Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's time to recap the most memorable moments of the 2012 campaign.

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Solidarity!

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now officially up for a recall election in June, a showdown that is commanding far more attention in Wisconsin than today's Republican presidential primary. Given that it was his frontal assault on the state's public employee unions that prompted last year's backlash protests against him and the recall movement, you'd think that all organized labor in the state -- and especially all public employee unions -- would be lining up at the barricades against him, right? Wrong.

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Well, just minutes after I put up a post which included as an aside the concession that Mitt Romney does have sort of a sense of humor comes evidence to the contrary. Check out the rip-roaring joke Romney just told to ingratiate himself with the voters of Wisconsin, which holds its primary next week. He was talking up his connections with cheese-heads and said this, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Craig Gilbert: “One of most humorous I think relates to my father.

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Watching the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's video of Herman Cain's excruciating floundering on a simple question about Libya, I noticed that one of the questioners was Craig Gilbert, the newspaper's highly regarded, longtime Washington correspondent. I know Craig, so I called him up today to find out what it was like to have a Monday morning editorial board chat far from Iowa, New Hampshire or the Beltway blow up into a major campaign development.

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Note: Here is my latest column for Kaiser Health News. When Assurant Health, a Milwaukee-based health insurance company, announced this month it was laying off 130 employees in Milwaukee and Minneapolis, it blamed the health care overhaul for its struggles -- and at least one prominent critic of reform quickly chimed in. "There are more and more Obamacare job-killing stories piling up like this one," conservative columnist Michelle Malkin wrote in an item with the headline, "The White House War on Jobs." I know a lot of smart, thoughtful health reform critics. Malkin is not one of them.

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