Wisconsin's largest business lobby opposes GOP's fetal tissue research ban

Written by The AP Saturday, 12 September 2015 07:26

Wisconsin's largest business lobby is opposing a bill to ban research on tissue from aborted fetuses, saying it would impede medical research.

The president of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Kurt Bauer says his group appreciates that backers of the bill narrowed its scope this week, but opposes it nonetheless.

UW-Madison fundraising drive generates about $250 million

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP reporter
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 05:51

UW-Madison's Memorial Union and quadrangle

A University of Wisconsin-Madison fundraising drive that began last fall with a $100 million pledge has generated a quarter of a billion dollars, university officials announced Tuesday.

Milwaukee County exec Abele says he won’t run for governor

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
Associated Press writer
Monday, 07 September 2015 09:09

Democratic Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said he “definitely” will not be running for governor in 2018, putting to bed rumors that he was considering mounting a bid after hiring a prominent party official.

Abele told The Associated Press he felt compelled to deny speculation he might run so it wouldn’t impair his ability to work with both Democrats and Republicans in Milwaukee. Abele also is running for a second term as county executive next year.

Wisconsin Republicans modify ban on fetal tissue so that medical research can continue

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 05 September 2015 16:39

Republicans working on a bill that would prohibit the use of tissue from aborted embryos or fetuses for medical research announced Sept. 4 that they’re amending the measure to allow some scientific work.

Dane County gives up on requiring oil spill cleanup fund

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 11 September 2015 14:33

Dane County officials have given up on trying to force Enbridge Energy to provide stronger financial assurances for a proper cleanup of a spill from the company's crude oil pipeline across Wisconsin.

County zoning administrator Roger Lane told the Wisconsin State Journal that efforts to secure additional funding for cleanup are fruitless because of opposition from state lawmakers.

Clinton to campaign in Milwaukee Sept. 10

Written by WiG reports Thursday, 10 September 2015 02:02

Hillary Clinton was due to make her first campaign trip to Wisconsin on Sept. 10.

High-speed pursuit: Wisconsin police officers chasing more suspects

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 07 September 2015 08:57

High-speed police chases and injuries are becoming more common in Wisconsin, despite some police departments’ restrictions on chases over minor infractions, according to a recent analysis of Wisconsin Department of Transportation records.

Law enforcement officials were involved in 567 chases during the first six months of this year, accounting for a 33 percent increase from last year, the report by Gannett Wisconsin Media found. That’s the highest number of police chases since 2007.

Wisconsin labor unions contribute $64,000 to Republicans

Written by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Friday, 04 September 2015 07:19

Ten political action committees (PACs) controlled by labor unions that represent police, firefighters, plumbers, carpenters and construction workers contributed about $64,000 during the first six months of 2015 to Republican campaign committees.

GOP lawmaker addresses heroin addiction in Wisconsin in response to daughter's struggle

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:56

Cassie Nygren's mugshot from 2014

A Republican lawmaker whose daughter has struggled with heroin addiction announced Tuesday he plans to introduce another round of legislation focusing on opiate prescriptions that can lead to heroin abuse.

Judge to sort out $457 million dispute over nuclear plant

Written by The AP Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:45

The courts may have to resolve a tax dispute over the Kewaunee Power Station, which hasn’t generated a kilowatt of power in two years and is now being dismantled.

To Dominion Resources Inc., its plant is all but worthless. But to Carlton, Wisconsin, the Lake Michigan town where the plant pumped out electricity for four decades, it’s still worth $457 million. Those views put the two sides nearly half a billion dollars apart in valuing the facility for tax purposes, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this weekend.

Wisconsin's criminal justice policies trap people of color in prison system
WiG cover story

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 10 September 2015 07:25

The last line of “The Star Spangled Banner” proclaims America to be “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” But the “free” portion of that statement does not apply to a huge swath of the population, particularly people of color.

State Republicans seek to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Thursday, 03 September 2015 14:50

About $7.5 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood Wisconsin would be cut under two Republican-backed bills heard by a state Assembly committee on Sept. 2, measures that come as the Legislature also considers criminalizing research on aborted fetal tissue.