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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

Promises, Promises

4/20/2018
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Promises were at the center of the news this week in Wisconsin politics — promises about money, promises made about the next four years, promises that were broken or not, depending which litigant you ask. Also: Dionne Warwick and imaginary jewelry.

Duration:00:23:03

How Times Have Changed

4/13/2018
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Back in November 2016, we did an episode of the podcast talking about how the southeastern brand of Wisconsin Republicanism seemed to be on the upswing. Reince Priebus was White House chief of staff, Scott Walker was starting his tenure as head of the Republican Governors Association and Paul Ryan was speaker of the House of Representatives presiding over a GOP-controlled government in Washington. What a difference a year and a half can make. This week we look at Ryan's unexpected...

Duration:00:26:15

A Snowball's Chance In November

4/6/2018
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Despite what anyone says, it's impossible to tell if a blue wave is building for the November elections until ballots are counted in November. But that doesn't stop pundits, pollsters and politicians from both sides of the aisle predicting an oncoming Democratic tsunami. A convincing victory by the liberal candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court this week is the latest piece of evidence being used to prognosticate, and like a snowball rolling downhill, the more people talk about a blue...

Duration:00:24:04

The Week That Screamed 'Third Branch!'

3/30/2018
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Wisconsin's judiciary — the third branch of state government that quietly goes about its business while the governor and Legislature loudly engage in politics. One might almost forget it's there, until you have a week like this where politicians and judges clash, pulling with coequal force in different directions. Gov. Scott Walker's administration was rebuffed by three judges in the course of a week over whether or not to call special elections. Meanwhile GOP lawmakers threatened to...

Duration:00:22:48

The Never-Ending Session

3/23/2018
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Adjournments, deal-making, extraordinary sessions. County judge rulings on special elections. Will Wisconsin's legislative season ever come to an end? Or will lawmakers keep returning again and again? This week the podcast tries to get a hand on the end of business at the state Capitol, but wouldn't you know it, news keeps happening. Also featured, popular punk rock recording artists Green Day.

Duration:00:29:08

Talkin' 'Bout (Some Of Our) Generation

3/16/2018
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Next week, the Wisconsin Senate calendar includes a request from Gov. Scott Walker for $6.8 million to expand an advertising campaign to lure Midwest millennials to Wisconsin. It's already being tested in the Chicago area with adds on public transportation and social media. To see how it's playing south of the border, the podcast's Laurel White went to the Windy city and talked to commuters for their take on the merits of moving to Wisconsin. Also included in the episode: a bunch of bad...

Duration:00:30:11

Take It Or Leave It: Live From Madison

3/9/2018
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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and his caucus are standing firm that they are done voting for the legislative session. Meanwhile, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and his Senate colleagues are still working and have a stack of more than 200 bills that the Assembly has sent their way for approval with the implication that they better not change anything. It's a "take it or leave it" scenario that has left some top Republican priorities in the governor's office and Legislature hanging in the...

Duration:00:28:48

Lost In A Crowd: Live From Madison

3/9/2018
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When you're running in a Democratic primary race for governor that's nine people deep (or 17, depending how you count,) it can be a challenge to stand out from the crowd. So what can you do? Promise to end school vouchers or tout union endorsements? Maybe not so much. Make somewhat confusing statements about going to jail for your beliefs or breastfeed your baby in a campaign video? Maybe so. Find out what it might take on this special episode of the WPR Politics Podcast recorded live in...

Duration:00:32:08

Beginning Middle End

3/2/2018
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Sometimes when you're putting together a podcast about state politics, you find you can't just focus on one story. You might have one story about gun control that's just beginning, another about a state official that seems to be finally coming to an end, and some interesting developments in a story about a certain Taiwan-based tech manufacturer that Wisconsin will be in the middle of for quite some time. You might also want to listen to some British Invasion-era pop rock.

