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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

In our interview with U.S. Senator Ron Johnson last week, Appleton resident and cancer survivor Jennifer Edmondson requested we ask him about how the Senate health care bill would impact people with pre-existing conditions. She joins us to respond to his "disappointing" answer. “Access to affordable health care transcends politics for me,” she says, calling the plan “inhumane and un-American.”

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 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 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.

June 23, 2017

Since Trump's election, there has been increased interest in understanding the country's rural population. Malia Jones of the Applied Population Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has explored ways "rural" can be defined and has compiled multiple maps to measure the state's rural sector, such as developed land, economy, land use, access to services, and even a cow-to-person ratio.

June 23, 2017

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee he is not aware of any attempts to hack the state's election system. He stressed that “we, as election administrators, must exercise vigilance to assure that such theoretical attacks do not become a reality. And we must also continue to educate the public about safe guards in the system.”

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