Wisconsin Gaze

Supreme Court asked to review Voter ID ruling in Wisconsin

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 02 October 2014 06:35

The civil rights advocates seeking to block implementation of Wisconsin's voter ID law for the midterm election have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue.

A request was filed with the nation's highest court on Oct. 2 asking the justices for emergency consideration. Opponents continue to oppose the voter ID law, one of a number of anti-voter measures pushed around the country by conservative lawmakers. But the focus now is on blocking implementation of the measure for an election process that is underway now.

Panel: Wisconsin congressman likely broke House rules

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 01 October 2014 03:58

A congressional review panel said there is "substantial reason to believe" that veteran U.S. Rep. Tom Petri of Wisconsin violated House rules by acting on behalf of two companies in which he owned significant amounts of stock, according to a report released on Sept. 30.

The independent Office of Congressional Ethics said Petri advocated for Oshkosh Corp. and the Manitowoc Co. despite owning at least $250,000 worth of Oshkosh stock and at least $100,000 worth of stock in Manitowoc. Both companies are based in Wisconsin.

Justice gap: three-fourths of low-income civil litigants unrepresented

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:13

For every 6,415 people in the United States who qualify for legal aid, there is one legal aid attorney. That means that about about three-quarters of low-income civil litigants in the United States are unrepresented, creating what some call a "justice gap."

A two-year, $300,000 grant by the National Science Foundation is providing Wisconsin researchers with the opportunity to explore questions about the legal profession and justice for low-income, unrepresented civil litigants.

Texas congressman to battle Paul Ryan over key post

Written by The AP Monday, 29 September 2014 08:05

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to take over one of the most powerful committees in Congress could hit a snag when lawmakers return after the midterm elections.

Ryan, the Republican Party's candidate for vice president two years ago, has been telling colleagues for much of the past year that he wants to chair the powerful House Ways and Means Committee in the new Congress next year. The post could provide a platform for the Wisconsin Republican to launch a possible bid for president in 2016.

Study: State taxpayers on the hook for $1 billion in useless highway projects due to faulty data

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:06

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will waste up to $1 billion on unneeded highway expansions if it continues to rely on inaccurate, outdated highway-use projections, concluded a comprehensive traffic study by a nonpartisan watchdog group. 

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters endorses for Nov. 4

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:42

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters has announced its endorsed candidates for the upcoming November election. Among those endorsed: Mary Burke for governor.

The slate represents a bipartisan set of candidates committed to getting to work to solve Wisconsin’s most pressing conservation problems, according to a news release from the group.

Milwaukee committee to discuss body cameras for police

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:00

The Milwaukee Public Safety Committee may take up the issue of body-worn cameras for the Milwaukee Police Department and the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin is weighing in on the issue.

The committee could consider the issue as early as Oct. 2. In mid-September, Police Chief Edward Flynn indicated that MPD wanted to move forward with a pilot program to test body cameras, with the use of 50 cameras.

Citing higher crime due to Walker's cuts, Wisconsin's largest police union backs Burke

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 27 September 2014 14:45

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke

Wisconsin’s largest police union has endorsed Democrat Mary Burke for governor and Republican Brad Schimel for attorney general.

Court dismisses challenge to law allowing Wisconsin to forcibly detain pregnant women

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:25

The federal court in Wisconsin has dismissed a petition filed by Alicia Beltran challenging her detention under a provision of the Wisconsin Children's Code that allows the state to take women into custody from the earliest stages of pregnancy.

Beltran challenged her detention under the Wisconsin law that permitted her arrest, detention and involuntary in-patient medical treatment based upon the unproven charge that she "habitually lacked self-control in the use of alcohol or controlled substances."

Christie campaigns for Walker, first lady campaigns for Burke

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:27

Wisconsin's tense race for governor got some political star power on Sept. 29, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for a potential presidential rival, Scott Walker. First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, campaigned for former state commerce secretary Mary Burke.

Christie and Walker sidestepped any talk of a 2016 nomination fight against each other.

University to present performance center designs to Madison commission

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 19:19

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is moving ahead with plans to build a new performance center on campus. 

Architects will present their design to a city commission on Oct. 1. The $22 million project includes a 325-seat recital hall, large rehearsal room and lobby. And it's funded by anonymous donors.

Planned Parenthood: Walker policy forces Fond du Lac health center to close

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 27 September 2014 07:13

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced on Sept. 26 that it closed its fifth family planning health center — a center in Fond du Lac County — as "a direct consequence of Gov. Scott Walker’s targeted elimination of all state funds supporting preventative patient care at Planned Parenthood in the state budget."

A news release from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin said all of the impacted health centers provided "essential health care including breast and cervical cancer screens, health exams, birth control and testing and treatment of STD’s to women in need of affordable reproductive care. None of the affected health centers provided abortion services or referrals due to state laws that prohibit the use of state funds for anything abortion related."