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Endorsement
Vote for Bradley and against changing rules of selecting chief justice

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 29 March 2015 12:32

WiG endorses Justice Ann Walsh Bradley for retention and urges voters to reject the referendum that calls for changing the way that the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s chief justice is selected.

Bradley’s experience and principled stands in many controversial cases, including recusing herself from cases in which there’s any hint of conflict of interest, should earn her a third term.

Walker budget wastes $250,000 on attempt to hold up wind energy

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:48

There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission, which is dominated by his appointees, study the health effects of wind turbines. His transparent intention is to continue stalling on development of this renewable energy source, which is opposed by the real-estate sector and producers of dirty energy, including Koch Industries and Exxon Mobil. Those industries have bestowed Walker with beaucoup bucks and, as he’s proven time and again, he’s not about to let the state do anything counter to their interests on his watch — not even for the best interests of Wisconsinites.

Iron mine is halted, but battle scars remain

Written by Bill Lueders,
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:25

Gogebic Taconite hired armed mercenaries to protect the area around its proposed open pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin from environmental activists.

In late 2011, Bill Williams stood on a ridge in the Penokee Hills, overlooking his company’s proposed site for a $1.5 billion iron ore mine. A reporter asked him about the environmental challenges posed by such a project.

Coalition fights for cycling, against cuts

Written by Dave Cieslewicz Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:38

The Bike Fed has been hard at work trying to restore what would be lost if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget passes unchanged.

With your help, we’re making progress. So keep up the pressure. If you haven’t contacted your state senator and representative yet, please do that soon, as we go through public hearings.

Stop playing politics with women’s health

Written by Dr. Doug Laube Saturday, 28 March 2015 13:43

As a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist for 40 years, I have dedicated my life to making women and families healthier. This commitment makes it all the more disheartening and disturbing to see Gov. Scott Walker commit to signing a ban on abortion that will put women’s health and safety at risk.

Abortion bans are opposed by the medical community, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association, because they interfere with patient/physician trust and they prohibit women from making private, personal medical decision — even women facing medically complex pregnancies or those whose pregnancy will not survive.

Hancock County Wind Energy Center in Hancock County, Iowa. The wind farm has been in operation since 2002 without any reported adverse health consequences.

There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission study the health effects of wind turbines. His transparent intention is to continue stalling on Wisconsin’s development of this renewable energy source, which is opposed by the real-estate sector and producers of dirty energy, including Koch Industries and Exon Mobil. Those industries have bestowed Walker with beaucoup bucks, and, as he’s proven time and again, he’s not about to let the state do anything counter to their interests on his watch — not even for the best interests of Wisconsinites.

Walker dismantles care systems

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 13 March 2015 08:35

While Gov. Scott Walker struts around the country campaigning for president, bombshells from his proposed state budget continue to shred the lives and hopes of millions of Wisconsinites.

The latest example of reckless overreach by Walker is his proposal to overhaul the state’s long-term care system for people with disabilities and the elderly. It had the usual elements of “shock and awe.” It forecloses public input, regional control and transparency. It rewards campaign contributors and destroys an effective public service that was decades in the making.

ACLU statement on death of Tony Robinson

Written by ACLU of Wisconsin executive director,
Chris Ahmuty
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 05:13

On March 6, a Madison police officer shot and killed Tony Robinson, an unarmed African-American man. As further details of the shooting become known, the Madison Police Department and the city it serves will hopefully learn how to reduce officer-involved deaths. 

Mr. Robinson is the third individual to be killed by a Madison police officer in the last 10 months. Madison has a problem that cannot be ignored. Whatever this problem’s causes may be, the Madison Police Department needs to take all steps possible to reduce the likelihood of excessive use of force incidents and other types of misconduct, including biased policing.

‘Fairness Doctrine’ a thing of the past

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 27 March 2015 10:54
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My mother asked me recently why “bullies” are allowed to broadcast on radio and TV. “Why are they allowed to badmouth people and shout down people who don’t agree with them? Isn’t there a law?”

ACLU to Milwaukee Common Council
Regarding fire and police commission nominees

Written by Christopher Ahmuty Wednesday, 18 March 2015 22:50

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin seeks to defend the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents.  Advocating for police accountability has been a priority of our organization for many years.  The ACLU of Wisconsin believes that the City of Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has important duties including oversight of the departments to ensure adherence to the rule of law and the provision of unbiased professional public safety service in every neighborhood. 

Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated Dr. Fred Crouther to the Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.  If confirmed, he would replace Commissioner Paoi Lor bringing the total number of sitting commissioners to seven until July, 2015 when Commissioner Morgan’s term expires.  State law allows the Mayor to appoint an additional two commissioners, which his office has indicated he will do after the hiring of an executive director. 

Selling names of state parks is obscene

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:31

Wisconsin's state parks. Is Scott Walker putting names up for sale?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker created a $2.2 billion deficit by reducing taxes on his wealthy cronies, and now he's scrambling to mend the gap as he gears up for a presidential run. A spreadsheet awash in red ink is an albatross around the neck of a tea party leader, but so is raising taxes. That leaves him with few options.

Urban League statement on death of Tony Robinson

Written by Urban League of Greater Madison Monday, 09 March 2015 11:57

The Urban League of Greater Madison is deeply disturbed and saddened by the police shooting of 19-year old Tony Robinson. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Urban League movement go out to the friends and family of Mr. Robinson.  

Thanks to recent statewide legislation championed by state Rep. Chris Taylor and others, there will be an independent investigation. The Urban League is confident that Madison police will fully cooperate with this investigation.