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Wisconsin's elections agency says more than 113-thousand absentee ballots have already been issued for the June 5th recall election.
Absentee voting didn't start until Monday and already the state is on pace to nearly equal the number of absentee ballots cast in the November 2010 general election. That's significant because in that election people had four weeks to vote absentee. For this election they only have two weeks.
Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl says that in her office alone, more than 10-thousand absentee ballots have been issued this week--just two-thousand fewer than in November of 2010. Her office is staying open for at least a few hours every day this weekend, including Memorial Day, "It's our job to facilitate the right to vote and our voters are used to being able to vote in extended hours. And there's no question that we're going to continue that practice."
In-person, early absentee voting runs through the close of business...

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Columbia University political science professor and author of Get Out the Vote!: How to Increase Your Voter Turnout Donald Green talks about the important role voter turnout will play in the recall elections only two weeks away.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and PolitiFact Wisconsin Editor Greg Borowski takes an in-depth look at claims made by Gov. Scott Walker and Tom Barrett surrounding the latest jobs numbers.

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Reporter Zac Schultz looks into the debate over changes to Wisconsin’s Badgercare program in the second segment of a three part series exploring major issues in the upcoming recall election.

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Reporter Adam Schrager examines the divisive effects political turmoil in the state Capitol is having on communities around the state.

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Frederica Freyberg profiles the candidates in the four state senate recall races, in this 30-minute Wisconsin Vote special.

Gov. Scott Walker says apparent problems with crime data reporting in Milwaukee raise leadership questions about his Democratic recall opponent Tom Barrett. Barrett replies that Walker may also have crime issues.
Less than two weeks before the recall election, a Milwaukee newspaper that has endorsed Gov. Walker has released a probe showing that violent crime may be under-reported in Milwaukee. Walker insists he's not happy to see the newspaper's figures. But in the context of the coming recall election, the Republican incumbent is using them to bash Milwaukee Mayor Barrett.
Republicans are calling for a state audit of the Milwaukee Police Department crime data. Mayor Barrett says a federal analysis that Milwaukee police requested is already underway. Barrett says there's no sign that any crime reporting errors in Milwaukee were deliberate, and if there are mistakes, they will be corrected. Referring the John Doe investigation into Walker's time as Milwaukee County executive, Barrett urged reporters to quiz Walker.
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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal campaigned for Gov. Scott Walker in Waukesha Thursday, (5/24) calling Walker an example that the rest of the country could follow.
Jindal said Walker had done more in his first year-and-a-half as governor than many people do in their entire political careers. Jindal cited a phrase Walker uses often on the campaign trail, saying he liked it so much he used it in his home state, “Listen to what he said. This is not about the next election. This is not about the next poll. This is about the next generation. I literally opened our legislative session quoting Gov. Walker to our legislators in Louisiana. Imagine how different our country would be if everybody we elected to represent us in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. had that attitude.”
Jindal said a Walker victory would send a message to the entire country.
Jindal's visit came as Democrats continued their line of attack on Gov. Walker,...

The candidates for governor continue to compete for police union votes.
Democrat Tom Barrett has announced an endorsement from the National Association of Police Organizations. The group represents 1000 police units across the U.S.
Earlier, Barrett picked up the backing of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, as well as the West Allis police officers' union, which supported Republican Scott Walker in 2010. Mayor Barrett says he'd like to win over some rank and file members of the Milwaukee police officers' union. He says the cop on the beat can't trust Scott Walker to preserve collective bargaining powers.
But the leader of the Milwaukee Police Association has reaffirmed his union's endorsement of Gov. Walker. Mike Crivello won't say if the governor has promised not to target collective bargaining by police.
Walker says he continues to want to guarantee that there will be adequate police and fire protection across the state, meaning he doesn't want to anger those...

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This 30-minute Wisconsin Vote special introduces citizens from around the state, sharing the election-year issues that matter most in their lives.

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WPT invited the major candidates in the gubernatorial recall election to an in-depth interview. Democratic Tom Barrett answers questions about how he would solve some of the issues facing Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker declined the invitation to be interviewed.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Governor Scott Walker were on the campaign trail in Western Wisconsin Wednesday. Their messages haven't changed much, but the attacks on each other are ramping up.
Barrett made a handful of stops from Hudson to Black River Falls where he rallied supporters to get themselves, their friends and neighbors mobilized for the June 5th recall elections. Barrett repeated criticism of Governor Walker for releasing survey results early, that say Wisconsin added more than 30,000 jobs since Walker took office. Those numbers are in stark contrast to monthly jobs estimates, which suggest Wisconsin had the worst job losses in the country. Barrett says people should be wary of the new data.
“So, an embattled governor, 20 days before the election, trots out a different set of numbers, has a commercial running within four hours of those numbers coming out to claim that the numbers that the federal government has used for decades are wrong,”...

The two candidates for north central Wisconsin's 29th State Senate seat met Wednesday night in their only face-to-face public debate before the June 5th recall election.
The 29th Senate race pits two long serving lawmakers against each other. Republican Jerry Petrowski who has represented the 86th Assembly District since 1998, and Democrat Donna Seidel, who has represented the Wausau based 85th District since 2004. Sparks flew when the candidates were asked about Tom Barrett's assertion that Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state.
"I don't believe that there is a plan to do that, and I would vote no," he said. "And I don't believe that there is support to do it. We are partnering with a lot of unions in this state that are really working very hard to make sure that this state is the best that it can be."
"This is really hard for me to digest that we're partnering with unions?"...

