Wisconsin Gaze

Wisconsin plays key role in music, memory study

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 31 October 2014 06:54

Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.

The study being led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the largest yet on the impact of the Music and Memory program, which is in hundreds of nursing homes across the U.S. and Canada, said program founder Dan Cohen. Similar studies will be conducted in Utah and Ohio.

Former Trek employee Joe Fadness is a Wisconsin GOP operative

UPDATED STORY: A source who was quoted this morning in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cover story claiming that Democrat Mary Burke was fired from Trek Bicycle has posted bizarre and offensive rants on his Facebook page, including accusations that Barack Obama is a “homo” and First Lady Michelle Obama is a man.

Fair play vs. corporate welfare in Milwaukee

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:09

Amid the fall political campaigns, a dynamic grassroots movement for justice in Milwaukee made headlines, reminding us that change does not necessarily come from politicians but from people working together in their communities.

Rockwood seeks end to Sensenbrenner’s 16-term career

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:59

Democrat Chris Rockwood. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The 2008 elections provided the best openings in recent years for Democratic challengers in potential swing districts. Voters nationwide turned out in force for Barack Obama in an election that was largely a referendum on former Republican President George W. Bush. Democrats picked up a number of seats that year that usually go red.

Voces de la Frontera Action gets out the vote for Mary Burke

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:05

Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin, has won an endorsement from Voces de la Frontera Action, the 501(c) 4 advocacy arm of Voces de la Frontera.

The organization, in its statement, said it strongly supports Mary Burke for governor because she is the candidate committed to working for all of Wisconsin’s working families.

Journal Sentinel story attacking Burke used source who called Obama an anti-gay slur

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:26

A source who was quoted this morning in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cover story claiming that Democrat Mary Burke was fired from Trek Bicycle has posted bizarre and offensive rants on his Facebook page, including accusations that Barack Obama is a “homo” and First Lady Michelle Obama is a man.

Mary Burke would restore funding to Wisconsin Arts Board

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 31 October 2014 11:06

Democratic candidate Mary Burke vows to restore funding to the Wisconsin Arts Board if elected governor.

Under Republican Gov. Scott Walker, aid provided to the arts statewide dropped from $2.4 million to $759,000. The budget for WAB personnel and operations was cut more than 65 percent. Six staff positions were lost and the agency was placed under the Department of Tourism. 

Friends of the Earth Action endorses Mary Burke for Wisconsin governor

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:57

The environmental group Friends of the Earth Action on Oct. 30 endorsed Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke over incumbent Gov. Scott Walker.

The group, in its announcement, cited Walker’s "consistent favoring of corporate interests and exploitative interests to the detriment of Wisconsin’s citizens."

Action against deportations set for Milwaukee, coincides with Obama visit

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:17

Immigrant rights activists will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 outside North Division High School, where Voces de la Frontera and Youth Empowered in the Struggle will call on President Barack Obama to keep immigrant families together by expanding his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect all immigrants from deportation.

The activists' gathering coincides with the president's visit to Milwaukee. They are protesting Obama's decision to delay taking executive action to stop deportations until after the Nov. 4 general elections. At events around the country in support of Democratic candidates, Obama has been met by immigrant rights advocates and families calling on him to stop deportations.

Public art or public enemy? Madison's 'Philosophers' Stones

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:43

Madison’s Philosophers’ Stones. — PHOTO: Jill Sebastian

Does public art breed street crime?

By the numbers: Before the votes, the polls

Written by Lisa Neff & Matthew Reddin Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:02

A look at the numbers going into the final week before the election.

More ads. More speeches. More press statements. More fundraising pleas. More PAC involvement. And some high-profile pitches followed the news that the Marquette University Law School Poll in early October showed Scott Walker and Mary Burke tied at 47-47 percent among likely voters in the Wisconsin governor’s race.

Obama rallies voters for Mary Burke

Written by Josh Lederman,
AP writer
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:16

Rallying the party faithful, President Barack Obama cast Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Oct. 28 as an outdated Republican holding back Wisconsin's economy as he launched a final, weeklong campaign push for Democrats.

At a packed gymnasium, Obama held up Democrat Mary Burke as a skilled businesswoman who will fight for the type of middle-class opportunity that made his own success possible. Although Democrats hoped Obama's appearance with Burke would help put her over the top in next week's tight race, Republicans confidently predicted Obama would have just the opposite effect.

Voters getting confusing, misleading messages about Wisconsin election

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 28 October 2014 07:57

Wisconsin residents are receiving confusing messages by phone and in the mail about the election, according to the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

The organization said that just last week some people received a Wisconsin voter registration form in the mail with their name and address already filled in. They were told to mail the form in to their municipal clerk, even though it was already too late for mailed registrations to be processed. Other people have reported receiving robocalls telling them to bring a photo ID to vote. This happened after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the voter ID law would not be implemented in this election.