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National GOP and Romney campaign have high hopes for Wisconsin

Not since 1984, when President Ronald Reagan won re-election, has a Republican candidate for president won in Wisconsin. But now Rick Wiley, the Republican National Committee political director, believes the stars are aligning to end that drought. Wiley spoke to reporters in a Tuesday conference call from the Republican National Convention in Tampa. >More
 Protesters gleefully recount banner drop over Scott Walker at Republican convention

Tyler Mitchell, a young community organizer in St. Petersburg, took a drag on his cigarette as he and his friends stood on the sidewalk, describing how they dropped a banner during a speech by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker attracting a lot of media attention and disrupting a carefully planned rally. "We'd been planning it for a couple of weeks," said Mitchell. >More
 Sunlight Foundation tracks corporate spending at Republican National Convention

Liz Bartolomeo of the Sunlight Foundation wondered if the Republican delegates were all out partying Monday. Bartolomeo's organization is geared toward shining light on the how money is corrupting politics. She and her colleague, Keenan Steiner, are monitoring the money lavished on delegates and politicians, often through "in-kind" donations like parties. >More
 Kleefisch tells GOP convention crowd that Walker's playbook can win nationally (audio)

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has never been to a Republican National Convention before. She came to the grand show in Tampa, Florida, this year as one of its stars, riding the coattails of Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, who is the vice-presidential nominee. >More
 Paul Ryan rallies in Janesville in advance of Republican National Convention (slideshow)

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan visited his alma mater, Janesville Craig High School, on Monday just before heading to Tampa for the Republican National Convention. >More
 Bringing sexy back: A vibrator developed in Madison restores pleasure for women following cancer and menopause

It's the kind of thing nobody talks about, the sort of life-altering, debilitating problem you don't know anything about until you're forced to know: the incredible pain and sexual dysfunction in women brought on by cancer treatment and, in many cases, menopause. The side effects of treatment, as well as lack of estrogen, can have a devastating impact on women, and in many ways the health care system is ill equipped to address sexual health in women unrelated to reproduction. >More
 Citizens Climate Lobby unites against climate change

Remember July? High temperatures hovered around 100 in Wisconsin, and it didn't rain for weeks. Much of the rest of the Midwest experienced the same conditions. Crops failed. Livestock producers started culling their herds. Our home air conditioners, just used occasionally in a "normal" summer, ran nonstop. Or, wait. Is this the new normal? >More
 Wisconsin District 1 challenger Rob Zerban capitalizes on Paul Ryan's divided attention

Even though U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is now Mitt Romney's running mate, he's still running for reelection in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District. And his Democratic opponent sees an opening. >More
 A Simpson Street reunion celebrates the bonds forged in the once troubled neighborhood

On a hot, sticky July morning, Lake Point Drive is quiet, peaceful and, in parts, shaded by mature trees. Diane Small, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than two decades, shows me the nearby community gardens where she grows tomatoes, collard greens and pole beans. Walking back to her small house, we pause at the intersection of Lake Point Drive and Fayette Avenue. Small says the decision to change the name of Simpson Street to Lake Point Drive took her by surprise. >More
 Paul Ryan reaps financial benefits from his policies

The respected national media outlet Politico lost no time latching onto an issue that made a brief splash last year and is now sending ripples into the presidential race. "Newsweek in 2011: Ryan would benefit from his own energy policies," an item published Aug. 11, just two hours after GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney announced his pick of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. >More
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