ACLU of Wisconsin urges change for Madison Police Department

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 04 June 2015 07:54

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin on June 3 expressed concern that violence by the Madison Police Department will continue without reform.

The ACLU was responding to an announcement from the MPD that Officer Matt Kenny was exonerated following an internal investigation into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on March 6.


Gov. Scott Walker, for the second time in less than a week, said Monday that he won’t agree to raise the gas tax or vehicle registration fees to break a legislative impasse over how to pay for highway projects.

The Legislature’s budget-writing committee voted Friday to cut the University of Wisconsin’s budget by $250 million and eliminate tenure protections for faculty from state law — moves derided by Democrats, who argued the changes would hurt both higher education and the state’s economy.

Walker’s science cuts may hinder efforts to halt walleye decline

Written by Kate Golden
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:49

Fond du Lac resident Mike Arrowood says he has begun to see fishers from up north migrating south to find walleye.

“The guys at Manitowish Waters, they come down to Lake Winnebago to fish. Why should they fish in northern Wisconsin?” said Arrowood, chairman of the nonprofit group Walleyes For Tomorrow. “You can’t catch any fish.”

Judge orders Milwaukee County Sheriff to turn over records to immigrant rights group

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 04 June 2015 06:32

Judge David Borowski on June 3 ordered Milwaukee County Sheriff David A.Clarke Jr. to provide un-redacted information about people his department turned over to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

The order was made in an open records lawsuit filed by Voces de la Frontera.

Walker Watch: Walker defends abortion policy while campaigning in New Hampshire

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 01 June 2015 08:01

Challenged by a New Hampshire woman, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker held firm on his recent comments about ultrasounds and defended Wisconsin's law that requires doctors to conduct them before performing abortions.

"I'm pro-life, but if someone's pro-choice don't you want an informed choice?" Walker said in response to a question from Mary Heslin of Concord.

Assembly labor committee passes law repealing prevailing wage

Written by Dana Ferguson,
Associated Press write
Thursday, 28 May 2015 18:36

Assembly speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester

Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law, supported by the construction industry and opposed by conservative Republicans, would be repealed under a bill passed Wednesday by an Assembly labor committee.

Republican lawmakers on the Legislature’s finance committee has plans to restructure Gov. Scott Walker’s struggling job creation agency WEDC. The committee has approved a plan to remove the governor as chairman, dramatically reduce the agency’s reserves and eliminate a program that would fund regional loans.

Expert: Republicans' abortion ban in Wisconsin will cause more abortions, great suffering

Written by Dana Ferguson,
AP writer
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:33

As the Wisconsin Legislature’s health committees took up a fast-tracked bill Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a medical expert said the measure could prompt more early terminations.

Feds won't pay for pork-barrel highway project that’s based on inflated WisDOT data

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Monday, 01 June 2015 18:49

A federal court has halted a major highway expansion due to inflated traffic projections by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, prompting a land-use group to call for an immediate halt to all such projects in the state until they can be proven justified by traffic audits.

The U.S. Eastern District Court upheld the claim of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin that the proposed expansion of Highway 23 between Fond du Lac and Plymouth was based on overblown traffic forecasts. The ruling makes the project ineligible for federal funding.

Layoffs at Wisconsin DNR would trigger terminations of limited-term employees

Written by Kate Golden
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Thursday, 28 May 2015 07:00

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed cuts to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources scientists could extend beyond what budget documents have portrayed.

A state law requires that before the DNR can lay off a single permanent staffer, it must let go any limited term employees or probationary employees with the same job classification.

Legislature considers bill allowing hunters to wear pink in effort to attract more women

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Saturday, 23 May 2015 15:42

Maybe this is the sort of attire male lawmakers hope to find hunting beside them in the woods.

Real men — and women — could wear pink in Wisconsin’s woods if a group of lawmakers get their way.