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Rubio campaign reeling after sharp attacks during last Republican debate

Written by Julie Pace
and Julie Bykowicz,
AP writers
Monday, 08 February 2016 05:35
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Marco Rubio faced withering criticism of his readiness to be president and his policy depth in the last Republican debate before tomorrow’s New Hampshire primary, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other candidates launched an aggressive campaign to slow the Florida senator’s rise.

Right-wing money starts pouring in for Rebecca Bradley’s Supreme Court bid

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Friday, 05 February 2016 20:29
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It surprises no one that Bradley is attracting dark money from right-wing groups fighting for the corporate takeover of the U.S. government.

Outside groups have started pumping money into Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race.

Bomb threat at sheriff’s office over ‘getting justice for Steven’ Avery

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 05 February 2016 06:28
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A caller who phoned in a bomb threat to a Wisconsin county sheriff’s office made an apparent reference to “getting justice” for the man at the center of the Making a Murderer documentary, authorities said Feb. 3

Indiana senator pulls flawed anti-discrimination bill

Written by The AP Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:42

The sponsor of the Indiana Senate's bill to extend anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual people is pulling the proposal from consideration, dealing a serious blow to efforts to pass legislation this year.

Republican Sen. Travis Holdman said this week he was disappointed but realized there wasn't enough support for the bill to win approval.

UN introduces six postage stamps promoting LGBT equality

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 06 February 2016 08:30

On Feb. 4, The United Nations Postal Administration on released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

More sex abuse by UN troops reported in C. African Republic

Written by The AP Friday, 05 February 2016 11:08

A human rights group said this week that at least eight women and girls were raped or sexually exploited by U.N. peacekeepers late last year in Central African Republic, and the world body announced that, following a new policy, more than 100 troops would be sent home.

Human Rights Watch said a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old said peacekeepers gang-raped them near the airport in Bambari, the country’s second-largest city.

Bradley footage winds up in an outside group’s political ad

Written by TODD RICHMOND
Associated Press
Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:25

An outside group posted an online campaign ad this week using footage prepared by Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley, raising questions about whether Bradley has broken her pledge not to coordinate with such groups even though it’s legal.

Lead pipes, antiquated law threaten Wisconsin’s drinking water quality

Written by Silke Schmidt
and Dee J. Hall
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:54

Experts, and even some regulators, say existing laws are failing to protect Wisconsin and the nation from harmful exposure to lead in drinking water that leaches from aging plumbing — a danger illustrated by the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Planned Parenthood video maker refuses probation, wants to use trial as public platform

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 06 February 2016 07:27

A Planned Parenthood contingent marches in Washington, D.C.'s annual Pride parade.

An anti-abortion activist’s plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to misleadingly edited undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit, according to legal experts.

Senate committee backs bill limiting local photo IDs

Written by BRYNA GODAR,
AP writer
Friday, 05 February 2016 11:00

Wisconsin’s Senate elections committee backed a bill on Feb. 3 that would hinder efforts in Milwaukee to provide local photo IDs.

The Republican bill would prohibit towns and counties from issuing IDs or spending money on them. It also would prohibit using ID cards issued by cities or villages to vote or obtain public benefits. The measure passed 3-2 along party lines, clearing the way for a full Senate vote.

Clinton defends progressive record against Sanders' attack

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:17

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders opened up a new line of attack in the Democratic presidential primary on Feb. 3, putting Hillary Clinton on the defensive over her liberal credentials just days after she eked a slim victory in the Iowa caucuses.

Nearly 4,000 children in Wisconsin were diagnosed with elevated lead in blood

Written by By Silke Schmidt
and Dee J. Hall
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:39
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Lead in drinking water, which has ignited a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan, is largely ignored as a potential contributor to elevated blood lead levels in thousands of Wisconsin children, records and interviews show.