Opinion

GOP wants to overturn women’s choice

Written by Rep. Chris Taylor Friday, 14 August 2015 03:57

When I went to work as Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s legislative director in 2003, I was unprepared for the attacks the organization experiences on a routine basis. The staff and physicians who walk into women’s health centers every day are targeted, harassed and threatened. Their workplaces are vandalized. They keep going because they know that without PPWI, thousands of women in our state wouldn’t have access to birth control, cervical and breast cancer screening or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. 

Time for major airlines to stop shipping Africa big five trophies

Written by Wayne Pacelle
Humane Society of the United States
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:36
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Cecil the lion was widely photographed and somewhat habituated to a non-threatening human presence in Hwange National Park. — Photo: Brent Stapelkamp

Dr. Walter Palmer's behavior in killing and mutilating Cecil the lion is disgraceful. But he's not a one-off character. He's a very enthusiastic participant in the larger enterprise of globe-trotting international trophy hunting, where rich trophy hunters seek out and kill some of the largest animals in the world to fill their dens or private museums, get their names in the record books of Safari Club International, and brag to their buddies that they've killed the biggest and the grandest of creatures on earth.

Americans With Disabilities Act celebrates 25 years of breaking down barriers

Written by Ginny Grimsley,
News
and Experts
Friday, 24 July 2015 07:58

Former Miss Deaf America Randi Harris

The day the Americans With Disabilities Act passed in 1990, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin delivered a speech from the Senate floor in a way most of his colleagues didn’t understand.

Church still evades payments to abuse victims

Written by Peter Isley,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 16 July 2015 23:04

Making good on their verbal threat in open court to “spend down” the remaining money left in their estate to prevent 575 victims of rape, sexual assault and abuse by clergy of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from receiving restitution, lawyers for Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki have filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. They seek to overturn a U.S. 7th Circuit decisive ruling that a fraudulent “cemetery trust” created by former Archbishop Timothy Dolan, now cardinal of New York, was not “protected” by federal religious laws or the First Amendment and can be used to compensate survivors.  

Another war is not the answer

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 14 August 2015 07:53

An opinion piece in The New York Times.

Last March, while surfing The New York Times web site, I came across a headline that hit me like a physical blow.

Why John Doe prosecutor should appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court

Written by Matt Rothschild,
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Friday, 31 July 2015 12:12

Special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has an obligation to appeal the decision by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court to dismiss the John Doe investigation. That decision legalized coordination between candidates and outside groups so long as those groups don’t say “Vote For” or “Vote Against” a certain candidate.

Justices who dismissed John Doe investigation received over $8 million from the groups being probed

Written by Matt Rothschild,
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Thursday, 16 July 2015 17:29
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The four justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court who just dismissed the John Doe investigation concerning alleged coordination between Scott Walker and so-called outside groups were aided enormously by some of the very groups that were party to the John Doe case.

What stinks most in the Wisconsin budget and Walker's politics …

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 17 July 2015 12:55

It’s hard to pick out one thing from the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget session that stinks the most.

Walker's inability to manage his personal finances speaks volumes

Written by Louis Weisberg Tuesday, 04 August 2015 19:36

If tea party Republicans are right about the nation needing more successful business people in public office, then Gov. Scott Walker’s record at handling his personal finances affirms the opposite: that career politicians shouldn’t be trusted with taxpayer money.

Democracies die behind closed doors

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 30 July 2015 19:33

Before the ink was dry on Wisconsin’s 2015–17 budget, Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP were planning to tighten their stranglehold on state government.

With comfortable majorities in both houses of the Legislature and a Supreme Court majority bought with campaign cash, the GOP had free rein to slash revenue, de-fund public education and services, end regulations protecting the environment and give millions more to private voucher schools and phantom “job creators.”

Gwen Moore to Scott Walker: Testing food stamp recipients for drugs is unconstitutional

Written by U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:48

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore

I am writing to express my strong opposition to the ill-advised and illegal proposal enacted in the recently adopted Wisconsin State budget to add a drug test as a requirement for participating in Food Share for some recipients.

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Gov. Scott Walker’s sons Alex Walker and Scott Walker will appear on CNN's State of the Union tomorrow, likely to discuss their support for same-sex marriage. Even since the governor suffered a backlash after condemning the Supreme Court’s ruling granting marriage rights to same-sex couples, his sons have been contacting the media to emphasize their support for equality.