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Schedule: Women’s March on Madison

Madison’s solidarity sister march to the Women’s March on Washington will begin at about noon Jan. 21.

To keep track of march news — or share from the march — the Twitter hashtag is #womensmarchmadison.

Here are details from the organizing page on Facebook:

Marchers will meet up at the Library Mall near 728 State St. at noon and  march to the state Capitol for a rally that will last until about 3 p.m.

Scheduled speakers include:

• Sen. Lena Taylor.
• Sagashus Levingston.
• Abigail Swetz.
• Alder Maurice Cheeks.
• Grisel Tapia.
• Darla Lannert.
• U.S. Rep Mark Pocan


Performers include:

• Once A Month.
• Youth Spoken Word Poets
•Token Minority .
• Raging Grannies.
• Eastern Birds.

Other details:

A flash mob is being organized at: https://www.facebook.com/events/233712650388743/?ti=icl

Free shuttle busses are operating from East Towne Mall and Goodman South Library are full.

Grace Episcopal Church is opening its doors for marchers to use restrooms or seeking some quiet.

Onstage at the RNC: Scott Baio, Scott Walker, lots of Trumps

Former presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio — the latter by video link — are among those set to speak at the RNC in Cleveland.

Military leaders, members of Congress, actors, faith leaders and family members of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump are also set to speak in what the Republican National Committee calls “an unconventional lineup” that will challenge the status quo and press for Trump’s agenda.

Speaker highlights at the four-day convention, which begins Monday at the Quicken Loans Arena.


Theme: Make America Safe Again

Headliners: Trump’s wife, Melania; Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, U.S. Army; Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont.

Others: Willie Robertson, star of “Duck Dynasty”; former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Marcus Luttrell, retired U.S. Navy SEAL; Scott Baio, actor; Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, killed in the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya; Mark “Oz” Geist, member of a security team that fought in Benghazi; John Tiegen, member of Benghazi security team and co-author of the book “13 Hours,” an account of the attacks; Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis, siblings of Brian Terry, a Border Patrol agent whose shooting death revealed the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation; Antonio Sabato Jr., actor; Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden and Jamiel Shaw, immigration reform advocates; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; David Clarke, sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wis.; Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis.; Rachel Campos Duffy, LIBRE Initiative for Hispanic economic empowerment; Darryl Glenn, Senate candidate in Colorado; Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Karen Vaughn, mother of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan; Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; and Jason Beardsley of Concerned Veterans for America.


Theme: Make America Work Again

Headliners: Tiffany Trump, candidate’s daughter; Kerry Woolard, general manager, Trump Winery in Virginia; Donald Trump Jr.; Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson; and actress Kimberlin Brown.

Others: Sharon Day, co-chairwoman of Republican National Committee; Dana White, president, Ultimate Fighting Championship; Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge; former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey; Andy Wist, founder of Standard Waterproofing Co.; Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Chris Cox, executive director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action; golfer Natalie Gulbis; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.


Theme: Make America First Again

Headliners: Former presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio; Eric Trump, son of the candidate; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s pick to be vice president.

Others: radio host Laura Ingraham; Phil Ruffin, businessman with interests in real estate, lodging, manufacturing and energy; Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi; retired astronaut Eileen Collins; Michelle Van Etten, small business owner; Kentucky state Sen. Ralph Alvarado Jr.; Darrell Scott, senior pastor and co-founder of New Spirit Revival Center Ministries, Cleveland; Harold Hamm, oil executive; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Lynne Patton, vice president, Eric Trump Foundation; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (by video); Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Callista Gingrich, wife of Newt Gingrich.


Theme: Make America One Again

Headliners: Peter Thiel, co-founder PayPal; Tom Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital; Ivanka Trump, daughter of the candidate; and Donald Trump, GOP nominee for president.

Others: Brock Mealer, motivational speaker; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin; Dr. Lisa Shin, owner of Los Alamos Family Eyecare in New Mexico; RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University and evangelical leader.

