“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.
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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?
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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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Read Sterling Brown Legal Complaint
Contact Mark Thomsen

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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.

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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.

“Expand BadgerCare & free COVID-19 testing and treatment” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest pandemic developments, including: a major study finds that 36,000 lives could have been saved if the US implemented mandatory social distancing earlier; Governor Evers’ moves over $1 billion in federal money to ramp up testing and tracing; and the state is now a patchwork of COVID-19 policies with some counties and municipalities lifting Safer at Home restrictions early. Robert briefs us on U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s new bill guaranteeing free COVID 19 testing and treatment to everyone in America by dramatically expanding Medicare. Next, we look at what is being done to expand voting opportunities in Wisconsin this fall. We close with a look at the growing strength of progressive talk radio in Wisconsin.

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TAKE ACTION: Expand BadgerCare and Free COVID-19 Testing and Treatment!

It’s time for us to unite across our differences and work together to deliver free testing and treatment for COVID-19 for everyone in Wisconsin. We need to open BadgerCare to everyone without insurance and require insurance companies to provide free COVID 19 testing and treatment without any copays or deductibles, we can ensure that all Wisconsinites have the health care we need through this crisis.

Contact your legislators today in support. 

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U.S. Could Have Saved Thousands Of Lives If Lockdown Started Earlier, Study Finds.
36K Lives Could Have Been Saved If US Implemented Lockdown Earlier: Researchers.
Wisconsin Counties Lifting Local Safer-At-Home Orders Ahead Of Schedule.
Evers announces $50 million in direct payments to Wisconsin farmers, $15 million toward food security.
Strapped renters get state help from COVID-19 funds.
Another 2.4 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week.
Wisconsin election officials show support for sending voters absentee ballot forms, but split on who should get them.
To Avoid an April Repeat, WI Elections Have to Change.
After April’s election difficulties, would a vote-at-home system make more sense for Wisconsin?
‘We Were Guinea Pigs.’ Groups Sue Wisconsin for Safer Elections.
State’s Liberal Talk Radio Chain Growing.

“Supreme Chaos” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review this week’s lawless and partisan Supreme Court decision overturning Governor Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order and throwing Wisconsin into chaos. We discuss how local governments and their health departments are responding to protect people in their communities and why pressure must now be placed on Republican state legislators to fix their public health disaster. We talk about the new Marquette Law Poll which finds the presidential race in Wisconsin within the margin of error, and partisanship trumping facts in public perception of the pandemic. We also thank Citizen Action co-op member Tricia Zunker for running a strong race in the 7th Congressional District special election and out performing the district in the face of a massive infusion of right-wing cash for her opponent.

Listen Now – Episode #442
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Citizen Action Release: Partisan Supreme Court Further Divides Wisconsin When Unity is a Question of Life and Death.
Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Tony Evers‘ stay-at-home order that closed businesses, schools to limit spread of coronavirus.
Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order has been overturned by the state Supreme Court; here’s how people are responding.
‘Blatant judicial activism’ as Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns Safer at Home.
Wisconsinites respond to Supreme Court tossing out Safer At Home.
Another 3 million Americans file for unemployment benefits.
New Marquette Law School Poll finds reduced but majority support for COVID-19 restrictions, while partisan divisions increase.
Tiffany wins 7th district by 14 points, less than Trump’s 20-point 2016 wins.
Most Wisconsin Democrats say they plan to vote by mail this year. Most Republicans say they plan to go the polls.

“Politicians, not regular justices” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Politicians, not regular justices” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the damage the coronavirus is reaping, largely unmitigated by the federal government’s response, and the mounting reactionary/corporate pressure on state and local government to court disaster by prematurely scuttling social distancing. We review the shameful Wisconsin Supreme Court public hearing this week in the Vos-Fitzgerald lawsuit against Gov. Evers’ Stay at Home order. The tone and irrationality of the right-wing majority again embarrassed Wisconsin nationally, and revealed to the world a cabal of unethical politicians in robes masquerading as judges. We welcome Citizen Action co-op member Tricia Zunker to talk about her May 12th special election for the 7th Congressional District in Northern Wisconsin. We close with Citizen Action Northcentral WI Co-op steering committee chair Don Dunphy, to discuss the Citizen Action grassroots campaign for Zunker, and the importance of joining a regional co-op to build progressive power.

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Learn more and join a Citizen Action’s Organizing Cooperative.

Volunteer from home to help Tricia Zunker contact [email protected]

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3.2 Million More Are Out Of Work As Jobless Claims Keep Piling Up.
U.S. Coronavirus Testing Still Falls Short. How’s Your State Doing?
Supreme Court takes up lawsuit seeking to end Evers’ stay-at-home order while economic toll rises.
GOP lawsuit to block Tony Evers’ order to stay home in hands of Supreme Court.
3.2 Million More Are Out Of Work As Jobless Claims Keep Piling Up.
State Meets Only 2 of 6 Criteria for Evers’ Reopening Plan as Cases Approach 9,000.
Local governments plan for all possible outcomes of Wis. Supreme Court ruling on Safer at Home order.
‘Everything is more complicated in Northern Wisconsin’: Voters in 7th district set to go to the polls — again.

“COVID-19 Hot Zone in Brown County” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“COVID-19 Hot Zone in Brown County” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review the latest Wisconsin coronavirus news, including the GOP lawsuit seeking to overturn the Governor’s Stay at Home order. Do the Republicans really have a case? The panel welcomes Up North News reporter Jonathon Sadowski to dig into the significant outbreak of COVID-19 in Brown County meat plants, the lax response from the corporate owners and county health officials, and Trump’s order to reopen infected packing plants nationwide. Supreme Court justice Dan Kelly announces he will unrecuse himself on the voter file purge case, and rule despite being fired by the voters. We also encourage everyone to request their absentee ballots for the primary and general elections, and if you live in the district the May 12th special election in the 7th Congressional District.
Listen Now – Episode#440
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“Update: JBS in Green Bay announced it is resuming testing of its workers after we recorded this episode.”

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US weekly jobless claims hit 3.84 million, topping 30 million over the last 6 weeks.
More than $290M in unemployment benefits disbursed in Wisconsin since March 15.
Unemployment phone problems persist; full call center staffing increases not expected until May.
Wisconsin coronavirus cases pass 6,500 as state says over 180 outbreaks are tied to nursing homes, other facilities.
Evers orders current budget cuts — but not furloughs. Yet.
Wisconsin Supreme Court ponders lawsuit against Safer at Home order.
Despite 330-plus Linked Cases, Green Bay Meat Plant Has Stopped Testing Employees. The County Has No Plans to Step In.
Some GB meat packing employees say recent safety changes aren’t enough.
OSHA Will Oversee Opening Of Meatpacking Plants Following Trump Order.
Number of positive coronavirus cases at Cudahy’s Smithfield plant ‘not yet known’; 503 employees tested, city says.
Special congressional election plans continue, after DHS reports COVID-19 related cases from last election.
New Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Voting By Mail Amid Pandemic.