Friday, December 21, 2012

WI Appeals Court Panel Upholds Domestic Partner Registry

A three judge panel of the of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals (Branch 4) released their opinion  today that upholds the same-sex domestic partnership registry as being constitutional.  This registry was enacted under the Doyle Administration and was challenged in the courts.  Julaine Appling (a plaintiff in the case) from Wisconsin Family Action stated, “The people of Wisconsin have strongly affirmed the lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman as the fundamental building block of civilization.  Our system of government serves no purpose if politicians can ignore the will of the people with impunity.”  You can read WFA’s full press release here

Alliance Defending Freedom which represents the case will appeal this case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Cases like this underscore the importance of the WI Supreme Court Election.  The Primary will be held February 19, 2013 and the General Election will be on April 2, 2013.
 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Public Hearing Set for Beloit Casino Proposal

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is gathering information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement in connection with the Ho-Chunk Nation’s application for a proposed casino to be located in Beloit. 

The proposed action would transfer approximately 33 acres of land from fee to trust status, upon which the Ho-Chunk Nation would develop a casino, hotel, parking and other supporting facilities.  According to the Beloit Daily News  the plan “includes a 70,000 square-foot casino with 2,000 slots and 50 gaming tables.”

The public is invited to speak out at this issue at a public hearing Thursday, December 13th at 6pm at Aldrich Middle School, 1859 Northgate Drive, Beloit.  They will take comments until the last public comment has been received.

Comments in writing are also welcome.  These can be addressed to: 

Ms. Diane Rosen, Midwest Regional Director
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Region
Norman Pointe II Building,
5600 West American Blvd, Suite 500
Bloomington, MN  55347

Written comments must be received by December 26, 2012.  If sending written comments, you are to include your name, return address and the following should be written on the first page of your comments:  “DEIS Scoping Comments, Ho-Chunk Nation Beloit Casino Project”
 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Gov. Walker says “No” to Encumbering State with Bearing Cost of Health Exchange

Today, Governor Walker wrote to Secretary of Health and Human Services indicating that Wisconsin would not set up a state based health insurance exchange. You can see his letter here .  In his explanation available here , he cited four main reasons to for his decision:  (1) that the long-term risk to Wisconsin taxpayers is too high; (2) that no matter who sets up and administers the exchange, the federal government makes all the decisions and the final product is the same; (3) that the federal government’s demonstrated lake of cooperation and detail increases the burden and risk to our state; and, (4) PPACA does not allow for a uniquely Wisconsin option.
 

Janesville City Council Force Taxpayers To Fund Domestic Partner Benefits

This week the Janesville City Council voted 6-1 to force taxpayers to fund Domestic Partner Benefits for city employees.  This applies to both same-sex and opposite-sex partners.  The Janesville Gazette  reports “the city would pay an additional $10,548 for each single employee who claims a domestic partner”.  This new benefit will fall upon the backs of the taxpayers.  The lone council member voting “No” was DuWayne Severson.
 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Planned Parenthood of WI to celebrate 40 years of Roe v Wade - Sanctioning the Killing of Infants in the Womb

Planned Parenthood of WI on their Facebook page  announce their will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.  This is the infamous Supreme Court decision which has led to the taking of precious life in the womb through all stages of development.  They are soliciting “writers, aspiring writers, or people with a story about how access or lack of access to birth control, family planning, safe or unsafe abortion care affected/affects your life.”  They have set December 1st as a day for auditions and their final live Performance on January 27th.  (It’s ironic that they bill this as a “live performance” when Roe v Wade sanctioned “death” for the most helpless).
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Janesville Considers Domestic Partner Benefits

The Janesville Gazette  revealed that Janesville’s City Council will be voting tonight, November 12th on a measure to grant domestic partner benefits to city employees. The resolution provides for both same-gender and those who shack up as opposite- gender domestic partners.  Citizens of Janesville would be forced to fund this through their property taxes.  The City Council meets Monday, November 12th at 7pm in City Hall, 18 North Jackson Street in Janesville.  Phone numbers and email addresses for City Council Members can be obtained by clicking here .
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WI Congresswoman Speaks out in Favor of “Same Sex Marriage”

Despite Wisconsin’s Marriage Amendment passed by an overwhelming number of Wisconsin voters, WI Congresswoman Gwen Moore has decided to ally with the Human Rights Campaign sharing her belief in “same sex marriage”.  You can see the video release here .
 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wisconsin Partisan Primary is August 14th – Sample Ballot Available

