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  • 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>

  • 2nd CD interview: Matt Silverman
    Matt Silverman says he offers an alternative to the "typical Madison liberal career politicians" in the Dem primary for the 2nd Congressional District. And he says his fundraising -- a very modest $16,900 raised as of the end of the second quarter reporting period -- is proof. "Not a single perso... <more>

  • 2nd CD interview: Dennis Hall
    Dennis Hall says he has the broadest experience of any candidate in the 2nd CD field, adding he's "the only one that's created real jobs here in Wisconsin." Now a electronic security consultant living in Cambridge, Hall, 63, is a past president of his hometown Janesville City Council and served as ... <more>

  • 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>


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