Rockwood seeks end to Sensenbrenner’s 16-term career

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:59

Democrat Chris Rockwood. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The 2008 elections provided the best openings in recent years for Democratic challengers in potential swing districts. Voters nationwide turned out in force for Barack Obama in an election that was largely a referendum on former Republican President George W. Bush. Democrats picked up a number of seats that year that usually go red.

Friends of the Earth Action endorses Mary Burke for Wisconsin governor

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:57

The environmental group Friends of the Earth Action on Oct. 30 endorsed Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke over incumbent Gov. Scott Walker.

The group, in its announcement, cited Walker’s "consistent favoring of corporate interests and exploitative interests to the detriment of Wisconsin’s citizens."

UN climate change expert: Keep hoping for agreement

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:29

A top U.N. climate change expert this week urged world governments not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a new agreement to fight global warming.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said despite the IPCC's own warnings that time is running out, the panel has also suggested actions needed to keep climate change in check.

Climate change threatens 314 North American birds

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:44

A brown pelican on the Gulf coast in Florida.

The golden-winged warbler — a striking silvery-gray bird with golden flashes on the head and wings — frolics in the shrubby tangles of the upper Midwest in the summer. But the “tzip” notes the warbler sings during courtship are becoming increasingly rare.

Election 2014 What to look for as you watch the results

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:56

The puzzle comes together late Nov. 4 and on Nov. 5.

Wisconsin voters will know whether Democrat Mary Burke will be settling in as governor of the state or they will have more years with Republican Scott Walker at the helm.

Boston schools join Meatless Mondays campaign

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:01

Students at Boston Public Schools are finding more prominent placement of meat-free dishes in their cafeterias on Mondays and are filling their trays with black bean burrito bowls, garden fresh salads topped with chickpeas, protein-packed chili and more.

The school district joined th Meatless Monday movement after working with The Humane Society of the United States and hearing from more than a thousand students, parents, teachers and Boston members of nonprofit encouraging the district to take part.

Obama rallies voters for Mary Burke

Written by Josh Lederman,
AP writer
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:16

Rallying the party faithful, President Barack Obama cast Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Oct. 28 as an outdated Republican holding back Wisconsin's economy as he launched a final, weeklong campaign push for Democrats.

At a packed gymnasium, Obama held up Democrat Mary Burke as a skilled businesswoman who will fight for the type of middle-class opportunity that made his own success possible. Although Democrats hoped Obama's appearance with Burke would help put her over the top in next week's tight race, Republicans confidently predicted Obama would have just the opposite effect.

Voces de la Frontera Action gets out the vote for Mary Burke

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:05

Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin, has won an endorsement from Voces de la Frontera Action, the 501(c) 4 advocacy arm of Voces de la Frontera.

The organization, in its statement, said it strongly supports Mary Burke for governor because she is the candidate committed to working for all of Wisconsin’s working families.

By the numbers: Before the votes, the polls

Written by Lisa Neff & Matthew Reddin Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:02

A look at the numbers going into the final week before the election.

More ads. More speeches. More press statements. More fundraising pleas. More PAC involvement. And some high-profile pitches followed the news that the Marquette University Law School Poll in early October showed Scott Walker and Mary Burke tied at 47-47 percent among likely voters in the Wisconsin governor’s race.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 30 October 2014 06:38

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.

Zero to 32: Court rulings drive marriage equality

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:55

Zero to 32 states in 10 years. That’s a rapid acceleration of marriage equality in just a decade. And the number could approach 50 before the new year arrives.

Massachusetts, in 2004, became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. The number of equality states grew slowly at first, as polls continued to show only minority support among voters to legalize marriage for gays and ballot amendments to ban same-sex marriage continued to pass.

On the market: Haunted House real estate

Written by Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:52

The cold autumn wind cuts through the twisted branches of a long-dead tree as you walk down the dark street. The bare twigs scrape eerily on the windowpane as lightning flashes in the distance. Out of the corner of your eye, a shadow moves. You turn to look, but the shadow is gone. You’re left standing, staring through the front window of an old abandoned mansion, across the street.

Tales of grisly murders surround the old place and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as the facade of the creepy old manse stares back at you. To your surprise, you see a “For Sale” sign swinging in the wind, through bursts of lightning. Do the walls of the master bedroom bleed at midnight, like you’ve heard? Or is it really just a classic Victorian, remodeled with contemporary fixtures and appliances and priced to sell? Are those bumps in the night dead demons walking the halls or the bass from the newly installed full-house stereo system?