Capitol Chats: WISDOM's Rice says there have been no significant improvements on prison lockdowns
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5d ago
In this week's Capitol Chats episode, WISDOM Transformational Justice Campaign Coordinator Mark Rice says long term lockdowns amount to torture for inmates. He also says there has been no significant progress to lift the nearly yearlong lockdowns at Wisconsin's two oldest maximum security prisons, and argues former Parole Commissioner John Tate II created a better climate on the Parole Commission ..read more
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Capitol Chats: Gustafson says artificial intelligence could address workforce issues
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1w ago
In this week’s Capitol Chats episode, freshman Rep. Nate Gustafson discusses recommendations from the Speaker's Task Force on Artificial Intelligence he chairs. The Fox Crossing Republican also shares his thoughts on how AI could be used to address the state's workforce shortage ..read more
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Capitol Chats: AFP's Novak says Wisconsinites' biggest concern is inflation ahead of election
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2w ago
In this week's WisPolitics Capitol Chats podcast, Americans for Prosperity State Director Megan Novak says most voters are thinking about inflation on regular goods and services such as groceries and energy heading into the presidential election. She argues the federal government has got to stop growing the national debt and should also focus on providing more American energy while. She also blasts President Joe Biden for what she calls anti-worker freedom policies.   ..read more
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Capitol Chats: Shankland says Van Orden "not serving the people of Wisconsin"
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3w ago
In this week’s Capitol Chats episode, state Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, talks about her campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Derrick Van Orden, R-Prairie du Chien, and touts her credentials as a state legislator. Shankland is one of three Dems vying for the seat ..read more
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Capitol Chats: WILL's Esenberg talks about redistricting, abortion cases
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1M ago
In this week's WisPolitics Capitol Chats WILL President and General Counsel Rick Esenberg talks about the legislative redistricting lawsuit his office is party to. Esenberg also talks about what to watch for in the lawsuit seeking to make Wisconsin's 1849 abortion law unenforceable. A Dane County judge late last year ruled the law doesn't apply to consensual abortions, but Sheboygan DA Urmanski is appealing the decision.   ..read more
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Capitol Chats: Redistricting expert Johnson assesses maps submitted in Supreme Court legislative remap lawsuit
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1M ago
In this week's Capitol Chats episode, Marquette University Law School Lubar Center Research Fellow John Johnson gives his first impressions of maps submitted to the Supreme Court for a redistricting lawsuit. He says the court laid out criteria the maps must meet, but did not detail how to gauge the criteria. He also says he'd be surprised if the federal government weighed in on the issue as Republicans have said they are ready to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court ..read more
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Capitol Chats: Cronmiller says legislative maps case is opportunity to eliminate gerrymandered maps
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1M ago
In this week’s Capitol Chats episode, Debra Cronmiller, executive director of the League of Women Voters and chair of the Fair Maps Coalition, discusses a case before the Supreme Court challenging the state's legislative maps. The court has ordered new maps ahead of the 2024 elections ..read more
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Capitol Chats: DWD Secretary Pechacek says 4-year UI modernization plan is on track
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2M ago
In this week's Capitol Chats episode, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Amy Pechacek says the department's plan to modernize its unemployment insurance claims program is on track to finish within the 4-year goal. But she says that won't be the end of modernization efforts as new technologies to improve efficiencies and protect against fraud come about ..read more
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Wimberger says PFAS remediation grant measures must include legal protections for land owners
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2M ago
In this week's Capitol Chats podcast, Sen. Eric Wimberger, R-Green Bay, says it's crucial to include protections for innocent property owners who discover PFAS contamination in their wells in his grant bill. He rips those who argue the protections would give polluters a legal pass, noting many who find contamination are not the source of the pollution. His bill to issue remediation grants would protect homeowners from being labeled as polluters and being forced to disclose the pollution on their mortgages and other legal documents ..read more
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Capitol Chats: Democracy Found's Eskrich says final five voting would help voter confidence, engagement
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2M ago
In this week's Capitol Chats episode, Democracy Found Executive Director Sara Eskrich says ranked choice voting has proven successful in other states such as Alaska. Final five, a subset of ranked choice voting, would also decrease the odds candidates who mostly appeal to their party's extremes end up on the general election ballot, she added ..read more
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