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Deja Vu? Political Rallies Crowd Capitol Square Once Again

The "We are Wisconsin" event scheduled at the Capitol Square on Saturday concluded with no problems, according to the Madison Police Department.

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Their signs may look a little different than in February, but the message continues to center around disapproval for how the governor is doing his job.

This time around, protesters gathered at the Capitol Square used signs, song, and dance to express why they're so passionate about seeing big changes in Wisconsin, starting with who resides in the governor's mansion.

The crowd estimate was determined to be about 25,000 to 30,000 at the peak.

Recall Walker Rally To Be Held Saturday

Recall Walker Rally To Be Held Saturday

We Are Wisconsin, in coordination with United Wisconsin and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, will hold a major rally to help kick off the Recall Walker campaign on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the rally programs slated to start at 1 p.m.

The event will be held at the State Street entrance to the State Capitol Building.

Pre-rally activities to feature One Wisconsin Now’s Scot Ross, and local musicians FORWARD! Marching Band, The German Art Students, Sean Michael Dargan and his trio, and the Solidarity Singers.

Historian's Work Gives A Glimpse Of Nixon 'Unplugged'

Historian's Work Gives A Glimpse Of Nixon 'Unplugged'

Soon historians and political junkies will have more Richard Nixon material to kick around, thanks to a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor emeritus who has fought for years to get the secret records of the former president made public.

Stanley Kutler, the UW emeritus professor of law and history whose successful court challenge is responsible for the release of the records, said the records will be a chance to hear Nixon minus his lawyers, handlers and "spinmesiters."

"This is a chance to hear Richard Nixon unplugged, if you will," said Kutler, nationally recognized as a top expert on the Nixon administration and the Watergate era.

The National Archives and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on Thursday, Nov. 10 will release for the new recordings and documents, including a transcript of Nixon's grand jury testimony related to the Watergate investigation.

Walker Says It's A Christmas, Not Holiday, Tree

Gov. Scott Walker is calling the tree decorated with ornaments and adorned with a star at the top in the center of Wisconsin's Capitol Rotunda a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree.

The roughly 30-foot tall tree had been called a Christmas tree since it was first displayed in 1916 until 1985 when the name was changed to the more generic holiday tree.

"It was always a Christmas tree in my house, as it has been in other houses around the country, around the state," Walker said. "It's been a Christmas tree."

Visitors at the Capitol had differing views on what the tree should be called.

"It is a Christmas tree," said Lois Janezic. "I firmly believe that we should put Christ back in Christmas."

"If they want to have a Christmas tree at home, that's fine," said Karla Anderegg. "They want to have it at their workplace, I guess that's fine. But this government represents all people."

Eggs Thrown At Outside Of Lawmaker's State Capitol Office

A Wisconsin state lawmaker said he's sad that someone egged the outside of his state Capitol office.

The first floor office of state Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, had splatters of egg on the exterior marble and eggshells on the balcony on Wednesday morning. The staff reported the vandalism to Capitol police and said officers came to investigate.

Schultz said he is both baffled and disappointed by the incident.

"I have no idea what happened or where it came from," he said. "The fact that somebody would egg the state Capitol makes me feel really bad because, as a member of the state Capitol Executive Residence Board, I feel like I'm privileged to take care of this wonderful building. It's the people's building, and anybody who would do that I think is committing an affront to the people of Wisconsin."

Dane County Food Council Announces New Coaltion

Dane County Food Council Announces New Coaltion

The Dane County Food Council aims to create an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable local food system. At their celebration of National Food Day on Oct. 24, the council released an action plan to do just that.

Chair of the council, County Supervisor Melissa Sargent, welcomed the National Food Day crowd to Goodman Community Center. The audience included representatives from Sustainable Times, Community Action Coalition, Family Farm Defenders and Farm Fresh for All.

"We have a lot to celebrate," Sargent said. "Our farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), our community gardens, and locally sourced foods in our grocery stores."

Community Debates Bill To Repeal Discrimination Protection For Felons

Community Debates Bill To Repeal Discrimination Protection For Felons

A new bill proposed by Wisconsin Republican representatives would repeal discrimination protection for felons and may limit employment opportunities.

When John Miller left his north-side Madison home the morning of Wednesday Oct. 12, his schedule was full—just as it has been since he was released from prison in January 2010.

Some responsibilities have changed for Miller in the past 21 months.  He has a job, sees his family regularly, and attends classes at Madison Area Technical College.  But certain facts remain: Miller can’t vote or own a firearm, and he must mark the box labeled ‘convicted felon’ if he ever completes another job application.

Miller went to sociology class Wednesday morning, and then to work, believing if that he worked hard and stayed positive, future employers might evaluate his skills and attributes instead of his criminal record.