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On a national stage, Tammy Baldwin delivers short, populist message at Dem convention

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin -- a candidate for the U.S. Senate -- made a grand entrance onto the national stage Thursday evening, with a speech to the Democratic National Convention. It was on the same night that President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination, and although it wasn't televised live nationally, it's still the biggest national platform Baldwin has ever had. >More
 Obama biographer David Maraniss on why the odds are in the president's favor

The way David Maraniss sees it, President Obama has "two out of three essential factors on his side" in the forthcoming election. One is a likeability factor far higher than his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney. Two is the changing demographics of the country that "favor a Democrat." But, Maraniss adds, "He's got the economy against him." >More
 Tami Miller started a charity to deliver supplies to Madison's homeless

More than 60 of Madison's homeless, normally scattered all over the city, are gathered Friday night among the Philosopher's Stones alongside the Wisconsin Historical Museum, just off the Capitol. They're sitting or milling around, waiting this warm August evening for a special delivery. The word has obviously gotten out. >More
 A Little Free Library does double-duty at the Brittingham Dog Park

By now, Little Free Libraries are a familiar sight around town, a place for neighbors to take a book and leave a book. But one of the newest libraries came from more than just a love of books. >More
 For most Wisconsin delegates, Democratic convention is a pricey affair -- but worth it

Bob Welsh has been a "card-carrying liberal" his entire life. But it's only recently that the 74-year-old school bus driver has become involved in politics. The Wauzeka resident first got involved two years ago, working to reelect his congressman, Rep. Ron Kind. Then he got swept up in the Wisconsin protests last year. >More
 Charlotte streets serve up a motley political marketplace outside Democratic convention

Although there were lots of people selling political buttons, bumper stickers and t-shirts at the Republican convention in Tampa, the Democratic National Convention has brought out many more entrepreneurs. The sidewalks around the Time Warner Cable Arena are lined with hawkers selling caps, Obama hand puppets, buttons -- even baby clothing with sayings like "I will not be pushed around" stitched on the front. >More
 Tommy Thompson made a fortune, but not as a lobbyist

Tommy Thompson has been called many things, not all of them flattering. But there's nothing he hates worse than being called a "lobbyist." The former Wisconsin governor and current U.S. Senate candidate takes umbrage at the term, which he gets tagged with all the time. >More
 Grocers in limbo as redevelopment plans for 800 East Washington Avenue fall through

Jeff Maurer was looking forward to opening a branch of his Fresh Market Madison on East Washington Avenue. Urban Land Interests had asked him to consider being part of its redevelopment of the 800 block of East Washington and, after two independent survys of the area, Maurer determined it was a great location for his second Madison grocery store. >More
 Congressional candidate Mark Pocan, presumed Baldwin heir, networks in Charlotte

Wisconsin state Rep. Mark Pocan has been to several Democratic Party national conventions, but none as important for him as this one. Pocan is poised to succeed U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who is giving up her seat to run for the Senate. Although he faces Republican challenger Chad Lee in the fall election, an upset is highly unlikely -- Lee is vastly underfunded in the overwhelmingly liberal district. >More
 Wisconsin delegates at Democratic National Convention schooled on need to elect Tammy Baldwin to Senate

Political conventions are typically filled with both late night parties and early morning breakfasts, as delegates burn both ends of the candle in a frenzy of networking. The Wisconsin delegates met at 7 a.m. on Tuesday -- the first official day of the convention -- at their hotel, Embassy Suites Charlotte Ballroom near the airport, to begin the process of rallying the troops for the looming election. >More
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