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Milwaukee's Fred Kessler says Capitol protests are familiar

tate Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee) has a rare perspective among his colleagues in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Although only elected to his current post in 2004, Kessler originally served from 1960 to 1962 and again from 1964 to 1970. To him, these protests feel very familiar. >More
 Pro-Walker protesters peacefully coexist with pro-union demonstrators on Capitol Square

Several thousand Tea Party protestors descended on the Wisconsin state Capitol Saturday with speakers proclaiming, "It's our chance to talk!" >More
 Protest group forms to keep the Wisconsin Capitol clean and 'Kill the Bill... with kindness'

There's a splinter faction forming on Capitol Square, and you can recognize them by their rubber gloves. Saturday morning, as protests against Scott Walker's proposed budget bill continued for the sixth consecutive day, a small crowd met near the piles of bagels, bottled water and fruit outside the TAA office on the third floor of the Capitol building. >More
 Tea party crowd shows its support for Walker at Madison's Capitol Square

Gov. Scott Walker's shock troops came to the state Capitol today to rally in support of his budget repair bill, which would extract unilateral concessions from state workers while stripping almost all public employees in Wisconsin of their collective bargaining rights. The rally, organized by the tea party-affiliated Americans for Prosperity, was a bit underwhelming compared to the anti-Walker rallies this week, today included. >More
 Is Bubba coming to town?

Word on the street is that Bill Clinton could be coming to support the protests. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, Part II: Listen to Ken Lonnquist's '14 Senators'

You knew it was only a matter of time before one of Madison's most prolific songwriters weighed in with something. >More
 Student-run 'Information Station' crew keeps protesters organized and supplied

Thanks to several enterprising groups and a lot of cooperative individuals, the Capitol rotunda now boasts garbage collection, recycling, a community food bank, water supplies, lost and found, an information services station, and more. Much of the organization can be credited to the Information Station, a group that began in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and has only grown since. >More
 Live-blogging Day 6 of the demonstrations on the Madison, Wisconsin Capitol Square

Saturday brings not only more labor demonstrations on the Square and inside the Capitol, but the arrival of Tea Partiers to support Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair" bill. Many are predicting that things "should be interesting." >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: A 10-year old's guide to a protest rally (video)

There are lots of kids at this week's rallies, primarily because there's no school in Madison. Here's the rally from their perspective. >More
 Scott Walker stays the course at Day 5 press conference

Gov. Scott Walker gave a press conference at 5 p.m. this afternoon that was notable for its extraordinary lack of news. He made the exact same points he made at his press conference yesterday (held at the exact same time), in many cases using the exact same words. He even appeared to be wearing the same clothes. >More
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