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Anchored by Frederica Freyberg, Here & Now is Wisconsin’s weekly in-depth news and public affairs program where civic and political leaders provide context to the issues at the forefront of life in Wisconsin.

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May 19, 2017

Republican State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo details two bills that target serious juvenile crime.

May 19, 2017

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald describes the EF2 tornado that ripped through Chetek and Barron County on May 16, killing one and injuring 25 others. "It's nothing that I've ever seen in my 20 years in law enforcement," he says. “Where there's supposed to be houses and trailers, there's absolutely nothing.” It damaged 31 properties in 10 miles. Volunteers are aiding the recovery effort.

May 19, 2017

Watch the entire episode of Here & Now on May 19, 2017.

May 19, 2017

As the partisan firestorm rages in Washington, we discuss politics in Wisconsin with Republican Bill McCoshen of Capitol Consultants and Democrat Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now. “If you look at the SS Trump, the only difference ... is there were life boats on the Titanic,” Ross says. McCoshen disagrees. “[Trump] has to get his agenda done. … I think 2018 can be a very good year for Republicans."

May 19, 2017

Republican State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo is the primary sponsor of two juvenile crime bills that would expand the list of crimes a minor could be incarcerated for and extend the length of time a minor could be sentenced for a crime. He said the bills would target the serious and habitual offenders. He notes the juvenile code needs a complete overhaul because minors today commit more violent crimes.

May 19, 2017

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan tells the press why he supports the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation into possible ties between the President Trump and Russia. “I believe that the professionals of the Justice Department need to do their jobs independently, objectively and thoroughly,” Ryan said.

May 19, 2017

Democratic Rep. Evan Goyke is critical of two proposed bills that would expand the list of crimes a minor could be incarcerated for and extend the length of time a minor could be sentenced. "They are addressing a crime problem in the reverse order," Goyke says, noting the juvenile incarceration system has a lot of flaws that need fixing before more kids are funneled in.

May 19, 2017

A new state audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation found improvements in its loan contracts. However, the audit also shows the amount of potentially uncollectable loans has significantly increased in the last two years.

May 12, 2017

An assembly committee voted to send a GOP measure to the full assembly that would limit when presidential, state and local recounts could take place. Under the new bill, only candidates who trail by one percent or less would be able to request a recount.

May 12, 2017

State Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, explains how bills she proposed would help house the homeless population. Subeck wants to fund these bills by increasing government vouchers to pay for housing. She also wants to fund a program that would help prevent evictions in cases of a temporary financial crisis.

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