Tuesday, August 14th is Wisconsin’s partisan primary election.  This election will narrow the field of candidates for the November General Election.  At stake is the race for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate.  Squaring off is Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann, Jeff Fitzgerald and Tommy Thompson.  The winner of this Primary will face off against Democratic candidate, Tammy Baldwin in November. In addition multiple state assembly and state senate primaries also will take place August 14th.  To see a sample ballot for your voting address, click here .
 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Touts Her Support for Homosexual “Marriage”

In a press release distributed today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore drew attention to the perfect score rating from the homosexual activist group, Human Rights Campaign.  Rep. Moore indicated her “support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and marriage equality” as being basis for the rating.  You can read the press release here .
 

Friday, June 29, 2012

House Finds U.S. Attorney General in Contempt of Congress

On Thursday, June 28th the House of Representatives (H. Res. 711) found U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Here’s how our Wisconsin delegation voted…

In Favor of Contempt Charges:  Reps.  Duffy, Kind, Petri, Ribble, Ryan, Sensenbrenner

Against Contempt Charges:  Rep. Baldwin

Not Voting (Walking off the Floor in protest):  Rep. Moore
 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Voter ID Town Hall to be Held

Congresswoman Gwen Moore has been vocal regarding her opposition to having voters show photo ID at the polls.  Photo ID substantiates the identity of the voter. Keep in mind that photo ID is necessary to check out books at the library, to get rid of trash at the dump, to fly, to drive, to bank, to get most public benefits, to get certain cold medicines over the counter, and even to enter the Department of Justice.

Rep. Moore is cooperating with a number of local organizations and is holding a Voter ID Town Hall to “discuss how voter ID laws disenfranchise voters, but will explain what our community can do to fight back”. 

According to Rep. Moore’s House website, this Town Hall is featuring representatives from:

NAACP-Milwaukee
ACLU-Wisconsin
Voces De La Frontera
Citizen Action of Wisconsin
League of Young Voters
Milwaukee Area Labor Council
Wisconsin Voices
MICAH
WISPIRG
Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans
AFT-Local 212
SEIU
Disability Rights of WI
African World Fest

The public is welcome to attend this Town Hall Friday, June 15th from 6:00-8:00pm at the UW-Milwaukee Student Union, 2200 East Kenwood Blvd in Milwaukee.  You may share your views with Rep. Moore at her D.C. office at (202) 225-4572 and her Milwaukee office at (414) 297-1140.
 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

June 5: Recall Election

Wisconsin is facing a critical election Tuesday, June 5th.  The impact of this election goes well beyond the issue of the economy, budgets, jobs and reforms enacted under Act 10. 

This election will determine whether leadership in the state is one that advances pro- life policies or pro-abortion policies, whether the state should fund Planned Parenthood, whether leadership supports our marriage amendment or believes it should be overturned, whether leadership supports voter ID or is against it, whether leadership supports carry conceal or is opposed to it.  The one who is elected Governor is the one who appoints cabinet level positions to carry out his policies. 

This election will also determine the office of Lieutenant Governor, and control of the Wisconsin State Senate.  VCY America encourages you to be in prayer daily for this election.  Polls Tuesday will be open from 7am to 8pm.  Non-partisan voter information is available from Wisconsin Family Council here .  To view your voter registration, view a sample ballot or find out where to vote you may visit Wisconsin Voter Public Access here

VCY America will be providing coverage pertaining to the recall election weekdays at 12 Noon through June 5th.
 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hearing Planned for Brookfield Mosque Proposal

The Islamic Foundation of Greater Milwaukee is seeking permission to build a mosque near the intersection of Pheasant Drive and Calhoun Road in Brookfield, WI. 

The Mayor of Brookfield, Steven Ponto wrote in a column , “In evaluating the proposed mosque, it is important to note that we are reviewing a building – we are not reviewing a religion.  In reviewing the proposed building, our consideration is limited to matters such as site plans, building plans that illustrate the building appearance, building materials, parking locations, landscape plans, plans of operation, storm water issues and traffic concerns.”

However concerned citizens in Brookfield have pointed out that Islam goes beyond religion, to domination of a society and believes Sharia law is a goal.  Further concerns have been expressed about the Qur’an’s teaching intolerance and hatred of infidels (non-believers of Islam).

