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Dan Shafer guest-hosted WTMJ Nights on Thursday, July 20, and you can listen to the full show commercial free here!
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Last night, I once again was a guest host on WTMJ Nights!
In the first hour of the show, I talked about how the political news cycle is beginning to shift toward a focus on 2024. That included a look at the currently-vacant field to challenge Tammy Baldwin in the race for U.S. Senate, and the suburban-rural divide between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump that was evident in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll.
Recent Republican primaries have seen similar divides – Michels-Kleefisch; Kelly-Dorow – with the candidate with more rural support emerging victorious. Could that happen again in this race? Wisconsin is often predictive of national trends, after all.
Then, we were joined by Jeff Mandell, partner at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP and board president and co-founder at Law Forward, to talk about the coming shift on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, with Janet Protasiewicz scheduled to be seated on Aug. 1.
He talked about the implications of that coming shift, cases that could be before the court once she’s sworn in – including potential redistricting cases, and if new maps could be in place before the 2024 election – and the “transformative” change that’s about to occur.
Then in the second half of the show, we talked about our memories of two years ago on July 20 – the day the Milwaukee Bucks won the 2021 NBA Finals. JR Radcliffe of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joined the show to share memories of that day and that remarkable postseason run, and recombobulated on a busy Bucks offseason.
And of course, we previewed our Game Six Rewatch Party happening tonight (!!!) at The Cooperage.
#BucksInSix Forever: The Recombobulation Area and Milwaukee Record are hosting a 2021 NBA Finals rewatch party at The Cooperage!
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the game will get started at 7:30 p.m. The event is FREE to attend, there will be drinks available from event sponsor System Seltzers, and we’ll even have a giveaway or two throughout the game.
We hope to see you there!
Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He’s also written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Heartland Signal, Belt Magazine, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s won 17 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.
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