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Wisconsin Capitol protests, Day 17: Killing off the diehards

Wajid Jenkins says he's protested at Wisconsin's state Capitol off and on from Tuesday, Feb. 15 to Friday, Feb. 18. Since then, he's been here continuously, day and night. I've met Jenkins before; he's a Madison activist who previously put his energy into saving a community garden. "I'm here in solidarity with workers and families and disabled Wisconsinites" -- all of whom stand to lose if Gov. Scott Walker wins. >More
 At Rotary mayoral debate, Cieslewicz hails Madison, Soglin rues its decline

As protesters chanted and marched in the cold across the street, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and former mayor Paul Soglin squared off at a debate Wednesday, presenting divergent assessments of the city's health and future. >More
 The story behind the Glenn Grothman heckling video

It may be the most compelling raw video yet to emerge from protests against Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's provocative budget and policy proposals. Captured on Wednesday, March 1, by local photographer and videographer Phil Ejercito, it depicts 12 harrowing minutes in the life of Republican state Sen. Glenn Grothman yesterday as he is heckled, pursued and cornered outside the Capitol by demonstrators chanting "Shame! Shame! Shame!" >More
 Live-blogging Scott Walker and the public employee unions, Day 17

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 Hearing on limited Wisconsin Capitol access commences in Dane County Circuit Court

On Tuesday, a judge made an interim ruling upholding a temporary injunction requiring the department to open the Wisconsin State Capitol to members of the public during business hours and when governmental business is conducted. Plaintiff attorney Peggy Lautenschlager said this likely means Capitol access will continue to be based on the Department of Administration's interpretation. >More
 Protests surge as Wisconsin Capitol lockdown extends to downtown Madison

When the Capitol lockdown started Monday morning, following a successful gambit by protesters to remain ensconced inside the Rotunda the previous night, it was all but certain that the limits on access to the building would seep outside its walls Tuesday. Demonstrations have been building these last two weeks towards Gov. Scott Walker's budget address this afternoon, which would unveil a whole new set of cuts spreading the pain of austerity far beyond public employees. >More
 'Not a Wisconsin people will recognize': Responses to Walker's budget address

In their budget response, the Democrats tried to expand on the mobilization of real voices by bringing several people from around the state into their press conference to give their reactions to Walker's budget (the Democrats were allowed only 20 guests to his address). There were two teachers, a fireman, a police officer, a union worker, and a pilot. Each roundly denounced Walker's plan. >More
 Madison school officials call Walker's budget 'disgraceful'

Maya Cole, president of the Madison school board, sounded grim following Gov. Scott Walker's budget address on Tuesday. "It's disappointing to hear him say he's helping kids," she says, "and on the other hand he's basically cutting every opportunity for us to help kids when it comes to K-12 education. >More
 Scott Walker's budget address: The ego has landed

Tuesday afternoon, at the Wisconsin State Capitol, I witnessed what at times appeared to be the greatest governor in the history of this or any other state showered with affection as he announced a bold new plan to rescue Wisconsin from the brink of otherwise certain economic ruin. >More
 Text of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget address

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