Release Date: Thu, Mar 29, 2012

New Journalism Partnership Plans Two Statewide Recall Debates

For More Information: Andy Moore, Senior Debate Producer, 608-263-5628 Michael Harryman, Director of Communications, 608-265-3855 Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR), The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Today's TMJ 4 have announced a new journalism partnership created specifically to provide Wisconsin residents with the most comprehensive election coverage possible across the state. The new partnership has announced plans to hold two statewide debates of candidates in the gubernatorial recall election – a Democratic primary debate, and a general election debate. A Democratic gubernatorial primary recall election debate is scheduled for Friday, May 4 and a general recall election debate is scheduled for Thursday, May 31. The statewide recall primary election will be held Tuesday, May 8 and the general election is set for Tuesday, June 5. The recall election was prompted by last year's signature collection process that called for the recall of Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Four Republican State Senators also face recall challenges. Before deciding who will face Gov. Walker in the recall, a Democratic primary race will be held among Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette and State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout.  The debates will be broadcast on WPT, WPR, and Today's TMJ 4 in Milwaukee, and will be live-streamed on JSOnline and the web sites of the broadcast partners. Final broadcast times for the debates will be announced at a later date.  These debates will be available for carriage on all broadcast media in the state; interested broadcast stations should contact Wisconsin Public Television for more information.  WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension. Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA- TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.

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