President Obama leads Mitt Romney by 6 percentage points in a poll of Wisconsin voters conducted by St. Norbert College and Wisconsin Public Radio.
A poll of more than 400 likely voters this past week indicates if the November presidential election were held now 49-percent of Wisconsin voters would back Barack Obama while 43-percent would favor Mitt Romney. The margin of error is five percentage points. Wendy Scattergood conducts the WPR/St. Norbert College poll. She says the economy and jobs was considered the most important issue in the presidential race by 57 percent of those polled.
"Most people were just saying we need to fix the economy or we need to create jobs," she said. "There were a number of people who talked about getting jobs back from overseas or keeping them from going overseas. "
The second-highest concern of those polled was the budget and deficit. Also, half the respondents think the country is going in...

A new poll of likely recall election voters finds Governor Scott Walker with a slim lead over Tom Barrett.
The poll by St. Norbert College and WPR questioned 406 likely voters in the last week. It found 50-percent favor Republican Governor Scott Walker, and 45-percent support Democrat Tom Barrett. That's within the poll's five percentage point margin of error. The poll is conducted by Wendy Scattergood, an assistant professor at the college. She says half of those polled who said they planned to vote for Walker cited economic reasons.
"What they thought his greatest success has been is controlling the budget and the deficit," she says. "And then collective bargaining came in at number two. Over 50-percent told us controlling the deficit was the number one issue."
Forty-seven percent of poll respondents who said they would vote for Barrett indicated the governor's character is why Walker should be removed from office. Likewise, character was listed by 72...

A new poll of likely recall election voters finds Governor Scott Walker with a slim lead over Tom Barrett.
The poll by St. Norbert's College and WPR questioned 406 likely voters in the last week. It found 50-percent favor Republican Governor Scott Walker, and 45-percent support Democrat Tom Barrett. That's within the poll's five percentage point margin of error. The poll is conducted by Wendy Scattergood, an assistant professor at the college. She says half of those polled who said they planned to vote for Walker cited economic reasons.
"What they thought his greatest success has been is controlling the budget and the deficit," she says. "And then collective bargaining came in at number two. Over 50-percent told us controlling the deficit was the number one issue."
Forty-seven percent of poll respondents who said they would vote for Barrett indicated the governor's character is why Walker should be removed from office. Likewise, character was listed by 72...

Former U-S Senator Russ Feingold says Democrat Tom Barrett will defeat Republican Governor Scott Walker if all the people who felt strongly about the recall come out and vote.
Feingold was stumping for Barrett Tuesday--first in Milwaukee, then later in Middleton where the former Senator cast his absentee ballot.
"Well it's great to be in my hometown here on a beautiful day to get to do something I've been wanting to do for a very long time," he says. "To vote Governor Scott Walker out of the governorship and for Tom Barrett, the next governor of the state of Wisconsin."
Speaking to reporters afterward, Feingold downplayed the lack of financial help coming in from the national Democratic party.
"This is about Wisconsin," he says. "This is about what's been done to our state. We, of course, don't mind if people come in from the outside who have viewpoints, but mostly it's Wisconsinites trying to retake our...

Democrat Tom Barrett says Governor Scott Walker's concerns about Milwaukee could hurt the business community there.
On the night of his primary election win, republican governor walker spoke to supporters in Waukesha. Walker blasted Milwaukee, listing ways he says it has suffered under the leadership of Mayor Tom Barrett.
Barrett is also Walker's opponent in the recall race, and Barrett says he takes offense to walker's remarks. Barrett told the Milwaukee Rotary Club that walker may be hurting businesses in the area.
Walker's campaign responds to Barrett by saying Barrett is attacking the governor as a means of avoiding answering questions about the mayor's failures. Walker's team says Barrett has presided over a 28% jump in unemployment and raised taxes and fees on the people of his city by 43%. Barrett says walker had a bad job creation record as Milwaukee County Executive.

A Wisconsin congressman is forming a new group on Capitol Hill called the "Fix Congress Now" caucus. His challenger in this fall's election says the representative himself is part of the problem.
Incumbent Republican Representative Reid Ribble and a bi-partisan group of colleagues announced the first bit of legislation to come from the Fix Congress Now Caucus. Ribble says if senators and representatives don't pass a budget on time, they shouldn't be paid.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says that isn't much incentive since so many national lawmakers are wealthy. The committee says Ribble has a habit of seeking media attention through the formation of such assemblages. But Ribble says a caucus helps get the attention of the public, even though "Fix Congress" only has nine members.
"We might not be able to engage every member here but I'll tell you who can, the American people can engage them and the idea that this is just a...

As the governor’s recall election approaches, Scott Walker and Tom Barrett’s campaigns are reaching out to voters in many ways. That’s happening more frequently through advertisements online.
Political ads on Facebook and other websites have been standard for a handful of election cycles. But now, the Wisconsin governor’s races are appearing in advertisements before YouTube videos or online TV shows.
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Mike McCabe says online advertising is rapidly growing with each election cycle, partially because of campaign competition.
“That’s driving not only innovation in online political advertising, but it’s also driving the volume,” he says.
Part of the appeal to campaigns is that they can target voters.
UW-Madison mass communication and political science Professor Dhavan Shah says the ads internet users see are based on their web browsing habits.
“If you’re a political reporter, you may be searching for various kind of information," he says. "That leads to a greater...

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