Wisconsin Gaze

U.S. judge overturns decision removing Great Lakes wolves from endangered list

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 19 December 2014 15:39

A U.S. District judge on Dec. 19 overturned the Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes from the endangered species list.

An early review of the order indicated that the decision by U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Howell said removal of the species was arbitrary, capricious and violated the federal Endangered Species Act.

Congressman seeks federal review of Wisconsin school voucher program

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 19 December 2014 12:41

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, wants the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review Wisconsin’s parental choice voucher program.

A GAO review will provide a thorough examination and shed light on the program’s shortcomings, Pocan's office said in a news release. This non-partisan review would help to better inform the national discussion on the importance of supporting public schools.

Scott Walker undaunted by Jeb Bush's presidential intentions

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 15:50

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is said to have lost weight in preparation for a presidential bid.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s decision to “actively explore” a presidential run will not impact his decision on running.

Baraboo School Board approves transgender athletic participation policy

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:24

Baraboo School Board in Baraboo, Wisconsin, has voted 4-3 to approve a transgender participation policy, according to the LGBT advocacy group GSAFE.

The policy was based on a model measure introduced by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association in 2013.

Audit cites issues with Wisconsin elections board

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
Associated Press writer
Monday, 15 December 2014 08:54

An audit critical of the board that oversees ethics and elections in Wisconsin fueled calls from Republicans to dismantle it, while Democrats said no such dramatic changes were needed.

The Government Accountability Board, unlike the widely panned Ethics and Elections boards that preceded it, is made up of nonpartisan former judges. It handles both ethics and elections issues and has drawn the ire of both Democrats and Republicans over the years on a variety of issues.

Walker says slow down on 'right-to-work,' but still won't threaten to veto it

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:56

Gov. Scott Walker is telling Republican state senators he wants them focused on his agenda rather than passing “right-to-work” legislation.

The lawyers who successfully fought to undo Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage are seeking to recoup $1.2 million in legal costs from the case.

Baldwin leads lawmakers in urging end to ban on gay blood donors

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 15 December 2014 09:21

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and other Democrats in the Senate and House are urging an end to the federal lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

Baldwin, along with U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif., led a letter with 75 of their congressional colleagues calling on Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to replace the ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men with a policy based on individual risk factors.

Famous reindeer cards brighten season at Wisconsin post office

Written by The AP Monday, 15 December 2014 08:41

Thousands of Christmas cards are pouring into a small Wisconsin village that shares its name with Santa's most famous reindeer.

The Rudolph Post Office receives more than 10,000 Christmas cards annually from all over the world to be stamped with festive markings during the holiday season. This year, the local effort coincides with the U.S. Postal Service issuing stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the popular television special, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Clean Lakes Alliance contest: Guess when Lake Mendota will freeze, win Lands' End prize

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:18

This year’s Mendota Freeze Contest, says local nonprofit Clean Lakes Alliance, is anyone’s game. 

For the fourth year in a row, the organization is holding a free contest to guess the date when the Wisconsin State Climatology Office will declare Lake Mendota officially frozen. 

History museum explores ‘Winterful Wisconsin’

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:13

Blizzards can be fun — www.wisconsinhistory.org

Already suffering the winter blues? Talk to Leslie Bellais about the big, bad blizzard of 1881.

Group offers reward for info on illegal wolf kills in Great Lakes region

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 15 December 2014 09:06

A recently established group is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who illegally kills a wolf in the Great Lakes region.

Flashback 2014: Wisconsin’s voter ID law delayed

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 12 December 2014 08:50

Less than a month before the midterms, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed an appeals court order and put the brakes on Gov. Scott Walker’s rush to implement a controversial voter photo ID law.