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Derrick Z. Jackson

Wis., once solid for Obama, now wild card

Whitefish Bay, Wis. -- When I first met Walt Dyer, Dick Leslie, Yerachmiel Ben Yitzchak and John Zahorik, they were at my favorite coffee shop in my native Wisconsin, debating the recall election of Governor Scott Walker. Dyer and Leslie are Republicans while Zahorik and Yerachmiel (whose English name is Richard Goldberg) are Democrats. Leslie and Goldberg have debated politics in a congenial manner ever since their 1949 graduation from Shorewood High School. For many years, this particular quartet has met every Wednesday at this combined coffee and bagel shop in this swing suburb of Milwaukee. Whitefish Bay voted for President Obama in 2008, but voted to retain Walker in June.

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