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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.