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Now that Paul Ryan has been named Mitt Romney's running mate, some Janesville residents are happy to see their city in the spotlight. That includes those people who do not necessarily care for Ryan's politics.
It is not too hard to find Ryan supporters in Janesville who cannot wait to vote for a Romney-Ryan ticket. Art Smeester fits into that category, “I think it's great, I think he's a great guy.”
What Smeester is really excited about is the exposure being given to Paul Ryan's hometown. “I have never heard Janesville mentioned on national TV before, but I heard it about a half-dozen times this morning,” Smeester said.
Tom Bramorski is a self-described independent voter. He says he hopes it helps the region's economy. “Well, I think it's a great thing for Janesville. Hopefully there will be some rejuvenation of local industry and good publicity nationwide for this region.”
That is not to say Ryan will...

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Zac Schultz profiles Republican U.S. Senate Primary candidate Tommy Thompson.

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Zac Schultz profiles Republican U.S. Senate Primary candidate Mark Neumann.

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Zac Schultz profiles Republican U.S. Senate Primary candidate Eric Hovde.

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Zac Schultz profiles Republican U.S. Senate Primary candidate Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald.

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Vice Presidential Candidate, Paul Ryan, a U.S. Representative from Janesville, Wisconsin, makes his first campaign appearance with Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney, in Waukesha on Sunday, August 12, 2012.

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U.S. Senate Republican Primary candidates Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde, Mark W. Neumann and Tommy G. Thompson answer questions from co-moderators Frederica Freyberg of WPT and Charles Benson of Today's TMJ4.

U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan has been named Mitt Romney's running mate on this year's Republican presidential ticket. Romney made the announcement this morning in front of the Navy ship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia. In his speech, Ryan called this a "crucial moment in the life of our nation," and said Mitt Romney was the right man to lead the country back to prosperity and greatness.
In his remarks, Romney called Ryan, "an intellectual leader of the Republican Party....[who] understands the fiscal challenges facing America."
A statement from President Obama's campaign this morning calls Ryan a leader of House Republicans who shares Romney's, "commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy."
Ryan and Romney are scheduled to begin a four-day bus tour of battleground states in the eastern U.S. later today....

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Congressman Paul Ryan from Wisconsin has been selected as the Republican candidate for vice president. Weekend Edition Saturday guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Craig Gilbert, the Washington bureau chief of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. A news release from the Romney campaign labels the two, "America's Comeback Team."
The official announcement is planned for 8 CT this morning in front of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia.
A few weeks ago, NPR reported a Romney-Ryan ticket had both potential risks and rewards for the former Massachusetts governor.
This morning, Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson released a statement saying Ryan would make a great vice president. "He brings a record of leadership and personal integrity that we need in Washington. Nobody understands the federal budget better than Paul, or has worked harder to develop and offer real solutions to the fiscal challenges facing America," he said.

Republican primary voters looking for some policy differences between the candidates for US Senate could find at least a couple Friday night in a debate hosted by Wisconsin Public Radio and Television.
That was especially true on the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and on bank bailouts, where hedge fund manager Eric Hovde set himself apart from his opponents, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, former Congressman Mark Neumann and former Governor Tommy Thompson.
One of the four men will emerge from Tuesday’s primary to take on Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin in the November general election. Recent polls suggest a close primary race with one-in-five likely primary voters still undecided heading into the closing days of the campaign.
The Other Health Care Law
Much of this campaign has centered on President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, with all four candidates saying they’d like to repeal the law. But when given a chance to attack their opponents' positions...

Wisconsin's 8th district U.S. representative is getting a fundraising boost from the Speaker of the House. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) will be the featured guest at a $1,000-a-plate event in Appleton this weekend.
Reid Ribble is the incumbent Republican Congressman representing northeastern Wisconsin. This is Ribble's first bid for re-election and he's enlisting the speaker's help.
Saturday's event will cost $1,000 for a photo opportunity with up to two people along with John Boehner, or $200 for entrance. The event is being held at a private residence and is not open to the media.
Wendy Scattergood is a political scientist and pollster at St. Norbert College in De Pere: “Boehner wouldn't be here if they thought it was a shoo-in, if they thought it was a completely safe race.”
Ribble is one of 242 Republicans in the current Congress. Scattergood says John Boehner must prioritize who he fundraises for during the body's five week vacation, “That...

In what may be one of the closest congressional races in Wisconsin in November, Republican freshman Sean Duffy launched his re-election campaign Thursday.
Political campaigns can be dangerous work, especially at the Graymont Limestone plant on Superior’s waterfront: “For this particular leg, we’re just going to be doing hard hats and safety glasses. You won’t need a ‘high viz’ vest, you won’t need steel-toed shoes as long as you stay on the route and stay with your guide.”
Before a dozen hard-hatted employees and a handful of Republican Party faithful, flanked by his wife Rachel and their six small hard-hat wearing children, Sean Duffy keyed in on the economy: “This has been the longest and the lamest recovery since World War II. And that lack of recovery is inflicting a great deal of pain on our American small businesses. We see new rules and regulations and red tape that are coming out making it more difficult and expensive...

