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.
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.
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 Download MP3
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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 Download MP3 Press Clips
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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.
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 Download MP3 Press Clips
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.
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 Download MP3 Press Clips
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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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 Download MP3 Press Clips
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!
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 Download MP3 Press Clips
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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 Download MP3 Press Clips
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