Fraley

My Thoughts on Charlie Sykes’ Semi-Retirement

4 Oct , 2016  

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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Fraley

You Can’t Put the Toothpaste Back in the Tube

20 Aug , 2016  

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

Fraley

Five Questions with Bill McCoshen

3 Aug , 2016  

Bill McCoshen

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

Fraley,History,Public Policy

Our Fight Against the John Doe Ringleaders Continues

2 Aug , 2016  

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.

From the official press release: More…

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Fraley

A Tale of Two Politicians in Cleveland

22 Jul , 2016  

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.

Fraley

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

18 Jul , 2016  

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…

Fraley

So Trump Picked Pence, What Does That Mean?

15 Jul , 2016  

Does Pence make Trump more rational, less vulgar, more consistent, less authoritarian, smarter, more conservative, moral, or prepared? Nope.

 

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Speaker Ryan’s Agenda is Trumped

7 Jun , 2016  

 

Today in Washington, Speaker Paul Ryan and fellow house Republicans unveiled a plan to attack poverty “at its roots.” Ryan was ready to talk about the House GOP agenda. Instead, he had to talk about….

Fraley,Public Policy,Social Media Medley

NRA Misfires with Their Unrelenting Trump Love

24 May , 2016  

NRA Letter

The NRA misfires with their unrelenting Trump Love, as they turn a blind eye to his past, and current, positions on the right to bear arms and the rights of individuals and organizations to speak out against their government..

Bad timing, National Rifle Association. I received this urgent fundraising appeal just days after you gave Donald Trump a tongue bath at the national convention in Louisville.

I understand that the NRA, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, views Hillary Clinton as an existential threat to American’s 2nd Amendment rights. I’m not shocked that they would endorse her opponent, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

For the sake of their own reputation, I would rather have held them hold his hand instead of engaging in a public display of affection that would make the most hormonal teenager go, ‘Ewww.’

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Fraley,Public Policy

How much did Wisconsin taxpayers pay to spy on (and track the movements of) citizens who didn’t break the law?

7 Jan , 2016  

The GAB / John Doe Witch Hunt was worse than you think.

The level of domestic spying done by disgraced former special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, Milwaukee Co. DA John Chisholm, the soon-to-be-disbanded Government Accountability Board and their staffs is far more broad than previously reported.

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