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Walker promises educators tools, but few details

Gov. Scott Walker told a standing-room only crowd of Wisconsin school board members that he would give them “tools” to manage district budgets and to hire and fire teachers based on performance. But he offered no specifics other than calling for assurance that all future fourth-graders can read at a third-grade level.

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Challengers decry ‘dysfunction’ of state Supreme Court

Three candidates vying to replace Justice David Prosser said the Wisconsin Supreme Court has become divisive and dysfunctional, claiming new blood was needed to restore the public’s confidence in the body. But Prosser insisted he wasn’t the source of any divisiveness on the court and instead blamed the perception, in part, on Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

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Comprehensive look at Wisconsin’s 22nd Senate District Recall Race

In 2011, Wisconsin experienced an unprecedented nine recall elections of state legislators in one year, after newly elected Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled legislature rushed through a state budget that carried a provision that virtually ended collective bargaining rights for public employees. When Republicans refused to allow debate on the measure, a group of 14 Democratic state senators fled to Illinois for nearly three weeks to prevent a quorum and stall for time. Meanwhile, voters reacted strongly, and the state became highly divided.

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Clinton advocates ‘shared responsibilities and shared sacrifice’

Former President Bill Clinton today told hundreds of cheering supporters of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett that Wisconsin needs “a government with shared responsibilities and shared sacrifice, not ‘winner take all.'” Clinton said, “People look at Wisconsin and see America’s battleground.” He said Gov. Scott Walker has created “constant conflict.”

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Mitt Romney wins Wisconsin GOP primary

I posted quotes from Romney’s acceptance speech within moments of his win, along with updates, before and after, for WisPolitics Election Blog, including remarks by national GOP strategist Stuart Stevens. The crowd at Mitt Romney’s Election Night party cheered and supporters snapped photos of a TV screen after FoxNews projected the former Massachusetts guv would win Wisconsin.

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Michelle Obama touts health care reform

In a fiery half-hour speech in Milwaukee, First Lady Michelle Obama told a crowd of about 2,000 people packed into the gym at Bradley Tech High School to “help us finish what we started” as she detailed President Barack Obama’s accomplishments since taking office. Thanks to Obama, she said, millions of people are now working and able to pay their bills, and “millions of people in this country can finally see a doctor when they’re sick.”

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Congressman Paul Ryan touts Wisconsin roots; criticizes Obama on the economy

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan criticized President Barack Obama’s economic record during a town hall meeting this morning at Carroll University in Waukesha. Ryan said the nation’s debt was $5 trillion lower before Obama took office. Not only is that debt hurting today’s economy, it jeopardizes the future, he said. “We have never knowingly given our children an inferior standard of living,” he said.

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Tommy Thompson: no further need to apologize for Kenya remark

Speaking today at an event where he received the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tommy Thompson said he does not think his son needs to apologize publicly or to the president for joking about sending Barack Obama “back to Kenya” at a GOP fundraiser. “He has already apologized, and that’s enough,” Thompson said at a Milwaukee news conference this afternoon. “It was an offhanded remark that somebody mentioned in the audience. If you look at the movie, he didn’t say it.

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Why Tammy beat Tommy

Tommy Thompson lost to Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. Senate race becausevoters perceived her as being for them, while the former guv was thought to be in it for himself, according to strategists for both campaigns.

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Walker promises to be a ‘fighter’ as he formally kicks off presidential campaign

Gov. Scott Walker formally kicked off his long-anticipated campaign for the presidency Monday, promising to take nationwide his battles in Wisconsin fighting unions and other “big-government special interests.” Walker also pledged to take the fight to those who threaten America’s safety around the globe and to stand up for the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, religious freedoms, and for the “healthy or sick, born or unborn.”

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