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There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.

There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.
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There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.

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Capitol Notes Special Edition: Walker, Evers Barnstorm The State, Attack Each Other

8/16/2018
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Republican Gov. Scott Walker will face state School Superintendent Tony Evers in November, as a result of Tuesday's Democratic primary. The attacks happened immediately. The Republican Party of Wisconsin announced on election night that it would run TV ads, attacking Evers for not revoking the license of a teacher who viewed pornography on a state computer. Evers responded by saying that state law at the time wouldn't allow him to revoke the license, because students did not see the...

Duration:00:11:14

Capitol Notes: Nicholson, Vukmir Locked In Bitter Battle As Senate Primary Looms

8/13/2018
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Tuesday is Wisconsin's fall primary election. Among the races on the ballot is the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Voters will decide which candidate should take on Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin in November. The two front-runners in the primary are state Sen. Leah Vukmir of Brookfield, and Delafield business exec Kevin Nicholson. The race between Vukmir and Nicholson has been marked by bitterness. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, why that's been the case, in...

Duration:00:05:46

Capitol Notes: National Polls Show Governor Walker Could Be In Trouble

8/6/2018
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The Wisconsin governor's race is starting to draw broader attention. Some recent national polls show Democratic candidate Tony Evers ahead of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, in hypothetical head-to-head matchups. One poll had Evers ahead of Walker by 13 points, while the other showed Evers up by seven. Evers is one of eight Democrats vying for the chance to face Walker in November -- the primary is Aug. 14. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of...

Duration:00:07:43

Capitol Notes: Unpacking The GOP Senate Debate, Baldwin Raises Impressive Numbers

7/30/2018
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Wisconsin voters had a chance last week to vet the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate. State Sen. Leah Vukmir and Delafield business exec Kevin Nicholson debated issues such as tariffs, abortion and immigration policy, at a forum in Milwaukee. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked Jeff Mayers of wispolitics.com, what he found interesting about the exchange.

Duration:00:06:47

Capitol Notes: Will Photos of Walker And Alleged Russian Spy Cause Problems For Him?

7/23/2018
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Gov. Scott Walker spent much of last week trying to downplay some photos that surfaced, of him and the woman now charged in an alleged Russian plot to interfere with U.S. elections. The photos were snapped in 2015, as Walker was announcing his presidential bid. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, whether this will be problematic for Walker, as he seeks reelection this fall.

Duration:00:09:13

Capitol Notes: Analyzing the Dems Debate, Johnson Supports While Baldwin Opposes Kavanaugh Pick

7/16/2018
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The eight Democrats vying for the chance to take on Gov. Walker this fall shared the stage at UWM last week for their only broadcast debate, with just weeks to go until the Aug. 14 primary. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com what he found interesting about the discussion, and whether there was a clear winner.

Duration:00:11:12

Capitol Notes: Sanders Stumps For Baldwin, More Than a Half Million Claim Per-Child Tax Credit

7/9/2018
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's campaign could get a shot in the arm, as former presidential candidate and fellow U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders stumps for her in Eauu Claire this weekend. Republicans are targeting Baldwin's seat in November and Sanders is considering another run for President himself in 2020. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, what it means for Baldwin to have a heavy hitter like "Bernie" rallying for her.

Duration:00:07:04

Capitol Notes: Will Gov. Walker Be Able to Capitalize on Foxconn Expansions?

7/2/2018
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The Foxconn groundbreaking last week on Foxconn's huge LCD screen factory in Racine County was a big deal for Gov. Scott Walker. He pushed hard for theTaiwanese electronics giant to locate the plant in Wisconsin. The day after the groundbreaking, Walker celebrated the news that Foxconn plans to create at least 200 jobs in Green Bay. Those workers will develop applications for Foxconn's display screens. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson talked to JR Ross about the Foxconn developments, in this week's...

Duration:00:08:51

Capitol Notes: Tiny Village Of Mount Pleasant Gears Up For Trump Visit, Foxconn Groundbreaking

6/25/2018
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After months of anticipation, groundbreaking will be held Thursday on the huge Foxconn complex in Racine County. And President Trump, who advocated for the Taiwanese electronics giant to locate in Wisconsin, will be on hand for the festivities. State and local governments committed $4.5 billion in tax incentives to land the massive LCD screen manufacturing plant, and it could create up to 13,000 jobs. Trump's visit comes on the heels of the Marquette poll, which shows many people don't...

Duration:00:10:36

Capitol Notes: First Eric Holder, Now Barack Obama Group Involved in Wisconsin Fall Elections

6/19/2018
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A group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder worked to elect Democrats in last week's special elections in Wisconsin. One of the two open legislative seats went to a Democrat, while a Republican captured the other. Now, another big Democratic national organization is getting into the mix. It's a group formed by former President Obama. The organization says it's targeting Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. It's also trying to get a Democrat elected to the seat currently...

