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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Dan Bice: Uncut

4 Sep , 2015  

In his most extensive on-camera interview ever, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice does not hold back. For example, he reveals that his editors squashed a story regarding improper and illegal activity by a prominent Democratic lobbyist. He praises the work of Media Trackers and Wisconsin Watchdog and admits “It’s good for me when Scott Walker wins.” Seriously. The Dailytakes show starts off with this must-watch interview. Worth every second of your time.

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Missing the point, again.

26 Aug , 2015  

Stories like this bug me to no end.

Over a five-year period that included the near-elimination of collective bargaining in Wisconsin’s public schools, the teacher workforce in metro Milwaukee is smaller, less experienced and still largely white, according to a new report.

The metro region also lost 700 teachers during that time, but that trend was most pronounced in Milwaukee Public Schools, which lost a total of 730, the report said.

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Half Hour Happy Hour,Public Policy

Brett Healy in the hot seat and Collin Roth on the Panel

22 Aug , 2015  

Brett Healy talks all thing MacIver Institute, Minimum Wage, European Soccer, INXS and Taylor Swift. More…

Edge Messaging

Defending Free Market Capitalism

22 Aug , 2015  

Owning and operating a small business means you’re often the first one in and/or the last one out of your office building.

It also means large chunks of your weekends are spent in that same office, working for clients. Here’s a little secret: I love it. My family comes first, but that is why I do what I do. My awesome wife  works much harder juggling her job and her oversized role of raising the kids and keeping the home ship afloat. More…

Half Hour Happy Hour

Kurt Bauer Interview

14 Aug , 2015  

The President and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Kurt Bauer, sits down with me for an in-depth interview this week. What policy initiatives are important to Wisconsin employers, and why does WMC put such a premium on the Freedom of Speech? More…

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Pop Culture

Profane Marketing

11 Aug , 2015  

Is it a sign of my age that I was surprised to see Burger King market their new product this way?

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So much for the subtle art of persuasion…

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Half Hour Happy Hour

Vukmir on session, ALEC and Walker for Prez

7 Aug , 2015  

I sat down with Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) to discuss legislative developments, her role at ALEC and Governor Scott Walker’s presidential campaign. Later, I am joined by RightWisconsin’s Collin Roth for the weekly Rundown and I share my parting thought on an important reform the legislature ought to pass.

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Edge Messaging,Fraley,Public Policy

Previewing tonight’s debate…

6 Aug , 2015  

Earlier in the week a reporter asked me a series of questions about tonight’s GOP Debate. Here is what I sent her in response…

 

Trump will consume all of the oxygen in the room, and will be rewarded with a majority of the post-debate press coverage no matter what actually happens Thursday.  With Trump in the debate, the regular expectations of debate decorum are out the window. That’s in part why the media loves Trump and gives him so much coverage. It will be interesting to see if any of the competitors try to mix it up with Walker, or if they ignore him. Trump has tried to say that Wisconsin is a mess, but his reliance on failed, generalized lefty talking points hasn’t hurt Walker. Perhaps Trump or others seize on specifics to which Walker would feel compelled to react. How he responds is important.

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