Madison's own Ian's Pizza, tasty as it is, probably wouldn't have shipped to Manhattan very well.

But that didn't stop local public employees from sending some slices of solidarity to the Occupy Wall Street protesters this week. Members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Wisconsin donated money to Liberatos Pizza, two blocks from Wall Street, to help fuel the anti-corporate occupation.

"We sent a contribution of $250, so out there that probably buys one and a half pizzas," joked AFSCME's Bob Allen.

People all over the world donated money for seemingly endless amounts of Ian's Pizza for the crowds at the state Capitol protesting against Gov. Scott Walker and his plan to strip most collective bargaining rights from nearly all public workers in Wisconsin.

"We were grateful for all the support that came to Wisconsin from around the world, and we wanted to help our brothers and sisters in New York City," said Tim Birkley, an AFSCME Local 60 member who works for the city of Madison. "It's an important act, a show of solidarity for a shared cause."

Not sure if they have mac n' cheese pizza in New York, but we hear their slices are all right, too.

Speaking of pizza and money, this week we check out the cheesehead fueling a presidential contender and ponder the name of a new bill.

Herman's heroes

Most people only know two things about GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain: He is the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza (again, not as good as Ian's) and he loves talking about his 9-9-9 tax plan (but not as much as our colleagues in the national media).

But did you know that Cain's chief of staff is none other than Mark Block, former head of Wisconsin chapter of Americans for Prosperity?

Block was fined $15,000 and banned from Wisconsin political campaigns for three years, from 2001 to 2004, after being accused of violating election laws in 1997 as the campaign manager to state Supreme Court Justice Jon P. Wilcox.

The longtime Wisconsin political mover and shaker is credited with convincing Cain to make his improbable run at the presidency.

Cleaning up

A pair of Republican lawmakers have authored a plan they hope will tidy up budgeting at the state Capitol. Its name? The SLOB Act. No, really.

Rep. Bill Kramer and Sen. Mary Lazich earlier this week circulated the State Legislative Oversight of Budgeting Act, or SLOB Act, which would require all state agencies to provide both personal and written testimony before the Legislature's audit committee on each agency's financial and operational condition.

Somebody had better warn state Sen. Glenn Grothman. The Republican firebrand got in trouble earlier this year for calling some of the Capitol protesters "slobs."