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Capitol Protests
2:19 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Capitol Must Remain Open to Public During Business Hours

Demonstrators were ordered out of the Capitol Thursday night after nearly three weeks of protests.

A Dane County Circuit Judge ordered all remaining demonstrators to leave the state Capitol late Thursday. There were about 100 there at the time. Judge John Albert says the building should return to normal business hours. For more than two weeks, the Capitol has been filled the protesters around the clock, most demanding that Governor Walker or the Legislature drop his plan to rescind most collective bargaining rights for public workers. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis is here in the studio with me this morning, with the latest developments. To recap the situation, Capitol police asked protesters to vacate the Capitol late Sunday, so the building could be cleaned. Most did leave, but officers allowed the rest to remain, rather than risk confrontation. Then, the DOA, the Department of Administration began limiting access to the building in order to minimize disruption and return a sense of normalcy. But unintended consequences resulted.

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Politics & Government
3:37 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Norquist Chides Budget Plan for Crippling Milwaukee's Ability to Generate Wealth

Former Milwaukee mayor and state legislator John Norquist has strong opinions about the budget battling people are waging in Wisconsin.

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Recall Election
2:16 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Thirteen Senators from both Parties Targeted by Recalls

Credit Andy Stenz Photography

Recall paperwork has been filed in recent days for eight Republican state senators and five of their Democratic colleagues.

The Government Accountability Board said Wednesday the Republicans targeted are: Robert Cowles, Alberta Darling, Glenn Grothman, Sheila Harsdorf, Randy Hopper, Dan Kapanke, Mary Lazich and Luther Olsen.

The Democratic senators targeted are: Spencer Coggs, Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin, Minority Leader Mark Miller and Robert Wirch.

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Environment
1:32 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Aldo Leopold Documentary

Environmental historian Susan Flader at Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo.

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence spoke with Susan Flader and Curt Meine, Aldo Leopold scholars featured in the documentary “Green Fire” that’s been shown tonight in Milwaukee. The film is slated to air on public television in 2012.

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Capitol Protests
2:14 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Thousands of Protesters Plan to Return to the Capitol

Union workers protest outside the capitol on Thursday.

The state Assembly approved Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill early Friday morning. It contains a provision that would strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights and has been the subject of massive protests at the capitol in the past ten days. UW-Madison student Lance Janssen says the debate isn't over because the state Senate still has to vote. He plans to return to the capitol in the next few days.

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Environment
1:25 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Tackling Wildlife Disease

Dr. David S. Blehert and his National Wildlife Health Center colleague Dr. Carol Meteyer, both members of the original team of scientists who discovered white-nose syndrome.

Susan Bence is WUWM’s environmental reporter. She produced our piece on the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison. The NWHC is where the leading work on White-Nose Syndrome in bats is taking place.

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Capitol Protests
2:11 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Some Fear Impact of Changes in Governor's Upcoming Budget

Police monitor crowds in Madison.

Protests in Madison enter a second week today. Thousands of people are expected in the state’s capital today to continue their protests against a bill that would strip unionized state workers of virtually all of their collective bargaining rights.

WUWM’s Bob Bach was in Madison over the weekend and joins us in the studio this morning with more on the story.

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Capitol Protests
2:08 pm
Sat February 19, 2011

Dueling Demonstrations in Madison

A woman demonstrates in Madison in support of collective bargaining changes proposed by the Governor.

It's been another lively, emotional day at the state Capitol in Madison.

Thousands of demonstrators have been on hand, most protesting Governor Scott Walker's plan to strip public workers of most bargaining rights.

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Capitol Protests
1:55 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Madison Protests & AWOL Senators

We examine the possible short and long term fallout of the protests in Madison and the subsequent hiding of Democratic state senators. Mordecai Lee is a professor of Governmental Affairs at UW-Milwaukee and an occasional political analyst for Lake Effect.

Capitol Protests
2:05 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Madison Protests Not Expected to Make Difference in Passage of Budget Repair Bill

Protestors are expected to gather for third day.

The Joint Finance Committee late last night approved legislation that would strip the public sector of most of its collective bargaining rights. All 12 Republicans on the committee voted in favor of the bill, while the four Democrats opposed the controversial legislation that has drawn thousands to the state Capitol this week. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis joins us in the studio with the latest developments.

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