ABC keeps tight lid on Jenner interview to air April 24

Written by The AP Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:16

The first on-air promo for the April 24 broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn't even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it.

The two-hour interview special with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and estranged patriarch of television's Kardashian clan is expected to touch on transgenderism and reports that Jenner may be transitioning.

Voces de la Frontera challenges Walker on immigration

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:36

Voces de la Frontera, a leading immigrant rights group in Wisconsin, called Gov. Scott Walker's position on immigration shameful and slammed the presidential hopeful for anti-immigrant comments.

In an interview with ultra-conservative talk show host Glenn Beck on April 21, Walker repeated his recent claim that he once supported "amnesty" for immigrants without legal documents but no longer does. He said immigrants who entered the country illegally should leave.

Willie Nelson to roll out marijuana brand

Written by The AP Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:18

Music legend Willie Nelson is jumping into the movement to commercialize marijuana and plans to roll out his own brand of cannabis that he intends to make “the best on the market.”

The singer-songwriter announced in a statement on April 20 that Willie’s Reserve will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, two states where recreational use of the drug is legal.

1,000 rally against 'Fast Track' and Trans-Pacific Partnership proposals

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 21 April 2015 05:29

More than 1,000 protesters assembled in Washington, D.C., over the weekend to demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and so-called “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority.

Protesters carried a banner reading “Don’t Trade Our Future” and a 15-foot Trojan Horse from Lafayette Square in front of the White House to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

Pocan introduces anti-fracking bill on Earth Day

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:19

U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois marked Earth Day with the introduction of the Protect Our Public Lands Act, H.R. 1902. Pocan said the bill would ban fracking on public lands.

“Our national parks, forests and public lands are some of our most treasured places and need to be protected for future generations,” said Pocan, a Democrat from Madison. “It is clear fracking has a detrimental impact on the environment and there are serious safety concerns associated with these type of wells. Until we fully understand the effects, the only way to avoid these risks is to halt fracking entirely. We should not allow short-term economic gain to harm our public lands, damage our communities or endanger workers.”

‘Smuggled’ brownies prompt Wyoming to look at marijuana laws

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 April 2015 03:55

A legislative committee is looking at whether state law needs to be clarified on how the illegal use of edible marijuana is penalized in Wyoming.

As more people travel to Colorado and purchase legal treats such as brownies, cookies, or candy infused with marijuana, prosecutors are having a hard time classifying the offense as it travels back to pot-free territory, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on April 20 extended a needle exchange program in a rural, southern Indiana county to help combat an HIV outbreak, even though he generally opposes such programs.

The ultra-conservative Pence approved a 30-day extension of a March 26 executive order that declared a public health emergency in Scott County, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. Pence opposes such programs as part of a statewide anti-drug policy but said the efforts to fight the outbreak must continue.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, the ACLU LGBT Project, along with attorneys from Mayer Brown filed a motion in the case of Wolf v. Walker asking the U.S. District Court to clarify that both parents in a same-sex married couple must be listed on the birth certificates of children born while they are married.

The ACLU is filing the motion on behalf of Kami Young and Karina Willes, who had married in Minnesota before their daughter was born last year.

New Hampshire polling shows Clinton's commanding lead

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:00

New data from Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Rodham Clinton with commanding leads over the entire Republican field in New Hampshire, an early voting state in the presidential primary process.

Clinton, according to PPP, is up by 9-15 points against nine GOP contenders. 

The Gulf of Mexico: Resilient but scarred 5 years after Deepwater Horizon spill

AP writers
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:40

Five years after the BP well explosion, there is no single, conclusive answer to how the Gulf of Mexico is doing, but there are many questions. Here are some of them.

Majority favors pot legalization, 49 percent say they’ve tried the drug

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 21 April 2015 07:17

About 53 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legalized, according to the latest survey from the Pew Research Center.

The analysis shows that 53 percent support legalization and 44 percent support keeping use of the drug illegal.

Demonstrators to rally for nuclear abolition

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 April 2015 13:13

Thousands of protesters are set to gather in New York City this week to demand a nuclear-free world in advance of the five-year Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Activists, scholars and students with anti-nuclear, peace and environmental justice movements will call on the NPT Review Conference meeting at the United Nations to mandate the commencement of “good faith negotiations” for the complete elimination of the world’s nuclear arsenals, as required by the treaty.