Voces de la Frontera challenges Walker on immigration

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:36

Voces de la Frontera, a leading immigrant rights group in Wisconsin, called Gov. Scott Walker's position on immigration shameful and slammed the presidential hopeful for anti-immigrant comments.

In an interview with ultra-conservative talk show host Glenn Beck on April 21, Walker repeated his recent claim that he once supported "amnesty" for immigrants without legal documents but no longer does. He said immigrants who entered the country illegally should leave.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of Sen. Ron Johnson's health care suit

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:49

A judge properly dismissed U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's lawsuit challenging federal rules requiring congressional members be offered heavily subsidized health insurance through exchanges, a federal appeals court ruled.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Johnson failed to show how the provisions harmed him so he does not have legal "standing," or the right to sue.

With first votes looming, Republican opposition to Walker's budget has hardened

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 10:58

The first votes on Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year state budget will come this week, but the most difficult decisions, including whether to reduce cuts to public schools and the University of Wisconsin, aren’t expected to be made until later in May.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources disciplined several employees last year for alleged infractions including sexual harassment, running a sex toy business on state time and posting insulting remarks about the public online, agency records show.

The records also indicate a ranger was fired for trying to use his badge to avoid a traffic citation. Another was suspended for involving a ride-along observer in a high-speed chase.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, the ACLU LGBT Project, along with attorneys from Mayer Brown filed a motion in the case of Wolf v. Walker asking the U.S. District Court to clarify that both parents in a same-sex married couple must be listed on the birth certificates of children born while they are married.

The ACLU is filing the motion on behalf of Kami Young and Karina Willes, who had married in Minnesota before their daughter was born last year.

Republicans nix Walker's proposal to neuter the DNR

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:52

Wisconsin legislators removed a clause from Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget that would have taken all decision-making power away from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' board and given it to Walker’s administration.

Wisconsin records 1st outbreak of dangerous bird-flu strain

Written by The AP Tuesday, 14 April 2015 05:47

A dangerous bird-flu strain that has already hit numerous turkey farms in the Midwest has now been identified in a Wisconsin chicken flock, marking the first case of the virus in a commercial chicken farm in the U.S. and its first appearance in Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on April 13.

Authorities stressed there was no risk to public health and no danger to the food supply from the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain, which was first detected in the region in Minnesota early last month. Animal health officials have long said the virus is dangerous to all commercial poultry. The only surprise of it turning up in chickens is that it took so long, said Raechelle Cline, a spokeswoman for Wisconsin's agriculture department.

Regional briefs
April 9, 2015

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 10 April 2015 11:21

State to pay for anti-gay marriage defense

An agreement announced in late March requires the state of Wisconsin to pay more than $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented eight gay and lesbian couples who sued to overturn the state’s 2006 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Walker’s budget to cost UW-Madison about 400 jobs

Written by Louis Weisberg Saturday, 18 April 2015 13:24

The University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus in Madison would have to eliminate about 400 positions, close and merge programs and reduce academic offerings and services if Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget cut passes, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Friday.

Did judge fail to report outside income?
Money & Politics

Written by By Bill Lueders
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 06:06

Each year more than 2,000 state public officials, from the governor to members of the Chiropractic Examining Board, must file annual statements of economic Interests. (Forms for 2014 are due April 30.) These list employers, other sources of income, creditors and more. This disclosure allows the media and public to check for possible conflicts of interest.

Paul Adamski, a state prison inmate, thinks he’s found one such conflict — involving Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Mark McGinnis. But he didn’t find it on the judge’s disclosure forms.

UW regents OK out-of-state, grad student tuition increase

Written by The AP Monday, 13 April 2015 13:15

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has approved raising tuition for out-of-state undergraduate and some graduate students at most of the system’s four-year schools as the campuses prepare to absorb massive cuts looming under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal.

The package calls for raising tuition by hundreds of dollars this fall at eight campuses — La Crosse, Milwaukee, Parkside, Platteville, River Falls, Stevens Point, Stout and Whitewater. Tuition for UW-Madison nonresident students and graduate students in a half-dozen programs, including the medical and business schools, will go up by thousands of dollars by the beginning of the 2016 academic year.

Recycling groups want Walker budget cuts trashed

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 13:31

A coalition of recycling and solid waste organizations want the Legislature to dump Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts to recycling efforts.

Four recycling groups — the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin, Council on Recycling, Solid Waste Association of North America-Badger Chapter and Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association — in late March weighed in on the Walker budget. They urged reconsideration of proposed reductions or eliminations in funding from the Environmental Management Account.