Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 23 March 2015 07:45

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law.

The justices' decision on March 23 means that the law could be put into effect by Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

The middle class is shrinking in every state in America, and Wisconsin is in the top tier of those where the middle class has experienced the most severe erosion, according to a state-by-state analysis on the Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline blog.

Reagan Foundation: Walker telling of Bible story is correct

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:32

An official at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library this week sought to clarify her account of how Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to handle a family Bible the late president used when taking the oath of office.

Library registrar Jennifer Torres said a “simple misunderstanding” left the wrong impression that Walker personally sought to hold the book. A spokeswoman for the Reagan Foundation says Walker’s retelling of the moment is correct.

Laning to run for Wisconsin Democratic Party chair

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 16 March 2015 12:52

Martha Laning over the weekend announced her candidacy for chairperson of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Laning is a community leader, businesswoman and former candidate for Wisconsin’s 9th Senate District.

Federal judge strikes down restrictive Wisconsin abortion law

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:04

UPDATED: A federal judge on March 20 struck down a Wisconsin law requiring doctors performing abortions to get hospital admitting privileges, ruling that any benefits to women’s health from the requirement are “substantially outweighed” by its restricting access to abortion.

Environmentalists raise concerns about proposed pig-feeding operation in Bayfield

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:59

The environmental group Clean Wisconsin says it has many unanswered questions about the potential for water pollution, air quality, odor management and other health and environmental impacts of a proposed 26,000 pig animal feeding operation in Bayfield County.

The group says additional study — specifically an environmental impact statement — is needed.

Walker budget raises taxes and fees by $43 million

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 04:43

An analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau finds that Gov. Scott Walker’s budget would raise taxes and fees by $48 million.

More than 1,000 attend tearful funeral for Tony Robinson in Madison

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 15 March 2015 17:16

Tony Robinson

At least 1,000 people attended the funeral of Tony Robinson in Madison yesterday, where friends and family remembered him as a friendly, funny person who liked to play basketball. Many said they hoped his death would bring change that might prevent other young men of color from suffering the same fate.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley

The Wisconsin Supreme Court currently has a 4–3 conservative tilt, but if right-wing Republican groups succeed in ousting two-term incumbent justice Ann Walsh Bradley from the bench on April 7, the state’s highest court will move farther rightward, with a solid majority of 5–2.

Wisconsin poll shows bipartisan support for state conservation funding

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:13

The Nature Conservancy on March 18 released a bipartisan statewide poll showing Wisconsin voters — across the political spectrum — overwhelmingly agree on the need to continue dedicated state funding for land, water and wildlife conservation.

The finding comes as state lawmakers consider Scott Walker's push to end public funding for land and water conservation through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.  

UW-Madison researcher changes monkey study that drew outcry

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:22

A mental health researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison won’t take newborn monkeys away from their mothers as part of an upcoming study.

Dr. Ned Kalin told the Wisconsin State Journal that complaints from animal rights groups weren’t behind the change in the study. Rather, he says other research found anxiety isn’t increased when newborn monkeys are separated from their mothers.

De Blasio to keynote Wisconsin Democrats’ gathering in April

Written by The AP Friday, 13 March 2015 11:14

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to rally Wisconsin Democrats as they look ahead to the 2016 elections.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced that de Blasio is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the party’s Founders Day gala. It will be in Milwaukee on April 25.