Before Hank, there was Sadie.
Hank was found wandering around the Brewers’ spring training facility in Arizona with an injured tail and markings on his leg suggesting a car-related injury. The Brewers rescued the pooch, and in return he seems to have rallied the team and its fans. After a forgettable season last year, the Brewers began 2014 with a standing ovation for Hank and nine straight wins.
Sadie was less fortunate, but her rehabilitation has been all the more inspiring because of it. She was found in the woods of Kentucky with a bullet hole between her eyes and a bullet and shrapnel lodged in her spine. Someone had shot the doe-eyed, 5-year-old dog and left her paralyzed and doomed to die a slow, torturous death.
“It was a failed execution,” said Joal Derse-Dauer, the dog’s adopted human companion. “They just left her for dead. I guess they figured, ‘Why waste another bullet when she’ll be dead by morning.’”
As the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and a gay man, I spend a lot of time defending or promoting the civil liberties and rights of other people, regardless of their sexual orientation. The freedom to marry is an exception. Thirty-four years ago, when my partner Bob and I got together, very few people talked about marriage equality for gay couples. The conversation around LGBT rights was much more likely to be about police harassment, unpunished hate crime violence and job discrimination.
The Wisconsin Humane Society is offering discounts to those who want to adopt pit bulls or pit bull mixes.
The Humane Society has an influx of pit bulls and the dogs are typically harder to place because of restrictions by landlords or insurance requirements.
Reading and math scores for most Wisconsin public school students increased slightly on tests administered last fall, but wide achievement gaps between white students and minorities persist, results released this week show.
Test results for students participating in the taxpayer-subsidized private school voucher program were to be released later Tuesday.
On a recent day before the season started, in the bunkered Milwaukee Brewers interview room deep within Miller Park, Hank the Dog was splayed by handlers on a table before a smartly-dressed team executive, surrounded by a small guard of gaudy bobblehead dolls.
A look at preparations by Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:
Nondenial denial: "I'm really focused on 2014, not getting ahead of the game. ... You guys can predict all you want." - Jan. 5, CNN.
Polling released today shows support for marriage equality in Wisconsin at 51 percent.
The survey was conducted in March by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and released by Fair Wisconsin, the state's largest LGBT civil rights group.
The most vicious winter in decades has left urban streets in Wisconsin so scarred with potholes that some look like they belong in developing nations.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his re-election campaign on April 15 with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
Walker, in a news release from the campaign, said four years ago the state "was in bad shape and it seemed like our best days were behind us. Taxpayers were strapped with a $3.6 billion deficit after years of double-digit tax increases and runaway government spending and over 130,000 Wisconsinites lost their jobs and some 27,000 businesses turned out their lights."
Some states, including Wisconsin, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative.
Here’s a look at what’s happening in Wisconsin:
Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood) has announced she will not seek re-election in the 10th Assembly District in 2014.