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Tommy Thompson's opponents: Mark Neumann and Jeff Fitzgerald

Tommy Thompson is vying with two other hopefuls for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat that Herb Kohl will vacate after this year. A third, state Sen. Frank Lasee, announced in late January that he was dropping out of the race. >More
 Meet the new Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson was holding forth for an audience of journalists in Milwaukee last month when asked about the high-speed rail line from Milwaukee to Madison that Gov. Scott Walker effectively killed even before taking office. Would Thompson have also turned down the $800 million in federal funding, as Walker had vowed to? >More
 Live-blogging Election Night 2008 in Madison: Obama wins!

Tune in here, no matter where you are, for live TDP punditry from the High Noon Saloon as returns pour in and our election night party rolls on. >More
 More bad news for McCain and Palin in the Big Ten

Importantly, the Obamans aren't dialing for dollars. The calls are aimed at previously identified Obama supporters. It is this facet of the Obama juggernaut that is determinant; the huge leads identified in the Big Ten Battleground Poll can be turned out at the polls. >More
 Wiggin' out over the McCain/Obama presidential debate

I thought it would be fun to watch Tuesday night's second debate between Barack Obama and John McCain at Mickey's or the Harmony or the Laurel Tavern. It probably would have been. But instead, I put on a clean pair of jeans and a flannel shirt and headed for Wiggie's, on Madison's north side, owned by conservative County Board Supv. Dave Wiganowsky. Here was a place, I reasoned, where one might catch a glimpse of that rarest of local birds: the Red, White and Blue American Republican. >More
 Selling a president to UW-Madison students: Barack Obama

People might think the members of Students for Obama have an easy job -- backing a Democrat in a president election in which the Republicans are blamed for an unpopular war and tanking economy. But Bryon Eagan nonetheless perceives the stakes as high. "If he didn't win and I didn't give my all, I would be kicking myself down the line," says Eagon, 20, from Neenah, Wisconsin. >More
 Michelle Obama's Madison speech a bit too familiar

Sarah Palin has not locked in the mommy vote. At Monday morning's rally for Michelle Obama, women parked strollers just outside the ropes containing the crowd, while others wandered around with babies in slings. A couple of women sported "Tee Ball Mamas for Obama" t-shirts. >More
 Kelda Helen Roys wins 81st Assembly District, will replace 30-year incumbent Dave Travis

Kelda Helen Roys, former head of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, was elected to the State Assembly in the 81st District Tuesday night claiming just over 31% of the vote. With no Republican vying for the seat, the Democratic primary, which featured six candidates, determined the successor for Rep. David Travis who represented the district for 30 years. Roys garnered 1,960 votes compared to 1,683 for runner-up Justin Sargent, a legislative aide. >More
 Selling a president to UW-Madison students: John McCain

With college students flocking to Barack Obama in unprecedented numbers, Mark Bednar has the toughest of jobs: Organizing UW-Madison students to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. As co-chair of Students For McCain, Bednar says he's ready to argue for McCain's election any time any place. "Sometimes I get pretty loud," he admits. >More
 Badgers smiling in Denver after Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention is over and Wisconsin Democrats are feeling pretty good about what happened in Denver. This 2008 Democratic National Convention was the first genuinely contested convention in recent memory in which Wisconsin's presidential primary choice became the national party's eventual nominee. >More
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