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Live-blogging the second Wisconsin recall debate between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett

Two of Madison's sharpest political minds, stand-up comedians Chris Lay (@MrChrisLay) and Alan Talaga (@danpotacke), will provide the blow-by-blow analysis right here on Thursday night at 9 p.m. (CDT) during the second of two debates between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in advance of the historic recall election on June 5. The debate will be televised in Madison on WKOW, Channel 27, and we urge you to keep at least one eye on this blog while you watch it. >More
 Wisconsin newspaper recall endorsements provoke commentary more than they sway votes

After the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel published its endorsement of Gov. Scott Walker on May 19 for the upcoming recall election, supporters of challenger Tom Barrett made their disapproval known. A "handful of readers" even threatened to cancel their subscriptions, says editorial page editor Dave Haynes. >More
 Latest Barrett poll has Walker up 50-48

The Wisconsin recall race is a "dead heat," says the Barrett campaign, which released the findings of a poll it conducted May 29 and 30, four days later than the latest Marquette poll. >More
 Not everyone is voting in the Wisconsin recall election

Believe it or not, there are some Madisonians who do not plan to vote in the election to recall Gov. Scott Walker next Tuesday. Of nearly 60 people surveyed on State Street and Memorial Union Terrace this week, 46 said they were planning to vote in the recall or had already done so. Many said they would be surprised to find a non-voter in the city of Madison. >More
 What does the lieutenant governor do? Rebecca Kleefisch, Mahlon Mitchell vie for an open-ended job

There's a certain irony to the recall of Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. The office she has held since Jan. 3, 2011, comes with virtually no substantive statutory powers. She wasn't Gov. Scott Walker's pick for the post, but she is the target of a recall because of him. >More
 Mark Gundrum won't hear Wisconsin's domestic partner lawsuit

A few weeks after President Barack Obama declared his support for gay marriage, the topic came up at the first of two debates between Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett. >More
 Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne tackles one of the worst racial gaps in the nation

In January, Ismael Ozanne gave the keynote address during an awards banquet where three Madison high school seniors, all of them minorities, were awarded college scholarships. Charming and charismatic, Ozanne, 42, speaks frequently of the need to close the racial achievement gap in Madison schools, a problem that, from his perspective, feeds the racial disparities in Dane County's criminal justice system. >More
 Wisconsin recall fever: Russ Feingold revs up Barrett supporters at Majestic

At the Majestic Theatre Wednesday night, Russ Feingold said Tom Barrett was going to win, and as evidence, he cited the fact that "people waited for hours to vote on Memorial Day when they should have been at Brat Fest." Said Feingold: "The turnout is going to be the biggest in Wisconsin history." >More
 Absentee voting for recalls brisk in Madison and Waukesha

The line outside the Madison City Clerk's office Wednesday morning remained consistent at about five-people long. As soon as one person entered the office, two more joined the back of the line. Each was waiting to cast an absentee ballot ahead of the June 5 recall election of Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. >More
 Yes, we have no super PACs in Wisconsin

The other day a reporter from Swedish Public Television contacted the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism regarding the role of super PACs in Wisconsin's historic recall elections. "How much money are we talking about?" the reporter asked. "Which conservative super PAC is the main one? And on the Democratic side?" >More
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