“Treasurer Godlewski is Back!” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

“Treasurer Godlewski is Back!” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

We welcome the return of State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski to the show. Sarah talks about the importance of paid family leave policies and the new state task force she is leading on retirement security. Our panel discusses the implications of the entrance of Deval Patrick in the presidential election. We review the do-nothing legislature which is adjourning for 2 months with little to show. Sean Duffy reveals he really left Congress to become a lobbyist for wealthy financial interests. Citizen Action’s new co-op in the “driftless” region launches effort to fight climate change, including  through renewable energy upgrades to over 100 homes.
Listen Now – Episode 417
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Deval Patrick announces White House bid.
Deval Patrick Makes A Late Entry Into The 2020 Presidential Race.
Evers hasn’t ruled out calling a second special session regarding gun control laws.
The Politics of Medicaid Expansion Have Changed.
Sean Duffy to lobby for financial industry.
Dozens rally in front of Milwaukee Federal Building for DACA.
Wisconsin Democrats Reintroduce Family Medical Leave Insurance Act
Task Force confronts ‘retirement crisis’.

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Movement wins on Election night

We discuss this week’s election results from around the country, and what they portend for 2020. We look at the significance of high profile victories in the Kentucky and Virginia and highlight some amazing members of the Working Families Party and People’s Action affiliates who won elections. We analyze the latest escalation of the Legislature’s partisan war against Governor Tony Evers: the State Senate firing of Agriculture Secretary Brad Pfaff. What does it mean, and who in Governor Evers’ cabinet is their next target? Foxconn wants to omit sprinklers from part of their new factory (what could go wrong?), the special session on gun safety comes and goes with no action, and the top electoral issues, healthcare reform, remains a no show in the legislature, despite GOP vows to do something about pre-existing condition discrimination.

Kissy Coakley, will be the first African-American woman to serve on the Minnetonka City Council.

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Tuesday’s Elections Show Impeachment Might Not Boost GOP As Much As It Hoped.
3 takeaways from Tuesday’s elections in Kentucky, Virginia and Mississippi.
Election Results 2019: GOP Incumbent Refuses to Concede in Tight Kentucky Governor Race.
People’s Action candidates and agenda win last night! Setting the stage for a big 2020.
Full-court press for Pfaff puts GOP senators in a bind.
Evers sits on the Senate floor as Republicans fire his ag secretary.
Wisconsin tourism secretary designee confirmation unsure, ‘there’s a storm brewing’
Foxconn wants to omit firefighting sprinklers in part of its factory, and a consultant says that’s safe.
Anticipating Thursday’s special session on gun safety? Don’t blink.
Legislature set for another clash with Tony Evers.
What hasn’t happened in health care. Some health legislation passes, but major issues fall from legislature’s agenda.

“Speaker Vos says climate change is real… probably” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Speaker Vos says climate change is real… probably” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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We discuss Republican Assembly leader Robin Vos saying climate change is “probably” real but there is nothing we can do about it the same week a new Harvard study says Wisconsin should invest in windmills and solar to reduce our high dependence on coal which has significant health impacts on residents and climate. We are joined by Citizen Action’s Healthcare Director, Claire Zautke to discuss a new Georgetown study finding a second consecutive year of increases in uninsured children in America and Wisconsin continues to trail our neighboring states in coverage rates. We also discuss new legislation for marijuana decriminalization in Wisconsin, Wisconsin again has the worst gap in academic achievement between black and white students, and Sean “Duffman” Duffy put his foot in his mouth again and facing criticism after questioning decorated Army veteran’s loyalty to country in an effort to defend Trump.
Listen now – Episode #415
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Wisconsin GOP leader Robin Vos says climate change is ‘probably’ real.
Vos: Climate Change Is ‘Probably’ Real.
Harvard study suggests Great Lakes region should install more solar to improve health, environment.
New report shows high levels of uninsured children
Wisconsin fares better than some states, but is still losing ground.
Wisconsin again has the worst gap in academic achievement between its black and white students.
Democrats Push for Marijuana Decriminalization in Wisconsin.
Sean Duffy faces criticism after questioning Army veteran’s loyalty to country.
Report: CNN executive defends Sean Duffy in wake of his comments on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

“The con continues” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“The con continues” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss this week’s impeachment news, including the storming of a closed hearing by right-wing Members of Congressmen. Foxconn announced this week that their highly touted “innovation centers” in Wisconsin cities will not happen any time soon. Gov. Evers’ special session on guns is immediately rejected by Sen. Fitzgerald and other Republicans, who plan not to hold any debate or hearings. Also Chicago educators are on strike joining autoworkers in taking direct action against economic injustice, and yet another MU Law School poll is released, with interesting results. We also welcome Citizen Action co-op member and Eau Claire County Board Supervisor Zoe Roberts to discuss the Eau Claire City Council passage of a resolution officially recognizing November 14-20 as Transgender Awareness Week and November 20th as Transgender Day of Remembrance.
LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #414
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Vote in People’s Action Presidential Primary Candidate Survey 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is a member of the national organizing network, People’s Action. Citizen Action is surveying our members on their attitudes in the Democratic presidential primary election.

