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Big Connecture exit heats startup economy

John Philosophos, Great Oaks Ventures

In the wake of high voltage success from the recently announced IPO of Connecture in the Milwaukee region, sparks are flying in the adolescent startup economy in Wisconsin. The Connecture IPO would have received high-five headlines had it happened in Madison. It received only a little ink in the state press. Nonetheless, it’s a big deal. ...

View from reddest county in very purple state

Rep. Glenn Grothman

Judging by its 52.5-point margin in favor of reelecting Gov. Scott Walker, Washington County, my home turf, has become the reddest of the 72 counties in a very purple state. It is almost a one-party Republican county. None of its county offices had a Democratic challenger, and Republican Bob Gannon ran unchallenged in the non-race for ...

Mandate or not, Walker could lead beyond campaign issues


Whether Gov. Walker‘s 5.7-point win Tuesday is a “mandate” is debatable, but there is no denying that he has won by that kind of margin three times in four years, and that alone is an affirmation by a majority -- in big turn-out elections -- that he is on the right track. But where does that ...

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