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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.

Poll: NRA image suffers after press conference

Written by WiG Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:23

A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows that the NRA’s image tarnished after executive VP Wayne LaPierre’s controversial pre-Christmas press conference.

The PPP survey shows that 42 percent of voters see the NRA favorably and 45 percent have an unfavorable view of the organization. It’s positive rating dropped 10 points in less than three weeks.

4 women strip, protest Vatican gay marriage stance. Video

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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.

Severe season: Milwaukee health dept. encourages flu shots

Written by WiG Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:19

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting widespread flu activity across much of the country, including in Wisconsin. In response, the Milwaukee Health Department is reminding all residents to help prevent the spread of influenza.

"This season’s influenza appears to be more severe than seasons past," stated Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker. "The single best way to protect yourself and your family is to get a flu shot. I urge all city residents to get their vaccination if you haven’t already and to take steps to protect your health and the health of your families."

Anti-gay minister is off presidential inaugural program

Written by WiG Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:02

The Rev. Louie Giglio, who delivered at least one sermon proclaiming that homosexuality must be prayed away, is off the presidential inauguration program. The Atlanta pastor had been scheduled to deliver the benediction on Jan. 21.

ABC News is reporting that Giglio removed himself from the program after realizing his selection was distracting from the celebration.

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

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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.

Wisconsin activists plan memorial-protest for hunted wolves

Written by AP Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:05

Animal rights activists and environmentalists are planning a memorial for the wolves Wisconsin hunters killed this fall and early winter.

Organizer Deanna Devaul, a member of the Alliance for Animals, says the memorial is scheduled for Friday (Jan. 11) afternoon in front of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Madison. She says the proceedings will include candles, bell-ringing and a poem honoring the dead wolves.

Nominations for worst films of 2012 out

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Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:09

The list of Academy Award nominees came out early Jan. 10. This is not that list. This is the list of the nominees for the worst Hollywood has to offer – the nominees for the Razzies.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” led the Razzies lineup with 11 nominations, including worst picture, lead-acting slots for Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and supporting-acting nominations for Taylor Lautner and Ashley Greene.