“Not Dying 4 Wall Street” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Not Dying 4 Wall Street” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest COVID-19 pandemic news, including this week’s Congressional action. Is the $2 trillion relief package the biggest corporate giveaway in American history, or vital help for working Americans and small businesses in a time of dire need? We welcome Susannah Dyen from Caring Across Generations to talk about the Texas Lt. Governor’s comments that grandparents would be willing to die to preserve America’s economy. We close with the latest on the troubled April 7th spring election, including changes to election procedures imposed by a federal judge and growing opposition to holding this election during a state lockdown.

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Coronavirus spreads across Wisconsin with a spike in confirmed cases, an outbreak in a senior facility and questions over spring election.
‘We put the value of human life at a higher level’.

Businesses close, unemployment rises as Evers’ stay-at-home order comes with a dire warning.
Texas’ lieutenant governor says US should get ‘back to work’.
Senate passes historic $2 trillion stimulus package to curb effects of coronavirus.
Thinking big while staying at home: Progressive policy wonks on how the pandemic could change everything.
How the coronavirus stimulus bill helps you.
‘At their own peril’ federal lawsuit from city of Green Bay requests election delay.

Battleground Wisconsin Podcast panel and Susannah Dyen.
Wisconsin Republicans oppose COVID-19 relief” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Wisconsin Republicans oppose COVID-19 relief” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Practicing social distancing, our panel joins us this week from separate locations. We discuss the rapidly evolving Covid-19 virus pandemic and the political response. We call out Sen. Ron Johnson and 4 Wisconsin Republicans Congressmen for voting against the bipartisan coronavirus recovery bill over their opposition to paid sick days for workers. We also dig into the impact the pandemic is having on the April 7th election. Should the elections be postponed? We encourage everyone to request an absentee ballot at myvote.wi.gov. The panel closes with a discussion of a Wisconsin Public Radio story on how the major Democratic candidates for president have run to the left of Gov. Tony Evers and State Legislative Democrats.
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Battleground WI Podcast studio goes home.

Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works
Sen. Ron Johnson was one of only eight votes against the bipartisan measure.
State not yet sure how many ventilators and ICU beds will be available.
Possible coronavirus treatment could be in clinical trials within weeks, using plasma from recovered patients, if doctors get FDA approval.
Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson one of eight senators voting no on coronavirus package.
Sen. Ron Johnson is telling people to keep coronavirus in perspective.
Amid pandemic, Democrats sue to ease absentee voting rules in Wisconsin.
Coronavirus: Amid Fears, Wisconsin’s April Election Stays Put.

“COVID-19 Pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“COVID-19 Pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discuses of the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Evers, cancelled in person classes at many universities, and resulted in the suspension of the NBA season. We focus on the dysfunctional response from the Trump Administration to the outbreak, including the lack of testing, its cost to patients, and the president’s error riddle and xenophobic speech to the nation. We welcome Lynn Quincy, director of the Healthcare Value Hub, to talk about a new study conducted in partnership with Citizen Action that shows a majority of Wisconsinites across party lines are concerned about the high cost of healthcare. avoid needed care due to cost, and support fundamental reform. We discuss the latest news in the Democratic presidential primary after another big week for Joe Biden and yet another attempt to purge Wisconsin’s voter roles by the right.

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Trump Suspends All Travel From Europe For 30 Days To Combat COVID-19.
Americans snap to attention on virus as big events canceled.
Sporting events face alterations as coronavirus spreads, and Wisconsin athletes are already being impacted.
Up to 150 million Americans are expected to contract the coronavirus, congressional doctor says.
Wisconsinites favor ‘big, structural change’ to health care, survey shows. Worries about rising costs, and support for government action, cuts across party lines.
Health Care Value Survey Shows Wisconsinites Concerned About Affordability and Quality of Care.
Wisconsin Voter Purge Case Appealed To State Supreme Court.

Super Tuesday Political Earthquake? Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Super Tuesday Political Earthquake? Battleground Wisconsin Podcast


The panel diggs into the repercussions of the Super Tuesday primaries, and the dramatic thinning of the Democratic primary field down to two major candidates. What are the implications? We also discuss yet another right-wing threat to health care coverage for millions, the implication of Covid-19 for caregivers, two Wisconsin State Supreme Court scandals, and media stories indicating that a “culture of racism” may have played some role in the mass shooting at Miller-Coors factory in Milwaukee.
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3-5-20 – The Earl Ingram Show (with Reggie Moore)

“Coronavirus” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Coronavirus” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the implications of the coronavirus in America and the role of the pharmaceutical industry and Trump Administration in making the threat worse. We review the South Carolina Democratic presidential candidate debate and look at the latest Wisconsin polling. Is Bernie pulling away? The panel closes by talking about a new report from the Center for American Progress which blamed gerrymandering for the failure of the State Legislature to opt into BadgerCare Expansion.
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CDC official warns Americans it’s not a question of if coronavirus will spread, but when.
‘Hearing my name mentioned a little bit’: Sanders plays defense and other moments from the South Carolina Democratic debate.
Frontrunner Bernie Sanders takes brunt of attacks during Democratic debate ahead of South Carolina primary.
Democratic voters who watched Tuesday night’s debate said national front-runner Bernie Sanders impressed them the most of any candidate, followed closely by Joe Biden and then Elizabeth Warren.
Bernie Sanders surges to the lead among Wisconsin Democratic voters in new statewide poll.
Those who sat out 2016 back Democrats for president by 2-to-1 margin.
Report blames gerrymandering for blocking Medicaid expansion.

