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It's the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Delegate Vicki Burke of Onalaska has been joining us this week from the convention sharing her experiences. She spoke with WPR's Kristen Durst.

Several Democratic delegates from “up North” are “down South” at their national convention in Charlotte this week.    
Marv Finendale of Superior is enjoying the Southern hospitality.  He says locals are wearing “ask me” signs to help.  And then there’s the Dixie food. “I did try some grits though in our morning breakfast and they were excellent," he says.
Finendale says he hopes tonight’s speech by President Obama spells out the specifics of another term. “He can say what he plans for the next four years," he says.   "You know what Clinton said yesterday, when he got the presidency and he got the surplus, he didn’t do it in the first four years.   You look at the record.  He didn’t.  He did it in the next four years.”  
Kaeleen Ringberg is also a 7th Congressional District delegate from Ashland.  She says the Wisconsin delegation is getting lots of attention.  “They find out you’re from Wisconsin, you’re...

President Obama accepts his party's nomination for a second term tonight.  Wisconsin Public Television's Frederica Freyberg is at the Democratic National Convention, and speaks with Terry Bell about tonight's speech.

The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina is in full swing.  Tuesday night, San Antonio's Mayor Julian Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage in prime time.  Vicki Burke is a delegate from Onalaska and she's joining Kristen Durst this week to talk about her experiences at the convention. 

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U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz shares her thoughts about the Republican party and GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, Tommy Thompson at the Democratic National Convention.

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Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union, discusses the beginnings of AFSCME in Wisconsin 75 years ago, the recent union issues, and the future.

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U.S. Representative Gwen Moore of Milwaukee discusses violence against women at the Democratic National Convention.

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U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz discusses Governor Scott Walker and the Tea Party at the Democratic National Convention.

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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind discusses his reaction to Gov. Mitt Romney's choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. Congressman Kind talks about the Republican platform and shares his thoughts about the future.

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Frederica Freyberg interviews U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore at the Democratic National Convention. Congresswoman Moore talks about the speech she gave at the convention, Gov. Romney's choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, and her reaction to the Republican platform.

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Former Governor Jim Doyle sits down with Frederica Freyberg at the Democratic National Convention and talks about the political landscape, the economy, and President Obama.

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Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin speaks at the Democratic National Convention.

Wisconsin's delegates aren't playing as big a role at the Democratic National Convention as their Republican counterparts did last week at their gathering, but they seem no less enthusiastic, or determined to win.
Wisconsin Public Television's Frederica Freyberg is speaking to Terry Bell from Charlotte, North Carolina is week.

The Democratic Convention kicked off in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday.  One-hundred-eleven delegates from Wisconsin are there, including Vicki Burke.  She is a second time delegate from Onalaska, and is speaking with WPR's Kristen Durst from Charlotte this week.

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Frederica Freyberg talks with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett at the Democratic National Convention. Mayor Barrett discusses political amnesia, the economy, the housing crisis and the future.

One of the groups whose lawsuit blocked Wisconsin's voter I-D law has asked the State Supreme Court not to touch the case ahead of the November election.
The NAACP only made its request after Attorney General J-B Van Hollen petitioned the court to take up voter I-D on an expedited appeal.  Two Dane County circuit court judges struck the law down, saying the new requirement violates Wisconsin's constitution because of the way it makes it harder for people without state-issued I-Ds to vote.  Van Hollen argued those circuit courts erred and overstepped and said because of the constitutional issues raised, the state supreme court should step in immediately.
The NAACP contended in a motion filed yesterday that there was no reason an this case should be rushed, saying the issues raised by the Attorney General had always been handled by appeals courts first.  The NAACP also wrote that if the high court hurried to take this case, it...

Labor union activists in Wisconsin are gearing up for a get-out-the-vote drive over the next two months, leading up to the November election. They plan to concentrate on the platforms of the two major parties, and not the personalities of the candidates.
The sign on the food tent at yesterday's Labor Fest in Madison reflected the political polarization that's come to dominate the election debate in Wisconsin over the past year and a half. It read   "Democrats- honesty, reason competence, balance. Republicans - death, dread, debt and discrimination."  
Gary Johnson  is a retired technical college anatomy instructor. He  says  the challenge for unions is to  convince their members of that distinction if they are to succeed in November. 
"It's not personalities the republican party seriously this is what they want to do," he says.  "I mean you may think this person is a nice person but this is what they want to do, and you vote...

Wisconsin played a huge role at the Republican National Convention. Now, the Democrats are courting Wisconsin’s important swing votes.  Wisconsin Public Television’s Frederica Freyberg discusses the opening of the DNC with WPR's Terry Bell.

Vice-President Joe Biden made his first trip to Wisconsin Sunday since Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan was named to the GOP presidential ticket. Biden continued his attacks on his vice-presidential rival.
Vice-President Biden spoke at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, and suggested that the Romney-Ryan ticket went off track from the facts during last week's Republican National Convention. The Vice-President says Representative Ryan was wrong to criticize the lack of progress on recommendations from a bi-partisan debt commission.
Biden also attacked Ryan's plans for changing Medicaid, Medicare and to provide a tax cut for the wealthy.  And Biden took on Ryan and Mitt Romney for raising concerns about getting U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Biden's remarks went over well with audience memebr Ray Schleis of Green Bay. "We finally found out what the truth is."
Nancy Grandillo of Sheboygan says the vice-president correctly  dissected Ryan's health care plan . "It seems like his...

The two candidates for Wisconsin's open Senate seat differ sharply on how to get international corporations to create more jobs in the U.S.
One of the key pieces of former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson's tax platform would let international corporations bring their overseas profits back to the U.S. without paying the normal 35 percent corporate tax rate. Thompson refers to it regularly on the stump. “I want to be able to repatriate a trillion dollars offshore and put it into the economy, so that we're going to be able to grow this economy, create jobs.”
Thompson says it is a way to inject money in the U.S. economy without government support, but the idea is not a new one. A so-called "one-time" tax holiday was tried in 2004, and it did not result in a hiring binge.
Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin says the proposal highlights a larger issue--the way the U.S. tax code makes it easier for...

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