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Zac Schultz started in the news business the Monday after he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and he doesn't anticipate leaving until the Friday he retires a few decades ...

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Wisconsin Democrats and the Blue Wave

Politics

Wisconsin Democrats and the Blue Wave

Wisconsin Democrats are being cautious and taking nothing for granted as presidential candidate Joe Biden holds an edge over Donald Trump in the polls; not only in the race for president but also Wisconsin's down ballot candidates. Here & Now's Zac Schultz explores how a blue wave could affect the State Assembly and Senate races.

Friday October 23, 2020


COVID on the Campaign Trail

Coronavirus

COVID on the Campaign Trail

An in-depth look by Zac Schultz at differences in approaches to voters between Democrat and Republican candidates during the pandemic.

Friday October 16, 2020


Wauwatosa Protests for Alvin Cole and the Suburban Vote

Here and Now 2020

Wauwatosa Protests for Alvin Cole and the Suburban Vote

Law and Order becomes an issue for an Assembly race underway in Wauwatosa.

Friday October 9, 2020


Nov. Election Directs Outcome for Wis. State Capitol

Politics

Nov. Election Directs Outcome for Wis. State Capitol

This fall's election will impact what going on in the State Capitol for the next two years. The story is not whether Democrats can win enough seats to take control of the chamber, but whether they can prevent Republicans from gaining a super-majority.

Friday October 2, 2020


Representatives Take on Legislative Agenda

Politics

Representatives Take on Legislative Agenda

Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) and Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), co-chairs of the Legislature's Task Force on Racial Inequities, talk about Gov. Evers' proposed police reform bills and how they see working together in a bipartisan manner.

Friday September 11, 2020


UW Madison Transitions to Virtual and Two-Week Quarantine

Coronavirus

UW Madison Transitions to Virtual and Two-Week Quarantine

With students back on campus, coronavirus cases are spiking. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank talks about moving classes online, quarantining selected dorms for two weeks and the future of university life for students.

Friday September 11, 2020


Marquette U. Pollster Charles Franklin on Pres. Candidates

Politics

Marquette U. Pollster Charles Franklin on Pres. Candidates

Marquette Law School Pollster, Charles Franklin, provides results and analysis of his most recent poll about presidential candidates, protests against police shootings, Trump's handling of protests and comfort levels with reopening of schools.

Friday September 11, 2020


The 19th Anniversary of 9/11

Politics

The 19th Anniversary of 9/11

This week it was announced that there would be another troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which estimates that the U.S. will be at 4,500 grounded troops in November. Around 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks on the world trade center and pentagon, and currently that many people are dying from coronavirus every three days.

Friday September 11, 2020


Conservative Majority Implements New Court Orders

Politics

Conservative Majority Implements New Court Orders

As the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued two important orders impacting private schools in Dane County and local election clerks statewide.

Friday September 11, 2020


UW Health Vaccine Study Placed on Hold

Coronavirus

UW Health Vaccine Study Placed on Hold

A vaccine trial study that UW Health launched last week, part of an international trial, was out on hold when a study participant in Great Britain experienced concerning side effects.

Friday September 11, 2020


Zac Schultz Reports on Wisconsin’s Role in GOP Convention

Politics

Zac Schultz Reports on Wisconsin’s Role in GOP Convention

Wisconsin figured prominently this week during the Republican Party National Convention. Several speakers were from the Badger State and Kenosha was invoked by the party in its call for law and order.

Friday August 28, 2020


Evers and Barnes Say Milwaukee Still Relevant to DNC

Here and Now 2020

Evers and Barnes Say Milwaukee Still Relevant to DNC

Milwaukee was supposed to be the center of the political world when it hosted the Democratic Nat'l Convention. Now it's been virtually hollowed out, another victim of the pandemic. But that doesn't mean Wisconsin's politicians won't try to salvage something from this week. Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes discuss if there's still something to be gained from the Milwaukee DNC.

