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.
March 3, 2011 Besides Walker's layoff threat, a GOP senate leader threatened the missing Democrats with contempt. For their part, the Democrats, still holed up in Illinois, said state senate majority leader, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, lacked the power to find them in contempt and drag them back to Wisconsin.
March 2, 2011 In Wisconsin, Republican and Democratic lawmakers met in an effort to try and end their stalemate. Two Democratic lawmakers met secretly with the GOP state senate leader on Monday but there appeared to be no big breakthrough.
March 2, 2011 Good morning. The big news of the day continues to be the fight for control of Libya, and the international community's reaction to the struggle.
March 1, 2011 Wisconsin protesters won a victory when a county judge said they had the right, at least for now, to statehouse access. GOP state officials have been trying to tamp down the protests by restricting access.
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 24, 2011 University of Toledo law professor Joseph Slater also notes public-worker unions were once so embraced by public officials that officials dealt with them even though there was no legal requirement to do so.
February 23, 2011 Walker told the prankster posing as billionaire David Koch that he considered putting troublemakers among the protesters but didn't because it might backfire in terms of public opinion.
February 23, 2011 Some updates from the state budget battles around the nation as of Feb. 23, 2011 midday. Wisconsin's general assembly continued work on the controversial budget repair bill. In Indiana, Democrats appeared to win a victory with the death of an anti-union right-to-work bill.
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 18, 2011 They came into office pledging to cut spending and as they try to reduce the power of public employee unions the political battles are heating up.
February 17, 2011 Wisconsin teachers and other union members protest plans to cut worker rights and take home pay.