Wisconsin in top tier of states losing their middle class
The middle class is shrinking in every state in America, and Wisconsin is in the top tier of those where the middle class has experienced the most severe erosion, according to a state-by-state analysis on the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline blog.
Despite Wisconsin’s deep partisan divide, there’s one area of policy on which the state’s Republicans and Democrats emphatically agree: conservation.
The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law.
The justices' decision on March 23 means that the law could be put into effect by Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration.
Judicial positions are nominally non-partisan, but any illusion that’s the case evaporated long ago. There’s no better illustration than the efforts of right-wing Republicans to oust two-term incumbent Justice Ann Walsh Bradley on April 7. Her loss would give conservatives a 5–2 advantage on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Likely presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker this week dismissed a report that he helped steer tax credits and eased up on environmental oversight to benefit national hardware chain Menards after its billionaire owner donated $1.5 million to a conservative group.
Yahoo News has reported that John Menard Jr. gave the money to Wisconsin Club for Growth to help advance Walker’s agenda when he faced a recall election in 2012, citing several unidentified sources. Such donations are legal under campaign finance law and are not subject to limits or a requirement they be disclosed publicly.
The environmental group Clean Wisconsin says it has many unanswered questions about the potential for water pollution, air quality, odor management and other health and environmental impacts of a proposed 26,000 pig animal feeding operation in Bayfield County.
The group says additional study — specifically an environmental impact statement — is needed.
Kenosha’s Common Council on March 16 honored several middle-school basketball players for coming to the defense of a cheerleader who has Down syndrome during a game at Lincoln Middle School.
UPDATED: The U.S. Supreme Court on March 23 said it will not hear a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law advanced by the Republican leadership.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court currently has a 4–3 conservative tilt, but if right-wing Republican groups succeed in ousting two-term incumbent justice Ann Walsh Bradley from the bench on April 7, the state’s highest court will move farther rightward, with a solid majority of 5–2.
The Nature Conservancy on March 18 released a bipartisan statewide poll showing Wisconsin voters — across the political spectrum — overwhelmingly agree on the need to continue dedicated state funding for land, water and wildlife conservation.
The finding comes as state lawmakers consider Scott Walker's push to end public funding for land and water conservation through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.