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Political moderates take center stage on Capitol City Sunday

MADISON (WKOW) -- The turmoil associated with being a moderate in today's divisive political climate is the topic of this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.

Republican Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) and Representative-Elect Robb Kahl (D-Monona) know what it's like to buck party lines,and they're already giving indications they'll continue that trend in the spring legislative session.

Sen. Schultz voted against his own party's decision to strip collective bargaining rights from state workers in 2011, and then single-handedly killed the Republican mining bill in 2012.

He doesn't regret either decision.

"It's very rewarding, because very often you're able to cut the deal that's in the best interest of the public in general, or at-large," said Sen. Schultz. "That's sort of my role and I'm comfortable doing it."

Former Monona Mayor Robb Kahl is the new Democratic Assemblyman from the 47th District.

After openly supporting Governor Scott Walker in 2010, some other Democrats have questioned his true motives.

"Now in the past, had I supported some Republicans?  I had, as well as supporting Democrats. That's where I took some heat, is people said, 'well look he's made donations to a Republican here or there in the past.'  And my response was, and I did that with Democrats also," said Kahl.

Both say their top priority in the next legislative session will be restoring funding to education, something that may not be at the top of the list for Republican leaders.

"I mean we're talking about training the workforce for tomorrow.  And right now, they've suffered significant cuts, $1.6 billion K-12, $300-plus million to the UW System, $70 million to tech schools," said Kahl.

"I, like Rob, think it's very important that we continue Wisconsin's tradition of support for education at all levels," said Sen. Schultz.  "If there's anything true about the future, education will be more important.  To think that we can do that on the cheap, or with no money at all, is just not very realistic."

The second half of the show features an interview with Zach Brandon, the new President of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, who says Madison's business community has a long way to go to reach its true potential.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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