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Madison Mayor Paul Soglin.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin will jostle his way Wednesday into the already crowded Democratic primary to take on GOP Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. 

A Vietnam War protester who sometimes governed as mayor barefoot, traveled to meet Fidel Castro in Cuba and dominated the capital city's politics for a generation, the longtime liberal will hold events in Waukesha, Milwaukee and Madison to formally kick off his campaign. 

Soglin is the ninth Democrat with either some political experience or significant wealth to enter the primary. 

Also Wednesday, former state Rep. Mandela Barnes entered the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.  

With his gruff style and bushy mustache, the 72-year-old Soglin will be attempting to attract the kinds of supporters who gravitated to another lefty septuagenarian, former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.  

But unlike Sanders, who went head-to-head with establishment candidate Hillary Clinton, Soglin faces a crowded field in which he is not the only liberal — or even the only liberal from Madison.

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CLOSE A SHORT HISTORY OF WISCONSIN FOXCONN COVERAGE Foxconn sees role for Green Bay-area suppliers | 0:57

At the New North Summit Thursday, a Foxconn official said northeast Wisconsin companies will be key to fulfilling the company's demands for materials and services once it begins production in Racine County. Dec. 7, 2017. Jeff Bollier/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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CLOSE A SHORT HISTORY OF WISCONSIN FOXCONN COVERAGE JS OnPolitics, 11.9.17: The Foxconn deal | 5:34

Jason Stein reports on how the Foxconn contract played out; what's in it, what's not.

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Wisconsin Elections Commission Chairman Mark Thomsen.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - The head of the Wisconsin Elections Commission called the leader of the state Senate a coward Tuesday and contended senators don't have the power to oust the chief elections officer.

Mark Thomsen, the Democratic chairman of the bipartisan commission, said only the commission — and not the Senate — can force Administrator Mike Haas out of his job. Republican senators have promised to reject Haas' confirmation this month, but Thomsen said such a vote would be meaningless and they may need to bring a lawsuit to remove Haas.

"Frankly, he’s a coward," Thomsen said of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). "I’m hoping there are senators in his party who will stand up to his bully tactics."

Fitzgerald and other GOP senators have said they want to remove Haas because he formerly worked for the disbanded Government Accountability Board and helped edit and review legal filings defending a John Doe investigation of the campaigns of Gov.

Foxconn Technology Group plans to build a large flat panel display manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.(Photo: Dreamstime/TNS, TNS)

A dozen residents who would lose their homes to the Foxconn project have filed a federal civil rights lawsuits against the Village of Mount Pleasant and its president.

The lawsuit claims Mount Pleasant's exercise of eminent domain to take their homes is unconstitutional because it is for a private benefit, for a project exempt from many environmental protections and because the plaintiffs would be paid far less than similarly situated neighbors whose properties are being purchased by the village.

As part of its development agreement with Foxconn, Mount Pleasant agreed to acquire about 2,900 acres, some directly for Foxconn and some for possible future expansion. Some was also for planned road and utility expansions, traditional public goals of the power of eminent domain. 

But the plaintiffs say the road and utility projectswould never have been considered but for Foxconn and that the condemnations and resulting road and utility work specifically benefit Foxconn, making it a de facto private purpose.

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CLOSE A SHORT HISTORY OF WISCONSIN FOXCONN COVERAGE Foxconn sees role for Green Bay-area suppliers | 0:57

At the New North Summit Thursday, a Foxconn official said northeast Wisconsin companies will be key to fulfilling the company's demands for materials and services once it begins production in Racine County. Dec. 7, 2017. Jeff Bollier/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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CLOSE A SHORT HISTORY OF WISCONSIN FOXCONN COVERAGE JS OnPolitics, 11.9.17: The Foxconn deal | 5:34

Jason Stein reports on how the Foxconn contract played out; what's in it, what's not.

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