Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“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.
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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'.  

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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.

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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.
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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.

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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.  

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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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Candidate Filing Deadline
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With the passing of the candidate filing deadline, we discuss some of the big 2016 election match ups shaping up across Wisconsin.  Then the panel discusses the embarrassing open records revelations this week about Scott Walker's ill-fated effort to repeal the Wisconsin Idea, Robert talks about a new federal effort to reign in Wall Street’s corrupt payday lending schemes and new research showing the Affordable Care Act is extremely popular with those covered by the law. Jorna closes the show with a discussion of why one of Donald Trump's top supporters called Speaker Paul Ryan a “yellow bellied coward.”

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Candidates file for Congress, state Legislature
Hundreds file for state and federal races
Records: Scott Walker wanted Wisconsin Idea changes
Cap Times Editorial: Scott Walker got caught attacking the Wisconsin Idea, lied about it and then got caught lying
Consumer agency unveils payday loan rules
Survey: Most ACA Marketplace Users Satisfied With Health Plans
Plain Talk: GOP on Obamacare: 'Don't confuse us with the facts'
Donald Trump's NY co-chair calls Paul Ryan a 'yellow-bellied coward'
“Man-to-man”: Paul Ryan faces challenge from the right.
Walker Drops Hint About 'Extra Support' To UW System: Governor Short On Details, Says Announcement Could Come Before Budget Process Begins.



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Prescription for the Courts

We begin with important new legislation to hold prescription drug corporations accountable for skyrocketing prices. Then we turn to a huge week in the courts, where the voting rights trial concludes its second week and a trial began on a crucial challenge to Wisconsin's gerrymandered legislative districts. We also talk about a State Appeals Court stay in Wisconsin's right-to-work lawsuit and GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel’s lawsuit against the Obama administration’s protection for the rights of transgender kids. Paul Ryan Watch finds Donald Trump trying to get Speaker Ryan doing the splits with one foot on the Trump Train.
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Legislators Announce Accountability Plan for Excessive Prescription Drug Costs
Plans to Introduce State Bill to Challenge Prescription Drug Prices
Proposed Bill Targets Wisconsin Drug Costs
Healthcare And Pharma CEOs Paid More Than Top Execs In Any Other Industry, Analysis Finds
Legislative District Trial Opens With Charges Of 'Extreme' Gerrymandering
Wisconsin redistricting trial could produce historic legal precedent
GOP Staffers Deny Partisan Motives In Drawing Legislative Districts
City clerk: Voters 'glad or relieved' to show photo ID to vote
Political historian: Wisconsin voting laws 'disparately burden' non-white voters
Appeals Court Reinstates Wisconsin's Right-To-Work Law, For Now
Local LGBT leaders react to state's suit over transgender guidelines
Donald Trump is trying to force Paul Ryan’s hand.
All Paul Ryan has left is his dignity, and he must not let Donald Trump steal it

 

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Supporting & Endorsing Overtime Pay

We discuss President Obama’s new rule expanding overtime to 4.2 million more full-time salaried workers, including 198,000 in Wisconsin, a change that will be an economic boon to Wisconsin communities. We look at the horribly slanted coverage of the new overtime rule from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and much of the mainstream media. We review Ron Johnson's embarrassing week where he said his support for Donald Trump does not mean he is endorsing him and he compared the 2016 elections with United Flight 93 on 9/11.The panel also talks about the surprising state supreme court vote against Gov. Walker’s education plan and conservatives in the state senate may reject the new election commission head who was unanimously nominated by bi-partisan commission. Finally, we are joined by Citizen Action organizer Anita Johnson who testified in trial this week for our lawsuit which challenges voter ID and other recent changes to Wisconsin election law.
Episode #243
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Business groups, municipalities raise concerns over new federal overtime rules
New Federal Overtime Rule a Boon to Wisconsin Local Economies.
Johnson, Feingold Butt Heads On New Overtime Rule.
Advocates say new overtime rule, business audits good for workers.
Johnson says supporting Trump different from endorsing him.
Sen. Ron Johnson compares 2016 elections with United Flight 93 on 9/11
Supreme Court rules against Scott Walker, preserves state superintendent's authority.
Explaining the Wisconsin Supreme Court's rejection of Scott Walker's plan for education department.
Majority leader: Senate may reject pick of new election chief.
Former aide: GOP lawmakers privately touted voter ID as helping them win elections.
Witnesses detail difficulties obtaining IDs in Wisconsin voter ID case.
Secret meetings strike again at the state Capitol.