Duration:00:18:23

Tossing Out The Script

2/23/2018
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In a legislature controlled by one party, procedural action generally tends to follow a pattern. The minority party introduces legislation even though they know it has little chance of passing. The majority party dismisses it and pursues their agenda. But every once in a while, the unexpected happens. This week, in the wake of a school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead, Wisconsin Democrats tried to force consideration of a bill strengthening background check rules on gun sales....

Duration:00:16:10

End-Of-Session Chaos!

2/16/2018
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The end of Wisconsin's legislative session is near and that means CHAOS! With so many bills to consider and such little time to vote, lawmakers and journalists are left running ragged, trying to keep everything everything straight.

Duration:00:17:58

Taking A Leap Into Tolling

2/9/2018
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The prospect of bringing toll roads to Wisconsin has been a contentious subject for quite some time. Even with one party in control of all corners of the state Capitol, the most recent budget process included plenty of debate on the topic but no resolution. Now, with the possibility of more federal transportation money on the table thanks to President Donald Trump, some long-time tolling skeptics, including state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, appear willing to take the political...

Duration:00:18:38

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (In Partisan Affiliation And/Or Policy Priorities)

2/2/2018
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To quote the immortal words of rock legend David Bowie: "Changes." A pair of prominent candidates in major 2018 Wisconsin races, U.S. Senate hopeful Kevin Nicholson and GOP Gov. Scott Walker, have drawn attention lately for changes they've made in their political stances and even their party affiliation. In an election year, when is change a good thing and when is it too much?

Duration:00:16:13

All In Favor Say 'Pod'

1/26/2018
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Some things you don't see every day — like a determined effort by state senators to oust the leaders of Wisconsin's elections and ethics commissions or a candidate for the officially nonpartisan state Supreme Court attack his hosts and the sitting U.S. president during a debate. Other things you see every year — like a governor giving his annual State of the State address. Either way, they're fair agenda items for the WPR Politics Podcast Committee.

Duration:00:26:45

Waving Hello To 2018?

1/19/2018
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It may only be January, but that doesn't mean it's not to early to speculate wildly about the potential for a partisan wave in the November general election. Does an unexpected Democratic win this week in a western Wisconsin Senate district hint at trouble for Republicans in the fall? Or will they have time to build a sea wall strong enough to protect their hold on state government?

Duration:00:26:49

Madison V. Madison

1/12/2018
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This week, Gov. Scott Walker's administration rolled out a marketing campaign aimed at luring young professionals to Wisconsin, relying heavily on rosy images of Madison. Also this week, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced his bid to run for Walker's job, prompting the governor to take a few Twitter jabs over the city's crime rate and business track record. Wisconsin's capital city has long been a symbol of both pride and scorn in state politics, depending on the context, and is proving...

Duration:00:26:41

Kicked Out Of The Club

1/5/2018
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What does it take to get blacklisted from your own political clique; to get ousted from the cool kids table? This week's political news saw a widening rift between President Donald Trump and his former senior advisor Steve Bannon, an unexpected de-clubbing that reverberated down to state politics as well. But it's far from a novel occurrence. There are plenty of examples in Wisconsin politics of politicians doing something to get them kicked out of their clubs.

Duration:00:26:14

About That Thing We Said IV: The Blue Episode

12/29/2017
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It's time to get stoked for a super rad edition of the WPR Politics Podcast's periodic look back at all the developing stories and wild speculation that we were totally wrong about in past episodes. And what's even radder? We're combining it with a mega-condensed year-end wrap up show about every Wisconsin political story of 2017!

Duration:00:25:21

The 13 Days Of Candidates

12/22/2017
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The field of candidates for governor and U.S. Senate is always changing it seems. This week, we run through all the candidates the only way that makes sense: While walking through a winter wonderland, chopping down a tree.

Duration:00:50:13

Getting To Know Doe

12/15/2017
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The investigation into the investigation known in Wisconsin as John Doe 2 sounds complicated on the surface, but the podcast has you covered. Get to know Doe!

Duration:00:25:35

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