A Public Information Meeting regarding the proposed mosque will take place Wednesday, May 2nd in the Municipal Courtroom of the Public Safety Building, 2100 North Calhoun Road.  This information meeting will take place from 5:00-8:00pm in an open house format.  No action will be taken at this meeting.

The Brookfield Plan Commission will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed mosque Monday, May 7th at 6:00pm in the City Hall Council Chambers, 2000 North Calhoun Road.

To express your views to the Brookfield Alderman and the Brookfield Plan Commission, you may call (262) 782-9650.  For individual Aldermen contact information click here .  To contact Mayor Steven Ponto (who also chairs the Plan Commission) you may call (262) 787-3525.
 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eau Claire Passes Domestic Partner Benefits

On April 24, 2012 the Eau Claire City Council voted 10-1 in favor of providing domestic partner benefits to city employees.  The lone Council member in opposition was Jackie Pavelski.  With their success, this trend will likely spread to other Wisconsin communities. 

Meanwhile the lawsuit challenging the domestic partner registry in Wisconsin in the case Appling vs. Doyle is waiting for a hearing before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals – District 4.  No date has yet been assigned.
 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Eau Claire Considers Domestic Partner Benefits

According to the Leader Telegram , the Eau Claire City Council is considering adding new domestic partner benefits for city employees.  The Council is scheduled to vote on this matter Tuesday, April 24th during their 4:00pm meeting.  To express views, Eau Claire residents must contact their City Council members in advance of this meeting.  Residents may contact their Council Members here . All meetings of the City Council are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 203 S Farwell Street in Eau Claire.
 

Planned Parenthood Plans to End Medication-Induced Abortions

The Wisconsin State Journal  reports that Planned Parenthood is suspending medication-induced abortions.  This is due to the pro-life legislation signed by Governor Scott Walker which takes effect today.  According to the article, “About 25 percent of women who terminate their pregnancies at a Planned Parenthood clinic do so through nonsurgical medication abortions.”
 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Wisconsin Spring Election – April 3rd

Wisconsin’s Presidential Primary and Spring General Election will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2012.  To see a sample ballot for your municipality click here  and enter your address.  Be informed and Vote Prayerfully! 
 

MPS Agenda Released: Student Bill of Rights Up for a Vote

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors has released their agenda for their Thursday, March 29, 2012 6:30pm meeting.  Their agenda includes the recommendation of the Legislation and Rules Committee to pass the Student Bill of Rights  (Please refer to the two previous posts).  This meeting will be held at the MPS Administration Building, 5225 W. Vliet Street in Milwaukee.  
 

Friday, March 23, 2012

MPS Committee Passes “Student Bill of Rights”

Last evening the Legislation Rules and Policies committee of the MPS Board passed the resolution pertaining to the “Student Bill of Rights”.  (See previous post).  The measure now goes before the full MPS Board which meets next Thursday, March 29th at 6:30pm at the MPS Administration Building 5225 W. Vliet Street in Milwaukee. The MPS Board may be contacted at (414) 475-8284. 
 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Milwaukee School Board Considers “Student Bill of Rights”

On Thursday, March 22nd at 5:30pm the Legislation Rules and Policies Committee of the Milwaukee Public School Board will be considering passage of a “Student Bill of Rights” drafted by students of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), the student arm of Voces de la Frontera which uses the clenched fist often seen in the Madison protests.

Some of the provisions of the Student Bill of Rights include:

“Students have the right to organize and have a voice in their school.”

“Student representatives should be included in any decision-making that significantly affects the student body.”

“Students have a right to a school environment where all teachers and staff have the right to collectively bargain.”

“Students who are in the process of learning English deserve access to their school’s curriculum with support in their native language.”

They promote that there should be “equal power dynamics in the classroom and expectations applied equally to both students and adults”.

You may read the full “Student Bill of Rights” here .

This Thursday, March 22nd 5:30pm meeting of this MPS Committee is open to the public.  The meeting will take place at the MPS Administration Building, 5225 W. Vliet Street in Milwaukee.

MPS Board Members sitting on this Committee include:  Peter Blewett, Meagan Holman, Michael Bonds, Terrance Falk, and Jeff Spence.

