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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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February 16, 2018

As the state legislature debates wetland regulation, UW-Madison Geography Professor Morgan Robertson discusses what would be affected by the changes. Robertson says the wetlands help mitigate the damage of flooding, as well as help filter runoff.

January 5, 2018

The recent cold weather in Wisconsin has been brutal, but what is its cause? UW Atmospheric scientist Jonathan Martin breaks down why the cold weather has stuck around in Wisconsin and what the East Coast is facing with their "bomb cyclone."

January 5, 2018

In our final interview with candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet discusses her run for the bench. She advocates for strong recusal rules in the state and bolstering the rights of Wisconsinites. Touting her experience as a former prosecutor, Dallet says Wisconsin needs a justice with experience and values.

January 5, 2018

On tonight's show, we examine: Gov. Walker's plan to close Lincoln Hills with state Sen. Lena Taylor; a city of Madison complaint over changes to DMV locations with Dane County LWV President Brook Soltvedt; the recent cold weather with UW scientist Jon Martin; and the race for Supreme Court with candidate Rebecca Dallet.

December 29, 2017

On tonight's special year-end show: panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross sit down for an in-depth discussion on this year's and next's political news in Wisconsin. They share their thoughts on the race for governor, including the long list of Democrats seeking to challenge Scott Walker. They also weigh in on the race for U.S. Senate, which they predict could be as 'dramatic' as the 2012 recall.

December 29, 2017

The race for U.S. Senate, that will pit Tammy Baldwin against two potential Republican challengers, is called a donnybrook by political scientist Mordecai Lee. Panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross give their takes on the race, which McCoshen says will be nearly as dramatic as the 2012 recall elections.

December 29, 2017

With each panelist posing an open question to keep in mind for 2018, Republican lobbyist Bill McCoshen discusses whether Republicans will hold their strength in Wisconsin. He says those at risk may be Wisconsin’s congressional delegation, who are tied to national politics. Ross says anything can happen in a wave election, and things may change as politicians are asked to respond more to Trump.

December 29, 2017

With each panelist posing an open question to keep in mind for 2018, Democratic activist Scot Ross asks whether Democrats will take up an economic message that appeals to a younger generation. He says some candidates are talking about these issues, but Democrats must focus on a positive message of change. McCoshen says people tend to vote with their pocket books which favors Walker.

December 29, 2017

Panelists Bill McCoshen of Capitol Consultants and Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now give their thoughts on the race for governor and the long slate of Democrats hoping to unseat Scott Walker. McCoshen says Walker has a strong resume as a "proven winner," while Ross says enthusiasm on the Democrats' side could make for a long election night for Walker.

December 22, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Raquel Rutledge has done extensive reporting on tourists in Mexico blacking out after drinking tainted alcohol, and joins us to provide an update on her work. Rutledge says it is hard to know how widespread the problem is, as some of the tainted alcohol remains "under the radar of regulators." She adds that the U.S. Dept. of State is tracking deaths from this.

December 22, 2017

Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance discusses the GOP tax plan signed into law this week. He says the average Wisconsinite will fall below the cap on state and local tax deductions, and expects many to take advantage of the increased standard deduction. Berry believes the personal tax cuts, set to expire in 2025, are likely to remain. "Congress doesn't undo tax cuts usually," he says.

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