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West Bend has long been a conservative stronghold in southeastern Wisconsin. The city seems to have taken a few steps further to the right in recent years, as conservative and Tea Party ideology has made its presence felt.

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Gov. Scott Walker appeared to be one of the Republican leaders ‘testing the water’ late last week, as the Conservative Political Action Conference gathered in Maryland.

Walker was invited to address the conference and was also on its straw ballot of GOP presidential contenders for 2016.

The sequestration deadline is today. Most lawmakers are at least uneasy about the across-the-board cuts totaling $85 billion, but negotiations to avoid them have been difficult. Democrats are reluctant to change entitlement programs. Republicans oppose new tax revenue.

As President Barack Obama begins his second term on Monday, taxes and the economy are sure to be key issues. At the end of the year the country dodged the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But another round debt ceiling talks looms in the near future.

The polls will be swarming with people on Tuesday as voters cast their ballots in the presidential election. Lately, poll watchers and observers have also become a fixture at polling places.

To limit any confusion at the polls, the Government Accountability Board created a list of 10 things Wisconsin voters should know. Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, went over some of the list’s highlights with WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl.

All this week, WUWM has been reporting on the skills gap – the challenge employers say they face in finding skilled workers. We’ve also visited programs that provide training. They range from teaching technical skills, down to basic job readiness habits. As our series, Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted concludes, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson sought opinions on the role government should play in addressing skills shortages.

The presidential election is less than a week away, and foreign policy: America’s place, and role, in the world, will be a key part of the job for whichever administration takes office in January.

A new report from the government watchdog organization, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says 15 recall races in 2011 and this year cost $137 million. More than $80 million was spent on the effort to recall Governor Scott Walker. Money spent on the governor's race was more than twice as much as the $37.4 million spent in Waker's 2010 campaign.Walker won a recall election versus Tom Barrett. Three Republican senators were removed from office, giving Democrats a 17-16 majority.

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The latest round of Wisconsin recall elections – including the gubernatorial race - took place three weeks ago today.  They’re all history now, aside from the recall recount playing out in Racine County for the state senate seat apparently won by Democrat John Lehman.

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Wisconsin residents have voted to keep Republican Gov. Scott Walker in office. Walker defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in Tuesday’s recall election by 6 percentage points. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, Walker told his supporters it is time to leave a year of division behind.