At least 1,000 people attended the funeral of Tony Robinson in Madison yesterday, where friends and family remembered him as a friendly, funny person who liked to play basketball. Many said they hoped his death would bring change that might prevent other young men of color from suffering the same fate.
Did Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration ban state environmental scientists from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in their work?
Scott says no, but some former employees say supervisors forbade them from using the terms — a striking charge in a U.S. state considered by climate scientists to be one of the most at risk of damage due to sea rise and stronger storms in a warming climate.
Secretary of State John Kerry said on March 12 that elected officials who ban the words "climate change" are unwilling to face the facts, a perceived dig at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration.
Kerry, a longtime champion of combatting climate change, said the officials were ignoring the scientific facts.
A federal judge earlier this week dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol.
The lawsuit filed by a New Jersey-based nonprofit group, American Atheists Inc., and two of its members in January 2014 alleged the monument violated the First Amendment’s prohibition of government sanctioning of a specific religion, as well as other constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron ruled that the group lacked legal standing to file the lawsuit.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on March 12 signed into law an anti-discrimination measure that earned the support of the Mormon church.
Hundreds of people packed the capitol rotunda and the staircase behind the governor to witness the public signing ceremony. The crowd roared when Herbert held up a freshly inked copy of the bill.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to rally Wisconsin Democrats as they look ahead to the 2016 elections.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced that de Blasio is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the party’s Founders Day gala. It will be in Milwaukee on April 25.