Bill to ban microbeads advances

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 27 March 2015 05:36

The Wisconsin Senate advanced legislation aimed at protecting the Great Lakes by scrubbing out personal care products containing microbeads.

Slippery slope: Budget imperils natural resources
WiG cover story

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 March 2015 13:07

Devil’s Lake State Park. — PHOTO: Travel Wisconsin

Despite Wisconsin’s deep partisan divide, there’s one area of policy on which the state’s Republicans and Democrats emphatically agree: conservation.

Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 23 March 2015 07:45

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law.

The justices' decision on March 23 means that the law could be put into effect by Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

The middle class is shrinking in every state in America, and Wisconsin is in the top tier of those where the middle class has experienced the most severe erosion, according to a state-by-state analysis on the Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline blog.

In her re-election campaign, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley calls for throwing politics out of court

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 March 2015 22:27

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Judicial positions are nominally non-partisan, but any illusion that’s the case evaporated long ago. There’s no better illustration than the efforts of right-wing Republicans to oust two-term incumbent Justice Ann Walsh Bradley on April 7.  Her loss would give conservatives a 5–2 advantage on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Walker dismisses report of big Menard donation, tax breaks

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:54

Likely presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker this week dismissed a report that he helped steer tax credits and eased up on environmental oversight to benefit national hardware chain Menards after its billionaire owner donated $1.5 million to a conservative group.

Yahoo News has reported that John Menard Jr. gave the money to Wisconsin Club for Growth to help advance Walker’s agenda when he faced a recall election in 2012, citing several unidentified sources. Such donations are legal under campaign finance law and are not subject to limits or a requirement they be disclosed publicly.

Federal judge strikes down restrictive Wisconsin abortion law

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:04

UPDATED: A federal judge on March 20 struck down a Wisconsin law requiring doctors performing abortions to get hospital admitting privileges, ruling that any benefits to women’s health from the requirement are “substantially outweighed” by its restricting access to abortion.

Environmentalists raise concerns about proposed pig-feeding operation in Bayfield

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:59

The environmental group Clean Wisconsin says it has many unanswered questions about the potential for water pollution, air quality, odor management and other health and environmental impacts of a proposed 26,000 pig animal feeding operation in Bayfield County.

The group says additional study — specifically an environmental impact statement — is needed.

Kenosha team lauded after standing up for bullied cheerleader

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 27 March 2015 12:20

Alyssa Smith adjusts Desiree Andrews’ hair as they cheer for the seventh-grade basketball team at Kenosha’s Lincoln Middle School on March 9.
— Photo: AP Photo/Kevin Poirier

Kenosha’s Common Council on March 16 honored several middle-school basketball players for coming to the defense of a cheerleader who has Down syndrome during a game at Lincoln Middle School.

Voter ID law stands, but on hold for spring election

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:47

UPDATED: The U.S. Supreme Court on March 23 said it will not hear a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law advanced by the Republican leadership.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley

The Wisconsin Supreme Court currently has a 4–3 conservative tilt, but if right-wing Republican groups succeed in ousting two-term incumbent justice Ann Walsh Bradley from the bench on April 7, the state’s highest court will move farther rightward, with a solid majority of 5–2.

Wisconsin poll shows bipartisan support for state conservation funding

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:13

The Nature Conservancy on March 18 released a bipartisan statewide poll showing Wisconsin voters — across the political spectrum — overwhelmingly agree on the need to continue dedicated state funding for land, water and wildlife conservation.

The finding comes as state lawmakers consider Scott Walker's push to end public funding for land and water conservation through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.