We discuss the growing death toll of white supremacist terrorism, last week’s mass shootings, and the tepid response from Wisconsin GOP leaders. State Senator Jon Erpenbach joins us to talk about this week’s introduction of legislation to expand BadgerCare. A new study says Foxconn jobs will cost state us $172,000 – $290,000 per job, or an astounding 6 to 10 times the national average. Finally, Citizen Action co-op organizer Noah Reif tells us about door canvassing this Saturday at 10 am in Black River Falls and next Saturday in Menominee.
Listen Now – Episode #403
Working Families Party Presidential Endorsement Interviews
Tuesday, August 13th at 4:30pm (interview at 5:00pm)
RSVP and join us for watch parties at Puddlers Hall here or Art*Bar here
Thursday, August 15th at 6:30pm (interview at 7:00pm)
RSVP to join us at the WFP downtown HQ here or in Washington Heights here
Saturday, August 17th at 6:00pm (interview at 6:30pm)
RSVP to join us for watch parties at Bounce Milwaukee here or Art*Bar here
Tony Evers pushes background checks, red flag law in the wake of shootings.
Wisconsin Republicans show no signs of tackling gun violence after massacres in Texas and Ohio.
Sen. Johnson: Red Flag Laws Could Present Rights Issues.
Madison State Rep. Calls for Assembly Speaker to Resign.
Wisconsin Democrats try again for Medicaid expansion.
Evers and Dems seek Medicaid expansion…again.
‘I’m being excluded’: Paralyzed Rep. Jimmy Anderson on Speaker Vos’ denial of accommodations.
Cap Times Editorial: What Robin Vos doesn’t know about disability rights is … everything
Will taxpayers give Foxconn $172,000 – $290,000 per job?
Wisconsin Fair Election Project Director Sachin Chheda joins us to discuss new state legislation for fair legislative maps and the possibility GOP leadership could attempt to dodge Gov. Evers to gerrymander Wisconsin again. We also talk about Speaker Vos refusing to make accommodations for Rep. Jimmy Anderson to participate in committee meetings and Gov. Evers looks to protect water from nitrates. We also review the latest Democratic presidential news and Robert takes a first look at Kamala Harris’ new healthcare plan released this week.
LISTEN NOW – EPISODE 402
Wisconsin Fair Elections Projects
Leaders won’t let lawmaker who uses wheelchair participate in meetings by phone.
Disability rights specialist: Rep. Anderson likely has case for lawsuit.
GOP could dodge Gov. Evers to gerrymander Wisconsin again.
GOP leaders refute claim they plan to circumvent governor in redistricting process.
Republicans signal they will seek Democratic governor’s approval for new election maps.
Tony Evers calls for more water protections against nitrate contamination.
WI Conservation Voters: Gov. Evers’ announcement on nitrate pollution is a commitment to protecting our health.
Kamala Harris unveils ‘Medicare for All’ plan that preserves role for private insurance
Sanders says Kamala Harris’ health care plan is ‘not Medicare for All’
We discuss Donald Trump and his campaign doubling down on racist, white nationalist appeals this week. Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy says Trump’s tweets were not racist and denies calling four congresswomen anti-American. We are joined by Citizen Action member and State Representative Amanda Stuck who announced this week she is running for Congress. Citizen Action’s Kevin Kane stops by to discuss the new member organizing co-op we are organizing in the “Driftless” area of Wisconsin and how you can get involved in an initial campaign to get area utilities to accept federal funds to to create energy efficiency jobs in the region upgrading homes at no cost to residents.
Listen Now – Episode #401
To get more information about the Driftless Organizing Cooperative: Kevin.Kane@citizenationwi.org
SIGN Petition to Electric Utilities to Rebuild the Driftless.
‘Send her back!’ chant shows Trump’s ugly plan to get reelected.
Sean Duffy defends Trump against charge of racism while accusing four Democratic colleagues of being ‘anti-American’.
Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy says ‘anti-American’ remark was misunderstood.
State Rep. Amanda Stuck to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher for Congress.
Rep. Amanda Stuck Says Working Class Background An Asset In Congressional Run.
We welcome Citizen Action co-op member Mireya Sigala-Valadez to discuss the Lights for Liberty national day of action event she is helping organize in Eau Claire where people will gather in solidarity to end refugee camps and to protest the inhumane treatment of refugees. Co-op member and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski gives her take on the signed state budget and organizes us to fill out her new student loan surveys. We discuss the Texas lawsuit to end the Affordable Care Act and what state legislators are preparing to do to in response. Gov. Evers says Foxconn will only create 1,500 jobs. The 2020 Presidential Election heats up in Wisconsin this week with candidate visits and Trump fundraiser.
Listen Now – Episode #400
Lights for Liberty events
330 Riverfront Terrace, Eau Claire
8pm – 9:30pm
Wauwatosa City Hall
7725 W North Ave, Wauwatosa
7:45 – 9:15pm
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Sounds Alarm On Repeal of ACA
State Legislature Must Take Action to Protect Health Coverage
Wisconsin governors have used veto powers to raise spending and debt dozens of times. Now the GOP wants to block Tony Evers.
Foxconn will only create 1,500 jobs, says Wisconsin governor.
Foxconn exec complains about not being able to change Wisconsin plans whenever it wants
We analyze Gov. Evers’ big budget decision. How did he use his veto pen, and what prompted his decision not to engage in budget brinkmanship? We also discuss next week’s start of oral arguments in the Texas lawsuit to destroy the Affordable Care Act. Finally we give a scouting report on how Democratic presidential candidates are positioning themselves on Medicare for All.
We discuss Trump’s made for Fox TV campaign kick-off event in the wake of his trumped up fight with Iran. Will Trump decide that releasing the dogs of war is to his political advantage? Next, we dig into the critical state budget votes scheduled for next week, the growing right wing opposition to the GOP budget, and the options available to Governor Evers should a terrible budget reach his desk. We preview next Monday’s BadgerCare Expansion statewide Day of Action (see details below). Finally, the panel dives into the Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders dynamic in the Democratic primary election, looks ahead to the first Democratic presidential “debate,” and discusses Beto O’Rourke’s LBJ like ascent from political unknown to presidential contender.
Listen Now – Episode #397
“The GOP Budget Plot Thickens” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
This week we do a deep dive with State Senator Chris Larson on the GOP budget endgame. Does Robin Vos really expect Governor Evers to capitulate to their short sighted and immoral budget, or does he have a hidden agenda in mind? Next we welcome State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski to discuss the fiscal insanity of the GOP budget that is taking shape, and her work to address the student debt crisis. Finally, we dig into the latest Foxconn low lights, and progress on Medicare for All.
Listen Now – Episode #396
This week Battleground Wisconsin takes to the road to dig into the question of how progressives can win back the industrial states lost to Donald Trump in 2016. Read More
The big con continues with news that Foxconn awarded contracts supposedly reserved for Wisconsin-based companies to firms headquartered in Connecticut and England. Read More
We review the latest state budget news, including Boss Vos and Fitzgerald’s scheme to split the budget into two separate pieces of legislation in an effort to constrain Gov. Evers veto options. Read More