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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Campaigns and Elections,Dead tree

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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Campaigns and Elections,Podcast

Anticipating the Final Marquette Law School Poll of the Campaign

1 Nov , 2016  

Homestretch in Wisconsin

On Wednesday, Marquette University Law School’s Charles Franklin will unveil the results of his final campaign-season poll of the Wisconsin electorate. Today’s podcast looks at why this poll is considered the ‘gold standard,’ and what I expect it to reveal.

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Dailytakes On Air,Podcast

Podcast: Last Minute Fundraising Appeals

31 Oct , 2016  

It’s likely your email in box is stuffed with last-minute political fundraising appeals.

In today’s podcast we examine 11th hour fundraising. Is it a scam or can campaigns actually spend money right up until Election Day…

Campaigns and Elections,Dailytakes On Air

The Week in Review

28 Oct , 2016  

Clinton’s and Trump’s paths to 270 electoral votes.

Wikileaks and Bill Clinton, Inc.

Russ Feingold’s arrogance.

Does Senator Johnson have a chance?

News from the state legislative races.

Trump’s short and long-term impact on the GOP.

I discussed all this and more today on the RightWisconsin Week in Review with Charlie Sykes (and Kevin Binversie) on AM 620 WTMJ in Milwaukee.

Listen, here:

 

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Fraley

Trump’s Last Two Weeks Shaping Up to Be a Burn it All Down Tantrum

25 Oct , 2016  

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Stephen Loiaconi called me for my take on the last two weeks of the election and what it will mean for tight down ballot races.

A Democratic takeover of the House remains a longshot, but if Trump’s support keeps dropping, it is no longer an impossibility.screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-8-49-35-am

“The Republican Party’s grip on the Senate is tenuous, at best,” said Republican strategist Brian Fraley. “With Trump surrogates berating vulnerable GOP senators who have not drank enough orange Kool-Aid, the Trump campaign’s last two weeks is shaping up to be a burn-it-all-down tantrum that could put the balance of power in the House in jeopardy, too.”

“Trump may damage the brand, relationships, donor stream and infrastructure of the Republican Party so much, that a rebound in 2018 will be a lot tougher,” Fraley said.

Read the rest of the article here.

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