Former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke has raised about $1.79 million since declaring her candidacy for governor less than three months before the year-end reporting deadline.
Burke is running as a Democrat for the governorship, which is now held by tea party Republican Scott Walker.
Several Wisconsin residents were sentenced in 2013 for decades-old crimes, while new slayings left residents horrified. A fire raged in the state’s northwest corner, and a bridge in Green Bay had to be closed after it developed a dangerous dip. While politics accounted for plenty of state headlines, as usual, here are some of Wisconsin’s other top news stories from The AP:
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele surprised Fair Wisconsin, the state’s LGBT advocacy group, with a $10,000 holiday gift. The donation brings the total amount that Abele has given the organization this year to more than $185,000.
Abele presented the check at a Dec. 19 event to introduce Auston McLain, FW’s new southeastern Wisconsin regional program manager. Based in Milwaukee, McLain will coordinate political advocacy and grassroots pro-equality efforts in the state’s most populous region.
Wisconsinites will fast on Dec. 11 in solidarity with those on a hunger strike for immigration reform in the U.S. capital.
A release from the activist-advocacy group Voces de la Frontera said state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, other elected officials, immigrant families, friends and faith leaders would fast. So would Voces executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Jan. 7 voted for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, legislation that would restore and extend emergency unemployment benefits for three months.
The procedural 60-37 vote was bipartisan and set the stage for a final vote on the measure, which still would need approval in the U.S. House.
Gov. Scott Walker dominated the political news in Wisconsin this year, even without a recall election or 100,000 people protesting outside his window.
Walker fueled talks of a presidential run with the release of his book “Unintimidated,” drew Democrats’ ire by rejecting a federal Medicaid expansion and kept proponents of a massive new casino in Kenosha guessing about whether he’d sign off on it. He hasn’t yet.
The year 2013 was exceptionally frustrating for LGBT people in Wisconsin and our allies. We watched as two neighboring states — Minnesota and Illinois — joined Iowa and a rapidly growing number of other states in adopting marriage equality. Meanwhile, our LGBT leaders had to fight in court just to preserve a basic domestic partner registry law. The outcome of that effort to retain the most basic of relationship protections is far from certain, resting now in the hands of the state’s Republican-dominated Supreme Court, whose decision is expected by the middle of next year.
Gun-rights advocates say they’re preparing a court challenge to Metro Transit’s weapons ban on Madison, Wis., buses, claiming the policy violates the state’s concealed-carry law.
But city officials say they’re confident the policy banning “weapons of any kind” is legal and in the best interest of passengers.
Jeff Wielichowski drowned in his family’s pool two summers ago after drinking a mix of Gatorade, Red Bull and Everclear with some friends.
At 190 proof, or 95 percent alcohol, Everclear packs more than twice the punch of the best-selling brands of whiskey, vodka and gin. And at about $18 per bottle, it has long been a popular ingredient in boozy punches served at parties in and around college campuses.
Freshmen at Northland College, a Wisconsin liberal arts school known for its environmental focus, will pay no more than $30,450 in tuition next year. They'll pay the same the following year. And the year after that.
The college on the shore of Lake Superior is joining a growing number of schools promising fixed-rate tuition - a guarantee that most students will pay a single rate for the length of their college careers.
Senior citizens often face isolation, especially over the holidays. It’s worse for LGBT seniors. But the solution can be as simple as talking.
Since 2009, the Gay and Gray Discussion Group has been hosted every other Thursday by the Madison Senior Center, a city agency. It’s one of many collaborations between the facility and Madison’s OutReach LGBT Community Center.
Madison is a place where just about anything goes, from street parties to naked bike rides. But city officials say a business is pushing even Madison’s boundaries by offering, of all things, hugs.
For $60, customers at the Snuggle House can spend an hour hugging, cuddling and spooning with professional snugglers.