Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Episode #237
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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

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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.
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Former Rep. Tamara Grigsby dies of health complications.
Contact Voces de la Frontera
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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.
Wisconsin attorney general files brief supporting guns on Madison buses.


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“Hate Unfit for the Court” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome Jenni Dye from One Wisconsin Now Institute to discuss their shocking research on Rebecca Bradley’s hateful articles as a college student and its implications for the April 5th Supreme Court election. This week the inevitable avalanche of sleazy special interest TV ads began. We review new data ranking Wisconsin 36th in job creation, what could be done to expand opportunity in the state. WEDC remains in hot water over Oscar Meyer debacle but Scott Fitzgerald points the finger at Paul Soglin. Johnson Controls on the hot seat as Hillary and Bernie get specific on outsourcing and trade. Kevin Kane updates us on the development of the NEW Western Wisconsin Cooperative. We remember community organizer Juan Carlos Ruiz and Robert’s aunt Eloise.
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Tell Politicians to Stop Outsourcing Our Jobs
Rebecca Bradley called gay people 'degenerates,' 'queers' in college newspaper columns
Rebecca Bradley in 1992: Camille Paglia 'legitimately suggested' women play role in date rape
JoAnne Kloppenburg rejects that Rebecca Bradley has changed since writing 1992 columns
Chris Rickert: Liberals beware if Rebecca Bradley voters are like Donald Trump voters
Conservative group spends $1M for ads against JoAnne Kloppenburg Conservative group spends $1M for ads against JoAnne Kloppenburg
Walker's rigged economy languishes in 36th place.
Assembly Democrats demand a stop to job loss
Assembly Dems Renew Call for Immediate Action on Creating Jobs, Rebuilding Middle Class: Wisconsin economy continues to lag one year after so-called “Right to Work”
Editorial: WEDC blew it on Oscar Mayer
Scott Fitzgerald points finger at Paul Soglin on Oscar Mayer plant closure
Johnson Controls CEO disputes allegations it took bailout
Hillary Clinton TV Ad focuses on Johnson Controls
Milwaukee Latino Activist and Community Organizer Juan Carlos Ruiz Passes Away.



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"GOP & Trump: Imploding From The Inside" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss President Obama’s visit to Milwaukee this week to celebrate the city’s victory in the Healthy Communities Challenge to sign up residents for the Affordable Care Act. The panel unpacks news that the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) dissuaded WEDC from contacting Kraft Heinz before the company announced it was closing the Oscar Mayer plant in Madison. We look at Russ Feingold’s effort to expose Sen. Ron Johnson’s support for bad trade deals. We also discuss whether the modern Republican Party is imploding or simply morphing into the “Party of Trump”. “Paul Ryan Watch” finds Trump threatening Ryan that he will pay a “big price” for not getting along with dear leader. Finally, progressive State Senator Nikiya Harris-Dodd announces her retirement from the legislature.  
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Milwaukee Awarded Presidential Visit For Signing up Huge Numbers For Health Care
Final Preparations Underway for Presidential Visit in Milwaukee
State business group dissuaded WEDC from contacting Kraft Heinz
Russ Feingold calls on Ron Johnson to oppose Trans-Pacific trade deal
Russ for Wisconsin Launches New Radio Ad – “No Surprise”
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The day the Republican Party ruptured
Senate Republicans stand by as Trump marches to nomination
Paul Ryan: GOP nominee must reject bigotry; 'There can be no evasion'
Trump: Ryan can get along with me or 'pay a big price'
Trump Healthcare plan: Healthcare Reform to Make America Great Again
Milwaukee Assemblywoman Announces Senate Run



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"Sen. Johnson blocks & Rep. Bernier walks" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast 

We start with the conservative State Assembly's end of session late night toga party. Then we move to the bizarre behavior of Rep. Bernier who burst out of a meeting with local school board members. We welcome former state representative Jeff Smith to discuss Rep. Bernier’s actions and Citizen Action’s new campaign, led by Jeff, to organize the creation of a Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative in Western Wisconsin. We discuss new polling numbers that reveal 62% of Wisconsinites want to see the U.S. Supreme Court seat filled this year, and Senator Ron Johnson's efforts to block the appointment. Paul Ryan watch finds Ryan continuing to fight with Trump and adding Megyn Kelly to his list of sparring partners. Finally, Robert discusses over $200 million that working families risk leaving on the table this tax season which could boost flagging local economies across Wisconsin.
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Assembly needlessly rushes to finish.
Bernier leaves school meeting after 'vile' comment.
Wisconsin Assemblywoman Bernier: Get politics out of education.
Ron Johnson: Senate won't consider an Obama nominee for Supreme Court, time to 'move on'
Sen. Ron Johnson media conference about the selection of the next U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Johnson - obstruction vs. Feingold - statesmanship.
Ryan and Trump on collision course.
Megyn Kelly schools Paul Ryan on civics seconds after he condescendingly explained how bills are passed.



