Wisconsin Gaze

Federal appeals court lifts stay against Wisconsin voter ID law

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 13 September 2014 03:49

A federal appeals court in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law on Sept. 12, just hours after three Republican-appointed judges heard arguments on reactivating the hotly debated law in time for the November election.

Appeals court hears arguments in Walker-related probe

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:53

Wisconsin prosecutors on Sept. 9 tried to persuade a federal appeals court to let them to resume their investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign, in a case that touches on broader issues about just what constitutes constitutionally-protected political activity.

In more than 90 minutes of questioning, three judges on a panel at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago didn't give a clear indication of which way they might be leaning. But two of the three repeatedly broached questions about whether federal judges should intervene in what appeared to be a state matter.

School district in Paul Ryan's hometown adopts transgender non-discrimination policy

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 05 September 2014 15:17

Another Wisconsin school district has adopted a policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room of the gender with which they identify if it's OK with their parents and principals.

Wisconsin city adopts ordinance banning bias based on gender identity

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:58

Cudahy on Sept. 2 became the fourth city in Wisconsin to adopt a fully-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance that bans bias based on gender identity and expression.

The vote was unanimous, according to Fair Wisconsin, the statewide LGBT civil rights group.

Citizen Action: Walker administration withholds health insurance rates

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 12 September 2014 09:35

The Walker Administration — for the second consecutive year — is withholding the rates for the health insurance marketplace, according to Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

The group says the administration is leaving consumers, health advocates and policymakers in the dark and it called on the Wisconsin Office of the Insurance Commissioner to promptly release the figures. 

ACLU asks Supreme Court to review and affirm rulings against Wisconsin, Indiana marriage bans

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 09 September 2014 13:38

The American Civil Liberties Union on Sept. 9 was filing petitions asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review — and uphold — a federal appeals court ruling striking down Wisconsin and Indiana bans on same-sex marriage.

The ACLU is representing same-sex couples in both states, as well as gay and lesbian couples seeking marriage rights in other states.

Appeals court rules: Indiana, Wisconsin bans are unconstitutional

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:55

The scene at the federal courthouse in Chicago the day of arguments. — PHOTO: AP

Breaking news: The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the bans against same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutional.

Wisconsin environmental group urges state to reject Smart Sand application

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 September 2014 08:09

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is calling on the state to reject an application from an out-of-state frac sand mining company that is seeking status as a green company.

The environmental group is calling on Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp, who was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker, to reject the application for "Green Tier" status from Smart Sand, Inc. The Green Tier program was created in 2004 to reward companies for superior environmental performance. To qualify, companies must have a demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment.

Appeals court to hear arguments in Wisconsin voter ID case Sept. 12

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 11 September 2014 13:38

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on Sept. 12 in a challenge to Wisconsin's voter ID law.

The measure was enacted after Republican Scott Walker took the governor's office and the GOP took control of the Legislature.

New estimate projects $1.8-billion budget shortfall from Walker's corporate tax cuts

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 05:49

A nearly $1.8 billion budget shortfall projected by a new report released yesterday provides yet more evidence that Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans who control the Legislature have mismanaged the state's finances, critics say.

Fast-food workers strike in Fight for $15

Written by By Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:19

Fast-food worker Tim Roach has been doing some arithmetic and the numbers don’t add up to fairness.

Roach works at a Wendy’s in West Allis for $7.45 and gets 40 hours a week if he’s lucky.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre is for sale

Written by The AP Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:23

The Wisconsin music venue tucked away in the rolling hills of Walworth County that has hosted such musical greats as the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and the Grateful Dead is for sale.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre is also the place where guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and four others were killed in a helicopter crash following a performance on Aug. 27, 1990.