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Ruth Conniff is the Political Editor of the Progressive and a regular contributor to Isthmus, the weekly newspaper of Madison, Wisconsin.

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The Dairy Farmer Who Is Taking On Scott Walker

Posted February 9, 2012 | 02/09/12 12:36 PM ET

A new candidate threw her hat in the ring as a candidate for Wisconsin governor this week: Democratic State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, a dairy farmer from Alma, Wisconsin.

Recently, when a handful of possible Democratic candidates for governor addressed a gathering of progressives at the "People's Legislature", Vinehout stole the...

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Progressive Wisconsin Democrats Resist The Super PAC Route

4 Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 02/08/12 08:06 PM ET

Russ Feingold raised hackles when he criticized President Obama's reversal on raising money through a Super PAC.

"I think people will see it as phony that Democrats start playing by Republican rules," the former Democratic Senator from Wisconsin told Sam Stein of The HuffingtonPost:

"People will see...

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Walker Recall Activists Aim For A Million Signatures

51 Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 12/23/11 01:12 AM ET

Now that they have gathered more than half a million signatures on petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker, recall organizers have upped the ante.

On Dec. 15, the same day Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate made the dramatic announcement that volunteers had gathered 507,533 signatures in just one month, state...

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Tommy Thompson's Secret Talks With Scott Walker Show Conservative Drift of Walker's Wisconsin

11 Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 12/23/11 12:29 AM ET

As the political crisis was brewing in Wisconsin last winter, Governor Scott Walker rebuffed former governor Tommy Thompson's advice to reach a compromise with public employee unions, according to a state senator as well as a friend of Thompson's who was involved in the political drama at the time.

"Tommy...

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