Campaigns and Elections

An Open Letter to Wisconsin’s RNC Convention Delegates

20 Jun , 2016  

Friends,

First, let me congratulate you on becoming delegates to the RNC convention in Cleveland next month. It’s an achievement I never attained. I did attend the 2004 New York convention as a guest so I know how exciting this gathering can be in any year.

However, this is an extraordinary year and as you well know, you have an extraordinary responsibility to do the right thing–not only for our party, but for our nation.

I recognize this advice is not only unsolicited, it may be unwelcome. I’m not figuratively wagging my finger at you or demanding you do anything. Rather, I sincerely ask you to consider the evidence at your disposal and prevent Donald Trump from becoming our party’s nominee.

Having gained the most pledged delegates, Donald Trump wants you to now enter into a political suicide pact with him. Please do not oblige him.

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Campaigns and Elections,Dailytakes On Air

Voter Enthusiasm Among Wisconsin Republicans Plummets

16 Jun , 2016  

Republicans better be bracing for a difficult fall campaign here in Wisconsin.

Rachelle Baillon of Fox 6 Milwaukee gets my take on the data contained in today’s Marquette University Law School Poll.

Watch the full report here.

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Campaigns and Elections

Trump Killing GOP Prospects in Wisconsin

15 Jun , 2016  

Donald Trump’s rise has lead to a dive in GOP voter enthusiasm here, which not only takes Wisconsin off the electoral map for Trump in November, but it jeopardizes the re-election of GOP Senator Ron Johnson and gives Democrats increased hope for gains in the state assembly and state senate.

My analysis:

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Campaigns and Elections,Dailytakes On Air

Will he or won’t he?

25 May , 2016  

Dailytakes Scott Walker

 

I talked with Fox 6 Milwaukee’s Theo Keith about whether I believe Governor Scott Walker will run for another term. More…

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Campaigns and Elections

Ribble’s Exit Generates Scramble in the 8th

31 Jan , 2016  

Congressman Reid Ribble has announced he is not running for reelection, a race that he would have won with ease.

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Campaigns and Elections,Dailytakes On Air,The Chaser

The Chaser: Post GOP Debate Edition

29 Jan , 2016  

What better after a hearty shot of news than a chaser of cool, refreshing analysis?

Welcome to The Chaser. A periodic podcast featuring Nik Nelson of OpenBox Strategies and myself.

This week we tackle the Iowa Republican presidential debate which aired on Fox News.

We play some clips and offer our quick takes. Who won? Who lost? What were the best moments?

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Campaigns and Elections,Public Policy

Sales Tax Holiday = CYA

27 Jan , 2016  

So now Republicans are now proposing a one week sales tax holiday?

What a dumb idea.

A one week sugar high for consumers?

If lawmakers really want to provide consumers relief when buying retail goods in Wisconsin, repeal the damn minimum markup.

Now, there is no one lobbying against the sales tax holiday and a lot of orgs like the price fixing MM, but still.

Minimum markup repeal would bring long-lasting, free market relief that won’t reduce state tax revenues.

This sales tax holiday is dishonest pandering. We should be better than that.

And I believe for many, this proposal is a CYA move over their failure to repeal the dumb minimum markup law.

But I bet this fast-tracked proposal gets a public hearing…

Unlike the Vukmir/Ott Minimum Markup Bills that have languished in committees since October.

This is shameful.

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Campaigns and Elections,Edge Messaging,Fraley

Preview of Tonight’s GOP Debate

16 Sep , 2015  

The Cap Times asked me for my take on tonight’s debate.

“There’s no question that August was a brutal month for the Walker campaign, but while the polling numbers have changed since the last debate, the facts here in Wisconsin have not,” said Brian Fraley, a former Republican operative who now owns the Brookfield consulting firm Edge Messaging. “Gov. Walker’s track record of walking the walk is his greatest asset and something he needs to get back to. But, let’s be clear, this isn’t a debate. It’s an 11-person televised interview, and one that will center on the novelty candidate-turned front runner.”

Their entire story is here.

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Campaigns and Elections,History

Scott Walker, Pundit, Offers His Take on Hillary…in 1999

14 Apr , 2015  

Before he was Governor Walker…

Before he was County Executive Walker…

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Campaigns and Elections,Half Hour Happy Hour

Farrow Not Endorsing in Senate Special Election, Thinks Primary Race ‘would be healthy’

13 Apr , 2015  

This week’s Dailytakes Half Hour Happy Hour newsmaker interview will be with State Senator and Waukesha County Executive-Elect Paul Farrow.

In this preview clip, Farrow announces he will not be making an endorsement in the yet-to-be-called special election in the 33rd Senate District. “I am staying out,” he told me.

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