Wisconsin Gaze

Judge tosses Ron Johnson's anti-Affordable Care suit

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 22 July 2014 03:53

A federal judge on July 21 dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges, saying the senator had no grounds to sue.

Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, filed the lawsuit in January after the Office of Personnel Management decided months earlier that lawmakers and their staffs should continue to receive health care benefits covering about 75 percent of their premium costs after leaving the health insurance program for federal workers.

ACLU of Wisconsin seeks more information in officer-involved shooting in Racine

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 16 July 2014 06:27

A letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin to Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling seeks more information in the death of a mentally ill man shot and killed by Racine police on July 6.

A letter from Racine County District Attorney W. Richard Chiapete has commended the city of Racine Police Department and thanked the sheriff's office for the handling of the investigation into the death of Rajko Utvic.

Security costs soar for Walker, Kleefisch

Written by The AP Tuesday, 15 July 2014 04:46

The Wisconsin State Patrol spent $5.7 million to protect Republican Gov. Scott Walker, First Lady Tonette Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch from 2011 through 2013.

The governor's office released records showing the patrol's Dignitary Protection Unit spent $1.6 million on security for the trio in 2011, $1.9 million in 2012 and $2.2 million in 2013.

Wisconsin AG files appeal in marriage equality case

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 12 July 2014 04:26

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed his appeal of the federal ruling striking down the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The appeal was filed this week, officially bringing the case to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, where the court is expected to deal with the case as it takes up an equality lawsuit from Indiana.

Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen

A western Wisconsin police chief has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly registering a tea party leader for solicitations from gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

Hundreds participate in Kenosha's 2nd Gay Pride March

Written by Larry Zamba,
Special to WiG
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:43

-Photo: Larry Zamba

By any measure, Kenosha’s 2nd Annual Gay Pride March was a success.

Wisconsin congresswoman asks Justice Dept. to help prevent gun violence in Milwaukee

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 14 July 2014 11:09

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to partner with local officials to reduce and prevent gun violence in Milwaukee.

Moore, on July 14, said, “Gun violence is a plague that steals the lives of far too many in our community. Each time we lose a life, our hearts break and the violence continues."

Monona’s Sustainability Committee has unanimously approved a proposed resolution — "City of Monona Supports Practices That Reduce Monona’s Dependence on Fossil Fuels" — acknowledging that climate change exists, conceding that climate change is primarily caused by burning fossil fuels and establishing priorities for addressing the threat.

The proposed resolution would make reducing the consumption of fossil fuels in city operations and in the operations of its vendors a priority, according to a news release from 350 Madison on July 11. The measure also would establish “a priority to educate the residents and business owners of Monona about the importance of reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels and suggest a variety of ways they can work toward that goal.” These include fossil fuel divestment, reinvestment in renewable energy and shareholder advocacy.

Senate Democrats ask Van Hollen, Walker to drop defense of marriage inequality

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:27

Democratic members of the Wisconsin Senate this week asked Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to cease his defense of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The ban has been declared unconstitutional by a federal district judge in Madison. There have been 22 similar decisions striking the anti-gay laws and amendments in other states as well.

Ground game could determine Wisconsin governor’s race

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:10

The ground game is an important factor in the governor's race.

Cooper Smith and Erica Imhoff hit the streets of Madison on a recent afternoon armed with a smart phone and campaign literature touting Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Wisconsin marriage appeal combined with Indiana's, put on fast track

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Saturday, 12 July 2014 08:43

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is trying to overturn a federal judge's ruling finding the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

On July 11, a federal appeals court combined Indiana and Wisconsin's same-sex marriage cases and put them on the fast track.

Regional briefs: Conservation league tallies wins, losses

Written by Th Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 21:39

Conservation league tallies wins, losses

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters recently released its Conservation Scorecard for 2013–14. About 50 percent of the pro-conservation bills supported by group were signed into law.