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“A Day Without the Legislature” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We review this week’s big Spring Primary Election that included a strong performance by JoAnne Kloppenburg and a huge upset win for Chris Larson. We discuss the bevy of bad bills conservatives rammed through the legislature this week and one awful bill that did NOT, the privatization of municipal water systems. Wisconsin learns more about the critical role immigrants play in our economy, particularly the state's iconic dairy industry, during Thursday’s "A Day Without Latinos" rally at the Capitol. Robert tells us about his trip to Wausau to talk about how we can expanding economic opportunity in Wisconsin. 
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Rebecca Bradley, JoAnne Kloppenburg advance in Supreme Court race.
Larson grabs slight edge in tight Milwaukee County exec race.
Senate vote on drinking water privatization bill scrapped.
Water privatization bill probably can't be revived, GOP leader says
Assembly OKs online voter registration, eliminates special registration deputies.
Wisconsin lawmakers approve ban on local government IDs
Assembly passes bill outlawing immigrant 'sanctuary cities'.
Wisconsin dairy farmers worry about losing Latino workers.
Donald Trump Says Paul Ryan Cost Republicans the 2012 Election.
Paul Ryan Shows Startling Ignorance Of Disney Layoffs.



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Spring Primary Election

We welcome former Milwaukee talk radio host and new podcast panelist Earl Ingram to the show. We discuss next Tuesday’s spring primary election, this week’s vote in the assembly to restrict voter registration and a new conservative bill to give lawmakers access to John Doe records. Earl and Robert review this week’s launch of Citizen Action's Radio Active project to fight back against right wing media. Jorna also updates us on Paul Ryan’s struggles with the right-wing freedom caucus on a budget deal.
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Low turnout expected for Wisconsin Supreme Court primary.
Senate passes bill to allow online voter registration; critics say it would halt registration drives.
Bill would give lawmakers access to John Doe records.
Plain Talk: Special interests will rule until voters say 'no more'
Liberal Group Seeks Talk Radio Voice.
Paul Ryan’s budget strategy collides with conservatives demands
Paul Ryan faces trouble as House Republican feud threatens to reignite fiscal battles.
Citizen Action Endorses Judge Joe Donald for Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Judge Joe Donald's campaign site.
Supreme Court Candidates Discuss African American Incarceration Rates
Progressives, Racial Equality, and the State Supreme Court Primary.

We welcome Eyon Biddle, Deputy Director of the Wisconsin Working Families, to discuss why Citizen Action of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Working Families have endorsed Chris Larson for County Executive in Tuesday's primary election. Eyon also tells us about other candidates for Milwaukee Common Council and County Board that have been endorsed by Wisconsin Working Families and how you can help Get Out The Vote by phone banking and canvassing this weekend for Chris Larson.
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“Radio Active” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest rushed conservative legislation to restrict voting rights and the newly open (and potentially competitive) Congressional seat in Northeast Wisconsin. We review new dismal approval ratings for Scott Walker and GOP predictions of a bad state budget. Milwaukee Teachers Education Association president Kim Schroeder joins us to update listeners about a national Walk-In for Public Schools day next Wednesday, February 17. Jorna provides a Paul Ryan Watch update on the snack party he held this week for the conservative "Freedom" Caucus. We talk about Sen. Tammy Baldwin's legislation to end corporate inversions like the one Johnson Controls recently announced. Finally we chat with Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative member Ted Kraig about the exciting new Radio Active media project launching next Monday evening in Milwaukee.

