The Badger Politic

Narrowcasting from our undisclosed bunker in Milwaukee with your hosts Scott Stearns and Paul Sickel.

June 2nd, 2017    

Episode 13

Among the topics this week are a post-mortem on the Montana special election for Congress, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's job status, and a preview the Wisconsin Democratic Convention taking place this weekend.


May 22nd, 2017    

Episode 12

We're back after a week off. There's plenty to cover from Sheriff Clarke's apparent promotion to Homeland Security, the fallout from Trump firing Jim Comey, and the ongoing saga surrounding health care legislation in the Senate.


May 18th, 2017    

Slow news week

Hey listeners. We're on vacation this week since Scott chose to take a break from the US and relax in Costa Rica.

It's not like there has been much news this past week anyway aside from Trump firing Comey, Trump revealing classified info to Russia, the revelation that Trump "encouraged" Comey to shut down the investigation of Michael Flynn, the appointment of former FBI head Robert Mueller as special counsel over said investigation, protestors beaten by Turkey's hired goons outside of Embassy in DC, and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke announcing he's headed to a position at Homeland Security to name a few. Other than that, not much to talk about!

We'll be back next week by which time some of the above items are sure to be a distant memory. See you then!

May 10th, 2017    

Episode 11

AHCA has passed the House! We take stock of this past week, and speculate about the bill's outlook in the Senate. We also look ahead to Sen. Tammy Baldwin's re-election chances in 2018 along with some reflection and critique of the Democratic Party and what it needs to do to succeed.

This weekend is also Mother's Day. Check out the March for our Moms event happening this weekend in Milwaukee.


May 4th, 2017    

Episode 10

The Badger Politic hits episode 10! We celebrate by providing our weekly update on the Zombie health care bill that is being nursed back to health in the House. Sheriff David Clarke wants to crack down on sanctuary cities while refusing to properly attend to his duties running the county jail.  Also, the Day Without Latinos march in Milwaukee. Paul was present and provides an account of the day's activities.


April 26th, 2017    

Episode 9

Bipartisan legislation to replace lead water pipes in Wisconsin is being threatened by the business lobby. We explore the urgency of this issue both on a local and national level. We check in on healthcare, and explore what a progressive agenda should really look like. We also have a new logo thanks to Allison. All that and more this week.

04/27 UPDATE: Re-uploaded this episode due to some issues with muffled voices. This version has more clarity with the dialogue. Enjoy!


April 21st, 2017    

Episode 8

Special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District! We break down the results, and look ahead to the John Ossof vs. Karen Handel runoff in June. We'll also cover some Wisconsin politics, and speculate about whatever happened to the Republican Party valuing local control when it comes to governing.


April 12th, 2017    

Episode 7

The filibuster is dead, long live the filibuster! In this week's episode, we'll look at the politics surrounding the newest Supreme Court justice, and what the rules change in getting him confirmed potentially means for passing legislation.  We discuss the latest on the zombie health care bill, and look ahead to next year's elections nationally and here in Wisconsin. We also take time to discuss the special elections occurring to fill vacant House seats around the country.


April 10th, 2017    


Hey there Badger Politic listeners. We completed the move from Podomatic to Podbean. In the process, I broke the RSS feed though and that has now been fixed. If you're using RSS, you can add the feed at


Also, we've upgraded our sound equipment. Starting with this week's episode, we'll be recording with our new Blue Yeti mic which should greatly enhance the audio clarity. We should have a new one in the can by Thursday so stay tuned.


Feel free to leave your comments.  Thank you for your support as we continue to roll forward with the podcast. We've been working out the kinks, and appreciate your patience. You can follow us on Facebook at BadgerPolitic or on Twitter at Badger_Politic.

April 5th, 2017    

Episode 6

Wisconsin votes! It's election day in America's dairyland, and we're covering the results. We run down the numbers for the marquee matchup for Superintendent of Public Instruction as well as some of the down ballot races. Then we take a look at how the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for US Supreme Court is shaping up; it appears the filibuster's days are numbered. We'll also check on the Republicans' zombie health care bill that just refuses to die.



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