Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to partner with local officials to reduce and prevent gun violence in Milwaukee.
Moore, on July 14, said, “Gun violence is a plague that steals the lives of far too many in our community. Each time we lose a life, our hearts break and the violence continues."
Monona’s Sustainability Committee has unanimously approved a proposed resolution — "City of Monona Supports Practices That Reduce Monona’s Dependence on Fossil Fuels" — acknowledging that climate change exists, conceding that climate change is primarily caused by burning fossil fuels and establishing priorities for addressing the threat.
The proposed resolution would make reducing the consumption of fossil fuels in city operations and in the operations of its vendors a priority, according to a news release from 350 Madison on July 11. The measure also would establish “a priority to educate the residents and business owners of Monona about the importance of reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels and suggest a variety of ways they can work toward that goal.” These include fossil fuel divestment, reinvestment in renewable energy and shareholder advocacy.
Ah, summer in Wisconsin. Backyard barbecues and music festivals. Sidewalk dining on streets festooned with colorful flower baskets. Camping, hiking, mountain biking and fishing.
On July 11, a federal appeals court combined Indiana and Wisconsin's same-sex marriage cases and put them on the fast track.
Conservation league tallies wins, losses
The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters recently released its Conservation Scorecard for 2013–14. About 50 percent of the pro-conservation bills supported by group were signed into law.
Summer is here, and except for heat, humidity, mosquitoes, wood ticks and road construction, this is Wisconsin’s best time of year. What would make it better still are these 10 essential Badger State activities:
The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters on July 1 released its Conservation Scorecard 2013-14. About 50 percent of the pro-conservation bills supported by group were signed into law.
Of the biggest defensive measures, conservation interests were successful 75 percent of the time, according to a news release from the league.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed his appeal of the federal ruling striking down the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
The appeal was filed this week, officially bringing the case to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, where the court is expected to deal with the case as it takes up an equality lawsuit from Indiana.
Wisconsin’s state park system is so well-known, so well-publicized and so widely admired that it might seem impossible that a few individual parks don’t get the credit they deserve.
The city of Madison will stop enforcing an ordinance that created a buffer zone around health clinics to protect patients and staff from protesters.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.
For years Wisconsin Republicans have trumpeted the unproven charge that voter fraud is rampant in the state — an accusation they use to promote efforts to enact voter ID laws. Good government groups, however, argue that such laws, along with Republican policies that have drastically reduced the hours polls are open, make it disproportionately more difficult for poor people, minorities and students to vote.