National Gaze

Nashville mayor signs statement supporting marriage equality

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:09

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has become the first mayor in Tennessee to sign a statement supporting marriage equality.

Dean signed the Freedom to Marry statement last week after joining the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a bipartisan group that supports marriage equality.

United Nations condemns U.S. racism as reverberations over Ferguson continue

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 31 August 2014 07:38

Ralliers showing solidarity with Michael Brown and the black community of Ferguson, Missouri, march down West State Street in Milwaukee on Aug. 18. –Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, and St. Louis County have been sued in federal court for the use of excessive force and the false arrest of innocent bystanders during the civil unrest following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American.

On the stump, Midwestern political contenders talk up their farm cred

Written by Catherine Lucey,
AP writer
Saturday, 16 August 2014 20:41

For candidates in the Midwest, almost nothing tops a photo opportunity with a barnyard animal or a colorful anecdote about life on the farm.

Not so golden: Wealth gap lasting into retirement

Written by MICHAEL HILL,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:20

William Kistler views retirement like someone tied to the tracks and watching a train coming. It’s looming and threatening, but there’s little he can do.

Kistler, a 63-year-old resident of Golden, Colorado, has been unable to build up a nest egg for himself and his wife with his modest salary at a nonprofit. He has saved little in a 401(k) over the past decade, after spending most of his working life self-employed. That puts him far behind many wealthier Americans approaching retirement.

North Carolina attorney general will stop defending his state's gay marriage ban

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 28 July 2014 17:58

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

About two hours after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said he will no longer defend his state's voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage equality.

7 in 10 Americans oppose new laws to restrict abortion

Written by WiG Sunday, 24 August 2014 15:22

Seven in ten Americans oppose new laws to further restrict abortion, according to a national poll commissioned by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Pew takes U.S. public’s temperature on religions

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:49

A Pew Research survey shows that Americans tend to feel warmly toward Jews, Catholics and evangelicals but chilly toward Muslims and atheists.

Pew created a thermometer — measuring degrees from zero to 100 — to take Americans’ temperature toward religious groups in a survey conducted mostly in June.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Supreme Court won't 'duck' same-sex marriage

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 03 August 2014 06:05

The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.

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Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 27 July 2014 17:42


Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience.

California slaughterhouse the latest to be charged with violating health safety

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:11

A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall for processing cows with cancer and later distributing the meat, was charged in federal court on Aug. 18. The case is the latest development in a growing movement by health and animal-welfare advocates challenging the factory-farming industry.

Utah appeals gay marriage case to U.S. Supreme Court

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 06 August 2014 05:35

The state of Utah filed its appeal of a gay marriage ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, becoming the first state to ask the justices to review a state same-sex marriage ban since the high court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.

Datebook: What news might you be reading about in early August?

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:39

Some events likely to make headlines in August include:


Report: 10.3 million gain health coverage on marketplace during 1st enrollment

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 24 July 2014 06:39

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 10.3 million uninsured adults gained health care coverage following the first open enrollment period in the federal government’s health insurance marketplace.

The study, dealing with trends in insurance before and after the open enrollment period, finds greater gains in the states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. Wisconsin is not one of those states.