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WPR: The Veronica Rueckert Show

Sick and tired of the elections? Of endless PAC ads? Of furrowed brows and earnestness? Comedian and political observer, Baratunde Thurston, helps us "see political reality as it is."

WPR: The Veronica Rueckert Show

Sick and tired of the elections? Of endless PAC ads? Of furrowed brows and earnestness? Comedian and political observer, Baratunde Thurston, helps us "see political reality as it is."

Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin announced the support of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, a statewide police union that has endorsed a mix of Republicans and Democrats.  WPPA Director Jim Palmer said the organization endorsed Thompson in his 1994 and 1998 runs for Governor.  But Palmer says Thompson's campaign this year is more "extremist."

The Romney campaign initially filed the lawsuit because some clerks did not send out absentee ballots to military voters early enough. Federal law requires them to be sent out 45 days before the election.  

The Republican and Democratic Parties of Wisconsin each choose 10 electors that work closely with the party. Then, if President Obama wins the popular vote, all ten Democrats will cast their electoral votes. If Mitt Romney wins in Wisconsin, the ten Republicans will do the same.

Incumbent Democrat Dave Hansen represents northeastern Wisconsin's 30th District. He and Republican challenger John Macco met at a public debate this week. The two argued about things like cell phone taxes and personhood amendments. They also addressed issues like jobs. Specifically those created when Marinette Marine got a big navy contract.

With less than two weeks to go before the election, dueling T-V ads involving the September 11th terrorist attacks are dominating the race for Wisconsin's U-S Senate seat. 

U.S. Senate Republican candidate Tommy Thompson has released a new ad criticizing Democratic opponent Tammy Baldwin of not honoring the victims of 9/11. The Baldwin campaign is calling the move “desperate.”

WPR: At Issue with Ben Merens

Ben Merens talks with Steve Walters about the congressional races that are happening around the state.

Vice President Joe Biden will return to Wisconsin this week to campaign on behalf of President Obama, less than two weeks before the election.

The two candidates in Wisconsin's Seventh District congressional race met in their first debate Monday night in Wausau.

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Tommy Thompson says he doesn't know whether his plan to rework Medicare will save the government any money.

With two weeks to go until Election Day, Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate candidates were on the campaign trail Monday to kick off early voting in the state. They each spent the time criticizing their opponent.

Political candidates in northern and central Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District have raised more money than any other district in the state except one. But both candidates say they can't control the role money plays in politics.

WPR: The Kathleen Dunn Show

Foreign policy analysis, then rhetorical analysis

The race to unseat Wisconsin’s two freshmen Republican congressman is drawing millions of dollars, according to the latest campaign finance reports. Although the incumbents have raised twice as much as their challengers, the Democrats are racking up impressive amounts too.

First Lady Michelle Obama is in Wisconsin today. She's in Racine and Wausau, campaigning for her husband's reelection, and encouraging people to take advantage of early voting.

WPR: At Issue with Ben Merens

Has the presidential satire of Saturday Night Live had an impact on our elections over the years? John Munson and his guest, William Horner, discuss.

WPR: At Issue with Ben Merens

Has the presidential satire of Saturday Night Live had an impact on our elections over the years? John Munson and his guest, William Horner, discuss.

WPR reporters Maureen McCollum and Lindsey Moon have spent the last week talking with voters along Route 51, hearing what they think about the presidential election.  Here are some closing thoughts from the road.
One family-sized bag of M and M’s, 245 photos, 6-hours, 39-minutes and 44 miliseconds of audio, and several cups of coffee later, we now know a lot more about this year’s presidential race than we did a week ago. Not all of it has to do with politics.
During our journey this week for WPR’s Road to November project, we learned a lot. We talked with people who have been out of work, people who are still out of work, and many who say they worry the next president could make their circumstances worse.
We’ve seen first-hand how the recession has affected some, and we’ve spoken with several who are ready for a change, longing for different presidential leadership.
Some of the...

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