Wisconsin

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RNC Co-Chair: Wisconsin Voters Not That Sharp

Day tries to explain dead heat in governor's race

(Newser) - With polls showing the Wisconsin governor's race in a dead heat, Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day picked a pretty bad time to imply that some of the state's voters are stupid. While speaking of the need to support GOP incumbent Scott Adams, Day said some voters might... More »

Courts: Voters Don't Need ID at Wisconsin, Texas Polls

Critics say requiring ID now would 'virtually guarantee chaos at the polls'

(Newser) - Advocates of voter ID laws say they help address absentee voter issues; critics say the laws are discriminatory against poor, elderly, and minority voters. Two courts went with the nays last night in Wisconsin and Texas, blocking identification requirements at the polls that some say would have "virtually [guaranteed]... More »

Couple Pulled Over for DUI Had Sex in Cop Car

Judge at sentencing says behavior of Travis Husnik, Heather Basten was 'outlandish'

(Newser) - Most people who get pulled over for drunk driving and hauled away in a squad car probably keep their pants on (just a guess). Then again, most people aren't Travis Husnik and Heather Basten. The Wisconsin couple, ages 33 and 29 respectively, were being taken to the Oconto County... More »

Bridesmaids Brave Mud for Bride Killed in Crash

Friends and family wear dresses in Wisconsin 'Udder Mudder'

(Newser) - A group of would-be bridesmaids took part in a mud run on Saturday and wore their bridesmaid dresses through every inch of muck. It was all to honor the bride-to-be, Shannon Hall, who died in a car accident earlier this month. "We thought it would be a good '... More »

Court Rejects 2 More Gay Marriage Bans

Indiana, Wisconsin bans 'totally implausible,' judge says

(Newser) - Two more state bans on gay marriage were rejected as unconstitutional yesterday—the day after a federal judge in Louisiana broke a chain of more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning other bans . The US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, based in Chicago, ruled against the bans in Wisconsin... More »

Cops: Drunken Driver Was 13 Years Old

Girl in Wisconsin allegedly took friends out for joyride, sans headlights

(Newser) - It's not usual for a driver charged with drunken driving to be released into the custody of her mother, but nor is it usual for an accused driver to be 13 years old. Police say an officer making a traffic stop in eastern Wisconsin yesterday found the intoxicated teen... More »

Wisconsin Labor Law Gutting Collective Bargaining Upheld

Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 legislation survived all challenges

(Newser) - Collective bargaining is not a constitutional right, but a matter of "legislative grace," the Wisconsin Supreme Court says. The court’s ruling today kills the last challenge to Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 labor law with a 5-2 vote. The legislation , held up in its entirety, bans... More »

DNA Used to Catch Man Voting Over and Over

Robert Monroe cast 5 ballots in Wisconsin recall vote: police

(Newser) - How convinced may Robert Monroe have been that his vote in the 2012 presidential election mattered? So much so that the Wisconsin man allegedly cast an in-person absentee ballot in Shorewood on Nov. 1 then rented a car and drove some 250 miles to Lebanon, Ind., five days later, using... More »

Scott Walker Is a Campaign Criminal, Say Prosecutors

They say he raised funds illegally with conservative groups

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took part in a nationwide criminal scheme to coordinate fundraising with conservative groups, prosecutors said in court documents unsealed today. No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. The documents were filed in December as part of an investigation into alleged... More »

Judge Rejects Halt to Wisconsin Gay Marriages

County clerks decide whether to issue licenses

(Newser) - Gay couples across Wisconsin rushed to secure marriage licenses today, hoping to win legal recognition of their relationships ahead of an expected hold on a ruling that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. US District Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison struck down the ban Friday in an... More »

Girl in 'Slender Man' Attack Out of Hospital

'I wanted to live,' says 12-year-old stabbed 19 times

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl who got stabbed 19 times , allegedly by two friends said to be obsessed with the fictional "Slender Man" monster, is back home again, reports NBC News . The girl got released from a hospital in Waukesha, Wisconsin, about a week after the attack, and her parents issued... More »

'Slender Man' Suspects Should Be Tried as Kids

Because that's exactly what they are: Mel Robbins

(Newser) - It was a horrendous, premeditated attack, say prosecutors, which is why they're charging two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin as adults in the brutal stabbing of a classmate. Bad move, writes Mel Robbins at CNN . "Wisconsin should transfer the case to juvenile court and try them as children, because... More »

Inside Dark Origins of 'Slender Man' Who Inspired Girl's Stabbing

Internet meme began on 2009 forum

(Newser) - Two 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed their friend in the woods of Waukesha, Wis., offered a chilling explanation for their actions: They'd been driven by "Slender Man," a mythical figure who's made the rounds on the Internet since 2009. But there are no deep, mysterious roots... More »

Cops: Girls, 12, Stabbed Friend to 'Please Forest Creature'

Wisc. pair charged as adults in 'Slender Man' attack

(Newser) - In what prosecutors in Wisconsin say is one of the most chilling cases they've ever encountered, two 12-year-old girls are accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times in an attempt to please a mythical forest creature they read about on the Internet. According to court papers, the pair invited... More »

Judge Scraps Voter ID Law in Wisconsin

Says it violates the Constitution

(Newser) - A federal judge in Milwaukee struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law today, saying a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters. US District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income... More »

Bridgegate for Scott Walker? Email Dump Airs Cronyism, Racism

Aide's emails tie governor to campaign law violations

(Newser) - Another huge setback for a Republican governor with ambitions for 2016: Some 27,000 emails were released yesterday relating to a probe that led to the arrest and conviction of former aides to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and some of them could prove highly damaging. Some key facts, as per... More »

Baby Who Vanished From Home Found Alive

Days-old baby discovered in tote bag at Iowa gas station

(Newser) - Little Kayden Powell is alive and seemingly well. Incredibly, police found the missing 5-day-old infant swaddled in a tote bag outside a gas station in Iowa this morning, reports CNN . Despite the cold weather, he appears to be fine, say authorities. Kayden's mom reported him missing yesterday morning when... More »

Days-Old Baby Vanishes From Home

Kayden Powell went missing from Wisconsin home yesterday

(Newser) - Brianna Marshall awoke at 4:30am yesterday morning to find her 4-day-old son, Kayden, had disappeared from his bassinet in the same room where she'd been sleeping, and phoned 911. That call has prompted a missing baby case in Beloit, Wis., that now has 40 federal, state, and local... More »

Nestle Drops Dairy Farm Over Animal Abuse

Undercover video shows sick cows stabbed, whipped

(Newser) - Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier cut ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm yesterday after an animal rights group released undercover video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing, and whipping sick and injured cows. Wiese Brothers Farm owner Mark Wiese says that he fired two employees and assigned... More »

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,... More »

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