Here & Now All Episodes

April 21, 2017

Wisconsin Look: The Stockbridge-Munsee community hopes the court will stop Ho-Chunk expansion of their facility in Shawano County, saying it violates the Ho-Chunk's compact with the state. The Stockbridge-Munsee have a casino nearby, and say the Ho-Chunk expansion will have a "crippling effect" on revenue.But state officials say a 2003 deal that former Gov. Jim Doyle reached allows the expansion.

April 14, 2017

First Look: Ben Brancel is secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Grassland Dairy processor is cancelling their contracts with 75 Wisconsin dairy farmers at the end of this month, leaving many of those farmers struggling to find a buyer. The Wisconsin delegation sent a bipartisan letter Wednesday urging the federal government to work toward a solution.

April 14, 2017

WisContext: Scott Gordon talks about his reporting on the program. Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal cuts the coordinator position for the effort, which works to bring farmers' food to schools and provides educational opportunities for students. Tim Zander is one of the farmers who works with the program.

April 14, 2017

A recently-introduced bipartisan effort would require two state agencies work together to help veterans who are interested in going into farming, as well as those already in agriculture. It would also place a label on foods grown by veterans.

April 14, 2017

Mike Peterson is the Washburn County forest administrator. He said the illegal harvesting processes is harming county land and threatens the regrowth of birch trees in the area. Thieves are most likely selling the illegally-harvested birch to be used for home decor.

April 14, 2017

A new tariff from Canada has forced processor Grassland to drop 75 Wisconsin farmers. The farmers got notice on April 1 from the processor that they wouldn't be able to take their milk after 30 days. As the deadline to find a new buyer looms, farmers are scrambling to find a home for their milk.

April 14, 2017

DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel talks about how to help farmers who were recently dropped from their milk contracts, WisContext's Scott Gordon talks about his reporting on the state's Farm to Schools program and Washburn County Forest Administrator Mike Peterson talks about illegal birch harvesting in his county.

April 7, 2017

The Stockbridge-Munsee president gave the annual speech at the Capitol this week. She touched on topics ranging from education to conservation, and how tribes and the Legislature can work together for the benefit of the state's Native American community.

April 7, 2017

State Senate Minority Leader Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, opposes a bill that would loosen regulations on high powered wells in the state. Under the bill, the DNR would not have oversight on the wells if they’re repaired, replaced or the property is sold. That measure passed the state Senate this week.

April 7, 2017

State Senate Majority Leader Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, backs a bill that would loosen regulations on industrial wells. Under the bill, the DNR would not have oversight on the wells if they’re repaired, replaced or the property is sold. The bill passed the Senate this week. Fitzgerald also spoke on the struggle to come to a consensus on transportation funding in the state budget.

April 7, 2017

Evers won with 69 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election. He beat challenger Lowell Hotz, who received 23 percent of the vote. This will be Evers' third term as head of the Department of Public Instruction.

April 7, 2017

Justice Annette Ziegler was unopposed in her race for a second term on the court. That's the first time in over 10 years since there's been only one contender in a state Supreme Court race. WPT reporter Zac Schultz reports on what might be at hand in the lack of competitors.

April 7, 2017

Greenland Dairy notified 75 Wisconsin farmers Sunday they won't continue buying their milk. The decision stems from new tariffs from Canada on a product called "ultra-filtered milk" that's used to make cheese. Losing business in Canada forced the company to cut back on the amount of product they purchase in the U.S.

April 7, 2017

State Senate Majority Leader Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Minority Leader Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, talk about an industrial well regulation bill and WPT reporter Zac Schultz looks into what's stopping some qualified judges from running for the state Supreme Court.

March 24, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker has proposed giving extra money to rural school districts with a sparse number of students per square mile. But districts like Adams-Friendship, in rural areas but with more than 1,000 students, might not see as much funds as others. Kim Kaukl is the executive director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance.

March 24, 2017

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin talks about the GOP health care bill, Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin talks about the latest poll and the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Kim Kaukl talks about Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to boost funding for rural schools.

March 24, 2017

Republicans in the house this week delayed a vote on the health care bill after push back from the moderate and conservative wings of the party.

March 24, 2017

Professor Charles Franklin is the director of the Marquette Law School Poll. This week's poll found President Donald Trump with a 41 percent approval rating with registered voters in Wisconsin. This is the first Marquette poll since Trump won Wisconsin in November's presidential election.

March 24, 2017

UW-Madison men's basketball team faces off against University of Florida Friday in a Sweet Sixteen game against University of Florida Friday. The team had an upset win against the first-seed Villanova this week.

March 17, 2017

Michcael Haas is the administrator of the state elections commission. A state report revealed this week that 17-year-olds voted illegally in last spring's presidential primary. In some states, minors can vote in primaries if they'll be 18 by the general election, but not in Wisconsin.

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