Wisconsin Gaze

The North Woods takes pride in its gangster past

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:33

Public Enemy No. 1 was a hero in some parts of Wisconsin.

Minocqua resident Bryon Black speaks with a mixture of pride and caution about one of his most prized possessions — a .25 caliber Colt pistol. The black nickel-plated Colt, tucked neatly into a black ankle holster, was given to Black’s grandfather, Ted Blazkowski, by “Skinny” Mazurka, a driver for gangster Al Capone. The gun was taken as payment for Mazurka’s bar tab.

Judge who halted 'John Doe' probe attended Koch-funded junkets

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 27 May 2014 20:18

The U.S. district judge who earlier this month halted the "John Doe" criminal probe into spending in the 2011-12 recall elections attended judicial junkets funded by the ultra-conservative Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, according to a report from the Center for Media and Democracy.

The all-expenses paid junkets also received funding from the Lynne and Harry Bradley Foundation, according to the Center for Media and Democracy's prwatch.org.

EMILY’s List says defeating Walker a top priority

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:11

Defeating Republican Gov. Scott Walker and electing Democrat Mary Burke will be a top priority for the pro-abortion rights group EMILY’s List, its spokeswoman Marcy Stech said earlier this month.

Stech would not say how much the well-funded Washington-based group, which backs female candidates who support abortion rights, plans to spend on the race. EMILY’s List and its partners were major players in Wisconsin’s 2012 Senate race, spending nearly $5 million to help elect Tammy Baldwin over Republican Tommy Thompson.

Walker accused of cronyism in UW hiring

Written by By Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:49

Gov. Scott Walker. – PHOTO: Courtesy

The University of Wisconsin System has hired a controversial longtime associate of Gov. Scott Walker to serve in the newly created post of vice president for university relations.

Wisconsin protesters respond to Obama decision to delay review of deportations

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 29 May 2014 07:23

President Barack Obama. - PHOTO: Courtesy

A rally took place on May 29 in Milwaukee to protest President Barack Obama's decision to ask his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer.

Planned Parenthood, ACLU in court today challenging Wisconsin anti-abortion law

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 27 May 2014 04:29

Wisconsin's law seeking to put further restrictions on abortion rights goes on trial today in a federal courtroom in Chicago.

The plaintiffs in this case are Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services. They are represented by attorneys from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, as well as the Wisconsin firm Cullen, Weston, Pines & Bach.

Veterans see cancer bill as ‘black mark’ on Scott Walker

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:54

Republican Gov. Scott Walker touts all he has done for Wisconsin’s veterans since taking office more than three years ago, making it a focus of his re-election efforts as he frequents events around the state with service members.

But some veterans say Walker’s refusal to pardon a decorated Iraqi war veteran and support for legislation they oppose show he doesn’t have their true interests in mind, an argument that could tarnish the image he presents to patriotic conservatives.

Milwaukee to premiere AIDS-related film starring Kenosha native

Written by The AP Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:32

Milwaukee has been selected as one of five cities for an early premiere of an HBO film.

“The Normal Heart” stars Kenosha native Mark Ruffalo as well as Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Alfred Molina.

Source: Scott Walker in talks to end campaign probe

Written by The AP Thursday, 29 May 2014 06:22

A person close to an investigation of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and other conservative groups said Wednesday that Walker's attorney is talking with the lead investigator about a possible settlement that would end the probe.

The person who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity said he could not do so publicly because of a secrecy order covering the investigation.

Walker dodges gay-marriage questions, Van Hollen expects state's ban to be overturned

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 25 May 2014 17:08

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked a federal judge on May 23 to place on hold any ruling she makes striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage. It was the second time in a week that the right-wing Republican indicated that he doubts that he’ll succeed in defending the law.

Merriam-Webster’s adds da ‘Yoopers’ to dictionary

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 19 May 2014 08:46

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has added more than 150 new words and definitions for 2014, including “Yooper,” a nickname used for a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Also making the dictionary: “Hashtag,” “selfie” and “tweep,” reflecting the growing influence technology is having on human endeavor, especially social networking, which also is in the dictionary.

Group wants Justice Dept. to send election observers to Wisconsin

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:02

The progressive group One Wisconsin Now has asked the U.S. Justice Department to send election observers to Wisconsin for the November general election.

The group wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, noting that election observers were in the state in 2012.