Wisconsin voters worry about partisanship, economy, state’s future

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As Wisconsin heads into the 2022 midterms, the Wisconsin Main Street Agenda project is trying to get past soundbites and polarizing political coverage  go straight to voters to see what is on their minds.

In that spirit, we recently spoke with six voters from across the state to get a sense of their concerns.

This project is a collaboration between the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio and the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

You can participate in the Main Street project in two ways — by filling out our online questionnaire at tinyurl.com/mainstreetagenda and by attending one of four free events we’re planning this fall focused on the concerns raised in the survey. Please register for one of these events now to make your voice heard.

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Here’s what we learned from our latest round of reporting: 

Venora McKinney

  • Community: Glendale
  • Age: 80
  • Political leaning: Democrat

What’s missing in Wisconsin politics? 

Cooperation among political officials on behalf of citizens. Fair and transparent development of electoral boundaries. A judiciary less motivated by political partisanship.  Courteous, honest interaction among colleagues, especially during elections. Caring policy decisions and actions for all Wisconsin citizens. Honest decisions, integrity, careless use of taxpayers’ money.

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