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Spectator removed from Wisconsin Senate gallery, purportedly for wiggling fingers and bouncing shoulders, during Voter ID debate

Arthur Kohl-Riggs says he followed the rules for spectators at Senate hearings, as best as he could, but those rules turned out to be stricter than he imagined. After reportedly causing disruption in the gallery of the Senate during Tuesday Voter ID Bill hearings, Kohl-Riggs, 22, and a friend were each removed from the gallery and given $263 disorderly conduct tickets. >More
 Union asks judge to find Wisconsin DOA in contempt for limits on Capitol access

It's early morning on Monday, May 16, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard entrance to the Wisconsin state Capitol is manned by four armed officers. The same number guard the building's only other open entrance, at North Hamilton Street. At first, most of those who enter -- 16 of 20 people in a 10-minute span, including state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen -- flash IDs and breeze past the checkpoint. One young man brings in a bulging backpack without difficulty. >More
 Dems, public discuss impact, legality as Wisconsin Voter ID bill nears final vote

With Wisconsin's controversial Voter Identification Bill (AB-7) set to finally pass the Senate, several Wisconsin groups are readying their response, including possible legal challenge. After nine hours of debate and tabled amendments in the Senate on Tuesday, Democrats objected to a motion for unanimous consent from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald early Wednesday morning. As a result, the bill was moved to the Senate's next meeting, Thursday, May 19, at 9:00 a.m., for a final vote. >More
 A list of Wisconsin Senate Voter ID bill amendments tabled during debate

Senate Democrats spent over nine hours proposing amendments to the Voter Identification Bill (AB-7) Tuesday, only to have Sen. Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) motion to table each amendment. Each motion passed along party lines, and all of the Democrats' amendments were tabled without debate from Senate Republicans. >More
 Views of the May 14 protest at the Wisconsin capitol (video)

Thousands descended on the Capitol Square in Madison Saturday for the first time in weeks, bringing with them their bagpipes, signs, strollers and drums. >More
 Live-blogging the 'We Are Wisconsin' rally at the Capitol on May 14

Join us here starting early Saturday afternoon for the "We Are Wisconsin" rally on the Capitol Square, marking the 90th day since protests started in downtown Madison over Gov. Scott Walker's agenda for the state. >More
 Wisconsin Capitol security costs dwarf damage costs

The Wisconsin Department of Administration today detailed the cost of alleged damage to the state Capitol sustained during weeks of protests over Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union agenda. It turns out this cost, which the DOA originally estimated at $7.5 million, is even lower than the subsequent revised estimate of $347,000. >More
 New zoning code seeks to help shape the face of development in Madison

Madison Ald. Satya Rhodes-Conway says there are two ways of looking at Madison's new zoning code, now in its second and final phase of drafting. The first is as a nuts-and-bolts updating of the city's rules for what can be done on various parcels of property. >More
 Dane County Republicans make wild accusations about Isthmus

Working for the Republican Party of Dane County can't be easy. In this heavily Democratic area, few people listen to you, and few people vote for your candidates. After a while, you just snap. >More
 Walker's new business claim inaccurate on both ends, numbers are 'basically flat'

Last week the office of Gov. Scott Walker put out a press release crowing about "the surge in new businesses" since he took office. It said new business formations totaled 9,553 in the first three months of this year, compared to 7,603 for the first quarter of 2010, a 25% jump. >More
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