Milwaukee Brewers 2016 schedule

Spring training season begins today. After a month of exhibition ball, the regular season opens in April. A look at the Milwaukee Brewers schedule:

April 4 San Francisco, 2:10 p.m.

April 5 San Francisco, 8:10 p.m.

April 6 San Francisco, 1:40 p.m.

April 8 Houston, 8:10 p.m.

April 9 Houston, 7:10 p.m.

April 10 Houston, 2:10 p.m.

April 11 at St. Louis, 4:15 p.m.

April 13 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

April 14 at St. Louis, 1:45 p.m.

April 15 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

April 16 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

April 17 at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

April 18 at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

April 19 at Minnesota, 3:10 p.m.

April 20 Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

April 21 Minnesota, 3:40 p.m.

April 22 Philadelphia, 8:10 p.m.

April 23 Philadelphia, 7:10 p.m.

April 24 Philadelphia, 2:10 p.m.

April 26 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

April 27 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

April 28 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

April 29 Miami, 8:10 p.m.

April 30 Miami, 7:10 p.m.

May 1 Miami, 2:10 p.m.

May 2 L.A. Angels, 7:20 p.m.

May 3 L.A. Angels, 8:10 p.m.

May 4 L.A. Angels, 1:40 p.m.

May 5 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

May 6 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

May 7 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

May 8 at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

May 9 at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

May 10 at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

May 11 at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

May 12 San Diego, 8:10 p.m.

May 13 San Diego, 8:10 p.m.

May 14 San Diego, 7:10 p.m.

May 15 San Diego, 2:10 p.m.

May 17 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

May 18 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

May 19 Chicago Cubs, 1:40 p.m.

May 20 at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

May 21 at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.

May 22 at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

May 24 at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

May 25 at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

May 26 at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

May 27 Cincinnati, 8:10 p.m.

May 28 Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m.

May 29 Cincinnati, 2:10 p.m.

May 30 St. Louis, 2:10 p.m.

May 31 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

June 1 St. Louis, 1:40 p.m.

June 2 at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

June 3 at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

June 4 at Philadelphia, 3:05 p.m.

June 5 at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.

June 7 Oakland, 8:10 p.m.

June 8 Oakland, 8:10 p.m.

June 9 N.Y. Mets, 8:10 p.m.

June 10 N.Y. Mets, 8:10 p.m.

June 11 N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.

June 12 N.Y. Mets, 2:10 p.m.

June 13 at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

June 14 at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

June 15 at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

June 16 at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

June 17 at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

June 18 at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

June 19 at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

June 21 at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

June 22 at Oakland, 3:35 p.m.

June 24 Washington, 8:10 p.m.

June 25 Washington, 4:10 p.m.

June 26 Washington, 2:10 p.m.

June 28 L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

June 29 L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

June 30 L.A. Dodgers, 2:10 p.m.

July 1 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

July 2 at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

July 3 at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

July 4 at Washington, 11:05 a.m.

July 5 at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

July 6 at Washington, 4:05 p.m.

July 8 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

July 9 St. Louis, 2:10 p.m.

July 10 St. Louis, 2:10 p.m.

July 15 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

July 16 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

July 17 at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

July 19 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

July 20 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

July 21 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

July 22 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

July 23 Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.

July 24 Chicago Cubs, 2:10 p.m.

July 25 Arizona, 7:20 p.m.

July 26 Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

July 27 Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

July 28 Arizona, 2:10 p.m.

July 29 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

July 30 Pittsburgh, 7:10 p.m.

July 31 Pittsburgh, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 1 at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

Aug. 2 at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

Aug. 3 at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.

Aug. 5 at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Aug. 6 at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 7 at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

Aug. 8 Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Aug. 9 Atlanta, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 10 Atlanta, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 11 Atlanta, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 12 Cincinnati, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 13 Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Aug. 14 Cincinnati, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 16 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Aug. 17 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Aug. 18 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Aug. 19 at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Aug. 20 at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.

Aug. 21 at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Aug. 22 Colorado, 7:20 p.m.

