The GOP-controlled state government finally heeds Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi's order and halts implementation of Gov. Walker's "budget repair bill," which Sumi has blocked as a probable violation of the state's Open Meetings Law.
Dane County prosecutors file two felony and two misdemeanor charges against Katherine Windels, 26, of Cross Plains for allegedly sending threatening emails to GOP lawmakers. Windels told investigators she did not intend to follow through on the threats. She could face more charges over a subsequently discovered threatening email to Gov. Walker.
Former Gov. Patrick Lucey resigns as honorary campaign co-chair for Justice David Prosser, complaining that the judge has lost his "evenhanded impartiality." Lucey endorses Prosser's opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg.
Gov. Walker reverses course and promises to listen to the hundreds of thousands of citizens who have been protesting his radical anti-union, anti-education, anti-poor agenda. "Sorry," he says. "I've been such a jerk." Note the date.
A woman on Madison's east side calls police after her sister sends an April Fool's Day prank text saying her husband had just hit her. "The woman who sent the text met the officers and was very apologetic about the unfortunate misunderstanding," police spokesman Joel DeSpain tells The Capital Times.
Fliers sporting the Madison Police logo and claiming a no-protest zone has been established around the Capitol are discovered downtown. Police say the fliers are fake.
Hundreds of zombies stagger around the Capitol building searching for brains to eat, but leave hungry after several hours. See Dean Robbins' report on TheDailyPage.com.
Bishop William Bullock, 83, who led the Madison Catholic Diocese from 1993 to 2003, dies of lung cancer.
An 20-year-old alleged car thief dies after crashing into a tree on South Midvale Boulevard.
Protesters in separate marches converge on the Capitol to mark the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi sentences Gerald Orton, 46, to 22 years in prison for bludgeoning his estranged wife with a mallet in 2009 in an attempt to kill her.
Former Mayor Paul Soglin narrowly upsets incumbent Dave Cieslewicz to return to the job he has already held longer than anyone else. Joe Parisi is elected Dane County executive. Six newcomers are elected to Madison Common Council. See reports on TheDailyPage.com.
Officials continue to count votes in the dead-heat race between state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and challengerJoAnne Kloppenburg. On Wednesday afternoon, Kloppenburg declared victory, with a 204-vote margin out of nearly 1.5 million votes cast. A recall is expected.
Compiled (in part) from local media