Spring Primary Election: The good & the ugly.
We debrief the Spring Primary Election, which saw historic voter turnout and a decisive victory by Judge Janet Protasiewicz. We take a deep dive into this first phase of the critical Supreme Court race, including the big money expended on scorched earth TV ads on behalf of three of the four candidates. Despite its short term success, did the messages set Democrats up for failure by reinforcing right-wing values on public safety, and damaging the multiracial progressive coalition needed to address mass incarceration and structural racism in the criminal justice system? We also call attention to the important reelection race of Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich, and call on progressives to get off the sidelines and volunteer in the general election. Next, we discuss Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s call for the Biden Administration to rein in dangerous short-term health plans that are permitted by Trump era policies to violate the minimum standards for health coverage set by the Affordable Care Act. Robert tells us about a sleazy campaign by big health insurance corporations to destroy Medicare by privatizing it. Finally, we sound the alarm bells over the threat to health coverage posed by the unwinding of the COVID public emergency.
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- Protasiewicz cruises to primary victory with focus on her ‘values’.
- Bice: 5 takeaways from Wisconsin’s primary election.
- Conservatives prepare to unite behind Kelly.
- Mitchell pushes judicial fairness as he tries to escape Barnes campaign shadow. Money and support have flooded to the other liberal candidate after apprehension over nominating another Black candidate in a statewide race.
- Outside groups set new campaign spending record in Wisconsin Supreme Court race.
- Ads knock Dorow on sentencing decisions.
- ABTW targets Dorow in new ad.