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Paul Ryan was campaigning in his home state Wednesday.  Ryan held a town hall meeting in the Green Bay area where many of the questions surrounded the economy.
Before a big crowd of supporters, Ryan was welcomed “home” by Governor Scott Walker, “Ladies and Gentlemen the next vice president, Paul Ryan”
Ryan’s remarks focused on a mix of foreign policy—he addressed the embassy attacks in the mid-east—and the economy. Ryan attacked President Barack Obama for not doing enough to create well-paying jobs to take the place of those lost in cities like Janesville and Kenosha. Ryan said, “So what do you do? Well, we have great technical colleges. We have a great UW system that Scott Walker is improving on and making better. Let's have job training skills that can actually go to the people who lose these jobs so they can go back, get the jobs they need for the 21st century.”
Scott Walker's budget made cuts to the...

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was back in Wisconsin Wednesday.  He held a "town hall" style rally in De Pere.
Ryan began his remarks by mentioning attacks on American embassies in Egypt and Libya. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other staff members were killed in an attack against the American consulate in Benghazi, Tuesday night.
Ryan criticized president Barack Obama's foreign policy, saying the attacks are "outrageous" and an "ugly reminder" that the world needs American leadership. Ryan said, "We do not want a world climate where our adversaries are so tempted to test us and where our allies are worried about trusting us. And, that is unfortunately the path we are on right now, and I really worry about that."
Ryan's running mate, Mitt Romney, began the day saying the attacks show President Barack Obama's foreign policy is "flawed" and sends mixed messages. 

Paul Ryan's opponent in the Congressional race in Southern Wisconsin is criticizing the Republican representative’s new television ad.
Ryan’s vice-presidential campaign has been in the state for the last couple of days, but he is also on the ballot to potentially keep his House of Representatives job in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Ryan has just kicked off a series of television ads, ostensibly for the house contest. A logo about the house race briefly appears on screen, but Ryan speaks words best known from his vice-presidential bid.
Ryan’s opponent in the first district congressional race is Kenosha Democrat Rob Zerban. He says Ryan’s ad is startling for what it does not say about the incumbent’s federal budget proposal.
A spokesperson for Ryan’s House campaign says additional ads will address issues like health care and jobs. Ryan’s campaign says it will spend about $2 million TV ads this fall in the Milwaukee and Madison markets. Rob Zerban says his...

Paul Ryan launches a new TV ad Wednesday that promotes his re-election bid for his House seat in Southern Wisconsin.
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney chose Ryan as his running mate after the filing deadline for House seats in Wisconsin. Ryan says his name cannot be taken off the House ballot, but he would resign from Congress, if he were elected vice-president. Meantime, Ryan's launching the first in what his house campaign says is a series of ads for the house re-election bid.
UW Milwaukee Governmental Affairs Professor Mordecai Lee says Ryan is doing what voters in his district might expect. "Wisconsin voters are prickly, and you don't want to take them for granted."
Ryan faces Democrat Rob Zerban in the House contest.
Professor Lee says Representative Ryan has perhaps the largest campaign war chest in the House and can afford to spend money on the 1st District race. Ryan's campaign says in 2008, Democratic vice-presidential...

Republican Paul Ryan is the first of two vice presidential candidates visiting Wisconsin this week. He was in the Green Bay area Wednesday morning, while Democrat Joe Biden visits Eau Claire Thursday. 
Wisconsin native Paul Ryan can probably count on a big crowd at his campaign stop at a De Pere ice skating center. Northeastern Wisconsin has a history of voting Republican, but not always. In 2008, voters in the area went for Barack Obama and re-elected a Democratic representative who later went on to lose to a Republican.
Michael Kraft is an emeritus political scientist at UW Green Bay. He says the results of the Walker recall election could be a sign the region is ready to swing Republican again. "This part of the state, as you noted for the congressional district, we had Steve Kagen in for a couple of terms, but prior to that we had Republicans in office. Now we have Republican Reid Ribble. There's...

