Massive Protests Expected in ... Madison

Capitol steels itself for rallies today

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 14, 2011 11:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Here we go again: With Republicans trying once more to pass Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial collective bargaining limits, the state Capitol in Madison is steeling itself for more protests. Walker’s budget will be debated at the Capitol today, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports, and thousands of protesters are expected. There will be a few differences this time around: Signs on sticks, bullhorns, tape, tents, sleeping bags, and whistles or noisemakers are no longer allowed inside.

But dozens of tents have been set up for days across the street in an area dubbed “Walkerville.” Inside the Capitol, there is an increased presence of Wisconsin State Troopers, Capitol Police, and Department of Natural Resources officers. The Wisconsin Supreme Court could rule today on the decision by a judge to strike down Walker’s controversial law, but if that doesn’t happen, Republican leaders say they will write Walker’s collective bargaining limits directly into the state budget they are working to pass.

Police, left, with a protester in custody, push back as other protesters try to prevent the doors of a ground floor elevator from closing at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Monday, June 6, 2011.
Police, left, with a protester in custody, push back as other protesters try to prevent the doors of a ground floor elevator from closing at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Monday, June 6, 2011.   (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Craig Schreiner)
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