Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Because the IRS asked

We welcome Matthew Rothschild to discuss the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service alleging that Wisconsin Club for Growth violated its tax-exempt status in John Doe case. Jeff Smith from the Citizen Action Western Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative joins us to talk about a 7,000 cow mega-farm proposed in rural Dunn County. Jorna educates us on the Walker Administration’s plan to make free state ID’s only for voting. Robert updates us on the Outsourced Wisconsin tour that visited Plexus this week and the Wisconsin Attorney General’s move to block pay raise for Wisconsin workers. Jorna also scrutinizes Paul Ryan’s new tax plan.
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Wis. Democracy Campaign Files Complaint with IRS Against Wisconsin for Growth
Under plan, free IDs would be for voting only 
Wisconsin joins 20 states to challenge federal overtime rule
Attorney General Moves to Block Pay Raise for Wisconsin Workers
Latest Marquette University Law School Poll has Clinton leading by 2 points MU Law Poll Results
Dunn County dairy farm expansion opposed at hearing

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A Victory for Women’s Health
We welcome Nicole Safar, from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin to discuss their $1.6 million settlement victory from the state and how the issue of women’s health will impact the 2016 elections. Jorna reveals Paul Ryan is shamelessly holding Zika virus funding hostage by tying it to cutting funding for Planned Parenthood. We review new job creation numbers ranking Wisconsin 33rd. Wisconsin continues to trail the national rate of job creation, as it has since July 2011. Irish-based Johnson Controls International celebrated its $150 tax avoidance merger completion this week that will make company Chairman, Alex Molinaroli eligible for $74 million in “golden parachute” payments and a $20 million retention bonus. We conclude talking about our “Outsourced Wisconsin” tour launch at Rexnord Thursday and the Assembly Republicans release their 2017 agenda. 
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State agrees to pay Planned Parenthood lawyers $1.6 million for fees, other costs
Paul Ryan's Zika Antics Prove He Deserves Trump.
Wisconsin ranks 33rd in job creation
U.S. lags other countries in wage growth.
Johnson Controls International debuts and celebrates its Irish heritage
Feingold begins jobs and wages tour.
Feingold: Johnson 'insensitive' to middle class needs
Outsourced Wisconsin Tour Launched.
Disappointing Tax Collections Could Cut into the State’s Small Reserves.
Wisconsin Assembly Republicans unveil legislative agenda addressing transportation, education.


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Can’t Outsource Labor Day Weekend

Listen to win (2) tickets to Trevor Noah performance at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee.

We welcome Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Organizing Director, Kevin Kane to discuss the role of the Wisconsin Legislature in helping drug corporation, Mylan, price gouge for EpiPen. Mylan spent thousands on political contributions and tens of thousands on lobbying to use Wisconsin school and recreation programs to expand market for EpiPens. As we head into Labor Day weekend, we also discuss Kevin Kane’s new research showing a significant decrease in manufacturing wages in Wisconsin between 2010 and 2015 and the role of rigged trade deals and outsourcing in the wage decline. We look at the latest Wisconsin election polling and discuss Trump’s immigration speech Wednesday. Robert reviews a new op/ed from Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson on poverty and Anita Johnson joins us to discuss how you can enter our contest to win (2) tickets to the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah performance in Milwaukee, Friday, September 9th.
CLICK TO LISTEN - Episode #258
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EpiPen maker gave CEO more than $5 million to cover personal U.S. tax bill
Citizen Action Wisconsin, and other groups, calling out lawmakers
Wisconsin State Legislature Part of Scheme to Help Drug Corporation Price Gouge for EpiPen
At Least 11,331 Wisconsin Jobs Outsourced Overseas Over the Last Five Years
Wisconsin Manufacturing Wages Declining.
Harley-Davidson to lay off 39 workers in Tomahawk; announcement 'devastating' for city.
Feingold tells unions he will oppose 'unfair labor deals'
WEDC Sherman Park Fiasco Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg of Wisconsin’s Bankrupt Economic Strategy
MU poll shows Clinton's lead narrows on Trump.
Statewide polls differ on size of leads for Clinton, Feingold in Wisconsin.
Poll suggests Wisconsin voters don't know Senate candidates.
Trump rejects moderation, goes hard-line on immigration.
Paul Ryan & Ron Johnson: The feds are losing the war on poverty.


