“Driftless Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Driftless Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Another week, another set of record COVID-19 infections, deaths, and hospitalizations in Wisconsin. Will the do-nothing Republican Legislature start doing its job at this moment of great peril, or is undermining Governor Tony Evers all they care about? We discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett, who has been the most evasive Supreme Court nominee in modern history. She would not even commit on the right to birth control, or that climate change is a threat, let alone Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act. Robert talks about the civil rights violations by Wauwatosa Police in their outrageous and discriminatory response to peaceful protesters. Finally, we are joined by State Assembly candidates Kriss Marion and Shaun Murphy-Lopez who are challenging Republican incumbents in the Driftless region of the state.

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Judge blocks Gov. Tony Evers’ order limiting indoor gatherings at some businesses.
City-County Climate Equity Goals Are Big.
Wauwatosa residents decry ‘militarized occupation’ of their community.

“Visioning a healthy Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Visioning a healthy Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the continued failure to control the COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin, including the deliberate Republican state legislative effort to undermine any state response. We debrief the new MU Law Poll and the VP debate. Yet another police officer will have no charges brought against them for the killing of a Black teen in Wauwatosa. We close the show by welcoming State Assembly candidates Jacob Malinowski and Jessica Katzenmeyer to discuss their suburban Milwaukee campaigns.

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Editorial: Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald refused to work with Gov. Tony Evers to contain coronavirus. They have made things worse.
With COVID-19 on a Rampage Through Wisconsin, Pence Defends His Pandemic Record in Debate.
Wisconsin reports more than 2,300 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths as crisis continues to spiral ‘out of control’.
Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Conservatives Say Republicans Can Appeal Absentee Ballot Ruling.
Wisconsin grapples with explosion of new Covid cases amid political in-fighting.
Protesters March Against Decision Not To Charge Officer In Wauwatosa, Wis., Death.
‘The fight continues’: Family of Alvin Cole, third person fatally shot by Tosa Officer Joseph Mensah, still calls for firing, charges.
ACLU of Wisconsin Responds to Milwaukee DA’s Decision Not to Charge Wauwatosa Officer Mensah For Fatal Shooting Of Alvin Cole.
Amid major national developments, new Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin voter preferences holding steady in presidential race.

“Democracy Trumped?” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Democracy Trumped?” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We debrief the presidential “debate” this week, discuss the potential of a Trump strategy to use the state legislature to overturn electors and appoint new electors that support Trump, and sound the alarm on the deepening COVID-19 crisis throughout Wisconsin. We are joined by Kristin Lyerly and Kathy Hinkfuss who are running for State Assembly in the Green Bay area. Both are healthcare professionals who are running outstanding campaigns to win in gerrymandered districts.
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Will the Wisconsin GOP help Trump steal the election?
‘I wish they could see how bad things are getting‘: As Wisconsin hospitals fill up with COVID patients, front-line workers sound.
Community groups demand action to prevent virus spread, protect health and education.
President Trump planning rallies in Green Bay and La Crosse, areas labeled as coronavirus ‘red zones’ by White House.
Wisconsin might need 9,000 contact tracers. It has 1,200.

“Taking Back The ‘Burbs” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

“Taking Back The ‘Burbs” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

We discuss the grossly insufficient indictment brought against only one of the Louisville police officers who killed Breonna Taylor. We welcome Citizen Action president Mark Thomsen to educate our listeners about new state legislation (LRB-6434/2) providing a blanket COVID-19 liability shield for businesses and how you can fight it. We continue our interviews with state legislative candidates talking with Deb Andraca and Sara Rodriguez who are making serious challenges to GOP assembly members in the Milwaukee suburbs. They tell us why these Republican gerrymandered districts are changing and ready to elect Democrats this year.
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Louisville Community Bail Fund
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“COVID-19 and the Sickness of Democracy” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“COVID-19 and the Sickness of Democracy” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Wisconsin’s rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rate supercharged by the ill-conceived reopening of colleges and K-12 schools. We talk about the role of individual responsibility in containing the pandemic in the face of the worst national and state response in the developed world. Claire reviews a large national survey released this week finding the uninsured rate rose just before the country was hit by the coronovirus. We look at the huge opportunity Democratic State Assembly candidates have at winning seats previously thought safe for Republicans due to rigged district lines. What does winning these races have to do with creating fair maps? We welcome Citizen Action co-op member Emily Berge, who is a candidate for State Assembly in District 68 in the greater Eau Claire area, to discuss her campaign and what she is hearing on the ground.
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Monitoring the Coronavirus Outbreak in Metro Areas Across the U.S.
Coronavirus in Wisconsin: Seven-day average continues to rise after another 1,400 cases Wednesday.
Trump says CDC Director Robert Redfield ‘confused’ about coronavirus vaccine, mask efficacy. Redfield responded.
Uninsured Rate Rose Again in 2019, Further Eroding Earlier Progress.
NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Laura Helmuth of Scientific American about the magazine endorsing Joe Biden for president. It’s the first presidential endorsement in the magazine’s 175-year history.
Face Mask Mandate Is Set to Expire–Unless Evers Extends It.
Vos Lowers Expectations for a Veto-Proof GOP Majority in Legislature.
Three seats from a GOP supermajority, Wisconsin Assembly leaders eye pickup, defense options.