Episode #229
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Bills to allow online voter registration, bar local IDs
Senate Majority Leader Predicting Tough 2017 State Budget
Paul Ryan Hosts Budget Meeting With House Freedom Caucus. It Didn't Go Well.
Scott Walker not focused on sagging poll numbers
Sen. Tammy Baldwin Calls For Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes.
National walk-in for public schools: Be a part of history Wed., Feb. 17
Legalized Corporate Tax Fraud
Radio Active. Help end the dominance of deceptive, hate-filled talk radio in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Honoring Richard "Dick" Presser
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Judge Joe Donald for Supreme Court

We welcome Judge Joe Donald to announce Citizen Action’s endorsement of Judge Donald for Wisconsin Supreme Court. The important race includes a Primary Election on Tuesday, February 16th and a General Election on Tuesday, April 5th. Our panel also discusses Gov. Walker’s state of the state speech, Senate GOP votes to end civil service in favor of political patronage, Planned Parenthood healthcare clinics are defunded, immigrants come in large numbers to the Capitol to stand up for “Sanctuary Cities” and Paul Ryan promises an Affordable Care Act replacement in 2016.

Episode #227
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Citizen Action Endorses Judge Joe Donald for Wisconsin Supreme Court
Judge Joe Donald's campaign site.
Supreme Court Candidates Discuss African American Incarceration Rates
4 takeaways from Walker's 2016 state of the state
Governor Walker tours NWTC promoting plan to cut cost of higher education
Wisconsin Senate sends disputed civil service overhaul to Walker
Civil service overhaul heads to Scott Walker's desk after Senate passage
Senate OKs Civil Service Rewrite, Planned Parenthood Cuts In Long Wednesday Session
Wisconsin Senate votes to strip Planned Parenthood of $7.5 million in federal funds
Senate passes bills to defund Planned Parenthood
Wisconsin Senate passes Planned Parenthood funding cut
Immigrants Speak Out Against Bill Targeting 'Sanctuary Cities'
Big turnout against bill on Wisconsin police asking immigrant status



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Senator Baldwin vs. Gov. Walker

We welcome U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to discuss her letter to Governor Walker calling on him to stop withholding data on the number of people he forced off BadgerCare who have successfully transitioned to Affordable Care Act health insurance. Sen. Baldwin also discusses the future of health care reform and her comprehensive efforts to make higher education more affordable and accessible. The panel also discusses a crazy right-wing bill to allow concealed weapons in schools, the latest outburst from Rep. “Loose Cannon” Bob Gannon, a bill to expand the number of locations you can vote early, public records concealed by Walker's WEDCulous jobs agency, and this week's Paul Ryan Watch.
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Obama to sweeten deal to states to expand Medicaid
GOP bill would allow guns on school grounds, in buildings
Vos: Vote unlikely on revived proposal to allow concealed weapons on school grounds
Gov. Walker appears out of the loop on some details about two controversies facing his administration
Rep. Bowen's floor speech concerning Rep. Bob Gannon's disparaging comments about Milwaukee's Black community.



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Groundhog Day 2016

2016 starts with a whimper, as Paul Ryan orchestrates a  62nd repeal the Affordable Care Act,  symbolically taking healthcare away from 22 million Americans. We dig into President Obama’s common sense gun safety reforms, the right wing gun culture, and the politics of gun control. We review the latest racist invective spewing from right-wing state legislator Bob Gannon, and Wisconsin's continuing economic decline under Walker's failing economic policies.
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House passes ObamaCare repeal, sending measure to president
Rep. Pocan Floor Statement: 62nd Attempt to Repeal ACA Makes it Feel Like Groundhog Day
Locals expound on gun control proposal
Scott Walker asks attorney general to review Obama's gun actions
Obama rules prompt surge in local gun sales
President's executive orders to tighten gun laws get mixed reactions in Wisconsin
Milwaukee Democrat Praises Obama's Gun Control Plan
Gun sales, stocks soar
Murder, mayhem and jobs.
Rep. Bob Gannon Blames Blacks for White GOP Legislative Failures



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The Conservative Death Wish

Our final podcast of 2015 reviews Citizen Action’s stunning new report on healthcare costs in Wisconsin. The report reveals large health insurance cost disparities which are having devastating economic impacts and closing off access to health care.  We also discuss race-baiting Rep. Bob Gannon (R-Right Wing Suburbs) who called this week for vigilante shootings reminiscent of a Charles Bronson "Death Wish" movie.  We also talk about the latest round of bad job reports and Gov. Walker’s shameful effort to blame workers, and the speculation of  insiders about a potential brokered GOP convention that could nominate House Speaker Paul Ryan for President.
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Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s 10th Annual Health Cost Report
Health Care Cost Disparities Persist Across State, Report Finds
Walker Blames Lack Of Trained Workers For Flagging Job Growth: Recent Report Puts Wisconsin 37th In The Nation For Jobs Added Report: Wisconsin Ranked 35th In Private-Sector Job Growth During Walker's First Term
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial says, it's another lousy jobs report for our state and state government is doing very little to change it.
Wisconsin state legislator encourages vigilante shootings
GOP lawmaker on concealed carry: 'Law-abiding citizens can help clean our society of these scumbags'
Wisconsin lawmakers clash on gun policy after mall shooting
A brokered GOP convention for Paul Ryan?