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“Early Voting Victory” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast  
Our panel looks at a federal Appeals Court decision preserving a judge’s ruling allowing municipalities to expand early voting dates and locations in Wisconsin. Robert tells us more about a Citizen Action media event focusing on WEDC’s fraudulent job creation numbers for Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood and how WEDC’s failed strategy is not up to the scale of the problem. Jorna discusses dropping ACT scores for Wisconsin students and makes the obvious connection to cuts in school funding and attacks on teachers which has resulted in a growing teacher shortage throughout the state. The Trump campaign hires Stephen K. Bannon, chairman of the Breitbart News website and launches Wisconsin Women for Trump which includes Darlene Wink who was convicted of doing Scott Walker campaign work while in the county executive's office and a GOP operative granted immunity to testify in the probe, which led the convictions of six individuals.
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Appeals court allows early voting.
Schimel drops early voting fight.
WEDC Claims it Created Jobs in Sherman Park, But Did It?
Citizen Action Of Wisconsin Claims WEDC Misrepresented Jobs Created In Sherman Park.
“Deception & lies:” WEDC website shows jobs brought to Sherman Park, but companies not located there
Wisconsin superintendent says ACT scores starting point.
UPDATED: 2016 Wisconsin ACT Scores Drop Dramatically
Public School Leader Says He Worries About Teacher Shortages And 'Have Not' Districts
Local schools face teacher shortages.
Wisconsin Women for Trump group announced.
Donald Trump Appoints Media Firebrand to Run Campaign.


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Sherman Park, Wisconsin

We reflect on Milwaukee Sherman Park unrest and its implications, including the right-wing effort to exploit the situation and the desperate need to get serious about expanding economic opportunity in Milwaukee’s African-American community. We also discuss a Citizen Action revelation that Governor Walker's jobs agency misrepresented job creation in Sherman Park. The panel bats around news that Johnson Controls shareholders approved the company's merger with Tyco International enabling them to dodge $150 million in U.S. taxes and dole out lavish gold parachutes to top executives on our dime. Finally, we dig into the shocking news that one of the nation's largest health insurance corporations is pulling out of ObamaCare in retaliation for the Obama Administration's move to block a proposed mega merger.
LISTEN NOW - Episode 256
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage of Sherman Park unrest.
In Aftermath of Milwaukee’s Civil Unrest We Need to Get Serious About Equal Economic Opportunity.
Donald Trump seeks black support, says 'war on our police must end' at suburban Milwaukee rally.
WEDC Claims it Created Jobs in Sherman Park, But Did It.
Trump campaign shakes up leadership in latest sign of tumult
CNN video of Trump Spokesperson denying losing to Clinton.
Shareholders approve Johnson Controls-Tyco merger.
Shareholders oppose Johnson Controls’ golden parachutes.
Aetna warned it would pull out of ObamaCare if Merger Was Blocked


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Visions of November

We look back at this week’s primary election and peer forward towards the November general election. A new MU Law Poll shows Clinton and Feingold with substantial leads, Trump stunningly unpopular and Johnson both unpopular and little known. We discuss a Federal Appellate Court decision blocking a workaround for Photo ID. We encourage listeners to become poll workers and review Donald Trump’s latest proto-fascist ravings, including his unveiled threat to Hillary Clinton and his pronouncement that President Obama is the 'the founder of ISIS'.  

LISTEN NOW - Episode #255
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Become a poll worker in the November election. Contact: luz.sosa@citizenactionwi.oeg
Election Roundup: Primary election results from around Wisconsin.
Wisconsin state, federal primary results.
Local 139 head defends ad run against wheelchair-bound candidate
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Clinton widening lead over Trump in Wisconsin
Appeals court blocks voter ID changes.
Secret Service spoke to Trump campaign about 2nd Amendment comment.
Trump just confirmed every Republican's worst fear.
In Wisconsin, a controversial voter-ID law could help choose the president.


