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Bryce Invokes Civil Rights Icon to Explain His Nine Arrests

Democratic Congressional candidate Randy Bryce compared himself with civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis, in defense of the nine times he has been arrested. Bryce was debating Republican Bryan Steil; the two are vying to replace retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. When Steil brought up Bryce’s nine arrests, […]

Kooyenga Categorically Denies Inebriation Allegation

Republican State Representative Dale Kooyenga says he “categorically denies” an allegation that he was inebriated during a state budget debate three years ago. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling made the allegation Tuesday during a forum with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Kooyenga, who is running against Democrat  Julie Henszey of Wauwatosa for the seat state […]

Walker Anticipates Little Vote-Splitting in Senate, Governor Races

The Latest MU Law School Poll shows Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin leading Republican state Senator Leah Vukmir by 10 points. The same poll shows Republican Governor Scott Walker leading Democrat Tony Evers by a single point. Were that to be the case on Election Day, it would mean a significant number of voters split […]

Walker: Evers Plan Shifts, Doesn’t Cut Taxes

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers said Sunday that, if elected, he would cut middle-class income taxes by 10% by rolling back a tax credit for manufacturers and farmers. But in an interview with Media Trackers Sunday evening Governor Scott Walker criticized the plan as merely shifting taxes, not cutting them. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that […]

RPW Modeling Shows a 2 Point U.S. Senate Race

The most recent Marquette University Law School poll, released in late September,  showed Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin with an 11 point lead over Republican state Senator Leah Vukmir. But Republican Party of Wisconsin modeling shows Baldwin with just a two point lead. The Vukmir campaign is touting them in an email to donors that was […]

Public Input at Green Bay School Board Meetings Debated

The Green Bay School Board is expected to decide in December whether to continue allowing public input while a motion on a recommended hire is before the board. The school board holds a public input session at the beginning of its regular meetings. In February it began allowing input on items as they were being […]

How Wisconsin Media Handled the Baldwin Fundraiser Story

Fox News and CNN both reported Thursday on a planned Oct. 1 fundraising event for Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin that was to feature the lawyers for Professor Christine Blasey Ford. Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980’s when both were in high school. CNN reported […]

Speaker Shut Down at Brown Co. Meeting

A citizen attempting to speak at a Brown County Board of Health meeting in July was stopped after the board’s chairman raised concerns that a board member might be slandered. An open government specialist tells Media Trackers that such prior restraint of public speech at a governmental meeting is unconstitutional. William Acker was attempting to […]

Walker Cites “National Environment,” Not Trump Directly in Re-Election Challenge

Recent surveys show that President Donald Trump’s unpopularity is increasingly creating  a drag on Republican candidates around the country in November, and not just those running for Senate and House seats. The polls would indicate that a number of melodramatic controversies in recent weeks have driven Trump’s numbers down, increasing the prospects of Democrats nationwide. […]

DPI Spox Says Homeschooling Quote Was Taken Out of Context

A quote by State Department of Public Instruction Spokesman Thomas McCarthy suggests he doesn’t believe parents are qualified to home school their children. McCarthy tells Media Trackers that he was quoted out of context. But the TV station that reported the story appears to be standing behind it. The quote in question comes in a […]