“Trump mails in the election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Trump mails in the election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss President Trump’s disturbing pronouncement that the 2020 election should be delayed because mail-in ballots will make it inaccurate and fraudulent. Trump’s statement comes on the heels of a cratering economy and complete absence of Republican leadership on extending desperately needed COVID relief. We celebrate the extension of the moratorium on utility shutoffs last week and thank the leadership of Citizen Action’s new North Side Rising organizing co-op. We welcome progressive State Assembly candidates Kristina Shelton and Josefine Jaynes to discuss their August 11th primary elections.

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Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election.
The GOP Stimulus Bill Guts Unemployment But Somehow Finds $7 Billion for Weapons.
Coronavirus relief talks hit impasse on Capitol Hill.
These Republicans Said Wisconsin Needed Another COVID Relief Bill. Now They’re Silent.
Editorial: Gov. Evers should stop hesitating and issue a life-saving mask mandate.
Number of Wisconsin Households Barely Getting by Swells to Nearly 550,000.
A pandemic. Marching in the streets. Economic hardship. Former governors ask where our government leaders are.
More than 25 federal agents coming to Milwaukee as part of ‘Operation Legend’.
Milwaukee’s Federal Deployment Will Not Be Like Portland, Swears U.S. Attorney.
State Regulators Extend Moratorium On Utility Shutoffs For Residential Customers.

 

“Uncontrolled Contagion” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Uncontrolled Contagion” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel digs into the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, now one of the worst 19 states in the country in containing the virus. How bad is it? What is the State Legislature, the Evers Administration, and local governments doing about it? As the federal cut-off of pandemic unemployment benefits looms, the panel discusses dissension in the ranks of the GOP, and the likely inadequate proposal they will make to the Democrats. We also look at the immense economic impact being inflicted on working Americans, and the disproportionate impact on communities of color. Will right-wing conservatives in The Senate and the White House get their act together, or will they unleash a historic wave of utility cut offs, hunger, evictions, and foreclosures?
Listen Now – Episode #452
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“Schools during COVID-19 pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Schools during COVID-19 pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and Wisconsin state government is at a standstill, Wisconsin municipalities are stepping up with new mask ordinances. Citizen Action holds news events around the state to call attention to the damage inaction in Washington is doing to the economic well being of working families. Without urgent action by the middle of next week, the unemployed will be cut-off of enhanced unemployment assistance, and we are already facing a wave of utility cut-offs, evictions, and foreclosures. As corporate leaders and their political puppets demand the reopening of schools, we welcome Ben Ward from the MTEA (the Milwaukee teacher’s union) to discuss whether it is even possible to have in-person classed safely when the pandemic continues to rage. We also talk with Voces de la Frontera’s Christine Neumann-Ortiz and Mario Ramirez about their follow up meeting with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services concerning the outrageous decision to withhold the COVID-19 infection numbers of businesses.

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Wisconsin sees 821 new coronavirus cases as more counties bumped to ‘high’ activity levels.
Milwaukee community organizers call for more federal coronavirus assistance and a continued moratorium on power disconnections.
Madison mayor urges state, federal aid to assist communities during pandemic.
Local leaders urge extension of current unemployment benefits. In Brown County nearly 1,000 people filed their initial application in the last week alone.
Don’t let the utilities shut off people’s power.
Wisconsin won’t name businesses with multiple COVID-10 cases.

 

