2014 elections could shake up Wisconsin government

CREATED Oct. 14, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin government could be in for a shake-up after next year's elections.

Three of the best-known players in the Capitol have announced they won't run again, ensuring the state will get a new attorney general and have new faces in the state Senate.

Candidates are scrambling to get into the attorney general race after incumbent Republican J.B. Van Hollen announced he won't run in 2014. At least four people are considering running for his office.

Democratic state Sens. Tim Cullen and Bob Jauch have both decided to retire. The two of them will leave behind nearly 50 years of experience in the Legislature.

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, an Alma Democrat, is considering giving up a bid for a third term to run for governor.