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"So that’s why it was secret" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 23 June 2017 15:34

so_that_s_why_it_was_a_secretThe Senate healthcare bill, Green Bay's State Rep. Eric Genrich on his visionary legislation to provide BadgerCare for all, Wisconsin's historic gerrymandering case, UW free speech, and more...

MILWAUKEE - 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 gerrymandering case the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear this fall.

We also review new developments on Republican efforts to restrict free speech at the UW System and how Gov. Walker’s plan to drug test Medicaid recipients received over 1000 public comments in opposition while only 5 comments in support.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:21
Blue Jean Nation 'Upending the new Jim Crow' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 13:14

black-hoodyMonopolized political speech, mass incarceration and voter suppression together pack an enormous discriminatory wallop. Overcoming the new Jim Crow starts with recognizing it and seeing through the false justifications.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:02
Celebrating Wisconsin’s Dairyland PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 19 June 2017 15:35

wisc-dairy-farmThis week Sen. Kathleen Vinehout writes about celebrating Wisconsin’s Dairyland as part of June Dairy Month. She shares some reminiscences about being a dairy farmer.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 June 2017 21:09
“Mean House & Secretive Senate” Battleground Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Saturday, 17 June 2017 20:13

Bow trumpTrump’s shockingly unkind words about the health care plan he forced on Paul Ryan, the difficulty Republicans face in passing it, Matt Rothschild, and more.

STATEWIDE - 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 Campaign, to discuss the the Assembly passage of a bill that could spark a constitutional convention and the dangers it poses our democracy.

We close the show with a discussion of innovative approaches to creating good jobs and economic opportunity in Los Angeles with Roxana Tynan, the executive director of LAANE (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy).


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Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:21
Democratic Radio 'Give Veterans the Day Off' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 16 June 2017 19:43

IraqVeterans deserve more than hand shakes and lip service, it's time they got a day off for Veteran's Day.

MADISON - Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here.

A written transcript of the address is below:

Dave Hansen“Hello, this is State Senator Dave Hansen with this week’s Democratic Radio address.

“This week, Senate Bill 113 (SB-113) creating the state holiday of Veterans Day on November 11th was taken up in the State Senate. Its passage will result in the closing of state offices and state workers taking the day off. Those veterans who need to contact a state office for assistance will have to wait a day.

“Supporters of the bill said it was important to pass the bill because Wisconsin is the only state that does not officially recognize Veterans Day by closing state government in observance of the day and those who served our nation. We can all agree that that is a mighty short list that we should not be on.

“Unfortunately when Senate Democrats brought up an amendment to require that all working veterans in the private sector be given the day off, Republicans voted against it.

“It is difficult to imagine any patriotic employer objecting to such a change in the law.

“After all, we are talking about the people who sacrificed so much to protect us. They deserve to have the time on Veterans Day to spend it as they see fit as a reflection of our undying gratitude for their service.

“Unfortunately, when it came time to choose between profits for business or a day off for veterans Senate Republicans chose to side with business. “


Legislative writer Jay Wadd contributed to this article.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 July 2017 11:20
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