Aug. 23 Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 24 Colorado, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 25 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 26 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 27 Pittsburgh, 7:10 p.m.

Aug. 28 Pittsburgh, 2:10 p.m.

Aug. 29 St. Louis, 7:20 p.m.

Aug. 30 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

Aug. 31 St. Louis, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 2 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Sept. 3 at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Sept. 4 at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Sept. 5 Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 6 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 7 Chicago Cubs, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 8 at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 9 at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Sept. 10 at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 11 at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

Sept. 12 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m.

Sept. 18 at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Sept. 20 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 21 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 22 Pittsburgh, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 23 Cincinnati, 8:10 p.m.

Sept. 24 Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 25 Cincinnati, 2:10 p.m.

Sept. 26 at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Oct. 2 at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

UPDATED: LGBT communities celebrate Pride nationwide

When he was a kid, Philippe Rodriguez knew the first sun–kissed days of June meant school vacation was just ahead.

But since he came out four years ago, sun and June mean Pride for Rodriguez, who is looking forward to three days of entertainment and education, community and culture at PrideFest, which took place June 5–7 on Milwaukee’s lakefront at Henry Maier Festival Park aka the Summerfest Grounds aka Pride Park.

“The first time I went to Pride, it was life–changing for me,” said Rodriguez, 23, of Milwaukee. “I thought I was out before my first Pride. But I was wrong. I came all the way out at Pride.”

And last year, Rodriguez witnessed a milestone for Milwaukee’s LGBT community during the first night of PrideFest, when the news broke that a federal judge had overturned the state’s ban on same–sex marriage and that Milwaukee and Dane counties were issuing marriage licenses.

“I have friends who say Pride is passé,” he said. “But every year I go and I feel such Pride in me and my people that I could cry.”

Pride is so not passé.

Just glance at the LGBT Pride calendar.

Pride is celebrated in thousands of cities around the world, from Adelaide, Australia, to Zurich, Switzerland. 

LGBT communities in hundreds of U.S. cities observe Pride, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Salisbury, North Carolina.

“Our parade is one of the largest in all of New Mexico,” proud Pride celebrant Sandi Gray said of the Albuquerque festivities that take place on June 13.

Salisbury’s celebration takes place over a week in June, with Sordid playwright, director and stand-up guy Del Shores headlining.

“We welcome people from all over the state, all over the South, for Pride,” said Pride celebrant Lenny Durham. “It’s the most important event of the year for the community.”

Many Pride celebrations take place in June, keeping a tradition that dates to the first Pride march, held in 1970 in New York City one year after the rioting at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. But for various reasons — high heat and humidity in the South, for one — Pride gets celebrated throughout the year.

Take a look …


= June 10–14: Key West Pride, Key West, Florida

= June 11–14: Boqueron Pride, Boqueron, Puerto Rico

= June 12–20: Heartland Pride, Omaha, Nebraska

= June 12–13: Kalamazoo Pride, Michigan

= June 12–14: Capital Pride, Des Moines, Iowa; Los Angeles Pride, West Hollywood, California

= June 13: Albuquerque Pride, New Mexico; Albany Capital Pride, New York; Baton Rouge Pride, Louisiana; Brooklyn Pride; Long Island Pride, Huntington, New York; SMC Pride, San Mateo, California; Outspokane, Spokane, Washington

= June 13–14: Pride Northwest, Portland, Oregon

= June 14: Philly Pride, Philadelphia

= June 15–21: Oklahoma City Pride, Oklahoma

= June 19–20: Boise Pride, Idaho; Arizona Gay Days, Scottsdale; Wilton Manors Pride, Wilton Manors, Florida

= June 19–21: Stonewall Columbus Pride, Ohio; New Orleans Pride; Capital Pride, Olympia, Washington

= June 20: Rhode Island Pride, Providence; Salisbury Pride, Salisbury, North Carolina; Central New York Pride, Syracuse

