State ethics watchdog defends investigation of Walker, conservative groups

Written by The AP Wednesday, 31 December 2014 06:38

Wisconsin's elections and ethics agency refuted in a court filing this week claims that it had improperly participated in a campaign finance investigation into Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups that supported him. 

The Government Accountability Board's filing comes after the Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the groups targeted in the probe, alleged in a complaint unsealed earlier in December that top GAB officials launched the investigation without first getting approval from the agency's six-member board. The GAB then continued with the investigation, even after the board voted to end its involvement in July, the group's complaint alleges.

Wisconsin anti-abortion groups set 2015-17 agenda

Associated Press writer
Monday, 22 December 2014 12:07

Wisconsin anti-abortion groups are gearing up for another legislative session, with plans to push for a new ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and to revive a host of initiatives that went nowhere last time around.

Last session, the anti-abortion lobby lobbied the GOP-controlled Legislature to pass a law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Republicans retained their majorities in the Assembly and Senate in November’s elections, setting the stage for more wins for anti-abortion groups. Republican leaders aren’t publicly committing to anything, but Democrats are already preparing for a fight.

Congressman seeks federal review of Wisconsin school voucher program

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 19 December 2014 12:41

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, wants the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review Wisconsin’s parental choice voucher program.

A GAO review will provide a thorough examination and shed light on the program’s shortcomings, Pocan's office said in a news release. This non-partisan review would help to better inform the national discussion on the importance of supporting public schools.

Scott Walker undaunted by Jeb Bush's presidential intentions

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 15:50

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is said to have lost weight in preparation for a presidential bid.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s decision to “actively explore” a presidential run will not impact his decision on running.

Appeals court upholds conviction of gay former Walker aide

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 25 December 2014 19:38

Tim Russell

A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a theft conviction against a former aide of Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive.

UW-Madison scientists win 'The Amazing Race'

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 21 December 2014 17:56

Amy DeJong and Maya Warren.

A team of “Sweet Scientists” from the UWisconsin-Madison has become the latest winner of The Amazing Race.

Walker says slow down on 'right-to-work,' but still won't threaten to veto it

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:56

Gov. Scott Walker is telling Republican state senators he wants them focused on his agenda rather than passing “right-to-work” legislation.

The lawyers who successfully fought to undo Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage are seeking to recoup $1.2 million in legal costs from the case.

AP top stories: 2014 brings legal gay marriage to Wisconsin

Associated Press writer
Thursday, 25 December 2014 11:10

Wisconsin’s top story in 2014 was a historic one, as the state joined the ranks of those that allow gay marriage.

But plenty of other headlines are worth remembering from the year that was, including Gov. Scott Walker demonstrating his resilience by winning his third election in four years, the theft of a 300-year-old violin and the disturbing case of the Slender Man stabbing.

U.S. judge overturns decision removing Great Lakes wolves from endangered list

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 19 December 2014 15:39

A U.S. District judge on Dec. 19 overturned the Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes from the endangered species list.

An early review of the order indicated that the decision by U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Howell said removal of the species was arbitrary, capricious and violated the federal Endangered Species Act.

Clean Lakes Alliance contest: Guess when Lake Mendota will freeze, win Lands' End prize

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:18

This year’s Mendota Freeze Contest, says local nonprofit Clean Lakes Alliance, is anyone’s game. 

For the fourth year in a row, the organization is holding a free contest to guess the date when the Wisconsin State Climatology Office will declare Lake Mendota officially frozen. 

History museum explores ‘Winterful Wisconsin’

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:13

Blizzards can be fun — www.wisconsinhistory.org

Already suffering the winter blues? Talk to Leslie Bellais about the big, bad blizzard of 1881.