Capital City Sunday: Rep. Pocan, water quality & lame-duck laws

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MADISON (WKOW) — This week’s edition of Capital City Sunday includes a recap of the lame-duck court battles, a look at the state’s new Water Quality Task Force and an interview with Congressman Mark Pocan.

Democratic Rep. Pocan stopped by Capital City Sunday to talk about his showdown with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos over funding for Special Olympics. He says it’s a small victory that the president decided to back off the proposed $18 million in cuts, but is concerned that these cuts have been in the budget for several years.

Plus, Pocan discusses what it could mean for Wisconsin to pull out of the multi-state lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, because of a judge-ordered reversal of the lame-duck laws. And he tells us whether he thinks we’ll ever see the full Mueller report on Russian interference in the presidential election.

We also hear from state Rep. Todd Novak on Capital City Sunday. He talks about what he hopes to accomplish as chair of the Assembly speaker’s new Water Quality Task Force. The group of lawmakers are working to better understand water conditions across Wisconsin and find ways to make improvements.

The task force meets for a second time on April 3 and lawmakers will soon begin to travel the state to hear from communities about their concerns over water quality. Click here for more information on upcoming hearings and goals for the task force.

It’s been a week of back and forth in the courts, as legislation passed during a lame-duck session in December comes up before judges. To help us break it down, we talk with political reporters Jessie Opoien with the Capital Times and Riley Vetterkind with Wisconsin State Journal. They talk about what this means going forward as court rulings continue and how this battle reflects the divisions in our state government.

The reporters also discuss the statewide race in the spring election on April 2 for state Supreme Court. It’s been a heated race between Brian Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer. The reporters talk about what this could mean for the voters and how the election will impact the balance on the court.

Jennifer Kliese

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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