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Friday, October 24, 2014

 8:37 AM 

Happ talks up women's issues in new TV ad

Dem AG candidate Susan Happ released a new TV ad this morning touting a series of women's issues and promising to "protect our rights."

Ahead of her win in the Dem primary, Happ ran an ad that showed her riding her Harley-Davidson. The new spot opens with her sitting on the motorcycle, helmet on her leg, saying "It's been a wild ride, but we're on the last leg."

She says as DA she's aggressively prosecuted criminals who threaten women's safety and says as AG she'd "crack down on internet predators, strengthen laws to protect women from domestic abusers and sex offenders, and see that women are paid equally for their work." 

"My opponent thinks politicians, not women and their doctors, should make our health care decisions," Happ says. "I'll fight to protect our rights."

The spot closes showing Happ speaking with two law enforcement officers as the narrator says, "Susan Happ, fighting for us."

-- By JR Ross

Thursday, October 23, 2014

 8:05 AM 

Committee for Justice & Fairness knocks Schimel for treatment of child sex offenders

The Committee for Justice & Fairness is out with a new campaign ad that accuses GOP AG candidate Brad Schimel of going light on child sex offenders.

The spot opens with the narrator saying it’s a prosecutor’s job to “put them behind bars” when predators try to harm kids.

“But Brad Schimel has a history of letting child predators go free,” the narrator says. “He repeatedly cut deals in child pornography cases, dismissed charges, let sex offenders avoid prison.”

The narrator then says Schimel cut a deal with no jail time for a man who sexually assaulted a child.

“He failed to protect our kids as a prosecutor. How can we ever trust Schimel as attorney general?” the narrator says to close the spot.

Schimel's campaign sent TV stations a letter yesterday demanding they pull the ad over the allegation he cut a deal in a child sexual assault case that didn't include jail time, saying it was not true.

The group changed the ad. But Lora Haggard, the group’s treasurer, said it was only to fix a citation error and “every word in it is staying the same."

Schimel campaign manager Johnny Koremenos said the spot still included other false or misleading claims and they "are outright lying."

-- By JR Ross

 7:57 AM 

WMC ad praises Schimel for heroin plan

The WMC Issues Mobilization Council has now released an ad it's been running that praises GOP AG candidate Brad Schimel for his plan to combat heroin.

The spot, which began airing last week, features Washington County Sheriff Dale Schmidt, Walworth County Sheriff David Graves and Ozaukee County Sheriff Maury Straub.

Graves says Schimel has a comprehensive plan that trains law enforcement to deal with the drug, while Schmidt says it also partners with parents, teachers and medical professionals.

“To get this deadly drug out of the hands of kids,” Straub says.

“And put the criminals that push it behind bars,” Schmidt adds.

Graves says Schimel has been “praised by sheriffs, troopers and district attorney across Wisconsin.”

“Tell Brad Schimel to keep up the fight against this deadly drug,” Schmidt says to close the spot.

-- By JR Ross

 7:00 AM 

WMC knocks Burke on jobs plan in new TV ad

The WMC Issues Mobilization Council is out with a new TV knock asking, “can we trust Mary Burke when it comes to job creation?”

The spot says a jobs plan is key to Wisconsin’s economy, but Burke “teamed up with Gov. Doyle, who left Wisconsin with 133,000 fewer jobs.” The narrator says Burke supports Obamacare, which is already costing Wisconsin thousands of jobs.

“Now we learn Mary Burke didn’t even write her own jobs plan,” the narrator says to close the spot. “Mary’s Burke’s plan will kill jobs. Tell her she’s wrong on jobs.”

-- By JR Ross

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 9:33 AM 

Environmental group knocks Walker over mining bill

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters today announced a new TV ad criticizing Gov. Scott Walker over iron mining legislation, alleging the governor "risked contaminating our drinking water."

The spot opens with footage of children drinking from a water fountain and hose, with an announcer then asking, "Why would anyone put our water at risk?"

The ad says Walker risked "arsenic and lead" contamination "when he cleared the way for an out-of-state mining company to dig a giant open pit mine -- after the mining company secretly gave $700,000 to a group actively supporting Scott Walker."

"You can’t put a price on clean water, but it looks like Scott Walker just did," the announcer says to end the ad.

-- By Staff

 9:33 AM 

New Burke TV ad features woman saying Walker 'has only made it worse'

Dem Mary Burke released a new TV ad today featuring a woman who says Gov. Scott Walker has only made things worse.

The spot features Tara Pabellon, who is shown driving her kids and then with them at a school.

Pabellon says when she looks back on the last four years, she thinks about her kids and the cuts to schools “and a lot of people are working harder just to get by.”

Pabellon says she worries if there will be good jobs when her kids grow up before adding she’s “sick of all the scandals and division and fighting. You know, my kids behave better than that.

“No one's gonna fix everything, but Scott Walker has only made it worse,” she says to close the spot. “Mary Burke knows what to do. I’m ready for her.”

-- By JR Ross

 7:45 AM 

New Walker TV ad touts progress on economy, appeals for votes Nov. 4

Gov. Scott Walker is out with a new TV ad today touting progress on the economy and making a direct appeal for votes Nov. 4.

The campaign released 30- and 60-second versions of the spot, which features Walker speaking directly into the camera. 

They’re cut differently, but in both Walker says policies his opponent supports cost Wisconsin 133,000 jobs before he took office.

“We set a big goal of creating 250,000 jobs because I know Wisconsin can do great things,” he says in the 60-second version.

Both also feature Walker saying his reforms last month helped create 8,400 jobs and Wisconsin now ranks fourth in the Midwest for private sector job growth.

“Not last, in the top four,” Walker says pointing at the camera.

In both, Walker touts the unemployment rate being the lowest it’s been since 2008, and in the longer version he also says he lowered property and income taxes, froze college tuition, eliminated a $3.6 billion deficit and the next budget “will start with a half billion dollar surplus.”

“Now my opponent can criticize the Wisconsin comeback, but we won’t stop until everyone who wants a job can find a job,” he says to close the longer spot. “That is why I ask for your vote on November 4th.”

-- By JR Ross

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 10:04 AM 

Harris knocks Grothman for past comments in first TV ad of campaign

6th CD Dem candidate Mary Harris is out with his first TV ad of the campaign, taking GOP opponent Glenn Grothman to task for past comments.

The narrator opens the spot by saying “Even Republicans say Glenn Grothman is too bizarre to be our congressman.”

The narrator goes on to say Grothman has claimed preschool causes psychological damage to children, said single parents are committing child abuse and opposed laws requiring equal pay for equal work because “money is more important for men.”

Harris then closes the spot by introducing himself.

“I’ve cut government spending and cut debt,” he says. “I approve this message because that’s what I’ll do in Washington.”

-- By JR Ross

 9:44 AM 

Emily's List goes up with new TV ad targeting Walker on abortion

The state political arm of Emily’s List is out with a new TV ad targeting Gov. Scott Walker on abortion.

The group said the women featured in the spot are from Wisconsin, though they are not identified. One opens the spot by saying she had “no idea what Scott Walker was doing.”

A narrator then says Walker ants to make all abortions illegal, “even for victims of rape and incest.”

Another woman says Walker shouldn’t be “putting himself in between a woman and her doctor” before a third says, “It’s wrong that Scott Walker wants to make abortion illegal.”

The narrator says Walker is “forcing some women to undergo a transvaginal probe to get an abortion” before one of the women says “That is so invasive” and another asks, “Who does Scott Walker think he is?”

The narrator encourages women to go to the Wisconsin Women Vote! website before one of the women closes the spot by saying, “Women really need to know what Scott Walker is doing.”

-- By JR Ross

 9:28 AM 

Burke's latest TV ad says state can't afford four more years of Walker

Mary Burke’s latest TV ad says the state can’t afford another four years of Scott Walker.

The spot opens with a shot of Walker at a crowded news conference as the narrator says “Four years of political fistfights, criminal convictions …”

The ad then cuts to a newscaster saying “the criminal convictions of six Walker aides or supporters” as mugshots are shown. Text in all capital letters appears on the screen, “Prosecutors allege Scott Walker at center of criminal scheme” with a citation to a newspaper story.

The narrator then mentions secret donations, tax cuts for the wealthy “10 times the size of yours” and a job promise broken.

“Where’s all that gotten us?” the narrator asks to close the spot. “A state divided, the worst jobs record in the Midwest and a future that looks more uncertain every day. We can’t afford four more years of Scott Walker, and we don’t have to.”

