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Campaign spending, committee votes, budget memos. State politics can seem less than thrilling unless you know where to look. The "WPR Politics Podcast" is a weekly show about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR's Capitol reporters Laurel White and Shawn Johnson clue listeners into stories they may have missed and tell them what's actually interesting about stories they've already heard a thousand times.

Campaign spending, committee votes, budget memos. State politics can seem less than thrilling unless you know where to look. The "WPR Politics Podcast" is a weekly show about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR's Capitol reporters Laurel White and Shawn Johnson clue listeners into stories they may have missed and tell them what's actually interesting about stories they've already heard a thousand times.
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Campaign spending, committee votes, budget memos. State politics can seem less than thrilling unless you know where to look. The "WPR Politics Podcast" is a weekly show about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR's Capitol reporters Laurel White and Shawn Johnson clue listeners into stories they may have missed and tell them what's actually interesting about stories they've already heard a thousand times.

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Episodes

Don't Want To Be Your Friend

12/7/2018
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This week, Wisconsin's GOP legislative majority used a lame duck extraordinary session to curtail powers of incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers, setting the stage for what is likely to be a contentious relationship for the coming years. On the one hand, Republican leaders acknowledged a need to work with the next governor on some issues, but they also clearly signaled that, politically, they don't want to be his friend.

Duration:00:27:30

Lame Duck Tales

11/30/2018
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Wisconsin's Republican-led state Legislature is set to hold a lame duck extraordinary session before Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers is sworn in next year. The list of things they may consider seems to continue to grow and they could start voting on bills (inescapable pun intended) as soon as early next week.

Duration:00:22:16

News Meat Off The Bone

11/23/2018
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It may be Thanksgiving week but that doesn't mean there isn't still plenty of political news meat left on the proverbial bone. There's talk of moving an election date, a congressman weighing in on state legislative matters and a governor-elect who's keeping his statements mild-mannered. The big meal may be over but there's still plenty of tasty news left for more helpings.

Duration:00:23:11

Reunited (And It Feels So Pod)

11/16/2018
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This week saw the Wisconsin Capitol press corps reunited in the beige confines of the Joint Finance Committee chamber for business on transitions and incentives. And that's not to mention another reunion with Gov. Scott Walker for the first time since his election loss to Democrat Tony Evers. Election season is over and everyone is getting back together at the state Capitol.

Duration:00:22:30

What Happens Next?: Live From Milwaukee

11/9/2018
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The ballots have all been cast, results counted and races won and lost. So, what happens next? Will GOP lawmakers try to limit incoming Gov. Tony Evers' power before he takes office? Will Evers be able make progress on his agenda items? What does divided government look like in Wisconsin?

Duration:00:30:47

What Happened On Tuesday?: Live From Milwaukee

11/9/2018
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What the heck happened On Tuesday? There was an election, that's what! Some things changed, some things didn't and some things were surprising. In this episode recorded live from Milwaukee, hear about some of the electoral nitty gritty you may have missed just looking at Wednesday morning's headlines.

Duration:00:22:07

The Everything Show

11/2/2018
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This is it! The last podcast episode before Election Day 2018. So, it's time to talk about everything we haven't had a chance to before it expires on Nov. 7. And for good measure, how about a few new developments from the past week? Also: snacks!

Duration:00:37:08

Be My Guest: Live From La Crosse

10/26/2018
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It's been a week of political special guests in Wisconsin. A president and a former president were among the high-profile invitees in the state generating support and enthusiasm for local candidates. But how well do these appearances really work? And what are the risks and rewards for the both the guests and the hosts?

Duration:00:23:35

October Surprises: Live From La Crosse

10/26/2018
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It's that point in the Wisconsin race for governor where things are ripe for surprises. There have already been several — in terms of what the candidates have turned into issues and what they haven't — and there are bound to be more before things are through. What are they? We can't tell the future ... or maybe we can.

Duration:00:23:16

Freaky Fricast

10/19/2018
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In the closing weeks of the Wisconsin gubernatorial election, GOP incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony evers are both finding themselves touting issues that seem pretty squarely on the other side's turf. What gives when a Democrat is talking tax cuts and a Republican is cutting ads about health care protections? And how are they responding with one another creeping into their respective wheelhouses? Also: Mid-1970s goofy camp!

Duration:00:26:43

What Up With That (Polling Outcome)?

10/12/2018
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We're no strangers to talking about polling on the podcast and generally try to steer clear of reporting on every single microdevelopment in electorate opinions, but sometimes numbers come out that just leave you scratching your head saying, "What up with that?" Handy links: WPR's reporting on the lates Marquette University Law School poll. NBC News' reporting on their newest NBC News/Marist poll.

Duration:00:23:13

Doing Things Out Of Order

10/5/2018
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You're not alone if news this week has left you feeling that things are happening a bit out of order. State Republicans have solid control of government but they're waiting until after an uncertain election to take up an incentives package for Kimberley-Clark Corp. Why the strange timing? What does it all mean?

Duration:00:22:17

Adding, Subtracting, Deciding, Acting

9/28/2018
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These days it's easy to see politics as a crazy, unpredictable spectacle where nobody knows what'll happen next. But in reality, politicians are constantly making calculations — weighing the pros and con, the risks and benefits of taking a position or making a decision. That was certainly on display this week here in Wisconsin and in Washington. Also: A special appearance by a chill special guest.

Duration:00:25:54

Happy Birthday 2 Us

9/21/2018
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The WPR Politics Podcast is two years old! And speaking of things that are getting older: the 2018 election cycle. As we celebrate the pod growing and changing, why not take a look at some election news stories that have shifted with age? Also included: A classic 1962 signing performance.

Duration:00:26:02

An Unexpected Call

9/14/2018
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The governor is urging lawmakers to consider returning to the Capitol to take up a "Foxconn style" incentive package for consumer products company Kimberly-Clark. On this week's episode, we dial into the latest on what the proposal includes, what lawmakers are saying about it, and how the whole thing is playing out amid the height of election season.

Duration:00:16:42

So What'd I Miss?

9/7/2018
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The race for governor has been busy in the first few weeks since Wisconsin's primary, but whether these micro-developments have changed the race is up for debate.

Duration:00:20:43

Born To Be Wild(ly) Interested In Trade Policy

8/31/2018
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This week, Harley-Davidson enthusiasts from around the world are in Milwaukee partying it up to celebrate the iconic Wisconsin motorcycle manufacturer's 115th anniversary. But it comes after the president of the United States has endorsed a boycott of the company over plans to move jobs overseas ... which, in turn, were a response to the president's trade policies. So do Harley lovers support Donald Trump's tariffs? Do they take kindly to his calls for a boycott? Can you pop a wheelie on a...

Duration:00:22:34

2018 Wisconsin Post-Primary Election Recap Podcast Special

8/17/2018
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Wisconsin's 2018 partisan primaries are history. Tony Evers and Leah Vukmir won the big-ticket races. Which means there were also plenty of candidates who didn't win. Why and why not? That is the podcast.

Duration:00:26:11

Closing Arguments: Live From Appleton

8/10/2018
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It's down to it in the eight-way Democratic race for governor in Wisconsin, with just a few days to go before the primary. So what are candidates' closing arguments to voters? Turns out it really depends.

Duration:00:31:44

Not The Same: Live From Appleton

8/10/2018
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GOP U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson will tell you themselves that not much separates them in their policy stances. But the rivals — and the big money backing them — are doing everything they can to show that they are not the same in some other important ways.

Duration:00:21:46