We are encouraging all members to VOTE in the survey. Voting will continue until Sunday, November 3rd.

VOTE TODAY!

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Protesting Republicans bring impeachment hearing to a halt by storming secure hearing room.
House Republicans’ impeachment stunt is an attempt to distract from the allegations against Trump.
Will Trump shut down the government to fight impeachment?
Foxconn Innovation Centers On Hold Across The State.
‘It’s Time To Get Something Back:’ Union Workers’ Voices Are Getting Louder.
City of Eau Claire declares November 14-20 as Transgender Awareness Week

“Impeachment” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Impeachment” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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We discuss this week’s surprising House of Representatives vote where 129 House Republican members voted to rebuke Trump on Syria and will it lead to more movement for the impeachment of Trump. Robert and Karen Kirsch dive into a deeper discussion of impeachment. We also talk about the new state GOP effort to restrict Governor Evers’ veto power and to remove as many as 234,000 voters from Wisconsin’s voter roles.

LISTEN NOW – Episode #413
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Resolution opposing Trump’s troop withdrawal in Syria is backed by Wisconsin lawmakers in both parties.
Democratic leaders walk out of meeting with Donald Trump on Syria, claim president had ‘meltdown’.
GOP lawmakers advance plan to prevent Tony Evers from using veto to increase state spending.
Senate committee takes aim at governor’s partial veto powers.
Group seeks to remove thousands from Wisconsin’s voter rolls because they are believed to have moved.

“King Vos grabs more power & uses Rep. Jimmy Anderson as his pawn” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“King Vos grabs more power & uses Rep. Jimmy Anderson as his pawn” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest power grab by Speaker Vos which would allow an unlimited number of veto override votes in the Assembly. Even more shameful is Vos’ petty maneuver to pair the motion with an unrelated disability accommodation that will allow Rep. Jimmy Anderson to participate in Assembly business. In a positive development, Governor Evers signed an Executive Order this week declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. Next, we review a very bad week for Sen. Ron Johnson who ineptly attempted to walk back his damning comments about Trump’s actions in Ukraine, making himself a national spectacle. Also, Trump’s trade war sends American manufacturing into a recession, Milwaukee residents demand answers about police cooperation with ICE, and prescription drug actions target Rep. Sensenbrenner.
Listen Now – Episode #412
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Watch video of ICE and the Milwaukee Police collaborating on an ICE detention of Jose (Alex) De La Cruz while he was taking his children to school.
Donote to help De La Cruz family whose father detained by ICE.

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Assembly set to take another major Republican power grab.
State Assembly To Vote On Gubernatorial Veto Change.
State Assembly To Vote On Gubernatorial Veto Change.
Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order Declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin.
GOP Senator Ron Johnson had a ‘Fox News conspiracy’ meltdown on ‘Meet the Press’ and changed his story on Ukraine.
Ron Johnson emerges as vocal Trump defender while many GOP senators lie low.
Ron Johnson’s star turn: Wisconsin’s top GOP politician goes full Trump.
Editorial: Ron Johnson is choosing Trump over truth.
Manufacturing is now officially in recession, despite Trump’s vow to boost industry.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore Hosts Round Table with Constituents, Community Advocates, About High Prescription Drug Costs.
Grothman hears concerns about health care costs and impeachment proceedings during Waupun town hall meeting.
Assembly set to take another major Republican power grab.

“Medicare & Socialist Destruction” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Medicare & Socialist Destruction” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss President Trump’s new “Protecting Medicare from Socialist Destruction” health plan announced Thursday. We dig into Trump’s health care record, and what to expect in the impeachment debate. We also discuss Congressman Ron Kind’s impeachment position, Trump Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s shocking attack on small dairy farmers during a visit Wisconsin, and the latest developments in the Democratic presidential primary.
Listen Now – Episode #411
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Quote of the week: “What I heard today from the Secretary of Agriculture is there’s no place for me.” He’s right. Under Perdue there is no place for small farmers and under this administration there is no place for a thriving, small-town rural America.” – Jerry Volenec, a fifth generation Wisconsin dairy farmer.

