Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hate Crimes Legislation Introduced in Senate

On the heels of the U.S. House passing Hate Crimes, Senator Edward Kennedy has now introduced Hate Crimes Legislation in the U.S. Senate.  It is Bill number S.909. At its introduction, 34 cosponsors have signed on to the legislation.  Here in Wisconsin, you can address your comments to your two Wisconsin Senators, Herb Kohl & Russ Feingold.  You may ask for their offices by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 1-877-851-6437 or (202) 224-3121.  The direct lines to their offices are:

Senator Russ Feingold - (202) 224-5323
Senator Herb Kohl – (202) 224-5653
 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wisconsin Congressmen Vote on Hate Crimes

The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 by a vote of 249-175.  Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation voted according to party lines.  Voting for the Discriminatory Hate Crime Legislation were Congressmen Kagan, Kind, Moore, Baldwin & Obey.  Voting against Hate Crime Legislation were Congressmen Petri, Ryan & Sensenbrenner.  The battle will now move to the U.S. Senate where Senators Kohl & Feingold will cast their votes.
 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

WI Senate Votes on Confirmations

This morning the Wisconsin State Senate cast their vote regarding the confirmation of appointments by the Governor to the UW Hospital and Clinics Authority Board.

Roger Axtell was confirmed to serve again on this board.  He previously cast a vote in FAVOR of 2nd trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.  He was confirmed on a vote of 17-15.  The vote was as follows:

AYES – 17
Senators:  Carpenter, Coggs, Decker, Erpenbach, Hansen, Holperin, Jauch, Kreitlow, Lassa, Lehman, Miller, Plale, Risser, Robson, Sullivan, Taylor, and Wirch

NAYS – 15
Senators:  Cowles, Darling, Ellis, Fitzgerald, Grothman, Harsdorf, Hopper, Kanavas, Kedzie, Lasee, Lazich, Leibham, Olsen, Schultz, and Vinehout

Mike Weiden was confirmed to serve again on this board.  He previously cast a vote in FAVOR of 2nd trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.  He was confirmed on a vote of 17-15.  The vote was as follows:

AYES – 17
Senators:  Carpenter, Coggs, Decker, Erpenbach, Hansen, Holperin, Jauch, Kreitlow, Lassa, Lehman, Miller, Plale, Risser, Robson, Sullivan, Taylor, and Wirch.

NAYS – 15
Senators:  Cowles, Darling, Ellis, Fitzgerald, Grothman, Harsdorf, Hopper, Kanavas, Kedzie, Lasee, Lazich, Leibham, Olsen, Schultz, and Vinehout

Pablo Sanchez was also confirmed to serve on this board.  He previously cast a vote AGAINST 2nd trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.  He was confirmed unanimously.

On yet another issue, pro-abortion legislator Sheldon Wasserman was confirmed to serve on the Medical Examining Board.  He was confirmed on a vote of 21-11.  The vote was as follows:

AYES – 21
Senators:  Carpenter, Coggs, Darling, Decker, Ellis, Erpenbach, Hansen, Harsdorf, Holperin, Jauch, Kreitlow, Lassa, Lehman, Miller, Olsen, Plale, Risser, Robson, Sullivan, Taylor, and Wirch.

NAYS – 11
Senators:  Cowles, Fitzgerald, Grothman, Hopper, Kanavas, Kedzie, Lasee, Lazich, Leibham, Schultz, and Vinehout
 

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wisconsin Senate to Vote this Week on Controversial Appointments

On Thursday, April 23rd Wisconsin State Senate will be voting on whether to confirm three men to the UW Hospital Hospitals & Clinics Authority Board.  Earlier this year this Board voted on allowing the Madison Surgery Center to begin the gruesome procedure of killing babies in the womb during their 2nd trimester.  These three men include:

Pablo Sanchez – voted against killing babies in the womb during their 2nd trimester

Mike Weiden – voted in favor of killing babies in the womb during their 2nd trimester at Madison Surgery Center, and

Roger Axtell – who also voted in favor of killing babies in the womb during their 2nd trimester at Madison Surgery Center

Citizens across the state may contact their state senators using the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.  That’s 1-800-362-9472.  The vote is scheduled for late morning this Thursday, April 23rd.
 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Controversial Judge Picked by President Obama Which Oversees Wisconsin

David Barton from WallBuilder's sent out a release about a nomination made by President Obama which will influence judicial decisions that will impact Wisconsin.

A Presidential Nominee 

President Obama has begun making nominations to the U. S. Courts of Appeals. His first nomination – a very troubling one – is of Federal District Judge David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which oversees Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

When Hamilton was made a federal district judge by President Clinton in 1994, the American Bar Association rated him as "not qualified." After all, prior to his appointment as a judge, Hamilton had been a fundraiser for the widely-discredited group ACORN and was also a board member of the Indiana ACLU, serving as its litigation director.

