State of Upheaval

Members of a studio audience posed question to our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval panel about what happened in 2011 and where we might go from here, Friday morning at the Pabst Theater.

We conclude our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval live panel discussion with a look at what the future of Wisconsin should be.

We continue our live panel discussion of the legacy of the past year in Wisconsin politics, live from Cudahy's Irish Pub at the Pabst Theater.

All this week, as part of our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series, we’ve been trying to digest the events of the past year – from the budget repair bill to controversial legislation, to the ongoing recall efforts. Today, live from Cudahy's Irish Pub at the Pabst Theater, we speak with a panel of guests – including lawmakers and people affected by this turbulent 2011 in politics. We ask what the past year has meant and what their vision of the Wisconsin of the future might be.

Economist Critical of Gov. Walker's Job Claims

Dec 16, 2011

Our series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval draws to a close Friday.

Today, we’re examining how new legislation and a shift in state policies in 2011 have positioned Wisconsin for the future.

In 2010, Gov. Scott Walker ran on a pro-jobs agenda, promising to help create tens of thousands of jobs. He's been struggling to meet his goal.

Public Policy Forum Analyst Rob Henken talked to Bob Bach Friday, as part of our special Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval broadcast at Cudahy's Irish Pub, inside the Pabst Theater.

Henken discussed the direction he feels Wisconsin is headed in, after volatile year in state politics, which saw numerous changes in state law and policy.

As our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series concludes, Bob Bach talks to a variety of people about where they think the state is headed, after the sweeping and divisive political changes Republican Gov. Scott Walker promoted this year.

He spoke with Karen Royster of the left-leaning Institute for Wisconsin’s Future. She finds flaws in the GOP legislation.

Could State Government be Scaled Back Further?

Dec 16, 2011

WUWM concludes our week-long series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval Friday.

Bob Bach talks with a variety of guests about where they think Wisconsin is headed, based on big policy changes made by GOP leaders in 2011.

In the finale of our series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval, we are looking toward Wisconsin’s future -- in light of the sweeping and divisive political changes Republican Gov. Scott Walker ushered through in 2011.

Brett Healy, president of the conservative think tank the MacIver Institute, joined Bob Bach to offer his perspective.

It's a Wonderful Wisconsin?

Dec 15, 2011

Over the past week, our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series has explored what the impact of the past year’s contentious political happenings has had on Wisconsin. We’ve identified winners and losers of the political fight and explored what lies ahead for the Badger State.

But we have to wonder, did it all matter? So what, that the debates on collective bargaining, the role of unions, and the size of government made Wisconsin a national lightning rod? Would these conversations have happened eventually? What would Wisconsin look like if none of this had happened?

We get two very different takes on where Wisconsin was heading before 2011, and where it’s going now. Jack Norman is the Research Director at the Institute for Wisconsin's Future; George Lightbourn is President of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. They spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich as part of our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series.

The Center for Media and Democracy in Madison says the group ALEC has too much secretive influence on legislation. Mary Bottari is the Director of the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy’s Real Economy Project and BanksterUSA. She has also served as a Senior Analyst in Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division. She spoke to us from Madison as part of our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series. There’s a link to the group’s ALEC Exposed report here.

How has Wisconsin’s business climate fared in 2011? Mark Erhmann is an attorney with Quarles & Brady, LLP in Madison, and the Chairman of the Board of Forward Wisconsin, a non-profit organization created in 1984 to foster economic development in Wisconsin.

Challenges to Civility

Dec 15, 2011

There are plenty of adjectives you could use to describe Wisconsin’s political climate in 2011. Perhaps passionate or volatile.

The state is known for being evenly-split politically – purple - with independents often determining elections. But partisans have been zealous, even among family and friends, according to Jeri Bonavia, executive director of WAVE - the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort.

“These days, bring up the wrong topic whether it’s unions or whether it’s carrying guns in public, and suddenly the conversation becomes heated in a way that we haven’t seen in the past,” Bonavia says.

In today’s installment of Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval, WUWM’s Marge Pitrof reports on challenges to civility.

While WUWM is spending the week exploring Wisconsin’s political climate in our series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval, the state elections chief came to town. Government Accountability Board Executive Director Kevin Kennedy spoke to reporters Wednesday at the Milwaukee Press Club. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson had an opportunity to question him about this unprecedented year of recalls and new voting rules.

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