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Erik Gunn

Wisconsin Republicans once put up a good fight to keep Donald Trump off the 2016 GOP ticket. Now that he’s president, some conservatives fear the state GOP is starting to look more and more Trumpian. Read more

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In the mid-’80s, the state’s Citizen Utility Board had 100,000 members; today it has only about 2,000. But as it turns 40 and has a new director, the group embarks on a campaign to reinvent itself. Read more

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Joseph Britt spent decades as a loyal assistant to Republican leaders, including U.S. Sen. Bob Kasten and state Assembly leader, David Prosser. But today he sees the GOP as a “party that rejects responsibility.” Read more

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George Petrovich

Randy Bryce inspired people across the country with his spirited blue collar campaign for Paul Ryan’s seat. Although the effort fell short, he and his supporters vow: “We’re just getting started.” Read more

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David Michael Miller

Wisconsin Democrats are expecting — and hoping — a wave will sweep them back into power this November. But they have to earn the votes, which may not come easy. Read more

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is in his 20th year in Congress with a seemingly indomitable record at the ballot box. But ironworker Randy Bryce is unlike anyone who has ever challenged him. Read more

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It’s conventional wisdom that prison populations have swelled because of get-tough-on crime laws that have forced judges’ hands. But in a new book, Marquette law professor Michael O’Hear argues that judges are also part of the problem. Read more

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Rataj Berard

With his new group, Blue Jean Nation, Mike McCabe has an audacious goal: to remake American politics into a game everyone can play. Although he admits it won’t be easy, he’s already enlisted some folks to test his theories. Read more

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Linda Zastrow

On an overcast April afternoon, Mark Pocan fields questions in the council chambers of Reedsburg's city hall. The group is small, barely more than a dozen. It skews decidedly older, with most easily over 60. It makes sense: Today's listening session for Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District is at 1 p.m., when retirees are about the only voting-age people who don't have somewhere else to be. Read more

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"We are in a time when some people are rethinking the whole system of the Christian faith, from soup to nuts," says Brian McLaren, a former evangelical pastor and a prolific and popular author on the topic of Christianity's past, present and future. Read more

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Is Obamacare the destruction of the American healthcare system or baby steps toward making it better for everyone? Hospitals are getting ready. Insurers and employers are, too. To help the rest of us prepare, here are 15 things you need to know come Oct. 1. Read more

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Last week, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 on party lines to reject federal money to expand health insurance for the poor. As a result Wisconsin lawmakers saddled the state with a bigger price tag in return for less health coverage. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Sometimes procrastination gets rewarded. That's how my wife and I discovered Mineral Point. Each summer, about the time of our wedding anniversary, we book a weekend of plays at American Players Theatre in Spring Green. The play tickets we buy early (thanks to the early-bird discount), but somehow we never get around to reserving a place to stay until much later. By then there's no room at any of Spring Green's inns. Read more

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Gov. Scott Walker's 2011 law stripping government employees of union rights was only a few months old when workers who build cranes in Manitowoc learned their company was making a stringent new demand in their own union contract. In negotiations with the International Association of Machinists, Manitowoc Cranes management was insisting that the union drop its so-called union security clause from the contract -- language that required every employee who was represented by the union to either join the union or at least pay union dues. Read more

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Now comes the heavy lifting. While Gov. Scott Walker's administration continues to give Obamacare the cold shoulder, groups outside of state government are stepping in to work with federal officials implementing the law in Wisconsin. Read more

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In nearly 14 years of representing Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, Republican Paul Ryan has had no significant opposition for reelection. But this year, as Ryan pursues his eighth term in office and a vice presidential bid as Mitt Romney's running mate, he faces what many consider his first serious challenger in Rob Zerban. Read more

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Current polling suggests that whoever wins the 2012 race for Wisconsin's open Senate seat -- Republican Tommy Thompson or Democrat Tammy Baldwin -- it will probably be by a narrow margin. That alone will mark a significant change from the person who's held the seat for nearly a quarter-century. Read more

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Even after Dana Hurda moved from Madison to Evansville, she continued to go to the UW Health West Clinic in Madison, a 35-minute drive from her home. The reason? Midwives. Hurda has come to depend on the specially trained nurse midwives who work out of UW and provide hospital-based midwifery services for women in childbirth. Even now that she's no longer focusing on childbearing, Hurda has relied on the UW clinic's midwifery program for her primary gynecological care. Read more

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Will Eric Hovde turn out to be the second coming of Ron Johnson? In 2010, Johnson, the owner and CEO of a plastics manufacturing company in Oshkosh, burst out of nowhere and into the U.S. Senate. With a self-funded campaign, Johnson swamped two little-known Republicans in the primary, garnering 85% of the vote. He then went on to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, 52% to 47%. Read more

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Vlad Alvarez

It was a rainy spring Friday afternoon, and Lisa Graves was feeling a little loopy. The day before she'd been in Washington, D.C., part of a coalition rallying outside the offices of the American Legislative Exchange Council protesting the conservative organization's role in passing Florida's Stand Your Ground law, now in the spotlight after the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. Read more

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