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Madison, Wis. — For three weeks, the ornate capitol rotunda was home to thousands of camped-out progressives. Now, a day before the state supreme-court election, the marble halls are empty, save for a few schoolchildren and bureaucrats. Labor activists, however, are not in hibernation. They will rally downtown this evening.

I spotted a few protesters outside this morning, peddling anti-Walker pins. A couple held Kloppenburg signs. But in every sense, it was quiet; only a few cars puttered by, the dreary weather drove many toward the local coffee shops.

Here is my snapshot from noon today:

This, of course, was the scene in late February:



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