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Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns Open Meetings ruling, upholds Act 10

The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Dane County circuit court Judge Maryann Sumi's ruling against the state legislature's procedure in passing Act 10, which eliminates collective bargaining for state employees, effectively making the controversial legislation law Tuesday. In its 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court declared that the legislature was not bound by the state's Open Meetings Law, and therefore did not violate them >More
 Autonomous Solidarity Organization tries to sustain momentum against Walker's agenda

The protests that erupted in February helped galvanize the left against Gov. Scott Walker's agenda. But they couldn't be sustained forever: Eventually, people stopped sleeping in the Capitol and went back to work or school. But with the Legislature deliberating on the budget this week, Ken Dunbeck is hoping for a repeat performance. >More
 Views of Tuesday's Extraordinary Session protests at the Wisconsin Capitol (slideshow)

Tuesday's lovely weather brought a relaxed vibe to the Capitol Square which, when coupled with the Walkerville tents, made it seem almost like summer camp. >More
 Wisconsin Republicans vow to add collective bargaining to budget bill

Unless the Wisconsin Supreme Court gets in the spirit and makes a definitive ruling that affirms sweeping changes to collective bargaining by Tuesday afternoon, legislative Republicans intend to introduce this as a budget amendment. >More
 Waking up in Walkerville: Dawn breaks on week two of the encampment

Like many who flocked to the Capitol grounds to demonstrate in recent months, Tolan Kilfoy-Flores had to take a break and recharge with some mac 'n' cheese pizza from Ian's. "That's good," exclaimed Tolan, a 2-year-old from Madison, flashing a glowing smile as he recalled last night's supper. He was also quite proud to have sat at one of the restaurant's adult-sized tables. >More
 New Urbanism conference highlights Madison's successes and its challenges

New Urbanists love Madison. For a beaming Al Fish, UW-Madison's associate vice chancellor, that was the message last week when he chatted with attendees of the Congress for the New Urbanism's national conference, held this year at Monona Terrace. Around 1,150 people turned out for the 19th annual convocation of advocates for mixed-use neighborhoods, skinny streets, bike-friendly thoroughfares and local food. >More
 The new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Run it like a business. Improve customer service. Fast turnaround times. Those are the guiding concepts in a draft plan to reorganize the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) into a "charter agency." Dated May 9, 2011, the "Organizational Effectiveness Communication Plan" was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in May and has been widely circulated. >More
 A timeline of Wisconsin's budget approval process

The Joint Committee on Finance adjourned early Saturday morning after passing Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill with a partisan vote. The committee amended the Assembly version of the bill to reflect its changes at that time, and will do the same for the Senate version on Thursday. The bill must be approved by the full legislature, and the Assembly is scheduled to take it up first. Here's a look at the approval process as it moves forward. >More
 Madison cops seek new law for deviants

Amy Bramlett says it's surprisingly common. Police gets calls about, or happen upon, people who are -- there's no graceful way to put this -- whacking off in public. "A lot of our resources are going into that," says Bramlett, a Madison police officer with the department's Criminal Intelligence Section. "There are a large number of people who are committing these deviant acts." >More
 Live-blogging the Walkerville encampment and rallies at the Wisconsin Capitol

Join us here for live-coverage of the "Walkerville" protest encampment that will be established on portions of the Capitol Square in Madison as the Wisconsin legislature deliberates over the state budget. >More
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