Wisconsin Gaze

Where Wisconsin stands on immigration reform

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Sunday, 23 November 2014 19:35

-Photo: Voces de la Frontera

Wisconsin Democrats generally praised President Obama’s executive order on immigration reform, while Gov. Scott Walker called it illegal. He joined other GOP governors in calling for a lawsuit, which House Republicans filed on Nov. 21.

Wisconsin urged to end wolf hunting in wake of first statewide vote on the issue

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 17 November 2014 11:37

Animal welfare advocates are urging the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to stop the trophy hunting of wolves, in the wake of the nation’s first statewide vote on wolf hunting in the Nov. 4 election.

In Michigan, voters overwhelmingly rejected two wolf hunting measures, Proposals 1 and 2, with the “no” side winning by a 10-point margin and a 28-point margin, respectively. On Proposal 2, the “no” side received more than 1.8 million votes, more than any candidate who won statewide office, and prevailed in 69 of Michigan’s 83 counties. 

Open enrollment for health insurance begins in Wisconsin

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 17 November 2014 09:19

Wisconsin residents started shopping for coverage on the federally run health insurance exchange when its second open enrollment period began Nov. 15.

The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance says about 166,000 people signed up for insurance during the open enrollment period that ended March 31. Health care experts say they expect about the same number this time.

Madison earns perfect score on LGBT equality index

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 14 November 2014 11:51

The city of Madison earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, which looks at cities and efforts to ensure equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The average score for cities in Wisconsin is 76 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average of 59, according to the HRC Foundation, which released the study this week.

EPA's Clean Power Plan draws support in Wisconsin

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:52

Health, faith, environmental and youth leaders united on Nov. 18 in Wisconsin to express support for the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan and for the release of Clean Wisconsin's latest report, Cutting Carbon Works for Wisconsin. 

“EPA’s proposal is a practical, reasonable and achievable step toward healthier air and a higher quality of life in Wisconsin,” Keith Reopelle, senior policy director for Clean Wisconsin, said in a news release. “If we prioritize increasing investments in energy efficiency we can meet EPA’s goals for Wisconsin and reduce home and business owners’ energy bills at the same time.” 

Wisconsin, national reaction to the president's immigration plan

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 21 November 2014 06:51

Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about 5 million people.

But after the initial burst of emotion Thursday evening at hastily organized watch parties and in living rooms, many said Obama's plan was just the first step in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrant families pointed out the plan would only cover about 5 million of the 11 million without legal status, leaving many families and individuals in limbo.

GLSEN: 90 percent of LGBT students in Wisconsin hear homophobic remarks

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 14 November 2014 12:21

At least nine in 10 LGBT students in Wisconsin say they regularly hear "gay" used in a negative way and almost as many hear other homophobic remarks at school on a regular basis.

These are two findings in the biennial National School Climate Survey released by the Gay, Straight Education Network this week.

Republicans expand majorities in Madison

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:31

The winter of discontent in 2011. — PHOTO: AP

There was no quickie cure for the hangover that progressives woke with on Nov. 5, after suffering defeats at the polls across the country, including in Wisconsin, where right-wing Gov. Scott Walker won a second term and the GOP could boast of greater majorities in the Capitol.

6 Wisconsin businesses earn perfect scores on equality ranking

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:48

Of the 14 Wisconsin companies ranked on the equality index compiled by the Human Rights Campaign, six earned perfect scores. Four other companies scored 80 percent or above.

Overall, the Wisconsin companies averaged a 79 percent ranking on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index released this week by the HRC, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.

Sierra Club opposes Wisconsin transportation budget request

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:12

The state organization of the Sierra Club opposes the recently released Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2015-17 biennial budget request.

In addition to a "highway-use fee" for new vehicles, the budget recommends a 5 percent increase to the fuel tax, with part coming from a sales tax, meaning it will increase as the price of gas increases.

5 years on the beat: Wisconsin Gazette celebrates an anniversary

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:30

Publisher Louis Weisberg,{break}business manager Kaity Weisensel{break}and original circulation manager{break}(and Weisberg’s husband) Robert Wright.
— Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

The Wisconsin Gazette was conceived over dinner at a sushi restaurant in Kenosha in June 2009. Present were photographer Jason Smith, journalist Lisa Neff and Louis Weisberg, who’d worked in both journalism and marketing. The three, who had worked together at weekly LGBT newspapers in Chicago, presented Milwaukee businessman Leonard Sobczak with a terrible idea: to start a new LGBT publication at the depth of the worst recession in memory.

Wisconsin votes:
The election and the aftermath

Written by Lisa Neff
and Louis Weisberg,
Staff writers
Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:17

Supporters cheer at Scott Walker’s campaign party.
— PHOTO: AP/Morry Gash

Scott Walker, having won a second term on Nov. 4, will govern Wisconsin with an expanded Republican legislative majority. But, as Walker’s Democratic challenger Mary Burke said on Election Night with a nod to Vince Lombardi: “It is OK to be disappointed tonight, but it is not OK to not get back up.”