No foolin’ Actual news can be stranger than fiction

Written by Compiled by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 March 2015 19:56

The Secret Service wants millions of dollars to build another White House.

Regional Gaze: Wisconsin in top tier of states losing their middle class

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:16

Wisconsin in top tier of states losing their middle class

The middle class is shrinking in every state in America, and Wisconsin is in the top tier of those where the middle class has experienced the most severe erosion, according to a state-by-state analysis on the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline blog.

State to state activists campaign against ex-gay therapy

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:13

Advocates for LGBT youth succeeded in March in thwarting a campaign in Oklahoma to give statutory protection to those who practice so-called “ex-gay” therapy on minors. 

No major medical or mental health associations endorse the therapy, which is dangerous and characterized by some leading health professionals as child abuse.

Bills targeting unions multiply in states

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:08

UPDATED: It’s not just Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Taking their cue from conservative, corporate-backed anti-labor groups, Republican lawmakers in statehouses across the country are working to weaken organized labor, sometimes with efforts that directly shrink union membership.

The Republican wave in the November 2014 elections left many unions  vulnerable.

Indiana governor Mike Pence

Faced with a growing HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies to authorize a needle-exchange program to help contain new infections in a rural county.

Slippery slope: Budget imperils natural resources
WiG cover story

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 March 2015 13:07

Devil’s Lake State Park. — PHOTO: Travel Wisconsin

Despite Wisconsin’s deep partisan divide, there’s one area of policy on which the state’s Republicans and Democrats emphatically agree: conservation.

WiGWAG: News with a twist
March 26, 2015

Written by Lisa Neff, Louis Weisberg,
Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:46


A Pennsylvania man in Wilkes-Barre thought he could ward off an arrest for public drunkenness by making himself untouchable. As police approached the apparently intoxicated man, he dropped to the ground and rolled around in dog waste. He then told police they couldn’t arrest him covered in feces. But they did.

North Carolina University suspends fraternity over racist, sexist entries in notebook

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:17

North Carolina State University has disbanded a fraternity chapter over a notebook filled with sexist and racially offensive entries.

The punishment comes amid recent cases of bad behavior at the University of Oklahoma, Penn State and other schools put fraternities in the national spotlight.

Walker Watch: The one where his aide quits after a day

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 26 March 2015 18:11

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker runs onstage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, in February.
— PHOTO: AP/Cliff Owen

Walker communications aide quits after a day

Wisconsinites sue over rail expansion for crude oil

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:40

A train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Illinois.

Days after the fiery derailment of an oil train near Galena, Illinois, nine Wisconsin citizens went to court to challenge an expansion of a rail system for oil trains in their community.

Walker dismisses report of big Menard donation, tax breaks

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:54

Likely presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker this week dismissed a report that he helped steer tax credits and eased up on environmental oversight to benefit national hardware chain Menards after its billionaire owner donated $1.5 million to a conservative group.

Yahoo News has reported that John Menard Jr. gave the money to Wisconsin Club for Growth to help advance Walker’s agenda when he faced a recall election in 2012, citing several unidentified sources. Such donations are legal under campaign finance law and are not subject to limits or a requirement they be disclosed publicly.

Anti-gay governor set to sign anti-gay bill in Indiana

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:05

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was expected to sign into law on March 26 a religious objections bill that sanctions discrimination against LGBT people.

The signing would make Indiana the first state to enact such a change this year among about a dozen where such proposals have been introduced. The measure would prohibit state and local laws that "substantially burden" the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to follow their religious beliefs.