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Wis. Legislators Observing Arrests in Capitol Rotunda Warned by Police

August 8, 2013  by Leslie Amsterdam Several Wisconsin legislators have been warned by Capitol Police recently that they should not be observing the arrests and other activities currently happening in the Capitol rotunda daily over the noon hour, as Solidarity Sing Along participants continue to sing out their disapproval of Gov. Scott Walker and his […]

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Vietnam War Veteran Arrested in Wisconsin Capitol While Standing Up for Free Speech

August 7, 2013  by Lady Forward Mike Hearington, a Vietnam War veteran with Veterans for Peace, was arrested over the noon hour for participating in the Solidarity Sing Along. Capitol Police took a large white Veterans for Peace flag from Harrington’s hands and rolled it up. They handcuffed Hearington and marched him out of the […]

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“Raging Granny” Arrested for Singing in Wisconsin Capitol

Marie Martini, a member of The Raging Grannies of Madison, and Margit Moses, of Madison, were arrested by Capitol Police for singing in the rotunda today over the noon hour. The arrests took place during a rousing rendition of “Bring Back Wisconsin to Me,” which is sung to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over […]

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WI Capitol Crackdown Mass Arrests: Videos

July 27, 2013 by Leslie Amsterdam This week WI Capitol police, under the leadership of Chief David Erwin, made good on their promise to arrest and remove peaceful singers and protesters from the Capitol rotunda. After declaring Unlawful Assembly 3 days in a row last week, the police began enforcing new administrative codes and arrested […]

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Mayor Dave Offbase Regarding Sing Along

July 26, 2013  by Karen Bassler [This is Karen Bassler’s response to former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz’s  recent column  in The Isthmus about the arrests of peaceful singers at the Wisconsin State Capitol. – Editors] Dave: I can no longer refer to you as Mayor Dave, or Citizen Dave, though up until yesterday I had been using both […]

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The People’s Declaration

July 18, 2013 by Greg “Commissioner” Gordon [What follows are written comments submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Administration as part of the public input process on the promulgation of emergency administrative rules. – Editors] Good afternoon. My name is Greg Gordon. My friends call me Commissioner Gordon. I live in Waunakee. My speech is […]

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It’s Not Just A Pleasure To Sing, It’s Our Duty

July 16, 2013  By Martha Florey [What follows are written comments submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Administration as part of the public input process on the promulgation of emergency administrative rules. – Editors] Dear Secretary Huebsch: I am writing in opposition to the current DOA Capitol access emergency rule and proposed permanent amendment of […]

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No Reason to Change Capitol Rules

July 15, 2013  by Wisconsin State Assembly Representative Chris Taylor [What follows are written comments submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Administration as part of the public input process on the promulgation of emergency administrative rules. – Editors] Thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony regarding the proposed revisions to Wis. Adm. 2. […]

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New Rules are Sloppy and Misguided

July 15, 2013  By Edward Kuharski [What follows are written comments submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Administration as part of the public input process on the promulgation of emergency administrative rules. – Editors] To whom it may concern: I provided testimony at the hearing on Friday afternoon, and I would like to submit the […]

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The Capitol Is Our Building

July 13, 2013  by Callen Harty (Reprinted with permission from http://callenharty.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/letter-to-department-of-administration-on-proposed-rule-changes/) [What follows are written comments submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Administration as part of the public input process on the promulgation of emergency administrative rules. – Editors] To whom it may concern: I am writing to express my concern with changes to the Wisconsin […]

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