 

“Let’s get ready to rumble” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Let’s get ready to rumble” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review the boxing match that broke out during the sensational Nevada Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas. The panel debriefs this week’s Spring Primary Election in Wisconsin that saw Jill Karofsky easily advance to the general election against conservative Dan Kelly in the state Supreme Court race. We close with a discussion of the Republican legislature’s rejection of Governor Evers’ plan to increase education funding and instead make regressive moves to increase mass incarceration.

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Key takeaways from the Nevada Democratic presidential debate.
Democratic Debate Draws Record Audience Of 19.7 Million Viewers For NBC and MSNBC
Bloomberg put on defensive during combative two-hour Democratic debate.
Wisconsin Supreme Court race will pit Daniel Kelly against Jill Karofsky.
Tom Tiffany will face Tricia Zunker in 7th Congressional District special election
District went heavily for Trump in 2016.
Chris Larson, David Crowley advance to April 7 election in Milwaukee County executive race.
Preliminary Numbers Show February Primary Turnout Higher Compared To 2018.
Bice: Winners and losers on a strong election night for African American candidates.
Wisconsin Voters Said ‘No’ To Several School Referendums In Spring Primary Vote.
GOP tax cut appears to be headed to an Evers veto.
Senate Democrats block action on GOP tax cut plan, health care bill following heated debate.

“Wis GOP votes for mass incarceration” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Wis GOP votes for mass incarceration” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the shameful legislative week for Wisconsin Republicans that included ignoring Gov. Evers’ call for a special session on education in favor of bills locking up more people at great cost and politicizing sexual assault kit testing. Our panel reviews the state of the Democratic presidential primary contest after the New Hampshire primary and looks forward to the spring primary election next Tuesday, Feb 18th. A Milwaukee TV station finds registered voters who are wrongly targeted for purging from the state rolls. We also welcome Citizen Action co-op member Alex Brower who is running for City of Milwaukee Comptroller on a progressive agenda that includes replacing WeEnergies with a public municipal utility and establishing a public bank.
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Three Democrats end their 2020 bids in about 12 hours. Here’s why it matters.
Important Reminders for Voters about the February 18 Spring Primary.
‘Tougher on crime’ bills pass despite calls for reform.
Education funding bills put off as criminal justice reform, rape kit testing fills Assembly agenda.
‘Tougher on Crime’ is no way to go.
Rape victims on the losing end of Assembly drama.
Voters flagged for deletion still live where list says they don’t.
Assembly Passes Rape Kit Bill, Crime Proposals.

“Historic Political Week” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Historic Political Week” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss this historic week that included the anticlimactic conclusion of the Trump impeachment trial, the State of the Union reality TV show, and the epic data problem at the Iowa Caucus. We also review Trump’s new plan to gut Medicaid through a block grant program and Vos’ possible softening on a GOP redistricting fight in 2021. We welcome state representative Jonathan Brostoff to discuss his legislation to phase out state funding of private voucher schools to fund a guaranteed 18:1 class sizes in all public schools.

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Trump’s scary, nihilistic State of the Union.
Wisconsin Democrat Baldwin says Senate acquittal is putting Trump ‘above the law’.
Trump acquitted, despite one GOP defector.
What went wrong in Iowa?
Wisconsin’s Democratic governor calls Iowa caucuses a form of voter suppression.
Eau Claire lawmaker proposes phasing out voucher system.
Dueling voucher views: Pence to attend rally as lawmaker demands end to Wisconsin programs.

“Organizing the Bucks” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Organizing the Bucks” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the historic tentative agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks 1000 workers that will set new wage standards for the for the sector with Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers (MASH) president Peter Rickman. We announce Citizen Action’s endorsement of Ed Fallone and Jill Karofsky for state Supreme Court and Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive. The panel previews the Iowa Caucus and makets its predictions. We also discuss a new executive order from Gov. Evers establishing a public redistricting commission that will ban elected officials and lobbyists from participation. Finally we talk about Evers’ decision to delay implementing Scott Walker’s Medicaid work requirements, and his signing an executive order creating a student debt task force.

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Citizen Action endorses Ed Fallone & Jill Karofsky for Supreme Court.
Citizen Action endorses Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive.
Bucks agree to $15 minimum wage at Fiserv Forum; new labor group hails victory.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signs order creating nonpartisan redistricting board.
Lobbyists and lawmakers barred from sitting on Gov. Evers’ redistricting commission.
Wisconsin seeks to delay Medicaid work requirement again.
Gov. Tony Evers signs order creating student debt task force
Congress is talking about paid family leave. Will they do anything?
Union organizers aim to thread Act 10 needle.

“State of ‘Sconnie” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“State of ‘Sconnie” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“State of ‘Sconne” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We discuss Governor Evers’ State of the State speech. Claire and Robert tell us about the Families USA healthcare conference they are attending this week and we dive into a deeper discussion of Trump’s failure to deliver on lowering prescription drug prices. We talk about the 2 new open state Senate seats following the announced retirements of Democratic Senators, Dave Hansen and Mark Miller. We close with a discussion of the disappointing Wisconsin Association of School Boards’ rejection of the proposal to retire Native mascots in Wisconsin schools.
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Bipartisan bickering and blame begins before the State of the State.
In State of the State speech, Gov. Tony Evers looks to aid farmers, push for nonpartisan redistricting.
Trump promises kept on Rx reform? More like promises broken.
Wisconsin School Board Members Reject Proposal To Ban Native American Mascots.
Wisconsin voter purge ruling appealed to state Supreme Court.
State Rep. Melissa Sargent announces candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate.
Madison-area Democratic Sen. Mark Miller announces he won’t seek re-election.