Wisconsin Gaze

Voters head to polls early in Wisconsin

Written by TODD RICHMOND,
AP writer
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:28

Wisconsin clerks opened their doors to early voters on Oct. 20, giving people a chance to avoid Election Day lines and allowing partisans a window to rally supporters to vote in hopes of swinging the neck-in-neck race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

Wisconsin law requires municipal clerks to offer in-person early voting from the third Monday preceding an election through the Friday before the election. They can hold voting from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays but can set their own hours within those limits. Clerks who don’t have regular office hours must be available via appointment. The election itself is set for Nov. 4.

Uncommon candidate Burke defies easy categorization

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:49

Democrat Mary Burke, who is running for governor in Wisconsin.

Republicans and Democrats alike have struggled for months to brand gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke with sound bites and labels. But Burke has proven too complex for the sloganeering that dominates today’s political process.

On a wing and a paintbrush at Milwaukee Art Museum

Written by CARRIE ANTLFINGER,
AP writer
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 11:55

That black speck walking precariously out on the Milwaukee Art Museum's giant white wings? That's a painter.

Matt Radmacher, owner of Wisconsin Industrial Painters, and two other painters are touching up 40 rust spots on the museum's Burke Brise Soleil - affectionately called wings - and repainting 72 rusted plates at the base.

Voter ID laws blocked in Wisconsin, Texas

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 10 October 2014 05:35

A federal judge likened Texas' strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin wolf hunters exceed limits in 2 zones

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 October 2014 10:08

State of Wisconsin officials are poised to close a fourth wolf hunting zone.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources planned to close Zone 5, an oval-shaped area in west-central Wisconsin, at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. Hunters had killed 14 wolves in that zone as of Oct. 19, six less than permitted in the zone.

Multiple choice: Third party candidates complete ballot

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:39

Angela Walker is an independent socialist running for sheriff.

Casey McDonough is a Goldilocks in the voting booth.

Paul Ryan: Humans might not be responsible for climate change

Written by MATTHEW BROWN,
AP writer
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 06:30

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

The planet has faced climate change forever and humans' pollution might not be to blame, Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said during an Oct. 13 debate against his Democratic challenger in southern Wisconsin.

Walker administration: $7.25 is 'living wage'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 09 October 2014 05:36

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development determined this week that $7.25 an hour is a fair wage for minimum-wage workers. The department denied complaints from more than 100 Wisconsin workers.

In a statement released this week, Wisconsin Jobs Now said, "It is outrageous for the Walker administration to claim that there is no reasonable cause to believe $7.25 is not a living wage. To issue this determination without even so much as a follow-up phone call to question … any of the over 100 Wisconsin workers who filed complaints is not only appalling, it is irresponsible."

Official word: Feds to recognize same-sex marriages in Wisconsin and more

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:21

The federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in Wisconsin and six more states and extend federal benefits to those couples, the Justice Department said on Oct. 17.

The announcement comes one week after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand rulings from three appeals courts that struck down bans on gay and lesbian marriages. That order meant same-sex couples in those states could get married immediately.

Scott Walker downplays interest in 2016 presidential bid

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:35

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker downplayed his interest in running for president during an editorial board meeting broadcast live on Oct. 14, three weeks before the general election.

In the expansive interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker said "anybody who wants to be president has to be a little crazy, so I don't know if I want to be classified as crazy."

Voter ID law in Wisconsin is blocked, reaction …

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 10 October 2014 05:50

The Supreme Court on Oct. 9 blocked Wisconsin from implementing its voter ID law.

Reaction to the emergency order:

ACLU seeks stay of voter ID law from Supreme Court

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 09 October 2014 04:45

The American Civil Liberties Union on Oct. 8 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay this week's final ruling from a Seventh Circuit appeals panel that concluded Wisconsin's voter ID law is constitutional and does not violate the federal Voting Rights Act.  

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said, "Permitting this law to go into effect so close to the election is fueling voter confusion and election chaos in Wisconsin, particularly for the many voters who have already cast their ballots. Voters deserve a fair shake, but this last-minute disruption changes the rules of the game in an election that is already underway, and risks locking out thousands of voters. The stakes are extremely high."