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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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July 21, 2017
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald details key issues in budget impasse.
July 7, 2017

The Trump administration wants states to hand over voting records in its supposed effort to address election fraud. In a letter sent to Wisconsin, the special commission wants names, addresses, birthdates, partial social security numbers, voting history, and more. We speak to Reid Magney of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, who explains that under state law, they cannot supply that information.

June 30, 2017

Hundreds of immigrant supporters from around the state protested in Madison this week over a proposed state bill that would have local law enforcement act like immigration agents. Protesters fear this will lead to immigrants being harassed, deported and too afraid to report crimes to police. And in Washington, the U.S. House voted to crack down on sanctuary cities by withholding federal funds.

June 30, 2017

A new Marquette Law School poll has been released on Wisconsinites view of federal health care law changes, the approval rating of President Trump and Gov. Scott Walker, and other state issues. The poll found that Trump's disapproval rating has increased among Democrats since March, but his approval rating by Republicans has remained the same. We speak with poll director Charles Franklin.

June 30, 2017

In wake of the health care stalemate on Capitol Hill, we speak to Bobby Peterson, executive director of ABC for Health. According to Peterson, repealing Obamacare without a good replacement would be "a loss for the people." With 1.2 million Wisconsinites on Medicaid, the political limbo has many worried about losing coverage. "These Medicaid changes are significant and alarming."

June 30, 2017

Juvenile correctional facilities in northern Wisconsin, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake schools, have received criticism over treatment of inmates. A federal judge in Madison has ordered corrections staff to develop a plan to reduce the use of solitary confinement and pepper spray. Lamar Skinner, a barber who works at Lincoln Hills, talks about his work with the residents.

June 30, 2017

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson joins us to discuss the Senate stalemate over voting to repeal and replace Obamacare and why he was not ready to vote. Rather than just repealing the Affordable Care Act, Johnson says he wants to “transition to a system that actually works." Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin provided us a statement, stressing, "The Senate repeal plan will leave millions of families behind.”

June 30, 2017

On today’s show, we examine: the impact of the health care stalemate on Capitol Hill with U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Bobby Peterson, exec. dir. of ABC for Health; the status of inmates at Lincoln Hill juvenile corrections facility with someone who works there; the latest Marquette Law School poll on Trump and Walker; and how the U.S. House's crackdown on sanctuary cities impacts Wisconsin.

June 23, 2017

A Republican-backed bill on campus free speech passed the Wisconsin Assembly this week. The bill disciplines college students who disrupt campus speakers by suspending them after two violations and expelling them after a third. Republicans say the bill protects both liberal and conservative free speech. Democrats disagree however, calling the bill unconstitutional.

June 23, 2017

On today’s show, we examine: the latest GOP health care bill; the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear a Wisconsin case that may redraw political boundaries; Paul Ryan’s plan for federal tax reform; a breakdown of how Wisconsinite's income taxes are spent; defining what it means to be rural in Wisconsin; the threat of hacking of Wisconsin’s election system; and a bill regarding campus free speech.

June 23, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to see drastic federal tax reform. The Republican proposal includes: shrink the existing seven brackets down to three; cut corporate and personal taxes; eliminate the death tax; and simplify the code so people can do taxes on paper the size of a postcard.

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