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Re-Rigging the Economy for Workers - Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

After brief update on photo ID law, we discuss the critical role trade and outsourcing is going to play in the 2016 election. We review Citizen Action's tour with Russ Feingold in Green Bay and Milwaukee which featured conversations with workers who have been impacted by outsourcing. Robert tells us about a new report that finds Wisconsin has the 2nd highest medical costs in the nation. Jorna discusses an important CapTimes article on how women in politics have to deal with sexist garbage. This week's Paul Ryan Watch feature finds our fair haired boy preparing to jump on the Trump train while his Tea Party opponent goes on the attack from a motorcycle.
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Rule change would allow voters waiting for IDs to vote with temporary receipt
GAB requests funding for voter ID education effort
Russ Feingold Blasts Outsourcing-Friendly Trade Agreements
Behind-the-scenes battle over WEDC records spills into public view
Wisconsin has the nation's three most middle-class metro areas
Latest Revelations on Wisconsin Health Care Costs Expose Do Nothing Leadership in Madison
Sen. Jon Erpenbach: Bill gives Wisconsin another chance at health care funds
Handling hate: Women in politics face a remarkable amount of sexist vitriol
Trump says he would like Speaker Ryan to Chair Republican convention
Poll: Nearly half of GOP voters disapprove of Ryan Video from Paul Ryan's GOP opponent Paul Nehlen ADD YOUR NAME to petition telling politicians to end outsourcing good job

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GOP is on the Trump Train

We discuss the inevitable GOP presidential nomination of Donald Trump and whether Republicans from the #NeverTrump camp will publicly oppose him or get on the Trump train with Christie, Gingrich, Walker, Fitzgerald and Ron Johnson. We review another bad week at WEDC that included revelations a new WEDC board member also sits on the board of company that got WEDC dollars after outsourcing Wisconsin jobs. Gov. Walker also struggles to explain why WEDC hasn't clawed back money from companies that outsourced jobs. Badger Meter is exploring a sale and Jorna has our Paul Ryan watch update.
Episode #241
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The uphill climb that Donald Trump faces in Wisconsin.
Just How Ugly Will The General Election Be? Here's A Preview.
UPDATE: Gov. Walker will support Trump as GOP nominee"
Wisconsin GOP leader Fitzgerald: 'We're on the Trump train now'
Vulnerable GOP senators duck and cover from Trump.
Gov. Walker struggles to explain why WEDC hasn't clawed back money from companies that outsourced
New WEDC board member also sits on board of company that got WEDC dollars after outsourcing WI jobs
Badger Meter Explores a Sale, With Auction Process in Early Stages.
Johnson Campaign Tour a Map of Outsourced Wisconsin.
Paul Ryan is about to spend all his political power...to get ousted.

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Supreme Protection

We discuss the retirement of David Prosser from the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Scott Walker’s ability to appoint a successor who will not face election until 2020. We also talk about Walker blaming the photo ID lawsuit for a lack of state funding for a public education campaign; Rep. Jesse Kremer says gender restrictions on school bathrooms are to protect women and "progressive activists have finally blatantly, and unintentionally, unveiled their real war on women;" Labor scores victories on “Right to Work” and Menards; New study shows teacher shortage; and Paul Ryan asks millennials to give “The Party of Trump” a chance.

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State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser to retire
Wisconsin budget committee co-chair will 'seriously' consider funding voter ID education
Governor blames Voter ID opponents for lack of voter education funds
GAB Director Calls Walker's Comments On Voter ID Law 'Disingenuous'
Special deputies can keep registering voters through the fall election
Jesse Kremer: Gender restrictions on school bathrooms protect women
Dane County judge denies stay, Wisconsin right-to-work law remains blocked
Menard’s Settles OPEIU Labor Law Violations Case With NLRB - 45,000 Workers Win Class Action Rights
New Study Shows Teacher Shortage



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 Walker’s failing low wage economy

We discuss Scott Walker’s decision to support Donald Trump if he is the GOP nominee and his effort to shamelessly touts kicking 41,149 people off foodshare as a jobs program. Walker called it an opportunity for those kicked off "to live their piece of the American dream." Fortunately, most workers aren’t buying Walker’s snake oil, as 64% in a new poll said the state Wisconsin's economy was either "poor" or "not so good." We profile a new living wage ordinance in Eau Claire County and Robert updates us on the Humana/Aetna merger that Gov. Walker rubber stamped. Jorna has the weekly installment of Paul Ryan Watch.
Episode #239
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Scott Walker says he’ll support Trump.
Scott Walker touts jobs program in Green Bay
41K lost food stamps, 12K found jobs under new work requirement
Survey: Wisconsinites Have Gloomy Perceptions Of The Economy
Rep. Kremer blames Wisconsin workers for Scott Walker and the GOP's failed economy. Kremer also derides recent Wisconsin college graduates as "entitled."
Living wage ordinance introduced in Eau Claire County
Walker Administration Sides with Big Health Insurance, Rubber Stamps Merger
Stephen Colbert badgers Paul Ryan on 'no' to GOP nomination

