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Joel Rogers says recalls, redistricting should be priorities

UW-Madison labor scholar Joel Rogers believes that opponents of Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union budget bill need to avoid a general strike and turn instead toward recall efforts to anticipate the upcoming redistricting. >More
 Pick one for Dane County exec: Eileen Bruskewitz vs. Joe Parisi

Wisconsin is in upheaval. Gov. Scott Walker has proposed radical changes, neutering the collective bargaining rights of most public employees and drastically scaling back government spending in ways that will be felt throughout Dane County. So what do the two candidates for Dane County executive on the April 5 ballot think of these changes? >More
 Lawsuit settled: Isthmus, AP will get emails, Walker must pay legal costs

The office of Gov. Scott Walker has agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit brought by Isthmus newspaper and the Wisconsin Associated Press over access to emails sent to the governor in response to his "budget repair bill." The settlement requires the governor to produce the emails and pay attorney fees for the plaintiffs' costs in bringing the suit. >More
 A quiet -- not quite normal -- day at the Wisconsin Capitol

The Capitol was relatively quiet today, but that does not mean things have gone back to normal, or that they will anytime soon. Most of the building's entrances were closed, except the two where everyone who enters must pass through a metal detector. When I got inside just before 2 p.m., the Rotunda was mostly empty, save for a dozen or so people. I spoke to two of them. >More
 One Madison school board member to another: 'F--k you'

Gov. Scott Walker says the changes he has rammed through the Legislature will give school districts and local governments "the tools" they need to withstand the severe cuts in state aid his budget will deliver. What he doesn't get into is how the tensions caused by his agenda will divide the members of these bodies, as they have the state as a whole. >More
 Actors, rock stars, screaming multitudes welcome back 14 Wisconsin Senators at Capitol rally

A month ago, if you'd told me that Wisconsin's Democratic Senators would be greeted like rock stars by a sea of humanity on the Capitol Square, I'd have said you were crazy. Though Hollywood actors, Jesse Jackson and a member of the Foo Fighters also appeared at Saturday's massive rally, the crowd saved its wildest cheers for the Senators, who became working-class heroes after decamping to Illinois to stall passage of Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union budget bill. >More
 Capitol Square overflows in largest Wisconsin labor solidarity demonstration yet

The day after Scott Walker's ceremonial signing of a bill stripping collective bargaining rights from Wisconsin's public employees, tens of thousands of protestors once again filled the Capitol Square Saturday. "Kill the bill" was no longer heard, but a new chant rose to take its place: "What's the word? Kloppenburg!" >More
 Live-blogging Scott Walker and the public employee unions, Day 27

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 Scott Walker inks end to Wisconsin workers' rights at 'singing' ceremony

Heading over to the Capitol this afternoon to take in a press conference by Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and the ceremonial signing of the now officially non-fiscal "budget repair bill," I overheard a conversation between two demonstrators making their way around the building. "I've spent twice as much of my life as an adult than he has," the one man was saying to his companion, in reference to Walker. >More
 Protesters were dragged from Assembly foyer on Thursday

Maxwell Love was among about 30 protesters who slept near the Assembly chambers Wednesday night, planning to make sure they could see their government in action when it met Thursday to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting legislation. >More
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