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INTO THE FRAY

Tea Party Joins WI Battle

Crowds in Wisconsin warring over the state’s new budget—which aims to strip 300,000 union workers of their collective bargaining rights—grew to their largest size yet on Saturday, filling the streets of downtown Madison. Democrats and union supporters refused to give up bargaining rights, as Governor Scott Walker proposed, even while conceding to measures that would significantly increase their health insurance and pension contributions. Meanwhile, conservative groups, including Tea Party members coming out for the first time, organized opposing protests in support of Walker’s plan. Crowds numbered up to 60,000.

February 19, 2011 2:30 PM