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Bradley Whitford and other Hollywood stars whip up Wisconsin protesters

The West Wing's Bradley Whitford and two Hollywood friends joined in the protest against Gov. Scott Walker during Saturday's massive rally at the Capitol. As members of the Screen Actors Guild, Whitford, Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Robert Newman (The Guiding Light) claimed solidarity with the sign-carrying Wisconsinites incensed by Walker's union-curbing budget bill. >More
 Wisconsin Capitol protests massive for second consecutive Saturday

Tens of thousands of people packed the Capitol Square and State Street on Saturday afternoon, their numbers rivaling and perhaps even topping even last week's massive crowds. The scene was festive and overwhelmingly pro-union and anti-Walker, with scant sign of any counter-protesters. >More
 Rep. Tammy Baldwin rallies protesters, leads them up State Street to Capitol

This morning's rally on Library Mall was organized by Fair Wisconsin, the Madison-based group that advocates for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people. But other than a rainbow-painted sign here and there, it didn't really look like a rally for gay rights. >More
 Live-blogging Scott Walker and the public employee unions, Day 13

 Scott Walker, at Day 12 press conference, offers to sing kumbaya with Senate Dems

Gov. Scott Walker is today a happy man. At his 5 p.m. press conference, he thanked the state Assembly, Democrats in particular, for "doing what we hope the Senate Democrats will do: showing up and having a debate." And the governor was right -- if, by "debate" he meant a humiliating ordeal in which every single one of the nearly 100 amendments they offered was shot down after a discussion in which Republicans did not participate, except to restrict debate, before holding a surprise vote at 1 in the morning. >More
 Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz presses Walker for response on 'troublemaker' comment

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz sent Gov. Scott Walker a letter Friday, demanding an explanation to comments Walker made during a prank call that the governor thought was with billionaire donor David Koch. >More
 All-night protests to end at Wisconsin Capitol, which will close Sunday

The all-night protest parties are ending at the Wisconsin Capitol. Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs announced via a press release that the building will return to normal business hours beginning on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. That means an end to the hordes of families, musicians, students, union workers and others who've been sleeping at the Capitol to protest Gov. Scott Walker's union-curbing "budget repair bill." >More
 Wisconsin Democratic leaders promise to explore every legal option to overturn Assembly vote

State Rep. Peter Barca probably never thought he'd be nostalgic for the days when Tommy Thompson was governor. But Gov. Scott Walker has shown him just how extreme Republicans can get. "We keep waiting for Governor Walker to have a Tommy Thompson moment," said Barca, the Assembly minority leader, at an afternoon press conference Friday. >More
 Police to sleep in Wisconsin Capitol this weekend as showdown looms

Police officers have been called up from around the state in the past two weeks to help provide security during the on-going protests. But this weekend, many are expected to join the protesters by camping out inside overnight. Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, is calling on officers to spend the night Friday and Saturday. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin Capitol labor protests: An archive

An archive of all Isthmus and The Daily Page coverage of the showdown between Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin public employees and their allies. >More
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