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It's Back

The GOP health care zombie bill is back and worse than ever! We discuss the latest conservative effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and welcome Healthcare for All Cooperative organizer Katie Dunn to discuss next Monday’s 1:30pm rally in opposition to the GOP repeal plan at Sen. Ron Johnson’s Milwaukee office. We also welcome Cooperative organizers, Jeff Smith and Joel Lewis, to discuss the Western and North Central Wisconsin Organizing Cooperatives, including member-led organizing on...

Duration: 00:45:28

Medicare For All

We discuss Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s support for new Medicare for All legislation introduced this week in the U.S, Senate. Baldwin's forward looking vision is in sharp contrast with Sen. Ron Johnson and his conservative colleagues who introduced yet another effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The panel talks about the long delayed special interest laden state budget that passed the assembly on Tuesday and now heads to the Senate for final rubber stamping. We also review the latest on...

Duration: 00:45:52

Hurricane Donald sets sights on DACA

As Hurricane Irma rampages toward Florida, we discuss the political implications of Hurricanes and other human-made climate disasters. The panel considers the latest Foxconn news, including a likely vote in the senate next week, and a new amendment that sends lawsuits directly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The GOP continues to wrangle over the state budget. Accion Ciudadana organizer Luz Sosa joins us to discuss Trump’s attack on young immigrants with the termination of DACA, and Anna...

Duration: 00:43:56

Labor Day 2018

Happy Labor Day Weekend Wisconsin! Our panel discusses the vital role labor unions play in creating democratic workplaces, real economic opportunity, and access to the middle class. We reflect on the devastation in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the role climate change and bad public policy played in it’s creation. Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV) organizer Matt Dannenberg educates us on the mining industry’s latest push to roll back Wisconsin’s mining moratorium...

Duration: 00:43:38

Eye on 2018 Election

We take a sneak peak at the developing 2018 governor's race. We discuss how issues like the Foxconn giveaway will shape the political environment and test candidates. Robert updates us on on the growing public opposition to the Foxconn deal, including 3 news events held by Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative in Eau Claire, Wausau, and Appleton. Jorna reviews Paul Ryan’s fake town hall with CNN that was not open to the public. Also, GOP Sen. Tom Tiffany is threatening Wisconsin’s mining...

Duration: 00:44:28

Taking a Stand

We welcome one of the legislative champions in the fight to stop the Foxconn heist, State Representative Amanda Stuck. Stuck's courage to speak out during the Assembly committee hearing on Foxconn helped spark a public groundswell against Scott Walker's disastrous plan for corporate welfare on an unprecedented scale. Call your State Senator today at 1-800-362-9472. We also discuss the murderous rally of Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville. Citizen Action organizer Davette Baker...

Duration: 00:43:55

Foxconn: It's a trap!

We do a deep dive into the environmental trap that will be set if Scott Walker's Foxconn swindle is approved. We welcome Kerry Schumann, executive director of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and Raj Shukla, executive director of The River Alliance of Wisconsin, to discuss the gutting of environmental standards for the benefit of one multinational corporation. We also look at the developing split between the Assembly and Senate on Foxconn and how this issue will impact the...

Duration: 00:45:02

The Foxconn Resistance

We welcome state representative Jonathan Brostoff to talk about his early opposition to the $3 billion plus Foxconn plan that is currently being rushed through the Assembly. We analyze the political dynamic that will likely result in a number of Democrats supporting the money for Foxconn and what investments progressives should be supporting to create real economic opportunity throughout the state. Robert discusses the failed GOP Senate vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump’s...

Duration: 00:44:22

FoxCon Game?

We dive into the slim details surrounding Trump and Walker’s $3 billion bribe to Foxconn to build a display panel plant in Wisconsin that could employ 3,000 - 13,000 workers (if you believe Foxconn). We review the latest on Senate GOP’s bizarre legislative effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act through a so-called “skinny” repeal. We are joined by Healthcare For All Organizing Cooperative member Joan Hanson to talk about the co-op's long term organizing plan for universal healthcare....

Duration: 00:45:19

GOP Repeal in Critical Condition

We discuss whether the health care repeal crisis or the Russian scandal are diverting too much attention from other Trumpian threats and dig deeper into the next steps in the health care fight. Anna Dvorak, organizer for the Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative, joins the panel to update listeners on the movement for fair elections that is sweeping the state. Mike Crute, of the Devil's Advocates and the owner of a new progressive radio station in Milwaukee, joins us to discuss the shady...