Friday August 14, 2020


Primary Elections Result in More Diverse State Legislature

Here and Now 2020

Primary Elections Result in More Diverse State Legislature

While Tuesday was the fall primary, the election effectively decided the winner in several races. Melissa Sargent and Kelda Helen Roys both won primaries for State Senate. In Madison, an African immigrant - Samba Baldeh - and an Asian-American woman - Francesca Hong - won seats in the Assembly and in the Milwaukee suburbs, Julian Bradley, a Black man, won the primary in the 28th Senate district.

Friday August 14, 2020


Political Panelists Talk DNC, Kamala Harris and Kanye West

Here and Now 2020

Political Panelists Talk DNC, Kamala Harris and Kanye West

Republican strategist and Managing Partner of Capitol Consultants, Bill McCoshen and Democratic strategist and member of the State Ethics Commission, Scot Ross discuss the DNC moving to a virtual platform, the Biden-Harris ticket and changes to the USPS that may make it harder to vote by mail.

Friday August 14, 2020


Poll Shows Biden Ahead in Wisconsin

Here and Now 2020

Poll Shows Biden Ahead in Wisconsin

Marquette University Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin breaks down the results from his latest poll, which has Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump by five points in Wisconsin. The poll also shows 69% of Wisconsinites agree with the mask mandate.

Friday August 14, 2020


Pete Buttigieg Previews Democratic Nat’l Convention

Here and Now 2020

Pete Buttigieg Previews Democratic Nat’l Convention

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg talks about how Democrats are going to use this year's virtual DNC to energize voters and touts the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris ticket.

Friday August 14, 2020


Facade of a police station in Milwaukee

Politics

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales Demoted

The Milwaukee police chief was demoted by a vote from the city's Fire and Police Commission Thursday. Morales spoke with Here & Now's Zac Schultz about his relationship with the commission.

Friday August 7, 2020


Police Union Contracts and Police Reform

Social Issues

Police Union Contracts and Police Reform

Two months since George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police, the topic of police reform is still being discussed. Zac Schultz investigates how police union contracts impact how police are investigated for wrong doing and held accountable.

Friday July 24, 2020


Milwaukee voters in line

Elections

Appeals Court Restricts Early Voting

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wisconsin can restrict early voting, stemming from a years-long legal challenge and ahead of a pandemic-driven general election.

Tuesday June 30, 2020


Pence Rallygoers in Pewaukee Mostly Maskless

Politics

Pence Rallygoers in Pewaukee Mostly Maskless

While masks were available, most of the crowd attending the campaign rally with Vice President Mike Pence in Pewaukee forwent wearing masks. Tickets to the rally required a disclosure statement saying no one would sue the campaign if they became infected. The Trump campaign has said the economy is the key to re-election, and Pence highlighted that in his remarks.

Friday June 26, 2020


Congressman Grothman on Police Reforms

Policy

Congressman Grothman on Police Reforms

Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman (District 6) discusses police reforms measures making their way through Congress and how he feels Democratic policies go too far.

Friday June 26, 2020


Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign Doubles Down on Wisconsin

Many national election observers describe Wisconsin as a tipping-point state, meaning whomever wins this state will likely win enough electoral votes to win the presidency.

Friday June 26, 2020


The Verso paper mill is among the largest employers in Wisconsin Rapids. The Ohio-based company announced June 9, 2020 that it would idle mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Duluth, Minnesota, laying off 1,000 workers. (Courtesy: Rob Mentzer / WPR)

Economy

Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids Will Idle, Layoff 900

The company announced the move due to reduced demand in paper products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday June 10, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers delivers a speech during a media briefing with the Department of Health Services.

Health

Gov. Evers Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

In a Department of Health Services briefing normally reserved for COVID-19 updates, the governor declared racism a public health crisis that "has harmed generations of black and brown Wisconsinites."

