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In just three months, Wisconsin Democrats will select a candidate for governor and Wisconsin Republicans will choose a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Just three months after that, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin will face the respective winners on the ballot. 

The weeks leading up to the August 14 primary election and Nov. 6 general election will be filled with campaign ads, debates and conventions as candidates crisscross the state in their efforts to appeal to voters. 

Enter Wedge Issues, a new podcast from the Cap Times. 

Political reporter Jessie Opoien will catch up with the candidates, strategists, analysts and power players in Wisconsin politics with a new episode every week. She'll talk with them about everything from their favorite beers to their policy ideals — because elections are important, but they can be fun, too. 

Join us this week for a conversation with Mahlon Mitchell, head of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin and a Democratic candidate for governor. We talked about his journey from culinary student to firefighter to statewide political candidate. And we learned that loud chewers — among several other things — get on his nerves.

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Next week, we'll talk with former state Rep. Kelda Roys, another Democratic  candidate for governor.

For now, Wedge Issues — and yes, that's a cheese-and-politics joke — is available on Soundcloud. We'll have episodes on iTunes, Stitcher and most other podcasting platforms very soon. 

Other Cap Times podcasts include The Corner Table, The Cost of Opportunity and Cap Times Talks.

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.