Marti Mikkelson

News Reporter

Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. She is also host of WUWM's weekly political podcast, Capitol Notes.

Previously, she was an anchor and reporter at WTMJ in Milwaukee, WIBA in Madison, and WLIP in Kenosha.

Marti’s work has been recognized by RTNDA, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

Marti earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Marti currently lives on her favorite side of town – Milwaukee’s east side.

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Republican Gov. Scott Walker will face state School Superintendent Tony Evers in November, as a result of Tuesday's Democratic primary. The attacks happened immediately. The Republican Party of Wisconsin announced on election night that it would run TV ads, attacking Evers for not revoking the license of a teacher who viewed pornography on a state computer. Evers responded by saying that state law at the time wouldn't allow him to revoke the license, because students did not see the pornographic materials. 

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Tony Evers will face-off with Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November’s general election, as he won Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

He beat out seven other Democratic candidates vying for the chance to challenge Walker. Lucas was the only one who's won a statewide election before and now faces his biggest challenge yet.

Walker has built up a big financial advantage for his re-election bid. He's already run many television ads touting his record of the past eight years.

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Tuesday is Wisconsin's fall primary election.  Among the races on the ballot is the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.  Voters will decide which candidate should take on Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin in November.  

The two front-runners in the primary are state Sen. Leah Vukmir of Brookfield, and Delafield business exec Kevin Nicholson.  The race between Vukmir and Nicholson has been marked by bitterness.  WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, why that's been the case, in this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation.  

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville rocked the political world earlier this year when he announced he wouldn’t seek reelection in fall. Now, the seat is up for grabs – with a crowded primary on Tuesday. The district covers Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties, along with parts of southern Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

We conclude our conversations with the candidates in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Our final talk is with Kathleen Vinehout of northern Wisconsin. She's currently serving her third term in the state Senate.  She's also been a farmer and a teacher.

Marti Mikkelson spoke with Vinehout in the WUWM studios.

Why are you running for governor?

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. 

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The Wisconsin governor's race is starting to draw broader attention.  Some recent national polls show Democratic candidate Tony Evers ahead of Republican Gov. Scott Walker in hypothetical head-to-head matchups. 

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 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.

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.

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Wisconsin voters had a chance last week to vet the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate.  State Sen. Leah Vukmir and Delafield Business Executive Kevin Nicholson debated issues such as tariffs, abortion and immigration policy, at a forum in Milwaukee.

In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked Jeff Mayers of WisPolitics.com, what he found interesting about the exchange.

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