rapidly approaching for Wisconsin and concerns are being expressed that the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Evers, is becoming a road block to the possibility of any progressive reforms for Wisconsin’s education plan. ESSA is the federal law enacted in 2015 that replaced the […]