Republican politicians love to talk about the importance of privacy and freedom when it comes to prohibiting investigations into political corruption or when allowing unlimited, secret corporate spending in elections. But when it applies to women's healthcare, they violate basic privacy rights and interfere with medical decisions that should be between a patient and her physician.
Scrutiny? Who needs it?
In three Republican presidential debates - the most recent on Thursday - and one Democratic debate, we've heard few specifics about how to help the 106 million Americans living on the brink to sustain themselves.
At a time when the world seems more disconnected -- ironic, considering how much more connected to each other our technology strives to make us -- there's growing popularity in family-owned properties; places that offer more attention to the needs of individuals or groups, and make a rare connection to travelers that stand out and remain memorable long after a guest's stay.
Wisconsin adoptive parents and lawmakers are seeking to make Wisconsin more "friendly" toward adopters by increasing pressure for parents considering placing their children for adoption.
Starting today, three bills are being rammed through the Wisconsin legislature that will put the final nails in the coffin of our state's long history of clean elections and accountable governance. Who is asking for these bills? Now we know.
But when a 17-year-old commits a crime, is he or she considered a juvenile or an adult? The answer to that depends on the state in which the crime was committed. Increasingly, individual states are enacting laws that recognize 17-year-olds as juveniles, reversing laws that suggested they are adults.
Comparing Wisconsin and Nicaragua reveals that distinguishing between developed and developing countries is becoming less useful. As poverty grows in places like Wisconsin, poor communities around the world gain more in common with each other.
Many health care entities cited by bill proponents as potential replacements for existing family planning clinics are unable to provide anywhere near a full spectrum of services. This disregard for the consequences of these bills sheds a disturbing light on the current legislative majority.
ALEC and its members, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), have become more powerful than our citizens' voices at the State Capitol. Despite massive public urging for adequate K-12 public education funding, Republicans legislators aren't listening.
Families looking for a classic resort experience with activities they can do together in a slow-paced, relaxing environment will find that there are still plenty of great choices.
As an autism consultant employed by schools, the over-reliance I see on best practices -- even without the term's vagaries -- is vast, counter-productive given the current climate, and might be causing us to miss greater gaps in educating students on the autism spectrum, if not beyond.
Unlike most states, Wisconsin pensions do not have automatic yearly increases, whether by edict or through cost of living adjustments (COLA). Most other states utilize these tools, leading to much larger shortfalls. Wisconsin, on the other hand, ties payouts to investment returns.
"Big pharma is going to squeal like a stuck pig, but I will wrestle those bloated lobbyists into submission just like I did with the unions," Governor Scott Walker told This Reporter as we toured a factory in Milwaukee that formerly made tractor parts and now uses undocumented Mexican immigrants to manufacture chastity belts.
If you stay long enough, possibly by eating a lazy lunch you bring at one of the picnic tables overlooking the field of flowers, you might also find yourself giggling at how the thousands of sunflower heads are held high and, in unison, move to track the sun's movement (a phenomenon called heliotropism). This all gives the hearty sunflower an extra fun burst of personality.
I learned that decisions women make about our reproductive health aren't about death, but about life. Whether we are faced with an unintended pregnancy, or when a wanted pregnancy goes heartbreakingly wrong, we are simply trying to live the life we want for ourselves and our families.