Wisconsin Gaze

Groups urge feds to respect same-sex marriages in Wisconsin, Indiana, Arkansas

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 19 September 2014 13:39

The Respect for Marriage Coalition on Sept. 19 sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the Department of Justice act to ensure federal respect for the marriages of same-sex couples in Arkansas, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Nearly 2,000 couples married in the three states in the past five months — before marriage equality rulings in each of the states were placed on hold pending appeal.

Brewers’ ballpark pup Hank to get literary treatment

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:59

Bernie Brewer may be the official mascot of Milwaukee’s team, but this year Brewers fans have given their hearts to a littler mascot: Hank, the stray dog that wandered into spring training and has become a social media success story for the team.

And Milwaukee’s Hank-madness now has a new outlet.

Madison ranks No. 1 in 'best places to live' survey

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:06

Madison comes in at No. 1 on a list of “Top 100 Best Places to Live” in the United States.

The second-annual list from livability.com is based on eight factors: health care, education, social and civic capital, demographics, amenities, housing, economics and infrastructure.

Madison activists charter buses for People's Climate March

Written by The Wisonsin Gazette Tuesday, 16 September 2014 04:08

The 350Madison Climate Action Team chartered three buses for 150 Madison area citizens who will join the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21.

UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon has called a meeting of heads of state that week at UN Headquarters to discuss addressing climate change.

Citizen Action: Walker administration withholds health insurance rates

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 12 September 2014 09:35

The Walker Administration — for the second consecutive year — is withholding the rates for the health insurance marketplace, according to Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

The group says the administration is leaving consumers, health advocates and policymakers in the dark and it called on the Wisconsin Office of the Insurance Commissioner to promptly release the figures. 

Wisconsin voters back clean energy

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:57

Wide margins of Wisconsin voters say they want their state to do more to get energy from clean, renewable sources — wind, solar and bioenergy — and to improve energy efficiency.

Clean Wisconsin released the results of the survey earlier this month:

U.S. Rep. Moore asks Wisconsin to hold off on voter ID law

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:47

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore is calling on the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to wait until after the general election to implement the state voter ID law.

The Democratic representative from Milwaukee made the request in a letter to Kevin J. Kennedy, director and general counsel for GAB. She wrote as the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin asked for a full federal appeals court review of the ruling that removed the injunction against the voter ID law, Act 23.

Scientists: Vital information missing from DNR's wolf slaughter statistics

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Sunday, 14 September 2014 05:52

Scientists are warning federal wildlife officials that Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources produced a flawed wolf population estimate for the 18 months after January 2012 when the animals were removed from a federal endangered species list.

Appeals court to hear arguments in Wisconsin voter ID case Sept. 12

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 11 September 2014 13:38

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on Sept. 12 in a challenge to Wisconsin's voter ID law.

The measure was enacted after Republican Scott Walker took the governor's office and the GOP took control of the Legislature.

ACLU sues on behalf of married same-sex couples in Wisconsin

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:51

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin sued on Sept. 17 on behalf of gays and lesbians who have married in the state but whose marriages are being denied recognition.

In early June, after a federal judge ruled against Wisconsin's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, more than 500 couples married, with a majority of Wisconsin counties issuing licenses.

Wisconsin officials scramble to implement voter ID law

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 06:58

Wisconsin election officials were scrambling Monday to deal with a federal appeals court's ruling reinstating the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots.

The law had been on hold, after being in effect only for the low-turnout February 2012 primary, following a series of court orders blocking it. But a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, just hours after hearing oral arguments, said late Friday that the state could proceed with implementing the law while it weighs the merits of the case.

Federal appeals court lifts stay against Wisconsin voter ID law

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 13 September 2014 03:49

A federal appeals court in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law on Sept. 12, just hours after three Republican-appointed judges heard arguments on reactivating the hotly debated law in time for the November election.

Appeals court hears arguments in Walker-related probe

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:53

Wisconsin prosecutors on Sept. 9 tried to persuade a federal appeals court to let them to resume their investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign, in a case that touches on broader issues about just what constitutes constitutionally-protected political activity.

In more than 90 minutes of questioning, three judges on a panel at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago didn't give a clear indication of which way they might be leaning. But two of the three repeatedly broached questions about whether federal judges should intervene in what appeared to be a state matter.