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Van Hollen on Calumet County DA Ken Kratz: 'His behavior was appalling'

J.B. Van Hollen says he was shocked. The Wisconsin attorney general, in what may be his first in-depth public comments on the issue, told Isthmus Monday morning of his reaction to text messages of a sexual nature sent by Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz to a crime victim last year. >More
 UW-pioneered approach is helping identify better ways to teach

In education today, data is king. It's used to prove school effectiveness, track student achievement and even, in some cases, set teacher pay. The trick for schools is getting quality metrics and using them to assess individuals and effect positive change in the classroom. >More
 Chad Lee's anti-Tammy Baldwin train: All aboard!

"I'm Chad Lee and I'm and running to defeat Tammy Baldwin," the 27-year-old contender told a somewhat tired assemblage of supporters and media. "We need to get the Second District back on path." That's what my notes say, anyway. It strikes me now as an odd turn of phrase. Would he really say "back on path" and not "back on track"? And if so, did I have something to do with that? >More
 Brett Hulsey's bid for state Assembly in the 77th District: One down, one to go

What John Imes had hoped would be a victory party turned into an early evening. Shortly after 10 p.m., most of his supporters were gone from the Sundance Bar while Imes cleaned up, collecting signs that read, "John Imes for Assembly." Two of his children ran around giggling. >More
 Find the election night parties for the 77th Democratic Assembly primary

Election campaigns almost always end at a bar -- the winners celebrate the end of a hard-fought campaign, the losers drown their sorrows among the comfort of friends, and reporters (including yours truly) scurry around for quotes. >More
 Obama seems to love Wisconsin, plans to visit Madison again

When the White House announced Thursday that President Obama is visiting Wisconsin later this month, many probably had the reaction -- again? >More
 GOP aims to put whammy on Tammy Baldwin

Peter Theron thinks Republicans have reasons to feel good about their fortunes in Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District. "David Obey and Jim Doyle both chose to retire rather than run for reelection," says Theron, one of two GOP candidates for the seat, explaining his optimism. "The polling across the state shows Republicans surging on the generic ballot.... All of these indicators suggest that this year will be different from previous years." >More
 Salvation Army of Dane County to change admission policy for Warming House

The Salvation Army is changing its policy for Warming House, a last resort overnight shelter for families, to no longer accept drop ins. The shelter, located on 630 E. Washington Ave., though accessed from East Mifflin Street, is for families who can't get space at the Salvation Army's regular family shelter, which has about 90 beds. >More
 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
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