Wisconsin Gaze

Meet the plaintiffs in Wisconsin’s marriage equality case

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 03 February 2014 12:05

Judi Trampf, left, and Katy Heyning live in Madison. They are one of four same-sex couples suing the state for marriage equality -PHOTO: COURTESY THE ACLU OF WISCONSIN

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.

Wis. GOP defeats minimum wage hike, proposes 7-day work week

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 17:15

RAISE THE MINIMUM: Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Milwaukee at the end of 2013. Demonstrations took place in more than 100 cities as part of push by labor unions and worker advocacy groups to raise the minimum wage. -PHOTO: AP/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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.

Justice Department will review death of Wisconsin teen

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 06:40

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."

Burke campaign raises nearly $1.8 million

Written by WiG Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:28

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.

Paul Ryan: No hopes to be House Speaker

Written by The AP Wednesday, 29 January 2014 07:15

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.

Walker points to registered sex offender as symbol of his success

Written by WiG Friday, 24 January 2014 07:37

Scott Walker, left, applauds Christopher Barber, a seasonal welder at Ariens Co. who appeared on stage with the governor as a symbol of his administration’s success. –Photo: M.P. King / AP

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 to decide marijuana referendum

Written by WiG Tuesday, 14 January 2014 18:48

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.

Baldwin pushes for extension of emergency unemployment benefits

Written by WiG Tuesday, 07 January 2014 15:38

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.

Major missteps cost the state jobs

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 17:48

Scott Walker ran for governor in 2010 on the promise to create 250,000 jobs using the core Republican economic strategies of cutting taxes, easing environmental and consumer regulations and reducing government spending.

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.

Wisconsin Democrats propose hike in minimum wage

Written by WiG Friday, 10 January 2014 15:01

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.” 

Wisconsin eyes Everclear, strong liquor ban in 2014

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Friday, 03 January 2014 10:54

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.