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Feeding the homeless: Act of charity or a crime?

Written by KELLI KENNEDY,
AP writer
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:26

To Arnold Abbott, feeding the homeless in a public park in South Florida was an act of charity. To the city of Fort Lauderdale, the 90-year-old man in white chef's apron serving up gourmet-styled meals was committing a crime.

For more than two decades, the man many call "Chef Arnold" has proudly fired up his ovens to serve up four-course meals for the downtrodden who wander the palm tree-lined beaches and parks of this sunny tourist destination.

Animal advocates, farm workers sue FDA over animal growth drugs

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 10 November 2014 13:13

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of several ractopamine-based animal drugs is being challenged by animal advocates and farm workers. The groups are suing the FDA for failing to take into account the drugs’ cumulative effects on animal behavior, worker safety, wildlife or the nation’s waterways.

The lawsuit focuses on ractopamine, a drug fed to farm animals to promote rapid weight gain. The drug has been banned in dozens of countries and is said to cause death, lameness, stiffness, trembling and shortness of breath in farm animals.

TV ad campaign for gay equality launched in Mississippi

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 November 2014 09:38

Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. She's also the mother of two gay sons and one of the faces in a new advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region's longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of groundbreaking television commercials, direct-mail messages and phone-bank operations designed to promote equality and legal protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds same-sex marriage bans

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 06 November 2014 17:57
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Nov. 6 overturned lower court rulings that struck down Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee bans on marriage equality.

Alabama man gets 8 years for dog fighting after 451 pit bulls seized

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 November 2014 20:38

Michael Vick

An Alabama man who organized dog fights where participants often bet $100,000 or more on a single deadly match was sentenced to eight years in prison, four times longer than the penalty for the crime’s most famous defendant, NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

A look ahead to issues facing the Wisconsin Legislature

Written by By SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Monday, 10 November 2014 10:28

With Republicans holding even tighter control of the Wisconsin Legislature than before and Gov. Scott Walker enjoying his third statewide victory in four years, their agenda will likely move quickly next year. Here is what to expect:

HOW SOLID IS THE GOP MAJORITY?

Bible Belt Republicans to rule Congress, push far-right agenda

Written by Bill Barrow,
AP writer
Sunday, 09 November 2014 08:12

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy.

Missouri judge overturns state ban on same-sex marriage

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:52

A state judge overturned Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage on Nov. 5 in a ruling that immediately set off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in a written ruling that Missouri's measure recognizing marriage only between a man and woman violates the due process and equal protection rights of the U.S. Constitution. The decision mirrored ones handed down recently in several other states.

Annette 'Polly' Williams, longtime Wisconsin lawmaker, dies

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 10 November 2014 15:57

Annette "Polly" Williams, the longest-serving woman in the Wisconsin Legislature, died on Nov. 9.

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, said in a statement released this afternoon, "Annette 'Polly' Williams was a political powerhouse in Wisconsin and throughout the nation, leaving behind a proud, historic legacy of public service. She was fiercely independent, a free thinker whose determination was only matched by her compassion and concern for her constituents.

Back to U.S. Supreme Court: Justices ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

Written by MARK SHERMAN,
AP writer
Monday, 10 November 2014 10:22

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law — a case that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.

The justices said they will review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld IRS regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.

Gay marriage headed back to Supreme Court

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 07 November 2014 07:31

A month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on gay marriage, the issue is headed its way again.

A federal appeals court on Nov. 6 halted a run of rulings supporting same-sex marriage by the U.S. courts that are the last line for appeals just below the Supreme Court. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel instead upheld laws against the practice in four states - Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Transcript: President Barack Obama's post-election remarks

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:42

President Barack Obama held a news conference at the White House the afternoon after the midterm election.

The following is a transcript of the president’s remarks, and then the question-and-answer session with the press.