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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 has been charged with disorderly ...

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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 months in jail and $1,000 ...

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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 and was punched in the ...

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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 by completing roll call and ...

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Protesters in Madison haven’t yet paid fines

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Since the protests over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal began in February, tens of thousands of people have demonstrated at the Capitol. Most of the protests have been civil. But, according to the Department of Administration, 41 people have been arrested a total of 59 times. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that protesters who have been ...

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Retired judge to serve as Capitol mediator

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A retired judge serving on the state elections board will mediate the dispute over Wisconsin Capitol access. Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Albert has appointed retired Court of Appeals Judge Gordon Myse as mediator. Myse is serving an extended term on the Government Accountability Board until a replacement is chosen by Gov. Scott Walker. The ...

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Judge to order mediator for Capitol access case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Dane County judge plans to order a mediator to assist the parties wrangling over access to the state Capitol, while moving ahead with the rest of the lawsuit. Judge John Albert said Friday the previous plan for a special master to resolve security issues was “unworkable.” He suggested appointing a mediator to work parallel to ...

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Not guilty plea made for woman in threat case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Not guilty pleas have been entered for a Wisconsin woman charged with making death threats to Republican state lawmakers. Twenty-six-year-old Katherine Windels stood mute Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court. A court commissioner entered the pleas for her to two misdemeanor counts of making threats over a computer. She has also been charged with two felony ...

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Union: Lack of Capitol access is contempt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Public employee unions have accused state officials of restricting access to the Wisconsin Capitol building despite a court order opening it to the public. Three unions filed a motion in Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday accusing the state Department of Administration of defying Judge John Albert’s order last week. The order came after DOA officials ...

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Police arrest Capitol visitor at entrance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin police have arrested a woman who attempted to charge past a Capitol security checkpoint. According to Capitol Police, Elizabeth Ringle of Madison was arrested Friday morning after she refused to submit to security checks for weapons or prohibited items. Police say Ringle ignored multiple requests to comply with the checks and then attempted to run ...

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Judge orders protesters out of Capitol 


By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge ordered the removal Thursday night of pro-union protesters who have camped out in the state Capitol for more than two weeks, but he also ruled that the state had violated the public’s free speech and assembly rights by restricting its access to the building. Dane County Circuit ...

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Ammo found outside Wis. Capitol, site of protests 


By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of rounds of live rifle ammunition were found Thursday scattered around the grounds of the Wisconsin Capitol, where large crowds of people have been protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to rescind nearly all collective bargaining rights for most public employee unions. State attorneys revealed the ammunition discovery during a ...

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Judge nearly orders protesters out of Capitol

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge weighing whether state officials overstepped their bounds by restricting protesters’ access to the state Capitol nearly ordered all the demonstrators out on moments’ notice Wednesday evening before state and union attorneys talked him out of it. Dane County Circuit Judge John Albert has been listening to two days of ...

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Court hearing: Wis. lawmakers say Capitol restrictions hurting jobs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin lawmakers say they can’t do their jobs because restrictions on protesters have dramatically curtailed movement in the state Capitol. Reps. Kelda Roys and Cory Mason, both Democrats, testified Wednesday at a court hearing on whether state officials overstepped their bounds when they decided to severely limit access to the Capitol on Monday. FOR THE ...

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