April 6, 2011 JoAnne Kloppenberg, a Democrat, said she defeated Republican incumbent Justice David Prosser to win a hotly contested supreme court seat. The race was seen nationally as a referendum on GOP Gov. Scott Walker's tough dealings with public-employee unions.
March 30, 2011 Wisconsin judge Maryann Sumi told state officials she meant it when she said they shouldn't implement a new law that reins in the collective bargaining rights of unions. Republican state officials had tried to do an end-run around her order. She threatened them with sanctions if they persisted.
March 25, 2011 An Indiana county prosecutor resigned after it was discovered he sent an e-mail to Gov. Scott Walker's office suggesting the Wisconsin chief executive stage an attack on himself to discredit his Democratic Party and union opponents.
March 18, 2011 She wants time to review whether the way it was passed violated the state's open meetings laws.
March 18, 2011 Opponents of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's anti-collective bargaining efforts won a victory Friday. A Wisconsin judge said it appeared likely GOP actions violated the state's open-meeting laws.
March 11, 2011 Wisconsin's Gov. Scott Walker said he saved middle-class jobs by signing the new law that restricts collective-bargaining rights. The Republican chief executive appeared to poke unions in the eyes with what he called "happy news."
March 10, 2011 Wisconsin now appears to be a state of dysfunction with no trust between the GOP and Democrats. While lawmakers in the Democratic minority try to figure out their next moves, Republicans may have figured out how to make Democrats irrelevant.
March 8, 2011 The disclosure of the thawing came from e-mails between the governor's office and senate Democrats. While the governor publicly has taken the stance that a bill perceived as anti-union was non-negotiable, the e-mails suggest the governor is willing to deal to a certain extent.
March 7, 2011 Wisconsin's Senate Democratic leader wants to meet near the Illinois border. Sen. Mark Miller didn't say which side of the border. There's obviously the risk of being taken into custody on the Wisconsin side of the border since all Republicans need is one warm Democratic body to pass their bill.
March 4, 2011 Wisconsin's Gov. Scott Walker still gave the sides two weeks to reach an agreement that could avoid layoffs. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats continued their out-of-state holdout though talks were continuing between them and the GOP lawmakers.
February 28, 2011 It was a new week but with the same old standoffs in Wisconsin and beyond as Republicans still pushed bills to limit union rights. In Wisconsin, state officials began to try to regain control of the state capitol which had been crowded with pro-union protesters foro days.
February 23, 2011 Even Republicans are split on the collective bargaining issue, with 41 percent opposing the efforts of GOP governors and lawmakers to reduce the rights of public employee unions as a way to deal with state government fiscal problems.
February 17, 2011 Wisconsin teachers and other union members protest plans to cut worker rights and take home pay.
The scene outside the State Capitol in Madison last night. Protesters are back there today.
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February 17, 2011 Teachers and other members of government unions are protesting against the governor's effort to strip them of some bargaining rights.
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