= June 20–21: Denver Pridefest

= June 21–28: Gay Pride Houston; New York City Pride; Chicago Pride (parade June 28)

= June 21: Rocket City Pride, Huntsville, Alabama

= June 22: Central Oregon Pride, Bend, Oregon

= June 26–27: Augusta Pride, Georgia; Nashville Pride, Tennessee; Hampton Roads Pride, Norfolk, Virginia

= June 27: Cincinnati Pride; Cleveland Pride; NWA Pride, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Northern Arizona Pride, Flagstaff; Lexington Pride, Kentucky; St. Pete Pride, St. Petersburg, Florida; Santa Fe Pride, New Mexico

= June 27–28: Twin Cities Pride, Minneapolis; Pride St. Louis; San Francisco Pride; Seattle Pride


= July 4: Pride San Antonio, Texas

= July 10–18: Tacoma Pride, Washington

= July 11: Pride Alive, Green Bay

= July 12–13: Bellingham Pride, Washington

= July 18–19: San Diego Pride

= July 18: Kenosha Pride March

= July 18–29: Colorado Springs Pride, Colorado

= July 20: Kitsap Pride, Bremerton, Washington

= July 24: Deming Pride, New Mexico

= July 25: Reno Pride, Nevada

= July 25–26: Baltimore Pride


= Aug. 1: Delaware Pride, Dover; OC Pride, Santa Ana, California

= Aug. 1–9: Charleston Pride, South Carolina

= Aug. 2: West Street Beach Pride, Laguna Beach

= Aug. 5–9: Wyoming Equality Rendezvous, Cheyenne

= Aug. 8: Eugene/Springfield Pride Festival, Oregon

= Aug. 9: Madison Pride Parade

= Aug. 15–16: Charlotte Pride, North Carolina

= Aug. 15–21: Carnival, Provincetown, Massachusetts

= Aug. 22–23: Toledo Pride, Ohio

= Aug. 22–30: Austin Pride, Texas

= Aug. 30: Silicon Valley Pride, San Jose, California


= Sept. 8–14: Las Vegas Pride

= Sept. 11–13: Oregon Coast Pride, Lincoln City, Oregon

= Sept. 12: South Bay Pride, Chula Vista, California; Virginia Gay Pride, Richmond; Savannah Pride, Georgia; Worcester Pride, Massachusetts

= Sept. 12–13: Roanoke Pride, Virginia

= Sept. 13: Pride Vermont, Burlington; Oakland Pride, California

= Sept. 19–20: Wichita Pride, Kansas

= Sept. 20: Dallas Pride

= Sept. 24–27: Sedona Pride, Arizona

= Sept. 26: North Carolina Pride, Durham; Space Coast Pride, Melbourne, Florida; Mid-South Pride, Memphis, Tennessee


= Oct. 3: Northern Virginia Pride, Canterville; Ocala Pride Festival, Florida

= Oct. 3–4: Fort Worth Pride, Texas; Jacksonville Pride, Florida

= Oct. 4: Long Beach Pride, Little Rock

= Oct. 9–11: Pridefest South Florida, Fort Lauderdale

= Oct. 10: North County Pride, Oceanside, California; Orlando Pride; Oswego Pride, New York

= Oct. 10–11: Atlanta Pride

= Oct. 16–17: Winston–Salem Pride, North Carolina

= Oct. 17: World Interpride 2015, Las Vegas; Tucson Pride, Arizona; San Gabriel Valley Pride, Pasadena, California


= Nov. 6–8: Palm Springs Pride, California 

Pediatrics group changes pot policy as legalization marches forward

The nation’s most influential pediatricians group updated its policy on marijuana to recommend the drug be removed from the government’s most restrictive category, which includes heroin and other narcotics said to have no accepted medical use.

The American Academy of Pediatrics proposed reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II controlled substance to allow for greater scientific research and experimentation.

The academy also said marijuana could be a viable treatment option for severely ill children. The new AAP policy, published online in Pediatrics, said pediatric use should only be considered “for children with life-limiting or severely debilitating conditions and for whom current therapies are inadequate.”

