The latest spin cycle in the hotly contested governor's election includes dirty politics over so-called ""dirty money."" According to the nonpartisan advocacy group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Green Bay, exceeded the state limit of political action committee donations and transferred $468,000 in PAC dollars from donors unregistered in Wisconsin.
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One could reasonably expect those who follow the state attorney general race to be completely desensitized to the smear campaigns run by all four candidates as well as the media's critical response to them. Nevertheless, Democratic challenger Kathleen Falk's newest advertisement, which attacks incumbent Peg Lautenschlager, managed to stir up controversy over both its content and delivery.
Lack of health insurance benefits for domestic partners prompted Rob Carpick, an associate professor of engineering, to end his six-and-a-half year tenure in nanotechnology research at UW-Madison for a position that provides such benefits at the University of Pennsylvania. According to UW's domestic partner qualifications, Carpick's partner Carlos Chan, whom he married in Canada in 2003, is recognized because of the ""legal registration of a domestic partner relationship with a ... foreign government"" and the couple's commitment to ""share the same residence ... indefinitely,"" amongst other criteria. Though Carpick has chosen to stand by his man, this is not solely an issue of discrimination of homosexuals. Under current UW statutes, domestic partners are not covered under the State Group Health Insurance. Additionally, domestic partners are not covered for dental and excess medical insurance, or long term care insurance. Though some may see Carpick's move from UW as just another act in the gay rights drama, this unfair policy applies to heterosexual couples as well. Therefore, more than 10 percent of society's domestic partner couples are affected. In the past few years, domestic partner benefits have been broadened to include group life insurance, dental insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Though the university has made some progress in allowing more benefits for domestic partners, the university must act in a more aggressively progressive manner. Carpick is the most recent researcher lost due to UW's antiquated policy —one of a series in an ongoing trend. The loss of promising researchers on these grounds signals a need for the UW System to follow the trail paved nearly a decade ago by other Big Ten institutions that provide health insurance benefits for domestic partners.
The Food and Drug Administration's Aug. 24 decision to make the contraceptive Plan B available without prescription to legal adults finally put the weight of scientific evidence ahead of the political wrangling which had, for years, delayed the agency's approval.
The neo-Nazi rally at the Capitol Aug. 26 displayed an extreme example of the group's First Amendment rights. Events like this remind us of the importance to maintain the right to freedom of speech even when we decry the message. All opinions deserve to be heard no matter how unpopular they may be. The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board, comprised of staff members with ranging political persuasions, will present stances on salient issues every day on the opinion page. The board will strive to present opinions to its readership without fear or favor. Since political debate is a fixture on campus it may just be the case that one day you find yourself on the unpopular side of an issue. In accordance with the UW Regents, this board will boldly engage in the ""sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.""