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Workers, UAW & Unions win in Kohler

We discuss the victory for UAW Local 883 Kohler workers in their 32 day strike. Workers will see significant wage increases along with improvements in healthcare and pension. We also review the gutting of campaign finance laws, a Democratic bill to repeal and replace the discredited WEDC, and new data showing that Walker’s rejection of federal Medicaid money will cost the state $1.07 billion. Also in our Paul Ryan watch segment, the New York Times delves into the politics of Ryan’s new beard. Finally, we announce Citizen Action election endorsements for U.S. Senate, Milwaukee County Executive, and Milwaukee Mayor.
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Kohler employees OK new contract, end 32-day strike
Scott Walker signs bills dismantling GAB, overhauling campaign finance law
Scott Walker signs campaign finance, GAB bills in private ceremony
Democratic Lawmakers Call For Jobs Agency Overhaul
Obamacare deadline extended 48 hours as websites are swamped
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Governor Walker’s $1 Billion “Missed Opportunity”
Wisconsin eligible for $1 billion in taxpayer savings. BadgerCare expansion would generate critical funding for local schools, roads.
Paul Ryan’s Beard Triggers a Style Debate.
Paul Ryan Betrays America: $1.1 Trillion, 2,000-Plus Page Omnibus Bill Funds ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’




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“Fascist Surge Trumps GOP Leaders” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the stunning news that 64% of GOP primary voters support Trump’s unconstitutional call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. How will this turn towards fascism impact Trump’s ability to win the nomination and the future of the American experiment? We also talk about new revelations about Walker’s attacks on open records and transparency, Walker hints that he might seek re-election, and another Republican governor's decision to accept federal Medicaid money. We also have the latest installment of our Paul Ryan Watch update.

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Nearly two-thirds of likely GOP primary voters back Trump’s Muslim ban
Board's records action appears to have violated open meetings law
Wisconsin State Journal editorial: Text messages are public records, too
Beloit Daily News Editorial: Love of secrecy rears up again
Walker hints at third term
CapTimes Editorial: No state has been so ill-served by its governor as Wisconsin
South Dakota governor Daugaard Proposes Medicaid Expansion In $4.8 Billion Budget

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State Incomes Fall & Mount Horeb Rises 

We discuss news that Wisconsin household incomes took a sharp downturn since 2009, while Assembly Democrats call for an Extraordinary Session on jobs and the discredited WEDC.  Senator Ron Johnson and Senate Republicans voted this week, for the 16th time, to repeal health care from 16 million Americans. Our weekly Paul Ryan Watch finds him talking about cutting Medicare and Medicaid. GOP state senator Rick Gudex will not seek re-election and Mount Horeb demonstrates real community support for a transgendered child.
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Household income takes sharp downturn in most of Wisconsin
As Walker promotes economy, Democrats call for special session
Assembly Democrats to GOP colleagues: Call extraordinary session for jobs bills
Assembly Dems Push For Extraordinary Session On Job Growth: Barca Points To Similar Session On GAB And Campaign Finance
Senate Republicans Are Voting To Repeal Obamacare Again. They know it's gonna get vetoed, but so what!
GOP has little room to spare on Obamacare repeal.
GOP candidates stuck on drug prices
Paul Ryan to lay out vision in speech calling for safety net cuts
GOP state senator from targeted district won't seek re-election
In response to controversy, hundreds pack Mount Horeb library for reading of transgender book.

