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Mary Burke would restore funding to Wisconsin Arts Board

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 31 October 2014 11:06

Democratic candidate Mary Burke vows to restore funding to the Wisconsin Arts Board if elected governor.

Under Republican Gov. Scott Walker, aid provided to the arts statewide dropped from $2.4 million to $759,000. The budget for WAB personnel and operations was cut more than 65 percent. Six staff positions were lost and the agency was placed under the Department of Tourism. 

Federal court hearing on Kansas marriage ban set for today

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 31 October 2014 06:15

A federal judge is to hear a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage.

The hearing this afternoon (Oct. 31) before U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Kansas City, Kansas, is on the ACLU's request for an order to force Kansas to allow gay marriages.

WiGWAG: Wonder who is not welcome in Reagan Nation?

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:51

A right-wing columnist wants to form Reagan Nation.

Right-wing Reagan nation

Public art or public enemy? Madison's 'Philosophers' Stones

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:43

Madison’s Philosophers’ Stones. — PHOTO: Jill Sebastian

Does public art breed street crime?

U.S. chamber largest overall spender of dark money in midterms

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 31 October 2014 10:46

A report from Public Citizen released on Oct. 31 shows that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is both the largest overall spender in the 2014 congressional elections among outside groups that do not disclose their contributors and the largest such spender in 28 of the 35 races in which it has gotten involved.

The study, "The Dark Side of Citizens United," shows that the chamber has gotten invovled in 16 of the 20 congressional races that have seen the most outside spending for the 2014 midterms. The chamber, according to the report, has spent an average of $908,000 per race. 

Is time running out on daylight saving time?

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 31 October 2014 03:47

Time to move on? The debate over springing forward, falling back.

Ask a group of students waiting in the dark for a school bus their opinion of daylight saving time, and some will say, “What’s that?” Others might shrug and reply, “Whatever.” “Meh.”

Community news: AIDS Resource a leader in equality

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:28

For the second consecutive year, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, the state’s largest provider of integrated health care to people with HIV, was recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

For more, go to hrc.org/hei.

Journal Sentinel story attacking Burke used source who called Obama an anti-gay slur

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:26

A source who was quoted this morning in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cover story claiming that Democrat Mary Burke was fired from Trek Bicycle has posted bizarre and offensive rants on his Facebook page, including accusations that Barack Obama is a “homo” and First Lady Michelle Obama is a man.

Wisconsin plays key role in music, memory study

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 31 October 2014 06:54

Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.

The study being led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the largest yet on the impact of the Music and Memory program, which is in hundreds of nursing homes across the U.S. and Canada, said program founder Dan Cohen. Similar studies will be conducted in Utah and Ohio.

National briefs: Maloney demands investigation of benefits to Nazis

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:25

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York has demanded the Justice Department and Social Security Administration launch an immediate investigation of Social Security payments to former Nazis.

Maloney called the payments a “gross misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

Former Trek employee Joe Fadness is a Wisconsin GOP operative

UPDATED STORY: A source who was quoted this morning in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cover story claiming that Democrat Mary Burke was fired from Trek Bicycle has posted bizarre and offensive rants on his Facebook page, including accusations that Barack Obama is a “homo” and First Lady Michelle Obama is a man.

Fair play vs. corporate welfare in Milwaukee

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:09

Amid the fall political campaigns, a dynamic grassroots movement for justice in Milwaukee made headlines, reminding us that change does not necessarily come from politicians but from people working together in their communities.