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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
 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
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