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:
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.