Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The Politics of Voter ID

Our panel discusses the irresponsible appellate court ruling to hastily implement Wisconsin's voter ID law and its implications for the November Elections. We review the week's news including; the new MU Law poll shows the governor race is still tied. GOP ballotgate, Citizen Action's call for Gov. Walker to resign as chairman of the discredited WEDC, and state taxpayers will need pay $760 million more for Medicaid thanks to Walker.


Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter ID
NY Times Editorial: Electoral Chaos in Wisconsin
MJS Editorial: Appeals Court Asking For Trouble with Ruling on Wisconsin Voter ID Law
Opponents of Wisconsin Voter ID Law Seek Reversal of Court's Decision
MU Law Poll Executive Summary
Toxic Residue of Gifts for Scott Walker Pollutes the State
Citizen Action of Wisconsin and WI Democracy Campaign Call for Gov. Walker to Resign as Chairman of WEDC
State Says Absentee Ballots Already Cast Won't Count Until Voters Provide ID
Elections Officials Calls GOP Complaint "Absurd"
State Needs $760 Million More for Health Care Over Next Two Years

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 $1.8 Billion Deficit

Our panel explores how the new $1.8 billion state deficit is playing out in the governor's race and its implications for progressive policy. Walker's failed jobs agency, WEDC, is back in the news with new tales of mismanagement. We discuss two new reports: (1) The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families finds the state ranks last in the country in the overall well-being of African-American children based on an index of 12 measures gauging children's success during each stage of life from birth to adulthood. (2) Citizen Action of Wisconsin reveals insurance premiums are substantially higher in Wisconsin than Minnesota in the new small business insurance marketplace.


Wisconsin state budget shortfall projected at nearly $1.8 billion
Walker and Burke campaign in La Crosse
If there's a budget mess this time, it belongs to Gov. Scott Walker
WEDC gets another black eye
Walker's WEDC Snow Job
Cost of worker health benefits up 3% as growth rate slows
WCCF Report
WCCF Media Release
Wisconsin's black children remain trapped in poverty, study says
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Report on MN/WI Small Business Insurance Cost

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Sen. Larson Previews State Senate Elections 

Senate Minority Leader, Chris Larson joins us to preview contested state senate elections this November. We also get Sen. Larson's thoughts on the $281 million state budget deficit that may require a budget repair bill and Walker refusing to make any more job promises. Jen Epps-Addison and a striker Mary Coleman join us via phone to update us on Thursday's fast food worker strikes in Wisconsin.


2014 Senate Elections in Wisconsin
GOP candidate in SD 19 praises Walker's failed decision to reject federal Medicaid money
Feds set special health care enrollment period for state residents
Citizen Action Praises Fed Decision to Grant Special Enrollment Period for 38,000 Wisconsinites Forced into Coverage Ga
Democratic candidates vow to fight to higher minimum wage
Congresswoman Gwen Moore arrested at fast workers strike in Milwaukee

Striker Mary Coleman apears on latest podcast
Striker Mary Coleman talks with us on latest podcast (photo: Joe Brusky)

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Labor Day


We herald Labor Day weekend with an in-depth discussion of the big jobs debate in the Governor's race. We review the latest shocking developments in the John Doe investigation. Robert analyzes the likely impact of a potential Supreme Court decision that some fear could take away tax subsidies to purchase health coverage from 5 million Americans. Also, Jen updates us on Milwaukee community events in support of victims of police violence in Ferguson and Milwaukee.


Could expanded John Doe legal theory undercut decision to halt probe
The Scott Walker documents: 6 must-read passages
Is Walker Guilty — Or the Law Meaningless?

MJS Editorial: A meaningless jobs debate between Gov. Scott Walker and Mary Burke
WEDC board OK'd Ashley Furniture getting $6 million tax credit, cutting 1,900 jobs. On Politics: Ashley Furniture owners gave $20,000 to Scott Walker shortly after WEDC vote:
Wisconsin shows how job incentives are handed out -- in Bizarro world.
Scott Walker says Wisconsin's in third place. Mary Burke says it's last in the Midwest. Who's right?
LA Times: Could a wording 'glitch' doom Obama's healthcare law?:
Affordable Care Act drafting error could strip healthcare subsidy from thousands in Wisconsin,
Journal Times editorial: Advisory referendums give voice to public opinion
Douglas County poses questions to voters
Are you one of the 2,395,469 who can vote on Minimum wage Referendum?

