Wisconsin Senate passes right-to-work bill, protests continue

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:50

For two straight days this week, 2,000 union members converged on Wisconsin's Capitol to rally against a new right-to-work bill, chanting, marching and hurling profanities at GOP lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker.

The tone of the rallies has been angry but hasn't come close to matching the energy that coursed through the building four years ago during massive protests against Walker's proposal to strip public workers of most of their union rights. This time around, union members said Republicans are moving too fast to organize large crowds. Some have even conceded it's a lost cause and the governor is bound to score another victory against organized labor.

Want to avoid HIV? Take a pill

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:50

When Milwaukeean Josh Beck, 34, posts a profile on gay dating sites, he gets a lot of questions about his HIV status: “negative plus PrEP.”

Walker takes lead in national GOP presidential poll

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 24 February 2015 14:12

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker jumped to the lead in the latest national poll on GOP presidential candidates.

In the poll released on Feb. 24 by Public Policy Polling, Walker was at 25 percent, with Ben Carson at 18 percent, Jeb Bush at 17 percent and Mike Huckabee at 10 percent. Rounding out the field of contenders are Chris Christie and Ted Cruz at 5 percent, Rand Paul at 4 percent and Rick Perry and Marco Rubio at 3 percent.

Wisconsin AFL-CIO plans rallies against right-to-work bill

Written by WiG Monday, 23 February 2015 09:24

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO plans rallies on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 in Madison to protest a bill that would make Wisconsin a right-to-work state.

Late last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker backed a surprise move by Republican legislators to quickly vote on the bill, an action the likely 2016 presidential candidate initially said should be delayed to avoid re-igniting massive pro-union protests.

Republicans approve treasurer of Walker's presidential PAC to UW Hospital board

Written by AP reports Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:31

The treasurer of Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential political committee has been approved to serve on the board oversseing the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Local anti-Semitic incidents reach 20-year high

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:31

Just days after the Milwaukee Jewish Federation reported a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents in southeast Wisconsin last year, a massive spree of vandalism in Madison included the spray-painting of property with anti-Semitic, Ku Klux Klan and Confederate imagery.

Thirty-nine acts of vandalism on Madison’s west side were reported to police during the Jewish Sabbath beginning after dark on Friday, Feb. 13, and continuing into Saturday, Feb. 14. Most of the incidents involved property damage such as smashed windshields and mailboxes, as well as spray-painted obscenities. But five were anti-Semitic or racist in nature, according to Dina Weinbach, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Madison.

Following the money behind ‘right-to-work’

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 24 February 2015 06:00

With hearings and protests taking place on “right-to-work” legislation, the watchdog group One Wisconsin Now released research on the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, headed by Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign co-chair. That research revealed “the stage has been set for Walker’s latest assault on Wisconsin’s middle class for his personal political benefit with a well-financed propaganda campaign utilizing a nationwide web of front groups.” 

“Once again we see the ‘Wisconsin Money Badger’ Michael Grebe and his Bradley Foundation paving the way for Gov. Walker’s right-wing, tea party agenda with a massive propaganda campaign,” said One Wisconsin Now executive director Scot Ross. “This time it’s the wrong-for-Wisconsin right-to-work law that cuts wages and benefits not just for union members but all Wisconsin workers.” 

Scott Walker says he doesn't know if Obama loves the U.S.

Written by The AP Monday, 23 February 2015 09:15

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a leading Republican contender for the White House in 2016 getting ever cozier with his tea party base, said over the weekend that he doesn't know whether President Barack Obama loves his country.

"You should ask the president what he thinks about America," Walker told The Associated Press while in Washington for a weekend meeting of the National Governors Association. "I've never asked him so I don't know."

Walker plan to eliminate Badger Exam dismays school leaders

Written by The AP Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:33

As Wisconsin schools prepare to give new standardized tests this spring, teachers and administrators say the time, effort and money they’re putting into the exams may be pointless.

That’s because Gov. Scott Walker’s budget calls for scrapping the new tests next year before school officials can analyze the results.

Civil rights alliance weighs in with high court on voter ID

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:09

A broad alliance of civil rights groups representing voters most affected by Wisconsin’s photo ID law pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the measure enacted during Gov. Scott Walker’s first term.

Right-to-work hearing today at Capitol, along with protests

Written by The AP Tuesday, 24 February 2015 05:46

Opponents of a Republican push to turn Wisconsin into a right-to-work state planned to converge on the Capitol on Feb. 24 to hold a rally and testify in opposition of the measure on a fast track in the Legislature.

Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, has said he will sign the bill into law once it clears the Republican-controlled Legislature. Lawmakers made a surprise announcement late last week that they were going to push the bill through in a matter of days, giving union opponents little time to organize against it.

Walker backs fast-tracking 'right-to-work' legislation

Written by From The AP Saturday, 21 February 2015 06:11

Gov. Scott Walker backed a surprise move on Feb. 20 by Republican legislators to quickly vote on making Wisconsin a right-to-work state, an action the likely 2016 presidential candidate initially said should be delayed to avoid re-igniting massive pro-union protests.

Walker had expressed concerns to leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature that rushing the divisive proposal could distract from his agenda, and in September — during the heat of his re-election campaign — he said he wouldn't support it this session. But after a series of private meetings with lawmakers, followed by an announcement that the bill would be voted on next week, Walker's spokeswoman said he would sign it.

Wisconsin teacher of the year calls out Walker over comments

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:24

A former Wisconsin teacher of the year criticized likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker in an open letter this week, saying he’s misrepresenting the facts when telling an anecdote about a laid-off teacher.

The Republican Wisconsin governor recently defended his telling of the story, which he’s repeated many times and wrote about in his 2013 book, saying he’s been “very clear” in how he’s described what happened to the teacher.