To contact the MPS Board you may call (414) 475-8284.  For individual numbers and contacts you may use this link .
 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Racine City Council Passes Domestic Partner Benefits

On Tuesday, March 6th the Racine City Council approved the new domestic partner benefits for Racine employees on a 10-4 vote.

The vote tally was as follows:

AYES: 10 - Fair, Marcus, Shields, Kaprelian-Becker, DeHahn, Shakoor II, McCarthy,Wiser, Wisneski and Mozol
NOES: 4 - Kaplan, Weidner, Morgenroth and Hart
EXCUSED: 1 - Helding
 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Racine Committee Approves Domestic Partner Benefits / Next Step: City Council

During their March 1st meeting, the Finance & Personnel Committee of the Racine Common Council approved by a voice vote the adoption of new health insurance benefits for the domestic partners of Racine employees.  Those participating in the voice vote were Q.A. Shakoor, II, Terry McCarthy, Dennis Wiser and O. Keith Fair. (Ronald Hart was excused from the meeting).

The committee’s recommendation now goes before the full Racine Common Council.  The Council will next meet Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00pm at the Racine City Hall, 730 Washington Avenue in Racine.

To contact Racine Aldermen, you may click here .

To contact Mayor Dickert you may call (262) 636-9111 or email: mayor@cityofracine.org .
 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Racine Committee Sets Public Hearing

The Finance & Personnel Committee of the Racine Common Council has now set a public hearing on the matter of domestic partner health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of Racine employees including the dependents of domestic partners.

The public hearing will be held Thursday, March 1st at 5:30pm in Room 205 of the Racine City Hall, 730 Washington Ave.  Contact numbers for the Committee members are on the previous post.
 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Racine Common Council Sends Domestic Partner Benefit Proposal Back to Committee

At the Wednesday, February 22nd Racine Common Council Meeting, the Finance & Personnel Committee recommended to the Council that the matter of domestic partner benefits for Racine employees be considered by the Committee of the Whole. The Council rejected this recommendation and sent it back to the Finance & Personnel Committee.

This now requires the Finance & Personnel Committee to conduct a public hearing on this matter and then offer a recommendation to the Council.

The Finance & Personnel Committee will be meeting Monday, February 27th at 5:00pm at the Racine City Hall.  Although the agenda for the meeting has not been set as of this writing, it is imperative for Racine residents to be in contact with members of this Committee to share your views. 

Committee members are:

Chairman:  Q.A. Shakoor, II – (262) 637-5421 / Email: QA.Shakoor@cityofracine.org
Vice Chairman:  Terry McCarthy – (262) 770-7390 / Email: Terry.McCarthy@cityofracine.org
Dennis Wiser – (262) 554-6918 / Email:  Dennis.Wiser@cityofracine.org
Ronald Hart – (262) 633-7147 / Email:  Ronald.Hart@cityofracine.org
O. Keith Fair – (262) 412-2751 / Email:  Keith.Fair@cityofracine.org

To contact all of the Racine Common Council, you may click here .
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Racine Committee Considers Domestic Partner Benefits – Public Hearing to be Set

The Finance & Personnel Committee of the Racine Common Council voted unanimously Monday night to refer the establishment of new domestic partner benefits to the Council’s Committee as a Whole along with a public hearing at a future meeting date (to be set).  Racine residents can express their views to their Alderman by using this link .
 

Friday, February 10, 2012

“Choose Life” License Plate Proposed for Wisconsin

Yesterday Senate Bill 449 was introduced to authorize Wisconsin to join a growing number of states to allow for the making of specialized license plates in the state to display the words “Choose Life”.  You may read the SB-449 here .  This Bill has been placed in the Committee on Transportation and Elections.  You may contact members of the Committee here  with your views.  You may also call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.
 

Ashland City Council to Vote Valentine’s Day on Banning Prayer

Tuesday, February 14th, the Ashland City Council will be voting on a proposed ordinance which would ban prayer at the beginning of City Council Meetings and instead replacing it with a moment of silence.

This measure initially was tabled at their last meeting and is now to be taken up on Tuesday.  The Ashland Mayor and Council Members may be contacted here .
 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

WI Spring Primary is February 21

A reminder that the Wisconsin Spring Primary is Tuesday, February 21st.  Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm in most locations.  This Spring Primary will narrow down the candidates in many municipal elections prior to the April 3rd General Election.

To vide your voting location, or to obtain a Sample Ballot for your address you may click here .  Simply put in your residential information and follow the links.

