Jerry Bader

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 […]

City of Green Bay Denies Open Records Request, Again

The Green Bay Mayor’s office is sticking by its contention that departmental spending requests are not subject to the state’s open records law. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week that Assistant City Attorney Joanne Bungert refused the request, saying the requests are drafts and therefore are exempt from the open records law. On Monday […]

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 […]

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 […]

Debunking the Australia Gun “Buyback” Narrative, Again

A Washington Post article published Tuesday, written by a former gun-control advocate, is being widely disseminated by gun rights supporters. It also was discussed by radio host Mark Levin. Leah Libresco’s admission that her research changed her mind on the effectiveness of gun laws preventing violence is indeed a relevant read in the wake of […]

An “Act 10” for Wetland Reform

A pair of Republican legislative leaders will introduce a bill Friday to reform wetland regulation that advocates say will be a boon for real estate development while leaving current regulation of federal wetlands in place. More than 80% of wetlands in Wisconsin are adjacent to navigable waters and fall under federal jurisdiction. The bill by […]

Walker Exposes Dem Hypocrisy on School Aid: Liberal Heads Explode

Despite a historic increase in K-12 in the 2017-19 state budget, Democrats continue to criticize the amount as not enough. Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling: “As Wisconsin working families continue to pay more for less, the Republican budget further rigs the economy for the wealthy. This budget was bad from the start, and with his veto […]

Democrats Prefabricated Foxconn Failure Strategy

Conventional political wisdom holds that Democrats opposed the Foxconn incentive package because they saw up to 13,000 new jobs as an untenable political boost to Governor Scott Walker’s 2018 re-election prospects. Despite a low unemployment rate, Democrats have been using job growth as a cudgel against Walker and hoped to exploit the issue next year. […]