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  • Gilkes: Walker focusing on governing, 2014 re-elect
    Keith Gilkes helped turn Wisconsin red in 2010 and keep it that hue by beating the attempt to recall his boss this summer. But he says politicos shouldn’t have any illusions that Wisconsin is any different than it was prior to 2008 – a deep purple state with an electorate that’s more focused on the... <more>

  • Pocan, former 'bomb thrower,' says working with Republicans necessary to get things done
    State Rep. Mark Pocan says if he's elected to Congress in the fall, his colleagues won't be confused about where he falls on the partisan spectrum. But the Madison Dem says he's also going to Washington to get things done -- something he points to as the "central issue" of the upcoming Dem primary ... <more>

  • DHS' Smith: Current federal law makes state exchanges impossible
    Walker administration Health Secretary Dennis Smith tells WisPolitics.com the state has no tentative plan ready to establish a state health care exchange, and he says a faulty federal law is to blame. In his first extensive interview since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling largely upheld the federal law,... <more>

  • After one year, Jadin looking for legislative action on WEDC mission, venture capital
    The Legislature needs to provide "total clarity" on the WEDC's mission after the development corporation got hit for a "soft offer" of tax credits to a company that later went after a state contract, WEDC chief Paul Jadin says in a new WisPolitics.com interview. Jadin also says WEDC will implement ... <more>

  • Kind stresses political moderation
    U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says Wisconsinites are yearning for leadership in the aftermath of a contentious recall election and continuing strife in Washington. "We need people who are willing to serve, who aren't afraid of listening to each other," the La Crosse Dem told WisPolitics.com this week during a... <more>

  • Hovde bashes bailouts, suggests return to old banking rules
    GOP U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde is adamant that the country needs to enact sweeping financial reforms in order to avoid a much more substantial economic collapse in coming years. But though most of his positions toe the line with fellow fiscal conservatives -- including changes in the tax code... <more>

  • Tate: DPW convention an opportunity to move forward
    State Dem Chair Mike Tate is looking at his party's convention this weekend as a pivot point. Normally, both parties use their state conventions in an election year as a springboard toward the fall. But Dems will meet in Appleton this weekend still smarting from falling short of recalling Gov. Scot... <more>

  • Top priority for GOP now: Getting message out on Walker successes
    A little more than a year ago, Brad Courtney was helping Scott Walker find the next state GOP chair. A few weeks after starting that process, Walker asked Courtney if he’d take the gig himself. A few days after Courtney said yes, Walker introduced the collective bargaining changes that would throw... <more>

  • Vinehout says western Wisconsin key to general election victory
    Kathleen Vinehout is lagging well behind fellow Dem guv candidates Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk in polling ahead of next month's recall primary. But the state senator from Alma insists she'd provide the best general election alternative to GOP Gov. Scott Walker. "I can't think of another candidat... <more>

  • La Follette says he offers a 'better way'
    Doug La Follette says the Dem guv primary is shaping up to a choice between a “big-money, super PAC TV candidate” and one from the “good old boy endorsement system.” So as he makes his long-shot pitch for the Dem nomination, he says he’s offering a “better way.”’ “I’m not taking PAC money. I’m not... <more>

  • Mellman calls Ryan plan an albatross for Republicans
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan has said his budget proposal passed by the GOP-controlled House last month will bolster the party in November among voters looking for serious leadership. But that's not what Mark Mellman is seeing in the field as his D.C.-based Dem polling firm prepares for the fall... <more>

  • Ryan, a current lightning rod, says Obama and Dems don't want compromise
    Paul Ryan acknowledges he has been a lightning rod for controversy since becoming chair of the House Budget Committee, but he contends that's a good thing. "The easy thing to do in politics is nothing, or just stick with the status quo," Ryan told a WisPolitics.com luncheon in Milwaukee on April 9... <more>

  • Barrett says announcing guv run before Tuesday's mayoral election shows voters his honesty
    Tom Barrett said his decision to announce his bid for guv ahead of his mayoral re-election next week proves he'll be straight with voters and stands in sharp contrast to how Gov. Scott Walker "dropped the bomb" on public employees in stripping away their collective bargaining powers. Barrett, who ... <more>

  • Hovde campaign manager brings experience from Bush, Walker races
    Joe Fadness didn’t escape President Bush’s propensity for giving aides nicknames. He earned the moniker “Mr. Mapquest.” Fadness, now the campaign manager for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde, was working on the advance team for the Bush White House in 2006 when the president planned an overni... <more>

  • Barrett shrugs off early union endorsements in potential guv primary
    If Tom Barrett runs for guv, he'll be running in a primary against Kathleen Falk and a phalanx of unions backing her. Barrett, who says he continues to focus on getting re-elected on April 3 to be Milwaukee mayor, shrugs off the potential problem of winning a Dem primary against Falk and unions lik... <more>

  • Neumann declares he's the top conservative in the GOP Senate primary
    Mark Neumann is going to great lengths to avoid criticizing his GOP rivals in a crowded field for the state's open U.S. Senate seat this fall. But at a WisPolitics luncheon last week, he left no doubt where he thinks he stands against the rest of the current field -- former Gov. Tommy Thompson. As... <more>

  • Falk promising K-12 funding reform but no details yet
    Dem guv candidate Kathleen Falk last week blasted Gov. Scott Walker for not maintaining the state's long-established two-thirds school aid formula, but declined to say she'd meet that level of commitment if elected guv. Falk, a former environmental attorney and Dane County exec, appeared at a WisPo... <more>

  • Duffy: Medicare fix needed for `future generations'
    Freshman Congressman Sean Duffy says it's possible to save Social Security in the current environment but much harder to preserve traditional Medicare. The Wausau-area rep, who represents the sprawling 7th District, told a WisPolitics.com luncheon at the Madison Club Tuesday that the Obama administ... <more>

  • Barrett: Incumbent focused on mayoral bid, defends budget tactics
    By Arthur Thomas For WisPolitics.com Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is focusing his re-election campaign this year on jobs and public safety even as pundits and political observers wonder about his chances of taking on Gov. Scott Walker in a potential statewide recall election. “Clearly we are goin... <more>

  • Running Falk campaign a natural transition for former top hand at United Wisconsin
    For Meagan Mahaffey, working for United Wisconsin was inspirational. And in some ways going to work as Dem Kathleen Falk’s campaign manager is a natural extension of her previous post considering she believes the former Dane County exec understands what the movement was all about. “We’ve never ... <more>

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