Wisconsin Gaze

Pocan launches campaign on 'harmful effects' of free trade agreements

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 March 2014 08:49

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., has launched a two-week long campaign he said would highlight the harmful effects free trade agreements, such as NAFTA, have had on the U.S. economy and the environment.

The congressman said his goal is to raise awareness about health, safety and economic risks associated with fast-tracking trade deals through Congress using Trade Promotion Authority.

ACLU will not pursue injunction in Wisconsin marriage case

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 13 March 2014 07:10

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin agreed this week not to pursue a federal court injunction against enforcement of Wisconsin's anti-gay marriage amendment and laws. The U.S. District judge had indicated she wanted the ACLU to withdraw that request and that she would expedite a decision in the lawsuit.

Judge offers expedited trial in Wisconsin marriage equality case, but not injunction

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:59

A federal judge has said she can work on an expedited schedule in handling a challenge to Wisconsin's ban on gay marriages. However, the judge said she’s not likely to issue a preliminary injunction barring the state from enforcing the ban.

The order was filed on March 4. It referred to a motion filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and requesting the injunction. A hearing on the motion had been tentatively set for March 27.

Wisconsin’s brutal winter will prove beneficial during spring and summer

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 21 February 2014 16:38

When the air temperature is minus 10 degrees or snow is falling fast and heavy, most Homo sapiens are more concerned with getting indoors than contemplating the sunny side of the weather. But there are positives that come with winters like the one winding down in Wisconsin.

And the end of winter is near, really.

150 students to lobby in Madison for tuition equity bill

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 March 2014 05:05

About 150 students with Youth Empowered in the Struggle, the youth arm of Voces de la Frontera, will gather at the Capitol in Madison today (March 18) to lobby lawmakers. They'll be urging passage of a bill to allow undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition.

The legislation, introduced by state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, would allow in-state tuition for undocumented students under three conditions:

Pussy Riot expresses solidarity with Wisconsin protesters

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:16

Members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot appear in a video showing their solidarity with Wisconsin progressives charged in protests at the Capitol in Madison.

The video by the Voice Project highlights the Solidarity Singers' campaign and calls on Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to drop charges against protesters.

Federal judge to hear motion March 27 in Wisconsin marriage equality case

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 28 February 2014 14:16

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb set March 27 as the date for a first hearing in Wisconsin's marriage equality case.

On that date in Madison, Crabb will hear arguments on a motion from the plaintiffs to block the state from enforcing its ban on same-sex marriage.

Think spring! A WiG roundup

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 21 February 2014 16:12

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Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair on Feb. 2, caught a glimpse of his shadow and left the impression that the brutal winter would last another six weeks.


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Sens. attacking early voting have voted early

Written by Louis Weisberg Monday, 17 March 2014 05:43

In reviewing publicly available voting records, the progressive group One Wisconsin Now found a big surprise: Fifteen of the 17 state Senators who supported legislation to restrict early voting hours in Wisconsin have themselves voted early.

Wisconsin lawmakers combat state’s growing human-trafficking problem

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 09 March 2014 12:01
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Residents of Walworth County were shocked in January when a couple was arrested for allegedly holding a runaway 16-year-old Waukesha girl in a Janesville home and prostituting her to men they solicited on the Internet.

Report: $10.10 minimum wage would boost 587,000 Wisconsin workers

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 February 2014 07:53

Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2016 would increase wages for more than half a million Wisconsin workers, according to a report released on Feb. 24 by the Center on Wisconsin Strategy.

COWS is a think-tank based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Records released show Walker's fundraising tactics

Written by lisa neff Thursday, 20 February 2014 08:50

Newly released records show that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign partnered with a Republican lieutenant governor candidate in 2010 to tap wealthy donors who had already given all they could to Walker, a move designed to bolster their potential ticket.

The behind-the-scenes navigating of Wisconsin's campaign finance laws by Walker staffers was revealed on Feb. 19 as part of the release of 28,000 pages of documents collected during a criminal investigation into one of the governor's aides.