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What Biden Needs To Do PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Kiefert, Green Bay Progressive   
Friday, 12 July 2024 11:45

joe-biden-2020Joe Biden has served the country with dedication and distinction. However, given the current circumstances, I believe it’s time for him to step aside and allow a new candidate to take the lead.

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“Walkin’& Talkin’ for Progressive Candidates” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 12 July 2024 10:39

walking-talking-2024MILWAUKEE - Citizen Action just launched our volunteer field campaign in support of our progressive candidates and “no votes” on damaging state constitutional amendments. We discuss the pivotal State Legislative primary races and the influence activists can have on electoral outcomes. Our week of calls demonstrated a real thirst among voters we talked to for progressive candidates. JOIN US on the phones next Tuesday, July 16th, 5pm, for our next primary candidate, Amillia Heredia (Assembly District 11; City of Milwaukee).

We discuss news this week that the Marshfield Clinic Health System intends to combine with South Dakota-based Sanford Health. We discuss how this further consolidation of monopolistic health systems will drive up costs and lead to more closures. We critique Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage that reported Marshfield Clinic PR as news coverage. We also review the Eau Claire area community assessment released this week that found a serious lack of access to health care, particularly mental health services. Robert also educates us on how Medicare’s crazy payment system is helping create monopolies in health care.

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Gov. Evers: Highlighting One-Year Anniversary of Budget Passage, Urges Release of Nearly $200 Million in Already Approved Funds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 11 July 2024 15:58

wisc-capitol-domeMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today delivered his weekly radio address highlighting the one-year anniversary of signing the 2023-25 biennial budget on July 5, 2023, and urging the release of nearly $200 million that was approved in the 2023-25 biennial budget to fight PFAS contamination statewide, improve reading outcomes and literacy for kids, and support child care providers and working families across the state. While these investments were initially approved in the 2023-25 biennial budget, they have languished in Madison for over a year as Republican lawmakers continue to obstruct and delay critical funding to address this and other pressing challenges facing Wisconsin.

Audio File of Radio Address.

Hey there, Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers here!


tony-eversOne year ago, I signed our 2023-25 state budget into law, and that budget included a lot of good bipartisan work.   

We secured historic investments in affordable housing statewide, the first real increase for local governments in a decade, and made significant investments in our roads and infrastructure, kids and schools, and so much more.


We also approved several investments to address pressing issues facing our state, including $125 million to fight PFAS contamination statewide, nearly $50 million to help improve reading outcomes and literacy for our kids, and $15 million to support child care providers and working families across the state.    

Unfortunately, it’s been a year since I signed that budget into law, and some of these critical investments are still sitting in Madison because Republican lawmakers refuse to release them.     

In total, from the last legislative session, there’s more than $200 million worth of investments sitting in Madison that could be going out the door today to help folks, families, and communities across our state.

And make no mistake: Republican lawmakers can release these already-approved investments at any time. They’re simply choosing not to.     

And this isn’t the first time Republican lawmakers have come under fire for months of inaction and delays.

These are many of the same lawmakers who led the “Least Active Full-Time Legislature in America” during the coronavirus pandemic. 

I don’t think that's how government’s supposed to work. Do you? 

Wisconsinites expect their elected officials to show up to work and find common ground to solve problems and address real and pressing challenges facing our state.

I’m urging Republican lawmakers to release these funds as soon as possible so my administration can get these resources out the door to communities who need them because Wisconsinites shouldn’t have to wait another day longer than they already have. Simple as that.

 
“Hot Summer Primaries in the State Legislature” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 28 June 2024 09:57

hot-summer-2024MILWAUKEE - With the launch of the presidential debates this week, the fall election is in full gear nationally and in Wisconsin! We discuss Citizen Action’s newly announced state legislative candidate endorsements. We focus on some key Democratic Primary elections we think our listeners should know about and get involved in helping progressive Democrats win! We review the new MU Law Poll where much is unchanged in the swing state.

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 26 June 2024 10:18

disability-oldSenator Smith details the heroic efforts of everyday volunteers who make the work of county Aging, Disability and Resource Centers (ADRC) possible.

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Battleground Wisconsin: Educating Every Kid PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 21 June 2024 10:37

educating-kids-2024MILWAUKEE - Senator Chris Larson joins us to discuss the current financial reporting crisis at Milwaukee Public Schools and the direct link to nearly two decades of under-funding from the state and the lack of serious investment in democracy's most important priority, educating all of Wisconsin’s children. We discuss how the opponents of public education are cynically using the situation to gut public education and democratically elected school boards.

We review new research showing a majority of Americans want to forgive medical debt. We look at the connection between escalating medical costs and the current monopolistic health systems running roughshod over local communities. We talk about the shameful scheme by the Mayo monopoly to get $1 million more from the city of Eau Claire, as they suffer through an epic healthcare crisis Mayo helped create. Ascension healthcare workers are speaking out about the serious health risks posed by the data meltdown. We discuss why it speaks to the need for real regulation of hospitals and health systems in Wisconsin.

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Gov. Evers: Celebrating Juneteenth PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 20 June 2024 16:39

juneteenth-flag-buffalo-soldiersMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today delivered his weekly radio address celebrating Juneteenth in Wisconsin. This week, Gov. Evers also signed Executive Order #230, raising the Juneteenth Flag above the Wisconsin State Capitol for the fifth year in a row. Gov. Evers also proclaimed June 19, 2024, as “Juneteenth” throughout the state of Wisconsin. A copy of the governor’s 2024 Juneteenth proclamation is available here.

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“System Change” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 14 June 2024 10:01

system-change-2024MILWAUKEE - We continue our look at the deeper systemic issues afflicting Wisconsin government and politics.

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“System failure” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 07 June 2024 11:06

system-fail-2024MILWAUKEE - We welcome David Liners, executive director of WISDOM, to discuss the stunning news that the Waupun prison warden and eight other staff were charged this week with crimes over multiple inmate deaths. Our discussion focuses on how this isn’t just a story about a bad warden and staff, this is a bad system that needs to be overhauled. We look at the role of Governor Evers and the Department of Corrections in addressing both the current charges at Waupun and the systemic crisis of failing to address mass incarceration in the state, despite a commitment from Governor Evers to cut the prison population in half when he initially ran for office. We discuss immediate solutions the Governor could do today to help and state legislative solutions you need to discuss with candidates running for office.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul finally filed charges this week against 3 Republican leaders who masterminded the 2020 election fake electors scheme. We close with a discussion of how Ascension’s medical records crisis, the ending of the HSHS/Prevea Recovery Task Force in Eau Claire and a new Hospital workforce shortage are more strong reasons why our state legislative hospital regulation bills are desperately needed.

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Gov. Evers Responds to Charges Being Filed Relating to 2020 Fake Elector Scheme in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 04 June 2024 10:47

trump-jan6-attackMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers, who has repeatedly called for every individual involved in Wisconsin’s 2020 fake elector scheme to be held accountable, including here, here, here, and here, today released the following statement in response to media reports indicating charges are being filed against individuals involved in the Wisconsin 2020 fake elector scheme.

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