Thursday June 4, 2020


U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D) Wisconsin

Politics

WI Congressional Delegation Has Wide Range of Responses to Nationwide Protests

Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan (D) wants to examine the training standards for every police department in the nation.

Wednesday June 3, 2020


Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

State Supreme Court to Hear Case on Voter Purge

The Wisconsin Supreme Court announced Monday they will hear the case on whether more than 100,000 names should be purged from Wisconsin’s voter registration rolls just a few months before the presidential election. Last December a conservative legal group, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), sued the Wisconsin Elections ...

Monday June 1, 2020


Hodag

Economy

Hodag Music Festival Canceled After Public Outcry

The reduced capacity would have brought as many as 16,000 people to the area, before event organizers cancelled the country music festival.

Thursday May 28, 2020


Supreme Court Ruling and Consequences Explained

Politics

Supreme Court Ruling and Consequences Explained

Here & Now Senior Political Reporter Zac Schultz explains with the Supreme Court striking down the extension of the statewide "Safer at Home" order, the authority to implement new rules to combat the spread of COVID-19 rests with county public health officials. Some counties have already applied new rules or extended old rules. Any new statewide administrative rules will require bipartisanship.

Friday May 15, 2020


Front page of the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Evers administration's Safer at Home order.

Politics

Update: Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Safer at Home’ Order

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court struck down the state’s “Safer at Home” order Wednesday, leaving Wisconsin with no plan in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Tony Evers said the ruling will undercut the progress the state has made on containing COVID-19. “Republican legislators convinced four members of the Supreme ...

Wednesday May 13, 2020


Tom Tiffany

Elections

Tiffany Wins Special Election

Republican Tom Tiffany wins the special election to replace Sean Duffy in the state's 7th Congressional District.

Wednesday May 13, 2020


Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat

Elections

Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat

Candidates Tom Tiffany (R) and Tricia Zunker (D) vie for an open seat in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District to replace the retired Sean Duffy.

Thursday May 7, 2020


Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

Supreme Court Hears ‘Safer at Home’ Challenge

The state Supreme Court met virtually Tuesday to hear the lawsuit filed by the Republican-controlled Legislature against Department of Health Services Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm, alleging she and the governor overstepped their authority by issuing the state’s “Safer at Home” order without legislative input. Is the “Safer at Home” order like ...

Tuesday May 5, 2020


WI Supreme Court Reviews Lawsuit Against Safer at Home Order

Politics

WI Supreme Court Reviews Lawsuit Against Safer at Home Order

State Supreme Court is reviewing a lawsuit brought by legislative Republicans over the extended Safer at Home order. Gov. Tony Evers and Health Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm extended the order to May 26th but the state Republicans believe that the order was an overreach of Palm’s power.

Friday May 1, 2020


Congregations Find New Ways to Celebrate Faith

Social Issues

Congregations Find New Ways to Celebrate Faith

The outbreak of COVID-19 has made gathering together hard for many religious congregations, at a time when many need religion the most. Here & Now’s Zac Schultz reports on how religious communities across the state are creating innovative ways to remain connected.

Friday May 1, 2020


Trade Associations Create Plans for Reopening Economy

Economy

Trade Associations Create Plans for Reopening Economy

The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Tavern League of Wisconsin created alternative plans for reopening Wisconsin’s economy. The Tavern League of Wisconsin, which represents over 5,000 bars across the state, is looking to reopen bars on May 1 nearly a month before Gov. Evers Safe at Home order expires.

Friday April 24, 2020


COVID-19 Relief Legislation Explained

Coronavirus

COVID-19 Relief Legislation Explained

Here & Now Reporter Zac Schultz breaks down Wisconsin’s COVID-19 legislation and how it will address the challenges ahead. Gov. Tony Evers signed Assembly Bill 1038 into law this week. The legislation creates a pathway for over $2.3 billion in federal funds slated for Wisconsin.

