National Gaze

Federal appeals court is hearing equality cases

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 April 2014 07:53

Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin

Just over a year after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two landmark marriage equality cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver heard arguments in what could be the next landmark equality case to go to the High Court.

Rallies in cities across U.S. yesterday decry deportations

Written by The AP Sunday, 06 April 2014 07:02

Immigration advocates and supporters rallied Saturday in cities across the country in a renewed effort to push President Barack Obama to put a freeze on deportations.

Is weird news dumbing us down or engaging us?
Samples included

Written by Louis Weisberg
and Lisa Neff
Friday, 21 March 2014 14:02

Has the world gone crazy, or does the preponderance of strange stories on social media and tabloid-style websites just make it seem that way? Is all the weird stuff drawing attention from important stories?

Springtime for SCOTUS: Controversy blooms

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 21 February 2014 16:55

Sr. Mary Christopher of Footville and Sr. Marie Lucette of Janesville pray during a “religious freedom” gathering outside a Kastenmeier Federal Courthouse in Madison. Demonstrations were held nationwide against contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act. –Photo: AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart

Cherry blossoms signal springtime in D.C. So do crowds of demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court building.

What are chances of IRS audit? A look at the numbers

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 14 April 2014 07:57

The Internal Revenue Service audited less than 1 percent of the income tax returns filed last year. But your odds of getting audited vary greatly, depending on income.

Mozilla CEO resigns due to anti-gay controversy

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 04 April 2014 06:30

Brendan Eich

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.

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

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 21 March 2014 12:51

Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 57 years.

“Americans in growing numbers want to have more public transit services in their communities,” said American Public Transit Association board chair Peter Varga, who also is the CEO of The Rapid transit system in Grand Rapids, Mich. “Public transportation systems nationwide — in small, medium and large communities — saw ridership increases. Some reported all-time high ridership numbers.”

Budget office: Hike in minimum wage would help some families out of poverty

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 19 February 2014 12:07

The Congressional Budget Office on Feb. 18 released its analysis of two options to rising the minimum wage in the United States.

The CBO reviewed the “$10.10 option” and a “$9 option.”

White supremacist held in killings at Jewish sites near Kansas City

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 14 April 2014 05:42

A well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader accused of killing three people Sunday in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt, The Associated Press reported.

Case dropped against Methodist minister who performed same-sex wedding for his son

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:53

The United Methodist Church has dropped its case against a retired minister accused of breaking church law by officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding.

‘License to Discriminate’ bills lose in Arizona, elsewhere

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 09 March 2014 20:51

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Terry Valdez was thinking about Jackie Robinson and Jan Brewer while she waited for the Padres and the Mariners to take the field for an early spring training game in Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 27.

Gay teen achieves Eagle Scout milestone in Maryland

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 12 February 2014 06:22

Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Earlier this week, Boy Scout Troop 52 of Chevy Chase, one of the nation's oldest, formed a circle and gave Pascal Tessier sustained applause and some handshakes and pats on the back. His achievement comes just weeks after the organization lifted its ban on gay youth and may make him the first publicly gay Eagle approved under the new policy.