Chicago publication threatens to out five closeted alderman

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:55

Chicago Dispatcher, a monthly trade publication for the taxi industry, is threatening to out five allegedly closeted gay and lesbian aldermen unless they support the industry’s agenda. 

Democrats aim ire at billionaire Koch brothers

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:54

Democratic Senate candidates, facing withering criticism on the national health care law, are gambling they can turn voters against two billionaire brothers funding the attacks — even if few Americans would recognize the pair on the street.

In an accelerating counteroffensive stretching from the Senate chamber to Alaska, Democrats are denouncing Charles and David Koch, the key figures behind millions of dollars in conservative TV ads hammering Democratic candidates and their ties to President Barack Obama.

Public transportation use reaches 57-year high, but not in Wisconsin

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 11 March 2014 05:45

Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 57 years, according to a report released from the American Public Transportation Association.

And for the eighth year in a row more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide. Vehicle miles traveled on roads went up 0.3 percent last year, but public transportation use in 2013 increased by 1.1 percent.

PrideFest Milwaukee to feature Macy Gray, Sandra Bernhard, Steve Grand

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 10 March 2014 08:00

PrideFest Milwaukee will feature Lisa Lampanelli, Sandra Bernhard, Macy Gray, Chad Michaels, Steve Grand, Mary Lambert, Bruce Vilanch, Big Freedia and more, according to an announcement from organizers released on March 10.

 The event will take place June 6-8 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park — the Summerfest grounds.

The South Carolina House refused this week to back down from plans to punish two public colleges in the budget for assigning freshmen to read books dealing with homosexuality.

The House rejected multiple attempts to restore $52,000 cut from the College of Charleston in the state budget, and $17,142 cut from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Those are the amounts the universities spent on books assigned to their incoming freshmen last summer. The efforts failed by votes of 69-41, 70-43, 71-40 and 71-38.

Girl Scouts asked to end partnership with Barbie

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:17

America's top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts.

Two consumer advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — criticized Barbie as a flawed role model for little girls and launched a petition drive urging the Girl Scouts of the USA to end the partnership. The Girls Scouts said they would not do so.

S.C. Gov. Haley wants to link food stamps to jobs

Written by The AP Monday, 10 March 2014 11:42

Gov. Nikki Haley will not support an earlier proposal to keep food stamp recipients from buying junk food, instead backing an idea requiring people in three counties to show they are working or looking for a job to get the benefits.

Haley’s proposal will have to be approved by the federal government. It would be limited to food stamp recipients in Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties for now.

Bodies of slain lesbian couple found in Houston

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 10 March 2014 07:16

Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson. -PHOTO: Facebook

Authorities have identified the bodies of a lesbian couple that were found near a garbage bin on the Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston.

Hunger strike reaches Day 5 at immigration detention center

Written by The AP Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:17

A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state that started with hundreds of participants was down to five detainees on its fifth day, and they were under medical evaluation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said on March 11.

The agency said 27 people had refused to eat at the start of the day. They were placed under medical observation and separated from others at the Tacoma facility. By that afternoon, 22 detainees had eaten, and five remained on hunger strike and under medical evaluation.

Poll: 61 percent of young Republicans support same-sex marriage

Written by WiG Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:50

Young Republicans disagree with their elders and support marriage equality by a whopping 61 percent, according to a new Pew Research Poll.

CrossFit sued after barring transgender woman from competition

Written by The AP Monday, 10 March 2014 09:19

A transgender woman in Northern California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions.

The lawsuit brought by Chloie Jonsson, 34, accuses CrossFit Inc. of violating her rights under a California law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Colorado congressman introduces marijuana DUI bill

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 07 March 2014 11:58

Colorado Congressman Jared Polis has introduced legislation to expand the federal definition of impaired drive to include those who have a cognitive or physical impairment due to the use of marijuana.

The Democratic representative said the Limiting Unsafe Cannabis-Impaired Driving — LUCID — Act is needed now that Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational marijuana. A national benchmark is needed, he said, to protect citizens from drivers under the influence of marijuana.