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Wetlands Destruction Bill: Foxconn scheme goes statewide

We welcome state Representative Jonathan Brostoff to discuss new GOP wetlands destruction legislation, modeled on dangerous Foxconn wetlands exemptions, which could result in a loss of an estimated 1 million acres of our wetlands. We talk about the GOP federal tax cut plan approved by the House Thursday and soon to be voted on in the Senate, including Sen. Ron Johnson's self-interested opposition. Robert also highlights the tax bill's sabotage of the Affordable Care Act by removing the ACA's...

Duration: 00:44:42


On the week Gov. Walker launched his quest for a 3rd term, former panelist Jorna Taylor joins us to review election results on the east coast and predict their implications for Wisconsin in 2018. This week Wisconsin officially joined the Koch Brother-fueled right-wing conspiracy to radically reconstruct the U.S. Constitution. Ken Taylor, executive director of Kids Forward, joins us to talk about the State Senate approval of the "ConCon" and why it is a threat to democracy. We also discuss...

Duration: 00:45:29

GOP Seeks Sanctuary from Democracy

We discuss the latest Foxconn news including a new Democratic appointment to WEDC and the GOP desire to keep the details of the deal from public scrutiny. Kevin Kane joins us to educate listeners on the ACA open enrollment process and our role in preventing health care sabotage. We review Gov. Walker’s dirty effort to deregulation of CAFO’s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). We also discuss immigrant rights efforts to stop a new state anti-sanctuary bill that threatens fundamental...

Duration: 00:45:33

WEDC hammered by Carpenter

We welcome WEDC board member and State Senator Tim Carpenter to discuss the secrecy surrounding the Foxconn contract with WEDC, which is so extreme that board members are expected to vote without seeing the contract. Ahead of open enrollment sticker shock on November 1st, the panel reviews new Citizen Action research documenting that because of Scott Walker's sabotage Wisconsinites will pay thousands more on average for health insurance than Minnesotans in 2018. We also talk about the U.S....

Duration: 00:45:22

Foxconn Goes Nuclear?

This week the panel digs into Donald Trump and Scott Walker's reckless sneak attacks on health care, before turning to potentially explosive developments in the $3 billion Foxconn giveaway. We then discuss Scott Walker's soft announcement for re-election though a misleading video, the Governor's bizarre attempted intervention into the NFL national anthem protests, and finally Cory Mason's victory in the Racine Mayor's race.

Duration: 00:45:05

Scott Walker's Hemp Problem

This week we dig into Donald Trump's latest illegal attempt to sabotage ObamaCare, and a new initiative by Legislative Democrats to reign in price gouging by prescription drug corporations. We evaluatue a shocking move to expand charter schools in Wisconsin coming from a surprising source. We also bat around a bizarre statement by Scott Walker panning an industrial hemp bill being moved by GOP legislators, Trump's arrogant response to the climate disaster in Puerto Rico, the latest Foxconn...

Duration: 00:45:46

Supreme Gerrymander

We introduce the show's new panelist, Rebecca Lynch, the political director for Wisconsin Working Families Party. We welcome the director of the Fair Elections Project, Sachin Chheda, who attended the oral arguments this week at the Supreme Court for the historic gerrymandering case challenging Wisconsin’s legislative maps. The panel also discusses the economic dynamics that enable conservative efforts to lift the mining moratorium. We also talk about the conservative conspiracy to...

Duration: 00:45:08

America Abandons Americans

We welcome Acción Ciudadana organizer Luz Sosa to discuss the disgusting and immoral abandonment by the Trump administration of Americans in Puerto Rico, Vieques and other U.S. territories following last week’s devastating (climate change induced) hurricane. Luz also tells us what members are doing to help. We review this week’s implosion of TrumpCare 3.0 and talk with Healthcare for All Organizing Cooperative member Christine Rahlf about how members organized against this week's threat...

Duration: 00:43:14

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

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