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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.