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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
 Labor unions feel snubbed by Democratic Party at Charlotte convention

Bryan Pfeifer is not happy with the Democratic Party. The activist with Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement says it was a slap in the face to unions for the Democratic Party to hold its national convention in North Carolina, a right-to-work state that has never been friendly to organized labor. >More
 Wisconsin delegates have comparatively low profile at Democratic National Convention

The Wisconsin delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa were treated like royalty. They were given a prime location on the convention floor, right up front and to the right of the stage. >More
 Activists usher in Democratic National Convention in Charlotte with a protest march

Larry Klein doesn't think it makes any difference who wins the election in November. Nevertheless, he drove from his home in Sault Ste. Marie on Michigan's upper peninsula to Detroit, where he got on a bus with other protesters and made the all-night journey to Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Democratic National Convention will be held this week. >More
 Why do Republicans hate Obamacare? (audio)

Some of the loudest boos this week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa came when speakers mentioned the dread word "Obamacare" -- the pejorative for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010. >More
 RNC attendee bucks GOP's anti-environmental stance with ConservAmerica

Rob Sisson is tired of seeing environmentalism being dismissed by Republicans. In a party that recently adopted the slogan "drill baby, drill" he's a bit of an odd duck. But he's prodding the party to take environmental issues seriously. >More
 Delegates swoon over Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention

While Walker seemed tentative and a bit nervous, Ryan was a man completely at ease with himself on the national stage. Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town" blared from the speakers as Ryan swaggered onto the stage to thunderous applause. During his speech he was confident and funny, and portrayed the Obama administration as one that had been filled with new excitement but has failed. >More
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