That's a wrap for The 12
2012swingstates: The presidential election is over, which means residents of the battlegrounds we have covered for the past several months can join the rest of the states in enjoying attack-ad free commercial breaks and keeping their phones plugged in without risking constant pollster or campaign calls. It also means the end of our posts here on The 12. Thank you for following our student...
Walker scrambles to comply with Obamacare →
2012swingstates: President Obama’s re-election and the return of the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate have solidified Obamacare as law. After months of holding out for Obama’s defeat, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and other state officials have seven days to decide how to hand Affordable Health Care Act before the federal deadline, Nov. 16. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports what...
Paul Ryan Reelected To House Seat In Wisconsin... →
I didn’t run to make history, I ran to make a difference,– Rep. Tammy Baldwin after defeating former Gov. Tommy Thompson and becoming the first openly lesbian woman elected to the U.S. Senate. (via 2012swingstates)
Complaint filed over CEO's email about... →
2012swingstates: From WISN.com: Five people filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board in Madison on Monday over an email sent by an employer to his employees regarding the presidential election. Rite Hite CEO Michael White last week wrote in an email to employees that they should “understand the personal consequences to them of having our tax rates increase...
Baldwin defends 2007 Iran vote →
2012swingstates: After significant criticism from Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson’s campaign, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) speaks out about the speculation against the vote she made five years ago.
Son of Wisconsin Senator beaten while defending... →
2012swingstates: The son of a Wisconsin State Sen. Neil Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) was hospitalized after defending a Mitt Romney lawn sign in front of his house. Sean Kedzie, 22, awoke Oct. 19 to a noise outside his home in Whitewater, Wis. to discovered two men removing his yard sign. After confronting the men, Kedzie was tackled, choked and struck repeatedly about the face and head, according to his...
If you win one, single vote because you mentioned someone’s hometown—if some guy...– Mark Byrne of Gentlemen Quarterly Mitt Romney continuously name-drops about the people he “met in Appleton, Wisconsin,” and that is making some local residents irritated. Mark Byrne explains why he thinks Mitt Romney keeps namechecking his hometown. (via 2012swingstates)
Thompson, Baldwin wrangle over health care,... →
2012swingstates: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel breaks down the second U.S. Senate debate in Wisconsin here.
The Wisconsin 2012 Voter Guide →
2012swingstates: The Wisconsin State Journal offers a one-stop shop for all Wisconsin residents’ voting needs. Click here to find out who will be on your ballot Nov. 6th and compare their policy to their opponent’s.
Ryan Presses Early Voting, Military Ballot... →
Former Sen. Russ Fiengold 'On the Issues' →
2012swingstates: Former Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold visited Marquette University for the law school’s “On the Issues” segment with Mike Gousha. During his visit Feingold addressed campaign finance reform, American exceptionalism, foreign relations and the current presidential election. Fiengold also had a lot to say about the first presidential debate during his visit. Read more...
The 12 | Tumbling the 2012 campaign: What issue... →
2012swingstates: It’s issues week for the print Washington Post, and we have loaded WashingtonPost.com with articles and tools to help readers become informed about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s positions on every major policy issue. We also want to hear from you. What issue is most on your mind as you…
Obama leads Romney in online presence →
2012swingstates: The Marquette Tribune compares the presidential candidates’ use of social media and how they connect with their constituents. As the 2012 presidential debates begin this Wednesday, the candidates are taking advantage of networking websites such as Twitter, Facebook and even Reddit to engage the online community. While President Obama, sometimes referred to as the “Facebook...
Baldwin, Thompson butt heads in debate →
2012swingstates: The latest Marquette Law School poll shows Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) leading former governor Tommy Thompson (R) , 50 percent to 41 percent in the Wisconsin Senate race. When the two recently met for the first debate of the election, their polarizing views illustrated the division shown by the poll. Read more about the debate from the Badger Herald.
Romney should use Ryan more, Walker says →
“I thought (picking Ryan) was a signal that this guy (Romney) was getting serious, he’s getting bold; it’s not necessarily even a frustration over the way Paul Ryan’s been used but rather in the larger context. I just haven’t seen that kind of passion I know Paul has transferred over to our nominee, and I think it’s a little bit of pushback from the folks in the national campaign. But I think...
