Political Gaze

Out candidate loses Dane County Clerk bid

Thursday, 21 April 2011 17:05

Out Dane County Super-visor Kyle Richmond lost his bid to serve as interim Dane County Clerk.

The county board voted April 14 to allow Acting Dane County Clerk Karen Peters to finish out the term of her predecessor, who retired in February.

Walker fires attorney defending partner registry

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:03

Gov. Scott Walker has fired the attorney defending Wisconsin’s domestic partner registry law against a suit filed on behalf of an anti-gay group.

The law, introduced by former Gov. Jim Doyle, gives registered same-sex couples 41 of the more than 200 benefits the state offers married couples – and none of the 1,138 federal marriage benefits.

Rebuke
Voters repudiate Walker agenda

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 April 2011 09:04
Chris Abele

In April 5’s election, Chris Abele won his bid to fill Gov. Scott Walker’s former Milwaukee County Executive post. – Photo: Courtesy

In a nationally watched election, Milwaukee County voters gave progressive Democrat Chris Abele the job held by Republican Scott Walker before he was elected governor last November.

WiG looked at ratings the eight GOP senators targeted for recall have received from various special interest groups. The ratings indicate the percentage of time the senators voted with positions taken by the various groups during a given legislative session, which is shown in parentheses.

Anti-gay Prosser wins Court race

Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:08

A statewide canvass completed on April 15 gave Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser a 7,316-vote victory over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.

Kloppenburg had declared victory in the race on April 6, when unofficial results put her ahead by 213 votes. Those results changed, however, after Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, a political operative allied with both Prosser and Gov. Scott Walker, revealed that she’d neglected to report vote tallies from Brookfield, a right-wing Milwaukee suburb.

Out supervisor seeks Dane County Clerk position

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:02
Kyle Richmond

Supervisor Kyle Richmond – Photo: Courtesy

On that elusive day in the future when the state of Wisconsin finally issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Kyle Richmond hopes “to be the guy who gets to break the ice” and hand out the first one.

Marquette adds partner benefits

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 April 2011 08:57

Beginning in 2012, Marquette University will offer healthcare benefits to the registered same-sex partners of employees, including insurance coverage for medical, dental and vision care.

The move comes nearly a year after the Jesuit university provoked a national controversy by breaking a signed contract to hire an out lesbian scholar as dean of its college of arts and sciences.  At the time, Marquette officials said they rescinded the agreement with Seattle University sociology professor Jodi O’Brien due to her scholarly writings on marriage.

Fair Wisconsin endorses Abele, supervisors

Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:45

Fair Wisconsin PAC has endorsed Chris Abele for Milwaukee County executive, Eyon Biddle for District 10 supervisor of the Milwaukee County board and Jason Haas for District 14 supervisor.

“Having local elected officials who stand up for the LGBT community is critical,” said FW executive director Katie Belanger. “We need leaders who are not going to continue to hold Milwaukee County back. This is a county that needs to be on the cutting edge of LGBT inclusivity to be able to retain and attract strong businesses. That is something these candidates understand.”

Hopper, Olsen to face recalls

Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:06

Oshkosh Common Councilor Jessica King will seek to replace state Sen. Randy Hopper, R–Fond du Lac, in a recall election that has yet to be scheduled.

King lost to Hopper by fewer than 200 votes in 2008.

Parisi, Soglin win top Dane County races

Written by Scott Foval,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:00

High-profile races for Wisconsin Supreme Court, mayor and county executive drew an estimated 70 percent of registered voters to the polls in Dane County on April 5.

State Rep. Joe Parisi received 70 percent of the vote in his race against conservative Republican Eileen Bruskewitz for Dane County executive. Retiring incumbent Kathleen Falk, out state Rep. Mark Pocan, One Wisconsin Now and Fair Wisconsin all backed Parisi.

Out man seeks Madison council seat

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:56
Sam Stevenson campaigns for Madison Common Council.

Sam Stevenson campaigns for Madison Common Council. – Photo: Courtesy

An out gay man says he’s running for Madison Common Council to restore progressive leadership in his district, but his opponent contends she’s being targeted in a grudge match.

This is a critical moment for Milwaukee County. Faced with Scott Walker’s shameful legacy of staggering debt and a crumbling infrastructure, the next county executive must be a committed and passionate leader with the ability to analyze and resolve problems independent of political considerations.

We believe that Chris Abele is just that sort of leader.