Progressive Madison reigns atop ‘best-of’ lists

Written by Louis Weisberg
and Lisa Neff
Staff writers
Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:20

Making Madison even more biker-friendly is Madison BCycle, an urban bike-sharing program launched in 2011 that allows members to check out bikes from one of 35 stations in the city.
— PHOTO: Madison BCycle

For nearly 70 years, Madison has been regarded as one of the nation’s best places to live — for a variety of reasons. With the proliferation of “best-of” lists floating around cyberspace today, the capital city’s drawing more plaudits than ever.

Two animal-rights activists have been charged with terrorizing the fur industry during cross-country road trips in which they released about 5,740 mink from farms, and vandalized the homes and businesses of industry members, the FBI said.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Joseph Brian Buddenberg, 31, and Nicole Juanita Kissane, 28, both of Oakland, California, and federal prosecutors charged them with conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Walker headlining right-wing ALEC conference

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:07

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is headlining the conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the right-wing bill mill powered by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

Walker, a Koch-brother loyalist was joining Mike Huckabee and others at the annual gathering, being held this year in San Diego and giving a special platform — behind closed doors — to the GOP candidates for president.

Walker issues order to arm National Guard

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 July 2015 06:06

Republican Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order on July 21 authorizing Wisconsin National Guard personnel to carry firearms while on duty in the wake of an attack on a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Wisconsin state Assembly voted on July 28 to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team president Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public.

June unemployment rate rises in 27 of state's 32 largest cities

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 23 July 2015 18:09

Unemployment rates for June increased in most Wisconsin cities and counties.

Scott Walker campaigns amid more revelations about mismanagement, cronyism at his jobs agency

Written by Jeff Horwitz,
AP writer
Thursday, 23 July 2015 05:12

The economic development agency Gov. Scott Walker created to entice a quarter-million jobs to come to Wisconsin ended up with lots of unwanted baggage: allegations of botched underwriting, ineffectiveness and favoritism. The agency remains in disarray as Walker campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination.

Wisconsin lost 300 jobs in June, according to preliminary report

Written by Louis Weisberg Tuesday, 21 July 2015 14:17

According to numbers released today by the Current Employment Statistics program, the state lost 300 private sector jobs in June.

Deal elusive in Milwaukee County transit labor dispute

Written by The AP Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:14

Weeks after Milwaukee County union bus drivers went on a three-day strike, both sides remain far apart as contract talks are set to resume this week, according to a published report.

The early July strike disrupted the lives of tens of thousands of county residents who rely on buses. But more than three weeks after the walkout, the Milwaukee County Transit System and the union representing its drivers and mechanics appear no closer to reaching a new contract, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Menominee Indian Tribe will vote on legalizing marijuana

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:16

Menominee Indian Tribe members will have a chance to weigh in on whether marijuana should be legal for recreational and medicinal use on the reservation in northeastern Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker raised nearly $5.9 million in the first six months of the year through a state committee used to finance his races for governor.

Scott Walker calls for dismantling independent agency that oversees elections

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 12:56

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has called for the dismantling of an independent state agency that oversees elections. The agency authorized an investigation into his 2012 recall campaign.