Wisconsin Gaze

Hundreds participate in Kenosha's 2nd Gay Pride March

Written by Larry Zamba,
Special to WiG
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:43

-Photo: Larry Zamba

By any measure, Kenosha’s 2nd Annual Gay Pride March was a success.

Wisconsin congresswoman asks Justice Dept. to help prevent gun violence in Milwaukee

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 14 July 2014 11:09

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to partner with local officials to reduce and prevent gun violence in Milwaukee.

Moore, on July 14, said, “Gun violence is a plague that steals the lives of far too many in our community. Each time we lose a life, our hearts break and the violence continues."

Monona’s Sustainability Committee has unanimously approved a proposed resolution — "City of Monona Supports Practices That Reduce Monona’s Dependence on Fossil Fuels" — acknowledging that climate change exists, conceding that climate change is primarily caused by burning fossil fuels and establishing priorities for addressing the threat.

The proposed resolution would make reducing the consumption of fossil fuels in city operations and in the operations of its vendors a priority, according to a news release from 350 Madison on July 11. The measure also would establish “a priority to educate the residents and business owners of Monona about the importance of reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels and suggest a variety of ways they can work toward that goal.” These include fossil fuel divestment, reinvestment in renewable energy and shareholder advocacy.

Deer ticks, Lyme disease among the hazards of Wisconsin summers

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:26

Deer ticks, Lyme disease among the hazards of Wisconsin summers.

Ah, summer in Wisconsin. Backyard barbecues and music festivals. Sidewalk dining on streets festooned with colorful flower baskets. Camping, hiking, mountain biking and fishing.

Ground game could determine Wisconsin governor’s race

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:10

The ground game is an important factor in the governor's race.

Cooper Smith and Erica Imhoff hit the streets of Madison on a recent afternoon armed with a smart phone and campaign literature touting Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Wisconsin marriage appeal combined with Indiana's, put on fast track

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Saturday, 12 July 2014 08:43

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is trying to overturn a federal judge's ruling finding the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

On July 11, a federal appeals court combined Indiana and Wisconsin's same-sex marriage cases and put them on the fast track.

Regional briefs: Conservation league tallies wins, losses

Written by Th Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 21:39

Conservation league tallies wins, losses

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters recently released its Conservation Scorecard for 2013–14. About 50 percent of the pro-conservation bills supported by group were signed into law.

10 must-do Wisconsin summer activities

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:20

Kayaking in the Apostle Islands. — Photos: Travel Wisconsin

Summer is here, and except for heat, humidity, mosquitoes, wood ticks and road construction, this is Wisconsin’s best time of year. What would make it better still are these 10 essential Badger State activities:

Security costs soar for Walker, Kleefisch

Written by The AP Tuesday, 15 July 2014 04:46

The Wisconsin State Patrol spent $5.7 million to protect Republican Gov. Scott Walker, First Lady Tonette Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch from 2011 through 2013.

The governor's office released records showing the patrol's Dignitary Protection Unit spent $1.6 million on security for the trio in 2011, $1.9 million in 2012 and $2.2 million in 2013.

Wisconsin AG files appeal in marriage equality case

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 12 July 2014 04:26

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed his appeal of the federal ruling striking down the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The appeal was filed this week, officially bringing the case to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, where the court is expected to deal with the case as it takes up an equality lawsuit from Indiana.

Hidden gems: Lesser-known state parks for camping, hiking and swimming

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:29

Amnicon Falls State Park has nearly 2 miles of hiking trails along the river. Features of the land include stunning geologic formations, mini-pools and waterfalls. — Photo: Travel Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s state park system is so well-known, so well-publicized and so widely admired that it might seem impossible that a few individual parks don’t get the credit they deserve.

Madison to stop enforcing buffer zones around health clinics

Written by The AP Friday, 04 July 2014 11:02

The city of Madison will stop enforcing an ordinance that created a buffer zone around health clinics to protect patients and staff from protesters.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.