“Examining police cooperation with ICE” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Examining police cooperation with ICE” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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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
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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!

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Links:
Arrest video fuels outrage over Milwaukee Police helping ICE.
Is the Wauwatosa Police Department working with ICE?: Questions surround the relationship between Tosa PD and ICE.
Trump Told Ukraine’s Leader to Work With Barr to Investigate Biden.
Pelosi announces launch of formal impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Trump impeachment inquiry: Where the Wisconsin federal delegation stands on the latest developments.
AP Explains: How the ground shifted on Trump impeachment.

“GM Strike & Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“GM Strike & Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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
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Watch People’s Action Presidential Candidate Forum from Des Mone, Iowa.
Saturday, September 21st, Noon Start

Presidential candidates will be invited onstage for real conversations with everyday people about big solutions to the struggles facing the multiracial working class. What are we talking about?

  • Improved Medicare for All
  • A Factory Farm Moratorium
  • A 100% Just Green New Deal
  • Homes Guarantee
  • Free College for All

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Show Links:
Bernie or bust 2.0? Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren, fueling progressive split.
WFP’s Nod to Warren Reminds Progressives of the Inevitable Need to Choose.
Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren.
The Working Families Party Has Written Itself Out of History.
Wisconsin GM Workers Part Of Nationwide Strike: 74 Workers At Western Wisconsin Facility Taking Part In UAW Strike
‘Heartless and Unconscionable’: Outrage as General Motors Cuts Off Healthcare for 50,000 Striking Workers.
Climate strike Friday includes rally outside MG&E, march to Capitol.
Vaping illnesses show need for regulated THC markets.

“Opioid dealer settlement” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Opioid dealer settlement” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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
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Attend Citizen Action Brew Fest Fundraiser, Thursday, September 19th

Links:
Wisconsin rejects Purdue Pharma settlement as fight over lame-duck laws continues. Wisconsin not part of tentative Purdue Pharma opioid deal; attorney general pledges to pursue case.
Candidate Emerges to Succeed Duffy in Congress.
Knives come out as Tom Tiffany announces for Congress: Democrats jump on ‘Toxic Tom’.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Opinion: Wisconsin’s top lawmakers are jacking up costs to rebuff requests for public records.
Foxconn pledged $100 million to UW-Madison. The school has so far received $700,000.
Poll: Democrats Most Like Warren, But Voters Overall Are Lukewarm On Democrats, Trump.

“Sensenbrenner to retire” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Sensenbrenner to retire” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the surprise announcement that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is retiring after 40 years in Congress, setting off CD 5 candidate speculation. We take stock of his fractious legacy. The panel reviews the new MU Law Poll which continues to reveal a vulnerable President Trump and plenty of opportunity for Democratic presidential candidates in 2020. We talk about a new The Hill article which includes Sauk County on a list of the 10 bellwether counties that will determine the 2020 election. Citizen Action is building a new organizing co-op this fall and winter in the region. We discuss an open records request by citizen-activist Sheila Plotkin revealing overwhelming public opposition to the GOP’s lame duck session last year, which was entirely ignored by the gerrymandered GOP majority.
Listen Now – Episode #407
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Links:
Wisconsin Republican Jim Sensenbrenner won’t run for re-election in 2020 after more than 40 years in Congress.
Sensenbrenner by the numbers and the tales.
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden leading Trump.
Mark Pocan sees political winds shifting in Wisconsin.
The 10 counties that will decide the 2020 election.
No progress in dispute between AG Kaul, Republican lawmakers.
Legal Standoff Continues Between Attorney General, GOP Lawmakers.
Open records request reveals overwhelming opposition to lame duck session.

