Wisconsin state Rep. Chris Taylor and state Sen. Jon Erpenbach say their medical marijuana bill has 18 co-sponsors.
That number includes Taylor, a Democrat from Madison, and Erpenbach, a Democrat from Middleton.
Republican Rep. Reid Ribble was the only member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation not to vote along party lines on a deal to reopen the government.
All three Democratic House members and Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin voted yes on the Oct. 16 deal, which extended the debt limit and avoided a threatened national default. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson voted no, as did Rep. Paul Ryan and three other GOP congressmen.
Wisconsin officials and the American Civil Liberties Union announced a deal Oct. 8 to allow people to hold events at the state Capitol without getting permits.
Activities in the Capitol rotunda have been a point of contention since state officials announced large groups must get permits to gather there. Hundreds of people have received tickets since July for taking part in daily sing-alongs without permits.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin said mid-day Oct. 8 that a settlement was reached in the federal lawsuit it filed against the Wisconsin Department of Administration concerning free speech at the Capitol.
A news release from the ACLU said that as part of the settlement, the state must create a notice system that allows groups to gather inside the Capitol without a permit.
The Christian right group Wisconsin Family Action is questioning a federal grant to create safer Wisconsin schools because it says anti-bullying efforts are "spearheaded" by "homosexual activists."
On its website, the WFA, which also is leading a campaign to repeal the state's domestic partnership registry, criticized the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's recent announcement that the state had received an $8.7 million federal grant for safe schools.
Civil rights activists are encouraging people to ask lawmakers – including a familiar name in Wisconsin – to skip a far right-wing summit set to take place Oct. 11-13.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Human Rights Campaign, are encouraging people to ask U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and others to not attend the Values Voter Summit held by the far-right Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.
Democrat Mary Burke announced today that that she’s running for governor next year.
The candidate, who’s been meeting with officials and influencers around the state for months to explore a bid, lost no time in taking aim at Gov. Scott Walker for Wisconsin’s dismal job-creation record.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Oct. 23 on whether the state's domestic partner registry is unconstitutional.
The registry grants same-sex couples some legal rights.
Representatives of a coalition of 35 citizen groups, including the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, called on the Wisconsin Legislature to approve Assembly Joint Resolution 50 authorizing a statewide referendum in November 2014 on whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to effectively overturn the notorious Citizens United ruling and related decisions that intensified the influence of money in politics and diminished the voices of ordinary citizens.
The call was made on Oct. 8, the day the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a case challenging a federal law limiting campaign contributions.
Former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke will run for governor in Wisconsin.
Burke, a Democrat, made the announcement in a Web video released on Oct. 7. She said, “I know that Wisconsin workers can compete with anyone in the world. That’s why when you look around at places like Minnesota, Indiana and Ohio, whose economies are creating more jobs than ours, you wonder what the heck’s going on?”