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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.

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.

February 24, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker has proposed many welfare changes in his state budget proposal. The proposal would extend the requirement that people work 80 hours a month to receive food stamps to parents of school-aged children. It would also move forward with drug testing as a requirement for food stamp recipients.

February 24, 2017

State Sens. Vinehout, D-Alma, and Kapenga, R-Delafield, discuss the state's transportation funding, Executive Director of the Midwestern Commission to Reduce Immigration Dave Gorak and immigrant-employing dairy farmer John Rosenow talk about the implications of a recent Homeland Security memo expanding immigrants classified as high priority for deportation and a look into welfare reform effects.

February 17, 2017

UW-Madison political science and journalism professor Mike Wagner co-published a recent paper looking into how Wisconsinites talked, and didn't talk, about Gov. Scott Walker's controversial Act 10 law in 2011. The law struck collective bargaining abilities from public-sector unions and sparked massive protests at the state Capitol. The paper is published in the Journal of Communication.

February 17, 2017

Shortly after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from coming into the country. Mary Flynn is the Lutheran Social Services refugee resettlement program director. She talked about how the legal turmoil surrounding the order has affected operations at her organization.

February 17, 2017

The state Assembly Committee on Children and Families heard testimonies for a bill Wednesday that would legalize possession of marijuana extract used to treat symptoms of seizure-causing conditions like epilepsy. The extract is known as CBD oil and is already fully legal in some other states. Skeptics of the bill point out it will not give families a place to buy the product in the state.

February 17, 2017

Hurley school district superintendent Chris Patritto talks about possible funding boost for rural schools, UW political science professor Ken Mayer talks about turmoil in the Trump administration, UW journalism professor Mike Wagner talks about how Wisconsinites talk about politics and Lutheran Social Services refugee resettlement program director Mary Flynn talks about the effects of Trump order.

February 17, 2017

Chris Patritto is the administrator of the rural Hurley school district. Gov. Scott Walker's state biennial budget proposal would boost funding by $31 million for rural districts to help fill gaps from declining enrollment and transportation costs. The budget would increase funding for K-12 schools by $649 million over the next two years.

February 17, 2017

Ken Mayer is a political science professor and expert on presidential power at UW-Madison. He calls the amount of chaos in the White House currently "unprecedented." Mayer said the turmoil coming from President Donald Trump's administration has had consequences, including unclear parameters in his recent executive order limiting travel into the United States from certain countries.

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