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Trump’s Executive Order to “Save” Medicare Will Likely Push More Cuts.
Trump to unveil order aiming to boost Medicare health program, woo seniors.
Trump continues piecemeal health care push as Democrats tout big plans.
Trump to roll out Medicare plan as Democratic rivals clash over health care
Report: Health coverage falls for second year in Wisconsin: Trend extends nationwide as Trump administration undermines Affordable Care Act.
Perdue to small farmers: Stop whining, your demise is inevitable.
As impeachment inquiry looms, Wisconsin’s eight U.S. House members face different political pressures back home.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says Trump’s ag secretary ‘put a pox’ on state’s signature industry.
Farm-state fury creates pressure for Trump as trade, energy pain collide.

“Examining police cooperation with ICE” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Examining police cooperation with ICE” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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After discussing our national emergency with President Trump, we welcome Wisconsin Examiner journalist, Isiah Holmes, to discuss his investigation into local police department’s cooperation with ICE, including Wauwatosa and Milwaukee. New Citizen Action Driftless Co-op Organizer Ben Wilson joins us to talk about next week’s launch event of the new driftless organizing co-op.
Listen Now – Episode #410
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Driftless Co-op Launch event, Thursday October 3rd 

The Driftless Region co-op will be hosting its formal launch event next week!  Thursday October 3rd at 410 West Ave South in La Crosse at 7:00 PM. This is a chance to learn about our movement and get involved!  The event is open to the public. If you are in the area, please join us and bring some friends!

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Arrest video fuels outrage over Milwaukee Police helping ICE.
Is the Wauwatosa Police Department working with ICE?: Questions surround the relationship between Tosa PD and ICE.
Trump Told Ukraine’s Leader to Work With Barr to Investigate Biden.
Pelosi announces launch of formal impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Trump impeachment inquiry: Where the Wisconsin federal delegation stands on the latest developments.
AP Explains: How the ground shifted on Trump impeachment.

“GM Strike & Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“GM Strike & Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Working Families Party’s Rebecca Lynch leads our discussion on the controversial Working Families Party endorsement of Elizabeth Warren. Then we welcome UAW Local 722’s Steve Frisque, live from a Wisconsin picket line to talk about the GM strike. We weigh-in on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bold new prescription drug plan. Will Trump follow-through on his campaign promises and support it, or will he again cave to Big Pharma? Finally we discuss vaping illnesses and the push to legalize and regulate THC in Wisconsin, and Friday’s international climate strike which is coming to many Wisconsin cities.
Listen Now – Episode #409
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Watch People’s Action Presidential Candidate Forum from Des Mone, Iowa.
Saturday, September 21st, Noon Start

Presidential candidates will be invited onstage for real conversations with everyday people about big solutions to the struggles facing the multiracial working class. What are we talking about?

  • Improved Medicare for All
  • A Factory Farm Moratorium
  • A 100% Just Green New Deal
  • Homes Guarantee
  • Free College for All

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Bernie or bust 2.0? Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren, fueling progressive split.
WFP’s Nod to Warren Reminds Progressives of the Inevitable Need to Choose.
Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren.
The Working Families Party Has Written Itself Out of History.
Wisconsin GM Workers Part Of Nationwide Strike: 74 Workers At Western Wisconsin Facility Taking Part In UAW Strike
‘Heartless and Unconscionable’: Outrage as General Motors Cuts Off Healthcare for 50,000 Striking Workers.
Climate strike Friday includes rally outside MG&E, march to Capitol.
Vaping illnesses show need for regulated THC markets.

“Opioid dealer settlement” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Opioid dealer settlement” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We talk about the continued lame duck session fallout, including Wisconsin not being among the two dozen states reaching a tentative settlement agreement against opioid seller Purdue Pharma. We also discuss the party of Trump’s alignment behind right-winger Tom Tiffany in the CD 7 special election, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel slamming Speaker Vos and Rep. Nygren for charging open records requesters exorbitant fees, and the Foxconing of UW-Madison. We review new NPR/Marist presidential primary polling and preview Thursday’s debate. We welcome Citizen Action co-op member State Representative Jodi Emerson to discuss her first year as a state legislator.
Listen Now – Episode #408
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Attend Citizen Action Brew Fest Fundraiser, Thursday, September 19th

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Wisconsin rejects Purdue Pharma settlement as fight over lame-duck laws continues. Wisconsin not part of tentative Purdue Pharma opioid deal; attorney general pledges to pursue case.
Candidate Emerges to Succeed Duffy in Congress.
Knives come out as Tom Tiffany announces for Congress: Democrats jump on ‘Toxic Tom’.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Opinion: Wisconsin’s top lawmakers are jacking up costs to rebuff requests for public records.
Foxconn pledged $100 million to UW-Madison. The school has so far received $700,000.
Poll: Democrats Most Like Warren, But Voters Overall Are Lukewarm On Democrats, Trump.