#394 : The Fall of Wisconsin

How a once progressive state became a conservative stronghold, and what it means for progressive politics today.

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Dark money, gerrymandering and the failure of centrism in the Midwest. Author Dan Kaufman on his book “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.” Plus, The Bill Press Show on what could be in store for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


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Dan Kaufman Part 1

In 2016, Donald Trump became the first Republican nominee to carry the state since 1984.  How did that happen? Dan Kaufman is a native of Wisconsin and has covered its politics for years. In his recent book, he follows Wisconsin’s political journey from blue to red. It’s a story that goes back to the mid 1800s.

Dan Kaufman Part 2

Still with us is Dan Kaufman, author of  “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.”

Dara Lind

Evan McMorris-Santoro, filling in for Bill Press, talks with Vox reporter Dara Lind about the shifting political fortunes of Jeff Sessions.

Jim Hightower

Exposing our “populist” president as a naked plutocrat.


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