Posts tagged "Wisconsin"

Supreme Court Declines to Rule Partisan Gerrymandering Unconstitutional

Today, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision declaring that partisan gerrymandering, the redrawing of legislative districts to favor one political party over another, presents a political question that federal courts cannot review. In his opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by four conservative members of the Court, concluded that “partisan gerrymandering claims present political...

Wisconsin Senate Passes Restrictive Anti-Abortion Legislation

Last week, the Wisconsin Senate approved four anti-abortion bills that outlaw abortion in cases where the fetus has been or may be diagnosed with a congenital disorder, empower the Department of Health Services to decertify any private abortion provider under the Medical Assistance program, and require doctors to inform patients taking their first dose of...

Wisconsin Republicans Undermine Election Results by Stripping Incoming Democrats of Power

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin state legislature has voted to strip Democratic Governor-elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul of a significant amount of power, a last ditch effort by lame-duck Republican Governor Scott Walker to undermine the democratic process after losing his race in November. Governor Walker is expected to sign the bill into...

Election Night 2018 Historic for LGBTQ+ Candidates

A week after the midterm election, Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner of the Arizona Senate election, making her the first openly bisexual person elected to Congress and Arizona’s first female Senator. After Tuesday’s election, the total number of LGBTQ+ members of Congress is now eleven, the first time that the number has reached double...

Judges Rule Two Congressional District Maps Unconstitutional

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state’s Republican drawn congressional districts were unconstitutional and ordered they be redrawn in the next several weeks.

Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett to 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

On Tuesday, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as a United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. A law professor at the University of Notre Dame, Barrett has been widely opposed due to her past statements that judges’ Catholic beliefs should take precedent over the United States Constitution.

Thousands of Wisconsin Voters Blocked by Voter ID Laws in 2016 Election

A recent study shows that as many as 23,000 eligible voters in Wisconsin were discouraged from casting a ballot in the 2016 presidential election due to the state’s voter ID laws.

Supreme Court to Hear Case Regarding Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering

The term “gerrymandering” refers to the redrawing of legislative districts in order to achieve a balance of voters that will elect a specific kind of candidate.

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Wisconsin Transgender Student

Last week the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Wisconsin school district violated Ash Whitaker’s civil rights when they prevented the transgender student from using the boys’ bathroom. The court ruled that Whitaker’s civil rights are protected under the sex discrimination ban in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Wisconsin Must Reimburse Legal Fees of Groups Fighting Abortion Restrictions

The U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin ruled Thursday that the state must pay out a $1.6 million settlement to several plaintiffs, including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, as reimbursement for the legal fees they incurred fighting the state’s unconstitutional admitting privilege law.

Judge Creates Temporary Exception to Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

A federal judge in Wisconsin issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday that allows voters lacking a state approved photo ID to vote via affidavit in the upcoming November elections.

Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin’s Right-To-Work Law

In a win for labor unions, a Wisconsin state judge on Friday struck down the state’s so-called “right-to-work” law, ruling that private unions can collect fees from non-members for the services the union provides for these workers.
Federal Appeals Court Rules Wisconsin Abortion Law Unconstitutional

Federal Appeals Court Rules Wisconsin Abortion Law Unconstitutional

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the hospital admitting requirement for Wisconsin abortion providers is unconstitutional.

Feminist Scholars Convene in Milwaukee For Annual National Women’s Studies Conference

Between Thursday and Sunday this week, as many as 1,800 feminist scholars from around the country will meet in Milwaukee for the National Women's Studies Association's (NWSA) annual conference.
An Extreme Abortion Ban is Now Law in Wisconsin

An Extreme Abortion Ban is Now Law in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed an extreme 20 week abortion ban into law last week.
Wisconsin Workers Just Lost Their Days Off

Wisconsin Workers Just Lost Their Days Off

Scott Walker signed off on a new budget last week that ended the state’s law banning seven-day work weeks.
Federal Lawsuit Challenges the Wisconsin Law That's Putting Pregnant Women in Prison

Federal Lawsuit Challenges the Wisconsin Law That’s Putting Pregnant Women in Prison

Wisconsin is just one of several states that effectively suspend the civil rights of pregnant women in the name of protecting against fetal harm.
Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day

Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day

Voters threw their weight behind state, county, and city referendums raising the minimum wage across seven states on Election Day Tuesday.
As Midterm Elections Near, Courts Are Taking On Voter Suppression

As Midterm Elections Near, Courts Are Taking On Voter Suppression

With less than a month before the November 4 elections, courts are weighing in on voting rights across the nation.
Marriage Equality Set to Take Hold in 35 States Following Court Rulings

Marriage Equality Set to Take Hold in 35 States Following Court Rulings

Decisions by the US Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week brought the number of states in which same-sex marriage bans are effectively null and void to 35.