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U.S. Rep. Moore asks Wisconsin to hold off on voter ID law

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:47

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore is calling on the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to wait until after the general election to implement the state voter ID law.

The Democratic representative from Milwaukee made the request in a letter to Kevin J. Kennedy, director and general counsel for GAB. She wrote as the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin asked for a full federal appeals court review of the ruling that removed the injunction against the voter ID law, Act 23.

Madison activists charter buses for People's Climate March

Written by The Wisonsin Gazette Tuesday, 16 September 2014 04:08

The 350Madison Climate Action Team chartered three buses for 150 Madison area citizens who will join the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21.

UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon has called a meeting of heads of state that week at UN Headquarters to discuss addressing climate change.

Gay group is in, Catholic League is out of NYC St. Pat's Parade

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:33

The Catholic League says it will sit out next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York because event organizers aren't letting an anti-abortion group march.

The group, formally known as the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has been marching for 20 years, said its president, Bill Donohue.

Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 14 September 2014 15:12

Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to Iowa Sunday to pay tribute to the state’s retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of her launching another presidential campaign.

Wisconsin officials scramble to implement voter ID law

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 06:58

Wisconsin election officials were scrambling Monday to deal with a federal appeals court's ruling reinstating the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots.

The law had been on hold, after being in effect only for the low-turnout February 2012 primary, following a series of court orders blocking it. But a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, just hours after hearing oral arguments, said late Friday that the state could proceed with implementing the law while it weighs the merits of the case.

Foodies, feds and factory farms — Why we need vegans now more than ever

Written by Sangamithra Iyer,
Special from Waging NonViolence.org
Monday, 15 September 2014 22:56

It was their screams that woke Donald Watson. Born in 1910, in South Yorkshire, England, Watson’s earliest memories were of holidays spent at his Uncle George’s farm. His first impression of that time was “one of heaven,” surrounded by so many interesting animals who each “gave” something, whether it be the cows who gave their milk, the hens who gave their eggs, or sheep who gave their wool. As a young boy, Donald couldn’t quite figure out what the friendly pigs gave, until one day when he bore witness to his uncle in the act of slaughter.

“And I still have vivid recollections of the whole process from start to finish, including all the screams of course, which were only feet away from where this pig’s companion still lived,” Watson recounted many decades later at the age of 92 in an interview with his colleague George D. Rodger. “I suppose at that point I decided that farms — and uncles — had to be re-assessed… this idyllic scene was nothing more than death row.”

No gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

Written by David Crary,
AP National Writer
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:23

While many liberal policy goals have proved elusive during Barack Obama's presidency, there have been dramatic advances for two causes that once seemed quixotic - the legalization of same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of marijuana.

Neither cause was embraced by Obama during his first term. Yet he is now a fervent supporter of marriage equality and has said it is "important" that Colorado and Washington state be allowed to proceed with their pioneering laws, approved by voters in 2012, that legalize marijuana.

Scientists: Vital information missing from DNR's wolf slaughter statistics

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Sunday, 14 September 2014 05:52

Scientists are warning federal wildlife officials that Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources produced a flawed wolf population estimate for the 18 months after January 2012 when the animals were removed from a federal endangered species list.

Study: Longer waits to vote in precincts with more minorities

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 06:14

Precincts with more minorities experienced longer waits on Election Day, according to a new study released this week by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

The study found a lack of poll workers and low numbers of voting machines are key contributors to long voting lines.

PBS’ ‘Shelter Me’ puts at-risk pets in limelight

Written by SUE MANNING,
AP writer
Monday, 15 September 2014 17:51

Any animal can end up at a public shelter, but most of them won’t stay long. There, millions of dogs and cats face euthanasia, driving one filmmaker to turn his camera into a lifesaver.

Workers at several of the shelters, where no animal is turned away, say pets have a champion in Steven Latham, who directs and produces a PBS series called “Shelter Me,” featuring animals that are running out of time. Seeing the urgency, he took his efforts a step further, starting a website, helping set up adoption events and coordinating flights full of pooches to cities able to get them adopted.

German gay rights activist beaten, suffers brain injuries

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 15 September 2014 08:55

A German gay rights activist suffered life-threatening brain injuries from a beating in Belgrade, Serbia on Sept. 13.

Authorities said they arrested three people suspected of being involved in the attack on the man, who was attending a gay rights conference in Belgrade.

Airline launches Hello Kitty flights to Paris

Written by WiG Saturday, 13 September 2014 15:56

A Hello Kitty airliner. -PHOTO: EVA Air

Now that the world has had time to grieve over the shocking revelation that Hello Kitty is not really a cat but rather an third-grade English girl, Taiwan’s EVA Air has rolled out a fleet of Hello Kitty planes.