Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

"#WrongForWI" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discusses the historic anti-worker week in Madison and looks forward. 


From a 'distraction' to fast-tracked to his desk: Scott Walker poised to sign right-to-work bill
Wisconsin Senate Passes Labor Bill After Union-Led Protests
Right to work latest move in GOP transformation of state. State Senate passes right-to-work bill amid protests
NY Times: For Scott Walker, a consistent approach under tough questioning.
Politico: New poll says Scott Walker leads the pack in Iowa. Democrats tout savings in Medicaid compromise bill: Sen. Cowles ope to accepting federal funds to stop UW Cuts.
New Medicaid Bill would save Wisconsin taxpayers $241 million LaCrosse Area leader support BadgerCare
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Attend Anti-"Right to Work" Rally
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"BadgerCare Iowa Fix" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome state representative Daniel Riemer to celebrate 205,000+ Wisconsin residents getting access to affordable healthcare through ObamaCare and to discuss Rep. Riemer's new legislation to accept federal money for BadgerCare the Iowa way.  We talk about Walker's $135 per pupil cut to public education and review the next steps in the state budget process.

Enrollment under Affordable Care Act increases 58 percent in Wisconsin to 205,000 people
Some 11.4 million Americans have enrolled in Obamacare: White House says
MJS Editorial: Gov. Scott Walker made an easy call look hard
Full Medicaid expansion could save state as much as $345 million
New BadgerCare Bill To Be Introduced Today in Madison
Cost savings grow for Democratic plan to strengthen BadgerCare. Shilling urges action on plan to expand health care access and save $345 million
Scott Walker's 'education reform' is a plan to dismember public schools
Walker budget gets bad reviews at GOP Legislators' listening session

Attend media conference announcing BadgerCare Iowa Fix legislation with Rep. Daniel Riemer

La Crosse, Mon, Feb 23rd, 10:45am, La Crosse Health and Human Services Building, 300 4th St N
Eau Claire, Mon, Feb 23rd, 2:45pm Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, 836 Richard Dr.

Republicans in the legislature are feeling pressure to prevent historic cuts to the UW system. PLEDGE now to contact your legislators today & urge them to save UW by accepting federal funds for BadgerCare!

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Evolving with Sen. Hansen & Rep. Shankland

We welcome Sen. Dave Hansen to discuss some of the worst devolution in Scott Walker's budget, including slashing cuts to SeniorCare and Recycling. Rep. Katrina Shankland also joins us to talk about the Assembly Democrats recently announced Economic Opportunity Agenda and Gov. Walker’s budget. And of course, we weigh in on Walker's London trip, and his dodging of those tough evolution questions.

Case managers say SeniorCare cuts would raise out-of-pocket costs
Walker's cuts to SeniorCare could leave some struggling
Democrats launch petition to stop SeniorCare cuts.
Sign online petition
Rep. Jorgensen Paper Petition
Walker's budget calls for more recycling cuts
Scott Walker, in London: 'I'm going to punt' on answering evolution question
Assembly Democrats Announce Economic Opportunity Agenda: “15 Bills for 2015”

Republicans in the legislature are feeling pressure to prevent historic cuts to the UW system.
PLEDGE now to contact your legislators today & urge them to save UW by accepting federal funds for BadgerCare!

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"Drafting Error" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discuss Gov. Walker's pants igniting assertion that the budget provision repealing the Wisconsin Idea from UW's mission is a drafting error. We dig into Gov. Walker's budget, which includes massive cuts to the UW System, $125 million slashed from public education, and cutting up to 66 science and education staff positions at the DNR.  Also WEDC ignores health and worker safety violations, and Republican Sen. Luther Olsen wants to accept federal money for BadgerCare.

Scott Walker: Scrapping 'Wisconsin Idea' was a 'drafting error'
Walker proposes changing Wisconsin Idea — then backs away
Walker: Budget proposal an 'Act 10 for the UW System'
Gov. Scott Walker unveils budget plan amid talk of a presidential run
Public schools decry $127 million loss in budget's 1st year
Gov. Scott Walker's budget includes $663 million hike in Medicaid spending
Chris Rickert: Lost body parts no barrier to corporate welfare at WEDC

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"UW System Cut 13%?" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome guest Rep. Gordon Hintz to discuss Gov. Walker’s looming State Budget release, with a special focus on the draconian cuts to the UW System. We highlight the news that Indiana is now taking enhanced federal funds for BadgerCare, leaving Wisconsin the only state in the Great Lakes region failing to do so. We also look at the new plan to fight poverty in Milwaukee from suburban politicians Rep. Dale Kooyenga and Sen. Alberta Darling. 