Frequent G-O-P candidate Mark Neumann hopes to come from behind in the polls and win the Republican Senate nomination next Tuesday.
In the mid 1990's, Mark Neumann kept at it and on his third try, won a house seat in southeastern Wisconsin. But Neumann angered some GOP leaders and got tired of the lack of clout in the lower chamber. So by 1998, he took on incumbent Democratic Senator Russ Feingold. It was a contentious race, memorable for a televised debate where Neumann questioned whether a young female audience member who quizzed him about a campaign contribution was a plant from the democrats. He later apologized to the woman.
Neumann lost the senate race and then devoted the next decade or so to his businesses, including starting a Milwaukee voucher school and building homes. Two years ago, he again got the political itch and opposed Scott Walker in what at times was a heated Republican primary for governor....

A group co-founded by rock star Bono is trying to get Wisconsin political candidates to address poverty issues this year. Laurie Moskowitz is part of the ONE Vote 2012 Campaign, which argues that candidates and voters can create lasting change in the world. Moskowitz says it’s in the best interest of the U.S. to promote widespread vaccination and disease management programs in developing nations.
Moskowitz admits that the United States has its own share of economic problems. The ONE Vote Campaign says that it has about 25,000 members in Wisconsin. It held a kick-off of its efforts in Milwaukee, this week.

Wisconsin's elections agency predicts voter turnout will hit 20-percent for Tuesday's primary.
If the Government Accountability Board hits its mark, more than 870,000 people will come out to vote on August 14th. That would be similar to the number of voters who turned out for the partisan primaries in September of 2010.
Government Accountability Board Spokesman Reid Magney says the board expects two races will drive the turnout, “You know, there is a strong Senate campaign for the Republican side. In southern Wisconsin, southwest Wisconsin, there is a strong primary for Congress on the Democratic side. So we expect those things will bring turnout up. What could bring it down somewhat is that we're having it, for the first time since 1946, in August.”
Some candidates have also expressed concern that because of recall elections, voter fatigue could drive down turnout on Tuesday. Magney says that's possible.
Because of redistricting, many voters will see names they're...

The latest poll from Marquette University shows Tommy Thompson still leading the Republican U.S. Senate primary field. But one in five likely voters remain undecided.

The last time Marquette surveyed likely Republican primary voters, 35-percent said they'd support former Gov. Thompson. That's down to 28-percent in Marquette's August survey. 20-percent say they would back hedge fund manager Eric Hovde, 18-percent prefer former Congressman Mark Neumann and 13-percent back Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald.

21-percent of those surveyed remain undecided. Poll Director Charles Franklin says that's unusually high for this late in the race, "We are in the situation where if that 21-percent makes up their mind and breaks hard we could see some shifts between now and Tuesday. But we go into the weekend with unusual levels of undecided voters."

When those undecided voters were pressed to say which way they're leaning, they spread out among all four candidates so that Thompson still leads by a similar margin....

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson says he's the only candidate with the breadth of experience necessary to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate. His supporters agree, but recent polls show Thompson with only a very slim lead over his three opponents.
Thompson, or “Tommy,” as most of his supporters call him, is running on his record as a four-term governor and a former secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. World War II Navy veteran Jerry Stern of Pewaukee says it's Thompson's combination of state political leadership and federal government experience that inspired him to come out to a Thompson rally in Brookfield last weekend. “He knows his way round Washington, and I think this is a real plus because he knows how to handle these politicians in the Washington scene, and therefore you put this package together and I just feel very strongly that at this point in time Tommy's the man that we need to...

Next week, voters will decide a tight four-way U.S. Senate primary race for the Republican candidate who will face Democrat Tammy Baldwin in November. On Tuesday, former Gov. Tommy Thompson got a boost in that race from the man who led the Republican takeover of Congress in the 1990s: Newt Gingrich.
Gingrich joined Thompson for a luncheon in La Crosse on the grounds of a company the former governor once led. The former House speaker says he's endorsing Thompson because he has what it takes to shift the balance of power in the U.S. Senate in favor of Republicans. “I believe we need a Senator who actually knows what they're doing. The Senate is a very hard institution today. It's been very difficult for either party to get it to work. And I believe that he could reach across the aisle and actually make the Senate effective in way that nobody else in this race could.”
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Again in Wisconsin this year, a relative unknown is running for U.S. Senate. Eric Hovde is being compared to Ron Johnson. Some GOP voters say this is appealing to them, but the two candidates aren't as similar as they seem.
Usually, candidates tell potential voters what they want to hear. In this case, it was the other way around. Amy Baumle of Thiensville had just spotted Eric Hovde outside the Republican Party booth at the Wisconsin State Fair. After confirming with her husband that was indeed the U.S. Senate candidate, she rushed up to him with a huge smile on her face. The first thing out of her mouth: Hovde would get her vote.
Baumle says she likes the fact Hovde has no political experience, but has a business background. Hovde is a hedge fund manager. Baumle compares Hovde to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who entered office as a relative unknown. That comparison goes only so far, says...