Spotlight on Wisconsin

Money & Politics Blog: Presidential race: Ads will tell if state’s in play

Barack Obama, in accepting his party’s nomination for a second term as president, commiserated with the viewers he reached on television screens throughout the nation:

“I know that campaigns can seem small, and even silly,” he reflected. “Trivial things become big distractions. Serious issues become sound bites. The truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising. And if you’re sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me, so am I.”

Money & Politics Blog: Did wolf hunt bill go too far?

For Chris Danou, the temptation is great, too great to resist. “I hate to say, ‘I told you so,’ ” deadpans the Democratic state representative from the village of Trempealeau. “But I told you so.”

Money & Politics Blog: Tommy’s rich, but not a lobbyist

Tommy Thompson has been called many things, not all of them flattering. But there’s nothing he hates worse than being called a “lobbyist.”

Money & Politics Blog: Cash-lite campaigns easy to overlook



Money & Politics Blog: Filings track unions’ fall, mining bill fight

Wisconsin’s elections have seen an unprecedented cash infusion — more than $137 million on the 15 recall races since 2011, according to the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Less visible but arguably just as important is the behind-the-scenes activity by special interests.