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  • WisPolitics.com e-profiles: State GOP communications staff
    **Nathan Conrad** Nathan Conrad is a recent arrival to Wisconsin politics after nearly a decade of political work he says was inspired by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "I grew up in a Republican household, but was never fully engaged until 9/11," the Oregon native and state GOP communications di... <more>

  • Bernier sees possible tweaks to voter ID, collective bargaining rules
    GOP freshman state Rep. Kathy Bernier says she'd make a few changes to voter ID if she had to do it over again and wouldn't mind expanding the collective bargaining changes, but says the state has been through enough upheaval for a while. Bernier, R-Chippewa Falls, says the voter ID law -- now on h... <more>

  • Teacher Smriga says surplus should go to education
    After spending 43 years as a teacher, it should probably be no surprise that Dem Assembly candidate Judy Smriga opposes the collective bargaining changes Republicans pushed through this session and believes education is a good place to park money from a budget surplus -- should it materialize. She ... <more>

  • On the road to the Senate: Tammy Baldwin
    JANESVILLE -- At this point in the campaign, Tammy Baldwin is rallying the base in her quest to be Wisconsin's first female U.S. senator. Saturday, Oct. 20, was a good example. Baldwin, 50, a former Madison Assemblywoman and member of Congress since 1999, was focused on turning out the early vote, r... <more>

  • On the road to the Senate: Tommy Thompson
    GREEN BAY -- The scene is one that has played out hundreds of times over Tommy Thompson's decades-long political career. In a room of more than 100 conservative-leaning women at the Green Bay Women in Politics luncheon, the 70-year-old Thompson circled every table, shaking hands, occasionally squee... <more>

  • Ron Johnson back on campaign trail -- for Romney and Thompson
    Two years ago, Ron Johnson hit the campaign trail promising to kill Obamacare. Now he's back on the road hoping to get a junior U.S. senator and a president to help. Johnson, R-Oshkosh, has been active on the campaign trail with a series of appearances for Mitt Romney and Tommy Thompson, including ... <more>

  • Brey says voters want end to gridlock
    Jim Brey says voters in the Manitowoc-area 25th Assembly District, more than any other issue, want to see "an end to the gridlock" in the state Capitol. "They want to see people that are willing to compromise and be independent of the party structure, and willing to go out on a limb for the people ... <more>

  • Tittl praises Act 10 changes
    Paul Tittl believes the changes made to public employee collective bargaining last year provided "a great service to Manitowoc County." Tittl, a business owner and -- like his opponent -- a veteran of local government in Manitowoc, says he worked with the Manitowoc County Board to change the way co... <more>

  • WisPolitics.com e-profiles: GOP's Dietsch and Sesek
    -- Elise Dietsch got her start in politics as an intern in the GOP office in Portage County, where she says she "had the pleasure of working with some of Wisconsin's best grassroots activists." Now the comptroller of the state Republican Party, the UW-Stevens Point alum writes in a new WisPolitics.... <more>

  • 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>


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