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Supremely relevant: David Prosser vs. JoAnne Kloppenburg

David Prosser tells a story of how he intervened to protect the state Capitol's custodial staff. It happened during the week of Feb. 20, when the building was packed with people protesting Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union agenda. "Working in the building, the noise has just been deafening," says Prosser, since 1998 a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. And so, when a custodian he knows well came into his chamber, he asked her, "Do you have earplugs?" She didn't. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates may be only ones who limit spending

The April 5 election, the first and likely last in which Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates will accept public financing and abide by spending limits (Gov. Scott Walker's budget calls for axing this expenditure), will nonetheless see a huge outpouring of spending by special interest groups. >More
 Video of protests restarting inside the Wisconsin Capitol on Day 24

As a conference committee separated the collective bargaining language from Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, protesters gathered inside the state Capitol to make their displeasure clear. >More
 Wisconsin GOP to public employees: Screw you

By the time I got there, it was already over and it was just beginning. I walked through the doors of the state Capitol at 6:23 pm, having raced back downtown after hearing word that the Republican state senators were meeting to achieve at least some of what's been denied them by the exodus of their 14 Democratic colleagues on Feb. 17. >More
 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
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