Politics & Government

Recall Election
3:10 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Volunteers Start Circulating Recall Walker Petitions Just after Midnight

Recall petitions and other papers lined the tables at the recall campaign headquarters on Milwaukee's northwest side.

After months of planning, the major groups hoping to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker kicked off their efforts overnight.

The state Democratic party and the group United Wisconsin held events around the state to distribute recall petitions and collect the first signatures.

WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl stopped in at one of the gatherings, and joined Bob Bach in the studio for this conversation.

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Recall Election
3:08 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Republicans Defend Gov. Walker, Vow to Fight Recall Attempt

Gov. Scott Walker
Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

While Democrats move into recall petition mode Tuesday, WUWM’s Erin Toner spoke with a few of Governor Walker’s supporters. They defend the Republican leader’s record and vow to fight the recall attempt against him.

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Project Milwaukee
2:01 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Reach Out Wisconsin Brings Respect Back into the Conversation

We meet the founders of Reach Out Wisconsin, a group that encourages civil conversations on political issues.

While religion and politics have always been difficult subjects to broach in mixed company, politics has been especially troublesome. Conservative Scott Grabins and liberal Katie Songer are the founders of Reach Out Wisconsin, a Madison-based group that brings together people on both ends of the political spectrum for civil conversations about often-polarizing issues. We spoke to them as part of our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series.

Election
2:52 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Darling Supporters Endure Long Night, but Keep Four Seats and Control

State Sen. Alberta Darling is flanked by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (left) and state Sen. Leah Vukmir (right).

It was a long night for supporters of Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling. The incumbent survived her recall, defeating Democratic Rep. Sandy Pasch 54 to 46 percent. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson attended Darling’s victory party in Thiensville.

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Politics & Government
1:48 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Presidential Scandal, Grover Cleveland-style

President Grover Cleveland.
Credit Gutekunst, Frederick (1831-1917) [Public domain]

We learn about the secret surgery Grover Cleveland underwent and the daring reporter who tried to expose it. 

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Politics & Government
2:23 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

Civil Rights Activist Looks at Protests Then and Now

Margaret (Peggy) Rozga in the WUWM studios.

One of the people watching – and taking part in -- the Madison protests has been Margaret (Peggy) Rozga.

She’s an English professor at UW-Waukesha, but perhaps is best known as the widow of James Groppi. He was the former Catholic priest and activist who was a major leader in the civil rights movement in Milwaukee in the 1960s.

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Politics & Government
2:21 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Phony Walker, Koch Call Raises Political, Journalistic Ethics Questions

Gov. Scott Walker

Democrats are accusing Governor Scott Walker of breaking ethics and campaign finance laws during a phone conversation he thought he was having with billionaire David Koch. The state Democratic Party Monday filed a formal complaint with the Government Accountability Board. WUWM’s Erin Toner reports that the case has raised ethics questions, not only in the political realm, but also in the field of journalism.

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Recall Election
3:04 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Recall Fever: Historic Recalls in Wisconsin

More than 1/3 of Wisconsin’s state senators could be fighting for their political future because of voter outrage over the governor’s budget repair bill.

A number of recall attempts have been launched against the Democrats who’ve left the state to delay a vote, as well as Republicans who support Gov. Walker’s divisive proposal.

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Capitol Protests
2:19 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Capitol Must Remain Open to Public During Business Hours

Demonstrators were ordered out of the Capitol Thursday night after nearly three weeks of protests.

A Dane County Circuit Judge ordered all remaining demonstrators to leave the state Capitol late Thursday. There were about 100 there at the time. Judge John Albert says the building should return to normal business hours. For more than two weeks, the Capitol has been filled the protesters around the clock, most demanding that Governor Walker or the Legislature drop his plan to rescind most collective bargaining rights for public workers. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis is here in the studio with me this morning, with the latest developments. To recap the situation, Capitol police asked protesters to vacate the Capitol late Sunday, so the building could be cleaned. Most did leave, but officers allowed the rest to remain, rather than risk confrontation. Then, the DOA, the Department of Administration began limiting access to the building in order to minimize disruption and return a sense of normalcy. But unintended consequences resulted.

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Politics & Government
3:37 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Norquist Chides Budget Plan for Crippling Milwaukee's Ability to Generate Wealth

Former Milwaukee mayor and state legislator John Norquist has strong opinions about the budget battling people are waging in Wisconsin.

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