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Paul Soglin has served as the Mayor of Madison three times, and now, he's after the highest office in Wisconsin: governor. He's one of eight Democrats competing to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. The primary is Tuesday, Aug. 14.  

WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke with Soglin during a campaign stop in Milwaukee.

Why are you running for governor?

Wisconsin's partisan primary is Aug. 14 and the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls are fine tuning their talking points. Eight Democratic candidates will be on the ballot, all hoping to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.  

Today, we meet former state Rep. Kelda Roys of Madison. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson caught up with Roys at a campaign event in Wauwatosa.

Why are you running for governor?

On Aug. 14, voters will cast ballots in a Democratic primary for Wisconsin governor. Eight candidates are hoping to be the one chosen to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. Today, we meet political newcomer and attorney Josh Pade. 

Susan Bence

Not so many years ago, no one would dream of kayaking or canoeing the Milwaukee River. Now those activities are common. So, how would you feel about jumping into the Milwaukee River for a swim?

That’s what will be happening during the 2018 Cream City Classic. On Aug. 11, the one-and-a-half-mile swim race will take place just upstream from where the Milwaukee River meets Lake Michigan.

While this race is being dubbed “Milwaukee’s first open river swim,” the Milwaukee River was once a popular swim spot.

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Teran Powell

The #CLOSEmsdf Coalition is calling for the closure of the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) downtown.

Members of the campaign say the Wisconsin Department of Corrections facility is violating the human rights of those being held there and is unfairly incarcerating people for crimeless violations of supervision.

We've been talking to the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls this week, as we head into the Aug. 14 primary. Today, we highlight Wisconsin Firefighters Union President Mahlon Mitchell. He ran for lieutenant governor in the recall election of 2012, and says if elected governor, he'll push for universal health care in Wisconsin. 

WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke with Mitchell at a campaign stop in Milwaukee.

Why are you running for governor?

  

Mike McCabe has made his career lamenting the boatloads of money spent on elections. McCabe is founder of the government watchdog group, "Blue Jean Nation."  And now, he's running for the highest office in the state: governor. He's one of eight Democrats hoping to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. The primary is Aug. 14.  

WUWM's Marti Mikkelson caught up with McCabe at a candidates forum in Mequon, and asked him why he entered the race.

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Thousands of people gathered on Wednesday to honor the life of Michael Michalski, a Milwaukee police officer who was killed in the line of duty on July 25.

A memorial service was held at the Assembly of God Church in Oak Creek. Dozens of law enforcement agencies escorted Michalski's body from the chruch, past the Milwaukee police headquarters and then to his final resting place at Wisconsin Memorial Park. American flags lined the entrance to the Brookfield park.

We continue our series of candidate interviews with Democrats vying to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker this fall. The primary is in less than two weeks. Matt Flynn is an attorney and former chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He says if elected, he'll file suit to end the state's contract with Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronic giant.

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There’s a power-play going on between Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and aldermen about who's on the Fire and Police Commission, a citizen body that oversees the city’s police and fire departments.

At stake, some say, is how police officers interact with the community.

Mayor Barrett nominated retired Deputy Police Chief William Gielow to the citizen oversight panel, for a five-year term. Gielow spent 41 years on the Milwaukee police force.

Perhaps you've seen ads in the race for governor, from the Democrats hoping to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker, or from special interest groups.  Maybe you've been bombarded with mailings and robocalls in the days leading up to the Aug. 14 primary.

Susan Bence

The Urban Ecology Center started humbly with a small team working out of a trailer near a forlorn park above the Milwaukee River. Today the park is flourishing, the river is healthier, and the Urban Ecology Center has grown to three neighborhood-based, ecological-steeped educational centers on Milwaukee’s east, central and south sides.

This week more than 20 people from around the world traveled to Milwaukee for the Urban Ecology Center's first 4-day Intensive to find out what makes the UEC tick.

Maayan Silver

The Republican candidates vying to take on Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin in November debated some hot-button issues Thursday night. The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows State Senator Leah Vukmir and Delafield business executive Kevin Nicholson are locked in a tight race, with less than three weeks to go before the Aug. 14 primary.

Teran Powell

The City of Milwaukee Housing Authority was granted $2.3 million Wednesday to help promote the economic advancement of public housing residents.

Milwaukee is one of a handful of cities that will get a chunk of a $14 million Jobs Plus grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Update, August 14:

State Sen. Leah Vukmir defeated former Marine Kevin Nicholson to win the Republican Wisconsin U.S. Senate primary. She will now challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) in November’s general election.

Original Post, July 26:

Here's a look at the five Republican candidates - alphabetically, beginning with Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir - running for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. 

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