Jerry Bader

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 […]

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 […]

When Figures Do Lie

The adage “figures don’t lie, but liars sure figure,” has withstood the test of time; numbers don’t deceive but those who manipulate them often do, although not always intentionally.  Take the case of Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany (R)-Hazelhurst. He tells Media Trackers in referring to the most recent legislative session: “No doubt about it […]

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 […]

DPI: “Social Justice Equity Warriors Please Apply”

By James Wigderson for Media Trackers   The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is hiring a new Assistant Director for Teacher Education/Professional Development/Licensing, but apparently conservatives need not apply. Assistant State Superintendent Sheila Briggs posted a link to the position on Twitter and added, “Social Justice Equity Warriors please apply.” State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt […]

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 […]

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 […]