Divergent Dem and GOP radio addresses

By: - August 12, 2019 7:03 am

Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

State Sen. Dan Feyen

In picking Republican and Democratic radio address topics for the week, the two parties went in completely different directions. Not on the same issue — rather in the divergent nature between the topics each party chose.

State Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) gave the Weekly Republican Radio Address: ‘Get Out and Enjoy Wisconsin!’

Feyen reviewed the beautiful weather and the 50th annual EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, and urged people to attend Summerfest, Cranberry Festival and traveling the state. “Along with our gorgeous weather comes a host of tourism opportunities in our great state…Whether it’s your local county fair or a trip across the state to see something new, be sure to get out and support Wisconsin’s wonderful festivals and events this summer!”

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) gave the Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Just ‘Say Yes to Medicaid Expansion’

Erpenbach highlighted the bill he unveiled with Rep. Daniel Reimer and Gov. Tony Evers earlier this week as a stand-alone bill. “The Medicaid expansion would make health care affordable for everyone. It will give 40,000 uninsured Wisconsinites health insurance. It will reduce the cost of premiums on the individual market, save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, and would keep about $2 billion of our federal taxes right here in Wisconsin instead of sending them to Illinois or New Jersey.”

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach

He also shared the story of the Hamman family from Stevens Point who faced $20,000 in out-of-pocket medical bills when their twins were born prematurely, despite having health insurance and full-time jobs. What ended up saving them from losing their house was Medicaid.  “Plain and simple, Medicaid is health care, it’s not welfare,” said Erpenbach.

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Melanie Conklin
Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin was the Wisconsin Examiner's founding Deputy Editor, serving from its launch July 1, 2019, until Feb. 1, 2022. She is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications before returning to journalism at the Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.