The AAP does not advocate legalizing recreational marijuana and it does not deal with marijuana use among adults.

The AAP policy was last updated in 2004. Since then, marijuana laws have changed considerably. Four states — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington — have legalized recreational marijuana while 19 states have decriminalized pot possession in small amounts. Also, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana.

The Marijuana Policy Project, an organization at the forefront of reforming drug laws, is lobbying to pass a medical marijuana bill in Pennsylvania this year or next year and in Texas in 2015 or 2017. The MPP also is working to expand access under Minnesota’s medical marijuana provision and helping to implement the legislation in Illinois, where the first retail licenses were issued earlier this month.

Illinois lawmakers also could decriminalize marijuana this year and make pot a ticketable offense. Elsewhere, decriminalization is on the legislative agenda in Hawaii, Virginia, Delaware and New Hampshire.

“Criminalizing someone for possessing a small amount of marijuana causes far more harm than marijuana itself,” said Matt Simon, the Goffstown, New Hampshire-based New England political director for the MPP.

Three out of five adults in New Hampshire support removing criminal penalties for marijuana possession, according to a WMUR Granite State Poll released last April. 

In neighboring Vermont, lawmakers could pass recreational marijuana legislation this year or next. But, with bipartisan support for a bill, Rhode Island is in a position to become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the legislative process rather than by ballot initiative.

At the federal level, American Indian tribes attending a conference later this month plan to discuss the legalization of pot. Their move follows a Justice Department announcement in December clearing the way for tribes to grow and sell marijuana.

And members of the U.S. House are considering a pair of bills that would end federal marijuana prohibition, as well as a measure sponsored by three Democrats and five Republicans that would allow Veterans Affairs doctors to prescribe medical marijuana.

“Our antiquated drug laws must catch up with the real suffering of so many of our veterans,” said U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., a co-sponsor of the Veterans Equal Access Act. “This is now a moral cause and a matter of supreme urgency. It is unconscionable that a VA doctor cannot offer a full range of treatments, including medical marijuana … to an American veteran who fought valiantly for our country. Conscience dictates that we not coldly ignore these desperate men and women and that we remove government from its paternalistic stance between patient and doctor.”

More than 20 percent of the 2.8 million U.S. veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD and depression. In addition, a recent study found that of the nearly 1 million veterans who receive opioids to treat painful conditions, more than half continue to consume chronically or beyond 90 days. Another study found that the death rate from opiate overdoses among VA patients is about double the national average.

The bill’s sponsors said in states where these patients can legally access medical marijuana, the hands of VA doctors should not be tied.

“We should be allowing these wounded warriors access to the medicine that will help them survive and thrive, including medical marijuana, not treating them like criminals and forcing them into the shadows,” said U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. “It’s shameful.”

On the books… 

In Wisconsin, AB 726 exempts a very limited class of people from criminal penalties for the use and possession of cannabidiol “in a form without a psychoactive effect.” The law, signed by the governor last April, allows people with seizure disorders to get their physician’s approval to possess cannabidiol. However, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, the legislation “doesn’t give patients a realistic way to obtain their medicine in Wisconsin” and “may be unworkable even for the limited population it’s meant to help.”

Medical marijuana bills have repeatedly been offered in Wisconsin, and a bill likely will be introduced this legislative session. Advocates, however, do not expect it to reach a floor vote.

Presidential inaugural schedule of events

The second inaugural of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden begins on Jan. 19 and continues through Jan. 22.

“This Inauguration is about bringing Americans together to celebrate our shared purpose,” said David Cusack, executive director of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “The schedule of official public events will allow Americans across the country to participate in the celebration.”

The schedule includes:

Jan. 19

9:30 a.m. EST.: National Day of Service Summit on the National Mall, where the first and second families will gather to issue a call to action for all Americans to join in service and honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

6 p.m.: 
Kids’ Inaugural Concert at the Washington Convention Center
 with first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosting.

