Of the half-dozen or so hotly contested 2014 gubernatorial races across the country, the one in the battleground state of Wisconsin clearly demonstrates the widening policy disparities that can be found in our nation. It is here in “America’s Dairyland” that Republican incumbent Governor Scott Walker is running neck and neck with Democratic challenger Mary Burke, setting the stage for this fall’s must-see political theater.

Wisconsin’s politics are as diverse as its geography. The current political battle is grounded in the basic question regarding government’s role and includes some of the most critical policy issues of our time: jobs, education, and the ability for states to compete nationally and globally. Governor Walker’s ideas about how to accomplish these goals have been made clear, especially in the last three years.