“Capitol COVID crisis” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Capitol COVID crisis” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The GOP war on public health continues in Wisconsin with Republican legislative leaders appealing to the right-wing Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn the Governor’s stay at home order and inciting dangerous protests at the state capitol scheduled for Friday. We welcome attorney Mark Thomsen, who specializes in medical malpractice and nursing home neglect, to discuss Speaker Vos’s repugnant amendment to COVID-19 relief legislation which could make it impossible to sue for any kind of nursing home abuse. The amendment was shamefully introduced on behalf of the WI Hospital Association, WI Medical Society, and WI Assisted Living Association. We close with a look at this fall’s state legislative elections and why they are so important to the healthy and prosperity of Wisconsin.

Listen Now – Episode #439
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26 million have sought US jobless aid since the virus hit
Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states.
Wisconsin sees jump in coronavirus cases as golf courses plan to open and some local leaders map out how to ease restrictions.
Despite rejected permit, organizers forge ahead with Friday rally in Madison to reopen state.
What’s going on with Reopen Wisconsin? The right-wing interests, government employees and healthcare workers in the private Facebook group planning a rally on Friday.
‘Reasonable,’ or ‘repugnant?’ Wisconsin lawyers, health care groups debate fallout of COVID-19 legislation changes.
Legislative Democrat will run for re-election! After many announced retirements, Assembly Democratic leader Gordon Hintz says he plans to run again.

“What leadership looks like in a pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“What leadership looks like in a pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome State Representatives Marisabel Cabrera and Jonathan Brostoff to discuss their courageous votes against the very weak COVID-19 relief that clear the Legislature this week. Republicans in the Legislature blocked efforts to include free testing and treatment, a vital step we must take to contain the pandemic, address racial inequality, and open up the economy. The inadequate legislation was signed by Gov. Evers, who had tried to secure a mandate that health insurance companies not charge co-pays or co-insurance fees for COVID 19 treatment. The plan also fails to limit cancellation of health coverage during the pandemic, which will increase the ranks of the uninsured. It also leaves in place insurance deductibles for testing, creating a dangerous barrier to finding out who in Wisconsin is infected.

Listen Now – Episode #438
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Citizen Action COVID-19 Action Center.

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Legislative Action on COVID-19 Grossly Inadequate. Without free testing and treatment, Wisconsin will not slow down the transmission of the virus, or allow safe reopening of economy.
Wisconsin stay-at-home order likely extends to May as coronavirus cases grow, but more help is coming for the unemployed.
‘We Alerted The World’ To Coronavirus On Jan. 5, WHO Says In Response To U.S.
Another 5.2M Americans file for unemployment benefits as layoffs continue.
After weeks of wrangling, Wisconsin’s COVID-19 relief law is signed.
Evers Signs Wisconsin COVID-19 Bill.
Gov. Tony Evers signs Wisconsin coronavirus relief bill, though there is criticism of how it treats first responders.

“Shamocracy” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Shamocracy” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

In this week’s episode we dig into the scandalous pandemic primary forced on Wisconsin voters by a conservative establishment that will stop at nothing to win. The panel also talks about the double gut punch Wisconsin progressives felt with the exodus of Bernie Sanders from the presidential contest. We close with a discussion of the next big big battle in Madison, the fight for a meaningful state response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listen Now – Episode #437
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Citizen Action COVID-19 Action Center

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Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 race, clearing Joe Biden’s path to the Democratic nomination.
‘We still haven’t seen a ballot:’ Voters say they’re disenfranchised after absentee ballots never came.
Haynes: Wisconsin’s election may have been ‘ridiculous’ but those who braved coronavirus to vote were anything but.
Wisconsin’s primary an, ‘epic and comprehensive failure by multiple players’, one expert says.
‘Unfortunate:’ Milwaukee officials report hundreds of absentee ballots missing witness signatures.
Racial disparities illustrated by Milwaukee’s long voter lines
The pandemic is new but for disadvantaged communities, voter suppression isn’t.
Republicans propose giving finance committee the power to cut school aid, slash spending as part of coronavirus relief bill.
Wisconsin passes a grim milestone of more than 100 coronavirus deaths, but unemployment claims are leveling off.
Another 6.6M Americans file for unemployment benefits as layoffs show no letup.

“COVID-19 sickens Wisconsin democracy” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“COVID-19 sickens Wisconsin democracy” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Remaining safer at home, the panel discuss COVID-19 and Citizen Action’s call for free treatment and other critical health care emergency actions needed to contain the pandemic. We dig into dysfunctional political situation in Wisconsin that is careening into a dangerous and anti-democratic election on April 7th. We urge listeners to get their absentee ballots in immediately and encourage everyone to remind friends, family and social networks to do the same. Finally, we dive into a conversation about healthcare workers being fired for speaking out about lack of proper gear and unsafe conditions.
Listen Now – Episode #436
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Watch & Share, Can I get a witness… for my absentee ballot video and DON’T lick your envelope!

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Free COVID-19 treatment is a critical missing link
More than 1,000 in US die in a single day from coronavirus, doubling the worst daily death toll of the flu
Hospitals Tell Doctors They’ll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear.
Housekeepers are quitting at Ascension St. Francis Hospital, saying they are cleaning coronavirus rooms without proper gear.
Milwaukee-area healthcare worker during pandemic: ‘I don’t feel essential, I feel disposable’.
Health care workers scrap old routines, confront new risks.
Wisconsin health care workers worry limited access to paid leave will allow COVID-19 to spread.
Doctor Group: ‘This Is An Unprecedented Time In Health Care’.
Wisconsin Republicans: COVID-19 package in progress, unclear when action will come.
Federal judge blisters Gov. Tony Evers and GOP lawmakers for not delaying Wisconsin’s election.
Federal judge says he can’t move the election.
Warning to absentee ballot filers: Don’t forget to get a witness signature or your vote may not count.
Journal Sentinel news staff furloughed.

“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.

Listen Now – Episode #435
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Register to vote. Until March 30th.
Request your absentee ballot today. Until April 2nd.

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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.
Listen Now – Episode #434
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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.
Listen Now – Episode #432
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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.
LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #431
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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.