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“Thanksgiving” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome Kevin Kane, Citizen Action Organizing Director, to discuss the continued shift in public opinion in support for moving beyond the ObamaCare fight and the unique opportunity progressives have on health care in the 2016 elections. We discuss the on-going strike at Kohler, and encourage podcast listeners to donate money or food and visit the picket line this Thanksgiving weekend to support the workers fighting on the front lines of the battle for economic justice. Also we discuss Madison and Milwaukee educators voting overwhelmingly to re-certify their unions, and the discredited WEDC hiring a 6th CFO in 4 years as the public opposition to the agency grows. Have a great Thanksgiving Wisconsin! Click here to listen to episode #220
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Senate GOP push against Obama health law, Planned Parenthood highlights conservative rift
UAW rally at strike picket line urges for fair contract in Kohler
Strikers React as Kohler Strike Enters Week Two
Kohler Strike: How 2015 Differs from 1983
Madison teachers, in show of unity, vote overwhelmingly to re-certify union
Milwaukee educators vote overwhelmingly to re-certify
Embattled Jobs Agency Hires 6th CFO In 4 Years
Captimes Editorial: Our governor's incompetence is wrecking Wisconsin

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Kohler craps on their workers again

We discuss the worker strike at Kohler Co. with former UAW Local 883 president & current UAW Region 4 Rep. Pete Behrensprung. We talk about the history between the union and the company, key issues at stake and how you can help. We provide details on this Saturday’s mass picket from 9am to 3pm.  Robert educates us on UW graduate student assistants efforts for a new pay plan. Jorna has another installment of the Paul Ryan Watch - including Paul’s inquiring into what coffee their office should switch to. We shame Rep. Kremer and Sen. Nass for their bullying of transgendered school kids and we review another dysfunctional week at WEDC.  Click here to listen to episode #219
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Hundreds of union members, supporters picket in strike at Kohler Co. in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin has no plan to turn around the series of devastating job losses.
WEDC may have illegally awarded $21 million in tax credits
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca: State Should Repeal and Replace WEDC. Troubled jobs agency needs more than just rebranding
Company laying off 277 employees got $1M from WEDC for adding 266 jobs in same location.
Wisconsin transgender 'bathroom bill' set for public hearing Thursday.
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Is WEDC Done?

We discuss the surprising announcement that Rep. Robin Vos is receptive to overhauling WEDC after another awful week for the agency following last week’s announced closure of the Oscar Mayer plant. We recap the flip-flop of the cowardly “Lion of Ripon,” Sen. Luther Olsen, who joined Republicans in ending GAB and gutting campaign finance laws. Robert outlines the key findings from a new Citizen Action report which finds Wisconsinites are paying 47% more for healthcare on the federal marketplaces than Minnesotans. We also review this week’s Fight for $15 rally and march in Milwaukee, Jorna gives us a “Paul Ryan Watch” update, and we discuss a potential strike by 2,100+ workers at the Kohler Company.  
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Citizen Action’s Wisconsin Economic Opportunity Agenda
Republican Assembly Speaker says he's receptive to overhauling WEDC
Sen. Tammy Baldwin calls for federal investigation into some WEDC loans
Editorial: Shut down Scott Walker's WEDC before the next jobs fiasco
Even as House Speaker, Paul Ryan Sleeps in His Office
Top GOP lawmakers might rebrand troubled jobs agency
In first week, 5,500 Montanans signed up for expanded Medicaid coverage
Report 2016: Wisconsinites Still Paying Far More Than Minnesotans for Healthcare
GOP lawmakers reverse course, balk at campaign donor reporting
John Nichols: A billionaire, some millionaires, and a senator debate how best to block wage hikes
Strike looms as Kohler, UAW negotiations slow

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Bad Week for Good Jobs

This week we talk about the campaign corruption bill poised to clear the Senate, devastating economic news for Madison, Paul Ryan's flip on immigration reform, and health care enrollment.  We are joined by Rep. Chris Taylor to discuss the shocking news that Oscar Mayer will be leaving Madison and laying off 1000 workers. We also have a great conversation with Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa about health care open enrollment and Speaker Ryan’s decision to block immigration reform during the remainder of Obama’s presidency. Click here to listen to podcast #217
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Senate would restore much of reporting on campaign donors' employer.
Wisconsin Democrats propose constitutional amendment in response to campaign finance changes.
Assembly GOP goes after public benefit fraud, but Democrats say focus should be on WEDC reform.
Kraft Heinz closes Madison Oscar Mayer plant, local impact estimated at 'hundreds of millions'.
Walker: Oscar Mayer has 'nothing to do with Wisconsin'
Health law's 3rd sign-up season faces challenges from prices.
Paul Ryan Says He Won’t Work With Obama on Immigration Reform.
Paul Ryan: Speaker of the House or of the Freedom Caucus?

