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Community rallies around striking workers in Ashland, WI

For striking Ashland Industries welder James Pupp, of Ashland, the show of support Saturday afternoon from friends and neighbors at a rally held for the 43 workers was touching.

“It feels good to see all these people here to help our cause to get back to work again,” said Pupp, who has been employed at the firm for 10 years. “All we want is our security and our family health plan.”

Held in the H. Pearson Plaza, the rally featured live music, food and speakers, such as State Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and Rep. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland.

ALTER NET: May Day's Radical History: What Occupy Is Fighting for This May 1st

American general strikes—or rather, American calls for general strikes, like the one Occupy Los Angeles issued last December that has been endorsed by over 150 general assemblies—are tinged with nostalgia.

Few Wisconsinites Contributing to SuperPAC's


Eighteen people with Wisconsin ties are among the donors to so-called “super PACs,” a new breed of campaign fundraising machine. But compared to Texas, New York and California, where super PACs raised upwards of $10 million, those Wisconsin donors contributed a whole lot less.

Itemized super PAC contributions with Wisconsin addresses totaled $428,301 in 2011, according to Federal Election Commission filings released last week.

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has posted a searchable database of nearly $93 million in super PAC contributions below.

WSJ: Indoor Capitol protest photos tell the 'real story'

For five of the 17 days last February that protesters lived in and slept in the state Capitol, photographer John Riggs was there, with little more than his camera. 

Shooting pictures inside the historic building was difficult: Light conditions were low and events were unpredictable. But Riggs, owner of Tamarack Studio and Gallery just east of Capitol Square, found the occupation sparked by political events so personally moving, so filled with creativity and so peacefully "utopian" that he felt it needed to be documented in a show and a book.

CAP TIMES: Solidarity Singers director says 'we're there to petition our government'

Chris Reeder doesn't think new state policies imposing permit restrictions and costs on protesters at the Capitol are directed at him and the group of Solidarity Singers he leads.

But you have to wonder. The new dictates come at a time when the singers are easily the most consistent voice of dissent. Since March 11, they've never missed a weekday — that's 232 singalongs as of Friday, most of them in the Capitol rotunda.

CAP TIMES: Capitol protest limits violate constitution

Gov. Scott Walker in February admitted on Greta van Susteren’s Fox News program that he and his aides considered using agent provocateurs to create violent incidents in order to discredit protests at the state Capitol. More recently he has made it clear that he will go to any length to stifle dissent against his policies.

CAP TIMES: Occupy Madison works to overcome legal and weather related obstacles

With the mother of all Occupy protest sites being swept clean by police in New York, camps being dismantled in several other cities, and the shocking pepper-spraying of protesters at the University of California-Davis, I got to wondering what was up with Occupy Madison.

WSJ: Wisconsinites decry new anti-free speech Walker policy on protests in the capitol

Protesters accused state officials of trying to silence critics of Gov. Scott Walker at a cranky meeting Tuesday to discuss a new policy requiring more permits — and security and cleanup fees — for demonstrations at the state Capitol.

Angry critics of the policy, which requires organizers of events at the Capitol or other state buildings involving four or more people to get a permit at least 72 hours in advance, gathered in the Capitol basement and demanded answers from Walker administration officials.

JOHN NICHOLS: Walker used to like recalls

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign is spending a lot of the money it has collected from out-of-state billionaires to fund a television ad campaign that preaches against recall elections.

The governor’s “Recall: No” campaign, which has been augmented by a push from Americans for Prosperity, a project of the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, argues that the push for a recall election is simply “sour grapes.” Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch won the 2010 election, the line goes, so Wisconsinites should swallow hard and shut up for four years.