Here & Now All Episodes

March 17, 2017

The Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth prisons are under federal investigation. Current and former inmates have alleged abuse, neglect and sexual assault at the two facilities north of Wausau. State Department of Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher says fixing the problems there is his priority.

March 17, 2017

Jeffery Roman is a member of Youth Justice Milwaukee, is holding a summit on juvenile justice issues next week. He and others are calling to have the two youth prison facilities under investigation shut down. Former and current inmates involved in the suit claim as much as 20 percent of the inmates are in solitary confinement at any given time, along with other common instances of mistreatment.

March 17, 2017

Lisa Lamkins is the federal advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin. AARP is lobbying hard against the GOP American Health Care Act. It's worried about potential negative affects on the country's elderly.

March 17, 2017

Wisconsin elections commission administrator Michael Haas talks about illegal voting during the presidential primaries last spring, Department of Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher and youth advocate Jeffery Roman talk about the state's troubled youth prisons and AARP Wisconsin federal advocacy director Lisa Lamkins talks about her concerns with the GOP American Health Care Act.

March 17, 2017

UW professor Donna Friedsam shared her predicted winners and losers from the bill. The Congressional Budget Office projected 14 million people would lose insurance in the first year. It predicted that number would rise to 24 million in 10 years. But House Speaker Paul Ryan said the overall projects are encouraging.

March 10, 2017

Joel Brammeier is the president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. The federal proposal would drastically cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $10 million annually. Last year alone, Wisconsin saw $3 million in funding from the initiative.

March 10, 2017

The state Assembly passed the two bills this week. One legalizes a medical marijuana extract, known as CBD oil, which has been proven useful in treating patients with seizure disorders. The other allows terminally ill patients to try drugs that have not yet been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

March 10, 2017

Donna Friedsam is a policy director at UW-Madison Population Health Institute. Congress this week unveiled their long-awaited alternative to the Affordable Care Act. It takes away individual mandates and phases out Medicaid expansion.

March 10, 2017

UW-Madison healthcare expert Donna Friedsam talks about the new Obamacare replacement bill, President of the Alliance for the Great Lakes Joel Brammeier talks about a federal proposal to drastically reduce funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and WisContext reporter Scott Gordon talks about developments on the Waukesha water divestment plan.

March 10, 2017

Less than a year ago, Waukesha gained approval to divert water from Lake Michigan. This permission was granted as an exception to the Great Lakes Compact. But now cities surrounding the Great Lakes in the U.S. and Canada are challenging to decision. Scott Gordon is a reporter for WisContext.

March 3, 2017

Wisconsin U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan and Glenn Grothman talk about President Donald Trump's first Congressional address, Marathon County Deputy Sheriff talks about quelling the fears of undocumented immigrants in his community and a look into how a Spanish language radio station in Madison is looking to educate the Hispanic community.

March 3, 2017

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., discussed President Donald Trump's first addresses to Congress. Trump struck a relatively unifying tone compared to much of his past rhetoric. Grothman said this is the demeanor he expects Trump to assume for the rest of his time in office.

March 3, 2017

Chad Billeb, the Deputy Sheriff of Marathon County, talked about undocumented immigrants' fear due to the new administration's emphasis on stricter deportation enforcement. Billeb said some in the large Hispanic population in and around Wausau are scared to go about their daily routine for fear of deportation. The Sheriff Department is now doing its best to quell those fears.

March 3, 2017

La Movida is the state's first Spanish language radio station, and they're looking to educate Madison's Hispanic community about what's going on. The husband and wife who run the station say they're looking to debunk rumors and calm the fears of many undocumented immigrants in the community. They've been talking to local law enforcement and public officials about the reality of the current situation.

March 3, 2017

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., talked about President Donald Trump first month and a half in office. Trump gave his first address to Congress this week. Pocan brought college student Lupe Salmeron, a DACA recipient, to the address in which Trump vowed once again to ramp up border security and deportation for undocumented immigrants.

March 3, 2017

The measure would allow industrial wells without state review in places already permitted for wells. An Assembly committee took out a provision that would have expanded citizen's rights to sue the operators of the high-power pumps, which many have linked to problems in streams, lakes and drinking water. The bill now matches its companion in the state Senate.

February 24, 2017

State Sens. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, and Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, discuss transportation funding in the state budget. A recent audit of Wisconsin's Department of Transportation had a hearing at the Capitol this week. It found major highway projects would cost $3.1 billion more than original estimates and the condition of highways rated in good condition dropped between 2010 and 2015.

February 24, 2017

Dave Gorak is the executive director of the Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration. The Department of Homeland Security is widening the definition of immigrants classified for "priority removal" is expanded to those charged with minor crimes. Memos announcing this change also call for more assistance from state and local police to assist with immigration enforcement.

February 24, 2017

John Rosenow is a dairy farmer in Buffalo County who employs workers from Mexico. He's had trouble recently finding local labor so he employs immigrants. He said a step up in deportation could be detrimental to him and other farmers in his area and, if strongly enforced, could force them to close down operations.

February 24, 2017

Incumbent state superintendent Tony Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz won this week's primary race. Evers placed first easily, with around 69 percent of the vote, while Holtz walked away with 23 percent. Another challenger, John Humphries received around 7 percent of the vote and will not advance to the general election.

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