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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

 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
 Live-blogging Scott Walker and the public employee unions, Day 26

 Wisconsin Capitol protesters react peacefully, defiantly to legislative loss

Were the protests against Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill a "revolution," as some have said? We got our answer tonight, after the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill limiting public employees' right to collectively bargain. The answer is no. >More
 From lockdown to shutdown, a day of anger, a day of shame in the Wisconsin Capitol

The toughest thing I did today was get into the Wisconsin state Capitol. It took more than two hours. For the first time in a month of protests and restricted access, my press credentials -- actually a thick stack of them, one from each day -- got me nowhere. I'd hold these up to the windows of the doors at the various entrances, and the law enforcement officers inside would look at me and shake their heads. >More
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