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Dane County Sheriff to investigate allegations against Wisconsin Justice David Prosser

Wisconsin Capitol Police have turned over to the Dane County Sheriff an investigation into allegations that Supreme Court Justice David Prosser choked a fellow judge. “Sheriff Mahoney has agreed to investigate this incident and all inquiries about the status of the investigation should be made with the Sheriff’s Department,” Capitol…

Watch live: Michael Moore, workers protest at Michigan Capitol

Hundreds showed up Wednesday at the Michigan State Capitol to protest Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s legislation that gives emergency financial managers the power to terminate labor contracts and even dissolves or consolidate cities. Filmmaker Michael Moore provided several busses throughout the state Wednesday morning to help demonstrators get to the…

Wisconsin protests larger than any Tea Party rally

Police estimated that more than 100,000 people flooded the streets around the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison Saturday, making the turnout larger than any of the fledgling Tea Party’s rallies. The largest turnout for a Tea Party rally is the estimated crowd of 60,000 to 70,000 people who marked in Washington, D.C.…

‘Wisconsin 14′ Dems speak at homecoming rally

The so-called “Wisconsin 14″ — those 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin to try and invoke debate and avoid a vote that would ban collective bargaining — returned to the Capitol building in Madison Saturday afternoon. They held a news conference while tens of thousands protested in the streets,…

Idaho teachers protest newly passed union curbs

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Hundreds of union supporters linked hands to form a chain around Idaho’s Capitol in Boise on Wednesday to protest a bill passed by the state legislature to strip public school teachers of most collective bargaining rights. The 12,000-member Idaho teachers union organized the rally in Boise…

Wisconsin judge orders Capitol open to public

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin officials said Tuesday they would not ease entry restrictions at the Capitol Building in Madison after a judge ordered there be public access during business hours. The Capitol building has been the focus of two weeks of protests by labor unions and their supporters opposed…

Raw video from the Wisconsin protests: Two protesters who will refuse to leave Capitol

Firedoglake took video from an iPhone on the ground in Madison, Wisconsin of two protesters who will refuse to leave the state capitol after police make an effort to clear the building. The state capitol officially closed at 4pm PT / 5pm ET but police have yet to make arrests.…

Tens of thousands march on Wisconsin Capitol

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators converged on Wisconsin’s state Capitol on Saturday to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to curb public sector union power in order to balance the budget. Waving hundreds of American flags and singing the national anthem, the demonstrators were peaceful and…

Big union protests planned in Wisconsin, nationwide

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators were expected to take to the streets of the Wisconsin state Capitol later on Saturday as protests against a Republican plan to curb the power of public sector unions entered their third weekend. Labor groups also planned for large demonstrations in…

Hundreds rally at Iowa Capitol over labor laws

Over 500 activists gathered at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines to show solidarity with the protesters in Wisconsin and rally against legislation that would limit state workers’ bargaining rights. “This is not an assault on public workers,” Ken Sagar, president of the Iowa Federation of Labor, told The Associated…

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