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Protests surge as Wisconsin Capitol lockdown extends to downtown Madison

When the Capitol lockdown started Monday morning, following a successful gambit by protesters to remain ensconced inside the Rotunda the previous night, it was all but certain that the limits on access to the building would seep outside its walls Tuesday. Demonstrations have been building these last two weeks towards Gov. Scott Walker's budget address this afternoon, which would unveil a whole new set of cuts spreading the pain of austerity far beyond public employees. >More
 'Not a Wisconsin people will recognize': Responses to Walker's budget address

In their budget response, the Democrats tried to expand on the mobilization of real voices by bringing several people from around the state into their press conference to give their reactions to Walker's budget (the Democrats were allowed only 20 guests to his address). There were two teachers, a fireman, a police officer, a union worker, and a pilot. Each roundly denounced Walker's plan. >More
 Madison school officials call Walker's budget 'disgraceful'

Maya Cole, president of the Madison school board, sounded grim following Gov. Scott Walker's budget address on Tuesday. "It's disappointing to hear him say he's helping kids," she says, "and on the other hand he's basically cutting every opportunity for us to help kids when it comes to K-12 education. >More
 Scott Walker's budget address: The ego has landed

Tuesday afternoon, at the Wisconsin State Capitol, I witnessed what at times appeared to be the greatest governor in the history of this or any other state showered with affection as he announced a bold new plan to rescue Wisconsin from the brink of otherwise certain economic ruin. >More
 Text of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget address

 Wisconsin Capitol still closed to public as rumors fly

The Department of Administration released a statement that it is complying with an injunction to open the Capitol to the public, even though most people are still being barred from the building. >More
 Nurse denied medical supplies in Capitol shutdown

I saw Ruth again today, and met her for the first time. I even learned her last name: Fox. I knew Ruth from last Thursday, when I was in the Assembly chamber, watching Republicans table amendment after amendment proposed by Democrats -- all of them, it turns out. >More
 Five stories from The People's Microphone at the Wisconsin Capitol

During the noon hour at the more-or-less ongoing rally taking place at the King Street entrance to the state Capitol, between the line to get into the building and the backdrop of a large inflatable replica of what we'll call a robber baron fat cat holding a worker in its paw, ralliers set up a microphone to let the people speak. >More
 Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne, Sheriff Dave Mahoney weigh in on Capitol access

At a press conference today at noon, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and Sheriff Dave Mahoney gave dramatic testimony to the widening divide between some members of the law enforcement community and Gov. Scott Walker. "My deputies will not be palace guards," Mahoney says he told state officials. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, part XIII: Michael Kienitz captures the Rotunda spirit

Acclaimed photojournalist Michael Kienitz visited the Capitol Rotunda last Saturday, as many tens of thousands of people rallied outside, and recorded the testimonials demonstrators were giving to the assembled crowd inside the Rotunda, compiled into this documentary short. >More
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