Trump & Republicans Attack Wisconsin Election Workers

Trump & Republicans Attack Wisconsin Election Workers

We have a special interview with Wisconsin Election Commissioner (WEC) Mark Thomsen about Trump and the GOP’s baseless accusations that every Wisconsin election clerk conducted illegal election activities. Wednesday evening, Republican WEC commissioners asserted, with no evidence, that Milwaukee and Dane County would illegally restrict access to GOP recount observers. Commissioner Dean Knudson said he was willing to throw out all absentee ballots requested online through WEC, which if it happened would likely swing the election to Trump. Our panel also discusses the escalating COVID-19 crisis in Wisconsin, including Governor Evers’ extension of the mask mandate and his new COVID-19 legislation. We welcome Racine Education Association president Angelina Cruz to discuss the very strong letter WEAC leaders sent to Gov. Evers and DHS Secretary designee Andrea Palm asking for clear state standards on in-person schooling. We also talk about other local elected officials who are receiving threats for proposing local health measures that would slow the spread of the pandemic.

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“Looking Forward” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

“Looking Forward” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

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As COVID-19 surges dangerously out of control, we look forward to national and state course corrections. Next, we discuss the prospects for national healthcare reform in the coming Biden/Harris Administration. We evaluate Gov. Evers’ new COVID-19 Executive Orders, as health care workers and hospitals are on the brink. We preview the 2021-22 state budget process and the importance of pushing to include BadgerCare Public Option and other structural reforms in Governor Evers’ next two year budget.

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“All In WINsconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“All In WINsconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review this week’s historic election that saw huge turnout nationally, including Wisconsin. We discuss how the blue wave this year was met by an almost equal red wave resulting in some disappointing results down ballot based on expectations buoyed by failed polling and the Trump campaign’s ability to expand its base. We shout out Milwaukee and other cities where Black and Brown communities successfully organized and turned out in large numbers putting Biden over the top. We analyze significant progressive gains in the Milwaukee suburbs that resulted in 2 new state assembly members and some heartbreaking narrow defeats for Emily Siegrist and few other state legislative candidates. The panel previews healthcare reform in a Biden Administration that must contend with a likely GOP U.S. Senate. We close with a call to action to get serious about combating COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin and America.
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Despite Rudy Guliani’s false claim, ballots did not just materialize.
Biden’s Wisconsin Win Fueled by Historic Shift in Conservative-Leaning ‘WOW’ Counties.
Judge ‘shocked’ USPS disregarded order for postal inspectors to search for undelivered ballots.
Wisconsin reports record-breaking day for new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, positivity rate.

“Election of the Century” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Election of the Century” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the big election and the prospect of making major Democratic gains in the State Legislature. Next, we dissect Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ 11th hour turnaround on addressing the raging COVID-10 pandemic. Has he finally been persuaded by science, or is he desperately fighting for his political life? In a Battleground Wisconsin exclusive, we release a shocking voice mail of a disgruntled parent left for a union leader which perfectly reflects the hatred and disrespect of public employees fomenting by radical right politicians. Finally we delve into what progressives are organizing for protecting the vote on election day and post-election challenges to the vote count and majority rule from from Trump, radical right judges, and the State Legislature. Subbing for Claire Zautke on the panel this week is Citizen Action Movement Politics Director JoAnna Bautch.
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Watch new documentary film, Can You Hear Us Now?
Watch Citizen Action hosted Q&A with the film’s director, producer, key actors in the film and Citizen Action co-op member and candidate for State Assembly, Emily Siegrist.

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Fauci: COVID-19 vaccine likely not available until next year.
As the crush of COVID cases continues, Wisconsin is on track to run short of ICU beds in two to six weeks.
While in court to stop mask rules, Robin Vos calls to remove politics from COVID response.
Vos Admits, ‘Obviously, What We’re Doing Now as a State Isn’t Working’.
State Supreme Court accepts case that could wipe out Evers’ emergency COVID-19 orders.
Will the Wisconsin Legislature be won with coattails?
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden lead over Trump stable at five percentage points.

“Can You Hear Us Now?” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Can You Hear Us Now?” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome documentary filmmakers, Susan Peters and Jim Cricchi, who will be debuting their outstanding film Can You Here Us Now? next week on Wednesday at 6pm. The film looks at the ways that years of one-party rule in Wisconsin have reshaped democracy in a state once known for its progressive history. We also talk with State Assembly candidate August Schutz who is running the gerrymandered 62nd District in Racine County. We discuss the shocking COVID-19 numbers in the state and our failed response from Republican leaders like Ron Johnson who asserts we are flattening the curve and State Representative Joe Sanfilippo who said the government has no role in helping deal with the pandemic. We released a report this week finding Wisconsin billionaires are getting richer during the pandemic. Also early voting has started in Wisconsin with long lines in many cities as the state prepares for potential militia activity on Election Day.

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RSVP & Watch trailer for Can You Hear Us Now?

Read Citizen Action Report: Wisconsin Billionaires’ Net Worth’s Jump $11 Billion or 28% Since Pandemic.

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“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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Wednesday, October 28th, 6pm.
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Learn more about Kriss Marion for State Assembly District 51.
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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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Learn more about Jacob Malinowski for State Assembly District 82
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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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Learn more about Kristin Lyerly for State Assembly District 88
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Learn more about Kathy Hinkfuss for State Assembly District 4
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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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Support organizations in Louisville as they continue to mobilize people in this moment:

Louisville Community Bail Fund
BLM General Fund
Anti Eviction Fund
Healing for Louisville

Learn more about Deb Andraca for State Assembly District 23
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Learn more about Sara Rodriguez for State Assembly District 13
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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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Learn more about Emily Berge for State Assembly District 68.
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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.