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Burke, Walker and the promises of 2014

After deliberately avoiding talking specifics early in her campaign for governor, Democrat Mary Burke has cranked up the pledge machine in her bid to defeat Republican Scott Walker. We take an early look at what both candidates have promised so far.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.

The High Five for March: jobs, guns, poverty

Readers flocked to items that sought to settle the facts and shed light on Wisconsin's employment picture, Rep. Paul Ryan's comments on poverty, Senator Ron Johnson's take on gun-control and the state of the state budget.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 5:10 p.m.

Mary Burke, so far

The last time Marquette Law School did its statewide poll, in late January 2014, 70 percent of the respondents said they hadn’t heard enough about Mary Burke to have an opinion on her, or didn’t know if their view of her was favorable or not.  

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 2:54 p.m.

The battle over early voting access: How many votes are really at stake?

Political scientists don't see a dramatic difference in overall voter turnout when early voting is expanded or limited, but there's emerging evidence that African-American turnout falls when the chance to vote early is reduced.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

In Context: Were Paul Ryan's poverty comments a 'thinly veiled racial attack'?

The backlash to comments U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan made about poverty and inner-city residents suggested that the former vice-presidential candidate had been bigoted. Was what he said, as U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee called it, a "thinly veiled racial attack"?

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 2:03 p.m.

In February's High Five race: Barack Obama, Scott Walker and some other guys

The PolitiFact Wisconsin articles that got the most page-views in February 2014 (Barack Obama was No. 1, Scott Walker No. 2) are a little like the advertising on a NASCAR racing car. All over the map.  

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Five key pieces from our Scott Walker file

The bright lights of the national media often cast a favorable glow on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after the November 2013 release of his book, sowing speculation that he would be a contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. A few months later, on Feb. 23, 2014, the lights might have made Walker feel like he was under the heat of an interrogation. As Walker continues to stir national interest, we offer a primer on who he is, focusing on recent PolitiFact Wisconsin items on three key themes of his time as governor: jobs, taxes and fiscal responsibility.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 3:08 p.m.

High Five: Money, money, money

From minimums to millions, factchecks on claims about money attracted the most page-views in January 2013.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 2:14 p.m.

Obama on Wisconsin’s Truth-O-Meter

Obama on Ryan, Obama on manufacturing jobs. Johnson on Obama. Duffy, Kind, Baldwin and Walker on Obama. With Barack Obama visiting Wisconsin, we look at how he's fared on our Truth-O-Meter.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

Residency rules revisited

A judge has thrown out Milwaukee's residency rule, which for 75 years required city employees to live within the city limits. That renewed debate about claims on the merits of the rule. Should public employees be able to live where they want? Should they be required to live and pay taxes in the city that employs them? A roundup of our past ratings on the issue.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.

Let me rephrase that

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Scott Walker revised some of the claims he made in the past that had been rated on the Truth-O-Meter. We review what he said then and what he's saying now.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 11:33 a.m.

Walker, Dems tilt (a bit) toward True on State of the State night

With the 2014 elections approaching fast, Republican Gov. Scott Walker rolled out his state of the state speech, touting an improved economy and a big budget surplus. He and Democratic opponents recycled several of their greatest hits.

By Tom Kertscher, Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 10:20 p.m.

8 things you might hear

What might we hear (from both sides) when Gov. Scott Walker gives his fourth State of the State address Jan. 22, 2014.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

Tax cuts, tax hikes? How much and when?

Not that they’re ever far from mind, but taxes have been all over the news in Wisconsin in recent days.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.

A $50 million question

Democrat Mary Burke has emphasized one particular business accomplishment in contrasting herself with Republican Gov. Scott Walker. So far, she has offered no hard evidence to prove or refute it.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.

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