Wisconsin Gaze

Walker dodges gay-marriage questions, Van Hollen expects state's ban to be overturned

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 25 May 2014 17:08

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked a federal judge on May 23 to place on hold any ruling she makes striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage. It was the second time in a week that the right-wing Republican indicated that he doubts that he’ll succeed in defending the law.

Merriam-Webster’s adds da ‘Yoopers’ to dictionary

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 19 May 2014 08:46

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has added more than 150 new words and definitions for 2014, including “Yooper,” a nickname used for a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Also making the dictionary: “Hashtag,” “selfie” and “tweep,” reflecting the growing influence technology is having on human endeavor, especially social networking, which also is in the dictionary.

Group wants Justice Dept. to send election observers to Wisconsin

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:02

The progressive group One Wisconsin Now has asked the U.S. Justice Department to send election observers to Wisconsin for the November general election.

The group wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, noting that election observers were in the state in 2012.

Hulsey’s gubernatorial bid sparks a lot of questions

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 17:14

Wisconsin Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, makes his intentions to enter the state’s gubernatorial race official as he confirms his candidacy papers under oath with an elections specialist with the Government Accountability Board in Madison on April 21. -PHOTO: AP/Wisconsin State Journal/John Hart

Everyone has a lot to say about state Rep. Brett Hulsey, especially Hulsey himself.

EMILY’s List says defeating Walker a top priority

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:11

Defeating Republican Gov. Scott Walker and electing Democrat Mary Burke will be a top priority for the pro-abortion rights group EMILY’s List, its spokeswoman Marcy Stech said earlier this month.

Stech would not say how much the well-funded Washington-based group, which backs female candidates who support abortion rights, plans to spend on the race. EMILY’s List and its partners were major players in Wisconsin’s 2012 Senate race, spending nearly $5 million to help elect Tammy Baldwin over Republican Tommy Thompson.

Walker accused of cronyism in UW hiring

Written by By Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:49

Gov. Scott Walker. – PHOTO: Courtesy

The University of Wisconsin System has hired a controversial longtime associate of Gov. Scott Walker to serve in the newly created post of vice president for university relations.

Zombiepocalypse trial begins May 8 in Madison

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:51

Heard about the Estate of George Romero v.  Ashley Williams? The Zombiepocalypse trial begins May 8 in Madison.

The three-day mock trial is part of the National Mock Trial Championship being held at the Dane County Courthouse on Hamilton Street and the state Capitol on Main Street.

Wisconsin grows initiative to save seeds

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 17:01

Seeds are placed into packets for distribution. -PHOTO: Bryce Richter/University of Wisconsin-Madison

An online store opened in mid-April, in time for vegetable growers to get seeds to plant for a summer or fall harvest. What makes the store unique is that it is an outlet for the Open Source Seed Initiative, a campaign affiliated with UW-Madison and established in 2011 by plant breeders, farmers, sustainable food system advocates, educators and others concerned about the decreasing availability of non-patented seeds.

Veterans see cancer bill as ‘black mark’ on Scott Walker

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:54

Republican Gov. Scott Walker touts all he has done for Wisconsin’s veterans since taking office more than three years ago, making it a focus of his re-election efforts as he frequents events around the state with service members.

But some veterans say Walker’s refusal to pardon a decorated Iraqi war veteran and support for legislation they oppose show he doesn’t have their true interests in mind, an argument that could tarnish the image he presents to patriotic conservatives.

Milwaukee to premiere AIDS-related film starring Kenosha native

Written by The AP Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:32

Milwaukee has been selected as one of five cities for an early premiere of an HBO film.

“The Normal Heart” stars Kenosha native Mark Ruffalo as well as Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Alfred Molina.

Wisconsin Republicans unfazed with governor’s lack of commitment

Written by By TODD RICHMOND,
AP writer
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 17:18

Scott Walker isn’t saying whether he’d serve a full second term as governor but delegates at the Wisconsin GOP’s annual convention Saturday didn’t care, giving their hero a wild standing ovation as he took the stage.

Walker is trying to win a second four-year term and will likely face Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive and state commerce secretary, in the November election.

Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:20

A federal judge has struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law.

The judge found that the requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters.