Via “Public university required students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action” @ Althouse.
This week, bloggers surfaced comments on YouTube videos that included derogatory statements about black people. Dorsey also used a curse word in a YouTube comment referencing Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s first Republican president. When the Gazette contacted Dorsey about the posts on Thursday, he told the paper he was withdrawing from the race.
“I have decided to withdraw from the race due to insensitive remarks that have surfaced from years past,” Dorsey said in a statement to The Gazette. “This race has been extremely hard on my family and myself.”
Via Assembly candidate drops out of race after anti-gay, racist comments @ JS All Politics Blog.
Four of every 10 single-mother households in Wisconsin with children under age 18 were living in poverty in 2013, according to the latest American Community Survey numbers released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The state’s 42.5% figure is up from 39.4% in 2012, a change the Census Bureau flagged as statistically significant.
Via Poverty rising among Wisconsin single mothers, Census Bureau reports @ JSOnline.
Around 300,000 Wisconsin voters don’t have the forms of identification required to vote under the law, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color. Opponents of the law have asked the full 7th Circuit to review the September 12 ruling, but if the order stands, all voters will now have to bring identification to the polls, which they have not needed in the past.
Via WI Election Officials and Advocates Scrambling After Voter ID Reinstated @ PR Watch.
The first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Vogelsberg ended abruptly Tuesday when Vogelsberg pleaded no contest to a lesser form of homicide. Assistant District Attorney Robert Kaiser said that under the agreement, he would seek up to 12 years in prison for Vogelsberg, followed by seven years of extended supervision. Defense lawyer David Karpe agreed to ask for no less than eight years in prison for Vogelsberg.
Let us not forget what happened to Vogelsberg’s brother, Matthew Graville, who was autistic and idolized Jeffery. Jeffery tortured his brother over and over, finally killing him and then buried him in the woods like one might do for a dog. Jeffery Vogelsberg then stood by and did nothing while people were searching for Matthew, and even intimidated witnesses to prevent his torturing and killing from coming to light.
Via Dane County DA Ozanne Needs To Explain Why Justice Not Served In Jeffrey Vogelsberg Case @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS
On Monday, September 15th, Livability.com announced that Madison has been named the number one most livable city in America! I was joined by Matt Carmichael of Livability.com, Alder Skidmore, Alder Demarb, and Alder Subeck to accept the award. The folks at Livability, along with the research team at the Martin Prosperity Institute, looked at several factors including a city’s economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.
Via Madison Named the Most Livable City in America @ Paul Soglin’s Waxing America.
There are obvious fixes here:
* Just get rid of the Democratic candidates’ names. The ballot will be shorter and simpler and help move the state in a Right direction.
* Voters still beholden to the outdated Two-Party system – – Wisconsin 1.0 – – are free to write in the name of a Democrat.
Via WI Republicans say ballot doesn’t make them pretty enough @ The Political Environment.
[Madison, Wis.] – Today, the Republican Party of Wisconsin – through Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald – filed a complaint in Waukesha County Court against the Government Accountability Board (GAB) seeking to improve the deeply flawed and confusing standard ballot for the 2014 General Election in November.
Via WisGOP Files Lawsuit Against GAB for Flawed Ballot @ WISGOP.
To casual observers, the Sunday edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks like a gold mine: all those advertising inserts that tumble out from the paper. But they are actually a bad sign, because these are all advertisers no longer willing to buy display ads within the paper and only paying the much cheaper “insert” fee to be tucked into the paper. “From the advertiser’s point of view,” [NYU Professor Clay] Shirky writes, “the nation’s newspapers have become little more than a blue-bag delivery service, with a horoscope and enough local sports inside to get people to open the bag.”
Via The Inevitable Decline of the Journal Sentinel @ Urban Milwaukee’s Murphy’s Law.
Out of 424 school districts, 168 were ranked in the two highest ratings. That’s up from 143 that were so ranked in last year’s report card. On the bottom end of the scale, eight districts were poorly ranked, down from 11 last year. The average score statewide was 72.1 — up from 71.4 last year.
Via Act 10 is three years old and students are smarter than ever! @ Blaska’s Bring It!
The bill, by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would impose an immediate hiring freeze at the ATF and require a plan be submitted within six months on how to move its activities to other agencies.
The bill calls for eliminating the agency a year after the bill’s final passage, moving its functions into the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Treasury Department.
Via Bill eliminating ATF introduced in wake of botched operations @ JS Watchdog Report.