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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 City of Madison is filing a federal complaint against the state Department of Transportation for moving two DMV locations on Madison’s west side. Brook Soltvedt, president of the Dane County League of Women Voters, discusses the complaint, saying the new location is hard to access by bus and on foot. Soltvedt says of IDs used for voting, "almost all of them require going to the DMV."

January 5, 2018

Eight weeks after a triple-bypass heart surgery, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan marks his return to Washington with a press conference detailing what he sees as first on the agenda for a new year in Congress. We hear his thoughts on the upcoming legislative agenda, as well as a statement from Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican leadership.

January 5, 2018

Gov. Walker's announcement that he would close the troubled Lincoln Hills juvenile correctional facility was met with mixed responses. Sharing her view is state Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, who says the announcement is “a day late and a dollar short.” Taylor says counties should have more authority over where juvenile inmates go and advocates for changes to be made sooner than the proposed 2019.

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 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 22, 2017
In continuing coverage of the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court, Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock sits down to present his judicial philosophy. Screnock says he will be able to be 'apolitical,' even with his background defending Act 10 as a private-practice attorney. He also supports Wisconsin's judicial recusal rules, saying they are "fundamental to our system of government."
December 22, 2017

On tonight's show, we examine: the impact of the newly-signed Republican tax plan with tax expert Todd Berry; the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court with candidate and Sauk Co. Judge Michael Screnock; the race for governor with Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson; and tourist-targeted assaults in Mexico, with Journal Sentinel reporter Raquel Rutledge.

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