Friday, April 20, 2012
The state's largest and oldest reproductive healthcare organization announced Friday it would no longer offer medication-induced abortions due to recent legislation it described as "vague."
Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) joined state Democrats' cries of foul Friday over Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s announcement it would discontinue offering patients abortion medication in the first nine weeks of pregnancy. The non-profit reproductive healthcare provider's move follows Friday's activation of Act 217, signed into law two weeks ago by Gov. Scott Walker. The measure imposes criminal penalties for physicians who fail to follow established procedures in the new law. Teri Huyck, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, said the measure is too "ambiguous and difficult to interpret." It requires a patient to visit the same doctor three times and the physician establish that women aren't coerced into abortion. …
Monday, October 17, 2011
After redistricting moves Shorewood out of the 22nd Assembly District and into the 10th District, Kristopher Rowe says he will make a run in 2012.
The architect behind the attempted recall of state Sen. Alberta Darling announced Monday he will seek the 10th Assembly District seat after redistricting takes effect in 2012. Kristopher Rowe, a Shorewood resident and respiratory therapist, said at a Village Board meeting that in light of Shorewood's shift from the 22nd District under Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) to the 10th Assembly District, he will run for the seat now held by Democratic freshman Elizabeth Coggs of Milwaukee. “We have been really lucky in Shorewood to have some awesome Assembly leadership," he said. "I just want to make sure Shorewood continues that active and creative leadership. I will be knocking on all of your doors very soon and I hope to gain your trust and …
Sunday, October 16, 2011
In weekly radio address, Democratic leader says governor and Republicans pushed through an "extreme agenda that has stripped away access to health care."
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Editor's note: Assistant Minority Leader Donna Seidel (D-Wausau) last week offered the fourth Democratic Weekly Radio Address. The topic for this week’s address is Gov. Scott Walker's attack on women's health. You can view Seidel's address on YouTube or listen to a podcast of the speech. You can also find last week's radio address from Walker here. __________________________________________ Hello. I’m Donna Seidel. I represent the 85th District, the Wausau area and I am the assistant Democratic deader. Last session, I was proud of advances we made to help Wisconsin women access comprehensive, affordable health care. We made sure they could get birth control without discrimination and have insurance companies pay for it. We expanded …
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Republicans say millions were spent unnecessarily on summer recall elections and they want to change state Constitution to require "just cause" for a recall effort.
Even with record unemployment and minimal job growth across the country, there is still one business that has demonstrated it is recession-proof: politics. The Wisconsin recall elections were a boon for statewide cash flow, with nearly $44 million in private funds pouring into the state for nine state Senate races. The Democrats and their supporters spent over $23.4 million for their efforts, with the GOP and conservative groups spent $20.5 million, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. By comparison, $19 million was spent on all of 99 state Assembly elections in November 2010. On top of the money raised in the recall, it cost municipalities another $2.1 million to hold the elections, print ballots and…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Republican lawmaker says Taylor's level of disrespect is a concern.
Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) is asking her colleague on the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, Sen. Lena Taylor, be removed from the committee for her disrespectful comments, FOX6 reports. "She doesn't feel like she has to respect the voice and the opinions of the chair,” Darling was quoted saying on Charlie Sykes' 620 WTMJ radio show. “She can call people liars. This level of disrespect for the process, disrespect for rules of law and disrespect for the process of doing legislations for the people of Wisconsin is a concern." In a recent meeting, the two state senators had an exchange, which resulted in Darling leaving the room, according to FOX6. Democratic Senate leaders would have to remove Taylor (D-Milwaukee) but there …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
As legislative session gets under way, most Democrats hold little hope for compromise with Republicans.
After a rancorous spring and summer, Wisconsin lawmakers head back to Madison Tuesday to work on bills aimed at creating jobs and improving the economy. At least that's what Republican legislators say. For the most part, they are relatively mum on specifics. Not surprisingly, area Democratic lawmkers see it differently. Despite Republican Gov. Scott Walker's call for both parties to work together, Democrats say they hold little hope that they will have influence on whatever legislation that is introduced during the 13 days the Legislature will be in session between now and the end of the year. "I don't know if there is anything on his agenda that I can support," said Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee), whose district include parts of …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Republican senator to introduce legislation that will make policing more efficient.
- On FOX6 News
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Between $35 million and $40 million was spent on Wisconsin's recall elections. Was it really worth it?
Now that Wisconsin’s summer bout of recall madness has ended, let’s run the numbers. About 769,000 votes were cast in the state’s eight primary and nine general elections for state Senate, according to unofficial results. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group, estimates that total spending on the races by special interest groups and (to a much lesser extent) the candidates’ campaigns will fall between $35 million and $40 million. That breaks down to somewhere between $45 and $52 for each vote cast. But the campaigns, waged in TV markets that went well beyond the geographic boundaries of the recall districts, had an impact beyond the votes they helped sway. Voters all over the state were exposed to a glut of toxic …
Saturday, August 6, 2011
We're blogging live from the Tea Party Express rally in Thiensville on Saturday night.
This is a transcript of the live blog from Saturday night's Tea Party Express rally at Village Park in Thiensville. The complete story from the rally - and more photos - can be found here. 7:20 PM: Tonight's rally had patriotic tone throughout. Many American Flags, and people wearing red, white and blue garb. 7:13 PM: Two police officers at rally estimate that 275 people attended. 7:06 PM: The rally has wrapped up. There were about 250 people in attendance...and about five or six protesters. The crowd is dispersing. 7:03 PM: About a half a dozen protesters now relaxing under tree far from Tea Party rally in Thiensville park. No confrontations at all tonight. 7:01 PM: "Taps" is now being played as about 200 Tea Party supporters stand in …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Candidates in 8th District Senate race go head-to-head in Menomonee Falls.
Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling and Democrat state Rep. Sandy Pasch answered voters' questions and mixed it up a bit at a Rotary Club forum in Menomone Falls on Wednesday. If you weren't there, you can check out the forum in its entirety in the following videos. And to make sure you don't have to sit through the entire hour-long event, we've broken up the forum into segments, you can you just select the videos you're interested in. _______________________________________ GO TO STORY ON CANDIDATES FORUM