- We just voted in the gubernatorial recall election.
Now, it's almost time to head to the polls again.
Primary elections for several offices include ones for State Senate and Assembly.
The 12th Senate and 34th Assembly Districts both feature open seats, with neither Democrat Jim Holperin nor Republican Dan Meyer running for another term.
Tuesday night, Democrats trying to fill those seats sounded off.
"That's what I would like to be - the hardest working Assemblyman down there in Madison," said Assembly candidate Merlin Van Buren of Rhinelander.
"I'm 62 years old, and I've been fighting this for the last 18 months, full time, as a job, and I'm retired," said Assembly candidate Roberta Retrum of Eagle River.
One thing all the candidates agreed on - partisan tensions at the Capitol are hurting the state.
"The hostility really has to come to an end. I think it's appalling the message that we're sending to our children right now, that this is the way adults act," Tomahawk's Lisa Theo, a Senate candidate, commented.
"Gosh, we may have different opinions on things. But we can treat each other with respect, and we can listen to each other's opinions, and the best ideas are usually a compromise," Van Buren said.
Just because all four on stage were Democrats didn't mean agreement was a given.
"The 'Penny for a Kid' program is another way to bring in what's estimated at $850 million in revenue which could go to educating our children. That would be to increase our sales tax from 5% to 6%," said Phelps Senate candidate Susan Sommer.
"Sales taxes and increasing them are regressive taxes that hurt our poor families and children at a higher rate than they do other families, and I believe those are wrong," retorted Theo.
Ideas for improving the Northwoods were in no short supply.
"People who have businesses in other parts of the state will actually stay here longer if they have access to broadband," offered Sommer.
"Let's have a Northwoods caucus. Let's fight for the things that are important to those of us north of (highway) 29 because we are ignored way too much in Madison. They don't get us up here," said Theo.
The primary is on August 14.