Matt Rothschild and Allen Ruff look at the good (the election of Tony Evers; protest from Parkland students), the bad (potential lack of economic return from Foxconn), and the ugly (climate change, fascism, and antisemitism), and more from the year that was. Briefly, they gaze into what’s to come in 2019. Matt Rothschild is the executive […]
It’s primary election day in Wisconsin! On today’s episode, hear a variety of election perspectives with guest host Gil Halsted. First, we talk with Matthew Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign to get a bird’s-eye view of election issues, including campaign finance. Next, we discuss the relationship between prison reform and elections with Eric Howland […]
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign tracks contributions to and spending by Wisconsin politicians in order to “follow the money”. Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director of the group, talks about money in our state and local elections, and how citizens can access their data to do their own comparisons of donors and politicians.
The U.S. Supreme court ruled unanimously that the 12 Democratic voters challenging how the state draws legislative maps didn’t have legal ability to do. The court says the plaintiffs were affected by their district, but not by the map as a whole. The court ruling gives the plaintiffs a chance to continue their case […]
Allen Ruff speaks with historian Nancy MacLean, author of the award-winning look at the origins of the right’s ongoing offensive, Democracy in Chains. She’s the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, where she teaches courses on post-1945 America, social movements, and public policy history. MacLean is the featured speaker at the […]
Matt Rothschild is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, and prior to that position, was Senior Editor at The Progressive magazine for 32 years. He speaks with Thursday host Allen Ruff on the takeaways of politics from 2017, and in the second half of the hour, responds to listener comments.