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Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union, discusses the beginnings of AFSCME in Wisconsin 75 years ago, the recent union issues, and the future.

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U.S. Representative Gwen Moore of Milwaukee discusses violence against women at the Democratic National Convention.

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U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz discusses Governor Scott Walker and the Tea Party at the Democratic National Convention.

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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind discusses his reaction to Gov. Mitt Romney's choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. Congressman Kind talks about the Republican platform and shares his thoughts about the future.

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Frederica Freyberg interviews U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore at the Democratic National Convention. Congresswoman Moore talks about the speech she gave at the convention, Gov. Romney's choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, and her reaction to the Republican platform.

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Former Governor Jim Doyle sits down with Frederica Freyberg at the Democratic National Convention and talks about the political landscape, the economy, and President Obama.

Wisconsin's delegates aren't playing as big a role at the Democratic National Convention as their Republican counterparts did last week at their gathering, but they seem no less enthusiastic, or determined to win.
Wisconsin Public Television's Frederica Freyberg is speaking to Terry Bell from Charlotte, North Carolina is week.

The Democratic Convention kicked off in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday.  One-hundred-eleven delegates from Wisconsin are there, including Vicki Burke.  She is a second time delegate from Onalaska, and is speaking with WPR's Kristen Durst from Charlotte this week.

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Frederica Freyberg talks with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett at the Democratic National Convention. Mayor Barrett discusses political amnesia, the economy, the housing crisis and the future.

One of the groups whose lawsuit blocked Wisconsin's voter I-D law has asked the State Supreme Court not to touch the case ahead of the November election.
The NAACP only made its request after Attorney General J-B Van Hollen petitioned the court to take up voter I-D on an expedited appeal.  Two Dane County circuit court judges struck the law down, saying the new requirement violates Wisconsin's constitution because of the way it makes it harder for people without state-issued I-Ds to vote.  Van Hollen argued those circuit courts erred and overstepped and said because of the constitutional issues raised, the state supreme court should step in immediately.
The NAACP contended in a motion filed yesterday that there was no reason an this case should be rushed, saying the issues raised by the Attorney General had always been handled by appeals courts first.  The NAACP also wrote that if the high court hurried to take this case, it...

Labor union activists in Wisconsin are gearing up for a get-out-the-vote drive over the next two months, leading up to the November election. They plan to concentrate on the platforms of the two major parties, and not the personalities of the candidates.
The sign on the food tent at yesterday's Labor Fest in Madison reflected the political polarization that's come to dominate the election debate in Wisconsin over the past year and a half. It read   "Democrats- honesty, reason competence, balance. Republicans - death, dread, debt and discrimination."  
Gary Johnson  is a retired technical college anatomy instructor. He  says  the challenge for unions is to  convince their members of that distinction if they are to succeed in November. 
"It's not personalities the republican party seriously this is what they want to do," he says.  "I mean you may think this person is a nice person but this is what they want to do, and you vote...

Wisconsin played a huge role at the Republican National Convention. Now, the Democrats are courting Wisconsin’s important swing votes.  Wisconsin Public Television’s Frederica Freyberg discusses the opening of the DNC with WPR's Terry Bell.

Vice-President Joe Biden made his first trip to Wisconsin Sunday since Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan was named to the GOP presidential ticket. Biden continued his attacks on his vice-presidential rival.
Vice-President Biden spoke at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, and suggested that the Romney-Ryan ticket went off track from the facts during last week's Republican National Convention. The Vice-President says Representative Ryan was wrong to criticize the lack of progress on recommendations from a bi-partisan debt commission.
Biden also attacked Ryan's plans for changing Medicaid, Medicare and to provide a tax cut for the wealthy.  And Biden took on Ryan and Mitt Romney for raising concerns about getting U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Biden's remarks went over well with audience memebr Ray Schleis of Green Bay. "We finally found out what the truth is."
Nancy Grandillo of Sheboygan says the vice-president correctly  dissected Ryan's health care plan . "It seems like his...

The two candidates for Wisconsin's open Senate seat differ sharply on how to get international corporations to create more jobs in the U.S.
One of the key pieces of former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson's tax platform would let international corporations bring their overseas profits back to the U.S. without paying the normal 35 percent corporate tax rate. Thompson refers to it regularly on the stump. “I want to be able to repatriate a trillion dollars offshore and put it into the economy, so that we're going to be able to grow this economy, create jobs.”
Thompson says it is a way to inject money in the U.S. economy without government support, but the idea is not a new one. A so-called "one-time" tax holiday was tried in 2004, and it did not result in a hiring binge.
Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin says the proposal highlights a larger issue--the way the U.S. tax code makes it easier for...

While it might not feel like it yet, leaders from both parties insist Wisconsin is a battleground state for the November election. Polls released since Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate suggest Romney largely closed the gap between himself and President Obama in Wisconsin.
During a stop in Milwaukee this week, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was asked whether Wisconsin is now a battleground state. "Wisconsin has been on the map of battleground states and it's still on the map of battleground states."
Wasserman Schultz did not discuss the closeness of the polls but rather focused on who was leading them. "There's a reason that the President has consistently been ahead and never behind in a single independent poll done in Wisconsin. That's because they know and we hear in Wisconsin that they've got a President in Wisconsin who has their back."
Polls conducted by Marquette and Quinnipiac Universities have both shown...

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Wisconsin politicians are the main attraction in Tampa Bay as the Republican Party convenes for its national convention. GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, Governor Scott Walker and other prominent Republicans from around Wisconsin reflect on the state’s strengthening influence at the national level.

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Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate shares his thoughts on the Republican National Convention and previews his own party’s convention, which kicks off next Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Republican National Convention will conclude Thursday night when Mitt Romney accepts the Republican nomination for President. Wednesday night, Paul Ryan accepted the vice presidential nomination with a speech that had some in the audience, including Governor Scott Walker, in tears.  Wisconsin Delegate Sue Lynch from Onalaska shares how she believes Ryan did making his case for smaller government and his case for Mitt Romney.
Sue Lynch is one of 42 Wisconsin delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida this week. She is also the former president of the National Federation of Republican Women.

Congressman Paul Ryan's speech to the Republican National Convention Wednesday night singled out comments President Obama made at the Janesville General Motors plant as a candidate in 2008. However, Ryan neglected to mention his own record of supporting government help for the auto industry.
The quote that Congressman Ryan keyed in on came from then candidate Obama ahead of Wisconsin's 2008 Democratic primary, where Obama said he knew General Motors had been going through some bad news lately. "But I also know how much progress you've made, how many hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles you're churning out. And I believe that if our government is there to support you and give you the assistance you need to retool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another 100 years."
This is how Ryan framed those words in his speech at the RNC Wednesday. “As it turned out, that plant didn't last another year. It is locked...

Wisconsin's own Paul Ryan accepted the Republican Party nomination for Vice President of the United States Wednesday night. He gave a speech that energized the Republican National Convention, and introduced himself to millions of other Americans. 
Wisconsin Public Television's Zach Schultz, has been reporting all week from Tampa. Click on the Listen button to hear how Ryan's speech was received by both Democrats and Republicans, and how accurate his claims were as he addressed the crowd. You can also find more coverage, and read Zach's blog at