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Five stories from The People's Microphone at the Wisconsin Capitol

During the noon hour at the more-or-less ongoing rally taking place at the King Street entrance to the state Capitol, between the line to get into the building and the backdrop of a large inflatable replica of what we'll call a robber baron fat cat holding a worker in its paw, ralliers set up a microphone to let the people speak. >More
 Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne, Sheriff Dave Mahoney weigh in on Capitol access

At a press conference today at noon, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and Sheriff Dave Mahoney gave dramatic testimony to the widening divide between some members of the law enforcement community and Gov. Scott Walker. "My deputies will not be palace guards," Mahoney says he told state officials. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, part XIII: Michael Kienitz captures the Rotunda spirit

Acclaimed photojournalist Michael Kienitz visited the Capitol Rotunda last Saturday, as many tens of thousands of people rallied outside, and recorded the testimonials demonstrators were giving to the assembled crowd inside the Rotunda, compiled into this documentary short. >More
 Dane County judge files temporary restraining order to open Wisconsin Capitol

Dane County Judge Daniel Moeser issued a temporary restraining order opening the state Capitol to the general public. The lawsuit was brought by the Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, and other groups, in trying to force the Department of Administration to open the Capitol to the public for hearings. >More
 Live-blogging Scott Walker and the public employee unions, Day 16

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 Small, committed group hopes to remain inside Wisconsin Capitol Monday night

Compared to the clamor produced by throngs parading around the Square and assembling for protests each afternoon and evening over the past few weeks -- accompanied by satellite trucks, bagpiping fire fighters and curious onlookers -- the corner of Caroll and Mifflin Streets is deader than downtown Dodgeville. >More
 Lockdown at Wisconsin Capitol doesn't keep out public passion

I just got back from the state Capitol, now in lockdown mode. At least 1,000 people are gathered outside, not liking the exclusion. The chants included "Arrest Walker!" and "Whose house? Our house!" I saw a man at one entrance, pleading to be let in: "Is it possible for me to speak with my assemblyperson, Sondy Pope-Roberts?" The answer was no. >More
 Overnight protesters hold steady inside Wisconsin Capitol in face of lockdown

Aly Kaplan had planned to go home on Monday morning. But after the Department of Administration locked the general public out of the Capitol building, she felt she had a duty to stay. "I'm not going to go anywhere until the doors open," Kaplan said around noon Monday. "Somebody has to be here to represent what we're doing." >More
 This is what creativity looks like, part XII: Jasiri X stands up for workers

Pittsburgh-based rapper Jasiri X sends some Steel City love to Packerland in the new video "American Workers vs. Multi-Billionaires," a hip-hop take on the war against the middle class, from the front lines in Madison. >More
 Protester threatens suicide as tensions rise during Capitol lockdown

How tense are things getting at the Wisconsin Capitol? At 11 a.m., a guy was sitting on a second-story ledge on the outside of the building, above the King Street entrance. Five members of the Capitol police surrounded him, but at a respectful distance, lest he slide off the ledge to his death. >More
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