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Wisconsin's only bipartsan campaign

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By Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON — Who said it couldn't get weirder in Wisconsin politics?

This is the kind of stuff that would make Dr. Hunter S. Thompson salivate.

Here's your daily fix of dispatches from Recall Land.

Dancing with the candidates

Finally, a candidate nearly every Wisconsin voter can get behind.

Donald Driver’s pals have waged a get-out-the-vote video campaign for the Green Bay Packers' legend, calling on everyone, everywhere, to cast ballots via phone for Double D on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

And this Star finalist has a lot of friends — not the least of which are his entire offensive line (You don’t want to say no to these big guys).

“Another Champion will be brought to Title Town,” boldly proclaims the opening of the Drive the Vote video.

The campaign has even brought together Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett — sort of. At least these warring candidates in Wisconsin’s bitterly divided gubernatorial recall election stand together in agreement: Driver is a Wisconsin institution, and this receiver’s got moves.

“I got a simple message: Vote Donald Driver,” says a smiling Walker, standing in a Packers jersey.

Barrett, in a Milwaukee Brewers shirt, promises his campaign will “burn up the phone lines,” asking his volunteers to call into the hotline (1-800-868-3403).

Phone lines are open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday night.

Debating with the stars

A little more than two weeks before Wisconsin’s historic gubernatorial recall elections, the combatants are preparing for the first big debate of the compressed campaign season.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation presents "A Debate in the 2012 Campaign for Wisconsin Governor," beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at the WMVS-TV studios in Milwaukee.

The debate will be broadcast live over a statewide network of 85 radio and television stations. Wisconsin Reporter will cover the event and provide live updates.