“Forecast: Hot & Humid” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Forecast: Hot & Humid” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest Wisconsin Supreme court ruling upholding most of the Lame Duck power grab. The panel than moves to the deadly Wisconsin COVID-19 surge, and the movement towards mask mandates at the local level. Will Governor Evers pursue a state mask order? We tee-off on the troubling decision of the Wisconsin Department Health to withhold the names of businesses with multiple COVID-19 cases. Are they caving to Republican corporate interests? On a more positive note, we look at the bold New Deal-style jobs initiatives highlighted by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin on a statewide townhall hosted by Citizen Action. Could it be used to protect family incomes, and jump start a green climate transition that also dramatically reduced racial inequality? We also discuss the looming July 25th cut-off of enhanced unemployment benefits, which would leave the unemployed and work-share participants high and dry. We close with an analysis of the just announced Biden-Sanders platform comprises aimed at party unification. Does it signal a new progressive-moderate alliance within the Democratic Party?
Listen Now – Episode #450
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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds most lame-duck laws, throws out provisions on government documents.
Nearly Two-Thirds Of Wisconsin Counties Have A ‘High Level’ Of Coronavirus Activity
Wednesday Sees 598 New Cases Of COVID-19, Bringing 7-Day Average To 565 Daily Cases.
Wisconsin Has Fastest COVID-19 Spread In U.S.
Tony Evers signals he might try to mandate face masks statewide but expects a legal challenge.
Milwaukee citywide mask mandate now circulating through Common Council.
Mask ordinance to be considered for city of Green Bay.
Wisconsin won’t name businesses with multiple COVID-10 cases.
Senator Baldwin & Citizen Action Call for Bold COVID-19 Economic Relief.
6 Takeaways From the Biden-Sanders Joint Policy Proposals.
Biden, Sanders Release Progressive Unity Platform for Democratic Party.

“Judges, Billionaires, and Pandemic Chaos” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Judges, Billionaires, and Pandemic Chaos” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel digs into the racist federal appeals court ruling restricting Wisconsin early voting, and risking a dangerous replay of the infamous pandemic primary. Citizen Action is a lead plaintiff in the case. We discuss a new report co-released by Citizen Action of Wisconsin on how 8 Wisconsin billionaires have made an economic killing from the pandemic.  The pandemic continues to accelerate, confounding Donald Trump and the GOP by refusing to go away on its own.  We point out some of the hotspots and controversies around the Badger State. We look at the rising pressure for Congress and the President to extend coronavirus economic relief, and to make bold new investments in publicly-subsidized jobs and a green transition. We report back on a major news event Citizen Action led in La Crosse this week to put pressure on the feds to act. Finally, we look at the latest Wisconsin racial justice protest developments, and unveil the latest round of Citizen Action legislative endorsements.
Listen Now – Episode #449
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Wisconsin Billionaires’ Net Worth Rose 36% During Pandemic
Federal appeals court decision, implications, next steps
Cynical appeals court helps Wisconsin GOP
Voting in WI: New Rules, New Limits
Judge throws out Racine’s coronavirus plan, says it’s unconstitutional

 

 

“Protest, pandemic and polls” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Protest, pandemic and polls” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the BLM movement that continues full steam ahead. We process the political response to the events in Madison this week, the latest outrageous statements by Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, and right-wing politicians and media outlets. We question whether any elected leaders are proposing the necessary structural reforms to move the ball on racial equity, as Wisconsin is a national leader on many major indicators of racial inequality. We also talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic spinning out of control in the south and west, and some disturbing indicators in Wisconsin. We close with a review of the new MU Law poll showing a growing lead for Biden, and vast differences between whites and black and brown people on policing.
Listen Now – Episode #448

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Rep. Tom Tiffany says Gov. Tony Evers should resign over Madison violence.
Evers on Toppled Statues: ‘Nonsensical’.
Rioters In Madison Assault State Senator, Behead Immigrant Abolitionist Monument.
Wisconsin Politicians On Both Sides Of Aisle Decry Violence, Destruction In Madison.
Family of Joel Acevedo says how Milwaukee is handling prosecution of police officer who put man in fatal chokehold is ‘a disgrace.
Here’s what we know about the chaos that unfolded Tuesday near a Washington Park home.
Wisconsin coronavirus activity level bumped up to ‘high’ by health department as state reports 432 new cases.
Convention overhauled as state delegates no longer traveling to Milwaukee, event moved out of Fiserv Forum.
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden lead over Trump increasing, high support for Black Lives Matter and declining concern about COVID-19

“Fighting for anti-racist communities” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Fighting for anti-racist communities” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

