In today’s 8 O’Clock Buzz Ex-PO hour, Jerome Dillard speaks with Melissa Sargent, candidate for the 16th District Senate seat vacated by Mark Miller. The discussion focuses on her work on social justice issues, investing in people and opportunities rather than punishment, disproportionate rates of arrest for people of color, legalization of cannabis, and more.
Today, the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board walked out of an open meeting attended by representatives of the new UW Nurses Union. The Board allowed members of the union to speak for fifteen minutes before voting to move into a closed session. The Board released a statement last month saying that, because of Act […]
Yesterday, lawmakers in the State Assembly passed a bill that was first introduced less than two weeks ago. Parts of the bill are identical to rape kit legislation introduced last year, that had bipartisan support. But the new bill has a few GOP “poison pills” that Assembly Democrats are unwilling to swallow. One new component […]
Democratic State Representative Melissa Sargent of Madison has tried for years to create certain exceptions under Wisconsin’s sales and use tax for products such as diapers, undergarments for incontinence, and feminine hygiene products. Yesterday, Sargent re-introduced bills from previous years as a combined piece of legislation, this time with more bipartisan support. “This is exciting […]
On May 31, 2019, the Illinois House of Representatives voted 66-47 to approve a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois. The House vote followed a bipartisan state senate vote of 38-17 in favor. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor J.B. Pritzker, who has said he will sign […]
Earlier this month, Governor Tony Evers declared that 2019 is the year of clean drinking water in Wisconsin. Yesterday, he announced that he will propose legalizing medical marijuana in the upcoming budget. For today’s show, we hone in on these two emerging initiatives to get a clearer picture. First, we hear from Kerry Schumann, executive […]