We’re in the midst of a United States Census year—what does that mean for social and political life? For this episode, we get a historical perspective on the census with historian Margo Anderson and a peek into local efforts to make sure everyone is counted with Brenda González, chair of the City of Madison’s Complete […]
With the 2020 census shortly underway, we spend today’s episode exploring an overlooked aspect of representation and democracy: prison gerrymandering. Our first guest is independent journalist Natasha Haverty, who recently reported on prison gerrymandering in Wisconsin for a segment on Reveal. She and Carousel discuss the prison population in Wisconsin, how the census is used […]
Last night, Governor Tony Evers delivered his 2020 State of the State Address. Today on the show, political reform activist Mike McCabe joins Allen in the studio to respond to several of Gov. Evers’ key points, including redistricting, rural life and economy, education, dairy farming, drinking water, gun control, and marijuana legalization. Mike McCabe is […]
With 2020 elections looming on the horizon, we revisit the issue of gerrymandering and the fight for fair maps with Wisconsin State Representative Dianne Hesselbein for today’s episode. She offers updates on AB 303, the nonpartisan redistricting reform bill proposed by the state legislature. With fair maps in place, Rep. Hesselbein says, “Nobody can rig […]
Michael Li, Senior Counsel from the Brennan Center for Justice, talks about the recent Supreme Court decision NOT to get involved in gerrymandering issues in states. He talks with Jan about what this means locally, and what continuing actions are available to make elections more fair and representative of the people’s wishes.
With the Wisconsin spring election coming up tomorrow, we take a look at voter-related issues with Erin Grunze and Eileen Newcomer from the League of Women Voters. Over the course of the hour, they cover the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, gerrymandering and redistricting, the Fair Maps Coalition, LWV’s involvement in the lawsuit against Wisconsin’s […]