 

 

“Building A Better State Legislature” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Building A Better State Legislature” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discusses this week’s revelation that Trump knew the coronavirus was ‘deadly stuff’ in February and lied about it to the American people. Next we dig into the explosion of positive COVID tests on Wisconsin university campuses. What are the ramifications? Finally, we kick off post Labor Day campaign season with two Citizen Action co-op members who are running for State Assembly in western Wisconsin: Sarah Yacoub (District 30) and Kim Butler (District 28).
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New MU Law Poll.
Bice: State lawmaker claims one house as residence for taxes and another one for politics.
Tony Evers says he would take a coronavirus vaccine and blames Trump for sowing distrust in the process.
One-third of Wisconsinites would not accept a free COVID vaccine.
Biden leads Trump 47% to 43% in new Wisconsin poll by Marquette Law School.
Poll: Support for BLM levels off, no broad boost for Trump after Kenosha unrest.
‘This is an outside insurgency’: Ron Johnson suggests CARES Act may be funding Kenosha instigators.
Task force is “not a substitute for action,” on racial justice, but it “is what we have.”
Trump knew the coronavirus was ‘deadly stuff’ but chose to downplay it, according to recordings revealed in new Woodward book.
University shifts to two weeks of remote instruction, quarantines two residence halls.

“The cynical politics of Kenosha” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast 

“The cynical politics of Kenosha” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast 

We discuss the electoral politics of the Kenosha controversy and the push for meaningful action against structural racism with our regular panel and special guests Supreme Moore Omokunde and State Rep. David Bowen. How are the events of the last two weeks playing in the presidential election? Will they finally prompt action by the Legislature? We take a deep dive into the Trump Administration’s newly announced evictions moratorium. It is a rare humanitarian act from a callus administration or something else? We close with a discussion of the Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s new policy of suppressing public information on COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. What are the dangers? Why is a Democratic administration withholding vital public health information?
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Craig Gilbert: A national debate, a national divide and a national election intersect in Kenosha.
Trump, DOJ say $41 million coming to Wisconsin law enforcement, but specifics unclear.
Bucks, sports world dunk on Wisconsin Legislature.
Biden: Kenosha Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake Should Be Charged.
Kenosha business owner accuses Trump of using destroyed store for political gain.
Area landlords concerned after CDC halts evictions until end of the year.
‘Nowhere to Go’: Wisconsin Renters Face Evictions as Emergency Aid Falls Short.
Wisconsin officials won’t name schools that have COVID-19 outbreaks, or say how big they are.

Will a Biden Administration (if elected) be Progressive? – Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Will a Biden Administration (if elected) be Progressive? – Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We are on tape from last week’s from the Democratic National Convention, in our long planned counter programming to the proto-fascist Republican National Convention. Will not be able to comment on the latest racist atrocity in Kenosha until next week (but links to our latest statements are below). For this week’s program, on radio row at the Democratic National Convention we taped 4 interviews about a central question for the future of racial justice, economic equality, and the future of the planet: will a future Biden Administration, if we can elect him, be boldly progressive? The alliance between Biden and Bernie Sanders on policy is a great sign, but there are huge challenges to making this alliance between moderates and progressives really happen after the election. We ask two moderates and two progressives for their views. We start the moderates, leading off with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, whose storied political career in state and national politics has made him a very well informed player within the Democratic Party. Next we talk to Jason Rae, the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee, who knows the inner workings of the party as well as anyone. Then, we talk to two progressives with national reputations. John Nichols the National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, and one of the most prolific writers in the entire progressive media and a large following in his native Wisconsin. Finally George Goehl, Executive Director of People’s Action (Citizen Action’s national network), bats clean up on our powerhouse panel. George is one of the most respected and strategic progressives organizers in the country.