A reminder that photo ID is needed for the Spring Primary.  For more information, click here .
 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ashland City Council Considers Banning Prayer at Council Meetings

The Ashland City Council is favoring the passage of an ordinance to ban prayer at their Council Meetings and instead have “a moment of silence”.  When the Council gathered as a “Committee of the Whole” they voted 9-2 to ban the invocation and replace it with silence.  (Councilors Carl Doersch and Dick Pufall voted against the ban).

Originally scheduled to take this up as a City Council on January 31st, the vote has been delayed until their next Council Meeting on March 13th

To share your views with members of the Ashland City Council you may click here .
 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Racine Considers Domestic Partner Benefits for City Employees

Racine Alderman Robert Mozol and Alderwoman Melissa Kaprelian-Becker are requesting an ordinance that would force Racine taxpayers to fund domestic partner benefits for City of Racine employees.  This matter will be taken up by the Finance & Personnel Committee at their next meeting, Monday, February 13th at 5:00pm.  This Meeting will be held in Room 301 of the Racine City Hall, 730 Washington Avenue. To express your views you may contact the members of the Finance & Personnel Committee as follows:

Chairman:  Q.A. Shakoor, II – (262) 637-5421 / Email: QA.Shakoor@cityofracine.org
Vice Chairman:  Terry McCarthy – (262) 770-7390 / Email: Terry.McCarthy@cityofracine.org
Dennis Wiser – (262) 554-6918 / Email:  Dennis.Wiser@cityofracine.org
Ronald Hart – (262) 633-7147 / Email:  Ronald.Hart@cityofracine.org
O. Keith Fair – (262) 412-2751 / Email:  Keith.Fair@cityofracine.org

For contact information for all of the Racine Common Council, you may click here .

To contact the Mayor Dickert of Racine you may call (262) 636-9111.  You may also email your comments to him at:  mayor@cityofracine.org
 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Legislation Introduced to Legalize Marijuana for “Medical Necessity” in WI

Assembly Bill 475 & Senate Bill 371 have been introduced to legalize marijuana use in the state of Wisconsin for “medical necessity”.  The legislation will allow certain “qualifying patients” or give a medical defense if he or she “acquires, possesses, cultivates, transports, or uses marijuana to alleviate the symptoms or effects of his or her debilitating medical condition or treatment”.  The legislation also “prohibits the arrest or prosecution of or the imposition of any penalty on a physician who provides a written certification to a person in good faith.”

This legislation has been introduced by the following:  Senators Erpenbach & Taylor and Representatives Pocan, Berceau, Bewley, E. Coggs, Danou, Grigsby, Kessler, Pasch, Pope-Roberts, Roys, C. Taylor, Toles and Zepnick.

You can read the legislation and share your views:
AB-475  has been sent to the Assembly Committee on Health.  You may contact the members of the Assembly Committee here .

SB-371  has been sent to the Senate Committee on Health.  You may contact the members of the Senate Committee here .

You may also contact your Wisconsin legislators at 1-800-362-9472.
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

AB-337 Passes Committee

Today the Assembly Education Committee passed AB-337 (Strong Communities…Healthy Kids Act”) on a vote of 6-4.  This means the legislation will now go to the full Assembly.  You may share your views with your Assembly Representatives by using the links on the previous post.
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Assembly Education Committee to Vote on Repealing Planned Parenthood Type Sex Education

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 11:00am, the Assembly Education Committee will be voting on Assembly Bill 337 – the “Strong Communities…Healthy Kids Act”. This legislation peels back the Planned Parenthood Human Growth & Development Mandates passed in the last session and signed into law by Jim Doyle. This new Bill enables school districts to have an abstinence centered curriculum. Specifically, this legislation will: 1) present abstinence as the preferred behavior choice for unmarried pupils; 2) emphasize that abstinence is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and avoid sexually transmitted infections; 3) provide instruction in parental responsibility and the socioeconomic benefits of marriage; 4) explain pregnancy, prenatal development and childbirth; 5) explain the criminal penalties for underage sexual activity; and 6) explain the sex offender registration requirements. To contact members of the Assembly Education Committee you may click here . If passed it will go to the full Assembly. You may contact your Representative here or call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472. Since the Senate already passed this legislation, if the Assembly passes it in the same form, it will go to Governor Walker for his signature.