Friday April 17, 2020


Jill Karofksy

Here and Now 2020

Jill Karofsky Wins Supreme Court Election

Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky beats incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly 55%-45% in an election turned turbulent by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday April 13, 2020


Steeple at St. John's Lutheran Church in Johnson Creek on Easter Sunday April 12, 2020. Worshipers tuned in to the service from their car radios while maintaining social distancing.

Health

Churches Hold Drive-In Easter Services

Church services around Wisconsin have moved online in the wake of Gov. Tony Evers’s “Safer at Home” order. Easter Sunday however, some churches held drive-in services, with parishioners staying in their cars and listening to the service through their radios. There was confusion earlier in the week about whether drive-in ...

Monday April 13, 2020


A sign notifies the public that the state park has been closed due to COVID-19.

Health

Governor Closes 40 Parks Due To Vandalism and Crowds

Wardens from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources blocked the entrances to Devil's Lake State Park Friday. A snow fence blocked the entrance to nearby Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area.  Just a few days earlier people were parking on the road and rubbing shoulder-to-shoulder on the paths, in clear violation ...

Saturday April 11, 2020


Dr. Marin Darsie

Health

E.R. Doctor Says In-Person Election Will ‘Likely Lead to Deaths’

“I was very disappointed that this in-person election occurred, because I truly think it will lead to additional cases of COVID-19 in our community and likely lead to deaths,” says emergency room Dr. Marin Darsie. She says Wisconsin can expect to see an increase in deaths from Tuesday's election in a matter of weeks.

Friday April 10, 2020


Reaction and Fallout after the April 7 Election

Elections

Reaction and Fallout after the April 7 Election

Here & Now Senior Reporter Zac Schultz reports on the looming legal battles that may follow the controversial April 7 election last week. As the state awaits results from Tuesday’s elections, the frustrations remain high among voters and lawmakers

Friday April 10, 2020


I Voted Today sticker

Elections

Live: Where Wisconsin’s Election Currently Stands

6:45 p.m. U.S. Supreme Court Rules Ballots Must Be Postmarked by Tuesday Under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, all absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s election must be postmarked by Tuesday, but can be received as late as April 13. Allowing ballots to be sent later than Tuesday “would fundamentally alter the ...

Monday April 6, 2020


Tony Evers

Elections

Breaking: Evers Suspends In-Person Voting Tuesday

Under an executive order, the in-person election would be delayed until June 9. Republican leaders say they will challenge the order in the state Supreme Court, while elections officials say to continue preparing for Tuesday's election while they wait for litigation.

Monday April 6, 2020


Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview

Elections

Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview

State Supreme Court candidate and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky interviewed by Senior Political Reporter Zac Schultz via Skype.

Friday April 3, 2020


Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview

Elections

Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview

State Supreme Court candidate and incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly interviewed by Senior Political Reporter Zac Schultz via Skype.

Friday April 3, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers

Elections

Breaking: Evers Calls Coronavirus Special Session

The legislation put forward by Gov. Tony Evers would make the spring election largely mail-only and push back the timeline to send absentee ballots to clerks into May.

Friday April 3, 2020


Western District of Wisconsin Courthouse

Elections

Update: Federal Court Judge Rules on April Election

The federal judge in Madison extended the deadline to apply for absentee ballots, as well as the deadline for those ballots to be received.

Thursday April 2, 2020


Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat

Elections

Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat

Tom Barrett has been mayor of Milwaukee for 16 years and he's looking to make it an even two decades of running Wisconsin's largest city. “I'm very, very excited about the future of the city because, first of all, there's a lot of great things that are going on in ...

Wednesday April 1, 2020


Spring Election in Limbo Amid COVID19 Crisis

Politics

Spring Election in Limbo Amid COVID19 Crisis

The spring primary is set for April 7, just over a week away. Currently, there are four lawsuits in the federal courts that could change those plans. One of those lawsuits seeks to postpone the election. Meanwhile, Governor Tony Evers asked Republicans in the legislature to pass a law that would send absentee ballots out to every Wisconsin voter.

