High court hears excessive force case from Wisconsin

Written by From AP reports Tuesday, 05 May 2015 22:08

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.

Police advocacy groups in Wisconsin objected to a painting displayed at the Madison Public Library on May 1 that shows an African-American boy pointing a toy gun at three riot police officers who have their weapons aimed at the child, calling it inflammatory and biased.

Legal fight continues over Wisconsin's voter ID law

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 13:52

With two special elections looming next month and one to fill a vacancy in the state Senate coming later this year, opponents of Wisconsin's new voter identification law want a federal court to expand the number of IDs that voters can show at the polls.

57 workers in Department of Natural Resources get layoff notices on Earth Day

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 24 April 2015 08:46

On April 22, Earth Day, 57 workers with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, including many scientists, were notified they may lose their jobs under cuts proposed by Gov. Scott Walker.

Wisconsin puppy mill breeders exposed in new report

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:58

How much is that doggie in the window, the one with the waggly tail? The cost — measured in suffering — is high if a puppy mill supplied the dog to the store.

Wisconsin rep. introduces bill for $15 minimum wage

Written by WIsconsin Gazette Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:25

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.”

A Wisconsin lawmaker is trying again to increase penalties for drunken driving in the nation’s only state where first-time offenders face tickets, not jail time.

The enduring impact of Madison’s legendary hippie culture

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:14

Norman Stockwell and the Mifflin Street Co-op mural.
—Photo: Jay Rath

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.

Walker budget cuts threaten AMBER and emergency alert systems

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Monday, 04 May 2015 07:48

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.

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice urges calls for Medicaid expansion

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:36

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."

Scott Walker's security costs are triple those of his predecessor

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Sunday, 26 April 2015 08:31

Security costs last year for Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch totaled more than three times what it cost to protect Walker’s Democratic predecessor in 2010, according to records released to The Associated Press.

Officer who shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times is fired

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 16 October 2014 05:57

Dontre Hamilton

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.