Indiana lawmakers pass license to discriminate bill

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 24 March 2015 06:04

The Indiana House of Representatives, with a vote of 63-31, passed a bill to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone on religious grounds.

The measure passed the House on March 23, despite objections from a coalition of groups that included civil rights, business, faith-based and community-focused organizations.

O’Malley works to position himself as Clinton alternative

AP writer
Monday, 23 March 2015 12:23

There are some Democrats in Iowa who aren’t all that “Ready for Hillary.” So far, there’s little evidence they’re ready for Martin O’Malley, either.

“I think it’s because they haven’t met me yet,” O’Malley said.

Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 23 March 2015 07:45

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law.

The justices' decision on March 23 means that the law could be put into effect by Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley

The Wisconsin Supreme Court currently has a 4–3 conservative tilt, but if right-wing Republican groups succeed in ousting two-term incumbent justice Ann Walsh Bradley from the bench on April 7, the state’s highest court will move farther rightward, with a solid majority of 5–2.

A California ballot initiative requiring citizens to kill all gays by “bullets to the head or by any other convenient method” cannot be stopped by the state’s attorney general, according to legal experts.

San Francisco uses medical marijuana proceeds for gun buybacks

Written by The AP Monday, 23 March 2015 08:29

San Francisco police say 91 weapons were taken off the street in a gun buyback event in which guns were bought with cash from medical marijuana dispensaries.

Police Officer Grace Gatpandan said the haul included three assault rifles, including an AR¡15 military style rifle worth thousands of dollars that was bought back for $200. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. -PHOTO:

Putting election-year hostilities behind them, gay rights advocates said they emerged from a meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner with a pledge the Republican will strictly enforce anti-discrimination laws and hope that he’ll also support their top legislative priority: a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors.

Ex-officer who killed Dontre Hamilton seeks his job back

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:00

Dontre Hamilton

Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney, who was fired after shooting an unarmed, mentally ill man 14 times in April 2014, wants his job back. Manney hopes to persuade city’s fire and police commission to reinstate him.

Puerto Rico seeks to recognize same-sex marriages

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 23 March 2015 12:57

Puerto Rico's Justice Department announced earlier this month that it would not defend the U.S. territory's laws banning gay couples from marrying. The announcement was a major turnaround.

Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda said that the government can no longer continue to discriminate against the gay community.

WHO labels popular weed-killer a probable carcinogen

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

The most widely used type of weed-killer in the United States has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The decision by the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including glyphosate, which is used globally in industrial farming.

Ted Cruz to announce bid for presidency tomorrow

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 22 March 2015 12:03

Sen. Ted Cruz with longtime supporter Sarah Palin.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz plans to announce Monday that he will run for president, according to The Houston Chronicle and other news sources. He will become the first high-profile Republican to officially enter the 2016 race.

Report: New York has toughest commute, Milwaukee not so bad

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 20 March 2015 16:24

Between commuting time and work hours, New York City residents have the longest work weeks among the country's 30 biggest cities, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a report released earlier this week.

The report said a typical week for a full-time New York worker adds up to more than 49 hours, including an average of more than six hours of commuting time. That was more than four hours longer than in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the average work week was about 44 1/2 hours. Commuting time made up just under 3 1/2 hours of that.