Golf’s Economic Impact, Presidential Debates In Wisconsin, Vulnerable Senator Johnson

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Primary debates for both the Republican and Democratic parties are coming to Wisconsin leading up to the 2016 election. We discuss the state’s role in national politics, and what we can expect from the debates. We also explore the economic impact of this week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, and ask why the National Journal has ranked Senator Johnson’s seat the second most likley in the country to flip parties in 2016.

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  • Economic Impact Of The PGA Championship In Wisconsin

    Experts estimate that the PGA Tour Championship at Whistling Straights will bring tens of millions of dollars to Wisconsin. Our guest economist breaks down the economic impact of the tournament on area businesses.

  • Republican And Democratic Presidential Debates Announced In Wisconsin

    Both major U.S. political parties have announced presidential debates in Wisconsin. An expert discusses the importance of Wisconsin in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Johnson's Senate Seat Second Most Likely To Flip In 2016, According To National Journal

    Wisconsin’s 2016 U.S. Senate race between Senator Ron Johnson and former Senator Russ Feingold is heating up. Thursday the National Journal ranked Johnson’s seat the second most likely in the country to change parties in the coming election. That’s down from the publication’s spring rankings when it listed the seat as the single most likely.

    Criticism of both politicians has been swift in recent months. Feingold has called on Johnson to sign a pledge not to accept donations from outside political groups, which he has not done so far. Johnson’s camp has criticized Feingold for spending the large majority of his political action committee’s funds on fundraising and salaries. As well as increasingly accepting donations from outside of Wisconsin, contradictory to a previous pledge.

    Most recently Democrats have filed a complaint against Johnson for using his Senate page to attack Feingold, in possible violation of ethics rules. Lilly Goren of Carroll University breaks it all down.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Matt Oleson Producer
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Galen Druke Producer
  • Kevin Quinn Guest
  • Keith Knutson Guest
  • Lilly Goren Guest