Judi Trampf and Katy Heyning of Madison: Trampf, 53, and Heyning, 51, met in college at the Girl Scout National Center in Wyoming. They were part of a group of women from the Midwest who would get together outside of summer camp.
One Democratic push to increase the minimum wage has failed in the Wisconsin Senate by a party-line vote in mid-January. Meanwhile, Republicans have offered up a proposal to “allow” people in manufacturing and retail to work seven days a week.
The U.S. Justice Department plans to review the death of a 16-year-old who was restrained at a Milwaukee-area convenience store but says his family has not provided sufficient evidence so far of a civil rights violation.
U.S. Attorney James Santelle said in a statement over the weekend that his office will look into Corey Stingley’s death to determine if an “investigation is warranted, without any present commitment to or plan for prosecution."
Former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke has raised about $1.79 million since declaring her candidacy for governor less than three months before the year-end reporting deadline.
Burke is running as a Democrat for the governorship, which is now held by tea party Republican Scott Walker.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan won’t say if he’ll run for president in 2016 but there’s one job he’s sure he doesn’t want: speaker of the House of Representatives.
The 2012 Republican nominee for vice president told an audience in San Antonio recently that running the House would take away too much time from his wife and three young children. Ryan said he would be spending more time with his family if he were vice president than he does as a House member shuttling back and forth between Washington and his home in Janesville, Wis.
During his state of the state address on Jan. 22, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker praised a registered sex offender with three drunk-driving convictions as a symbol of his administration’s success.
Dane County voters casting ballots in the April election will get to say whether Wisconsin should legalize marijuana — for any purpose.
The referendum is non-binding and is reaching voters following approval of a resolution by Dane County supervisors.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Jan. 7 voted for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, legislation that would restore and extend emergency unemployment benefits for three months.
The procedural 60-37 vote was bipartisan and set the stage for a final vote on the measure, which still would need approval in the U.S. House.
Wisconsin Democrats Tammy Baldwin, Mark Pocan, Gwen Moore and Ron Kind received perfect scores in the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights ratings for the first session of the 113th Congress.
The Republicans in the state's congressional delegation didn't score so well: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble received zeros. U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy, Tom Petri, Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner received scores of 8 percent.
Democratic lawmakers Cory Mason of Racine, Robert Wirch of Somers, Nikiya Harris of Milwaukee and Eric Genrich of Green Bay are circulating for co-sponsorship a bill that would gradually raise Wisconsin's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and index it to inflation.
“Wisconsin’s working families deserve a raise,” said Mason in a news release issued on Jan. 9. “More and more of our nation’s wealth is going to the richest few, while the cost of gas and groceries increases, and family income stagnates. It is long past time for those at the bottom of our economic ladder to get a raise.”
Jeff Wielichowski drowned in his family’s pool two summers ago after drinking a mix of Gatorade, Red Bull and Everclear with some friends.
At 190 proof, or 95 percent alcohol, Everclear packs more than twice the punch of the best-selling brands of whiskey, vodka and gin. And at about $18 per bottle, it has long been a popular ingredient in boozy punches served at parties in and around college campuses.