The Badger Politic

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

July 13th, 2017    

Episode 19: Been any news lately?

We have returned from our July 4th hiatus to discover there are a few stories making headlines these days. Among other things, revelations surfaced that the president's son, son-in-law, and top advisor had a newsworthy meeting last year with Russians to obtain damaging info on Hillary Clinton. The Senate health care bill could see a vote over the next week, and it's an open question where the swing votes will fall. There's also a newly announced candidate for governor of Wisconsin running in the Democratic primary. Lots to cover this week.


June 29th, 2017    

Episode 18: Senate Health Care Bill is Born

The US Senate finally reveals the components of its health care legislation, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act (shouldn't they have called it Best given our current POTUS?). We examine its chances and point out some of the current GOP Senators standing in the way of quick passage.


June 22nd, 2017    

Episode 17: Peach State Politic

Special election down in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. We dissect the numbers, and argue about what they mean for this race and future races Democrats need to compete in. We'll give the latest update on the secret Senate health care bill, and the Supreme Court takes up the Wisconsin case on gerrymandering.


June 15th, 2017    

Episode 16

We discuss last weekend's shooting at Milwaukee's lakefront by a sheriff's deputy. The latest on the American Health Care Act is covered as a handful of senators hammer out a bill in secret. Wisconsin also got visits from Veep Mike Pence and his boss Donald Trump who came to raise money for Governor Scott Walker.


June 9th, 2017    

Episode 15

This episode, we conclude our discussion on last weekend's Democratic Party convention in Middleton, Wisconsin. We'll also touch on our thoughts leading up to the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings with former FBI Director James Comey, and discuss the elections in the UK.


June 6th, 2017    

Episode 14: Wisconsin Democratic Party Convention

This week, we come to you from the Wisconsin Democratic Party Convention in Middleton. We'll give you our impressions about the state of the Democratic Party and next year's race for governor as it's currently shaping up. 


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.


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