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Oct 19, 2021

Eau Claire man pleads guilty to charge in US Capitol breach

A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge related to his role in the breach of the U.S. Capitol last January.

Mar 4, 2021

COVID-19 precautions ignored at state Capitol hearing

Dozens of people ignoring coronavirus protocols filled a state Capitol room for a hearing on legislation to limit the government's response to public health emergencies.

Aug 11, 2013

33 arrested Capitol singers request jury trials

More than 40 protesters arrested by Capitol Police during a crackdown on a daily sing-along conducted without permits have pleaded not guilty, and 33 have requested jury trials.

Jul 9, 2013

Judge blocks portion of Capitol access policy (UPDATE)

Groups of up to 20 people can gather in the state Capitol without a permit, a federal judge ruled, striking down portions of the current policy requiring permits for all activities as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech rights.

Apr 9, 2013

State pays protester $19K to settle lawsuit

The state of Wisconsin has paid a Capitol protester $19,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2011 altercation in which a state employee stabbed himself when popping her red heart-shaped balloon.

Feb 12, 2013

State may sue cleaning company over stained marble at Capitol

Wisconsin state officials said Monday they may consider legal action against a cleaning company blamed for damaging marble floors in the Capitol last year.

Aug 30, 2011

Protester sues Capitol worker who popped balloon

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A woman is claiming a state Capitol worker violated her constitutional rights by popping a balloon and allegedly slamming her against a door. Leslie Peterson, of Madison, filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from Ronald Blair, an assistant director in the Division of State Facilities. The 56-year-old Blair […]

Aug 4, 2011

Capitol worker charged in balloon spat (UPDATE)

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a state Capitol worker with disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon for using a knife to pop a protester’s balloon and then slamming her into a bathroom door. Ron Blair, the state Department of Administration’s assistant facilities director, could face up to nine […]

Jun 22, 2011

Man arrested for punching pro-union demonstrator

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An altercation involving a pro-union demonstrator resulted in an arrest and citations at the state Capitol. State officials say two men draped a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag over the heads of some pro-union demonstrators participating in a sing-a-long in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday. One of the singers grabbed the flag […]

Jun 16, 2011

Protesters disrupt Senate budget debate

Minutes after starting the Senate’s budget hearing, members broke into recess after a group of shouting protesters halted any chance for debate. State troopers arrested more than a half-dozen protesters, a few of whom had locked themselves to portions of the gallery without a key. Members of the Senate tried to push through the protests […]

Jun 14, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: Reflections on the protests at the Capitol

The Takings Clause provides that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


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