Wisconsin Gaze

Brawny bearded brewers bare nearly all for charity

Written by The AP Friday, 28 November 2014 06:53

The 2015 Brew Men Calendar.

A group of brawny, bearded brewers from the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, area has posed mostly nude for a calendar that is raising money for charity.

The 2015 Brew Men Calendar features 11 brewing professionals from 3 Sheeps Brewing, 8th Street Ale Haus and Plymouth Brewing Co. Proceeds from the calendar, which can be bought online or at various bars, grocers and liquor stores in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, will be donated to the Movember Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer.

70,000 more pages of Walker documents released

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 28 November 2014 06:38

Nearly 70,000 pages of emails and attachments were released this week that had been collected during the first secret investigation into former aides and associates of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive.

Here are a few things to know about the latest documents made public in the now-closed case: 

Where Wisconsin stands on immigration reform

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Sunday, 23 November 2014 19:35

-Photo: Voces de la Frontera

Wisconsin Democrats generally praised President Obama’s executive order on immigration reform, while Gov. Scott Walker called it illegal. He joined other GOP governors in calling for a lawsuit, which House Republicans filed on Nov. 21.

Wisconsin urged to end wolf hunting in wake of first statewide vote on the issue

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 17 November 2014 11:37

Animal welfare advocates are urging the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to stop the trophy hunting of wolves, in the wake of the nation’s first statewide vote on wolf hunting in the Nov. 4 election.

In Michigan, voters overwhelmingly rejected two wolf hunting measures, Proposals 1 and 2, with the “no” side winning by a 10-point margin and a 28-point margin, respectively. On Proposal 2, the “no” side received more than 1.8 million votes, more than any candidate who won statewide office, and prevailed in 69 of Michigan’s 83 counties. 

Open enrollment for health insurance begins in Wisconsin

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 17 November 2014 09:19

Wisconsin residents started shopping for coverage on the federally run health insurance exchange when its second open enrollment period began Nov. 15.

The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance says about 166,000 people signed up for insurance during the open enrollment period that ended March 31. Health care experts say they expect about the same number this time.

New music venues not needed for Madison

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 22:13

To the delight of music fans, two new concert venues a few blocks from each other have been proposed for Madison. But do we need either?

City planning documents say “no.”

EPA's Clean Power Plan draws support in Wisconsin

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:52

Health, faith, environmental and youth leaders united on Nov. 18 in Wisconsin to express support for the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan and for the release of Clean Wisconsin's latest report, Cutting Carbon Works for Wisconsin. 

“EPA’s proposal is a practical, reasonable and achievable step toward healthier air and a higher quality of life in Wisconsin,” Keith Reopelle, senior policy director for Clean Wisconsin, said in a news release. “If we prioritize increasing investments in energy efficiency we can meet EPA’s goals for Wisconsin and reduce home and business owners’ energy bills at the same time.” 

Wisconsin, national reaction to the president's immigration plan

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 21 November 2014 06:51

Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about 5 million people.

But after the initial burst of emotion Thursday evening at hastily organized watch parties and in living rooms, many said Obama's plan was just the first step in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrant families pointed out the plan would only cover about 5 million of the 11 million without legal status, leaving many families and individuals in limbo.

GLSEN: 90 percent of LGBT students in Wisconsin hear homophobic remarks

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 14 November 2014 12:21

At least nine in 10 LGBT students in Wisconsin say they regularly hear "gay" used in a negative way and almost as many hear other homophobic remarks at school on a regular basis.

These are two findings in the biennial National School Climate Survey released by the Gay, Straight Education Network this week.

Wisconsin agency preps for big jump in DNA testing

Associated Press writer
Monday, 24 November 2014 13:48

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has hired nearly 20 more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.

Wisconsin currently takes DNA samples from anyone convicted of a felony and certain sex-related misdemeanors. A Republican-backed law set to take effect on April 1 dramatically expands the grounds for collection.

6 Wisconsin businesses earn perfect scores on equality ranking

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:48

Of the 14 Wisconsin companies ranked on the equality index compiled by the Human Rights Campaign, six earned perfect scores. Four other companies scored 80 percent or above.

Overall, the Wisconsin companies averaged a 79 percent ranking on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index released this week by the HRC, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.

Sierra Club opposes Wisconsin transportation budget request

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:12

The state organization of the Sierra Club opposes the recently released Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2015-17 biennial budget request.

In addition to a "highway-use fee" for new vehicles, the budget recommends a 5 percent increase to the fuel tax, with part coming from a sales tax, meaning it will increase as the price of gas increases.

5 years on the beat: Wisconsin Gazette celebrates an anniversary

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:30

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— Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

The Wisconsin Gazette was conceived over dinner at a sushi restaurant in Kenosha in June 2009. Present were photographer Jason Smith, journalist Lisa Neff and Louis Weisberg, who’d worked in both journalism and marketing. The three, who had worked together at weekly LGBT newspapers in Chicago, presented Milwaukee businessman Leonard Sobczak with a terrible idea: to start a new LGBT publication at the depth of the worst recession in memory.