-- By JR Ross

Monday, October 20, 2014

 1:58 PM 

3rd CD Republican candidate knocks Kind over PAC contributions

Tony Kurtz, the Prairie du Chien Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Ron Kind in western Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District, today announced a TV ad criticizing the La Crosse Dem's PAC contributions.

The 30-second spot shows Kind's face on a video game character, which is then shown "gobbling up millions in campaign cash" on the screen.

"Congressman Ron Kind takes over 70 percent of his campaign money from Washington, D.C., special interest PACs," an announcer says. "After 18 years, he's become Washington's PAC man, and the special interests expect favors for funding Kind's campaign."

-- By Staff

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 8:25 PM 

Ryan says in new TV ad his job to strengthen Medicare, Social Security

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says in his new TV ad his job in Congress is to strengthen and secure Medicare and Social Security.

Ryan, R-Janesville, has been targeted by Dems for his various budget proposals that have suggested changes to government entitlement programs.

In the ad, the third of his campaign, Ryan introduces his mom and Aunt Ellen. He says they both depend on the two programs and "deserve it, because like all retirees they've earned it."
“Sure have,” his mom says.

“Letting Medicare and Social Security go bankrupt is unacceptable," Ryan says. "Their job is to stay healthy. My job in Congress is to strengthen and secure Medicare and Social Security so you have it when you need it."

-- By JR Ross

 12:27 PM 

Latest Marquette poll has Burke, Walker tied at 47

The latest Marquette University Law School Poll has Gov. Scott Walker and Dem rival Mary Burke tied among likely voters.

Forty-seven percent of likely voters backed each candidate two weeks after the poll had Walker up 50-45.

The poll also found a tie in the AG's race, where Dem Susan Happ and Republican Brad Schimel were each backed by 42 percent of likely voters surveyed. Last time, Schimel had a 41-39 edge.

The survey of 1,004 registered voters, including 803 likely voters, was conducted Thursday through Sunday via land lines and cell phones, which accounted for about 40 percent of the sample. The margin of error for registered voters was plus or minus 3.2 percentage points, while it was 3.5 percentage points among likely voters.

-- By JR Ross

 10:40 AM 

New Grothman TV ad promises he'll talk less, cut taxes more

Republican Glenn Grothman’s 6th CD campaign is out with a new TV ad promising he’ll talk less and cut more taxes if elected next month.

The spot opens with the narrator saying politicians in Washington love two things -- “to hear themselves talk and to interfere in our lives.”

“But no matter how badly the Obama administration wants it to, big government will never solve our problems, and that’s why we need more people like Glenn Grothman in Congress,” the narrator says.

She adds Grothman will “talk less, cut more taxes, reform government handouts and make the federal bureaucracy smaller and more accountable” before urging viewers to vote for him Nov. 4.

-- By JR Ross

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

 11:12 AM 

Walker says in new TV ad Burke twisting his comments on jobs

Gov. Scott Walker is out with a new TV ad that accuses Dem rival Mary Burke of "distorting my comments on jobs."

Walker does not specify what Burke is saying. But her campaign has seized upon his comment in Friday's debate that "We don’t have a job problem in this state. We have a work problem."

Walker, wearing a plaid button-down shirt and talking to the camera in what appears to be a factory, says it's no wonder Burke is distorting his comments because "the tax and spend policies she supports drove out good paying manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin. We’re bringing them back."

Walker says there are more than 100,000 new jobs since he took office and Wisconsin ranks fifth in the nation for new manufacturing jobs, which is why his administration invested more than $100 million into worker training to "help people get the jobs available today."

"Mary Burke will take us backwards," Walker says to close the spot. "Instead, let’s keep moving Wisconsin forward."

-- By JR Ross

 8:22 AM 

Ryan vows to 'always step up to the plate' in new TV spot

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan today announced a second TV ad in his 1st CD re-election campaign.

The 30-second spot features the Janesville Republican and his family on a softball diamond.

"Notice how my kids hit?" Ryan asks. "They step right up to the plate. That’s what I’ve tried to do in Congress."

Ryan then touts four balanced budgets that "cut trillions in wasteful spending and pay down our debt to save our children’s future."

"When it comes to protecting taxpayers’ money, I will always step up to the plate because you deserve a government that respects your hard work," Ryan says.

-- By Staff

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