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Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi is 'seriously considering' a run for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wisconsin voters may be weary of what seems like an endless election season in this politically divided state, but there is likely one more epic battle on the horizon. Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack is up for reelection in the spring, and a Dane County judge says she is "seriously considering" challenging her for the seat. >More
 Record political spending in Wisconsin results in little change

The Nov. 6 election was as exhausting as it was astonishing, especially when viewed from the new ground zero for American elections -- the intersection of money and politics. Records were broken, along with some hearts. Wisconsin's status as a battleground state was reaffirmed in thousands of 30-second increments. The money flowed fast and furious. >More
 Views from the Wisconsin Democrats' election night rally in Madison (slideshow)

Democrats packed the Monona Terrace Convention Center in downtown Madison Tuesday night to celebrate the victories of Tammy Baldwin, Mark Pocan and, of course, Barack Obama. >More
 Sexual orientation a non-issue in Mark Pocan's historic congressional victory

Democrat Mark Pocan's victory over Republican rival Chad Lee was hardly unexpected, but it is remarkable in one way. Pocan succeeds Tammy Baldwin, and his win marks the first time a congressional seat has changed hands from one openly gay lawmaker to another. "The 2nd Congressional District of Wisconsin is making history with Mark Pocan's election to Congress," confirms Paul Guequierre, spokesperson for Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights group. >More
 Election night turns somber for Dane County GOP as Obama, Baldwin and Pocan win

Around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, more than 100 Republican supporters filed into a conference room at the DoubleTree hotel on West Johnson Street. Signs and balloons covered the walls, and the mood was festive. "Everyone's feeling very energized," said Stephanie Kundert, campaign manager for Chad Lee. "A bit on edge as well." >More
 Wisconsin Democrats celebrate Tammy Baldwin's election to the U.S. Senate

Given the run of defeats suffered by the Wisconsin Democratic Party since 2010, the mood at Monona Terrace even early on Tuesday night was downright giddy. As Mike Tate, chair of the party, said just about an hour after polls closed at 8 p.m., "It's been a long couple of years here in Wisconsin. But tonight begins our redemption." >More
 Live blog: Obama claims Wisconsin, is reelected; Baldwin defeats Thompson for U.S. Senate

Along with Ohio, Wisconsin was one of the states that put Obama over the 270 threshold in the Electoral College. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel showed the president winning counties throughout southern Wisconsin, along with Milwaukee, Kenosha, Door and seven counties in northern Wisconsin. Tammy Baldwin was also a solid winner in Dane County in her bid for the U.S. Senate. Unofficial results had her with over 68% of the local vote to former Gov. Tommy Thompson's 30%. Statewide, Baldwin was winning about 51% of the vote to Thompson's 47%. >More
 Army of election observers find few problems in Madison, but Milwaukee and Racine not so lucky

Kurt Reinhold was expecting the worst. An election observer with President Obama's Protect-the-Vote campaign, Reinhold was sitting at the UW-Madison's Gordon Commons on Dayton Street, on the lookout for any efforts to disenfranchise student voters. But as of noon, the most peculiar thing Reinhold witnessed was of the cuddly variety. >More
 Union Cab driver enthusiastically takes voters to the polls

Catherine Schachter takes mobilizing voters to a literal level. As we pull into the parking lot of Union Cab Cooperative headquarters on Pennsylvania Ave. around 6:45 a.m., she informs me this is normally her day off, but she wanted to work extra hours for the special occasion. Schachter is here to be a part of Democracy In Motion. >More
 Weary Madison voters relieved latest round of elections is over

Deborah Kief seemed relieved after casting her ballot at the Madison Senior Center in downtown Madison Tuesday. "I'm tired of it. It's been just too, too, too long," says Kief, 60, of the seemingly endless election season that effectively began in Wisconsin with the recall elections for nine state senators during the summer of 2011. >More
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