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Wisconsin Republicans portray protests as 'violent' in quest for donations

In more than three weeks of historic, round-the-clock protests at the Capitol involving hundreds of thousands of people, one thing has stood out: They have been overwhelmingly peaceful. In a news conference last week, Mike Huebsch, secretary of the Department of Administration, praised police and protesters alike, adding, "It's indicative of the fact that we can strongly disagree and not be disagreeable." >More
 Private consultants cost Wisconsin more than public employees

A premise behind Gov. Scott Walker's push to gut public-worker unions is that public workers make a lot more than their counterparts in the private sector, which is a model of efficiency. >More
 Walker budget hits legal services for the poor

The State Bar of Wisconsin warns that Walker's budget will erode the quality of justice for the state's poorest residents. Walker wants to eliminate $4.6 million the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation uses to fund civil legal services, says bar spokesman Tom Solberg. >More
 Kathleen Falk fears effects of Walker's budget on Dane County

For Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Gov. Scott Walker's budget is "insult upon injury." Falk put out a memo to the County Board Monday, analyzing how the state budget, if approved, would affect the county. It's not good, especially for the county's poor. >More
 Our Walker/budget live blog is back up, with a few changes

When we started covering the protests and other news from the Capitol via the live blog on Feb. 14, we thought it would maybe last a few days to a week. But we ended up going for three weeks until we realized that we couldn't sustain it much longer. But almost immediately after we shut it down, we started hearing from several readers who were sad to see it go. >More
 Gov. Walker's team resists prompt release of emails to Isthmus, AP

About halfway through a three-hour hearing Tuesday afternoon on the lawsuit brought by Isthmus and the Wisconsin Associated Press over emails received by the office of Gov. Scott Walker regarding his "budget repair bill," Dane County Judge Patrick Fielder made it clear he understands what is at issue perhaps what is at stake as much as anyone. >More
 In debate, Soglin once again criticizes Cieslewiciz's management style

After joining forces over the weekend to protest Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and challenger Paul Soglin returned to the campaign for a debate at Meriter Hospital's auditorium Monday night. >More
 Walker, Republicans focus on fighting the real enemy: Sen. Mark Miller

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature's Republican leaders have met the enemy and the enemy is ... state Sen. Mark Miller, Democrat of Monona. At a press conference held at 12:30 Monday, Walker was flanked by brothers Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald, respectively the leaders of the state Senate and state Assembly. All said they were committed to moving the budget process forward, but for one main obstacle: Mark Miller. >More
 Abraham Lincoln and the Wisconsin 14

"Several Democrats rose from their sickbeds to help form a quorum. Rattled, Lincoln and his aides lost their heads and voted on the next roll call. Then, still hoping to block adjournment, they unsuccessfully tried to get out of the locked door. When the sergeant at arms rebuffed them, they jumped out the second-story window." >More
 Suspicion, polarization evident at Sunday's pro-Walker rally

"Joe the Plumber" asks a simple question of the crowd of a few thousand crammed into a room at the Alliant Energy Center supporting Gov. Scott Walker Sunday afternoon: "Do you guys love your children?" The crowd responds with a loud "yes." "Would you take a bullet for your children?" Again, a hearty, resounding yes. I can't help but wonder how the crowd would respond if he'd ask whether they'd take a tax increase for their children. >More
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