Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Special Interview: Bringing health care to addiction

We welcome Anthony Alvarado from Rise Together for a special interview to discuss the movement to use healthcare centered screening to prevent youth substance abuse in Wisconsin. We discuss a report released by Rise Together, Citizen Action and other advocates showing 1 in 2 Wisconsin students who've experimented with risky substances continued to use. We review the report's progressive solutions to ensure more young people in Wisconsin stay on a healthy path.

Learn more and get involved with the statewide coalition of advocates and activists working to address the heroin/opioid epidemic in Wisconsin through early screening and brief intervention. 

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John Nichols on Why Walker Walked

We welcome Capital Times associate editor & Nation Magazine writer, John Nichols, to discuss why Scott Walker’s presidential campaign ran aground with GOP voters and what Wisconsin can expect going forward from Walker.  John also offers his advice for progressive leaders on how to capitalize on this moment of opportunity in Wisconsin.  We also discuss Citizen Action’s new Wisconsin Economic Opportunity Agenda to create good jobs and the increased role of healthcare in the developing Democratic presidential primary. Click here to listen to podcast #212
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John Nichols: An intimidated Scott Walker 'leads' by leaving the race.
What now? Scott Walker returns to Wisconsin after failing on the national stage.
Scott Walker Watch: Scott Walker's campaign manager unloads.
Scott Walker says he will serve out his term as governor, has no interest in Cabinet job.
Senate Announces Economic Development Listening Tour.
State Lawmakers Need an Economic Opportunity Strategy.
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Debating the Debate

We welcome organizer, Anna Dvorak, to discuss the new Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative she leads. Anna joins the panel and helps us review the 3 hour GOP debate marathon. We also talk about new Democratic legislation to bring key functions of WEDC into a new state jobs agency. In addition. we discuss the closing of a Wisconsin voucher school which closed 9 days into this school year and the retirement of State Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, creating a critical Supreme Court Election next April.
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Saying Goodbye to Jennifer Epps-Addison

We sadly say goodbye to Jennifer Epps-Addison who is leaving Wisconsin for Los Angeles after a decade of leadership in Wisconsin's progressive community. The podcast will miss her! Michael Rosen, president of AFT Local 212, joins us to discuss the new Milwaukee Area Technical College’s “MATC Promise” which guarantees free tuition at the tech school for low income, recently graduated high school students. We also talk about Rep. Robin Vos’ latest effort to gut open records, a GOP legislator tries to blame WEDC’s failures on the former Commerce Department and we recap Labor Day 2015. Click to listen to podcast #210

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Vos says no open records changes planned
MATC announces free tuition for low-income students
MATC free tuition plan came together quickly despite ambitious funding needs
WEDC didn't track job creation, auditors tell panel
Republican lawmaker defends floundering job-creation agency
Rep. Nygren defends outsourcing jobs at WEDC
Auditors tell lawmakers agency didn't confirm job creation

Canvass for Good Jobs on Milwaukee Bucks Arena Deal
Saturday, September 12th -- 11:30 am
1862 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Milwaukee

Join us for canvassing of targeted neighborhoods talking with constituents of key members of the Milwaukee Common Council about the Bucks arena development deal. The message will be "City Council: Make sure the Bucks say 'yes' to good jobs before you say 'yes' to the Bucks."

Contact Rep. Gary Tauchen and ask him to schedule a public hearing in the Small Business Committee for Rep. Sargent’s bill to Raise minimum wage to $15/hour. Rep. Tauchen chairs the Small Business Committee and is responsible for scheduling public hearings for bills referred to the committee.  Call: 1-(888)-529-0006; Email:

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Looking Forward on Labor Day
Candice Owley, president of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (WFNHP), joins us to discuss changes in the labor movement, including new organizing opportunities and why the new WI Working Families is a priority for WFNHP.  Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin’s Nicole Safar joins us to talk about the latest conservative assault in the state legislature to remove federal health care funding from Planned Parenthood clinics. WEDC continues supporting outsourcing, Walker’s Canadian wall and more!  Listen to podcast #209
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Labor Board Ruling Eases Way for Fast-Food Unions’ Efforts.
Pair of bills targeting Planned Parenthood's funding in Wisconsin sparks heated debate
Lawmakers argue over GOP bills targeting Planned Parenthood funding.
Lawmakers urge WEDC to review Eaton Corp. tax credits after jobs cuts.
To get economic development right, shut down WEDC
Scott Walker: Wall between U.S. and Canada a 'legitimate' idea
Did you hear what Canada's defense minister said about Scott Walker?
La Casa charter school principal resigns.
Conservation groups to spend $1.6 million on ads against Sen. Ron Johnson

Wisconsin Labor Day Events

Eau Claire: Phoenix Park, 330 Riverfront Terrace. Solidarity walk at 10:30 am, rally at 11:00 am, picnic and prizes from Noon to 3:00 pm. Open to all. Food provided by the Greater West Central Area Labor Council. Families are encouraged to bring a packaged food item to share and lawn chairs. Nonperishable food items will be collected for a local food pantry.

Fond Du Lac: 11:00 AM- 5:00 PMLakeside Park, 555 N Park Ave, Fond du Lac 54935. Parade starts 11:00 AM at Rees & Main Streets, picnic at Oven Island in Lakeside Park, live music 1:00-3:00 PM, face painting, refreshments sold---proceeds will be donated to local organizations & charities.

