Campaign spending, committee votes, backroom deals and budget memos. State politics can seem less than thrilling unless you know where to look. "WPR Politics" is a weekly podcast about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR reporters clue listeners into stories they may have missed and tell them what's actually interesting about stories they've already heard a thousand times.
Yeah, Still COVID
It's finally (probably) safe to say that the election cycle is now behind us, and for a state politics podcast, that means shifting focus back to the business of governing. So what's dominating things at the state Capitol as a new session gets underway? Yeah, it's still COVID-19 — policy addressing it and partisan politics surrounding it.
Everything Is Totally Normal
There were some relatively normal political things that happened this week. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers gave his annual State of the State address. Republicans gave a response. State senators passed a bill. But speech was remote, the response was in person, the Democratic governor sided with some Republicans on the bill and against others, and that's not even to mention that, in Washington, the president of the United States was impeached — again. So yeah, totally normal.
More Serious Than Politics
It's a new year, and a new legislative session here in Wisconsin. And normally we'd probably do a look-ahead, talking about new members being sworn in, new proposals, the upcoming budget process, maybe this week’s COVID-19 legislation. But the events in Washington this week really overshadowed any of that. And even though it's a story with nationwide significance, there's plenty to talk about as far as how Wisconsin's political leaders were involved and how they responded to it.
How To Win An Election In Wisconsin: An instruction Manual (2020 Edition)
Is it early? Is it late? Who knows? It's a patented WPR Politics Podcast step-by-step guide through all of the election lawsuits — state and federal — that were decided in Wisconsin in the last week or so, not to mention a legislative hearing and a formal meeting of electors!
But It's Not Friday
Well, last week we kinda failed. We waited all day on Friday to record an episode, but news kept breaking, and breaking, and breaking. So here we are, on a MONDAY, ready to fill you in on all of the election lawsuit drama and coronavirus-related legislative machinations we missed.
AVALANCHE!!! (Of Post-Election Wisconsin Politics Developments)
Just when you thought it was safe to take a stroll outside in the post-election news world — RUMBLE RUMBLE RUMBLE — Oh no! It's a presidential recount! And a new COVID-19 emergency order! And lawsuits! AAAAHHHHH!!!!