Wisconsin Gaze

Walker boasts to conservative group of right-wing stances against abortion rights, gay marriage

Written by TODD RICHMOND,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:42

Republican Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t said much on the campaign trail about his positions on abortion or gay marriage, but he proudly trumpeted his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group.

The ultra-right Wisconsin Family Action endorsed Walker earlier this week. In a Sept. 5 letter seeking the group’s endorsement, Walker said he passed legislation that gives women seeking abortions more information and health protection and that he cut off state funding for abortion providers.

Environmental groups seek federal action to clean up Kewaunee County groundwater

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:15

Six environmental groups are seeking federal action on longstanding groundwater contamination issues in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, where roughly 30 percent of tested wells are compromised by bacteria, high nitrate levels, or both.

“Everyone deserves safe, clean and reliable drinking water, but Kewaunee County residents gamble with their health simply by turning on the faucets in their homes,” Elizabeth Wheeler, staff attorney with Clean Wisconsin, said in a news release issued on Oct. 22. “We’re seeking federal action to help create a long-term solution to what’s unfortunately been a long-term problem for thousands of people in the area.”

Wisconsin man bikes to raise pipeline awareness

Written by The AP Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:35

An 80-year-old Wisconsin man is riding his bicycle across 16 counties in Wisconsin to raise awareness about a proposed Enbridge Energy oil pipeline and call for greater transparency around the project.

WDIO-TV reported that Bruce Noble is biking through counties where the Canada-based company’s crude oil Pipeline 61 could be built. It’s expected to start in Superior and end in Illinois.

Official word: Feds to recognize same-sex marriages in Wisconsin and more

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:21

The federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in Wisconsin and six more states and extend federal benefits to those couples, the Justice Department said on Oct. 17.

The announcement comes one week after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand rulings from three appeals courts that struck down bans on gay and lesbian marriages. That order meant same-sex couples in those states could get married immediately.

Scott Walker downplays interest in 2016 presidential bid

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:35

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker downplayed his interest in running for president during an editorial board meeting broadcast live on Oct. 14, three weeks before the general election.

In the expansive interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker said "anybody who wants to be president has to be a little crazy, so I don't know if I want to be classified as crazy."

Thousands of Gov. Walker-related emails released

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:35

Thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's former aides and associates when he was a county executive were released on Oct. 21.

The public release of the documents prompted allegations from Walker and other Republicans that the timing two weeks before the election was politically motivated but freedom of information advocates and Democrats said the release of the documents was a long time coming.

Voters head to polls early in Wisconsin

Written by TODD RICHMOND,
AP writer
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:28

Wisconsin clerks opened their doors to early voters on Oct. 20, giving people a chance to avoid Election Day lines and allowing partisans a window to rally supporters to vote in hopes of swinging the neck-in-neck race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

Wisconsin law requires municipal clerks to offer in-person early voting from the third Monday preceding an election through the Friday before the election. They can hold voting from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays but can set their own hours within those limits. Clerks who don’t have regular office hours must be available via appointment. The election itself is set for Nov. 4.

Uncommon candidate Burke defies easy categorization

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:49

Democrat Mary Burke, who is running for governor in Wisconsin.

Republicans and Democrats alike have struggled for months to brand gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke with sound bites and labels. But Burke has proven too complex for the sloganeering that dominates today’s political process.

On a wing and a paintbrush at Milwaukee Art Museum

Written by CARRIE ANTLFINGER,
AP writer
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 11:55

That black speck walking precariously out on the Milwaukee Art Museum's giant white wings? That's a painter.

Matt Radmacher, owner of Wisconsin Industrial Painters, and two other painters are touching up 40 rust spots on the museum's Burke Brise Soleil - affectionately called wings - and repainting 72 rusted plates at the base.

-PHOTO: wisconsinwatch.org

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said that he’ll abide by the U.S. Supreme Court decision blocking implementation of the state’s voter ID law for the Nov. 4 election.

Wisconsin wolf hunters exceed limits in 2 zones

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 October 2014 10:08

State of Wisconsin officials are poised to close a fourth wolf hunting zone.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources planned to close Zone 5, an oval-shaped area in west-central Wisconsin, at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. Hunters had killed 14 wolves in that zone as of Oct. 19, six less than permitted in the zone.

Multiple choice: Third party candidates complete ballot

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:39

Angela Walker is an independent socialist running for sheriff.

Casey McDonough is a Goldilocks in the voting booth.

Paul Ryan: Humans might not be responsible for climate change

Written by MATTHEW BROWN,
AP writer
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 06:30

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

The planet has faced climate change forever and humans' pollution might not be to blame, Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said during an Oct. 13 debate against his Democratic challenger in southern Wisconsin.