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Walker's Alternate Medicaid Universe

After a moment of silence for the on-going events in Ferguson, we discuss the new TV ad in the Gubernatorial election exposing Gov. Walker's failed jobs agency, WEDC. We also review new state data showing Gov. Walker's plan to reject federal Medicaid money will cost the state over 70% more money than expected and discuss Walker's ridiculous responses to the data.



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What HAPPened in the Primary Elections

We welcome Nicole Safar from Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI to review the Primary election results, featuring: the wacky right wing GOP 6th Congressional District race, what HAPPened in the Democratic Attorney General race and a review of legislative primaries, and Milwaukee County's surreal Sheriffs race.  We also discuss Judge Lynn Adelman denying A.G. Van Hollen's request for a hold on his decision striking down Wisconsin's voter ID law and the latest count of municipalities with BadgerCare and minimum wage referendums on the November ballot.


Read Judge Adelman's Voter ID decision
MJS: Federal judge refuses to put ruling halting voter ID on hold
6th Congregational District race still up in air as Grothman leads Leibham by 214 votes
Democrat Happ wins attorney general primary
WSJ: Likely recounts following tight primary races
Spreitzer on his way to legislature
BadgerCare and Minimum Wage Referendums will be on the November ballot throughout Wisconsin

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"Primary Election" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss next week's Primary Election on Tuesday, August 12th and who Citizen Action of Wisconsin has endorsed in competitive state legislative primaries. We also welcome Citizen Action's Anita Johnson, a voting rights organizer, to discuss what voters need to know before voting in the Primary Election.


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"Outsourced" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome One Wisconsin Now's Scott Ross to discuss the latest WEDC outsourcing revelations and the hypocrisy of Scott Walker's flip flop on the issue. We also talk about this week's State Supreme Court rulings and US AG Holder's filing in federal voting rights case, BadgerCare Referendum updates, and the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling against McDonald's. 



Fox TV 6 Outrage over outsourcing: Has Walker’s job creation agency given money to companies that outsource jobs?
One WI Now: Latest Finance Report Shows Walker Took Another $167,000 from Businesses That Got WEDC Funds
MJS Editorial: Despite campaign politics, Gov. Scott Walker should support Trek
Beloit Daily News Editorial:
Scott Walker should be thankful for Trek
Attorney General Holder Announces Justice Department Filings in Voting Rights Cases in Wisconsin and Ohio.
Bayfield Becomes 9th County to Announce November Referendum on BadgerCare
McDonald's ruling ignites business-labor firestorm


Dead Heat

We discuss the latest Marquette poll showing Mary Burke and Scott Walker are in a virtual tie. We evaluate the big blow up over Gov. Walker's campaign attacks on Trek Bicycle, and what it means for the race. Nicole Safar from Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI joins us to talk about Gov. Walker's shocking decision to stop enforcing Wisconsin’s birth control coverage equity law, which ensures birth control coverage at parity with other prescription drugs. In addition, we talk about two contradictory federal appeals courts rulings on the Affordable Care Act subsidies to health consumers, Paul Ryan's new poverty plan, and the minimum wage. Finally we weigh in on the the wacky 6th Congressional District GOP primary, where all the candidates support nutty ideas right-wing fantasies such as the impeachment of President Obama.


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38,000 Fall into Walker's Health Coverage Gap 

We discuss new data released this week showing more than 60% of Wisconsinites kicked off BadgerCare by Gov. Walker were unable to access healthcare through the new marketplace. We also talk about WI municipalities placing BadgerCare and minimum wage referendums on the November ballot, WEDC outsourcing WI jobs, U.S. AG Eric Holder's likely intervening in Wisconsin voter ID cases, and new documents indicating Senate Republicans tried to  to legalize Gov. Walker's activities in the middle of the John Doe investigation

Wisconsin releases new Medicaid enrollment numbers
Wisconsin healthcare advocates react to news of uninsured
Dane County could vote to urge Scott Walker to accept federal Medicaid funds
Lincoln County Board Asks Public To Advise On Medicaid Money

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 After Subpoenas in Walker Criminal Probe, WI GOP Sought to Quietly Change Law. 
Voters Could Face Fall Referendum on Minimum Wage
U.S. to intervene in Wisconsin, Ohio voter restriction cases
Racine Journal Times editorial: No outsourcing after taking WEDC money 
Report: WEDC-backed Kestrel had financing issues in Maine before moving to Wisconsin 
Reports: ACA coverage reached more than 9 million

This is WEDCulous
Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We are back from summer vacation and welcome a new Battleground WI Podcast panelist, Jorna Taylor, a Wisconsin-based political consultant. We discuss a new report by a television station in Madison revealing at least two companies who received financial awards from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and later outsourced jobs. We talk about a UW-Oshkosh professor's research on why Wisconsin is lagging behind other states on jobs? In addition, we talk about Outagamie becoming the 4th county to place the BadgerCare Referendum on the November ballot, and Sen. Ron Johnson's lawsuit against ACA and more.