Jan. 20

11:55 a.m.: An official swearing-In for Biden and Obama at the White House, in the Blue Room. Inauguration Day is traditionally on Jan. 20, but inaugural ceremonies are not usually held on Sundays because courts and other government officers are not open. So the official swearing-in will take place Jan. 20 but the celebratory swearing-in is Jan. 21.

Jan. 21

11:30 a.m. — Ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill.

2:30 p.m. — The inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue, with the first and second families and 58 groups.

7 p.m. — The Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Jan. 22

10:30 a.m. — National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral.

Wisconsin Labor celebrating Labor Day with picnics, parades, fests

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO announced Labor Day weekend celebrations taking place in Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Janesville, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Marinette, Menasha, Milwaukee, Neenah, Oshkosh, Racine and Wausau.

Most of the events are on Sept. 3.

In Eau Clair, a Labor Day Picnic takes place at Phoenix Park, Riverfront Terrace on Sept. 3. A solidarity walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the corner of Gray Street and South Farwell. A short program is at 11 a.m. followed by picnic and prizes from noon until 3 p.m.

Other events…

Fond du Lac: Labor Day Parade and Picnic at Lakeside Park on Oven Island on Sept. 3. The Fond du Lac Labor Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. Route follows Rees and Main streets to Lakeside Park. Picnic, 1-5 p.m.

Green Bay: Labor Day picnic on Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bay Beach Amusement Park.

Kenosha: Laborfest, 91st Street and 22nd Avenue on Sept. 3. The annual fest features booths from all labor organizations in the Kenosha area. Raffle prizes, beer tent and activities for the whole family.

Janesville:  Laborfest, Sept. 1-3 at 1795 Lafayette Street. Music, rides, bike show, craft show mud volleyball, car display, parade and more.

La Crosse: The Labor Day celebration starts with a ten-block family-friendly parade at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 beginning at the intersection of Gillette and Kane streets. Followed by a celebration at Copeland Park with free games for kids, face painting, and other activities.

Madison: Annual Laborfest celebration at South Central Federation of Labor, 1602 S. Park St., Madison, noon-5 p.m., Sept. 3.

Marinette: Labor Day picnic, Marinette City Park, noon-5 p.m., Sept. 3.

Milwaukee: Labor Day parade and Laborfest on Sept. 3. March starts at 11 a.m. at Zeidler Union Square Park and continues to Summerfest Grounds. Laborfest will run from noon until 5 p.m.

Neenah/Menasha: Labor Day parade and picnic on Sept. 3. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Curtis Reed Square in Menasha. It will be followed by a picnic celebration at the Neenah Labor Temple, 157 S. Green Bay Road, Neenah.

Oshkosh: Labor Day picnic and car show at South Park in Oshkosh on Sept. 3. Event runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Racine: Laborfest, noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3 in Franksville Park, 9700 Northwestern Ave., corner of Highways K and H, Caledonia.

Wausau: Labor Day parade begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 3 on the corner of West Wausau Avenue and ends at the Wausau Labor Temple, 318 S. Third Ave. There will be a food drive collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to be donated to the Neighbors Place.

RNC gets to business

The Republican National Convention gets to business on Aug. 28 after a one-day delay due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

The program begins at 2 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa. The schedule includes the arrival of the color guard, with the U.S. flag carried by the Fourth Degree Color Guard of the Knights of Columbus, comprised of members from Connecticut and Florida councils.

Next, according to the schedule, will be New Jersey-born tenor Philip Alongi Jr. singing the national anthem. he also sang the anthem at the 2008 convention. Alongi has performed more than a dozen major operatic roles across the United States, including in productions of “Carmen,” “Madama Butterfly” and “La Traviata.”

Former Montana Gov. Tim M. Babcock and Korean War Marine veteran Tom Hogan will open Tuesday’s convention with the Pledge of Allegiance. Babcock has attended 12 consecutive appearance as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik of New York City will lead the opening prayer. Soloveichik is director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and Associate Rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan.

