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All I know is what I read in the papers

Johnson, an Oshkosh business owner, supported a "full steam" ahead approach to developing nuclear power plants.

That "full steam" quote was my favorite from a three-paragraph Journal Sentinel online story reporting on a GOP Senate candidate forum on Monday. But it never made it to the article that actually appeared in Tuesday's paper.

 Instead, we got this:

Ron Johnson also said more nuclear power plants could safely help limit U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

In fact, a lot of things either didn't make it or were reported in somewhat watered-down fashion, and editors gave it a headline little better than "Meeting held," which probably didn't attract many readers.

Would-be Senators Ron Johnson and Dave Westlake took some amazing positions on energy policy, with Westlake echoing Texas Rep. Joe Barton in calling BP's $20-billion Gulf damages fund a shakedown, and Johnson agreeing that President Obama had gone too far.

The Associated Press report included a response from Russ Feingold's campaign:

"The fact that both Republican candidates came out in opposition to holding BP accountable for the worst environmental disaster in our country's history shows just how addicted the GOP is to big-oil special interests."

The JS included nothing from Feingold.

Here's the WisPolitics report on the forum.

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June 22, 2010 - 4:37pm

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