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 “State of the Packers Speech” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Gov. Walker’s State of the State speech, his proposed merger of his failed WEDC with WHEDA, the train wreck Assembly committee hearing for Republican bill to charterize public schools, outsourcing, taxes, BadgerCare, specimen cups in the Capitol, and you won’t have Mike Tate to kick around anymore.

Was Scott Walker's State of the State a presidential audition?
Democrats slam Scott Walker's presidential dreams after State of the State
Senate GOP school accountability bill pares back Assembly sanctions
Assembly GOP School Takeover Bill Fatally Flawed
Bill Lueders: State agency spending on outside service contracts continues to rise
Gov. Scott Walker proposes eliminating lawmakers from new WEDC board
WEDC Merger Must Include Fix to Outsourcing Loopholes
All-day hearing on Assembly education bill bares political differences.
Plain Talk: We're in sad state compared to Minnesota.
Wisconsin NOW distributes specimen cups to protest welfare drug testing bill
Mike Tate won't seek re-election as Democratic Party chairman

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“Conservatives Are Back In Town” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Welcome to 2015 and the return of the conservative state legislature. Vos and Co. get busy with bills raising their per diems by 56%, setting time limits for legislative debate, removing Shirley S. Abrahamson as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and more. We review the latest on Walker’s divinely inspired presidential run and his commitment to do nothing if Supreme Court takes Affordable Care Act subsidies away from over 150,000 Wisconsinites. Jen also provides us with an update on the Dontre Hamilton case and protest movement.

Assembly voting on 56% increase in per diem rates
Assembly OKs rules governing time limits on debate.
Constitutional amendment on Supreme Court chief justice to get hearing Thursday
Wisconsin Assembly Republicans hope to pass school accountability bill quickly
Wirch proposes raising minimum wage.
Walker builds 2016 team with likely campaign manager.
Walker on 2016: 'There's a reason God put me' in this spot
Walker Putting At Risk Health Coverage for Over 150,000 Wisconsinites.
Wisconsin Hospital Association CEO makes reimbursement his top issue
How A Stray Remark By A Republican Governor Could Save Obamacare From The Supreme Court
Kleefisch Commission Tax reform report failed to divulge full story
Groups ask Supreme Court to hear Wisconsin voter ID case

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“Walker Blows National Guard Dog Whistle” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discusses Gov. Walker’s sudden interest in foreign policy and his threat to call the National Guard to Milwaukee. We review Walker’s renewed push to shift the tax burden to moderate income people and merge state agencies while conservatives in the legislature push to eliminate the non-partisan state elections board.  Also the State Supreme Court takes up John Doe and Citizen Action releases the 9th Annual Wisconsin Health Care Cost Report.

Walker: National Guard would help if protests erupt in Hamilton case
Walker's top 2015 priority: Cut property taxes
Gov. Scott Walker critical of U.S. moves to normalize relations with Cuba
Gov. Scott Walker says agency, cabinet changes are on the way
Partisan grip to get tighter: Look for legislature to move quickly to choke off independent oversight.
Assembly Speaker Says He's 'Open' To Replacing GAB With Partisan Elections Board
Why the GOP Is Attacking the Elections Watchdog
Both Sides Of Campaign Finance Debate Happy Supreme Court Will Take Up John Doe 
Walker Says He Hopes State Supreme Court Will Put John Doe Probe To Rest
State high court to take up Doe cases centered on Walker's campaign.
9th Annual Wisconsin Health Insurance Cost Rankings report.

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Deceitful Attack on Worker Freedom

Our panel discusses conservatives’ deceitful attack on the freedom of Wisconsin workers, a faith-based campaign for prison reforms in Wisconsin, a GOP effort to force two liberal justices off the Supreme Court by setting an age-limit, and the long awaited Kleefisch Commission’s “We hate taxes” report.



Gov. Walker considers merging state agencies.
Kleefisch Commission Report: High property taxes the top concern raised in tax reform roundtables.
Conservatives in legislature look to mandate retirement age for Supreme Court justices.
Scott Walker to meet with mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
WMC's Bauer advocates for gas-tax hike, eliminating highest tax bracket, union limitations.
"Sen. Jennifer Shilling says Scott Walker could be more forceful if he really wants to stop right to work.
Right-to-work heats up as Barca calls on governor to ‘put brakes on’.
Economic Harms, Benefits Of Right-To-Work Bill Are Likely Minimal, Economist Says.
Chippewa Herald Editorial: Right-to-work not the right priority.
Faith-based group urges Wisconsin to look at other states prison reforms.