Green Bay: Bay Beach Amusement Park, Bay Beach Shelter #2. Monday, September 7, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Ticket Price: $10 Adults, $5 Kids under 12 (includes: beverages and food coupons). 50/50 Raffle, face painting, book sale, bingo, speakers, live music.

Kenosha: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Saint Therese Church grounds, 91st St. & 22nd Ave. Kenosha, WI. The annual Kenosha Laborfest features booths from all labor organizations in the Kenosha area. Raffle prizes, beer tent and activities for the whole family. Rain or Shine!

La Crosse: Copeland Park, 1130 Copeland Park Drive. Our Labor Day celebration, sponsored by the Western Wisconsin Central Labor Council, starts at 10:00 a.m. with a ten-block family-friendly parade beginning at the intersection of Gillette Street and Kane Street. After the parade, festivities will move to Copeland Park with free kids games, face painting, and other activities. Soda, beer, brats, and snacks will be offered for sale.

Madison: South Central Federation of Labor hosts LaborFest at the Madison Labor Temple at 1602 South Park St. The event is free and open to the public, and will run from 12:00 noon to 5:30 PM on Labor Day. Limited parking is available, with street parking nearby.

Milwaukee: Milwaukee Area Labor Council hosts Laborfest parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Wisconsin Workers Memorial in Zeidler Square Park (301 W. Michigan Street, Milwaukee) and ends at the Summerfest Grounds (200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee). Celebration from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Henry Maier Festival Park. The event free and open to the public, sponsored by local unions and businesses.

Neenah/Fox Valley: Neenah Labor Temple, 157 S. Green Bay Road, Neenah WI 10:000 AM – 6:00 PM. 10:00 AM Parade through Menasha-Neenah, corn roast, live music, paddlewheel, white elephant sale, face painting, beverage & food tents, raffle drawing at 6:00 PM.

Oshkosh: South Park Shelter, W South Park Ave & Georgia Street, Oshkosh. 10:00-5:00 PM. Old car show, corn roast, refreshments, live music, book sale, silent auction.

Racine: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Franksville Park, 9700 Northwestern Ave. Franksville, WI. Food, Beer, car show and a celebration of labor in Racine County!

Superior/Duluth: Start Labor Day the Superior Waywith coffee and doughnuts from 8:00 am to 10:00 a.m. at the ILA building at 5th and Tower in Superior.Then head to Duluth for more Labor Day festivitiesat Bayfront Festival Parkfrom 12:00 PM – 4 PM. The Duluth Central Labor Body’s 124th Labor Day Picnic includes food, drinks, and free parking thanks to the many sponsors who support the all-volunteer, all donation event.

Wausau: LT Club/Wausau Labor Temple, 318 S. 3rd Ave., Wausau, Monday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Parade is at 4:00PM and the parade line-up is at 3:00PM. Kid’s events include petting zoo from 3:00-7:00pm. KT Country will be playing 5:30PM-8:30PM. Food and drinks will be available.

On Sunday, September 6, there will be a Fundraising Pancake Breakfast at the LT Club/Wausau LaborTemple, 318 S. 3rd Ave. from 9 AM – 12:00 PM, 1 PM – 5 PM.

Wisconsin Rapids: Robinson Park, 1150 17th N St., Wisconsin Rapids, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. There will be food, music, kids’ rides, raffles, and Bingo. Hosted by Wood County Labor Council.

See more at Wisconsin AFL-CIO blog 

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The dog ate my teacher

Our back to school podcast looks at the growing teacher shortage in Wisconsin and the country.  We also discuss the continued staff turnover at the discredited WEDC, increasing the minimum wage for tipped workers, and more. Click here to listen to podcast #208

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Wisconsin public schools lost 2,900 teachers over nine-year period
Teacher ranks shrink, skew white and less experienced in report.
The real reasons behind the U.S. teacher shortage.
The Teacher Shortage’ Is No Accident—It’s the Result of Corporate Education Reform Policies.
Wisconsin’s Growing Teacher Shortage.
Head of state's top jobs agency retiring. 
Higher pay for food service may mean worse service.

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#BlackLivesMatter & Progressives

We welcome Brandi Grayson, co-founder of Young, Gifted and Black and Nate Hamilton, co-founder of The Coalition for Justice to continue the important conversation between #BlackLivesMatter and white progressives that we began on last week’s podcast.  Click here to listen to podcast #207

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NY Times: Activists confront Hillary Clinton.
Why Democrats are Struggling With Black Lives Matter.
White Progressives and the Black Lives Matter Movement: Behind the Struggle.
View from the left—Black Lives Matter, white progressives and Bernie
Black Lives Matter Releases Video Of Closed-Door Meeting With Hillary Clinton.
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Special Podcast:"WalkerCare will repeal healthcare for millions" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Robert Kraig tells you everything you need to know about Scott Walker's plan to turn the clock back by repealing the health care law, ending care for millions of Americans and dramatically increasing the cost of health insurance for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites.

Scott Walker: I will repeal Obamacare on Day 1 of presidency
Walker’s Health Plan Would Make Wisconsin One of the Most Expensive States, Minnesota Lowest.
GOP candidate Walker offers few details on replacement for health care reform
Scott Walker to Announce Health Repeal Plan in State That Shows Value of Working to Improve the Law
Scott Walker’s “Bait and Switch” Health Care Plan Would Force Millions Off Health Coverage

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