Wisconsin Gaze

Shot and left for dead, Sadie is now a champion for animal welfare

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 April 2014 07:59

A DOG’S LIFE: Sadie relaxes on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale during a recent trip to flim an episode of Lifetime TV’s 'The Balancing Act' -Photo: Courtesy

Before Hank, there was Sadie. 

Hank was found wandering around the Brewers’ spring training facility in Arizona with an injured tail and markings on his leg suggesting a car-related injury. The Brewers rescued the pooch, and in return he seems to have rallied the team and its fans. After a forgettable season last year, the Brewers began 2014 with a standing ovation for Hank and nine straight wins.

Sadie was less fortunate, but her rehabilitation has been all the more inspiring because of it. She was found in the woods of Kentucky with a bullet hole between her eyes and a bullet and shrapnel lodged in her spine. Someone had shot the doe-eyed, 5-year-old dog and left her paralyzed and doomed to die a slow, torturous death.

“It was a failed execution,” said Joal Derse-Dauer, the dog’s adopted human companion. “They just left her for dead. I guess they figured, ‘Why waste another bullet when she’ll be dead by morning.’” 

ACLU of Wisconsin asks: Why not in our state?

Written by Chris Ahmuty,
Special to WiG
Friday, 18 April 2014 07:45

As the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and a gay man, I spend a lot of time defending or promoting the civil liberties and rights of other people, regardless of their sexual orientation. The freedom to marry is an exception. Thirty-four years ago, when my partner Bob and I got together, very few people talked about marriage equality for gay couples. The conversation around LGBT rights was much more likely to be about police harassment, unpunished hate crime violence and job discrimination. 

Wisconsin Humane Society offering discounts on pit bull adoptions

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:34

The Wisconsin Humane Society is offering discounts to those who want to adopt pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

The Humane Society has an influx of pit bulls and the dogs are typically harder to place because of restrictions by landlords or insurance requirements.

Wisconsin reading, math scores up slightly

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:44

Reading and math scores for most Wisconsin public school students increased slightly on tests administered last fall, but wide achievement gaps between white students and minorities persist, results released this week show.

Test results for students participating in the taxpayer-subsidized private school voucher program were to be released later Tuesday.

Hapless stray rehabilitates the Brewers’ image

Written by Graeme Zielinski,
Special to WiG
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:17

Milwaukee Brewers mascot, Hank. - PHOTO: AP/Rick Scuteri

On a recent day before the season started, in the bunkered Milwaukee Brewers interview room deep within Miller Park, Hank the Dog was splayed by handlers on a table before a smartly-dressed team executive, surrounded by a small guard of gaudy bobblehead dolls.

Activists howl for justice for the gray wolf

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 April 2014 07:31

“Heh, heh, heh.” The two men on the HowToHunt video on YouTube sound like Beavis and Butthead when they come across the dead wolf hanging from a log after being caught in a snare they’d placed the day before.

Will Walker run for president? The 2016 checklist

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 10 April 2014 03:47

A look at preparations by Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:

Nondenial denial: "I'm really focused on 2014, not getting ahead of the game. ... You guys can predict all you want." - Jan. 5, CNN.

Poll: 51 percent support marriage equality in Wisconsin

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:00

Polling released today shows support for marriage equality in Wisconsin at 51 percent.

The survey was conducted in March by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and released by Fair Wisconsin, the state's largest LGBT civil rights group.

Pot hole pain: Street repairs jeopardized by fuzzy political road-building math

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:13

Winter weary Wisconsin goes bumping, banging into spring while transportation dollars go to unneeded road projects.

The most vicious winter in decades has left urban streets in Wisconsin so scarred with potholes that some look like they belong in developing nations.

For the record: Walker kicks off re-election campaign

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:01

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his re-election campaign on April 15 with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Walker, in a news release from the campaign, said four years ago the state "was in bad shape and it seemed like our best days were behind us. Taxpayers were strapped with a $3.6 billion deficit after years of double-digit tax increases and runaway government spending and over 130,000 Wisconsinites lost their jobs and some 27,000 businesses turned out their lights."

Wisconsin Gov. Walker dodges question about lack of degree

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 10 April 2014 03:43

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican candidate for president who lacks a college degree, said on April 9 that he would like to complete his course work to get his diploma, but he dodged a question about whether it was necessary to run for higher office.

Heroin use, deaths on rise in Wisconsin

Written by From the wire Monday, 07 April 2014 11:15

Some states, including Wisconsin, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in Wisconsin:

Shorewood's Sandy Pasch won't seek re-election

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 04 April 2014 11:25

Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood) has announced she will not seek re-election in the 10th Assembly District in 2014.