 



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"GOP takes a machete to Wisconsin"

We welcome Rep. Debra Kolste to talk about WEDC’s indefensible decision to give $2 million to John Deere to end 100 Janesville jobs for 80 jobs in Horicon. Tamarine Cornelius, an analyst with the Wisconsin Council of Children and Families to talk about new legislation to restrict local school districts ability to hold referendums to raise money for their schools.  We also review the latest on efforts to take a machete to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board and campaign finance laws. We also discuss Paul Ryan’s election as Speaker of the House of Representatives and  the release of the 2016 health insurance rates on healthcare.gov.
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WEDC responds to Democratic allegations that it's "playing favorites" with John Deere expansion tax credits.
Rep. Jorgensen Demands Answers from WEDC On John Deere Deal Resulting in 100 Layoffs in Janesville.
Conservative groups push Republican senators to support Wisconsin elections board overhaul.
Wisconsin Assembly votes to legalize concealed switchblades and machetes, lifting decades-old ban.
Assembly, Senate Republicans differ on sanctioning campaign coordination with issue groups
Senate could vote on GAB, campaign finance bills next week
GOP proposals would limit Wisconsin school districts' ability to raise revenue.
Superintendent Blasts Plan To Limit School District Referendums
Proposed Limits Would Make it More Difficult for Voters to Approve New Resources for Schools
Wisconsin voucher school programs post enrollment gains



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Wisconsin: Open for Corruption

We welcome Matt Rothschild, executive director at Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, to talk about this week’s rushed legislative action to dismantle the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board and allow unlimited corporate money into Wisconsin elections, leaving the state open to corruption. We review new St. Norbert polling that reveals huge levels of dissatisfaction with Gov. Walker and Wisconsin’s economy. We also discuss the political theater surrounding the conservative courting of Paul Ryan for Speaker and Sen. Ron Johnson’s failure to act on impending Medicare premium hikes. Click here to listen to podcast #215
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Highlights of campaign finance, elections board bills up for Assembly votes
Wisconsin Democrats recuse themselves from vote on GOP campaign finance bill
Assembly votes to dismantle GAB, campaign finance overhaul as Democrats recuse
Republicans Vote to Allow Unlimited Corporate Money in Elections with Little to No Transparency
Ryan now assured of backing he needs to be House speaker.
Majority of House Freedom Caucus backs Ryan, clearing way for him to ascend to speaker post.

 

 

 

 

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Legalized Bribery and Fake Factories

We welcome Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause Wisconsin, to discuss the Republican effort to ram through bills that end the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board, gut campaign finance laws and restrict voter registration.  We talk about the surreal story that the CEO of WEDC toured a fake factory with fake equipment and GOP efforts to allow concealed carry in UW buildings. We also review the first Democratic presidential debate. Click here to listen to podcast #214
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Lawmakers clash on GOP elections, campaign finance bills as they speed toward passage
Warrants allege Green Bay businessman defrauded WEDC for more than $1 million
3 Democrats counter with bill banning weapons on Wisconsin campuses
Who won the first Democratic debate?
Who Won the Democratic Debate? Five candidates faced off in Las Vegas, as they tried to shake up the race. Why Bernie Sanders dominated the Democratic debate

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Ruth Conniff's Progressive Look Forward

We welcome Ruth Conniff, Editor-in-Chief of The Progressive, to talk about Scott Walker's return to "governing" in Wisconsin and potential opportunities for the progressive movement. Ruth discusses The Progressive's Public School Shakedown Project that is exposing the privatizers of public education and highlighting people on the front lines of public education. We also discuss conservative legislative efforts to gut GAB and the civil service, and reveal a new bigoted bill that targets transgender youth in Wisconsin schools. Click here to listen to podcast #213b

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Republican lawmakers' plans for Government Accountability Board to be unveiled today
Hyper-Partisan Bomb to Destroy Nonpartisan GAB to be Dropped Today
GOP defends, Democrats question integrity of hiring under civil service bill
Plain Talk: Civil service reform is anything but
Mandela Barnes introduces 'The Marty Bill' to create Office of Civil Service
Senate Dems to unveil 'Badger Blueprint' fall agenda.
GOP lawmakers seek gender restrictions on school bathrooms, locker rooms

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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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