Wisconsin Gaze

Wisconsin police chief pleads no contest in tea party flap

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 28 July 2014 10:50

A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest last week to a charge that he signed a local tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

Prosecutors charged Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen earlier this month with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a computerized communication system. The La Crosse Tribune reported Kelemen entered the plea in a deal that calls for the charge to be dismissed in two years if he doesn't commit any new crimes, continues counseling and completes 40 hours of community service.

Oral arguments in Wisconsin, Indiana marriage cases set for Aug. 26

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 13:08

UPDATED: The Aug. 13 hearing set for the oral argument in the Wisconsin marriage equality case was canceled.

The new hearing date is Aug. 26.

Judge tosses Ron Johnson's anti-Affordable Care suit

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 22 July 2014 03:53

A federal judge on July 21 dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges, saying the senator had no grounds to sue.

Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, filed the lawsuit in January after the Office of Personnel Management decided months earlier that lawmakers and their staffs should continue to receive health care benefits covering about 75 percent of their premium costs after leaving the health insurance program for federal workers.

ACLU of Wisconsin seeks more information in officer-involved shooting in Racine

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 16 July 2014 06:27

A letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin to Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling seeks more information in the death of a mentally ill man shot and killed by Racine police on July 6.

A letter from Racine County District Attorney W. Richard Chiapete has commended the city of Racine Police Department and thanked the sheriff's office for the handling of the investigation into the death of Rajko Utvic.

Security costs soar for Walker, Kleefisch

Written by The AP Tuesday, 15 July 2014 04:46

The Wisconsin State Patrol spent $5.7 million to protect Republican Gov. Scott Walker, First Lady Tonette Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch from 2011 through 2013.

The governor's office released records showing the patrol's Dignitary Protection Unit spent $1.6 million on security for the trio in 2011, $1.9 million in 2012 and $2.2 million in 2013.

UPDATE: Aug. 13 hearing in Wisconsin marriage equality case canceled

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:26

The Aug. 13 hearing set for the oral arguments in the Wisconsin marriage equality case has been canceled and no new date set.

Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen

A western Wisconsin police chief has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly registering a tea party leader for solicitations from gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

Hundreds participate in Kenosha's 2nd Gay Pride March

Written by Larry Zamba,
Special to WiG
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:43

-Photo: Larry Zamba

By any measure, Kenosha’s 2nd Annual Gay Pride March was a success.

Wisconsin congresswoman asks Justice Dept. to help prevent gun violence in Milwaukee

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 14 July 2014 11:09

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to partner with local officials to reduce and prevent gun violence in Milwaukee.

Moore, on July 14, said, “Gun violence is a plague that steals the lives of far too many in our community. Each time we lose a life, our hearts break and the violence continues."

Election 2014: PFAW endorses Kelly Westlund over Sean Duffy

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:46

The national People for the American Way has endorsed Kelly Westlund, the Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.

Westlund, in a news release, said, "I am honored to receive the endorsement of People for the American Way, they are dedicated to the promise of equality, freedom of speech, justice under the law, and making sure everyone can achieve the American dream."

Senate Democrats ask Van Hollen, Walker to drop defense of marriage inequality

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:27

Democratic members of the Wisconsin Senate this week asked Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to cease his defense of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The ban has been declared unconstitutional by a federal district judge in Madison. There have been 22 similar decisions striking the anti-gay laws and amendments in other states as well.

Ground game could determine Wisconsin governor’s race

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:10

The ground game is an important factor in the governor's race.

Cooper Smith and Erica Imhoff hit the streets of Madison on a recent afternoon armed with a smart phone and campaign literature touting Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Wisconsin marriage appeal combined with Indiana's, put on fast track

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Saturday, 12 July 2014 08:43

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is trying to overturn a federal judge's ruling finding the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

On July 11, a federal appeals court combined Indiana and Wisconsin's same-sex marriage cases and put them on the fast track.