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Citizen Action of Wisconsin Statement on the Racist Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

Everyone with Love in their Hearts Must Do More to Interrupt Systemic Racism

People’s Action – The Next Move Podcast: Building a Coalition with Robert Kraig

“Milwaukee’s Digital National Convention” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Milwaukee’s Digital National Convention” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss this week’s all digital DNC Convention – what worked and what didn’t? We break news about a legal effort by Legislative Republicans to remove Attorney General Josh Kaul from an important voting rights lawsuit involving Citizen Action. Again the Republican Legislature thinks it is the only true governing body in Wisconsin! Next we discuss the importance of the 100th year anniversary of the 19th Amendment. We close with Citizen Action Northeast WI co-op member Emily Tseffos, who joins us to talk about the effort to organize #SaveUSPS events across Wisconsin this Friday and Saturday. This is a critical fight both for this election and for the future health of American democracy.
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Harris accepts vice presidential nomination as Obama contends Trump is trying to keep people from voting.
Taunting Democrats who are holding a virtual convention, Pence touts jobs in Wisconsin but doesn’t mention Foxconn.
U.S. weekly jobless claims jump back above 1 million.
State Health Officials Warn COVID-19 Outbreaks Will Happen on School, College Campuses.
Postmaster General DeJoy says he will stop Postal Service changes until after November election.
Late Medicine and Food Gone Bad as Trump’s USPS Delays Hurt Wisconsin Families and Shops.
‘SAVE THE POST OFFICE!,’ tweets President Trump amid recent USPS controversy.
Wisconsin joins states suing over ‘Trump administration’s attack on the USPS’.
AG Josh Kaul committed to lawsuit challenging USPS changes.

“History with Kamala Harris” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“History with Kamala Harris” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We lead with the historic selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential candidate, the first African American women to ever appear on a major party ticket. Will it help Biden win in November? Is there any progressive unrest about the choice? We review Wisconsin’s partisan primary election this Tuesday, where progressives and many candidates of color swept a series of closely contested primaries. We focus in on Citizen Action co-op member Kristina Shelton’s huge victory in Green Bay and Citizen Action organizer Supreme Moore Omokunde’s win in Milwaukee. We discuss the latest MU Law Poll and a new WEAC Regon 7’s “Report Card” grading the opening plans of school districts in southeastern Wisconsin. Is your school district opening safely? Finally, we are joined by Citizen Action co-op member and state legislative candidate Emily Siegrist, to discuss her race and the rising prospects of Democratic pick ups in the previously deep red Milwaukee suburbs.
Listen Now – Episode #455
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Attend Emily Siegrist’s Cycling with the Candidate event this Sunday, 8/15, 2pm, Brown Deer Park. Leave from Brown Deer Park and head north on the Oak Leaf trail to Foxtown Brewing for a beverage before returning back to the park. The route is approximately 10 miles round trip. Please RSVP at [email protected]. Suggested donation is $50. Don’t forget, bring a mask and BYOB (bring your own bike!)

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The Kamala Harris choice: What it means for progressives and swing-state voters.
Kamala Harris Safest Pick & Does not Damage Progressive Pivot of Biden.
Kamala Harris Will Make Sure Racial Justice Is a Key Part of Joe Biden’s Climate Agenda.
Wisconsin primaries point to a more diverse state Legislature next year.
Kristina Shelton defeats Rep. Staush Gruszynski in 90th Assembly District after heated primary; Jonathon Hansen advances in 30th Senate.
Here Are the Winners of Tuesday’s Primary Elections.
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden holding a steady lead over Trump in Wisconsin.
Little traction for Trump memos on unemployment, housing. Evers: President’s weekend actions cause ‘uncertainty and confusion’.
Reports of COVID-19 test shortages spark Baldwin letter to VP Pence.

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