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The Capitol's new tenants: Some protesters have made the building their home this week

Through the massive outer wooden revolving doors of the Capitol building, down the marble hallway lined with children and teachers holding signs, past the throngs of public employees chanting "What's disgusting? Union busting!," up two flights of dimly lit stairs lined on one side with students fiddling with their touchscreen phones and laptops, sits Jamie Hanson, a graduate student at UW-Madison. >More
 A look back at a week of pro-union protests on Madison's Capitol Square

Friday. I'm already feeling nostalgia for Thursday, when the cops were handing out doughnuts at the corner of Mifflin and Pinckney, which now seems sweet and small townish. Wednesday seems like a golden era and Tuesday -- is it possible the whole rally was pretty much centered on the State Street steps? >More
 A tale of three teachers: Checking in with protesters inside the Wisconsin Capitol

There are as many stories to tell about the ongoing protests at the state Capitol are there are protesters tens of thousands. This is a story about three protesters I spoke to today. I noticed them because of their sign: "Sauk Prairie teachers." On the back was another message: "Stop GOP Class War." >More
 AFL-CIO president arrives at Wisconsin Capitol to support public-employee union uprising

Wisconsin's labor uprising went national on Friday afternoon as the president of the AFL-CIO addressed a cheering throng on the southeast corner of the Capitol Square. Richard Trumka gave a barn-burning speech in support of the state's public employees, who've spent the last week protesting Gov. Scott Walker's assault on their collective bargaining rights in his "budget repair bill." >More
 This is what creativity looks like: Wisconsin Capitol protests set to Arcade Fire (video)

An ancillary product of the Capitol Square demonstrations this week has been the production of some highly entertaining and creative signs, chants and, of course, video. Here's one from Matt Wisniewski that got our attention. >More
 Live-blogging Day 5 of the labor demonstrations against Scott Walker at the Wisconsin Capitol

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 Madison city officials march with with public employees (video)

In the midst of the evening rally on the Capitol Square, Madison officials supported city employees by marching from the City-County Building to Overture Center for a Common Council meeting. >More
 Walker to Dem senators, unions: No negotiation, no compromise

If anyone thought Gov. Scott Walker -- in his frantic push to extract unilateral concessions from state employees and break the back of public employee unions throughout the state -- could not possibly be more arrogant, they were wrong. Walker took this aspect of his character to a whole new level late this afternoon, in a press conference in his office. >More
 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
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