Duration:00:08:01

Capitol Notes: Will Special Elections Tuesday be Litmus Test of “Blue Wave” in Wisconsin?

6/11/2018
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Voters in De Pere, WI will select a new state senator Tuesday. Meanwhile, voters in Lodi will choose a new member of the Assembly. Special elections are being held to fill two vacancies. Observers are wondering whether the elections could be a litmus test for the “blue wave” in Wisconsin, in this midterm election year. Democrats are campaigning hard to win the seats, while Republicans are fighting just as hard to keep them. Wispolitics.com Editor JR Ross talked about the special elections...

Duration:00:09:52

Capitol Notes: Straw Poll at Democratic Convention Asks Delegates about Gubernatorial Hopefuls

6/4/2018
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The August primary elections are coming up quickly. Yet there's still no Democratic front-runner in the Democrats' bid to prevent Republican Gov. Scott Walker from winning another term in November. The number of candidates is in the double digits. However, a few of them could be pulling ahead, according to a straw poll that WisPolitics.com conducted at last weekend's state Democratic Party convention. WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross says the poll wasn't scientific, but the results could be...

Duration:00:07:38

Capitol Notes: Democrats Gear Up For Weekend Convention, Another State Lawmaker Calls it Quits

5/29/2018
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Hundreds of delegates are expected to gather in Oshkosh this weekend for the annual state Democratic Party convention. This year's focus will be on the governor's race, as more than a dozen Democratic candidates have announced their intention to run against Republican incumbent Scott Walkerin November. But first, they'll have to get through a crowded Democratic primary in August. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, just how...

Duration:00:08:39

Capitol Notes: Field Set in June Special Elections, Barca Passes on Run For Ryan Seat

5/21/2018
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The slate of candidates is set in special elections for two vacant seats in the state Legislature, after primaries last week. Republican Jon Plumer advanced to take on Democrat Ann Groves-Lloyd for an Assembly post, north of Madison. GOP state Rep. Andre Jacque will face Democrat Caleb Frostman, for a Green Bay area Senate seat. Jacque defeated a well-financed business consultant in the primary. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson talked about the contests with JR Ross of wispolitics.com, for this...

Duration:00:08:58

Capitol Notes: Vukmir Gets Crucial Endorsement, Primaries Held Tuesday in Special Elections

5/14/2018
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After weeks of suspense, U.S. Senate hopeful Leah Vukmir won the endorsement from delegates at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention over the weekend. She snagged the party's backing from her opponent in the GOP primary -- Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson. The two are vying for the chance to face Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin in November. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and JR Ross of wispolitics.com talked about the endorsement, in this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation. Marti...

Duration:00:10:45

Capitol Notes: More Dustups in Wisconsin's GOP Senate Race

5/7/2018
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson caused a stir last week, when he refused to apologize for remarks he made regarding veterans who support the Democratic Party. A group of Republican veterans demanded an apology, after Nicholson told a local radio host he doesn't understand the "cognitive thought process" of democratic veterans. Nicholson is a former Marine who's running against state Sen. Leah Vukmir in a Republican primary in August. The winner will face Democratic...

Duration:00:13:41

Capitol Notes: How Ugly Will It Get Between The Republican U.S. Senate Candidates?

4/30/2018
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The contest between the Republicans hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is getting ugly. Sparks flew late last week, as state Sen. Leah Vukmir and political newcomer Kevin Nicholson met for their first debate. The two argued, when Nicholson accused Vukmir of not respecting his military experience. Nicholson is a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Vukmir accused Nicholson of dealing a low blow, and demanded an apology. In this week's "Capitol Notes"...

Duration:00:11:40

Capitol Notes: Would Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett Really Run For Governor Again?

4/23/2018
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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett raised many eyebrows last week when he said he's thinking of running for governor -- again. It would be his fourth bid, and Gov. Walker has beaten him twice. Barrett would also be getting into a crowded Democratic field, as at least nine candidates are running active campaigns. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, about the likelihood of Barrett entering the race for governor this fall.

Duration:00:11:40

Capitol Notes: Who's All Going to Run For Paul Ryan's Seat?

4/16/2018
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Speculation is swirling over who'll run for Paul Ryan's seat -- now that the longtime Wisconsin congressman has said he is not seeking reelection this fall. Two Democrats, Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers, already were actively campaigning before the Republican's announcement last week. But, now that it's an open seat, more people from both parties are testing the waters. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, how he thinks the race...

Duration:00:08:57

Capitol Notes: Internal Polling Shows Nicholson Ahead of Vukmir, Bryce Rakes in Impressive Numbers

4/9/2018
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The U.S. Senate race between Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir and Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson heated up late last week. The two will face each other in a GOP primary in August. The winner will take on Democrat Tammy Baldwin in November. Nicholson released the results of internal polling, that shows he is 18 points ahead of Vukmir. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti MIkkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, whether he thinks the Vukmir camp should be worried.

Duration:00:12:12