Wisconsin Gaze

Alpine Valley Music Theatre is for sale

Written by The AP Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:23

The Wisconsin music venue tucked away in the rolling hills of Walworth County that has hosted such musical greats as the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and the Grateful Dead is for sale.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre is also the place where guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and four others were killed in a helicopter crash following a performance on Aug. 27, 1990.

Walker says he didn’t solicit mining company money

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:43

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is saying that he played no role in soliciting donations from a mining company on behalf of a key conservative group that ran ads supporting him during the 2012 recall attempt and that he didn’t even know the company donated to the group.

While at a Kenosha campaign stop over the weekend, Walker said he was not aware of $700,000 donated by Gogebic Taconite in 2011 and 2012 to Wisconsin Club for Growth, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

UPDATED: Appeals court hears Wisconsin, Indiana marriage cases

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:34

A federal appeals court in Chicago heard oral arguments today (Aug. 26) in marriage equality cases out of Wisconsin and Indiana. The challenges are likely to be taken as far as the U.S. Supreme Court.

On the eve of the hearing, marriage equality advocates rallied in their home states and also on the federal plaza in Chicago, where Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris, the lead sponsor of the bill that legalized same-sex marriage in the state, welcomed the celebrants, including the same-sex couples who've sued for marriage rights.

Right-wing group revokes endorsement of Wisconsin candidate

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 22 August 2014 06:15

A right-wing Wisconsin group has revoked its endorsement of a Republican legislative candidate.

Wisconsin Family Action's political action committee released a statement recently saying it had revoked its endorsement of Ashton Kirsch in south-central Wisconsin's 81st Assembly District.

Wal-Mart drops plan for downtown Green Bay

Written by The AP Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:02

Wal-Mart has dropped plans for a store in downtown Green Bay.

Wal-Mart says it’s ending its effort to locate a big box superstore in downtown Green Bay.

Under fire over tax credit, Ashley Furniture denies plans to reduce Wisconsin job force

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 15:50

Ashley Furniture Industries disputes reports that it plans to outsource jobs after receiving a $6-million tax credit from Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

Paul Ryan says he's weighing White House bid

Written by The AP Monday, 25 August 2014 11:44

Paul Ryan was No. 2 on the Republicans' presidential ballot in 2012, and the conservative Wisconsin congressman is thinking about whether he'll try to move to the top of his party's ticket in 2016.

When asked over the weekend about the possibility of running, Ryan said he and his family will "take very seriously and weigh" the decision next year.

Wisconsin Unites for Marriage coalition launches

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:21

A new statewide coalition aimed at securing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Wisconsin launched on Aug. 7, less than 20 days before a federal appeals court will hear arguments on the issue.

The Wisconsin Unites for Marriage Coalition launched as a partnership of the ACLU of Wisconsin, Fair Wisconsin and Freedom to Marry.

Oral arguments set in John Doe appeal

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 03:57

Oral arguments in the appeal of a federal judge's ruling halting an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and other conservative groups have been set for Sept. 9, exactly two months before the Republican stands for re-election.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set the date.

College tradition: Beloit releases Mindset List for Class of 2018

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:44

Each August since 1998, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, has released the Beloit College Mindset List, offering a look at the cultural touchstones and experiences that have shaped the worldview of students entering their freshman year at colleges and universities.

So this week, the school released the list for the class of 2018 — many in the class were born in 1996, have always had The Daily Show to set them straight, always been able to secure immediate approval and endorsement for their ideas through “likes” on their Facebook page and have rarely heard the term “bi-partisan agreement.”

Gender matters as 2 women top Wisconsin ballot

Written by AP
and WiG
Sunday, 24 August 2014 09:39

Susan Happ, the Democratic nominee for Wisconsin Attorney Generaly, participates in a debate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School on Aug. 5. - PHOTO: AP/JOHN HART

Democrat Mary Burke is the first woman to win a major party nomination for Wisconsin governor, but you wouldn’t know that from her campaign, in which she rarely strays from her main message: job creation.

Wisconsin ranks No. 8 in number of farmers markets

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:16

Wisconsin. Among the top states for farmers markets.

There are few better places to buy summer vegetables, fresh cheese curds and homemade baked goods than Wisconsin, which has the eighth-most farmers markets of any state in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Wisconsin’s congressional primaries at a glance

Written by The AP Monday, 11 August 2014 13:47

Wisconsin voters will choose candidates for the U.S. House on Aug. 12 in eight primaries in five congressional districts. Here’s a look at the races:

DISTRICT 1-DEMOCRATIC — Kenosha businessman Rob Zerban, 46, faces independent filmmaker Amar Kaleka, 36, of Franklin.