The benediction will be delivered by the Rev. Sammy Rodriguez of Sacramento, Calif. He is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and an ordained Assemblies of God minister. Rodriguez serves on the board of directors of several evangelical organizations, including the Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, the National Association of Evangelicals, Empower 21 and Christianity Today.

Republican National Convention opens, recesses

Republican officials, after calling a rain delay for Monday, released a revised schedule for their national convention this week on the Florida Gulf Coast.

The rain delay was forced by forecasts for Tropical Storm Isaac, which late last showed the storm developing into a hurricane with Tampa in its potential path.

Today (Aug. 27), with Isaac moving on a northwest path, not even severe tropical storm conditions had materialized in the area. But concerns were high for New Orleans.

The convention was gaveled open at 2 p.m. today and then quickly put into recess until Aug. 28. The revised convention schedule, with speakers reassigned to a three-day program instead of a four-day program, is:

Tuesday, Aug. 28

2 p.m.: Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus, Color Guard Knights of Columbus, Pledge of Allegiance by former Gov. Tim Babcock of Montana and Tom Hogan of Florida, National anthem sung by Philip Alongi, Invocation by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Opening procedural steps, appointment of convention committees, Welcoming remarks, and House and Senate candidates and RNC auxiliaries, RNC chairman Priebus, RNC co-chairman Sharon Day, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Convention CEO William Harris, Chairman of Tampa Bay Host Committee Al Austin, Republican congressional candidates, state Del. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Rep. Tim Griffin or Arkansas, Republican Senate candidates, Republican National Committee auxiliaries, Consideration of convention committee reports, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Committee on Credentials chairman Mike Duncan, Committee on Permanent Organization chairwoman Zoraida Fonalledas, House Speaker John Boehner, Official convention photograph, Committee on Rules chairman John Sununu, Committee on Resolutions chairman Gov. Bob McDonnell, Committee on Resolutions co-chairman U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, Committee on Resolutions co-chairman U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Roll Call for nomination of president, Roll Call for nomination of vice president.

6:40 p.m.: Recess.

7:00 p.m.: Reconvene, Remarks by House Speaker John Boehner, Remarks by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Video and remarks by Mayor Mia Love of Utah, Remarks by actress Janine Turner, Remarks by former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Remarks by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

8 p.m.: Remarks by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, accompanied by Jack Gilchrist, Remarks by Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, Remarks by Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Remarks by Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, accompanied by Bev Gray, Remarks by Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. 

9 p.m: Remarks by Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Remarks by Sher Valenzuela, a small business owner and candidate for Delaware lieutenant governor), Remarks by Senate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas, Remarks by Artur Davis, Remarks by Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolian.

10 p.m.: Remarks by Mrs. Luce’ Vela Fortuno, Remarks by Mrs. Ann Romney, Keynote remarks by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez, Adjournment.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

7 p.m.: Convention convenes, Call to order, Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team, Pledge of Allegiance by retired Brig. Gen. Patrick E. Rea, US Army, National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown, Invocation by Ishwar Singh, Ron Paul video, Remarks by Sen. Republican leader and convention temporary chairman Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Remarks by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell.

8 p.m.: Remarks by Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi of Florida and Attorney General Sam Olens of Georgia, Remarks by Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Remarks by Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, Remarks by Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

9 p.m.: Remarks by Gov. Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico, Remarks by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, “Bush 41, 43” film, Remarks by cable news host Mike Huckabee.

10 p.m.: Remarks by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Remarks by governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios, Adjournment.

Thursday, Aug. 30

7 p.m.: Convention convenes, Call to order, Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team, Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka, National Anthem sung by SEVEN, Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins, Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack of Florida, “Reagan Legacy” video, Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich, Remarks by Craig Romney.

8 p.m.: Remarks by former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign, Remarks by Grant Bennett, Remarks by Tom Stemberg.

9 p.m.: Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce, Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode.

10 p.m.: Remarks by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned.

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