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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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August 18, 2017
Tracey Robertson of Fit Oshkosh on how to move the dialogue forward on racism in the U.S.
May 26, 2017

Nora Sheridan has been speaking out against gun violence in Milwaukee for years. This spring, she got the call all parents fear — that her 36-year-old son, Rainier Sheridan, had been murdered, in her own home. Police have still not found the killer. Nora demands justice and pleads for the ongoing violence to end. “Every night, I hear someone shooting,” she says. "Every hour, I think about him."

May 26, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker proposes eliminating the forestry mill tax, a state-based property tax that costs the average homeowner about $27. Established in 1924, the tax currently raises $80 million a year to fund forest management, preservation and fighting fires. To hear both sides of the issue, we speak with Fred Clark of the Forest Stewards Guild and Tom Larson of the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

May 26, 2017

On today's show, we examine: expanded school choice in Wausau; what it would mean to get rid of the forestry mill tax; and how Milwaukee gun violence impacts local families; how to protect yourself from deer ticks; the Joint Finance Committee's vote on the UW System’s budget and drug testing for Medicaid; and the proposed UW research center named after former governor Tommy Thompson.

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
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
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

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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

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

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.

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