In the 5 November 2015 editorial “In Defense of the Clintons’ record on LGBT issues,” the staff of the Gazette has presented fact-free, wishful thinking, revisionist history regarding the Clinton White House and its support for DOMA and DADT.

Dem official: WEDC illegally gave out $21 million in taxpayer dollars

Written by Sen. Jennifer Shilling Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:23

Sen. Jennifer Shilling

After years of scandals at Gov. Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), a new investigative report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that the troubled agency exceeded its authority and improperly awarded more than $21 million in taxpayer funding to businesses and Gov. Walker campaign contributors.

NRA pushes bill making it a crime to photograph or videotape Wisconsin hunters

Written by Wisconsin Democracy Alliance Saturday, 14 November 2015 09:31

The National Rifle Association and state gun and hunting groups are backing GOP legislative proposals that would make it a crime to photograph or videotape hunters on public land in Wisconsin.

GOP erases clean gov't in rare Friday session

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Monday, 09 November 2015 09:19

Sen. Rob Cowles of Green Bay was the only Republican who joined the chamber’s 14 Democrats in voting against the campaign finance bill.

Following a brutal all-night debate on Fri., Nov. 6, the Legislature’s Republican majority succeeded in moving forward a pair of bills that will pour more dark money than ever into state elections and disembowel the Government Accountability Board, which oversaw state elections.

New grassfed certification is most meaningful yet for coveted farming niche

Written by Emily Lancaster Moose Thursday, 26 November 2015 10:00

—PHOTO: Brattset Family Farm

Demand for grassfed beef is sky-rocketing. Over the last 10 years, growing public awareness of the real costs of intensive livestock farming has sparked a resurgence of interest in pasture-raised, grassfed meat.

Another Scott Walker take-the-money-and-run story

Written by Wisconsin Democracy Alliance Wednesday, 18 November 2015 19:21

Employees from Johnson Controls, which is laying off 277 employees after getting $1 million in state aid in 2014 to create nearly all of those jobs, contributed about $5,700 last year to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s reelection campaign.

Oscar Mayer had a way with M-a-d-i-s-o-n

Written by Wisconsin State Journal via AP Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:18

Madison — especially its North and East sides — won't be the same without Oscar Mayer.

Neither will the lives of some 1,000 employees, most of whom are losing their jobs.

Needed: Conscience and courage

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:37

With Wisconsin in the grip of incipient fascism, it’s not the time for us to hibernate. There are many opportunities to get involved and help to turn our state back to a progressive path.
—PHOTO: Pixabay

As the fall chill takes hold, we can mope about the prospect of another long, dreary winter or make plans to shake up our lives and make good use of our time.

Social Security must be preserved

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 20 November 2015 02:47

Social Security, one of the most successful government programs in U.S. history, marked its 80th anniversary this year. As it enters its ninth decade of providing basic income security for older Americans, GOP presidential candidates are working to undermine faith in it.

ACLU to Scott Walker: No biased exclusion of Syrian refugees

Written by Christopher Ahmuty
ACLU of Wisconsin
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:31

The process at the Capitol is not transparent, but the motives are

Written by Andrea Kaminski Monday, 09 November 2015 10:48

Andrea Kaminski is executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Who are the Wisconsin citizens who asked for more big money in our elections? Who called for a law giving politicians immunity to the John Doe investigations that can still target other people? Who wants partisan political appointees running our elections, and why would anyone want to do away with open government? I have not heard a public outcry for these proposals, yet they seem to be what is occupying our state legislature.

Demand clean, open gov’t

Written by Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:32

Differences of opinion are inevitable in government. Disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over public investments, funding for schools or the fairness of our tax code are common.

Despite these differences, everyone can agree that an open, transparent and accessible government is essential to democracy.