Alison Bauter


Alison Bauter

This weekend's 120th anniversary celebration for UW-Madison's "The Daily Cardinal" student newspaper drew alumni from San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Amsterdam, Italy and elsewhere. More than a few came because of the untimely loss of a dear f more

Apr 30, 2012 5:32 PM News


Alison Bauter

A different kind of candidate might soon see his name on the recall ballot challenging Gov. Scott Walker in the Republican primary next month. His motto? "Arthur Kohl-Riggs: Less of a joke than Scott Walker." more

Apr 4, 2012 10:20 PM News


Alison Bauter

The Wisconsin Senate passed its biennial budget bill along party lines late Thursday night, amidst shouts of "I want my democracy back!" from the gallery and repeated commotions from a small group of protesters outside the chambers. more

Jun 17, 2011 6:32 AM News


Alison Bauter

At the end of an "extraordinary session" that ran into early Thursday morning, the Wisconsin Assembly passed the state's 2011-2012 budget, advancing the long-debated legislation to the Senate with amendments from Republicans on school choice and WiscNet. Just after 3 a.m., following 13 hours of heated debate, the Assembly voted to pass the bill 60-38, with all Republicans and the Assembly's one independent in favor, and all Democrats opposed. more

Jun 16, 2011 4:47 PM News

The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Dane County circuit court Judge Maryann Sumi's ruling against the state legislature's procedure in passing Act 10, which eliminates collective bargaining for state employees, effectively making the controversial more

Jun 15, 2011 1:24 AM News



With Wisconsin's controversial Voter Identification Bill (AB-7) set to finally pass the Senate, several Wisconsin groups are readying their response, including possible legal challenge. After nine hours of debate and tabled amendments in the Senate on Tuesday, Democrats objected to a motion for unanimous consent from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald early Wednesday morning. As a result, the bill was moved to the Senate's next meeting, Thursday, May 19, at 9:00 a.m., for a final vote. more

May 19, 2011 1:52 AM News

Senate Democrats spent over nine hours proposing amendments to the Voter Identification Bill (AB-7) Tuesday, only to have Sen. Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) motion to table each amendment. Each motion passed along party lines, and all of the Democrats' amendments were tabled without debate from Senate Republicans. more

May 19, 2011 1:52 AM News

Critics of Wisconsin's proposed Voter ID bill say changes made this week by the state Assembly do not erase their concerns that it will serve to disenfranchise students. The bill, AB-7, would require Wisconsin residents to show identification at the polls in order to vote. On Tuesday it passed the Committee on Election and Campaign Reform on a party-line vote. more

May 4, 2011 4:21 PM News

Around 1,500 labor solidarity marchers made their way up Madison's West Washington Street to the state Capitol Sunday to mark International Workers' Day. The annual May Day protest originated to commemorate workers' rights, but collective bargaining rights, immigration rights, the environment and other issues converged at the rally. more

May 2, 2011 2:01 PM News

While critics accuse Gov. Scott Walker of cronyism, the case can be made that he's not a spendthrift. In terms of appointments overall, Walker has kept a lid on cabinet costs. more

Apr 28, 2011 2:00 PM News

Opponents of Assembly Bill 7 (AB-7) packed the Assembly Committee on Election and Campaign Reform's public hearing on the Wisconsin Voter Identification Bill Wednesday more

Apr 28, 2011 1:58 PM News


Alison Bauter

Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin headlined a Tax Day-themed tea party rally at the Wisconsin Capitol on Saturday, and declared victory for the "common sense reform" agenda pursued by Gov. Scott Walker. "You saw the forces aligned against fiscal reform," said Palin to cheering supporters, who immediately surrounded the stage at the King Street entrance to the Capitol. "You saw the obstruction and the destruction. You saw these violent rent-a-mobs trash your Capitol and vandalize business. And, Madison, you held your ground! Your governor did the right thing! You won!" more

Apr 16, 2011 10:07 PM News

Just ten minutes after polls closed Tuesday, a cheer went up around the Talula bar on Madison's east side: "61-39! Joe's ahead!" An hour-and a-half later, Wisconsin Assembly Rep. Joe Parisi mounted the stage at the east-side restaurant Talula to thank his supporters and announce his victory in the race for Dane County Executive. "It looks like I've got a new job," he joked. more

Apr 6, 2011 8:02 AM News

The task of recalling any of Wisconsin's 16 eligible state senators is a race against time. In each case, proponents need to collect anywhere from 12,000 to 20,000 signatures in just 60 days. And lately, Wisconsin's recall battle looks a lot more like a public relations skirmish; it's not about who has the most signatures, but who appears to. more

Apr 4, 2011 3:54 PM News

Here is a rundown of the Wisconsin Senate recall campaigns circa the first weekend of April. more

Apr 4, 2011 3:54 PM News


Alison Bauter

Demonstrators opposed to Gov. Scott Walker's agenda for Wisconsin gathered at the Capitol for a fifth consecutive Saturday, opening with a protest led by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) that sought to "connect the dots" between wartime spending and the deficit at home. Veterans for Peace, Firefighters for Labor, and several other groups joined in for a march up State Street, pausing in front of the Capitol to raise fingers and fists in signs of peace and solidarity. more

Mar 19, 2011 8:16 PM News

UW-Madison labor scholar Joel Rogers believes that opponents of Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union budget bill need to avoid a general strike and turn instead toward recall efforts to anticipate the upcoming redistricting. more

Mar 17, 2011 2:00 PM News


Alison Bauter

The day after Scott Walker's ceremonial signing of a bill stripping collective bargaining rights from Wisconsin's public employees, tens of thousands of protestors once again filled the Capitol Square Saturday. "Kill the bill" was no longer heard, but a new chant rose to take its place: "What's the word? Kloppenburg!" more

Mar 13, 2011 12:17 AM News

After joining forces over the weekend to protest Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and challenger Paul Soglin returned to the campaign for a debate at Meriter Hospital's auditorium Monday night. more

Mar 8, 2011 3:03 PM News

On Tuesday, a judge made an interim ruling upholding a temporary injunction requiring the department to open the Wisconsin State Capitol to members of the public during business hours and when governmental business is conducted. Plaintiff attorney Peggy Lautenschlager said this likely means Capitol access will continue to be based on the Department of Administration's interpretation. more

Mar 2, 2011 4:06 AM News