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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 church, 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. 

Maayan Silver

The Trump Administration announced Tuesday a $12 billion “short-term” plan to help U.S. farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs. Agricultural officials say that the plan will involve direct payments to farmers. They also say it will involve the purchase of excess food, and trade promotion programs to help create new export markets.

President Donald Trump has come out heavily in support of his recent decisions to impose tariffs.

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Public health officials are urging Wisconsin residents to protect themselves and their families from potentially dangerous tick and mosquito bites, as insect-borne illnesses are on the rise nationally. 

Diseases spread by insects, such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease, can have harmful effects on humans and animals. 

Last week a dead crow found in Milwaukee County tested positive for West Nile virus.

Leashless Lab

Enjoying a refreshing craft beer in Milwaukee is a pastime many beer lovers in the city enjoy. Now those same beer lovers can enjoy a cold one with their dogs — sort of.

On the surface, making craft beer and feeding a dog might seem like pretty different activities, but they have more in common than you think. A Milwaukee startup called Leashless Lab is bridging the gap.

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A new poll reveals that Wisconsin voters are still undecided before the Aug. 14 partisan primaries. Thirty percent of Republican primary voters and 38 percent of Democratic primary voters are still unsure who to vote for, according to the new Marquette Law School Poll.

Re-entry into society after incarceration can be hard.

It might not be easy to land a job, and sometimes, it's even harder to keep one.  One company is trying to change that for some of its workers.

Workers for Cedarburg-based Harrigan Solutions are in the business of keeping industrial machines running.

The company has groups of workers they call “crews” stationed and providing machine maintenance at corporations around southeastern Wisconsin.

And members of one of Harrigan's crews all have something in common: they've been incarcerated.

Maayan Silver

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson met with Wisconsin business executives Monday to discuss the impact of tariffs.

President Donald Trump imposed tariffs earlier this year because he said the United States was not getting a fair share with trading partners. In return, some countries have retaliated.

In a roundtable discussion in Milwaukee, dozens of representatives of manufacturing and agricultural operations told Johnson the tariffs have been a blow to their operations.

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