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

25 Oct , 2016  

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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.

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“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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There Will Be Long Term Shake Out No Matter Who Wins

17 Oct , 2016  

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Veteran journalist Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called me last week for my take on what Trump has done to the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

Its leading Republicans are in limbo, rendered mostly mute about Trump amid mounting allegations over his treatment of women. They aren’t recanting their support for their nominee. But they aren’t defending him or campaigning with him, either.  The state’s top GOP officials will be absent when Trump holds a rally in Green Bay Monday.

….But while Ryan has angered hard-core Trump backers, “a lot of Trump’s most ardent supporters in Wisconsin never were (staunch) Republicans,” said Brian Fraley, a Trump critic who once served as the state GOP’s political director.

“There is going to be a lot of long-term shakeout with this no matter who wins, and no matter how large the defeat is,” said Fraley, who said he hasn’t given money to the party because he doesn’t want any of it to help elect Trump.

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I am voting for Evan McMullin

11 Oct , 2016  

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Well, it’s a time for choosing.

When I cast my vote for President, I will be voting for a conservative Republican whose agenda I believe in, whose commitment to liberty is beyond doubt and whose grasp of the issues and ability to work with GOP House and Senate members would serve the party and more importantly America, well.

mcmlogoI am going to vote for Evan McMullin.

I am not ‘done’ with the Republican Party. Rather, I remain committed to the Party of Lincoln. And Reagan. And Thompson. And Walker. And Schimel. And Vukmir. And Kooyenga. And Hutton. And, me.

The most important race for Wisconsin conservatives and moderates this fall is the re-election of GOP United States Senator Ron Johnson. But when it comes to the Presidency, the GOP’s official nominee is so woefully deficient, I’ve looked elsewhere.

And I was #NeverHillary decades before I was #NeverTrump.

Fortunately, I do not have to settle for the lesser of two evils. More…

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My Thoughts on Charlie Sykes’ Semi-Retirement

4 Oct , 2016  

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I first met Charlie Sykes more than 25 years ago when I was a Senior at the UW. He was speaking at a conference of collegiate journalists in Evanston, Illinois and as the author of ProfScam was emerging as one of the most insightful critics of higher education at the time. He was so entertaining that when I found myself organizing the next year’s conference I had to lock him in on the panel. That’s right, I put Charlie I my panel long before he put me on his!

On Tuesday, my friend Charlie announced his retirement from his weekday radio show and weekly television program. After 25 years in local broadcasting, 23 with WTMJ, he’s heading into semi-retirement. He’ll continue to write and contribute to the conservative movement, but he’ll no longer have to drag himself out of bed at 4:30 every morning.

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-02-29-pmI’ve had the honor and good fortune of working for him and even guest hosting his show on occasion over the years. I can assure you he’s not going to disappear, as much as his many critics may hope he will. At 62, he’s just taking greater control over his schedule. Kudos to him.

A full analysis of his impact on local, state and national politics is intertwined with a look at the power of the medium of talk radio in general. Along with his colleague Jeff Wagner, and local talkers Mark Belling, Jay Weber, Vicki McKenna and Dan O’Donnell down the dial at WISN, Sykes has helped create and maintain an important crucible for conservative thought and news analysis in Southeast Wisconsin.

Rather than examine the medium itself, however, Sykes’ announcement affords me an opportunity to examine his unique impact on the community and causes I care deeply about. More…

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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.

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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.

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Our Fight Against the John Doe Ringleaders Continues

2 Aug , 2016  

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If you thought conservatives’ counter assault against the partisan witch hunters who tried to silence us was over, think again.

On Monday, the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy filed a class action in Federal Court.

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A Tale of Two Politicians in Cleveland

22 Jul , 2016  

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Governor Scott Walker and Senator Ted Cruz took vastly different approaches in their speeches at the Republican National Convention last week. The Capital Times asked me for my take.

“However, it does sadden me to see Walker, a principled leader I respect and support, diminish himself by so wholeheartedly supporting and cheerleading for Trump. I wish he had left the pompons at home and taken the straightforward and understated Rubio approach instead,” Fraley said.

You can read the full piece here.

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“One of the Fiercest Trump Critics in the State?” I’ll take it.

18 Jul , 2016  

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This whole notion that somehow #NeverTrump dies if it doesn’t result in a different candidate at the convention is ridiculous. Several media outlets have approached me over the last couple weeks to talk about this, one even calling me one of the “fiercest Trump critics in the state.” (I’ll take that as a compliment.) More…