Amid a growing national debate over police use of force, the U.S. Supreme Court struggled earlier in April with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail officials by people accused but not convicted of crimes.
The case involves Michael Kingsley, a Wisconsin man who was in jail pending a trial on drug charges. Kingsley claims two jail officers used excessive force when they transferred him to another cell after he refused to remove a piece of paper covering the light over his bed.
Wisconsin state Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, on April 28 introduced a measure to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
“Wisconsin workers are the true profit creators for our economy but barely make enough to make ends meet,” said Sargent in a news release. “Here in Wisconsin we take care of each other, and we believe that if we work hard and play by the rules, we should all have a fighting chance.”
There’s a popular misconception that all of us in Madison are hippies, that we wear sandals, tie-dye and batik year-round; that we only put down our protest signs to pick up a joint; that we still watch Cheech and Chong, and are permanently stoned unless we’re at a Badger game, when we’re drunk and wearing red.
In cutting state support for public broadcasting in his proposed biennial budget, Gov. Scott Walker threatens transmission of severe weather warnings and AMBER child abduction alerts on state radio and television outlets, both public and commercial.
The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice is encouraging progressive voters to call members of the legislative Joint Committee on Finance to urge support for Medicaid expansion in the state.
WNPJ said the committee is reconsidering the issue and "could, with your help, add the acceptance of federal Medicaid funding to the upcoming budget — meaning that roughly 170,000 more Wisconsinites could get the health care that they need."
After six months of inaction that inspired demonstrations and widened the wedge between Milwaukee police and the city’s black citizens, Police Chief Edward Flynn fired an officer who killed a mentally ill man in downtown’s Red Arrow Park.