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State politics can seem less than thrilling…unless you know where to look


The Rules They Are A-Changin’
Oct 11
The rules for the state Assembly (or the Senate, for that matter) are rarely the stuff of news. They’re the arcane procedural minutiae that govern how the chamber runs. But this week those rules became a topic of intense partisan debate. While majority…
A Tale Of Two Districts + ATTWS: Live From Washburn
Sep 13
The 5th District, the 7th District, Attorney General Josh Kaul, the Joint Finance Committee, things possibly coming up before the Legislature, whatever is going on with Foxconn — when you go up north, you go big! In this special live episode of the WPRPP…
Climbing The Ladder To Congress
Sep 6
This week, veteran Wisconsin GOP Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner said he will be retiring from his seat representing the state’s conservative 5th District. While not a total shock after more than four decades in Washington, the announcement has sparked some…
Process On Process On Process
Aug 30
Most of the time as journalists covering state politics, we try to avoid all the nitty gritty process details of how state government works and bring the public the substantive parts of a story — what really matters and why it matters. But sometimes, a…
Still Yearning For The Youngs
Aug 23
This week the millennial two-thirds of the WPRPP are in charge and we revisit an issue close to our hearts.
The Gun Debate Comes Back To Wisconsin
Aug 16
After mass shootings earlier this month in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, policymakers in Wisconsin are facing tough questions about preventing future tragedies.
We Thought We Knew
Aug 2
There are some things in state government news, as in life, that you think you know: Wisconsin’s gubernatorial veto power is broad; the state Legislature needs the governor’s final approval of legislative maps; Napoleon was really short. But what do we…
Walk This Way: A WPRPP Audio Tour Of The Wisconsin State Capitol
Jul 26
Welcome to the Wisconsin state Capitol — jewel of Madison and the beating heart of Wisconsin’s government. Follow along on our narrated walking tour of this historic building and learn fascinating information from the WPRPP team, both from their years…
Breathe In, A Governor, Breathe Out, A Governor
Jul 19
Much like ripples on the surface of a pond, the actions of Wisconsin governors present and past can have far-reaching effects on the world around us. Announcement of a new transportation grant program on one side of the Capitol can lead to veto threats on…
Here Veto Again
Jul 12
Last week, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued dozens of partial vetoes to the GOP-authored state budget bill, resulting in, among other things, millions more in K-12 spending. This week, Republican lawmakers upset with how the governor used his veto pen…
Summertime News Explosion
Jun 28
It’s the time of year for backyard BBQs, cruisin’ around with the windows down, playing basketball outside and changing clothes several times a day. But before starting their summer vacations, government institution in Wisconsin and Washington made a…
You Need To Calm Down So We Can Talk About The News
Jun 21
Some major stories that have given the WPRPP a lot of mileage seemingly had turning points recently. The state Supreme Court ruled against plaintiffs seeking to overturn Republican lame-duck laws and the stage budget is being taken up by the full…
Go Your Own (Budgetary) Way
Jun 14
A little more than three months after Gov. Tony Evers unveiled his state budget proposal, the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee wrapped up their work on the spending plan. But as one might expect in an age of divided government, what…
Are We Rolling Again?
Jun 7
It’s been a couple of years since the last time the WPRPP crew climbed in the car and hit the road to talk about transportation spending in Wisconsin. Time has passed but road funding is still a complicated and fraught issue in state politics. This week,…
Where’s The Beef? (At The State Capitol)
May 31
Canadian rapper Drake and Milwaukee Bucks fans aren’t the only ones engaged in a recent Wisconsin-related feud. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican legislative leaders have been throwing barbs back and forth in a way that transcends regular…
Three Tier And Down
May 24
When Bandit (Burt Reynolds) and Snowman (Jerry Reed) set off on a 28-hour trip to Texarkana, TX for a truckload of beer in the 1977 movie “Smokey and the Bandit,” they did it because people said it couldn’t be done. Forty-two years later, their adventure…
Sending Out Signs
May 17
This week in Wisconsin state politics: sending signs. The state Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging the Legislature’s lame-duck session and justices, while saying nothing overt, gave signs about how they might rule. Meanwhile Assembly…
Wow In Reverse
May 3
Back in March, Gov. Tony Evers released a state budget proposal that was full of stuff Democrats loved and Republicans did not — if there was one word to describe both groups’ reactions it might be, “Wow.” This week, the GOP co-chairs of the Legislature’s…
Parsin’ With That Fine-Tooth
Apr 26
Like any week, there was a fair bit of politics news in Wisconsin over the past seven days. But we’re not focusing on most of it. No, there was a sliver of Foxconn news this week that is interesting and nuanced enough that it warrants some dedicated…
100 Days (And 101, And 102…)
Apr 19
The 100-day benchmark in political reporting is completely arbitrary. It’s not really based on anything substantive. But it get’s rolled out when every new politician takes office. So who is the WPR Politics Podcast to not follow suit when Wisconsin Gov.…
The Quintessential Show About Power Struggles
Apr 12
Gubernatorial appointees left hanging, appeals court decisions, lawsuit withdrawals and a fresh round of polling — way more interesting than dragons, armies of zombies, ancient prophecies and struggles for glory and power, right? Alright, fine! Everyone…
All About That Base
Apr 5
While the results of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race weren’t conclusive Tuesday, one thing is clear: base voters on both the left and the right made a difference. Liberals came out in traditional left-leaning areas for Judge Lisa Neubauer and conservatives…
Week Of Whiplash
Mar 29
Are you or a loved one suffering from debilitating confusion about Wisconsin’s lame-duck lawsuits? Have appeals and injunctions left you feeling rattled? You may have a case of news whiplash. The WPR Politics Podcast is here to get you the information you…
We’ve Only Just Begun
Mar 22
While it may seem like two big political stories this week marked the end of the road for major proposals and law changes, they’re really just the beginning. The WPR Politics Podcast is here to share that journey with you, from commission votes to final…
Choosing The One
Mar 15
This week Houston and Miami must be experiencing a touch of heartbreak while Milwaukee is feeling the love after being chosen to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. But will the city be able to absorb the influx of political visitors? What does…
About That Thing We Said VII: Cleaning Out The Garage
Mar 8
The old WPR Politics Podcast garage is stuffed to the gills, which means it’s a perfect time for our periodic look back at stories that have changed, developed or turned out differently than we guessed. Let’s play another round of About That Thing We Said!
A “Wow” Budget
Mar 1
For Democrats, Gov. Tony Evers’ first budget checked off a long list of priorities. For Republicans, it assaulted accomplishments they hold dear. You could sum up reactions from both sides with one word: “Wow.” You could also sum it up with this week’s…
Lost In The Numbers
Feb 22
1, 4, 5, 18, 25, 70. What do these numbers mean? What ties them together? To what greater purpose do they call us? The WPR Politics Podcast team is here to help you untangle the numerological web, with the help of a couple red herrings and aquatic…
Be It Resolved…
Feb 15
Normally, resolutions in the state Legislature don’t make much news. They come up during most every floor session and have broad support — easy peasy. But this week things didn’t go that way. What started off as a resolution to honor Black History Month…
A Wintry Mix
Feb 8
On the WPR Politics Podcast Weather Watch Action Update, there are multiple middle class tax cut front causing turbulence in Madison, a deluge of lame-duck lawsuits flying everywhere and the potential for tolling popping up on Wisconsin roadways. Stay…