Consider some of the notable decisions he has rendered as a federal district judge.

RELIGIOUS EXPRESSIONS

Three years ago in 2006, Judge Hamilton delivered an unprecedented ruling, ordering the Indiana Legislature to discontinue its 188-year-old tradition of opening legislative sessions with prayer. Strikingly, the case had been brought before him by the Indiana ACLU – the very group that he had helped direct.



Even though the legislature had prayers from Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim clerics, Judge Hamilton complained that some of the ministers had used the wrong words in their prayers. He then proceeded to list permissible words and phrases to be used in public prayers and pointed out that any prayers "offered in the name of Jesus, Jesus Christ, the Savior, and/or the Son" were unconstitutional; he would allow no public prayer unless it "refrain[ed] from using Christ's name or title." Strikingly, however, Judge Hamilton held that prayers offered in the name "Allah" were constitutional.

Even though the U. S. Supreme Court had already said in clear terms that judges were not to parse the wording of prayers, Judge Hamilton had no difficulty in disregarding that by not only telling individuals whether they could pray but also what words to use in their personally- composed public prayers.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (to which he has now been nominated) overturned Judge Hamilton's egregious ruling.

ABORTION ISSUES

The Indiana Legislature passed a law requiring abortion clinics to provide women with information about alternatives to abortion, but for seven years, Judge Hamilton kept that law tied up in his court before finally striking it down.

The 7th Circuit Court (1) reversed Hamilton's radical pro-abortion decision in that case, (2) pointed out that his ruling was unprecedented by any other court in the country, and (3) chided him for his abusive handling of that case, noting:

For seven years, Indiana has been prevented from enforcing a statute materially identical to a law held valid by the Supreme Court in Casey [in 1992], by this court in Karlin [in 1998], and by the fifth circuit in Barnes [in 1992]. No court anywhere in the country (other than one district judge in Indiana [i.e., Hamilton]) has held any similar law invalid in the years since Casey. Although Salerno [in 1987] does not foreclose all pre-enforcement challenges to abortion laws, it is an abuse of discretion for a district judge to issue a pre-enforcement injunction while the effects of the law (and reasons for those effects) are open to debate. (emphasis added)
OTHER ISSUES

There are many other troubling decisions by Judge Hamilton, including issues related to illegal drug possession, and the ability of child sex offenders to move freely within a state.


Judge David Hamilton has proven himself to be an extreme pro-abortion activist and a religious bigot, specifically singling out Christianity for hostile treatment. Now, President Obama wants to reward him by elevating him to the very court that overruled his radical decisions. Please call your two U. S. Senators and ask them to vote against Judge Hamilton for the 7th Circuit. Americans do not need judicial activists on federal courts who deliberately undermine the constitutional protection of life and religious liberty. (To find the phone numbers and email addresses of your Senators, go to http://www.senate.gov/ and select your state from the top right corner.)

God bless!

David Barton

Controversial Appointments Advance to Wisconsin Senate

On Tuesday, April 14th the Senate Health Committee voted on recommending for confirmation 3 men to the UW Hospital Hospitals & Clinics Authority Board.  Just recently this Board voted on allowing the Madison Surgery Center to begin the gruesome procedure of killing babies in the womb during their 2nd trimester.  These three men include:

Pablo Sanchez – voted against killing babies in the womb during their 2nd trimester at Madison Surgery Center– he was approved Tuesday by the Senate Health Committee on a vote of 7-0

Mike Weiden – voted in favor of killing babies in the womb during their 2nd trimester at Madison Surgery Center – he was approved Tuesday by the Senate Health Committee on a vote of 4-3

Roger Axtell – voted in favor of killing babies in the womb during their 2nd trimester at Madison Surgery Center – he was approved Tuesday by the Senate Health Committee on a vote of 4-3

These confirmations will now advance to the full Wisconsin Senate on a yet to be determined date.  Citizens across the state may contact their state senators using the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.
 

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wisconsin Supreme Court Asked to Review Marriage Amendment

The Wisconsin Supreme Court today was asked to decide on the constitutionality of
Wisconsin's Marriage Amendment passed by voters in 2006. At issue is whether the
question for the Amendment on the ballot was properly put to the voters.

Congress to vote on "Day of Silence"

A resolution has been drafted in Congress in support of the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence, a day set aside to support lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender students and to put an end to any disapproval of this lifestyle choice in our schools. House Concurrent Resolution 92 requests that the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the National Day of Silence with appropriate ceremonies, programs and activities, and it encourages each State, city and local education authority to adopt laws and policies to prohibit name-calling, bullying, harassment and discrimination against students, teachers, and other school staff regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of their gender identity and regardless of how they express their gender.