Friday March 27, 2020


Dale Witkowski

Health

Fond du Lac Man One of State’s First COVID-19 Deaths

Dale Witkowski of Fond du Lac County developed the disease after an Egyptian River Cruise.

Saturday March 21, 2020


A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.

Elections

Absentee Requests Rise Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The covid-19 emergency has Republican and Democratic leaders asking for election rules to be changed. Here & Now's Zac Schultz reports on how the clerks are doing their best to make it all work.

Thursday March 19, 2020


Evers Declares State of Emergency

Health

Evers Declares State of Emergency

The governor declared a state of emergency, called for school cancellation, and universities canceled in-person classes through mid-April. Here & Now’s Zac Schultz provides an overview of a state on overdrive coping with the coronavirus.

Saturday March 14, 2020


Tony Evers - Governor of Wisconsin stands at a podium at a press conference

Health

Evers Declares Public Health State of Emergency

Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in response to the spread of novel coronavirus.

Thursday March 12, 2020


Lena Taylor.

Elections

Personalized Video Messages, Right at Your Door

Candidates employ video doorbells to reach voters who are not home.

Friday March 6, 2020


Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District

Elections

Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District

A report by Here & Now Reporter Zac Schultz breaks down the primary race for the state’s 7th Congressional District. The seat was previously held by Sean Duffy. Now, four candidates are vying for the large district in Northern Wisconsin, including two Democrats and three Republicans. (Videography by Ethan Freel)

Saturday February 15, 2020


Search and rescue vehicle.

Environment

Update: Search and Rescue Volunteers’ Sacrifice

There is a new example of the sacrifice search and rescue volunteers make when they donate their time to finding lost strangers. In January, Here & Now reported on Pat Sanchez who runs the Sawyer County search and rescue (SAR) team. The Sawyer County SAR team is well-known around the ...

Monday February 10, 2020


Trump Rallies in Milwaukee

Politics

Trump Rallies in Milwaukee

President Trump’s campaign rally packed UW-Milwaukee's Panther arena this week. Some guests waited for in line for hours to get a front-row seat. Here & Now reporter Zac Schultz said that despite Trump’s long record of failed fact checks, attendees continue to support the incumbent because he is emotionally honest.

Friday January 17, 2020


Lack of Search And Rescue Resources Leave State Vulnerable

Social Issues

Lack of Search And Rescue Resources Leave State Vulnerable

Despite the gaps in coverage, volunteers across Wisconsin remain the backbone of search and rescue operations. Although search and rescue volunteers are trained as professionals, many counties don’t have enough resources to pay them as such.

Friday January 3, 2020


Here & Now for November 15, 2019

Social Issues

Here & Now for November 15, 2019

On tonight’s show we examine: the state’s diversity efforts with State Rep. Sheila Stubbs; Impeachment Hearings with U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore; freedom of the press questions regarding Lafayette County Board with Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders; Developments with the DACA program with Voces De La Frontera's Alejandra Gonzalez; an update on former designee Brad Pfaff.

Friday January 3, 2020


Justice Daniel Kelly on his Candidacy for State Supreme Ct.

Politics

Justice Daniel Kelly on his Candidacy for State Supreme Ct.

Appointed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2016, Justice Daniel Kelly is now running for a full 10-year term on the State Supreme Court. His interview will be the first of three interviews with primary state Supreme Court candidates.

Friday January 3, 2020


Gov. Evers Gives a Recap of 2019, Plus A Look Ahead

Politics

Gov. Evers Gives a Recap of 2019, Plus A Look Ahead

In 2019, Wisconsin saw its first divided government at the State Capitol in more than a decade. From November’s special session on guns to Wisconsin's Foxconn contract, Gov. Tony Evers explains what progress was made in the past year and what work is still yet to be done.