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Intentional Racial Discrimination
We welcome Citizen Action of Wisconsin organizer, Anita Johnson, to review a federal judge’s ruling that major parts of the voting restrictions laws passed by the conservative legislature and signed by Governor Walker between 2011 and 2014 are unconstitutional and that several constitute intentional racial discrimination against African American and Latino voters in Milwaukee. We talk about news that Affordable Care Act insurance rates in Wisconsin could increase anywhere from 5% to 36% in 2017 and how these costs are being driven by prescription drugs and other underlying medical costs. We discuss Trump’s surreal week, a national push back against payday lenders and next Tuesday’s primary election.

LISTEN NOW - Episode #254

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Federal Judge Finds Conservatives Voting Restrictions Motivated by Intentional Racial Discrimination
State seeks emergency stay in Wisconsin voting laws case
Affordable Care Act Rates In Wisconsin Could Increase By Double Digits
Affordable Care Act insurance rates to go up in area Affordable Care Act insurance rates to go up in area
The GOP's Donald Trump freak-out.
Walker, Johnson, Ryan skipping Trump event.
Mike Pence Splits With Donald Trump on Paul Ryan Endorsement
Scott Walker latest high-profile state Republican to skip Donald Trump rally
Ryan, McCain allies rise to their defense against Trump
100 Activists from across the county rally at payday loan storefront calling for strong federal rules.
People’s Action Institute is encouraging the public to make a comment by the October 7 deadline
Affordable Care Act Rates in Wisconsin Could Increase by Double Digits
Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig Discusses Payday Lending on Mitch Henck Show

 
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Cruz strikes back!

Our full panel discusses the news that an affidavit option must be in place for voters without photo ID’s by the November election and the Eau Claire County Board passes a living wage ordinance. We also review the Cruz missile that exploded at the GOP convention this week. Tommy takes a shot at Scott Walker in Cleveland and Ron Johnson losses $2.2 million of Koch Brothers ads.
LISTEN NOW - Episode #252
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Ted Cruz’s GOP Convention speech.
Defiant Ted Cruz stands by refusal to endorse Trump after being booed during convention speech
Ted Cruz Addresses Texas Delegation Breakfast
Elections Commission Navigates New Voter ID Requirements
Eau Claire County Passes Living Wage Ordinance
Eau Claire County OKs Living Wage Law
Koch-backed group cancels $2.2 million in ads for Wisconsin Senate race
In Cleveland, Tommy Thompson questions Scott Walker's re-election prospects
Sensenbrenner: Wisconsin GOP Has A Voter Turnout Problem
For future GOP president, Tommy Thompson picks Paul Ryan over Scott Walker


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Making Ethics Great Again?

On this episode Jorna and Robert predict the Trump VP pick (that happens Friday) and discuss the speakers for the upcoming RNC convention. Later in the show Matt Rothschild, Executive Director of WI Democracy Campaign, joins the team to talk about the not so amazing transition from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to the Elections and Ethics Commission. Our favorite failed Walker agency, WEDC, is back once again in the news. This time they want to place a gag order on their Board members. Really, you can't make this stuff up!
LISTEN NOW - Episode #251
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GOP Platform: An Outsourcing of Freedom

Jorna continues her magic hosting ways while Matt wonders out yonder. Speaking of out yonder...WEDC finally gives up the goods per the Citizen Action Open Records request and what did we get? Zilch cakes! Robert explains how WEDC can't find any awarded companies downsizing or laying off workers in Wisconsin, #strange. We then chat about Mr. Christie, Mr. Walker, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Ryan, and how they all love Mr. Trump so much that they may or may not show up for the Republican National Convention. As Robert jumps on a plane to Orlando for the 2016 Democratic Platform meeting, he gives us all the juicy details on the almost progressive platform. Who said TPP? Robert also challenges Right-Wing radio chat-o-matic Vicki McKenna to a debate on Free Speech, or to an arm wrestling contest. What's going on? Listen and find out!
LISTEN NOW - Episode #250
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“Shark Week!” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

With special guest political consultant Jason Rae we discuss Do-Nothing Sen. Ron Johnson's stance on Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland. We also talk about the Supreme Court's dramatic ruling on Monday to throw out a Texas anti-abortion law, and it's impact on Wisconsin. Speaking of Mr. Do-Nothing, the panel reacts to Gov. Walker's latest jibe at teachers. We also discuss how Trump compares trade deals to rape...yes he did! And finally Sh..Sh..Sh...SHARKS! (Or by another name, Payday lenders!) These meat eaters purposefully ensnare hard pressed working people into debt they can't escape. Citizen Action is rolling out a new program against these legalized loan sharks!
LISTEN NOW - Episode #249
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Waukesha’s new toilet