Faith-based group calls for prison reforms in Wisconsin.

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"Shankland & Taylor's Bold Vision" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome Rep. Katrina Shankland and Rep. Chris Taylor to discuss the future of Wisconsin’s progressive movement and the Democratic Party. We also talk with Rosalynn Wolfe from Wisconsin Jobs Now! about Thursday’s national low wage worker strike. We also review conservative's efforts to shame people, break unions, and tax hybrids.

Katrina Shankland steps into new role as Assembly assistant minority leader
Shankland moves forward as Democratic leader
Chris Taylor: Time for Dems to get busy is right now
New Koch Brothers group pushes to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state
Legislator to introduce right-to-work legislation.
State Senate to quickly take up right-to-work legislation.
Rough road ahead: Proposal to hike taxes and fees takes heat from both conservatives and environmentalists.
Republicans ready to drug test for public assistance in Wisconsin.


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Special Thanksgiving Interview with Chris Larson

Our Thanksgiving special is an extended interview with State Senator Chris Larson, the outgoing Democratic Leader. In the wide ranging interview we chat with Chris about what it is like to lead a statewide electoral effort, debrief the results of the 2014 elections, and discuss why too many out-state voters are responding to false right-wing appeals. We also look forward to another legislative session in the wilderness, and give a scouting report on the biggest threats to freedom and opportunity from the next conservative offensive.


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“A Calling” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast


Our panel responds to news Scott Walker is seriously considering running for president, if he is “called.” We preview the upcoming state budget, including the Walker Administration’s crazy quilt of tax increases to fill the DOT’s deficit. We kick around Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ threat to withhold state support to the proposed Milwaukee sports arena because Buck’s owner Mark Lasry greeted President Barack Obama when he visited in Milwaukee. We also discuss 2 proactive campaigns Wisconsin progressives should invest in to begin to rebuild democracy in Wisconsin

Gov. Walker waiting for calling as he mulls 2016 run. If he's going to be a GOP contender, "I have to feel like it's a calling”
Scott Walker says he's seriously weighing presidential bid
Paul Ryan named chairman of House Ways and Means Committee
New taxes, higher fees
proposed by state transportation department.
Critics of transportation budget pounce on higher taxes and fees.
MJS Editorial: Transportation proposal
for Wisconsin needs thorough vetting
Walker donor one of four finalists
to develop Hill Farms property in Madison
Robin Vos' warnings
to new Bucks owners raise questions
States Seek Immunity from SCOTUS
Ruling on Health Subsidies

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Drug Testing Walker & A Milwaukee TV Reporter

After batting around Gov. Walker’s plan to drug test the unemployed and food stamp recipients, we kick off a series of discussions on the future of Wisconsin’s progressive movement and the Democratic Party that will continue on future podcasts. The panel also reacts to new video of a Milwaukee TV reporter declaring that “public school suck” as she received an Emmy last week for her reporting.







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Seeing Through The Red

We review the large Walker election victory and look forward.


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Vote Early

Wisconsin’s progressive movement is in full GOTV mode as early vote has started in Wisconsin. We discuss the latest polling showing the race remains statistically tied. We also discuss the significance of BadgerCare and the minimum wage continuing to play a pivotal role in shaping the election agenda. We also welcome Kayla Blado to talk about the New Leaders Council and the application process for new fellows for 2015.

New Rasmussen Poll: Burke 49% - Walker 48%
WPR/St. Norbert’s Poll: Walker 47% - Burke 46%
Politifact says FALSE when Scott Walker says next state budget will begin with $535 million surplus
Republicans caught in budget cover-up: PolitiFact Wisconsin confirms Walker’s $1.8 billion budget crisis
Citizen Action Files Open Records Request for Insurance Industry Lobbying on BadgerCare
County Referendums To Give Direction on Badgercare
BadgerCare Referendum in Outagamie County.
Minimum Wage Bubbles to surface in Governor’s Race.
LaCrosse Tribune: Minimum wage hike: Popular, but is it effective?
We're not the Wisconsin our parents envisioned.
State jobs agency's approach now focus of campaign.

Application to the New Leaders Council
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Early Voting Information from Government Accountability Board.
You can vote early at your local municipal clerk's office. In-person absentee voting (also known as early voting) runs October 20 to 31

If you live in Milwaukee and need a ride to vote early or on Election Day please call: 414-852-3245

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