As America celebrates emancipation on Juneteenth Day 2020, our panel discusses the state and local responses to the Black Lives Matter movement, including the Milwaukee Common Council’s proposal to cut the police budget by 10% and Milwaukee Public School board’s move to remove police from the schools. We are also joined by State Representative Jonathan Brostoff to discuss shocking racism from elected officials and businesses in Menomonee Falls this week. Finally, we discuss two critical SCOTUS rulings, both major defeats for President Trump, on LGBTQ+ and immigrants’ rights. Do these surprising rulings throw cold water on the right’s plan to legislate through conservative judges?
LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #447
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The Black Legislative Caucus and Assembly Democrats are putting pressure on Gov. Evers.
Assembly Democrats back call for special session on Juneteenth to address criminal justice reform.
MPS considers terminating Milwaukee police contract to patrol outside buildings.
MPS considers terminating Milwaukee police contract to patrol outside buildings.
Milwaukee PD Faces 10 Percent Cut.
How Many Fewer Cops With A 10% Cut?
1.5 million new unemployment claims filed last week.
UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee make it official: Campuses will reopen for fall, but with limitations.
WEC approves final draft to send absentee ballot application to 2.7 million voters.
SCOTUS made a monumental ruling — and there could be more to come.
Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA in big win for ‘Dreamers’

“Listening to Sterling Brown” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome Mark Thomsen, the attorney for Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown, to discuss critical lessons from Sterling Brown’s legal case against the Milwaukee Police and what they teach us about police reform. In addition, we discuss the Wisconsin Election Commission’s unanimous decision to send absentee ballot application to 2.7 million Wisconsin registered voters.
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Wisconsin’s Legislative Black Caucus urges Gov. Tony Evers to call Juneteenth special session on overhauling police policies.
Dems locking down votes on police reform.
US Democrats introduce sweeping legislation to reform police.
Black Lives Matter Protests Are Not Just Happening in Wisconsin’s Big Cities.
Can the Police Union Prevent Reform?
NY lawmakers approve 10 police reform bills in 3 days.
Milwaukee planned to purchase equipment for chemical irritants but canceled after Common Council members objected.
Elections Commission moves one step closer to mailing absentee application to 2.7 million voters.

“Uprising for Racial Justice” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Uprising for Racial Justice” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Citizen Action’s JoAnna Bautch and Rafael Smith join the show to discuss the national uprising sparked by George Floyd’s murder. We talk about the inspiring outpouring of social action in communities across Wisconsin, led by young people, calling for police accountability, fundamental criminal justice reform, and racial justice, We also talk about initial stepping stone policies to structural reform such as shifting resources away from the publicly funded oppression of marginalized minority communities and investing in a just, anti-racist, and humane system of public safety.

Listen Now – Episode #445
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3 More Former Cops Charged In The Killing Of George Floyd.
Marches Multiply, Milwaukee City Council Will Investigate Curfew, Police Response.
Again and again, Milwaukee has protested police brutality and racist policies. What legacy will these marchers leave?
Could Floyd’s killing lead to long-delayed reform in state law?
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Officials Cutting $100 Million-$150 Million From LAPD Budget, Funds To Be Reinvested In Communities Of Color Republicans wary, Democrats alarmed.
Former President Obama Addresses George Floyd’s Killing for First Time on Camera: How to Stream Live.

 

“Scapegoating China” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Scapegoating China” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome Tobita Chow, director of Justice Is Global, a special project of People’s Action, to discuss the dangerous effort shift public attention away from the disastrous pandemic response by scapegoat China, risking a dangerous military competition between the two most powerful nations on earth. This cynical divide-and-conquer politics is sparking a wave of racial hatred aimed at Asian Americans. We talk about how our success requires embracing principles of anti-racist solidarity and international cooperation. We also review the latest COVID-19 news, including huge delays in unemployment insurance claims.
Listen Now – Episode #444
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Policy from the People: Cooperation in the Face of COVID-19.
Anti-China sentiment is on the rise.
U.S.-China Tensions Were Already High. Pandemic And Hong Kong Have Made Things Worse.
China Takes A Step Toward Total Control Over Hong Kong.
Wisconsin Just Hit New Records For Testing, Positives — and Deaths.
Elections Commission approves more than $6 million in spending, will send ballot applications to most voters.
Unemployment delays divide Senate Republicans, Democrats.
The Problem With the GOP Call Center Plan.