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Walker delivers State of the State speech with focus on taxes, jobs

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:00

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promised during his State of the State speech Jan. 15 to deliver a significant income tax cut to the middle class and a renewed focus on putting people back to work.

Speaking to a joint session of the Republican-controlled Legislature, the Republican governor said that creating jobs was his top priority. He also said he was "doubling down" on efforts to meet his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs over four years.

Petitioners demand Fox stop dehumanizing transgender people

Written by WiG Tuesday, 15 January 2013 05:49

Oregon’s largest LGBT civil rights group is circulating a petition focused on Fox News after Fox Nation used a photo from “Mrs. Doubtfire” to illustrate a report on transgender health care issues.

The image of Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire ran under the headline “California and Oregon insist on transgender health coverage.”

4 women strip, protest Vatican gay marriage stance. Video

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WiG reports
Monday, 14 January 2013 14:02

Four women went topless in St. Peter’s Square to protest the Vatican’s opposition to gay marriage.

Police quickly took the women away Jan. 13, and the pope appeared not to have been disturbed as he delivered his traditional prayer from his studio window overlooking the piazza.

Arizona sheriff's posse patrols outside schools

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 11 January 2013 11:43

The sheriff for metropolitan Phoenix has launched a plan to have as many as 500 armed volunteers patrol areas just outside schools in an effort to guard against shootings like month’s attack at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office said that the patrols were launched earlier this week at 59 schools in unincorporated areas and communities that pay his agency for police services.

Community leaders were expected to gather this morning (Jan. 16) to "denounce the outrageous plan to reduce the Milwaukee County Board," according to a news release.

The announcement said, "Reducing the county board to part time and eliminating essential support staff is another distraction from the real problems facing Milwaukee County and undermines fiscally responsible management of Milwaukee County taxpayers’ resources."

RI House sets hearing on gay marriage bill

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WiG reports
Monday, 14 January 2013 14:55

Rhode Island state lawmakers have scheduled a long-awaited hearing on gay marriage legislation, setting up a potential vote in the House of Representatives before month’s end.

The House announced it will hold a hearing on Jan. 15 on the legislation.

Jodie Foster accepts achievement award, thanks ex-partner and soul-sister. Video

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WiG reports
Monday, 14 January 2013 13:24

Jodie Foster delivered a show-stopping speech at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 13 that many are referring to as a coming out moment – though there have been other such moments for the actress in recent years, reaffirming the notion that coming out is a lifelong process.

Foster took the stage as this year's winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, which had been announced previously. But her acceptance speech was anything but predictable as the veteran actress seized control of what is every year a noisy, boozy ballroom; the crowd of A-listers quickly quieted down as it became apparent that she had something serious and important to say.

Mass. Gov. pressed to name Barney Frank to Kerry seat

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 11 January 2013 08:04

Liberal groups have launched twin online petitions aimed at pressuring Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to temporarily name former Congressman Barney Frank to Sen. John Kerry’s seat if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which helped raise money for Democrat Elizabeth Warren during her successful Senate campaign, has launched a new website and online petition.

San Francisco considers renaming airport for Harvey Milk

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WiG reports
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 07:56

A San Francisco lawmaker on Tuesday (Jan. 15) planned to introduce legislation asking voters to rename the city’s airport for slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk.

A charter amendment sponsored by Supervisor David Campos would put the question of creating Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport on San Francisco’s November 2013 ballot. If five of Campos’ colleagues agree to submit the proposed name change to voters and the amendment goes through in the fall, the city would become home to the world’s first airport honoring an openly gay person, said Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk.

A Maryland lawmaker charged with operating a boat under the influence of alcohol says he began drinking more after separating from his wife and feeling “betrayed” by longtime colleagues who voted for gay marriage.

Delegate Don Dwyer, a Republican from Anne Arundel, told The Capital of Annapolis (http://bit.ly/VAeo0Q) that his drinking increased toward the end of last year’s General Assembly session.

Michigan right-to-work ad ripped for link to tourism brand

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Friday, 11 January 2013 17:13

Michigan’s economic development arm is being criticized for buying a newspaper ad touting the state’s new right-to-work law with the “Pure Michigan” tourism logo.

In the full-page ad in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said the law has Michigan poised to be a preferred place to do business. Pure Michigan is mentioned in ad, and the logo also is shown.

Wisconsin Wave, activists rally at Capitol

Written by WiG Thursday, 10 January 2013 19:28

Hundreds of Wisconsinites on Jan. 10 gathered outside the state Capitol with the Wisconsin Wave, organizers of the "Rally to Reject This Puppet Legislature."

Speakers and ralliers delivered lawmakers the message that the majority party – the GOP – has no democratic authority to govern "because the fall general election was rigged via unprecedented, hyper-partisan gerrymandering," according to a news release.