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“Chaos in the Courts" Battleground Wisconsin

This week Jorna Taylor subs as host for Matt Brusky, who is on the short term disabled list.  We have an in-depth discussion with the Director of the Fair Elections Project, Sachin Chheda, to talk about the hot Wisconsin redistricting law suit which is moving to trial. Also in the courts, Walker's photo ID law takes another hit in federal court and the so-called Right to Work law is ruled unconstitutional in a case that will ultimately be decided by Wisconsin's corrupt State Supreme Court. We also preview the Fight for $15 strike, and discuss the Radio Active campaign to break the right-wing media monopoly with Citizen Action Cooperative Organizer Anna Dvorak. Finally on our Paul Ryan watch feature, our protagonist continues to play possum in the Republican prez race.

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Gerrymandering lawsuit to go to trial next month, judges say
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Court ruling opens way for those without ID to vote
Local Fast Food Workers Fight For $15 Minimum Wage
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Spring Democracy

We dig into the Wisconsin spring election results, which included record turnout, decisive wins for Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, and a disappointing outcome in the state supreme court race. We discuss the presidential race, drop off voters and the impact of photo ID. We also talk about President Obama’s move against unpatriotic and insidious corporate inversions in the wake of the Panama Papers, and the incredible alignment of the presidential candidates on outsourcing and global trade.
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With Rebecca Bradley, conservatives increase their majority on the Supreme Court
Sanders Gains Few Delegates Despite Commanding Wisconsin Victory
Wisconsin Primary Reveals Outsourcing as a Dominant Campaign Issue in 2016
Right-Wing Talk Radio's Role In Wisconsin's Presidential Primary Election
Pro-Bradley Groups Outspend Pro-Kloppenburg Groups 4-1
Grothman: Voter ID law will help eventual GOP nominee win Wisconsin
Poll: 25 percent of Sanders voters would not back Clinton
Obama Addresses Corporate Inversions, Calls Tax Loophole ‘Insidious’
Pfizer Kills $160 Billion Deal With Allergan Amid Crackdown On Corporate Inversions
Rules kill Pfizer deal, but experts doubt Johnson Controls-Tyco tie-up will die
Johnson Controls-Tyco deal could be impacted by new federal regulations

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Special Interview with JoAnne Kloppenburg

We welcome Citizen Action endorsed State Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg to discuss her campaign as it heads into the final week before the Tuesday, April 5th election day.

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Presidential Thunderdome Hits Wisconsin

With Arizona primary “election” in the rear view mirror, the Wisconsin presidential primary takes center stage. We discuss both the latest contours of the Democratic and GOP primaries and how the trade issue continues to play a central role in the Wisconsin election. Jorna reviews Paul Ryan’s speech this week where he laughingly bemoaned the poor state of political discourse and the lack of trust in governing institutions that are the result of his party’s deliberate strategy. Robert informs us about a proposed merger between two of the five largest health insurers in the U.S., Humana and Aetna, which could have major ramifications for health insurance costs and employment in Wisconsin. You can vote early now until Friday, 4/1 at 5pm. Click here for more information about voting early.
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Poll: Clinton leads Sanders by 6 in Wisconsin
Poll: Cruz, Trump neck and neck in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin primary, Bernie Sanders needs to win big
Ted Cruz: 'Entire country is looking to Wisconsin,' where I can beat Donald Trump
GOP presidential candidates blanket Wisconsin as primary nears
Ted Cruz, John Kasich try to sway state's voters
Trump Still Leads Wisconsin Polls — Even Without Major GOP Endorsements
Why Wisconsin Might Be "NeverTrump’s" Last Stand

Paul Ryan: No mention of Trump but warns of 'ugliness' in politics
Big Health Insurance Merger Threatens to Raise Consumer Costs, Outsource Jobs


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"Sanctuary from Trump?" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We remember former state representative Tamara Grigsby who left us too early this week. Christine Neumann-Ortiz from Voces de la Frontera joins us to discuss the Senate failing to pass a bill banning municipalities or counties from having a policy preventing officials from inquiring about the immigration status of arrestees. We analyze the latest developments in the presidential race including the increased likelihood of a Trump v Clinton race and President Obama nominating Merrick Garland for Supreme Court. We also discuss Attorney General Brad Schimel’s support for allowing guns on City of Madison buses and the new Citizen Action Western Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative has successfully reached its goal of 200 members.
Episode #235
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Former Rep. Tamara Grigsby dies of health complications.
Contact Voces de la Frontera
Sign petition opposing anti-immigrant bills.
Wisconsin Senate won't take up bill banning sanctuary cities.
State Senate adjourns for 2016; declines to act on high-profile bills.
Wisconsin Republicans aren't showing signs of backing Donald Trump
Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court
Analysis: Obama, GOP Senate brace for extended battle on Supreme Court.
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