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Heartland Signal: 'Breaking down Friday’s Wisconsin Senate debate'
"People watching the debate got the chance to see Mandela Barnes for the positive, reform-minded candidate he is and not the person Ron Johnson’s wealthy donors have portrayed him to be."
The Recombobulation Area is a six-time Milwaukee Press Club award-winning weekly opinion column and online publication written and published by veteran Milwaukee journalist Dan Shafer. Learn more about it here.
The first debate between Sen. Ron Johnson and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes in the race for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin was held on Friday in Milwaukee, hosted by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.
Johnson has led in the polls and Barnes has been outspent in recent weeks, but this debate showed a clear contrast between the two candidates as they had an opportunity to speak directly to the voters on the issues.
So, how did each candidate do? Let’s recombobulate.
The Recombobulation Area is partnering with Heartland Signal and WCPT 820AM, progressive radio based in Chicago. You’ll be able to read two columns on Wisconsin politics every month on Heartland Signal’s brand new opinion section, and listen to Dan Shafer join Patti Vasquez on “Driving it Home” every Wednesday during the 5 p.m. hour. Follow @HeartlandSignal on Twitter.
ICYMI: Dan Shafer appeared on several radio shows last week discussing his coverage of the Wisconsin State Legislature and the potential for a Republican supermajority.
You can listen to those appearances in podcast form here:
Dueling Tangents (Oct. 4): Listen here
The Chad Holmes Show (Oct. 5): Listen here
As Goes Wisconsin (Oct. 6): Listen here
You can also watch here at the 1:26:00 mark:
Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. His work was recently featured in The New York Times. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s also written for The Daily Beast, Heartland Signal, Belt Magazine, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He’s won 13 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.
Follow Dan Shafer on Twitter at @DanRShafer.