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Photos from Thursdays rallies, Senate Democrats' walk-out and Wisconsin Capitol blockade

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 Eyewitness to history: Democrats shut down the Wisconsin Senate

As tens of thousands of demonstrators surrounded the building, a small orange card handed to me by Steve Walters, dean of the Capitol press corps, allowed me access to the extraordinary events taking place behind the scenes. I was there among the protesters, packed so thickly into the building's corridors that it took me more than a half hour to get my press pass and make it back to the Senate. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Inside the Wisconsin State Capitol during Wednesday's demonstrations (video)

The atmosphere around the Capitol was raucous, to say the least, on Wednesday. It was hard to get inside, but videographer Ben Reiser managed to capture these scenes. >More
 Wisconsin students take aim at Voter ID Bill

Students at the UW-Madison don't always bother to vote, even when it's easy for them. Now the GOP wants to make this harder, and students are gearing up for a fight. "I believe the bill...is something that the Associated Students of Madison [ASM], and students in general, need to strongly denounce and actively fight," says Sam Polstein, co-sponsor of a UW-Madison student council resolution protesting the proposed changes. >More
 A new book revisits Steven Avery's conviction for a crime he didn't commit

I've been a prosecutor for 22 years, and I thought I'd seen it all. I've been called to crime scenes in the middle of the night to view victims with gunshot or stab wounds lying in pools of congealing blood. I've comforted overwrought rape victims paralyzed by fear so they could muster the courage to take the stand. >More
 Rampage! All hell breaks loose as Gov. Scott Walker runs roughshod over public employees

The upheaval started last Friday. Gov. Scott Walker announced a "budget-repair bill" that would end nearly all collective bargaining rights for most of the state's public employees, as well as usher in changes to undermine union support. Walker also proposed increasing public employees' contributions to their pensions and health insurance. His goal, he said, is to help make up the huge shortfall in the state budget without resorting to furloughs and layoffs. >More
 Live-blogging Day 4 of the labor demonstrations against Scott Walker at the Wisconsin Capitol

With several area school districts closed and teachers, along with those who support them, asked to head to the Capitol, Day 4 of the downtown Madison demonstrations promise to be the biggest of the week. Follow developments, and add your own, here. >More
 In the midst of the demonstrations, a young voice supports Scott Walker

"It's trendy to not like Scott Walker," says this Madison East student, who was spotted making a sign on Tuesday which he planned to carry into the thousands picketing inside the state Capitol. >More
 Live-blogging Wednesday's Capitol Square demonstrations

Wednesday brings another round of protests to downtown Madison in opposition to Governor Walker's budget bill. >More
 A third day of protests begins against the Walker budget bill for Wisconsin

There is no doubt of the seriousness of what is being protested today on the Capitol Square. "We're about to see 40 years of security gone, in less than a week," a Cherokee Middle School teacher tells me as she waits with the rest of her contingent next to the popcorn cart at East Main and South Pinckney. Nonetheless, she's smiling. >More
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