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New Capitol Access Policy Enacted

Gov. Scott Walker's administration has instituted a new policy related to activity and displays at the Capitol and other state buildings.

The Department of Administration policy took effect on Thursday, the same day it was released.

Under the policy, all activity and displays in state buildings must be permitted at least 72 hours before the activity or display date.

The policy does allow for spontaneous events caused by unforeseen events.

Protests have been common since Walker took office, including a daily noontime sing-a-long of anti-Walker songs. Department of Administration spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said the singers have been contacted to help them come into compliance with the new policy.

Webster said the policy formalizes what the practice had been. She said no one will be denied a permit based on content.

Congressmen Speak On Leadership Nov. 30

Congressmen Speak On Leadership Nov. 30

Two former Wisconsin U.S. House representatives will discuss the "Challenges for Public Leadership in Today's World" at the annual Paul Offner Memorial Lecture in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 12 to 1:15 p.m.

The lecture is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Democrat Dave Obey and Republican Steve Gunderson will address the challenges for public leadership in today's world from the vantage point of their long careers in Congress and Wisconsin state government, as colleagues and as members of different political parties.

The talk will be held at the Urban Institute at 2100 M Street NW. A lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. Registration is available at http://www.urban.org, by email at paffairs@urban.org, or by calling (202) 261-5709.

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.



See Images From Saturday's Recall Walker Rally




See Images From Counter Rally At State Capitol

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."