Friday January 3, 2020


The Economic State of Farming

Agriculture

The Economic State of Farming

U.S. and State Department of Agriculture Secretaries Sonny Perdue and Brad Pfaff both give their perspectives on the state of small dairy farmers and the industry as a whole. With extreme weather, low prices and uncertainty in foreign trade, Pfaff explains that Wisconsin farmers have been hit with a “triple whammy” of unfortunate events.

Wednesday December 4, 2019


Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists

Education

Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists

This week The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, released results finding Wisconsin has the widest achievement gap in the country. Scores show the gap between Black and white students increasing in both math and reading.

Wednesday December 4, 2019


Breakthrough Drug Gives Hope to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Health

Breakthrough Drug Gives Hope to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

UW Health Pulmonary Care physician and Director of the UW Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program Andrew Braun talks about a promising new drug therapy for cystic fibrosis patients. Over 30,000 people nationwide are living with the disease. One patient from Eau Claire said that the new drug therapy has given her her life back.

Wednesday December 4, 2019


Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

Health

Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

A look at Marquette poll numbers on the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state. Four hunters explain differing reasons why some get their deer tested for CWD and the overwhelming reason why most do not. The poll shows that of the people who have heard of CWD, 64% feel it represents a threat to the future of deer hunting in Wisconsin.

Friday November 22, 2019


Secretary Designee Update, PFAS and F35 Jets in East Madison

Politics

Secretary Designee Update, PFAS and F35 Jets in East Madison

The state Senate confirmed the first of Gov. Evers’ cabinet members this week. A report from the DNR found high-levels of unsafe chemicals known as PFAS in Madison's Starkweather Creek near the Truax national guard air-base. The Truax Field is also facing controversy due to a resolution passed by the state Senate in support of bringing new F-35 fighter jets to Madison.

Friday October 11, 2019


Gov. Evers’ Pardon Advisory Board Explained

Social Issues

Gov. Evers’ Pardon Advisory Board Explained

Pardon Advisory Board member and former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray discusses the work of the Gov. Evers’ pardon board. Former Gov. Walker previously disbanded the board and refused to issue any pardons. This week Gov. Evers’ signed the first four pardons since 2010. The board is responsible for reviewing for making recommendations to the Governor on who to grant pardons to.

Friday October 11, 2019


UW Political Scientist on US role in Turkish Conflict

Politics

UW Political Scientist on US role in Turkish Conflict

UW-Madison Political Scientist, Professor Andrew Kydd, explains U.S. foreign policy and the Kurdish-Turkish border crisis. Many are waiting to see how President Trump decides to intervene considering that the Kurds are U.S. allies. Kydd warns that abandoning the Kurds during this crisis may undermine America’s credibility with other international allies.

Friday October 11, 2019


Milwaukee Communities Cope with Gun Violence

Social Issues

Milwaukee Communities Cope with Gun Violence

The story of Milwaukee's Mosbey family focuses on the reality of gun violence after teenager Tyrese Mosbey was shot in the head while at a bus stop after school. His family is coming to terms with his present and future recovery. Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Director Reggie Moore also weighs in on the issue of gun violence and its impact on the broader community.

Friday October 11, 2019


The Economic State of Farming

Agriculture

The Economic State of Farming

U.S. and State Department of Agriculture Secretaries Sonny Perdue and Brad Pfaff both give their perspectives on the state of small dairy farmers and the industry as a whole. With extreme weather, low prices and uncertainty in foreign trade, Pfaff explains that Wisconsin farmers have been hit with a “triple whammy” of unfortunate events.

Friday October 4, 2019


U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Doubles Down

Politics

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Doubles Down

Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson weighs in on recent activities in Washington. Johnson says he’s once again looking at Hillary Clinton’s emails and remarks about whether people should trust what the President tweeted about a potential civil war.

