policy

New Bill to Help Protect Teachers From Student Violence

There may be reason for hope for teachers feeling threatened or powerless against unruly students. A bill being introduced today by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt would help protect teachers against student violence and give them more control over the classroom. Earlier this summer, Media Trackers was the first to report  on Green Bay Washington middle school teacher Kerstin Westcott, who […]

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 […]

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 […]

Familiar Arguments Repeated at Hearing on Mining Moratorium Repeal

As expected, many environmental groups testified against lifting the mining moratorium at a public hearing before the Assembly Labor Committee Friday; countered by assurances from others testifying that  mining under the new legislation would still uphold environmental standards, and be done “safely and responsibly.” The bill’s Senate author, Tom Tiffany, began the hearing reiterating that […]

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 […]

Now Facts Require “Trigger Warnings”

University students in Colorado were so disturbed by graphics on an Americans For Tax Reform tour bus, that the group recently was ordered to move out of the lot they were paying to park in. The graphics on the bus however, were simply statements about the Obamacare taxes still in effect. Facts, that were apparently […]

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 […]

A Closer Look at the UW Voter ID Survey

While One Wisconsin Now and the New York Times are claiming that Wisconsin’s Voter ID law has “deterred” thousands of voters from voting in the 2016 election, there are many more factors that are at play which they both  avoid. A closer look at a study of registered voters conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor […]