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Live-blogging Scott Walker and the public employee unions, Day 12

 This is what creativity looks like, Part VII: Peter Leidy fetes Walker in song

Madison's premier political songsmith Peter Leidy has weighed in with a YouTube video and song on a certain Wisconsin governor who has been in the news lately. The song is called "Watchin Scotty Go," a play off the old familiar, "Watching Scotty Grow." Both songs qualify as wistful. >More
 Wisconsin Capitol protester files: Peggy Arnold

Peggy Arnold has come to the Capitol to protest Governor Walker's "budget repair bill" every day since Tuesday, Feb. 15, standing inside and out, for "at least six hours a day." >More
 Wisconsin protesters turn Capitol into the world's largest commune

I was too young for Woodstock, but now I have the overnight protests inside Wisconsin's Capitol. For the last week, demonstrators have turned the Capitol into the world's largest commune, a combination party and crash pad for those rallying against Gov. Scott Walker's union-curbing budget bill. >More
 Scott Walker on Day 11: The Emperor has no shame

Before I get around to writing about what happened at Gov. Scott Walker's press conference this evening, let me pay him a compliment: Whereas the press approach of his predecessor, Jim Doyle, was summed up recently by a veteran state Capitol reporter in three words -- "fear, paranoia and retribution" -- Walker knows the tough questions are coming and he stands up there and takes them. >More
 Protesters rally in front of Koch lobbying office in downtown Madison

Hundreds of demonstrators protested in front of the newly opened lobbying office of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, seeking to draw attention to the support the wealthy Kansas firm has given Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The protesters, probably numbering over 1,000, marched from the Capitol to 10 East Doty St., where Koch Industries has its office. >More
 UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin holds web chat on proposal to split campus from UW System

In an online chat Thursday, UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin defended the proposed New Badger Partnership to an online audience of over 700. Martin, along with other administrators from the UW-Madison, answered live questions on the proposal, which would split off the UW System's flagship school and privately subsidize parts of its services. >More
 Wisconsin Assembly Democrats wage futile effort to tweak Walker's 'budget repair bill'

If there was belief in any quarter that Wisconsin Republicans are willing to adopt even the most sensible suggestions from Democrats on how to improve Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair bill," it died today, before my very eyes. It was a display that established the hollowness of Walker's admonition to the state's 14 missing Senate Democrats to "come back and debate." >More
 Madison Bishop Robert Morlino offers little clarity in a statement on Wisconsin's labor unrest

In a column called "Clarifying the Fairness Issue," Madison bishop Robert Morlino fails to offer clarity on the controversy surrounding Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill. Morlino's essay, published in the Diocese of Madison's Catholic Herald, lacks the directness of Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki's Feb. 16 statement addressed to the Wisconsin legislature's Joint Finance Committee. >More
 Protesters sign the guest book in Wisconsin Capitol

At the state Capitol information desk, there's a guest book -- you know, the kind you see at weddings and funerals. Curious, I flipped back through the pages. Up through Feb. 13, it's about what you'd expect from awestruck visitors. >More
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