Debunking objections to the Milwaukee streetcar

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:02

A conceptual drawing of the Milwaukee streetcar.

Ald. Bob Donovan claims Milwaukee’s streetcar project would divert $100 million of taxpayer money from education and other beneficial programs, but that’s simply not true. Here are some of the other popular objections to the streetcar, followed by responses from Jeff Fleming, spokesman for the Milwaukee Department of City Development.

Senate says climate change is real, but build KXL

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:26

The Republican-controlled Senate on Jan. 21 voted 98-1 for a measure declaring, simply, “Climate change is real and not a hoax.”

But the Senate, taking a series of votes that set the stage for an upcoming major vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, ultimately turned away from the mountain of evidence that puts much blame for climate change on humans.

Obama promotes religious, gender equity in India speech

Written by From AP reports Wednesday, 28 January 2015 10:08

President Barack Obama gently nudged India to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.

Obama said that while he has had extraordinary opportunities, "there were moments in my life where I've been treated differently because of the color of my skin." As he touted the importance of religious tolerance, he noted the persistent false rumors that he is a Muslim, not a Christian.

Judge allows felony abuse-of-power case against Rick Perry to move forward

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 27 January 2015 20:31

A Texas judge has refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand.

WiGWAG: News with a twist, Jan. 29, 2015

Written by Lisa Neff, Louis Weisberg,
Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:16

Oxfam: Richest 1 percent sees share of wealth jump

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:06

The combined wealth of the richest 1 percent will overtake that of the other 99 percent of people next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked, according to an analysis released by Oxfam International.

Walker forms political organization to boost potential 2016 presidential bid

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:57

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced this week that he formed a political organization to help boost a potential 2016 presidential run, the first concrete step toward a possible campaign that comes as others are also ramping up efforts to seek the GOP nomination.

The tax-exempt group, Our American Revival, was formed on Jan. 16 and can raise and spend unlimited cash to help Walker push his agenda. But if he were to become an official candidate, Walker would not be able to move the balance from his tax-exempt group to a presidential campaign.

University of Wisconsin-Madison quietly closes controversial cat lab

Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 09:48

A University of Wisconsin-Madison cat research lab that was the focus of protests by animal-rights groups and a Hollywood actor quietly closed more than a month ago, a university spokesman said.

Neuroscience professor Tom Yin had run the lab for nearly 40 years, and said it closed Dec. 1 when his research funding ran out.

Amid presidential campaign, Walker’s deficit balloons to $2B

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:32

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will have to plug a roughly $280 million budget shortfall by the end of June, and the state faces a two-year deficit that could be as large as $2 billion, based on new estimates released from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

High court sets stage for historic ruling on marriage

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 29 January 2015 05:54

The U.S. Supreme Court this spring will take up cases seeking to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in four states, setting the stage for a national — and historic — ruling on the freedom to marry in America.

“This is the moment we’ve long been working toward,” said Evan Wolfson, of the Freedom to Marry, a national LGBT civil rights group.

Walker proposes $300-million cut, more freedom to UW system

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 28 January 2015 06:30

Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to give the University of Wisconsin System more freedom would allow it to impose unchecked tuition increases that could price students out of college, one of the system’s toughest critics and student leaders said.

Arrested naked violinist sues, alleging excessive force

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 27 January 2015 07:33

A Hillsboro, Oregon, man arrested after playing a violin while naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, last year is suing police.

The Oregonian reports that 25-year-old Matthew T. Mglej claims authorities used excessive force and violated his First Amendment rights. He named the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau as defendants in a lawsuit filed last week, and he's seeking $1.1 million in damages.