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Presidential Debate Aftermath

28 Sep , 2016  

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I had the pleasure of appearing on Fox 6 WITI  and CBS 58 WDJT Milwaukee Tuesday to give my analysis of the first presidential debate. Check them out below. I talk about who I think won, missed opportunities and Trump’s visit today to Waukesha.

Fox 6 Milwaukee: Who won? What impact will it have on the candidates here in WI? Milwaukee-area analysts weigh in on debate.

CBS 58 Milwaukee: Trump to Campaign in Waukesha, Focus on “WOW County” Republicans

 

 

Campaigns and Elections

My take on the 1st debate, Trump, Clinton and Lester Holt

27 Sep , 2016  

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Enough with the complaining about Lester Holt.

As someone who dislikes both candidates who were on the stage last night, I’m a good fit to analyze the first 2016 general election presidential candidate face-off.

You can always tell who lost the debate. It’s the campaign that whines about the moderator. Lester Holt did a pretty good job as the moderator. Keeping Trump’s erratic behavior in check is a lot like herding cats. Some Trump supporters are upset that Holt interrupted Trump more than Holt interrupted Clinton. But Trump is a bully in life and that includes on the debate stage. He was constantly interrupting and interjecting during Clinton’s answers. That’s his right. But, I think Holt provided a nice check on that. Holt sat back at times and let the candidates debate back and forth, which was a smart thing to do and takes a lot of self discipline.

I do think the one glaring omission was not asking her about the Clinton Foundation and what that says about her ethics and her decision making. However, it’s not fair to blame Holt for all the missed opportunities Trump let fly by as he was instead obsessed with defending just how wealthy he was, and defending Russia against claims of cyber espionage. Trump had several missed opportunities. You could tell he didn’t prepare; and, throughout the night, Trump’s thin-skin got the best of him. More…

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Campaigns and Elections

Previewing Tonight’s Presidential Debate

26 Sep , 2016  

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Donald Trump will win the debate. He has absolutely no expectations he must meet. Other than, perhaps, not completely losing it and punching his opponent. All of the weight rests on Hillary Clinton’s shoulders tonight. While I expect her to be adequate in both her temperament and rhetoric, the only way she wins is if she is exceptional and successfully baits Trump into exposing himself as the ignorant con man that we know him to be. It is more likely, however, that any attempt by her to do that will backfire, as she seems incapable of running a competent general election campaign so far. More…

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September 2nd: Week in Review

2 Sep , 2016  

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I was a guest on Midday with Charlie Sykes on AM620 WTMJ in Milwaukee this morning. The Right Wisconsin panel reviewed the week that was.

Have a listen.

Campaigns and Elections

Obamacare could (and should) be the key issue in Johnson-Feingold Senate Race

30 Aug , 2016  

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Politico recently published an article that highlighted Obamacare rate increases in states where there are competitive US Senate races this fall. The reporter accurately quoted me, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to expand my thoughts a bit.

I told her, flat out that I think the fallout from the ACA implementation could be a sleeper issue in the Wisconsin race that could propel Senator Johnson to victory in November.
All the pieces are there for the Senator to effectively campaign on this issue.
If Johnson were to frame the issue correctly, he could make Feingold’s vote for Obamacare an albatross that would drag him down to defeat in November. He could simply tell voters: “If you have better access to better, more affordable healthcare now than you did 6 years ago, vote for Senator Feingold. If not, don’t reward the man who cast the decisive vote to pass Obamacare.”
There are clear differences between Johnson, Feingold regarding Obamacare. And there are plenty of reason why that contrast matters to Wisconsinites.

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Just Fix It!,Public Policy

Wisconsin Business Leaders Want Roads Fixed Now and a Sustainable Budget for Future

22 Aug , 2016  

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Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure is in crisis. As I’ve written, I believe it is imperative for conservative lawmakers to take the lead to find the most responsible and efficient ways to address this crisis and create a sustainable revenue source so things never get this bad again. But no matter your political persuasion, the transportation crisis is an issue that impacts every business in Wisconsin.>

We’ve come a long way but we can’t ignore the fact that the job is not yet done.

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Fraley

You Can’t Put the Toothpaste Back in the Tube

20 Aug , 2016  

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Sinclair Broadcast Group asks me for my take on the perceived and real problems at the Clinton Foundation. Read the article here.

Campaigns and Elections

2018 Governor’s Race: Dem Bench is Weak, But a lot Can Change in a Year

10 Aug , 2016  

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The Capital Times’ Jessie Opoien asked for my take on the 2018 Governor’s vace. Will Walker seek another term? Who are the democrats going to run?

“The Democrats’ bench is weak,” said Republican strategist Brian Fraley, head of the conservative firm Edge Messaging. “But a lot can change in a year. And the Trump impact on the 2018 electorate can’t be predicted at this point. Also, some mid-tier Democrat could get wind behind their sails over the next year.”

Click here to check out the whole article and my other thoughts on the race.

Fraley

Five Questions with Bill McCoshen

3 Aug , 2016  

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Bill McCoshen of Capitol Consultants answers five quick questions including one near and dear to me, charcoal or gas? Watch it here.