Friday October 4, 2019


US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up

Politics

US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up

Longest serving Wisconsin Congressman, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R) announced that he will not seek another term. Sensenbrenner was first elected to his Waukesha-area seat in 1978. Meanwhile, Democratic state Senator Lena Taylor announced she is running for Mayor in Milwaukee. Incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett has yet to announce if he's running for re-election.

Friday September 6, 2019


Foxconn Road Plans Jeopardize Homeowners’ Land

Economy

Foxconn Road Plans Jeopardize Homeowners’ Land

WPR reporter Corrinne Hess discusses the rift between Foxconn and home and property owners in Mt. Pleasant. The company has taken a major toll on locals who have sold their property to accommodate plans for a new road. Hess reported that the land acquisitions began this spring. Many property owners are worried that more of their land may be taken to make space for the company’s plans.

Friday September 6, 2019


‘Our Farms, Our Future’ Bills offer Resources To Family Farm

Agriculture

‘Our Farms, Our Future’ Bills offer Resources To Family Farm

A new bill by Senator Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, aims to make it easier for families to pass down farms to future generations. The bill is apart of the “Our Farms, Our Future” bill package which will tackle a number of issues that Wisconsin farmers face. Other bills in the package will address student loan debt and a diversity grant program.

Friday September 6, 2019


Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind

Politics

Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin shares new statewide survey results. The results show President Trump lagging slightly behind Democratic front runners in 2020 match-ups. Respondents favored Vice President Joe Biden 51 percent compared to Trump’s 42 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders is also ahead at 48 percent to 44 percent.

Friday September 6, 2019


Sawyer Co. Feels Effect of Floods: “It Comes In Everywhere”

Environment

Sawyer Co. Feels Effect of Floods: “It Comes In Everywhere”

While the policy debate over climate change and efforts to mitigate flooding continue at the state and federal level, Here & Now’s Zac Schultz talks to those in Sawyer County who are impacted by washed out roads and water in their basements.

Friday August 16, 2019


Preview: How Northwestern Wisconsin Grapples with Flooding

Environment

Preview: How Northwestern Wisconsin Grapples with Flooding

In northwest Wisconsin, 500-year flooding events are becoming more common and causing millions of dollars worth of damage as they happen. A preview of Zac Schultz’s reporting on how residents are coping with the high water.

Friday August 9, 2019


Sec.-Des. Meaney on Tourism, Office of Outdoor Recreation

Economy

Sec.-Des. Meaney on Tourism, Office of Outdoor Recreation

In continuing conversations with Gov. Tony Evers’ cabinet secretaries, Zac Schultz sits down with Tourism Sec.-Designee Sara Meaney. She says that tourism is the state’s third-largest industry, which can drive economic growth as well as be a promotional activity. She adds that reaching out to a diverse group of is something the department “need[s] to do intentionally, and with eyes wide open.”

Friday August 2, 2019


Wisconsin Melts Under Heat Wave

Environment

Wisconsin Melts Under Heat Wave

With brutal heat affecting Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency for those who also lost power in Dane County. Discussing the unusually warm temperatures is Tim Halbach of the National Weather Service for Milwaukee/Sullivan.

Friday July 19, 2019


Efforts to Mandate CWD Testing in Parts of Wisconsin

Environment

Efforts to Mandate CWD Testing in Parts of Wisconsin

An advisory group is pushing for mandatory CWD testing in parts of western Wisconsin.

Friday July 12, 2019


Medicaid Expansion: Two Sides

Budgets

Medicaid Expansion: Two Sides

The expansion of Medicaid in the state has been a divisive issue, with Republican leaders calling it a non-starter and Gov. Tony Evers saying he will continue to fight for the coverage. Here & Now’s Zac Schultz delves into what expanding Medicaid would mean for some health care providers.

