Wisconsin Gaze

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.

Walker dominates Wisconsin political news in 2013

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Friday, 27 December 2013 09:17

Gov. Scott Walker dominated the political news in Wisconsin this year, even without a recall election or 100,000 people protesting outside his window.

Walker fueled talks of a presidential run with the release of his book “Unintimidated,” drew Democrats’ ire by rejecting a federal Medicaid expansion and kept proponents of a massive new casino in Kenosha guessing about whether he’d sign off on it. He hasn’t yet.

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.

Fixed rates latest in college tuition plans

Written by The AP Thursday, 26 December 2013 06:41

Freshmen at Northland College, a Wisconsin liberal arts school known for its environmental focus, will pay no more than $30,450 in tuition next year. They'll pay the same the following year. And the year after that.

The college on the shore of Lake Superior is joining a growing number of schools promising fixed-rate tuition - a guarantee that most students will pay a single rate for the length of their college careers.

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.

2013 brought resolution to several old Wisconsin crimes

Written by DINESH RAMDE,
AP writer
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 06:44

Several Wisconsin residents were sentenced in 2013 for decades-old crimes, while new slayings left residents horrified. A fire raged in the state’s northwest corner, and a bridge in Green Bay had to be closed after it developed a dangerous dip. While politics accounted for plenty of state headlines, as usual, here are some of Wisconsin’s other top news stories from The AP:

Abele presents Fair Wisconsin with $10,000 year-end gift

Written by Louis Weisberg Friday, 20 December 2013 09:43

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele surprised Fair Wisconsin, the state’s LGBT advocacy group, with a $10,000 holiday gift. The donation brings the total amount that Abele has given the organization this year to more than $185,000.

Abele presented the check at a Dec. 19 event to introduce Auston McLain, FW’s new southeastern Wisconsin regional program manager. Based in Milwaukee, McLain will coordinate political advocacy and grassroots pro-equality efforts in the state’s most populous region.