Wisconsin Gaze

Multiple choice: Third party candidates complete ballot

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:39

Angela Walker is an independent socialist running for sheriff.

Casey McDonough is a Goldilocks in the voting booth.

Paul Ryan: Humans might not be responsible for climate change

AP writer
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 06:30

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

The planet has faced climate change forever and humans' pollution might not be to blame, Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said during an Oct. 13 debate against his Democratic challenger in southern Wisconsin.

Walker administration: $7.25 is 'living wage'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 09 October 2014 05:36

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development determined this week that $7.25 an hour is a fair wage for minimum-wage workers. The department denied complaints from more than 100 Wisconsin workers.

In a statement released this week, Wisconsin Jobs Now said, "It is outrageous for the Walker administration to claim that there is no reasonable cause to believe $7.25 is not a living wage. To issue this determination without even so much as a follow-up phone call to question … any of the over 100 Wisconsin workers who filed complaints is not only appalling, it is irresponsible."

Van Hollen: the fight is over on gay marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 07 October 2014 12:22

Wisconsin's Republican attorney general is conceding the fight to preserve the state's gay marriage ban is over and he encourages everyone to now administer the law "fairly and impartially."

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 6 turned away appeals from five states, including Wisconsin, seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages. The order immediately ends delays on marriages in those states.

Scott Walker downplays interest in 2016 presidential bid

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:35

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker downplayed his interest in running for president during an editorial board meeting broadcast live on Oct. 14, three weeks before the general election.

In the expansive interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker said "anybody who wants to be president has to be a little crazy, so I don't know if I want to be classified as crazy."

Voter ID law in Wisconsin is blocked, reaction …

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 10 October 2014 05:50

The Supreme Court on Oct. 9 blocked Wisconsin from implementing its voter ID law.

Reaction to the emergency order:

ACLU seeks stay of voter ID law from Supreme Court

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 09 October 2014 04:45

The American Civil Liberties Union on Oct. 8 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay this week's final ruling from a Seventh Circuit appeals panel that concluded Wisconsin's voter ID law is constitutional and does not violate the federal Voting Rights Act.  

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said, "Permitting this law to go into effect so close to the election is fueling voter confusion and election chaos in Wisconsin, particularly for the many voters who have already cast their ballots. Voters deserve a fair shake, but this last-minute disruption changes the rules of the game in an election that is already underway, and risks locking out thousands of voters. The stakes are extremely high."

Reaction to the Supreme Court developments on gay marriage in Wisconsin

Written by Wisconsin Gazette
and AP reports
Monday, 06 October 2014 13:01

The Supreme Court on Oct. 6 denied appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin in which those states sought to prohibit same-sex marriage. The decision also means couples in six other states — Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming — should be able to get married soon.

The development effectively raises the number of states with legal same-sex marriage from 19 to 30.

On a wing and a paintbrush at Milwaukee Art Museum

AP writer
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 11:55

That black speck walking precariously out on the Milwaukee Art Museum's giant white wings? That's a painter.

Matt Radmacher, owner of Wisconsin Industrial Painters, and two other painters are touching up 40 rust spots on the museum's Burke Brise Soleil - affectionately called wings - and repainting 72 rusted plates at the base.

Voter ID laws blocked in Wisconsin, Texas

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 10 October 2014 05:35

A federal judge likened Texas' strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.

Environmentalists launch $1 million campaign to defeat Scott Walker

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 09 October 2014 04:29

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and the national League of Conservation Voters this week launched a $1 million campaign targeting Gov. Scott Walker.

The Republican's anti-environment record has put Wisconsin into the LCV’s “Dirty Dozen in the States.”

Frac sand mining threatens health, welfare in Wisconsin

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 15:11

Frac sand at the EOG Resources Inc. processing plant in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. —Photo: AP/Steve Karnowski

Victoria Trinko hasn’t opened the windows in her Wisconsin farmhouse in two years. And when she goes outdoors on the farm her family has operated in Chippewa County since 1936, she often wears a mask.