Friday May 17, 2019


Evers Explains Budget Priorities, Bipartisan Possibilities

Politics

Evers Explains Budget Priorities, Bipartisan Possibilities

Gov. Tony Evers sits down with Zac to discuss the policy priorities included in his first budget. Evers says he “feels confident this truly is the people’s budget,” and that with newly-divided government Wisconsinites want to see something accomplished. On whether he will use his powerful veto pen, Evers says “what I want to avoid is having to veto an entire budget.”

Friday March 8, 2019


How to Address Homelessness in the State

Social Issues

How to Address Homelessness in the State

Rep. Pat Snyder, R-Schofield, talks about a proposal to address homelessness in Wisconsin--one of the budget items that may receive bipartisan support. He says that including it in this budget is “a good start,” but if it were passed in its own bill it would have longevity outside the biennial process. He adds that homelessness is a hidden problem that “people don’t realize everyday,” its impacts.

Friday March 8, 2019


What the State Budget Means for the UW

Education

What the State Budget Means for the UW

UW System President Ray Cross discusses how the new state budget impacts the university system. “The investment being proposed gives us the support we need [to freeze tuition],” Cross says. He also touches on issues around the system, including a vote of no confidence for the leadership of UW-Stevens Point saying he is optimistic about the school’s future.

Friday March 8, 2019


Tax Expert Breaks Down First Evers Budget

Economy

Tax Expert Breaks Down First Evers Budget

Helping break down Gov. Tony Evers’s budget proposal is Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He says of the debate between Republican and Democratic versions, “the one thing that will unite Republicans is taxes.”

Friday March 1, 2019


Nygren: Budget Is Disappointing

Economy

Nygren: Budget Is Disappointing

Co-chair of the state’s budget writing committee Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, discusses the Republican response to Gov. Tony Evers’s budget. He calls the budget disappointing, and says it was a “missed opportunity” to promote areas of common ground.

Friday March 1, 2019


National Emergency Vote Divides Wis. Delegation

Politics

National Emergency Vote Divides Wis. Delegation

The US House voted to override the president’s declaration of a national emergency. Here's how the Wisconsin delegation voted.

Friday March 1, 2019


Supreme Court Race: Brian Hagedorn

Politics

Supreme Court Race: Brian Hagedorn

State Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn discusses his run for the high court. He clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman and was chief counsel to former Gov. Scott Walker. He is currently a state appeals court judge. He says he wants to tackle issues such as the opioid epidemic, saying he wants to “make sure we have adequate resources to address those problems.”

Friday March 1, 2019


Wisconsin Troops to Head Home

Social Issues

Wisconsin Troops to Head Home

Gov. Tony Evers recalls national guard troops deployed to the southern border under former Gov. Scott Walker.

Friday March 1, 2019


Will Wisconsin Expand Medicaid?

Health

Will Wisconsin Expand Medicaid?

Here & Now’s Zac Schultz reports on bipartisanship in Wisconsin’s newly divided government, and how that might impact Medicaid expansion in the state.

Friday January 18, 2019


New Administration, New Legislature Sworn In at Capitol

Politics

New Administration, New Legislature Sworn In at Capitol

New administration is sworn in at the state capitol. Tony Evers as governor, Mandela Barnes as the first black lt. governor, Josh Kaul as attorney general, Doug La Follette as secretary of state and Sarah Godlewski as state treasurer. Also, groups file suit against laws enacted in lame duck session. And new legislative members need to figure out how to work together in a divided state government.

Friday January 11, 2019


Walker’s Legacy as Governor

Politics

Walker’s Legacy as Governor

Next week, Gov. Scott Walker ends his eight years as governor. Here & Now’s Zac Schultz looks back on Walker’s time in the governor’s mansion, speaking with those who supported and opposed him through the years.

Friday January 4, 2019


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Statement to the Communities We Serve

There is no place for racism in our society. We must work together as a community to ensure we no longer teach, or tolerate it.  Read full statement here.