As a longtime LGBT activist with experience in dealing with the Catholic church, primarily related to the child abuse scandal here in the U.S., I have watched closely as the new pope brings hope in many Catholics, myself included, with his initial messages of "Who am I to judge" related to LGB people (he has made comments about trans people that are much more hostile hence the exclusion of the T).

Scott Walker is back in the saddle and back to his old ALEC tricks

Written by Brendan Fischer,
Center for Media
and Democracy
Sunday, 27 September 2015 07:18

On the heels of Scott Walker abandoning his presidential bid, the Wisconsin governor is returning to the state and flipping through the old American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) playbook for ideas.

For the record: Bernie Sanders' remarks at conservative Christian college

Written by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday, 14 September 2015 08:58

Here are excerpts from prepared remarks by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for an address on Sept. 14 at Liberty University, an ultra-conservative Christian school founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia. Sanders is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Excerpts:

I came here today because I believe that it is important for those with different views in our country to engage in civil discourse – not just to shout at each other or make fun of each other. It is very easy for those in politics to talk to those who agree with us. I do that every day. It is harder, but not less important, to try to communicate with those who do not agree with us and see where, if possible, we can find common ground and, in other words, to reach out of our zone of comfort.

ALEC dictates Wisconsin’s public school policy

Written by State Rep. Chris Taylor Thursday, 10 September 2015 23:30

On the heels of a passed state budget that leaves our K-12 public schools without ample and consistent funding, I recently headed back to where the school privatization push began — the American Legislative Exchange Council, better known as ALEC.

ALEC and its members have become more powerful than citizens’ voices at the state Capitol. Despite urgent pleas from Wisconsin school superintendents, principals, teachers, parents and students for consistent and adequate K-12 public education funding, Republican legislators chose to dump more money into an unaccountable private voucher school system.

An open letter to Kim Davis
Signatures are invited

Written by Jim Obergefell for ACLU Action Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:39

As you may know, when you fall in love with someone, you hand your heart and soul over to them. Anyone who has committed to sharing their life with another human and forming a family unit knows that it is the biggest and most rewarding adventure you will ever take.

For GOP, all crises, all the time

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 24 September 2015 22:27

Calling all kayaktivists and more:
Crude oil pipeline on rails threatens our waterways

Written by Citizens Acting for Rail Safety
and Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Saturday, 12 September 2015 07:35

The dangers of shipping crude oil over and along our waterways will be highlighted by clean water advocates gathering at the confluence of the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers, near the railroad swing bridge.

This bridge is one of many in the metro area where trains carrying volatile crude oil cross or travel near local rivers. The railroad system was not laid out with this kind of cargo in mind. Nationally, oil train traffic has increased more than 4,000 percent in the past five years, and oil trains are also much longer, which concentrates the risk of an accident, especially in urban areas.

Human migration is unstoppable

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 10 September 2015 08:24

I’m a history buff, and one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that the history of the world is the history of migrations. A look at North America is instructive.

Bipartisan support exists for overturning Citizens United. The time for bold action is now.

Written by Mike McCabe,
Blue Jean Nation
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:49

Much too much is made of red voters and blue voters and red states and blue states, as if they make up two separate Americas (they do not) and their differences are forever irreconcilable (they are not). But for the moment anyway, there is no denying that partisan divisions have intensified in recent years and that America is more politically polarized than at any time in the last two decades.

At long last, cruel medical research on chimps will end

Written by Wayne Pacelle Tuesday, 15 September 2015 09:36

-PHOTO: humanesociety.org

As of yesterday, Sept. 14, all chimps are listed as endangered under U.S. law -- both wild and captive chimps. This day marks the official end of unrestricted invasive experiments on chimpanzees in this country — a milestone in our long-running Chimps Deserve Better campaign.

Congress has become America’s largest kindergarten

Written by Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan Friday, 11 September 2015 15:49

We’re not even two years removed from the last time the tea party wing of the Republican Party held Congress hostage and forced the federal government to shut down for 16 days. Sadly, the wheels are already in motion for another shutdown.

Ending trans exclusions in Dane County health care coverage

Written by Dane County Trans Health Group Wednesday, 02 September 2015 07:37

Transgender* people face major barriers to proper health care in Dane County. Estimates suggest that 0.3 percent of the population is transgender, and many will seek some form of medical care for gender transition, such as hormone therapy or gender confirming surgery.

This care is essential to our health and well-being and insurance coverage for it has been proven not to increase overall costs or premiums.