Fox series ‘Empire’ challenges homophobia in the black community

The creator of Fox’s prime-time soap Empire said he wants to “blow the lid off homophobia” in the Af...

Bipartisan effort in Wisconsin seeks to ban powdered alcohol

Powdered alcohol may be banned in Wisconsin before the product, known as Palcohol, ever hits store s...

As he campaigns for president, Walker's budget hole mushrooms to $2 billion

[UPDATED] Gov. Scott Walker will have to plug a roughly $280 million budget shortfall by the end of ...

'Good People'? More like 'Great People'

Laura Gordon leads a talented cast and crew in the Milwaukee Rep's Good People, a complex play about...

Tammy Faye’s remote Kansas grave is covered with tributes of mascara and lip gloss

On the edge of Kansas’ wind-swept prairie, near a nondescript grave, sits the most recent token of a...

Judge strikes down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban, meaning lesbians and gays there can begin marrying on Monday

Deep in the Bible Belt, same-sex couples can begin marrying on Monday following a U.S. district cour...

Republicans push anti-abortion bill through House on Roe v. Wade anniversary

With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans ...

President calls for reforming criminal justice system

President Barack Obama is calling for reform to America's criminal justice system after racially-cha...

Israeli barber creates ‘magic’ skull cap to protect Jews from attacks

An Israeli barber has fashioned what he calls "magic" yarmulkes out of hair, designed to allow relig...

Video shows cop shoot unarmed black man with hands raised

Another police killing is stirring anger in a U.S. city, this time in New Jersey, where a tense traf...

Diverse & Resilient announces leadership awards

Diverse & Resilient this week announced eight recipients of the group's LGBT Leadership Awards, hono...

Pharrell Williams teams with Al Gore for 'Live Earth' concert

Pharrell Williams says he'll have all of humanity singing together at a worldwide concert June 18 to...

  • Fox series ‘Empire’ challenges homophobia in the black community

    Sunday, 25 January 2015 14:40
    Published In: Television
  • Bipartisan effort in Wisconsin seeks to ban powdered alcohol

    Sunday, 25 January 2015 10:33
    Published In: Wisconsin
  • As he campaigns for president, Walker's budget hole mushrooms to $2 billion

    Saturday, 24 January 2015 19:32
    Published In: Wisconsin
  • 'Good People'? More like 'Great People'

    Saturday, 24 January 2015 10:55
    Published In: On Stage
  • Tammy Faye’s remote Kansas grave is covered with tributes of mascara and lip gloss

    Saturday, 24 January 2015 07:24
    Published In: National
  • Judge strikes down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban, meaning lesbians and gays there can begin marrying on Monday

    Friday, 23 January 2015 19:42
    Published In: Trending News
  • Republicans push anti-abortion bill through House on Roe v. Wade anniversary

    Friday, 23 January 2015 07:23
    Published In: Trending News
  • President calls for reforming criminal justice system

    Friday, 23 January 2015 07:16
    Published In: Trending News
  • Israeli barber creates ‘magic’ skull cap to protect Jews from attacks

    Friday, 23 January 2015 05:56
    Published In: World
  • Video shows cop shoot unarmed black man with hands raised

    Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:35
    Published In: National
  • Diverse & Resilient announces leadership awards

    Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:26
    Published In: Community Briefs
  • Pharrell Williams teams with Al Gore for 'Live Earth' concert

    Thursday, 22 January 2015 07:40
    Published In: Environment

Biased, obsolete laws litter the books

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. subscribed to St. Augustine’s view of the law: “An unjust law is no law at all.” King was martyred during his fight to eliminate laws that treated people unjustly.

Today, many unjust laws remain on the books, as do antiquated and obscure laws that are widely unknown and seldom enforced. Some of the former are occasionally invoked by prosecutors intent on harassing people; some of the latter, particularly state abortion bans that were overturned by Roe v. Wade, are maintained on the books by conservative lawmakers who hope they’ll someday become enforceable again, says Nicole Safar, public policy director of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

As he campaigns for president, Walker's budget hole mushrooms to $2 billion

[UPDATED] Gov. Scott Walker will have to plug a roughly $280 million budget shortfall by the end of June, and the state faces a two-year deficit that could be as large as $2 billion, based on new estimates released by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

When Walker took office in 2011 the state faced a roughly $3 billion budget shortfall, based on agency requests. Walker declared that the state was “bankrupt” then, an assertion that was supported by the state’s right-wing media. There’s no mention of “bankruptcy” in the right-wing media this time around.

Bipartisan effort in Wisconsin seeks to ban powdered alcohol

Powdered alcohol may be banned in Wisconsin before the product, known as Palcohol, ever hits store shelves.

Communities enact bans on GMO crops

A protest at the Jackson County Court House in Oregon.
— Photo: AP Photo/The Mail Tribune/Jamie Lusch

Two Oregon farmers are defending a local ordinance in federal court in a campaign to protect their harvests and create a zone free of genetically engineered crops.

House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted on Jan. 14 to overturn President Barack Obama’s key immigration policies, approving legislation that would eliminate new deportation protections for millions and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion.

'Good People'? More like 'Great People'

Laura Gordon (center, in pink) plays Margie, a Southie at the end of her rope looking for a break. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Laura Gordon leads a talented cast and crew in the Milwaukee Rep's Good People, a complex play about a working mother forced to go to extremes when she comes up short for this month's rent.

Out on the town

Cold War Kids

8:30 p.m. Jan. 27

‘The Kreutzer Sonata’

Jan. 24 to Feb. 15 

‘Good People’

Jan. 21 to Feb. 15

‘The Beautiful Dark’

Jan. 23 to Feb. 7

‘Stargirl’

Jan. 16 to Feb. 15

‘True West’

Jan. 15 to 31

'The Other Place'

Jan. 15 to Feb. 1

Macbeth

Jan. 15 - 31

Madison makes top 5 on 'Queerest Cities in America' list

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The Advocate magazine again has compiled its annual list of the “Queerest Cities in America" and Madison, Wisconsin, comes in at No. 5.

Editorial: The realities of free speech

The horrific massacre of journalists in Paris on Jan. 7 demonstrates what happens when the freedoms of speech and religion collide with extremism. The French collision involved Muslim radicals, but, here in the United States, we have a growing movement of right-wing extremists who need to understand the First Amendment guarantees provided by the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. 

Welles centennial celebrated in Madison, Kenosha

Orson Welles. — Photo: UW-Madison Cinematheque

A century ago, on May 6, 1915, Kenosha found itself the birthplace of one of the greatest film directors of all time: Orson Welles.

Pleasant under glass
Botanical gardens offer respite from the winter

Under the dome. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Exotic insects chirrup and buzz as they flit among the palms, ferns, figs and tropical flowers. They patrol the jungle for other pests, provide food for the various species of birds breeding in the canopy and occasionally land in the hungry clutches of pitcher plants, Venus flytraps and other floral carnivores.

Soulstice Theatre stages a ladies’ ‘Macbeth’

Starring in Soulstice Theatre's Macbeth.

Of all Shakespeare’s plays, Macbeth is among the most gendered, its characters struggling with the ways their society expects them to act like men or women.

Wisconsin congressman makes 'faces of inequality' list

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., is among the six new members of the 114th Congress to be named to the "Faces of Inequality" list.