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A poll worker at the City Clerk's office in Madison cuts stickers intended for voters taking part in early election balloting Monday, October 22, 2012. 

John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal

You have to go back to 1984 to find the last time that Wisconsin gave its electoral votes to a Republican presidential candidate, but state government has been dominated by the GOP for the past five years. What will happen in November this year? And even if Wisconsin does stay blue, who will be the Democratic nominee? Does Bernie Sanders have a chance to win the state’s primary?

The Cap Times will bring together a first-rate, politically balanced panel of experts to talk about those questions and more on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave. Capitol reporter Jessie Opoien will moderate the panel, whose members will be:

• Barry Burden, director of UW-Madison's Elections Research Center

 • Jenni Dye, research director at One Wisconsin Now

• Brian Fraley, conservative strategist and president of Edge Messaging

• LaTonya Johnson, Democratic representative for the 17th Assembly District in Milwaukee

• Michelle Litjens, former Republican representative for the 56th Assembly District in Neenah

The event is free and will start with a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m. The discussion itself will start at 7, ending after an hour or so.

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This will be the eighth installment in our Cap Times Talks discussion series, which often take place at the High Noon. As an added bonus, we'll be giving away Cap Times T-shirts and hoodies to people who sign up to be on our event email list.

We hope to see you on Feb. 23. If you plan to go, please RSVP on our Facebook event page.


Editor's note: This story was updated on Feb. 4 to reflect a change in the panel's lineup.