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Dems run a close race for 77th Assembly District seat

When Spencer Black first ran for the state's 77th Assembly District seat in 1984, he slugged it out in a primary with eight other candidates. Black won and went on to become a political institution, crusading for environmental and labor causes for 26 years. Five Democrats are vying to succeed Black in the Sept. 14 primary: Dianne Hesselbein and Brett Hulsey, both current members of the Dane County Board of Supervisors; John Imes, executive director of Wisconsin Environmental Initiative and owner of the Arbor House bed-and-breakfast; attorney Fred Wade; and Doug Zwank, former Middleton mayor. >More
 Scott Walker, Mark Neumann differ in key ways

Whether they like it or not, and some don't, Republican voters have a choice in the race for governor. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has been considered the frontrunner since before he began his campaign 16 months ago; but his primary opponent, former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, is mounting a spirited challenge in the Sept. 14 primary. >More
 What Scott Walker and Mark Neumann say about each other

Political opponents rarely have anything good to say about each other, and the Neumann-Walker contest is no exception. >More
 Wisconsin state treasurer rivals tout watchdog role

Dan Bohrod has his work cut out for him. For starters, he's running against a Democratic incumbent in the Sept. 14 primary for a position, state treasurer, that most people know nothing about. The media haven't helped matters by paying almost no attention to the race. >More
 Dane County Board again tries to buy 'critical' piece of Ice Age Trail

Dane County has renegotiated buying land for the Ice Age Trail, saving more than half a million over last year's asking price. The Board of Supervisors will introduce a motion at Thursday's meeting to buy 131 acres in Cross Plains from Carter Hudson LLC at $20,000 an acre or a total of $2.6 million. >More
 Wisconsin Attorney General race between Hassett and Van Hollen pivots on role of office

There's a reason state attorney general is an elected partisan position: However much anyone tries to deny it, political ideology is key to how the job gets done. But oh, how they try to deny it. >More
 Wisconsin Lt. Gov. rivals: 'I'd be the best running mate'

All four Lt. Governor candidates who gathered at a forum Wednesday night consider themselves progressives; all are for gay marriage and against the state constitutional ban on it passed in 2006; and all support improving racial disparity gaps and keeping the UW System a priority. >More
 What Ron Johnson stands for

One year ago Ron Johnson was not even a dot on the Wisconsin political radar. Today, he is the presumed frontrunner for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Equipped with no political experience except a few appearances at Tea Party rallies and a willingness to spend millions of his personal fortune on the campaign, Johnson is now running even with his opponent, Sen. Russ Feingold, in some polls. >More
 GOP warned UW-Whitewater College Republican about dissing Ron Johnson

A junior majoring in political science, Mitch Sands is chair of the College Republicans chapter at the UW-Whitewater. He says that on Sunday, July 19, he had an encounter with the presumed frontrunner for the Republican nomination, Ron Johnson, at an event in Walworth County. >More
 City bans dogs at Taste of Madison and other major street fairs

On Tuesday, the Madison Common Council banned dogs, cats and all other animals from most of Madison's major street events. The ban covers Taste of Madison, Art Fair on the Square, Maxwell Street Days, the Willy Street Fair and the Wednesday Dane County Farmer's Market on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. >More
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