Wisconsin coyote hunt condemned as 'senseless bloodlust'

Written by Bryna Godar,
AP writer
Saturday, 23 January 2016 18:29

As the sun set tonight in northern Wisconsin, hunters gathered at Main Street Ed’s in the small town of Argonne, coyote carcasses in tow. After a weigh-in at the tavern, hunters took home prizes for the largest and smallest coyotes, as well as for the most killed. Also-rans will still have a shot at the gun raffle, meat raffle or door prizes.

Poll: Majority of Ashland, Bayfield county residents oppose proposed mega hog farm

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:50

Almost two-thirds — 63.3 percent — of Ashland and Bayfield county residents said they are opposed to the proposed Badgerwood LLC Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in Bayfield County, according to the Northland College Public Opinion Poll released on Jan. 20.

The Northland College Center for Rural Communities conducted telephone interviews with a random sample of 701 households in Ashland and Bayfield counties in December regarding the proposed CAFO in the town of Eileen in Bayfield County and CAFOs in general.  

Gun safety legislation introduced in Madison

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:18

State Rep. Lisa Subeck this week introduced four bills intended to keep guns out of the hands of children and those who intend to use them for harm.

Wisconsin Republicans want to eliminate minimum hunting age

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Saturday, 16 January 2016 15:04

After passing a law allowing women to wear fluorescent pink hunting garb, ostensibly to maintain their femininity while gunning down deer, Assembly Republicans now are pushing a bill that would eliminate Wisconsin’s minimum hunting age.

Libraries, meetup groups get into adult coloring craze

Associated Press
Friday, 22 January 2016 13:40

Adults caught up in the coloring book craze now have new and more social ways to participate: through libraries and meetup groups.

Libraries across the country are holding adult coloring programs more and more in response to the spike in interest, according to the American Library Association, including New York City, Denver and Milwaukee. There are also groups popping up through Meetup.com.

State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, sent out a detailed response refuting a number of key claims made by the state's Republican leadership.

Wisconsin’s Democratic leaders issued a flurry of statements, analyses and rebuttals in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s annual State of the State address. Many questioned his cherry-picking of economic data, blasted Walker-backed policies promoting secrecy and cronyism, and illuminated gaps in the speech’s coverage.

Report finds wide health coverage gap for Hispanic kids in Wisconsin

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 18 January 2016 09:40

About 9.3 percent of Hispanic children in Wisconsin in 2014 were uninsured, leaving nearly 14,000 kids without coverage according to a new report from Georgetown Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza.

Scott Walker says he supports WEDC fraud bill

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 15 January 2016 13:40

Gov. Scott Walker says he supports a bipartisan bill that would make providing fraudulent information to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation a crime.

Wisconsin projects $100 million shortfall under current budget

Written by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:51

Wisconsin is expected to take in $100 million less in revenue than it expected by the end of the 2015–17 budget, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported today.

Wisconsin manufacturer won't change prayer-break policy

Written by The AP Wednesday, 20 January 2016 07:46

A Wisconsin manufacturer says it won't back away from a policy change that doesn't allow prayer breaks for Muslim employees, despite an American-Islamic group's call for a compromise. 

Walker's gubernatorial campaign ends 2015 with $20K in bank

Written by The AP Monday, 18 January 2016 09:14

New campaign finance reports show Republican Scott Walker's gubernatorial campaign finished 2015 with a little more than $20,257 in the bank.

Walker's campaign released reports late last week that show the governor raised $6.4 million during the past year. He spent almost $6.7 million to finish with $20,257 on hand.

Legislature moves forward on fluorescent pink clothing for hunters

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 14 January 2016 20:48

As the legislative session draws to a close amid news that Wisconsin lost 10,000 jobs last year, the most since the Great Recession, the state’s lawmakers are hard at work on a bill that would allow hunters to wear fluorescent pink in order to attract more women. Current law mandates that at least half of each article of clothing that gun deer hunters wear above the waist must be blaze orange. The bill would allow hunters to wear swap their blaze orange for fluorescent pink.