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Johnson Calls for Senate Candidates to Sign GOP Unity Pledge

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, (R) WI, is calling on all candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to sign a unity pledge, committing themselves to, among other things, supporting the eventual nominee. The Republican Party of Wisconsin announced Wednesday that Johnson will act as Chairman of the Grassroots Endorsement Process at the 2018 State […]

Policy

Construction Firm That Dissed WI Gets Foxconn Road Project

A construction firm that said it would expand in Minnesota rather than its home state of Wisconsin because of the 2015 passage of a Right to Work law has landed a Foxconn-related road project contract with the state.  According to a news release from the Black River Falls-based Hoffman Construction: The State of Wisconsin Department […]

Policy

WILL Sues Brown Co. Over Sales Tax

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty has filed suit against Brown County, Wisconsin in Brown County Circuit Court, alleging that the County’s proposed Sales and use Tax which took effect January 1st violates state law. WILL filed the suit Tuesday afternoon on behalf of the Brown County Taxpayers Association and a resident of Brown County […]

Open Government

Schimel Pushes Back on Media “John Doe III” Claim

Attorney General Brad Schimel pushed back Monday on media claims that a Government Accountability Board investigation he revealed in a report on leaks to a British publication was not a John Doe probe. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Monday that Schimel “erroneously” referred to the investigation as John Doe III, even though the investigation, the […]

Media Blackout on John Doe III Facts Persists

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald are now calling for the resignation of two Ethic and Election Commission administrators, after Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s report last week regarding the leak of thousands of private GOP emails. Attorney General Brad Schimel spoke with Media Trackers Director of Communications Jerry Bader Thursday […]

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What To Know About Franken’s Replacement

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith as the choice to take over Democrat Al Franken’s seat in the U.S. Senate, resembles a “House of Cards” scenario according  Matt Pagano, Executive Director of the Minnesota GOP. Pagano spoke with Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader on the Democrats’ political strategy in choosing Smith to take over Sen. […]

Open Government

Docs Show ACLU, DRW Closely Involved in Obama DOJ Milwaukee Voucher Probe

New documents obtained by Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty indicate that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and taxpayer-funded Wisconsin Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) were running parts of the Obama DOJ’s investigation into the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. WILL obtained the documents through a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ). In August 2011, […]

Organizations

Schimel: “Leakers Hoist With Their Own Petard”

Editor’s note: the day after releasing a report on leaks of sensitive emails from a controversial Wisconsin John Doe probe, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel discussed his investigation in detail with Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says the leak of documents from a Wisconsin John Doe probe to a […]

Political Parties

U.S Rep. Gallagher Denounces Flynn’s Actions in Russia Investigation

After former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the Russia investigation Friday, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reported that Democratic challenger Beau Liegeois has called out U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher to denounce Flynn’s actions. Gallagher, in a Tuesday interview with Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader, denounced Flynn’s actions and criticized […]