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Cruz trumps Trump, Clinton narrowly defeats Sanders in Iowa

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 02 February 2016 05:14

Turnout was huge.

But still not enough to put Bernie Sanders over the top. By the narrowest margin, the liberal firebrand lost to Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side on Feb. 1. The race was so close, Sanders' campaign referred to it as a "virtual draw."

Document: Snyder administration trucked in water to state buildings in Flint a year ago

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:48

The Snyder administration quietly trucked in water to state buildings in January of 2015 — 10 months prior to when the governor publicly admitting there was reason for concern in Flint, according to a document obtained by Progress Michigan.

Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump

Written by Emily Flitter,
Reuters
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 16:22

Donald Trump, the reality television star-turned-politician, was endorsed by Sarah Palin, the politician-turned-reality TV star, in his front-running bid to be the next Republican U.S. president, his campaign said on Tuesday.

Nation's largest gay rights group endorses Hillary Clinton

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 19 January 2016 06:08

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

Turnout is the name of the game in tonight's Iowa caucuses

Written by KEN THOMAS
and SCOTT BAUER
AP writers
Monday, 01 February 2016 10:34

Democrat Bernie Sanders says he’s ready to stun the political world if his supporters turn out for today’s presidential caucuses in Iowa. Donald Trump says he doesn’t have to capture the first contest on the 2016 election calendar, but gives himself a good chance and sees a solid path ahead to the Republican nomination.

All the contenders are begging their backers to make it to the caucuses.

Sanders, Clinton cool to Michael Bloomberg's potential presidential run

Written by Steve Holland
and Valerie Volcovici
Reuters
Monday, 25 January 2016 08:55

U.S. Democratic presidential candidates gave a cool reception on Jan. 24 to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's potential independent White House run, with Bernie Sanders saying it would add another billionaire like Republican Donald Trump to the race.

Study identifies 12 most wasteful highway projects in U.S.

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:42

A new study by the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and Frontier Group identifies the most wasteful highway projects across the country, slated to collectively cost at least $24 billion.

Class-action suit filed over shortage of public defenders, waiting list in Orleans Parish

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 18 January 2016 09:31

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the Orleans Parish public defenders’ office and the Louisiana Public Defender Board over the office’s placement of new clients on a waiting list for representation due to a shortage of public defenders.

DiCaprio meets with Pope Francis to talk about the environment

Written by Nicole Winfield,
AP writer
Saturday, 30 January 2016 05:57

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio brushed up his Italian to greet Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss their shared concern over the environment. The movie star gave the pontiff a check for his charitable works.

Petco drops small-animal supplier amid federal probe

Written by MICHAEL RUBINKAM
Associated Press
Friday, 22 January 2016 07:36

Petco, one of the biggest pet retailers in the country, severed its relationship with a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer amid a federal investigation into conditions at the facility where it keeps thousands of hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and other species.

Petco said in a statement this week that Holmes Chinchilla Ranch and Other Small Animals Inc. is no longer a supplier after the retailer concluded “they did not meet our animal care standards.”

Does Trump have fans, or voters? The wondering begins as Iowa looms

Written by JILL COLVIN
Associated Press
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:13

It’s the No. 1 question headed into the primary season: Does Donald Trump merely have fans, or does the national front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination have voters who will mobilize come caucus day?

The definitive answer won’t arrive until first-to-vote Iowa heads to the polls on Feb. 1, but interviews with dozens of voters, political operatives, party leaders and campaign volunteers in the past week paint a mixed picture of Trump’s efforts to make sure they do.

'Making a Murderer' subject Steven Avery files appeal of murder conviction

Written by The AP Wednesday, 13 January 2016 09:54

A convicted killer who is the subject of the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" filed a wide-ranging appeal claiming authorities used an improper warrant and that a juror was out to get him, among other things.

Steven Avery, who's seeking to be released on bond, was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach a decade ago. Avery had been wrongfully convicted years earlier in a rape case and served 18 years in prison. He had sued Manitowoc County for tens of millions before he and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, were arrested in Halbach's death.