“Time to Retire” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Time to Retire” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review the big news that Rep. Sean Duffy is resigning from Congress, sparking widespread speculation about the election to replace him. Guest panelist Claire Zautke and Robert discuss comments by Congressman Pocan about healthcare in the 2020 election. We also talk about the fallout of the GOP’s lame duck power grab from Attorney General Josh Kaul and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s unfair slamming of the new progressive newspaper, Wisconsin Examiner. Finally we welcome Citizen Action co-op member Tricia Zunker, president of the Wausau School Board, to discuss her work to retire Native mascot imagery from Wisconsin public schools.
Listen Now – Episode #406
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Links:
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy explains decision to retire over health concerns for unborn child.Sean Duffy facebook post.
Congressman Pocan says anything is possible in CD 7.
Mark Pocan touts fall priorities in Congress, urges Democrats to discuss health care as ‘a value’.
GOP lawmakers’ attorney agrees to confidentiality deal
Evers calls on ‘adults’ to solve conflict with Kaul, GOP.
Lame-duck fallout: Wisconsin politicians still don’t have a way to settle lawsuits as more than 12 cases sit unresolved.
Lawsuits on hold as budget committee delays action.
Wausau School Board Asks State To Ban Native American Mascots In Public Schools.
Momentum Grows to End Native American Mascots in Wisconsin.
Proposal on banning Native American mascots in Wisconsin schools gains traction in Milwaukee area.
Journal Sentinel Slams “Liberal” News Site.

“We are the caring majority” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“We are the caring majority” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Guest panelists Claire Zautke, Citizen Action’s healthcare director, tells us about this week’s national day of action to lower prescription drug costs. We also discuss Gov. Tony Evers’ creation of a new office to help achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050, as well as new data showing Wisconsin’s life expectancy is plummeting, especially for African Americans. We welcome Susannah Dyen from Caring Across Generations to discuss building a national movement to make caregiving a respected profession that it is properly compensated.
Listen Now – Episode #405
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Links:
Tackling prescription drug costs: ‘It’s like taking on the NRA’.
Rep. Gwen Moore fights to lower prescription drug costs
Gov. Evers creates task force to bring down prescription drug prices
Rep. Ron Kind talks about the cost of prescription drugs.
Wisconsin death toll: Life expectancy is dropping.
Evers creates new office to reach carbon-free goal.
Expectations Soar for Solar Energy, But Obstacles Remain
Native American mascots: Appleton among growing number of school boards to support ban of offensive imagery.

“Boss Vos” Battleground Wisconsin

“Boss Vos” Battleground Wisconsin

The panel talks about Boss Vos’ stubborn unwillingness to accommodate State Rep. Jimmy Anderson, a legislator with a disability. We discuss the news that state leaders met with Foxconn officials this week in the wake of reports that taxpayers will pay $172,000 – $290,000 per job, if there are any. Governor Evers floats the idea of a special session on gun violence and pays a visit to the heart of right-wing political darkness, WMC. Clean Wisconsin and other environmental groups sue EPA over Trump’s retrograde coal power rule, and we discuss the presidential candidacy of Sen. Kamala Harris.
Listen Now – Episode #404
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Working Families Party Presidential Endorsement Interviews

Bernie Sanders
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   

Bill de Blasio
Sunday, August 18 at 7pm ET/4pm PT

Kamala Harris,
Thursday, August 22 at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT

Cory Booker
Friday, August 23 at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT

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Links:
Foxconn leaders, Wisconsin officials meet; details unclear.
No Republicans sign letter urging Assembly speaker to allow paralyzed lawmaker to call in to meetings.
Wisconsin Assembly leader says accommodations will be made.
Evers bows to WMC.
Clean Wisconsin, other environmental groups sue EPA over coal power rule.
Tony Evers says it’s possible he’ll call a special session on gun violence.
‘Can you stop recording?’ Wisconsin Republicans dodge reporters’ questions on guns.

“White Supremacist terrorism” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“White Supremacist terrorism” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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
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Working Families Party Presidential Endorsement Interviews

Elizabeth Warren
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

Julián Castro
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

Bernie Sanders
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

Links:
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?

“Gerrymandered” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Gerrymandered” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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
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Wisconsin Fair Elections Projects

Links:
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’

“Amanda Stuck steps up” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Amanda Stuck steps up” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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
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To get more information about the Driftless Organizing Cooperative: Kevin.Kane@citizenationwi.org

SIGN Petition to Electric Utilities to Rebuild the Driftless.

Links:
‘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.