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The two Tommys

It's a tale whose origins date to the Middle Ages, the story of Faust, the man who sold his soul to the devil. That's the scenario Democrats will be shopping this fall about Tommy Thompson, your Republican candidate for U.S. Senate: that this wide-eyed, small-town boy from Elroy, after 38 years as a public servant, couldn't resist compromising himself for cash, greedily striking a devilish bargain to win a lobbyist's plunder. >More
 Michelle Obama and a big opening night at the Democratic National Convention

The big difference between the Republican and Democratic national conventions is that, while the Republicans -- especially Ann and Mitt Romney -- tried to relate to working-class Americans by telling tales of struggle they had heard on the campaign trail, the Democrats -- especially Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro -- spoke movingly and in detail about their own families' struggles. >More
 The big challenge for Obama and the Democrats

How does Obama recapture the excitement of 2008, and motivate people to get to the polls so he can pull off what most think will be a narrow victory in November? After all, especially in a swing state like Wisconsin, he will need an enthusiastic get-out-the-vote effort. >More
 Wisconsin legislators exploit loophole to hide ALEC ties

Wisconsin state legislators are routinely deleting emails concerning their involvement with the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council, exploiting a loophole that exempts the legislature from records retention rules that apply to all other state and local government officials. >More
 The Republican National Convention and Mitt Romney go out with a whimper

The main problem with Mitt Romney's convention speech was that it was not memorable enough to wipe out the image of Clint Eastwood rambling at an empty chair. That performance by Eastwood, the much-built-up surprise guest at the convention, was downright painful. >More
 Scott Walker says he's a progressive

Sitting with his wife, Tonette, on the floor of the convention hall Wednesday night, Scott Walker was all smiles when I told him I was from The Progressive magazine in Madison, Wisconsin. Being from Wisconsin -- no matter what your politics -- makes you part of the in-group at this cheesehead-dominated convention. >More
 Paul Ryan's brilliant, scary, lying speech at the RNC in Tampa

It was breathtaking when Ryan brought up the GM factory that closed in Janesville, and implied that it was all Obama's fault. Not only did the plant close on George W. Bush's watch, but it did so after union workers pleaded with Ryan to support them and help save their jobs, to no avail. Ryan's record on trade is a perfect recipe for the destruction of manufacturing in his hard-hit district. >More
 Scott Walker blows it at Republican National Convention

To Wisconsinites, Walker looks like a right-wing rock star. And judging from the treatment he was getting from delegates to the RNC, you could imagine he's well on his way to national stardom. Every room he entered during the convention week erupted in applause. He could hardly get the words out to nominate Mitt Romney for our delegation from the floor, the whole hall was cheering so loudly. >More
 Aboard a yacht with Tommy Thompson and Scott Walker in Tampa

As the Wisconsin delegation got fired up for Paul Ryan's big convention speech on Wednesday night, Tommy Thompson held a fundraiser on the StarShip yacht moored at a dock near the Tampa convention center. Haley Barbour was one of the first aboard, followed by Gov. Scott Walker, dressed down in khakis and a Green Bay Packers shirt, and a bevy of other Republican stars with ties to Wisconsin. >More
 Florida activists struggle in the shadow of RNC

Overkill is too mild a word to describe the contrast between the heavy security and the protests in Tampa, which have been peaceful, and somewhat muted by the weather. There is a shanty town called Romneyville at a local park, which was the starting point for a 500-person march demanding an end to foreclosures. There was a beautiful melting ice sculpture in the park that formed the words "middle class." >More
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