Duration: 00:45:35

Zaxs in DC & Madison

Much like Dr. Suess’ Zaxs, GOP leaders who control all levers of power in DC & Madison are puffing their chests up with pride but failing to repeal health care or approve a state budget. We discuss the Senate healthcare bill 2.0 that GOP leaders are hoping to pass next week without the CBO score they promised. The panel reviews the GOP stalemate in Madison over the state budget and explores the opportunity it presents progressive leaders to articulate a compelling vision ahead of 2018...

Duration: 00:45:53

Health Care and Budget Impasse

This week Robert Kraig and special guest State Senator Chris Larson discuss the health care impasse in Washington and the innovative state bill announced this week by Legislative Democracts to open BadgerCare to everyone in Wisconsin as a public option. They also discuss the bizarre Republican maneuver in the State Assembly on a bill to outlaw health insurance lifetime and annual limits. Does it show that health care be a big electoral issue for progressives? Then we dig into the state...

Duration: 00:45:16

Healthcare is working along very well

We review the failed Senate Republican effort this week to hold a vote on their draconian healthcare bill. President Trump was optimistic saying, “healthcare is working along very well. We could have a big surprise with great a healthcare package... A great, great surprise.” Jorna highlights Sen. Johnson’s disturbing comment comparing people with preexisting conditions to someone who has crashed their car and wants to buy auto insurance. We welcome Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative...

Duration: 00:47:35

Senate GOP healthcare bill revealed… So that’s why it was secret

We discuss the long-awaited, secretive Senate healthcare bill that includes larger cuts to Medicaid but differs little from the “mean” House bill that cuts healthcare from million Americans to provide a large tax break to the wealthy. State Rep. Eric Genrich joins us to talk about his visionary legislation to provide BadgerCare for all through a public option. We welcome Sachin Chheda, director of the Fair elections Project, to update us on the legal developments this week in the historic...

Duration: 00:37:53

Mean House & Secretive Senate

We discuss the secrecy surrounding the Senate healthcare legislation and President Trump’s shockingly unkind words about the health care plan he forced Paul Ryan to jam through the House of Representatives.” Robert reveals interesting details of meeting between Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative members and Sen. Ron Johnson’s legislative aide regarding the difficulty Republicans face in passing a healthcare bill. We welcome Matthew Rothschild, executive director of Wisconsin Democracy...

Duration: 00:45:57

Healthcare Fight Grows

We open the show with Sen. Ron Johnson’s very disturbing comment that he is pushing his fellow Senators to legalize insurance industry discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. We also discuss the surprising support by the Republican leading on the Opioid epidemic, Rep. John Nygren, for Gov. Walker’s shameless plan to force drug test BadgerCare recipients. We welcome new Citizen Action organizer Katie Dunn to tell us about the “Healthcare For All” Organizing Cooperative...

Duration: 00:48:01

Wisconsin economy tanks; Walker blames workers

We dig into the dismal economic report showing Wisconsin's job growth last year was the worst since 2010 and that we are continuing to hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs. What does the new data say about Scott Walker's economic performance? Jorna educates us on a new GOP bill to restrict free speech at the UW System. We look at the NRA’s dangerous effort to allow people to carry open guns without permits, concealed weapons without training, and guns onto school grounds. We discuss the Joint...

Duration: 00:52:47

CBOh oh: 23 million will lose health care

We review the new Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) findings that the House healthcare bill will result in 23 million losing their health coverage and potentially destabilize the Wisconsin health insurance market. We also look at the prospects for the House plan in the Senate. We welcome Ken Taylor, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, to analyze President Trump’s budget and its repercussions for Wisconsin families. We look closer at Medicaid cuts in...

Duration: 00:44:39

Your Chauffeur is Waiting

This week the panel digs into the latest scathing audit of WEDC, Governor Walker's failed jobs agency. The audit finds that WEDC cannot even track the number of jobs it allegedly created, has over $11 million in delinquent loans, and to top it all off spent over $41,000 on chauffeurs. The panel also discussed the new GOP anti-riot bill, the apparent appointment of extreme right-wing Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark to the Department of Homeland Security, and the shocking bad week for...

Duration: 00:44:15

Bradley Foundation exports Blue Lakes, Red States model to America

We welcome the Center for Media and Democracy’s Deputy Director, Mary Bottari to discuss their extensive investigation into the Bradley Foundation’s “weaponized philanthropy.” New recently released information reveals in tremendous detail how the Bradley Foundation has spent hundreds of millions in tax deductible money to build a huge partisan apparatus across the country molded on what they have already done to Wisconsin. We also review Walker’s insulting exchange with Outagamie County...

Duration: 00:47:00

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