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Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine galvanizes Wisconsin protesters

On Monday night, Wisconsin's week-long protest against Gov. Scott Walker got a soundtrack. Five thousand people squeezed into the Monona Terrace exhibition hall to hear Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Wayne Kramer of the MC5 curse Walker's plan to undercut public employee unions. >More
 Live-blogging Scott Walker and the public employee unions, Day 8

 Walker, on Day 8, digs in his heels even deeper

For the third straight working day in a row, Gov. Scott Walker held a press conference in his state Capitol office, making the same points he's made at the other two, last Thursday and Friday, wearing what appeared to be the same clothes and allowing only a few questions, which he addressed with long-winded answers, providing an illusion of access more than access itself. But some things were different. >More
 Firefighter answers the call of Wisconsin Capitol protests

Adam Wunsch is a third-generation firefighter and proud of it. His grandfather was for many years the fire chief in Haven, near Sheboygan; his uncle holds that position today. His father, Steve Wunsch, is the chief of EMS at Middleton EMS. A good-looking young man of 18, Adam Wunsch is an intern with the Fitchburg Fire Department, and he hopes to make a career of it. He's not a union member but would become one, as a full member of the department. >More
 Wisconsin's local governments never asked to end collective bargaining, as Scott Walker contends

Gov. Scott Walker has said he wants to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees in part to give local governments and school boards the authority to make unilateral adjustments to pensions and other benefits. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, Part IV: Matt Wisniewski is back, with Mumford & Sons

Matt Wisniewski is back with another stirring video montage of the demonstrations at the Wisconsin state Capitol this week, this time accompanied by Mumford & Sons. >More
 Monday's noon labor rally report from the Wisconsin Capitol

In the cold and ice, a crowd to rival the attendance at last Thursday's noon rally came out to hear protest songs and national union leaders speak on the steps of the State Street side of the Capitol. The mood was one of remarkable good cheer. A couple of boys about ten years old tossed a football back and forth on the icy lawn, while younger kids were sliding down the hill on green cardboard "It's about freedom" AFSCME signs. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, Part III: Ken Lonnquist weighs in with 'Hey, Governor Walker!'

Madison troubadour Ken Lonnquist adds a second protest song this week, making "Hey, Governor Walker!" the idea flip side to "14 Senators." >More
 Report from the command centers: Protests slow for a day, but activity in and around the Capitol continues

Sunday was by far the slowest day of the week-long protests against Gov. Scott Walker's attempts to strip most public unions of their public bargaining rights. The rain and the snow kept turnout relatively low, while many took the opportunity to catch up on some sleep. >More
 Wisconsin Capitol protester files: Mike Dickman is first to arrive, last to leave

Dickman, 49, isn't involved with any political groups, but when he heard about protests against Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to end collective bargaining, he showed up at the Capitol to join the cause. "I was expecting for someone to hear our voices," he said. >More
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