Here is the text of H.Con.Res.92:
111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. CON. RES. 92
Supporting the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence in bringing attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 1, 2009
Mr. ENGEL (for himself, Ms. BALDWIN, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. BERMAN, Ms. BERKLEY, Mrs. CAPPS, Mr. FARR, Mr. FILNER, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. HOLT, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mrs. LOWEY, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. NADLER of New York, Ms. NORTON, Mr. PALLONE, Mr. POLIS of Colorado, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. HARE, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. HONDA, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. SERRANO, Mrs. DAVIS of California, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mr. ANDREWS, Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California, Mr. ELLISON, Mrs. MALONEY, Ms. CLARKE, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, and Mr. FATTAH) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
Supporting the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence in bringing attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools.
Whereas the National Day of Silence is a day in which students take a vow of silence to bring attention to the anti- lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools;
Whereas the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network designates one day of every April as the National Day of Silence;
Whereas a record number of more than 18,000 students from more than 6,500 middle and high schools registered as participants in the 2008 National Day of Silence;
Whereas the 2008 National Day of Silence was held in memory of Lawrence King, a 15-year-old California student who was shot and killed in school in February 2008 by a classmate due to his sexual orientation and gender identity and expression;
Whereas the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's 2007 National School Climate Survey illustrates the pervasive harassment and victimization faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students by documenting their experiences within the preceding academic year;
Whereas more than 85 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students reported being verbally harassed by their peers at school because of their sexual orientation, and more than 66 percent because of their gender expression;
Whereas more than 40 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students reported being physically harassed by their peers at school because of their sexual orientation, and more than 30 percent because of their gender expression;
Whereas more than 20 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students reported being physically assaulted by their peers at school because of their sexual orientation, and nearly 15 percent because of their gender expression;
Whereas nearly 40 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students report that faculty and staff never intervene when homophobic remarks were made in their presence, and over 40 percent when remarks about gender expression were made;
Whereas more than 30 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students reported missing at least one entire school day in the preceding month because they felt unsafe;
Whereas lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who experienced high levels of verbal harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender expression are more likely to report that they did not plan to attend college than lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who experienced low levels of such harassment;
Whereas student academic performance is affected such that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who experienced high levels of verbal harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender expression report a grade point average nearly a half grade lover than those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who experienced low levels of such harassment;
Whereas a growing number of States, cities, and local education authorities are adopting laws and policies to prohibit name-calling, bullying, harassment, and discrimination against students on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; and
Whereas every child should be guaranteed an education free from name-calling, bullying, harassment, and discrimination regardless of his or her sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--
(1) supports the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence;
(2) requests that the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the National Day of Silence with appropriate ceremonies, programs, and activities; and
(3) encourages each State, city, and local education authority to adopt laws and policies to prohibit name-calling, bullying, harassment, and discrimination against students, teachers, and other school staff regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, so that the Nation's schools are institutions where all individuals are able to focus on learning.

To express your views to your congressman on House Concurrent Resolution, call (202) 225-3121. Direct dial numbers to the Washington DC offices of the Wisconsin delegation are:

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (202) 225-2906
Rep. Steve Kagen (202) 225-5665
Rep. Ron Kind (202) 225-5506
Rep. Gwen Moore (202) 225-4572
Rep. David Obey (202) 225-3365
Rep. Thomas Petri (202) 225-2476
Rep. Paul Ryan (202) 225-3031
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (202) 225-5101

Monday, April 6, 2009

YMCA's Definition of Family Challenged in Beloit

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the membership committee of the YMCA in Beloit will be hearing a complaint from a person who is wanting the definition of family changed.  At present the Beloit YMCA has a family membership available to those who are legally married as husband and wife along with their dependent children, however the complaint is seeking to have the definition of family membership changed to include same sex couples.  The membership committee meeting regarding this complaint will take place on Tuesday, April 21st.  They will also discuss whether to allow unmarried opposite –sex couples a family membership. While other YMCA’s have allowed for same sex domestic partners and their children to form a family membership such as in Dane County, the Beloit YMCA has not. You may call the Beloit YMCA with your comments at (608) 365-2261.   The article can be found at:
http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/445850

Election Day - Tuesday, April 7th

A reminder that Tuesday, April 7th is the Wisconsin Spring Election.  We will be electing a justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court to at 10-year term and a Superintendent of Public Instruction to a 4-year term.  Educational information about the candidates is available on the following sites:

For interviews with the candidates conducted by VCY:
http://www.vcyamerica.org

For bio information, endorsements and candidate information:
http://www.yourwisconsinvote.org
1-888-378-7395

For additional information on the candidates:
http://www.wicapitolwatch.com