Scott Walker undaunted by Jeb Bush's presidential intentions

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 15:50

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is said to have lost weight in preparation for a presidential bid.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s decision to “actively explore” a presidential run will not impact his decision on running.

The lawyers who successfully fought to undo Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage are seeking to recoup $1.2 million in legal costs from the case.

Federal judge declares Obama immigration actions unconstitutional

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:34

A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama's order in November designed to spare from deportation millions living in the United States without permission amounts to "unilateral legislative action" in violation of the Constitution.

Baraboo School Board approves transgender athletic participation policy

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:24

Baraboo School Board in Baraboo, Wisconsin, has voted 4-3 to approve a transgender participation policy, according to the LGBT advocacy group GSAFE.

The policy was based on a model measure introduced by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association in 2013.

New York Gov. Cuomo announces fracking ban

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:50

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Dec. 17 that hydraulic fracturing will be banned in New York, following the release of a long-anticipated study that concluded fracking could pose "significant public health risks."

Also today, the Long Island Power Authority Board of Trustees voted to approve only a fraction of the renewable energy projects promised by the governor, bringing just 122 megawatts of new solar projects online and falling short of the 280 megawatts of renewable energy the governor committed to this year.

McConnell declares: Keystone tops Senate agenda in January

Written by The AP Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:27

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared this week that approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January, potentially setting up an early veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.

Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns.

Trial likely for 3 in slur-filled attack on gay couple

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:01

Zachary Hesse and his boyfriend were moving on from a frozen yogurt stop toward a pizza joint in Philadelphia's Gayborhood when they came across eight to 10 young adults out on the town.

One of the revelers, using profanity and slurs, asked if they were gay, Hesse testified on Dec. 15. Hesse said they were, echoing the same crude language, and they soon found themselves surrounded.

NC church members indicted in beating of gay man

Written by The AP Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:47

For Matthew Fenner, a crowd of parishioners gathering around him in a church sanctuary after a prayer service was a sign of trouble.

Within minutes, he said they began to berate him because he was gay. One woman told him he was “disgusting.” Then for two hours, they pushed and hit Fenner, screaming at him as they tried to “break me free of the homosexual ‘demons,’” he said in a police affidavit about the Jan. 27, 2013 attack.

Florida attorney general asks Supreme Court to block gay marriages

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 17 December 2014 12:09

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to try to keep the state's gay marriage ban in place past Jan. 5.

Bondi this week filed a request with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees emergency appeals from Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

2015: The in-between year

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:55

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The two most influential dates in 2015 politics likely will prove to be Tuesdays — Nov. 4, 2014, and Nov. 8, 2016.

2014: Word of the year is 'culture'

Associated Press
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 02:56

A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture.

The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and “exposure,” declared the year’s winner at during a time of tragedy and fear due to Ebola.

Scalia joins torture debate: Hard to rule out extreme measures

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:31

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it's hard to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened.

Scalia told a Swiss broadcast network that American and European liberals who say such tactics may never be used are being self-righteous.