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The Wheelercast 6/26/17

26 Jun , 2017  

Dark stores. Zero-based accounting. Budget stalemate. Despite these ominous sounding topics, this episode of The Wheelercast was upbeat and (as always) informative. Gwyn Guenther of The Wheeler Report brings you the latest from the State Capitol in Madison.

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Fraley

DailyTakes in The Washington Post: Why Trump Visits Wisconsin

21 Jun , 2017  

Washington Post reporter John Wagner reached out to me yesterday to get my thoughts on what President Trump gets politically out of visiting Wisconsin and whether local Republicans are energized by it. The president was in Pewaukee just last week, the third trip he’s made here since winning the election.

From a strategic standpoint, it makes sense for President Trump to do more events like these, even if it doesn’t move the needle on the public policy debates nationally. When he gets out of the Beltway bubble, he can control the narrative. He’d much rather talk infrastructure, apprenticeships and jobs than special counsels, and Congressional inquiries.

Read the whole article here.

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The Wheelercast, Episode #2

19 Jun , 2017  

Intra-party discord is a new thing in Madison, right? Actually, no, it’s not. We look into the Wheeler archives for details.

We also look ahead to potential Joint Finance Committee action this week and we pay special tribute to two important Capitol players.

The Wheeler Report’s Gwyn Guenther and I talk about this and more in this week’s Wheelercast.

 

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Check Out Our New Podcast With The Wheeler Report’s Gwyn Guenther

12 Jun , 2017  

Have state budget negotiations broken down? Can the Assembly and Senate get on the same page this week? This month? The Wheeler Report’s Gwyn Guenther and I discuss in this inaugural episode of the Wheelercast.

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Media Landscape

Wisconsin Talk Radio After Sykes…

20 Dec , 2016  

Charlie Sykes

Sykes

Charlie Sykes has retired from his radio show, but he’s not dead. He’s still going to remain an active voice for common sense conservatism here and nationally. However, his voice will no longer be a daily presence on the Wisconsin airwaves.

But don’t think for a minute that Talk Radio is dead, or dying, here.  Not even close.

First, let’s be clear, Mark Belling was and remains the dean of conservative talkers in Wisconsin. This Marconi Award-winning broadcaster has been on Newstalk 1130 WISN for more than a quarter century. He regularly fills in for Rush Limbaugh on the most-listened to show in radio history. He has shown no indication that he plans to follow Sykes’ lead and retire early.

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Dailytakes On Air

Sunday Insight: The Penultimate Show

12 Dec , 2016  

For a decade I’ve been a regular panelist on Sunday Insight with Charlie Sykes. The show’s final episode airs Sunday, but this past week, the panel discussed the Trump cabinet selections, the fate of Wisconsin’s transportation budget and more.
You can watch the full episode here.

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Dailytakes On Air

Sunday Insight: 2016 Election Wrap Up

14 Nov , 2016  

I had the pleasure of joining the panel over the weekend on Charlie Sykes’ Sunday Insight on Today’s TMJ-4 in Milwaukee.

Click here to watch the latest episode.

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Campaigns and Elections,Public Policy

Fact: Every Wisconsin Republican Lawmaker Who Supports Infrastructure Investment Rewarded with Re-Election

10 Nov , 2016  

So, as you know, I support efforts to invest in our transportation infrastructure. I think it is a key component in economic development efforts in Wisconsin. All the job training programs and incentive grants in the world won’t mean didily if getting raw materials and manufactured goods to and from market becomes harder and harder every year.

Fortunately, more and more lawmakers get it. And so does the public.

One of the key takeaways from this past election is that sensible lawmakers who aren’t afraid to tackle real problems have nothing to fear come election time.

Every single Wisconsin Republican lawmaker who has pledged to meet our economic development needs and invest in transportation infrastructure won on Tuesday.

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My take on Feingold-Johnson as campaign hits the final day

7 Nov , 2016  

When asked to opine on the state of Wisconsin’s US Senate race, I offered my take:

Conservative strategist Brian Fraley, who owns the communications firm Edge Messaging, said Johnson has done “almost everything right” since Labor Day.

“When national Republicans took their money elsewhere, Johnson’s campaign turned it up a notch, didn’t surrender, and just kept at it day after day,” Fraley said.

Fraley suggested Feingold was too confident it would be an easy race, which he said could be his undoing.

Despite being the incumbent, Johnson has succeeded in presenting himself as an outsider in comparison to Feingold’s long career in public service, having served in the state Legislature before being elected to the Senate.

“Johnson has done a good job of being his own man without upsetting Trump’s true believers,” Fraley said. “Johnson is still the underdog, but he definitely has the momentum heading into Election Day. From Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, 2016 has been the year of the outsider.”

You can read the entire article, here.

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Fraley

My Electoral College Predictions

4 Nov , 2016  

Donald Trump’s rallies have been impressive. Hillary Clinton can’t draw flies.

Clinton is limping to the finish line, and there appears to be a Trump surge.

So, where are we headed?

I detail my predictions, here:

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