Poor record keeping, a lack of basic accounting controls and high staff turnover all contributed to problems in the first year of Wisconsin’s premiere job-creation agency, according to an independent audit released this week.
The semi-private Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. was created in July 2011 by Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans to help boost the state’s job creation efforts. Walker promised during his 2010 campaign to create 250,000 new jobs, and the WEDC – with an $81 million annual budget – was the entity charged with spurring economic development.
U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a war hero, a Hawaiian hero, a civil rights hero, died on Dec. 17. His last word, according to his office, was “Aloha.”
A senator since January 1963, Inouye was currently the longest serving senator and was president pro tempore of the Senate, third in the line of presidential succession. AP said his office said he died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital.
An Iowa court on Dec. 17 ordered the state health department to issue lesbian moms Jenny and Jessica Buntemeyer an accurate death certificate for their son, who was stillborn in October 2011.
The case was brought to the courts by Lambda Legal, an LGBT civil liberties group.
The right-wing founder of Domino’s Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.
Tom Monaghan, a Roman Catholic, says contraception isn’t health care but a “gravely immoral” practice.
LGBT leaders are urging the House Republican leadership to stop spending tax money to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in federal court.
Congressional Republicans decided to defend DOMA, enacted in 1996 after the U.S. Justice Department said that it could not defend in court an unconstitutional law.
An appeals court in Cameroon on Dec. 17 upheld a three-year sentence against a man found guilty of "homosexual conduct" for sending a text message to another man saying: "I'm very much in love with you."
Activists said the court's ruling in Yaounde, the capital, marked yet another setback for gays and lesbians in Cameroon, widely viewed as the most repressive country in Africa when it comes to prosecuting same-sex couples.
Even in retirement, Barney Frank promises to antagonize the right wing.
The 72-year-old Massachusetts representative ends a storied congressional career in less than three weeks. In a tenure that spanned more than three decades, Frank has helped lead the civil rights debate as one of the first openly gay elected officials, crafted a financial reform bill designed to prevent another global crisis and become a liberal hero for his willingness to clash with conservative critics.
The votes in Washington and Colorado last month legalizing marijuana were just the latest developments in the debate over marijuana use in the United States.
Lawmakers and activists in some other states are contemplating their next moves in regards to marijuana:
A speck of an island in the Dutch Caribbean has become increasingly popular with gay couples after legislators legalized same-sex marriages in a region still openly hostile to gays and lesbians.
Two men were recently married in Saba, marking the first ceremony of its kind in the region and setting off a frenzy of calls from gay couples in other Dutch Caribbean islands seeking to marry, said Julietta Woods with Saba’s Civil Registry office.”People keep calling me every second,” she said by telephone this week.
The Montana Supreme Court on Dec. 17 ruled against the ACLU’s request for immediate full domestic partnership protection for same-sex couples, but said the case could move forward challenging same-sex couples’ lack of protection in individual statutes.
The ACLU and six same-sex couples who were plaintiffs in the case plan to pursue legal options.
Tens of thousands of people supporting the Socialist government's plan to legalize same-sex marriage and adoptions in France have marched in a Paris demonstration.
President Francois Hollande has said he would enact his "marriage for everyone" plan within a year of taking office last May.
Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there’s not a Republican in sight among the bunch.
“There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year,” said Stevenson, 31. “They skew so much to the religious right. ... They focused so much on taxes. It’s not something that women in my demographic really care about. I’ve never heard my friends lament their taxes.”