10 must-do Wisconsin summer activities

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:20

Kayaking in the Apostle Islands. — Photos: Travel Wisconsin

Summer is here, and except for heat, humidity, mosquitoes, wood ticks and road construction, this is Wisconsin’s best time of year. What would make it better still are these 10 essential Badger State activities:

High Court ventures into minefield in Hobby Lobby case

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:25

A demonstrator stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court awaiting the court decision on the Hobby Lobby case in Washington. — Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Everyone sing along on the chorus, “The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”

National class-action suit filed over deportation hearings for kids

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:42

A national class-action lawsuit challenges the federal government for failure to provide thousands of children with legal representation in deportation hearings.

The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel and K&L Gates LLP filed the lawsuit on July 9.

Walker: Son witnessing same-sex wedding isn't a policy statement

Written by The AP Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:12

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his 19-year-old son's decision to be a witness at a relative's same-sex marriage isn't a policy statement.

The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and an incumbent candidate in the governor's race this fall was asked on July 8 about his son Alex's decision to be a witness to the June 9 wedding in Waukesha County. The marriage was between the first cousin of Walker's wife Tonette and her female partner.

State, federal subsidies for fossil fuel production top $37 billion

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 08:16

Federal and state subsidies for fossil fuel production tops $37 billion a year, according to a new report from Oil Change International.

“Cashing in on All of the Above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies under Obama” outlines the subsidies going to the fossil fuel industry. In total, the report catalogs more than $37 billion in U.S. federal and state support for the fossil fuel industry in 2013.

Colorado court rules against gay marriage ban

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 04:25

Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree has ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

In Brinkman v. Long, attorneys sued Colorado on behalf of a same-sex couple who argue that state ban on marriage equality violates the state and U.S. constitutions.

Libertarians file complaint with Wisconsin over exclusion from debate

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:23

Wisconsin's Libertarian Party has filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board alleging that the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is violating state campaign finance law with its proposed broadcast debate for gubernatorial candidates.

Andy Craig, a candidate for secretary of state on the Libertarian slate, filed the complaint in cooperation with Robert Burke, the Libertarian candidate for governor.

Civil rights, LGBT groups withdraw support for federal LGBT rights law

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:45

Rea Carey of NGLTF. - PHOTO: Courtesy Flickr

A coalition of civil rights and LGBT groups has withdrawn support for the proposed federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Broad coalition demands accounting of surveillance of Muslim leaders

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:47

Coalition calls for accounting of U.S. surveillance on U.S. Muslim leaders.

A broad-based coalition of 45 organizations led by the American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the president to "provide a full public accounting" of surveillance against U.S. Muslim leaders.

Policy shift: UN to recognize same-sex marriages of staffers

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:09

The United Nations announced this week that it will recognize the same-sex marriages of all its staffers, in a major policy shift that opens the door for the spouses of gay and lesbian employees to enjoy the same benefits as the husbands and wives of their heterosexual colleagues.

Previously, the United Nations only recognized the unions of staffers who came from countries where gay marriage is legal. Now anyone who marries in countries where gay marriage is legal is included.

Climate, genetics affect how long virus-carrying mosquitoes live

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:07

It’s just math: The longer a mosquito lives, the better its odds of transmitting disease to humans or animals.

But as it turns out, factors such as the mosquito’s own genetics and the climate it lives in have a big — albeit complicated and not wholly understood — role to play in its lifespan.

New Hampshire changing vanity plate rules after 'CopsLie' request

Written by The AP Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:30

The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles is not issuing new vanity license plates while it reviews the wording of proposed rules governing what those plates can say.

The temporary ban comes in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling in May that the agency's refusal to issue a plate to a man who wanted to display "CopsLie" on his vehicle violated free speech rights. The court concluded the agency's rules on plate messages were too vague to enforce.