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GOP erases clean gov't in rare Friday session

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Monday, 09 November 2015 09:19
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Sen. Rob Cowles of Green Bay was the only Republican who joined the chamber’s 14 Democrats in voting against the campaign finance bill.

Following a brutal all-night debate on Fri., Nov. 6, the Legislature’s Republican majority succeeded in moving forward a pair of bills that will pour more dark money than ever into state elections and disembowel the Government Accountability Board, which oversaw state elections.

Demand clean, open gov’t

Written by Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:32

Differences of opinion are inevitable in government. Disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over public investments, funding for schools or the fairness of our tax code are common.

Despite these differences, everyone can agree that an open, transparent and accessible government is essential to democracy.

Activist: Wisconsin DNR seeks to eradicate endangered wolf pack based on a fake attack story

Written by Our Wisconsin,
Our Wildlife
Thursday, 29 October 2015 18:20

In the wake of a discredited claim of an alleged “attack” against a hunter and NRA cheerleader last month in Adams County, the Wisconsin DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are slaughtering protected wolves in the 4,965-acre Colburn Wildlife Area.

Right-wing business and social groups behind gutting of state’s election laws

Written by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:03
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Wealthy business and conservative ideological groups that collectively spend millions of dollars to support Republican legislative and statewide candidates at election time are supporting bills to weaken state campaign finance law and dismember the state’s election and ethics watchdog.

For the record: Donald Trump tweeted what?

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 16:17

“Ben Carson is now leading in the polls in Iowa. Too much Monsanto in the corn creates issues in the brain?”

— A tweet sent out by DONALD TRUMP after a poll revealed that Ben Carson is now leading him in the state by 28 percent to 20 percent. A backlash over the tweet prompted Trump to delete it and blame it on an unnamed intern. 

Operation Migration warns: FWS 'visions' end to ultralight guided release of whooping cranes

Written by Heather Ray
Operation Migration
Sunday, 01 November 2015 07:37

On Oct. 15 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted a document outlining its vision for the next five-year strategic plan for the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership and the Eastern Migratory Population.

Open, clean government is good for everyone in Wisconsin

Written by Sen. Jennifer Shilling Thursday, 29 October 2015 08:56

Differences of opinion are inevitable in government. Disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over public investments, funding for schools or the fairness of our tax code are common.

On the record: Tommy Thompson said what?

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 23 October 2015 08:41

On the record: Tommy Thompson said what?

Needed: Conscience and courage

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:37

With Wisconsin in the grip of incipient fascism, it’s not the time for us to hibernate. There are many opportunities to get involved and help to turn our state back to a progressive path.
—PHOTO: Pixabay

As the fall chill takes hold, we can mope about the prospect of another long, dreary winter or make plans to shake up our lives and make good use of our time.

In defense of the Clintons’ LGBT record

Written by WiG editorial Saturday, 31 October 2015 13:42
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Bill Clinton signs DOMA into law in 1996

The nation has come so far so fast on LGBT issues that it’s easy to forget — or never to have known — the sociopolitical realities that faced Bill Clinton when he introduced the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy and signed the Defense of Marriage Act.

Wisconsin Republicans celebrate 'Corruptoberfest'

Written by state Rep. Dana Wachs
D-Eau Claire
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 13:08

It seems that in the spirit of the fall season, Assembly Republicans have created their own new way to celebrate  — Corruptoberfest!

State is open for corruption

Written by Rep. Mark Spreitzer Friday, 23 October 2015 02:40

Throughout 2015, Republicans have forced radical policy proposals through the Legislature at breakneck speed in order to ensure their complete control of state government. 

The Republican-controlled Assembly fast-tracked three bills that increase opportunities for political corruption, make it harder to investigate political corruption, and make it almost impossible to prosecute political corruption: