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Musicians sing 'Love Song to the Earth'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 04 September 2015 09:33

Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and more have come together on a song to support the UN Secretary-General’s leadership on climate change and the United Nations’ call for a meaningful, universal, global climate change agreement to be signed by governments in December.

Wisconsin labor unions contribute $64,000 to Republicans

Written by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Friday, 04 September 2015 07:19

Ten political action committees (PACs) controlled by labor unions that represent police, firefighters, plumbers, carpenters and construction workers contributed about $64,000 during the first six months of 2015 to Republican campaign committees.

Las Vegas’ new ad campaign pushes ‘sexy’ watering habits

Written by The AP Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:31

Another part of the drought-ridden West is attempting to make water conservation sexy, this time with funny ads in Las Vegas.

After 25 years in office, Scott Walker denies he’s a career politician

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:42

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker denies he’s a career politician — even though he has held elected office since he was 25 years old and first ran for office when he was 22. As an adult, he worked in the private, for-profit sector for little more than one year.

House to hold Planned Parenthood hearing Sept. 9

Written by The AP Friday, 04 September 2015 09:27

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled Congress' first hearing on the Planned Parenthood videos for next week. And the title they're using leaves little doubt about where Republicans who run Congress stand.

State Republicans seek to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Thursday, 03 September 2015 14:50

About $7.5 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood Wisconsin would be cut under two Republican-backed bills heard by a state Assembly committee on Sept. 2, measures that come as the Legislature also considers criminalizing research on aborted fetal tissue.

Kanye West in 2020? The White House says …

Written by The AP Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:13

Kanye West for 2020? The White House says it is anticipating the rapper's potential bid for president. 

West claimed he would run for president while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards earlier this week.

Some say ‘McKinley,’ we say ‘Denali’
Questions and answers about naming the Alaskan peak

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 02 September 2015 07:15

North America's tallest mountain is returning to its previous name, Mount Denali, more than a century after the Alaskan peak was named to honor President William McKinley, who never set foot in Alaska.

The White House announced the change earlier this week in a symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives. But some politicians in McKinley's native Ohio are looking for ways to block the move. Some answers to common questions about Mount Denali and its name:

With clerk in jail, gay couples get marriage licenses in Kentucky county

Written by From AP reports Friday, 04 September 2015 09:11

A gay couple emerged from a Kentucky county clerk's office with a marriage license in hand early on Sept. 4, embracing and crying as the defiant clerk who runs the office remained jailed for her refusal to issue the licenses because she opposed same-sex marriage.

William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade, were the first to receive a marriage license in Rowan County on Sept. 4. Deputy clerk Brian Mason issued the license, congratulating the couple and shaking their hands as he smiled. After they paid the license fee of $35.50, James Yates rushed across the steps of the courthouse to hug his mom as both cried.

Anti-gay Kentucky clerk found in contempt, taken into custody

Written by From Reuters
and WiG reports
Thursday, 03 September 2015 11:29

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. — PHOTO: Reuters/Media Express

A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds was found in contempt of court by a U.S. federal judge on Sept. 3 and taken into custody.

Super PAC spending $9.25M on ads for Scott Walker in early voting states

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Thursday, 03 September 2015 05:38

A super PAC backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s run for the White House announced a $9.25 million ad buy Wednesday for three early voting states, expanding on a $7 million television ad campaign that starts in Iowa next week.

Well owned by Exxon Mobil subsidiary suffers blow out

Written by Reuters Wednesday, 02 September 2015 06:59

A North Dakota oil well owned by Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy blew out over the weekend, leaking more than 550 barrels of crude, some of which left the wellpad and seeped into surrounding grasses.