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  • Snyder admires GOP's work toward balanced budget
    Wausau radio talk show host Pat Snyder says he supported the changes made to public employee collective bargaining in this session. But it was the way the bill was passed by Republicans that, in part, inspired him to run in the open 85th Assembly District. "Some are probably going to lose their se... <more>

  • Wright pushes for more education support
    Wausau teacher Mandy Wright says her community's greatest needs include both putting people back to work and supporting the local education system. "We should be investing in things that will benefit our community long term," Wright said in a WisPolitics interview. "And that would be creating jobs ... <more>

  • WisPolitics.com e-profiles: State party execs
    **WisDems' Maggie Brickerman** Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Maggie Brickerman got into politics "because I believe everyone should have a level playing field, and I want to fight for that." And she writes in a new WisPolitics.com e-profile that, if made queen of Wisco... <more>

  • Vruwink sees agriculture, jobs as top issues
    State Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink says jobs are the No. 1 issue when she’s doing doors. But agriculture is the one nobody is talking about even though they should be. The Milladore Dem points to her past chairmanship of the Assembly’s Ag Committee as one example of how she’s worked across the aisle during... <more>

  • Vandermeer says Legislature needs more business experience
    Nancy Vandermeer says she is “all about small business.” And she thinks the Assembly could use a few more people like her. “Many of the legislators in the Assembly right now are career legislators who have not had to balance a budget in their own business, who have not had to meet a payroll or to ... <more>

  • Barca, Vos spar over Assembly majority
    Even with a large Republican majority and new GOP-drawn maps to overcome, Assembly Dem leader Peter Barca is still giving his team an outside chance of forming a majority after the Nov. 6 election. Buoyed by Rep. Roger Rivard's troubles and what he claimed would be help from the top of the ticket, ... <more>

  • Miller, Fitzgerald have different visions of Nov. 6
    After a Senate session marred by tumultuous policy fights, 13 mid-term recall elections and a flip of the majority, the state Senate leaders each concede that control of the chamber now will likely come down to just a handful of Nov. 6 races. Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, likes his pa... <more>

  • Knilans says private-sector experience boosted his support for Act 10
    Freshman Rep. Joe Knilans says that when he was involved in collective bargaining as part of a private sector union, "if we could pick who's on the other side of the table for us to make the negotiations, we would be in heaven." And the Janesville Republican says in a WisPolitics.com interview that... <more>

  • Kolste focused on growing the economy
    Deb Kolste says she believes "the most important thing in a budget is growing the economy." So the Janesville Democrat, who won a crowded primary to challenge targeted incumbent Rep. Joe Knilans in the 44th AD, says she wants to invest in infrastructure and public education in the next state budget... <more>

  • WisPolitics.com e-profiles: Dem leggie operatives Gratz and Kramer
    **Joel Gratz** Joel Gratz started working for the Assembly Democratic Caucus as an analyst in 1995. But the current executive director of the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee writes in a WisPolitics.com e-profile that his interest in politics goes back decades. "My early memories are goin... <more>

  • Jorgensen touts his SeniorCare efforts as he runs in new district
    State Rep. Andy Jorgensen says jobs are the top issue facing voters in his upcoming Assembly race, and that strengthening education goes "hand in hand" with creating a stronger state workforce. But as he campaigns in the redistricted 43rd Assembly District after representing the 37th District for t... <more>

  • Wynn sticks to GOP party line while noting examples of his bipartisanship
    Evan Wynn defends his votes for many of the most controversial measures backed by the Assembly GOP caucus during his first term in the Legislature. But he also says he's taken heat from the caucus over his support for a number Dem proposals -- including 10 or 11 on which, he says, he was the lone G... <more>

  • WisPolitics.com e-profiles: State party political directors Hajdu, Fadness
    Here are two more in an occasional series profiling political operatives. Click here for the first installment. If you know somebody who should be profiled, contact staff@wispolitics.com. br... <more>

  • WisPolitics.com e-profiles: RACC'S Toftness and CERS' Romportl
    This is the first installment in an occasional series profiling top campaign operatives. This week features GOP legislative operatives; next week e-profiles on their Dem counterparts are planned. **Jenny Toftness** The leader of the Assembly Republicans' campaign effort is confident en... <more>

  • Henkes leads ‘new season’ at WisconsinEye
    Jon Henkes was there in the beginning to help birth WisconsinEye. Now he's returning to the network to help the teen-aged entity grow up. Henkes, who previously worked in Tommy Thompson's administration and most recently was the president for development at Augustana College in South Dakota, return... <more>

  • Johnson says Dems don't want to be held accountable on budget, deficit
    U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he's skeptical about a deal reached by House and Senate leaders to avoid a government shutdown later this year, predicting "we're going to get jammed again" when lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., in September. Under the deal announced by House Speaker John Boehner, R-... <more>

  • Top Romney official says GOP has 'aggressive footprint' in Wisconsin
    The GOP machinery that helped Scott Walker beat a gubernatorial recall will help Mitt Romney compete against Barack Obama in Wisconsin, a top Romney campaign official says. "We do not put 25 victory centers in a state we do not intend to play in," said Katie Packer Gage, Romney's deputy campaign ma... <more>

  • Roys wants to restore high speed rail plans for Madison
    If Kelda Roys wins the upcoming Dem primary in the 2nd Congressional District -- and subsequently wins election in the Dem-heavy seat -- she's already decided the first issue she'd like to tackle on Capitol Hill. "(I want to) remedy Scott Walker's original sin of denying us the opportunity to be pa... <more>

  • A year after recall, Hopper focused on economic development work
    Randy Hopper is bullish on Sheboygan County. “It’s an impressive area,” said Hopper, the former GOP state senator who's now the new executive director of the county’s economic development corporation. “There are great companies here like Kohler, Johnsonville, Sargento Cheese and Bemis Manufacturin... <more>

  • Outgoing WTCS president reflects on state tech school needs
    Dan Clancy, the retiring head of Wisconsin’s technical colleges, says his successor will need to advocate for greater funding as the system’s 16 campuses push to close the so-called skills gap between what graduates know and what employers are demanding. Still, Clancy, whose last day is Sept. 14, s... <more>


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