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”