Wisconsin projects $100 million shortfall under current budget

Written by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:51

Wisconsin is expected to take in $100 million less in revenue than it expected by the end of the 2015–17 budget, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported today.

Subcommittee defeats Tennessee bill to reject Supreme Court ruling, eliminate marriage equality

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 21 January 2016 08:11

The Tennessee House Civil Justice Subcommittee this week voted down a measure that would eliminate marriage equality in the state and require the state to defend marriage as “between one man and one woman" — even if that means foregoing federal funding.

State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, sent out a detailed response refuting a number of key claims made by the state's Republican leadership.

Wisconsin’s Democratic leaders issued a flurry of statements, analyses and rebuttals in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s annual State of the State address. Many questioned his cherry-picking of economic data, blasted Walker-backed policies promoting secrecy and cronyism, and illuminated gaps in the speech’s coverage.

Wisconsin manufacturer won't change prayer-break policy

Written by The AP Wednesday, 20 January 2016 07:46

A Wisconsin manufacturer says it won't back away from a policy change that doesn't allow prayer breaks for Muslim employees, despite an American-Islamic group's call for a compromise. 

Young lawyers launch legal clinic to help Milwaukee's homeless youth

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 21 January 2016 08:45

The State Bar of Wisconsin's Young Lawyers Division recently announced an initiative providing legal aid to Milwaukee's homeless youth, offering a series of free legal clinics throughout February.

The U.S. Department of Education will publish a searchable database identifying educational institutions that have sought or received an exemption from federal civil rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students.

The Human Rights Campaign had called on the the department to publish a database.

Sun Prairie without ground hog after 2015 bite

Written by The AP Wednesday, 20 January 2016 08:02

Sun Prairie is without a groundhog for this year's Groundhog Day festivities, after the animal used at last year's event bit the former mayor. 

Not so secret service: LGBT group names British spy agency top employer

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 20 January 2016 07:37

A UK equality organization has named Britain's domestic spy agency its employer of the year. 

For Sanders, Iowa is chance to turn revolution into reality

Written by JULIE PACE
AP White House Correspondent
Thursday, 21 January 2016 08:34

Bernie Sanders was halfway through his opening statement — a stern, 45-minute lecture on domestic policy leavened with a dash of political pep talk — when he realized the crowd had missed one of his rare attempts at humor.

Poll: Majority of Ashland, Bayfield county residents oppose proposed mega hog farm

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:50

Almost two-thirds — 63.3 percent — of Ashland and Bayfield county residents said they are opposed to the proposed Badgerwood LLC Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in Bayfield County, according to the Northland College Public Opinion Poll released on Jan. 20.

The Northland College Center for Rural Communities conducted telephone interviews with a random sample of 701 households in Ashland and Bayfield counties in December regarding the proposed CAFO in the town of Eileen in Bayfield County and CAFOs in general.  

UN: Nearly 19,000 civilians killed in Iraq in under 2 years

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 20 January 2016 07:53

At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 were wounded in Iraq between the start of 2014 and Oct. 31 of last year as Iraqi forces battled the Islamic State group, according to a U.N. report released this week.

The report documented a wide range of human rights abuses, including the IS group’s conscription of some 3,500 people into slavery, mainly women and children from the Yazidi religious minority captured in the summer of 2014 and forced into sexual slavery.

Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump

Written by Emily Flitter,
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 16:22

Donald Trump, the reality television star-turned-politician, was endorsed by Sarah Palin, the politician-turned-reality TV star, in his front-running bid to be the next Republican U.S. president, his campaign said on Tuesday.