Politicians call for return of official NFL refs →
2012swingstates: Why the bipartisan political griping about the Packers-Seahawks game? Washington isn’t a swing state. — David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) September 25, 2012 Wisconsin is still recovering from the tragedy that occurred in Seattle Monday night. Thousands of Cheeseheads and other football fans joined Facebook groups such as “Boycott the NFL,” in response to the controversial call...
I want to choose a president who is extraordinary, not the lesser of two evils– Nicole Leonard, sophomore at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Both presidential candidates recently unveiled new campaign ads in state-specific to Wisconsin. The Marquette Tribune reports that these ads appear to be getting mixed reviews from voters. (via 2012swingstates)
Pelosi says Ryan pick makes it easier for Dems to... →
2012swingstates: From CNN: The push by Pelosi and fellow Democrats to win back the House comes after the party lost control of the chamber in the 2010 midterm elections. In order to regain a majority, Democrats are aggressively trying to pick up 25 seats in November’s election. Pelosi said Sunday that without a Democratic majority in the House, legislative gridlock would persist on Capitol...
By the year 2020, we are determined that we will once again have the highest...– Vice President Joe Biden, at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Biden’s speech on a college campus was meant to contrast the differences between the Obama administration’s education policies and those of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and...
Huffington Post: Barack Obama Beats Mitt Romney... →
campaignmoney: “The reelection campaign of Barack Obama is back in the lead on the fundraising front after raising $114 million in August. The total, which is a combination of funds raised by the campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Obama’s victory committee, exceeds the $111.6 million the Romney campaign said that they raised in combination with the Republican National...
Ryan criticizes president's defense spending cuts... →
2012swingstates: ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — In the wake of news that four Americans were killed in attacks in Libya, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s defense spending cuts “breed weakness.” His comments at a town hall meeting near Green Bay came in reaction to a question about national defense from an audience member wearing a hat...
Paul Ryan drops millions to protect his House seat
shortformblog: $2m Amount VP hopeful Paul Ryan is set to spend on additional campaign ads…for his reelection to the House of Representatives, that is. Just in case Mitt comes up short. source
Board OKs change in voter ID →
2012swingstates: From The Marquette Tribune: Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board unanimously decided last Tuesday to approve a new voting policy that will allow people to present identification documents on portable digital devices when registering to vote. When registering, voters are required to produce an official document to prove they are residents of Wisconsin.Approved...
With this pick (Romney) showed that the R next to his name doesn’t just stand...– Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Read more about Walker’s speech at the Republican National Convention. (via 2012swingstates)
The 12 | Tumbling the 2012 campaign: Why are you a... →
2012swingstates: The Washington Post launched Unconventional this week from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Our reporters and contributors here are fanning out using the iPhone app SocialCam to gather the sights and sounds around the convention, and to to ask…
Did you see Tumblr's new election spotlight page? →
2012swingstates: Check it out here. It’s a home for election Tumblrs like Votifi, Our Time, and yours truly.
Wisconsin Attorney General Seeks to Restore... →
2012swingstates: From Bloomberg News: Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he will ask the state’s Supreme Court to reinstate a voter identification law before the Nov. 6 state and national elections. The law, which requires otherwise-eligible voters to present a government-issued photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot, was declared unconstitutional by Dane County Circuit...
Michelle Obama offers condolences to Sikh temple... →
2012swingstates: First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday offered condolences to family members of victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting during a private meeting near the scene where a white supremacist gunman opened fire earlier this month. Read more from Reuters.
Poll: 2/3 of Wisconsin voters support photo ID... →
Obama's lead narrows in Ryan's homestate →
2012swingstates: According to the CNN/ORC International survey, which was conducted entirely after Romney added Ryan to the GOP ticket, 49 percent of registered voters in Wisconsin say they back President Barack Obama, with 45 percent supporting Romney. The president’s four point advantage over the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is within the survey’s sampling error. Two other...
2012swingstates: Democratic Wisconsin Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary there, but the Republican primary was competitive. Baldwin said before a winner was declared that she would invite whomever her opponent would be to participate in three debates prior to November’s general election. Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson won the GOP primary and will face...
Gov. Walker calls for civility in US Senate Race →
2012swingstates: From WSAU.com: Let’s keep our family squabbles to ourselves. That, in essence, is what Governor Scott Walker told the four Republican U-S Senate candidates [last week]. He told reporters that he wished Tommy Thompson, Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald would put out positive messages instead of attacking each other – which has become increasingly common with...