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This week we present a special podcast discussing the financing of elections in our democracy. We welcome Scott Ross, Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now, and Mike McCabe, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign for a lively and informative discussion. 


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"Walker on the Hot Seat" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Gov. Walker's bad week, including dismal new job numbers showing Wisconsin ranked 37th in private sector jobs creation in 2013, a New Republic cover story unelectable whiteness of Scott Walker, and his new silence on gay marriage. We also talk about Wisconsin counties efforts to place minimum wage and BadgerCare referendums on the November ballot and more.


HHS Releases New Details About 2014 Marketplace Premiums, Subsidies. 
Expanding Coverage To Under-26-Year-Olds Made Them Healthier, Saved Money. 
Walker: 'My position hasn't changed' on same-sex marriage.
Colbert on Gov. Walker's same-sex marriage silence. 
Kenosha Co. supervisors approve minimum wage referendum.
Wisconsin job growth 37th in nation in 2013.   
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Takes New Approach to Keep Youth on Healthy Path. 
Less than 1 percent of employers to drop coverage because of ACA: Survey. 
New Republic: The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker A journey through the poisonous, racially divided world that produced a Republican star.
Christian Schneider: A talking point that deserves to die. 
News on the Highway Project. To find out more about the Billion Dollar Boondoggle with no real transit options
Pizza Farm!

"Love Wins" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome Fair Wisconsin's Executive Director, Katie Belanger, to review the historic week and preview what lies ahead for equality in Wisconsin. We are also joined by Mary Bottari, Deputy Director at the Center for Media and Democracy, to talk about new dismal job creation data from Gov. Walker's failed jobs agency WEDC. We also talk about new polling information on increasing the state minimum wage, Duey Stroebel's tax credits, and a federal court restoring Ohio's early voting weekend hours.​


Judge legalizes gay marriage in Wisconsin, but for some, the wait is still on.
Legal Confusion Follows Federal Judge’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage in Wisconsin
State says it is processing gay marriage paperwork.
Fair Wisconsin leader: Gay marriage is only one victory in rights movement
Mary Bottari: Only 5,840 'actual' jobs from Walker's WEDC.
Wisconsin Poll: 77% of Registered Voters Favor Higher Minimum Wage.
Stroebel development deals received $773,000 in tax credits.
Federal court orders Ohio restore early voting hours on 3 days before Election Day.

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Angels on the Edges of Needles
Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discusses the latest data revealing Wisconsin's struggling economy, new developments in John Doe, McDonald's CEO says they can afford to pay $10.10 minimum wage, new Medicaid enrollment numbers released, and Paul Ryan can't stop lying about Medicare.


Beloit Daily News Editorial: Buying control, imposing views
Capital Times: CEO admits wage hike no big deal
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Prosecutors: No evidence of aggressive raids in Doe probe.
Wisconsin election board investigated both parties, agency head says
Medicaid expansion reducing hospital losses from uninsured, study says.
Medicaid Enrollment Surges By More Than 1 Million In April
Politifact: Paul Ryan says Medicare going broke
Cook Political Report: Wisconsin Governor Race is Dead Heat

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Walker Cutting A Deal With Prosecutors?

Our panel discusses the latest speculation that Scott Walker maybe cutting a secret deal with John Doe prosecutors on the same week Americans For Prosperity launches a $900,000 TV ad campaign in support of Walker’s Re-election.  We talk about the tragic data released this week by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction showing Wisconsin student free & reduced-price meal eligibility is 43.3%, up 13.8% in ten years.  In addition, it’s a big week for reproductive rights in the courts, Milwaukee region among 12 picked for federal program on manufacturing, and a case study in Act 10 discriminating against Moraine Park Technical College teachers' freedom of association.


MJS: Scott Walker may be cutting deal in secret John Doe probe.
MJS: Conservatives stung by talk of John Doe settlement with Scott Walker.
American's for Prosperity launches "robust" campaign to Re-Elect Scott Walker.
Wisconsin student poverty rate continues to climb. Free & reduced-price meal eligibility is 43.3%.
Supporters Of Wisconsin Abortion Law Testify In Federal Court.
Emily Bazelon: Court decisions imperil abortion clinics.
Milwaukee region among 12 picked for federal program on manufacturing.
MPTC teachers say yes to union, lose portion of pay increase.

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