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NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin, Vin Weber, former Republican congressman and adviser to the Romney campaign, and Anna Greenberg, democratic pollster and senior vice president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, discuss the convention outcomes and what each campaign must do in the months before the election.

Thompson’s political director Brian Nemoir recently emailed a video of Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin dancing in 2010 at a gay pride event. Nemoir questioned whether the openly lesbian representative's presence at the event clashed with having Midwest heartland values. 
Nemoir claimed he was not speaking for the Thompson campaign, but Democrats quickly accused Thompson of dirty politics. Thompson says he is very upset with Nemoir, "He should not have done it. I'm sorry about that."
Thompson added that Nemoir remains with the Senate campaign, but someone else has taken over press communications. Thompson spoke with reporters after a Rotary Club luncheon in Milwaukee.
Baldwin campaign representative John Kraus says Thompson's apology does not go far enough. "For a week he hasn't said one word about the fact his campaign launched this personal attack, and then tried to fool people into believing that they didn't. And, today Thompson had an opportunity to take personal responsibility for his divisive and misleading campaign, but...

The national political organization Americans for Prosperity is touring Wisconsin this weekend in a black bus with white lettering that reads "Obama's Failing Agenda Tour".
The tour began in Oshkosh Friday morning with speeches by AFP organizers and Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson and will finish up in Green bay at the Packers' game on Sunday. The Wisconsin bus is one of three AFP busses carrying the anti-Obama message across the country with plans for more than 250 stops between now and the election. Organizer Luke Hilgemann says the group has not endorsed any presidential candidate and sees it's mission as educational advocacy.
"We don't endorse candidates we don't campaign," he says.  "We believe in the issue of economic freedom and limited government, and we advocate for those fiercely because we believe that they are the best ones to deliver lasting prosperity for all of America. Government needs to get out of the way and let us grow...

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Tammy Baldwin told the Democratic National Convention last night that the Wisconsin she knew was different than the one portrayed by the state's high-profile Republicans. 
Baldwin told the crowd at the outset of her speech that she knew they'd heard a lot about Wisconsin lately, from Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, from Governor Scott Walker, and possibly from her Republican US Senate opponent, former Governor Tommy Thompson.  "Well I'm here to tell you that they don't speak for all of Wisconsin," she said.
Baldwin talked up Wisconsin's progressive traditions.  She said the people of Wisconsin believed that in order to prosper, everyone had to have a fair shot and everyone has to do their fair share.  Baldwin highlighted her backing of the "Buffet rule", named after billionaire Warren Buffet.  It would raise taxes on millionaires.
"But Mitt Romney wants to pass even more tax cuts for those at the very top," she said. ...

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Several Democratic delegates from “up North” are “down South” at their national convention in Charlotte this week.    
Marv Finendale of Superior is enjoying the Southern hospitality.  He says locals are wearing “ask me” signs to help.  And then there’s the Dixie food. “I did try some grits though in our morning breakfast and they were excellent," he says.
Finendale says he hopes tonight’s speech by President Obama spells out the specifics of another term. “He can say what he plans for the next four years," he says.   "You know what Clinton said yesterday, when he got the presidency and he got the surplus, he didn’t do it in the first four years.   You look at the record.  He didn’t.  He did it in the next four years.”  
Kaeleen Ringberg is also a 7th Congressional District delegate from Ashland.  She says the Wisconsin delegation is getting lots of attention.  “They find out you’re from Wisconsin, you’re...

President Obama accepts his party's nomination for a second term tonight.  Wisconsin Public Television's Frederica Freyberg is at the Democratic National Convention, and speaks with Terry Bell about tonight's speech.

The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina is in full swing.  Tuesday night, San Antonio's Mayor Julian Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage in prime time.  Vicki Burke is a delegate from Onalaska and she's joining Kristen Durst this week to talk about her experiences at the convention. 

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Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin speaks at the Democratic National Convention.

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U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz shares her thoughts about the Republican party and GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, Tommy Thompson at the Democratic National Convention.