Lowering the drinking age to 19, special DNR licenses for militrary veterans and more is on tap in this week’s episode of The Wheelercast. Plus, Gwyn launches her series on Women in the Capitol with an interview with State Senator Alberta Darling.
The Wisconsin State Journal’s Mark Sommerhauser interviewed me over the weekend about whether we are going to see a dem wave in 2018 because of recent democrat wins…
Fraley, a prominent Trump critic within the Wisconsin GOP, said Republicans “don’t need to embrace” Trump but need not “take potshots” at him either. Fraley added that Republicans in Wisconsin are positioned better than their counterparts in other states due to their vaunted turnout operation.
Wisconsin “Democrats have opportunity in 2018, but I am skeptical they have the ability to seize that,” Fraley said.
You can read the whole article here.
On this episode of Outside the Bubble, Dale Kooyenga gives me his analysis of the recently-passed state budget and previews the next legislative session. The state representative also spends a lot of the show talking about his 13 year military career, including his overseas deployments.
Check out the episode here.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker formally announced his re-election campaign on Sunday. What are his prospects for victory? What are his strengths and vulnerabilities and who is his likely opponent? We chat about it over a pot of coffee and a couple of barking dogs in a weekend Edge Messaging chat.
Interesting article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this morning accompanied by a tape recording of Republican US Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson seemingly agreeing with two unidentified men at a campaign event that Paul Ryan has a “light footprint in the state” and that Ryan’s lukewarm endorsement of President Trump “is a problem.” I can’t help but wonder if this is the influence of Steve Bannon in Nicholson’s campaign or just Nicholson’s inability to disagree with someone he wants to vote for him.
Lisa Manna and I talk about it in this short podcast.
You may have heard 620 WTMJ in Milwaukee recently did some shuffling of its line up, moving Steve Scaffidi to late mornings, a time period Jeff Wagner took over after the departure of Charlie Sykes. Wagner is now back in his old early afternoon slot. Scaffidi invited me on this morning to go through a rundown of all things politics, both state and national. You can hear the whole segment here.
You can read more about the line up changes at 620 here.
Gwyn is in Iowa, and no, she is not being held by terrorists. However, in this week’s episode we do discuss the state of legislative relations, as well as a new Catfishing bill. We also look at the productivity stats for this legislative session so far.
Ousted White House Strategist Steve Bannon’s super PAC announced it’s supporting Kevin Nicholson, a Delafield businessman and former Democrat over Republican State Senator Leah Vukmir. The Wisconsin State Journal called me looking for analysis of what this means to the US Senate race in Wisconsin.
Fraley, who has opposed Trump, said he’s skeptical Bannon and his allies will have much sway in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race. Attacks like those published by Breitbart “are more about raising money from national donors than about impacting what happens on the ground in Wisconsin,” Fraley said.
“These nationally driven narratives just don’t play at the grassroots level,” Fraley said.
Read the rest of the article on The Wisconsin State Journal website here.