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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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"Challenging Monopolies” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 31 May 2024 09:22

monopolies-2024MILWAUKEE - Robert joins us from New Mexico where he was at a People’s Action leadership retreat and a well deserved vacation to hike and bike in New Mexico.

Yet another Walker-appointee refuses to leave office when their term expires, this time a Green Bay area bank CEO on the UW Board of Regents. What does this say about the GOP attitude towards democracy and power, and how progressives must respond?

A blockbuster federal report reveals Medicare Advantage’s $64 billion in supplemental benefits slush fund for the big insurance industry, without democratic accountability. What are the broader implications of the increasingly monopolistic system in search of profits and market share at all costs? Turning to Wisconsin, Robert and Matt layout why news the for-profit OakLeave is planning to staff a new Eau Claire area hospital is further evidence the system is not healthy and needs state regulation that protects the health of communities against the abuses of the healthcare industry money grab. The announcement of a new public transit Rideshare program to try to fill unplanned transportation gaps in people accessing healthcare in between Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire further reveals the complete failure of our system and the need for our new hospital accountability legislation we announced with State Senator Jeff Smith earlier this month.


Next week is Bike Week! Citizen Action Northwest Coop Organizer, Jeremy Gragert, joins us to discuss the Week’s growth, importance and connection to sustainable and reliable public mass transit and fighting climate change.

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Gov. Evers: Kicking Off June Dairy Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 30 May 2024 11:53

wisc-dairy-farmMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today delivered his weekly radio address celebrating the kickoff of June Dairy Month and highlighting his administration’s efforts to support Wisconsin’s dairy farmers and uplift the state’s dairy industry.

Audio file to Radio Address.

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“Fighting Hospital Costs and Closures” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Wednesday, 22 May 2024 10:17

hshs-2024MILWAUKEE - We review the launch of a new statewide campaign for Hospital and Health system accountability. Big hospital chains have used their lobbying and political clout to excuse themselves from public oversight, with disastrous results for patients and communities. In their ceaseless quest for revenue, thy have made health care unaffordable, and created an unstable system which is leading to closures and the elimination of critical services across the state. We will discuss new legislation being drafted by State Senator Jeff Smith to reassert public oversight over the hospital industry.

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“Protect Public Health, Stabilize Wisconsin Hospitals” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 17 May 2024 08:11

public-health-2024MILWAUKEE - We take a dive into the deepening crisis in the Wisconsin hospital system. Neither political party is talking about the fundamental cause, the insatiable appetite by the hospital industry for windfall profits? Will state leaders step up to the challenge? So far, the indications are not positive, as the Governor and the Legislature are in gridlock, and the Department of Health Services refuses to launch an investigation into the sudden and unplanned closure of 2 major hospitals and 90 clinics in Western Wisconsin. We make the direct connection between sky high hospital prices in Wisconsin and the deregulation of hospitals. A new Rand report makes our case, as it finds health plans pay an astounding 318% more than Medicare for the same services in Wisconsin.

We discuss the poor leadership, and the terrible example set for students by top officials in the UW system on the student Gaza War protests, and their failure to nurture free speech and deeper dialogue that challenges us to think deeper about the crisis. Instead, leaders put students safety at risk by unleashing the police on Madison encampment.

In case you forgot about Donald, this week Trump took timeout from his hush money trial to shake down oil barons for $1 billion to win his election and kill Biden’s climate breakthroughs. Will Big Oil ante up and bankroll Trump’s election and his legal defense?

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Gov. Evers: Highlighting Mental Health Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 16 May 2024 10:04

depression-suicidebygunMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today delivered his weekly radio address highlighting May as Mental Health Awareness Month across the state and nation. Gov. Evers proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month, and a copy of the governor’s proclamation is available here.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2024 10:42
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“Leaders needed” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 10 May 2024 10:28

leaders-2024MILWAUKEE - We discuss President Biden’s visit to Wisconsin for the 4th time this year on Wednesday and his highlighting the difference of his successful economic policies which passed Congress including Infrastructure, CHIPS and Inflation Reduction Acts. Wisconsin is clearly ground zero for the presidential election and important U.S. Senate seat held by Tammy Baldwin.

Wisconsin Democrats announced this week that they will commit $7 million to TV ads in 5 key state Senate races. We talk about why. Wisconsin still remains the only state where no criminal charges have been filed of the five states where fake electors signed papers fraudulently asserting they were the duly qualified electors. Why? We unpack the racist House Republican scheme this week to determine immigrants are not people in scam to not count them in the next census. We laud Law Forward for calling on the US Attorney to investigate GOP operatives for racist voter suppression texts to Souls to the Polls.

We continue to call for Wisconsin lawmakers to get serious about the developing healthcare system crisis, as another for-profit company announces new cancer clinics Western Wisconsin to take advantage of some of the profitable parts of the collapsed Hospital Sister Health System in the region.

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Gov. Evers: Celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 09 May 2024 11:51

teaching-studentsMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today released his weekly radio address celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week. In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, Gov. Evers shared a video message, which is available here, and proclaimed May 6 through May 10, 2024, as Teacher Appreciation Week in the state of Wisconsin. A copy of Gov. Evers’ Teacher Appreciation Week proclamation is available here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2024 16:59
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Battleground Wisconsin: Organizing people, the only solution PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 03 May 2024 11:05

organizing-people-2024MILWAUKEE - In Mt. Horeb this week guns, death, and middle school kids in lockdown. We reflect.

We recap Tuesday’s 40th Anniversary event in Eau Claire. Thanks to everyone who attended one of the 5 celebrations of our proud history. As always, we are inspired by our members around Wisconsin and their commitment to building a just multiracial democracy. Please consider joining Citizen Action Today! You are needed.

We update state legislative candidate announcements and remind you to reach out to people you think should run.

We dissect the systemic implications of Marshfield Medical Center in Rice Lake, which paused its labor and delivery services this week. In other hospital monopoly news, Bellin and Gundersen Healthcare merge into the soulless profit seeking Emplify Health, further disconnecting it from its primary mission of meeting community healthcare needs.

A Dane County court overturns the PSC decision that allowed people to lease their solar energy system. Will the big fossil fuel utilities be permitted to block the renewable energy revolution?

We praise the organizing by voting rights advocates who continue their push for removing fraudulent fake elector Bob Spindell from Wisconsin’s elections commission.

We take a deeper dive into the Gaza Protests that hit the UW system and campuses across the country. What do they reveal about the power of organizing and the reality of who runs the modern UW System and other major American universities?

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