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  • Social issues divide 22nd AD candidates
    With the fall primary approaching, WisPolitics.com plans a series of interviews with candidates in some of the top races that will be on the Aug. 12 ballot. The following interviews include the three Republican candidates in the open 22nd Assembly District, stretching from the far west side of Milw... <more>

  • 45th AD candidates slam Medicaid decision
    With the fall primary approaching, WisPolitics.com plans a series of interviews with candidates in some of the top races that will be on the Aug. 12 ballot. The following interviews were conducted with the Dem candidates for the open 45th Assembly District, which includes much of Beloit and stretche... <more>

  • Madison alds. seek west-side Assembly seat
    With the fall primary approaching, WisPolitics.com plans a series of interviews with candidates in some of the top races that will be on the Aug. 12 ballot. The following interviews feature the two Dem candidates running in the open 78th Assembly District, covering much of Madison's west side. ***... <more>

  • Dem primary candidates seeking to succeed Cullen want Act 10 repeal
    With the fall primary approaching, WisPolitics.com plans a series of interviews with candidates in some of the top races that will be on the Aug. 12 ballot. The first in the series is the three-way Dem primary in the 15th Senate District that covers Janesville, Beloit and the area to the west and no... <more>

  • In Feingold's absence, Progressives United carries on his message
    Progressives United executive director Cole Leystra said the group's No. 1 priority at the state level this fall is helping Mary Burke get elected guv. At the federal level, it's helping to defeat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom Leystra described as "corruption's biggest friend in the... <more>

  • Johnson opposes minimum wage -- except for guest workers
    U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he's "100 percent supportive" of a minimum wage for immigrants coming to America for a guest worker program but opposes a federally mandated minimum wage for all. "The only area that I would agree with minimum wages is in immigration reform, for the guest worker program,... <more>

  • Right to Life plans focus on 20-week abortion ban
    Incoming Wisconsin Right to Life executive director Heather Weininger said the group's No. 1 priority next session will be legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. Dubbed the "fetal pain bill" by advocates, Weininger said the legislation will take priority over two other WRTL-backed bil... <more>

  • State Dem, GOP officials debate Walker economy
    Gov. Scott Walker's economic record was at the center of a debate last week between top state GOP official Brian Schimming and state Dem Party Chair Mike Tate. Tate blamed Walker for Wisconsin's lagging economic recovery. He called Walker a "man of action," but said Walker's efforts on controversia... <more>

  • Deschane aims for creative ideas to help local governments advance roads, jobs
    For most of the last two decades, Jerry Deschane has served as a top official for one of the state's most prominent business groups. So when the former executive vice president and lobbyist of the Wisconsin Builders Association was tapped to lead a group advocating for local governments this sprin... <more>

  • Finding answer for funding transportation projects not easy
    Transportation is an integral part to Wisconsin's economy, but aging infrastructure means some tough decisions will need to be made soon to determine how to fund projects, according to participants in last week's "Future of Wisconsin Transportation II" luncheon. U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood, ... <more>

  • Exact Sciences chief looks to boost state biotech sector
    Kevin Conroy is awaiting the FDA's final decision on Exact Sciences' colon cancer test. In the meantime, he has some ideas on how to improve Wisconsin's life sciences sector. That includes increasing the size of the state's venture capital fund, making it available to the life sciences industry an... <more>

  • Tate says he’s bullish on Dem prospects for November because of ‘simple math’
    State Dem Chair Mike Tate says he's not buying the conventional wisdom that his party faces a tough climate this November because there's no presidential race at the top of the ticket. "I don't think polling bears that out, and I don't think history bears that out," Tate said in a WisPolitics.com ... <more>

  • Cross focusing on UW System's state impact to improve public perception
    UW System President Ray Cross concedes the state's public universities have suffered from a perception problem in recent years. And Cross -- who took over as system president in February -- says he believes his legacy will be shaped in large part by how much perceptions of the UW change during his... <more>

  • Happ touts electability, hands-on administration, gender as assets in AG primary
    Susan Happ has spent more than five years as a prosecutor in a relatively small, Republican-leaning county. That doesn't exactly sound like a recipe for success in a Democratic primary, particularly with rivals from the state's urban liberal hotbeds. But the Jefferson County district attorney in... <more>

  • Ryan: Trade deals good for Wis., laments Obama administration's 'ambivalence'
    Fresh off a trip to Asia as part of a nine-person congressional delegation, House Budget Chair Paul Ryan says tentative deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are crucial to Wisconsin’s economy. Representing about 40 percent of global GDP, the TPP “could be a huge win for us, especially for Wisco... <more>

  • Ozanne: State needs to make changes to spending on public safety
    Dem AG candidate Ismael Ozanne says public safety is the top priority of the state's "top cop." But the Dane County district attorney also says the state has to make serious changes to how it goes about ensuring that safety. "We can't continue to spend more on incarceration than we do on educati... <more>

  • State GOP chair 'not taking anything for granted' about November
    State GOP Chair Brad Courtney says he often hears from fellow Republicans that his friend Scott Walker will have an easy time winning re-election this fall. But he's always quick to shoot down that notion, urging Republicans to guard against complacency. "We're just a deeply divided state,'' he ... <more>

  • Olsen unbowed by pressure from Common Core opponents
    When Sen. Luther Olsen hears the word "recall" again, his response is fairly succinct. "Bring it on," Olsen said. "I went through Act 10." Olsen, the Senate Education Committee chair, tells WisPolitics.com he doesn't fear opposition from anti-Common Core activists. "If I'm the guy who is s... <more>

  • Platteville trial lawyer says despite two high-profile bills, Republicans are listening
    Chris Stombaugh is blunt in his assessment of the medical malpractice "apology" bill signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker last week: he says bill backers took something compassionate and "turned it into a perversion." Despite disagreement with that bill and the asbestos measure, the Wisconsin Asso... <more>

  • Kleefisch happy with her relationship with guv
    Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch wasn't the preferred choice for that office among top associates of then-candidate Scott Walker in the 2010 campaign. If conventional political wisdom had hinted at it before, documents released in February from a John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County seemed to conf... <more>

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