We are joined by state representative Cory Mason to discuss the decision to allow Waukesha access to Lake Michigan water and to flush their treated sewage into Racine’s Root River. We also talk about the congressional sit-in supporting expanding background checks in response to the Orlando mass shooting. The panel also reviews Paul Ryan’s new healthcare “plan”, Walker’s invite-only closed door “listening session”, "loose cannon" Bob Gannon spouts off again, and a new report on Act 10’s impact.

LISTEN NOW - Episode 248
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The House Democrats' Sit-In Comes to an End,
Democrats end House sit-in protest over gun control
Ron Pollack: Speaker Ryan’s Expected Health Care Plan Cuts Coverage for Millions, Ends Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions
Democrat questions access to Walker listening sessions
Conservative study: Teachers make $2k less in base pay than before Act 10
Wisconsin legislator seeks triple damages at businesses that ban guns
Waukesha water diversion approved


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Orlando and Wisconsin

Our panel reflects on the hate crime killing targeting the LGBT community in Orlando last week and discuss how national and Wisconsin political leaders are responding to the tragedy. We look at the latest Wisconsin and national polling in important 2016 elections. The new MU Law poll confirms Gov. Walker is still very unpopular, even as his invite-only "listening sessions" convince him otherwise. We also discuss the release of the 2015-2016 legislative scorecard by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters ranking all state legislators on important conservation votes.  

LISTEN NOW - Episode #247
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Thanks to Trumpcast for Donald Trump's Orlando tweet.
In light of Orlando shooting, Scott Walker puts focus on 'if you see something, say something' program
Walker Calls For Increased Public Vigilance In Wake Of Orlando Shooting
GOP Rep. calls President Obama racist and lectures black legislator on black existence in Milwaukee
Battle erupts between Wisconsin Reps. Jesse Kremer, Mandela Barnes in wake of Orlando shooting
American Medical Association Votes to Lobby Congress Over Gun Research
Wisconsin GOP Legislative Leaders Mum On Need For Gun Law Changes
New Marquette poll: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump as Republican voter enthusiasm dampens
Walker approval rating drops in latest poll
WLCV Conservation Scorecard 2015-2016 Released. Conservation Scorecard Shows Record Attacks on Water, Air, and Land: Engaged Citizens Fend Off Worst Legislation
Conservation Group: Last Legislative Session Saw Worst Attacks On Environment On Record


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Historic Election Ahead

We open by reviewing Hillary Clinton’s historic week as she won 4 of 6 primaries and essentially wrapped up the Democratic nomination of president. The news for Wisconsin’s economy was not as good. We talk about new federal data ranking the state 36th in job creation in 2015. The panel reviews a bad week for Paul #I’mwithRacist” Ryan that included his introduction of a new poverty plan. We wrap up with a discussion about the three elected race-baiting, conservative clowns in Wisconsin who think it’s a great idea to cut state funding for Milwaukee because of crime. Jorna also tells us about this weekend’s Pride Fest in Milwaukee.
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Hillary Clinton Set for Democratic Nomination After Primary Wins
Of course Hillary Clinton won
State continues to lag behind nation in job creation
Wisconsin ranked 36th in job creation in 2015
Elizabeth Warren Rips Into Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan
Speaker Ryan’s Poverty Plan Vastly Weakens Nation’s Nutrition Safety Net
The Ryan Plan: Exacerbating Poverty and Inequality in the U.S.
Why I Can’t Stop Laughing at Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan
Ryan: Trump's comments about judge are 'textbook' racism
New York Daily News planned front page had Paul Ryan saying 'I'm with racist'
Kirk: 'I cannot and will not support my party's nominee'
Local judges Gonzalez, Horne rip Trump comments as 'idiotic,' 'dangerous'
Sheriff Clarke praises lawmaker, criticizes Journal Sentinel after call to cut city's funding
“Loose Cannon” Rep. Bob Gannon Release
Walker Brushes Off Brandtjen's Threat To Cut Milwaukee State Funding


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