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.
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.
Wisconsin progressives have moved from Capitol Square in Madison to call centers, makeshift offices and the streets of their hometowns, where they’re organizing one of the most ambitious recall drives in the nation’s history.
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.
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 At the time, Marquette officials said they rescinded the agreement with Seattle University sociology professor Jodi O’Brien due to her scholarly writings on marriage.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 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.”
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser began his campaign for retention by boasting that he would serve on the bench as a “compliment” (sic) to the agenda of Gov. Scott Walker and the state’s GOP majority. So much for the quaint ideals of blind justice and accurate spelling.
In the short time since Prosser made his announcement, one that instantly relieved him of any shred of credibility he might have held, Walker’s agenda has tanked in the polls. Now it’s only fitting that Prosser should go down with the ship he so recklessly boarded.
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.
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.
If assistant Attorney General Joanne Kloppenburg prevails in her race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, she will replace right-wing Justice David Prosser, who’s up for retention on April 5.