Wisconsin authorities on March 19 said they will shut down one of nation's most popular nude beaches on weekdays because of failed efforts to curtail sex and drugs on the sandbar and surrounding woods.
Nudists from around the country have been traveling to the public beach on the Wisconsin River near Mazomanie, about 25 miles northwest of Madison, for decades as word spread that prosecutors in liberal Dane County wouldn't go after anyone for showing skin. But, says the state, visitors haven't stopped at just stripping down. They've been slipping off into the woods for trysts and drugs.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on March 16 won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio placed second.
The poll was announced on the third day of the three-day right-wing conference held in Maryland, just outside D.C. that was attended by the nation’s top conservative leaders, including a number from Wisconsin.
The director of Wisconsin’s leading anti-gay religious group has posted an “action alert” warning her followers of a drag show scheduled for March 14 at UWFox in Menasha.
In a strongly worded statement posted on the Wisconsin Family Voice, Julaine Appling demonized the event as a “display of immorality” intended to propagandize young people. She urged readers to contact the event’s organizers and ask them to halt the program.
The life and work of openly gay civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin will be celebrated at Reviving the Dream March 22 at the Harley Museum in Milwaukee.
Rustin, who would have turned 101 years old this month, was perhaps best known as the man who taught the principles of non-violent resistance to Martin Luther King Jr. and who organized the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
A Republican running to be Wisconsin’s schools superintendent has blacklisted five reporters he considers biased.
An internal memo from state Rep. Don Pridemore’s campaign says he will not call the five back or give phone interviews to them or their media outlets.
Andy Bell and Sophie B. Hawkins are two of the performers featured on the opening night of PrideFest Milwaukee in June. Organizers also have booked ABBA Salute.
Bell, of Erasure fame, will perform on the Miller Lite Mainstage on June 7. That night also features Hawkins and ABBA Salute, as well as the Wisconsin Royalty Drag Show, the Windy City Beauties, and Chicago legends DJ Teri Bristol and Psycho Bitch.
A $1 million bond has been set for a Minnesota woman accused of the 2007 Wisconsin murder of a Wisconsin woman.
Kandi Siveny, of St. Paul, is among three women charged with the murder of Lara Plamann. The 34-year-old made her first appearance in Outagamie County on March 1.
Teege and David Mettille made history by becoming the first gay foster parents in Outagamie County, but they’re held back from full legal parenting rights of the child they adopted last month.
Teege Mettille, an Appleton alderman who represents a downtown district, is Logan’s father in the eyes of the 3-year-old, but not the state. He and his partner, David, adopted the toddler last month after raising him in foster care for more than two years.
Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan, a Democrat on the House Budget Committee, issued a statement on March 12 saying that Paul Ryan's proposed budget does not reflect the values of their state.
The budget committee is expected to consider Ryan's proposal on March 13.
Wisconsin Democratic Party staffer Graeme Zielinski is out as spokesman after he sent a tweet comparing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that party leaders also docked Zielinski a week’s pay – a little more than $1,000 – for remarks on Twitter.
A secret investigation into illegal campaign activity by former aides and associates of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, R, quietly closed last week without any charges against the Republican darling of the national conservative movement.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced on March 2 that the so-called John Doe investigation ended on Feb. 20, the same day Walker delivered his budget address to the state Legislature.