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Foxconn reality check

4/18/2019
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We are joined by state representative Jonathon Brostoff to discuss Gov. Evers’ conclusion that Foxconn is unlikely to hire 13,000 workers and his decision to renegotiate the contract. We review the new UW-Madison study that found accepting Medicaid money would save state residents $100 million a year, on top of savings to the state savings. We also talk about the Trump MAGA rally coming to Green Bay, the Koch Brothers' “astroturf” state budget campaign, and Congressman Sean Duffy dishonestly...

Duration:00:45:35

Treasurer Godlewski’s Budget

4/11/2019
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In the latest episode of our What the Godlewski does the State Treasurer do? segment, we discuss her state budget request for the resources needed to properly run the office. We also discuss Godlweski's plans to create a state-run retirement public option and opportunities to refinancing student loan debt. We review the week’s news including: Judge Lisa Neubauer concession in the hotly contested Supreme Court race; an Appeals court sides with Governor Evers on appointments; and Sen Tammy...

Duration:00:45:33

Medicare For All Special Segment

4/11/2019
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Special Segment - How Senator Bernie Sanders new Medicare for All bill matters!

Duration:00:05:12

Purple

4/4/2019
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We review this week’s spring election results which saw new progressive gains in cities and a conservative voter surge behind right-wing Judge Hagedorn. We talk about the historic victory for public schools in Milwaukee and election of young progressive mayors in Green Bay, Oshkosh and Madison. We dissect the disappointing Supreme Court result and its implication for the court and the 2020 elections. We close by previewing the state budget battle which commences with Joint Finance Committee...

Duration:00:44:40

Challenging Trump & Foxconn

3/28/2019
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In the first half of our show Rebecca Lynch and Robert Kraig discuss the current field of Democratic presidential contenders preparing to challenge Trump in 2020. In the second half of the show, we interview Citizen Action organizer Fabi Maldonado about his courageous effort to challenge Foxconn as a Racine County Supervisor and community leader.

Duration:00:46:16

Scott Walker Alert

3/22/2019
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This week we welcome Rebecca back! We discuss why Scott Walker is out touting a constitutional convention and the ramifications of such an event. The panel also discusses some of the bubbling-up 2020 electoral issues such as dumping the Electoral College, high school students fighting climate change, healthcare, student debt relief and much, much more.

Duration:00:46:20

The Mandela Barnes interview

3/14/2019
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We welcome Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes to discuss his first couple of months in the office and the his vision for creating opportunity in Wisconsin over the next few years. In our third installment of Sarah “what the Godlewski does the state treasurer do?” We review her effort to help UW system graduates refinance their student loan debt and GOP State Rep. Michael Schraa failing to honor his promise to sponsor legislation to put some authority and power back into the state treasurer's...

Duration:00:46:22

Critical Eyes on Foxconn

3/7/2019
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This week we do a deep dive on the Foxconn mess with two special guests: State Senator Chris Larson and State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff. Will we have a thriving new manufacturing hub in 2 years in Racine County, or an post-industrial ghost town? We also look at advances in civil rights in the Evers budget, including automatic voter registrations and drivers licenses for immigrants.

Duration:00:46:57

Healthcare on the March

2/28/2019
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This week progressive Democrats in Congress introduced the gold standard in healthcare reform, Medicare For All, with an impressive 100+ co-sponsors. We talk about why the bill matters despite its dim prospects for immediate passage. Turning to Wisconsin, we look at the official announcement by Governor Tony Evers that he will include BadgerCare Expansion in his first state budget. Citizen Action members are already fully mobilized to support the Governor, holding news conferences in...

Duration:00:44:31

Healthcare on the March

2/28/2019
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This week progressive Democrats in Congress introduced the gold standard in healthcare reform, Medicare For All, with an impressive 100+ co-sponsors. We talk about why the bill matters despite its dim prospects for immediate passage. Turning to Wisconsin, we look at the official announcement by Governor Tony Evers that he will include BadgerCare Expansion in his first state budget. Citizen Action members are already fully mobilized to support the Governor, holding news conferences in...

Duration:00:44:31

3 white male Republicans vow to block BadgerCare expansion

2/21/2019
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We debrief the Spring Primary elections and discuss the latest news in the important State Supreme Court election on April 2nd. The panel tears apart the junk Koch Brother funded research Republicans unveiled this week in effort to provide cover for their shameful opposition to expanding BadgerCare. We talk about Evers’ new proposal to add $28 million in the budget for women's health care. We close with an in-depth discussion of Amazon’s decision to back out of a deal to build a headquarters...

