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Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin is a Madison-based writer and former Communications Director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

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Long before Donald Trump demeaned the presidency of the United States by telling lie after lie, Gov. Scott Walker was working on his own Pinocchio nose. more

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Think you know all there is to know about Sen. Tammy Baldwin? Think again. She delves deep into her story in a recent Shepherd Express interview. more

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In legislative races this year, public education and health care are top issues. A third key issue is budget priorities, especially neglected Wisconsin roads that are among the worst in the nation. more

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The future majority in the Wisconsin State Senate may depend on the results of the race in the Fifth State Senate District. more

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Despite being a nurse, U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir has consistently defended the interests of insurance companies rather than the interests of Wisconsinites. more

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Given his rightwing political partisanship in office, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel does not deserve to be reelected. more

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While hot primary contests for governor and senator dominated Wisconsin news this summer, the statewide race for attorney general (between Josh Kaul and Brad Schimel) has been set for a year. more

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Massive amounts of dark money, gerrymandered districts and other voting obstacles can all be overcome if everyone does one thing: vote! Or, in the words of former President Barack Obama: “Don’t boo. Vote!” more

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Here are some of the key forms voter suppression takes in Wisconsin. more

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As the U.S. election of 2018 looms this November, Wisconsin voters need to know the facts about where, when and how to vote—especially given Republican efforts to suppress the votes of those who tend most to vote Democratic. more

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Gov. Scott Walker appears seriously intimidated by the idea of a showdown with Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers. But it will happen this fall, whether Walker likes it or not. more

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Questions about Paul Ryan’s “soul” as a decent sort of conservative appear to have been settled: His elated grins and whoops of glee as the House passed Trumpcare and the GOP Tax Scam answered that. more

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