On the record: Reaction to the Wisconsin Supreme Court rulings…

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 31 July 2014 08:52

UPDATED: The Wisconsin Supreme Court on July 31 issued rulings upholding Act 10 and the voter ID law, both signed in 2011, and the state domestic partnership registry, signed into law in 2009.

The following are reactions to the high court's rulings:

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds anti-union law

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 31 July 2014 06:36

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on July 31 upheld  Gov. Scott Walker's law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers.

The passage of the measure in 2011 sparked massive protests at the Capitol and led to a recall election, which Walker survived. The law prohibits public employee unions from collectively bargaining for anything beyond base wage increases based on inflation.

Senate committee advances captive primate bill

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:31

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the federal Captive Primate Safety Act, which would prohibit transporting primates in interstate commerce for the exotic pet trade.

“Primates belong in the wild, or in accredited sanctuaries or zoos, not in people’s basements or backyards," said Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States. "We commend Senator Boxer, Senator Vitter and the Committee for passing this much needed reform, and hope it gets to the president before the year ends.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court chamber

The Wisconsin Supreme Court plans to issue a landmark ruling tomorrow on the constitutionality of Gov. Scott Walker’s law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. The court said it would also release decisions later in the week on cases challenging the requirement of voters to show photo identification at the polls and the state’s domestic partner registry. But the rulings in those two cases aren’t likely to have as broad of an immediate impact, given ongoing lawsuits in federal court.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 31 July 2014 07:07

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the voter ID law signed in 2011 by Gov. Scott Walker.

The court was divided in the rulings, which involved cases filed by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP.

Justice Department sides with challengers of anti-voter laws in Wisconsin, Ohio

Written by From Associated Press
and WiG Reports
Thursday, 31 July 2014 06:28

The Justice Department this week sided with challengers of laws aimed at restricting voting in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.

The department criticized a Wisconsin law that requires voters to present photo identification at the polls and an Ohio law that limits when voters can cast an early ballot. The court papers from the federal government are aimed at persuading judges that the laws, which are being challenged in court, are discriminatory and block access to the ballot box.

Republican mayors urge passage of LGBT nondiscrimination bill

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 30 July 2014 08:29

A group of Republican mayors — including Appleton Mayor Timothy Hanna — is encouraging the GOP-led House to pass a bill to ban workplace discrimination against LGBT people.

The Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP group, announced the endorsement of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which passed with bi-partisan support in the U.S. Senate but then stalled in the U.S. House, where Republican leaders have refused to allow any action.

Political fireworks in Louisiana, Mississippi

AP writer
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:24

In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard can at times be entertaining and campaigns can be volatile, this election season is living up to expectations.

Let’s start with the marquee match-up in Mississippi.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds domestic partner registry

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 31 July 2014 06:46

The Wisconsin Supreme Court early on July 31 issued its ruling in a dispute over whether the state domestic partnership registry violates the state constitutional amendment barring the recognition of same-sex marriage. The state's highest court upheld the law creating the partnership program, which provides limited benefits and securities to gay couples.

There was no dissent in the court's finding, which affirmed a lower court ruling.

U.S. appeals court blocks Mississippi's abortion law

Written by AP Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:43

Mississippi’s governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state’s only abortion clinic in business.

Wisconsin drive-in theater rates No. 1 with moviegoers in U.S.

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 30 July 2014 07:39

The Skyway Drive-In Theatre in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, rates No. 1 with moviegoers on TripAdvisor.

The world's largest travel site took on July 30 announced the 10 top drive-in movie theaters in the United States based on its "popularity index." That index uses reviews — the quality, quantity and recency — from TripAdvisor users for the rankings.

 A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was ruled constitutional on July 25 by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights.