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Live-blogging the 2012 Wisconsin recall primary election

Voters across Wisconsin will go to the polls today to cast ballots in the primaries of six recall elections, for governor, lieutenant governor, and four state senate seats. The principal race is in the Democratic primary for governor, in which Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Dane County Exec. Kathleen Falk, Sec. of State Doug La Follette, and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout will vie for the opportunity to face Gov. Scott Walker in the general election. >More
 Why are fake candidates' names first on Wisconsin recall primary ballots?

Who is Gladys Huber? She appears at the top of the ballot in the Democratic primary for governor in today's recall election, above Kathleen Vinehout, Doug La Follette, Kathleen Falk, and Tom Barrett. Unlike these four candidates, though, she is a Republican, running as a fake candidate along with five others in the races for lieutenant governor and four state Senate seats. >More
 Your guide to 2012 Wisconsin recall primary election night parties in and around Madison

Wisconsin is in the midst of its busiest electoral season in history, with Tuesday, May 8 marking the second of three statewide elections being conducted this spring. This election consists of the primaries for recalls elections challenging Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and four Republican state senators. As with every election day, candidates will be hosting parties with their supporters after the polls close. >More
 Gov. Walker downplays promise of 250,000 new jobs

Gov. Scott Walker is downplaying his pledge to create 250,000 new private-sector jobs by the end of his term, a review of his official pronouncements suggests. Walker's office and campaign staff say he remains committed to this goal, a staple of his campaign and early administration. But as the embattled Republican governor heads into a historic recall election in which jobs will be a central theme, his rhetoric seems to have shifted. >More
 Dispatches from the 2012 Mifflin Street Block Party (updated)

Saturday arrived cloudy and chilly, but based on activity on Twitter, the enthusiasm of UW students for their annual spring pressure release valve, the Mifflin Street Block Party, was just as strong as ever. Follow our regularly-updated collection of social media posts here. Scroll to the bottom for the latest. >More
 A guide to voting in Wisconsin's 2012 recall primaries

The high-profile recall challenges to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and four Republican state senators will get their first test at the ballot box on Tuesday, May 8. The Government Accountability Board is projecting that 30 to 35% of the state's voting population, or about 1.3-1.5 million people, will turn out to cast ballots in primaries for the six recall elections. >More
 A tale of two recalls

Among those working on either side of the recall effort against Gov. Scott Walker, Democratic pollster Paul Maslin has a unique vantage point: He's been through one of these before. Maslin, now based in Madison, worked for former California Gov. Gray Davis, who in 2003 became just the second United States governor to be recalled from office. Lynn Frazier, governor of North Dakota, was recalled in 1921. >More
 Lori Compas steps up to challenge Sen. Fitzgerald with little party support

Lori Compas was pretty much on her own when she launched a petition drive to recall Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the powerful and well-financed Republican from Juneau who leads the state Senate. "I think I got a phone call offering to help me validate my signatures when I was on my way to turn them in," says Compas, when asked what kind of support she got from the state Democratic Party. >More
 Gov. Walker downplays out-of-state fundraising

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, appearing on the April 29 episode of "UpFront with Mike Gousha," laid out his concern about the upcoming recall election: "The big question mark for me," Walker told the Milwaukee television journalist, "is whether or not we're going to be overwhelmed by an onslaught of out-of-state money." >More
 The end of the occupation? Inside the Occupy Madison camp (video)

April 30 is the city-imposed expiration date on the Occupy Madison encampment on East Washington Avenue, which has become home to many homeless people. Hear some of the residents explain why the camp has been so important to them. >More
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