Duration:00:43:57

The climate of democracy in Wisconsin

2/14/2019
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We discuss the latest state news including Gov. Evers plan to expand access to dental care for low income people and fixing lead pipes throughout the Wisconsin. We welcome state treasurer and Citizen Action member Sarah Godlewski for the 2nd installment of “What the Godlewski does the state treasurer do? This time Sarah has some shocking news about censorship on climate issues. State Senator Chris Larson joins us to unveil his new package of campaign finance bills to start restoring...

Duration:00:45:50

Green New Deal vs. Foxconn

2/7/2019
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We discuss the latest on the Foxconn scandal, including a devastating new investigative report exposing the fraud and lies behind boondoggle of the century. We contrast the political cynicism behind Foxconn with the bold vision for a “Green New Deal” introduced this week by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Ed Markey, and other progressives. Finally, Trump sides with payday lending loan sharks over working families on the economic edge.

Duration:00:44:09

The Foxconn is up: They got paid, we got played

1/31/2019
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We welcome State Representative Jonathan Brostoff to discuss the predictable implosion of Foxconn’s manufacturing plant in Wisconsin and the implications for Wisconsin and the progressive movement. We also talk about new scandalous and hateful revelations about the bigotry of Scott Walker's handpicked Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn.

Duration:00:45:21

Wisconsin leans forward

1/25/2019
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We review Gov. Tony Evers’ first State of the State address this week, and the GOP lock step propaganda message in response. We discuss new reporting revealing the Walker campaign and its dark money allies spent an astounding $58 million in 2018 election, and its implications for democracy. We also check in on the latest GOP legislator attack on the Wisconsin Idea. Finally, we welcome Angelina Cruz, president of the Racine Education Association, to discuss the recently settled Los Angeles...

Duration:00:43:54

Evers moves on marijuana

1/17/2019
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We welcome Eric Marsch, Citizen Action of Wisconsin co-op leader and executive director of Southeastern WI NORML, to discuss news that Tony Evers supports legalization of marijuana. Evers announced this week that as a first step to full legalization he will include medical marijuana in his state budget. We discuss the junk GOP pre-existing conditions bill that is moving with lightening speed through the legislature, which is much worse than doing nothing. The panel also reviews Planned...

Duration:00:44:14

Sarah what the Godlewski will the state treasurer do? Vol.1

1/10/2019
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We welcome the new state treasurer and Citizen Action co-op member Sarah Godlewski to discuss the her first week in office. Sarah will join the show every 2nd week of the month to educate us on priorities to strengthen and improve the office’s financial watchdog functions. We talk about Governor Evers’ healthcare executive order and his direction to new AG Josh Kaul to reverse Wisconsin’s stance on the anti-ACA lawsuit. We also review news that groups will sue over lame duck session, a...

Duration:00:44:04

Evers' Budget & Healthcare in 2019

1/3/2019
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We welcome in 2019 by discussing the upcoming state budget fight. We look at the budget priorities Tony Evers rolled out this week in the media, the potential timeline for his expected battle with the GOP-dominated Legislature, and how the fight for Medicaid expansion will be central. We review new GOP legislation that yet again fails to protect those with pre-existing conditions. Finally, we also preview the April 2019 Supreme Court race.

Duration:00:44:41

Ryan & Walker exit

12/20/2018
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We close out 2018 by contrasting the legacies of House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker as they prepare to leave office in early January. We review the lame duck session fall out, including the latest on the motion filed in Citizen Action's early voting lawsuit with One WI Now to block voting restrictions. We also discuss Tony Evers’ first cabinet appointments and a new audit revealing WEDC plans to pay for Foxconn jobs not located in Wisconsin.

Duration:00:46:29

Listening to people

12/13/2018
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We discuss the latest on the scandalous GOP lame duck, including the pending legal action against the early voting in Wisconsin. We welcome Citizen Action North Central Co-op organizer Joel Lewis to review the Wausau budget listening session with Tony Evers, which in openness stands in sharp contrast with the infamous GOP lame duck session. Former podcast panelist Jorna Taylor joins us to discuss Inaugural events and how to participate. We close with a special interview with Citizen Action...

Duration:00:44:20