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Wisconsin Capitol protests: A 13-day timeline

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 What the prank-call conversation says about Gov. Scott Walker

Ever since Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget bill inspired an uprising of Wisconsin unions and public employees, many people have wondered, "Who is this man?" Well, now we have a slightly better idea, courtesy of a prank call from a journalist impersonating Walker ally David Koch. The recording allows us a glimpse of Walker in an unguarded moment, speaking candidly. >More
 MPD Chief Noble Wray, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz respond to Walker's comments on planting 'troublemakers' in demonstrations

First it was calling out the National Guard. Now it's using agent provocateurs. For the second time in as many weeks, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker roused bad old memories of political demonstrations past and sparked fears about new government abuses of First Amendment rights when he admitted in a phone call yesterday that he had thought about instigating trouble among the demonstrators at the Capitol. >More
 Wisconsin Wave, union supporters picket WMC meeting at Monona Terrace

A large protest Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol broadened its anger beyond Gov. Scott Walker to corporate interests that have supported him. The protest -- spearheaded by Wisconsin Wave and Defend Wisconsin -- used the "Business Day in Madison 2011" conference held by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce at Monona Terrace as a chance to highlight the interests backing Walker. Both Walker and US Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) were scheduled to speak at the conference. >More
 Scott Walker hangs tough in Day 10 press conference, media get tougher

Gov. Scott Walker held another press conference this afternoon, his fourth since last Thursday. For this one, he changed his shirt and tie (from the standard blue and red to a refreshing white and blue), but not his mind. The mood of today's press conference was also different, as the questions asked of Walker seemed to get tougher and evince a greater degree of skepticism than in days past. >More
 End to collective bargaining in Wisconsin could hurt Madison Metro

Should Gov. Scott Walker succeed in eliminating collective bargaining for public employees, it could cost Madison Metro $7 million in federal funding -- 14% of its $50 million annual budget. >More
 Actors Equity head Mary McColl comes to Wisconsin to show solidarity

Mary McColl seems harmless enough. I'm tempted to call her unintimidating, although spell-check tells me that's not a word. Let's just say she's not big and she's not scary. But she's precisely the sort of person Gov. Scott Walker wants to present as a threat to the people of his state. >More
 Wisconsin Capitol protest costs: How much, who will pay?

The outpouring of democracy around the Capitol since early last week won't come cheap. To judge by the huge numbers of law enforcement officers on hand, it's easy to imagine that the costs will run into the millions of dollars, but affixing a price tag is difficult. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, Part V: Next Media Animation does Wisconsin

Next Media Animation, the Taiwan-based viral video factory that lampoons American celebrity culture with computer-animated reenactments, takes on Scott Walker and the Wisconsin protests. >More
 A punked Scott Walker tells 'David Koch' Wisconsin is at forefront of national crusade

A secretly recorded phone conversation between Gov. Scott Walker and an investigative reporter pretending to be David Koch, the New York City right-wing oil billionaire and Walker backer, captures Walker clearly outlining his strategy for making Wisconsin the lead player in a national conservative movement to undercut the power of public employee unions. >More
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