Massive Protests Expected in ... Madison
Capitol steels itself for rallies today
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2011 11:22 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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winterfairy
Jun 15, 2011 3:42 AM CDT
Well i guess the government loafers won't be able to illegally walk off their jobs and disrupt the elected government to howl and scream for more pay and less work. Back to their do nothing jobs until they start getting fired.
zdaydream
Jun 14, 2011 8:42 PM CDT
Past couple of years we've been hearing from the Tea Party and the people are standing up against an ideology now that is hateful and selfish. We're tired of hearing from a people that care nothing more for anything or anybody except what they see in the mirror. I pray that the Tea Party will be their own demise. <:-)
Non-deep-thinker
Jun 14, 2011 5:27 PM CDT
The Wisconsin Supreme Court Tuesday allowed the collective bargaining law to go into effect. The Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling that blocked the implementation of the law. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon restating their belief the law was passed legally. They called the court's decision a "vindication."