August 23, 2014

Favre to make triumphant return: What took so long? (Audio)

Former QB's coach Steve Mariucci makes a plea for Favre to return even sooner!

Former QB’s coach Steve Mariucci makes a plea for Favre to return even sooner!

A few weeks ago, Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said there was concern that Brett Favre would be booed when he returns to Lambeau Field.

Yesterday, it was revealed that the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is in the process of trying to figure out where to put all the fans that will want to be a part of next summers Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

The Packers and the teams Hall of Fame held a joint press conference to announce that Brett Favre would be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame next July 18, 2015 and Packers team President and CEO Mark Murphy took it one step further, announcing that Favre’s number-4 would be retired at the same time.

The team will announce plans to unveil the retired number inside the stadium later during the season.  Favre will go into the Hall by himself, only the 6th time that’s happened in the history of the Packers Hall of Fame.  It’ll be the first time that a player will enter the Hall and have his number retired at the same time. [Read more...]

Favre to enter Hall of Fame and have number retired next year

Brett Favre - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Brett Favre – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Green Bay Packers and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will hold a joint press conference today.  They’ll announce that retired quarterback Brett Favre will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his jersey #4 retired sometime next season.

They say time heals all wounds.  We’ll find out.

The Packers are waiting for Favre to enter the Hall of Fame before retiring his number.

Favre retired after the 2007 season, then changed his mind and tried to force his way back.  The Packers eventually traded him to the Jets where he played in 2008.  He eventually wound up in Minnesota, playing for the rival Vikings for two seasons.  He retired for good after the 2010 season and hasn’t tried to return.

Current team president Mark Murphy has worked to arrange the retirement of Favre’s jersey, but it has taken time for the hard feelings to subside.  And not everybody has moved on.

In a fan poll last week, nearly 50% of those responding said they would boo Favre the first tine he returned to Lambeau Field.  There’s no guarantee that will happen, but it’ll be interesting to see.

Supreme Court upholds Act 10

Protesting Act 10 in February, 2011. (FILE PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Protesting Act 10 at the statehouse in February, 2011. (FILE PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Legislative leaders react to Thursday’s Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to uphold the so-called collective bargaining law.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) says he’s “very pleased” with the decision made by the state Supreme Court on Act 10, after three years of court battles. Fitzgerald says the decision underscores what he’s known all along, that collective bargaining is a benefit, not a fundamental right. “What was granted by the Wisconsin Legislature when it comes to public employee benefits could also be withdrawn by the Legislature.” He adds, “That’s basically what the court is reaffirming again today.”

Governor Scott Walker’s signature legislation that restricts public employees’ ability to collective bargain has survived several lawsuits since it was introduced in 2011. Walker says the High Court’s 5-2 ruling is yet another win for hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin, saving them over $3 billion.

Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) is not surprised by the decision. “Obviously I’m extremely disappointed but not surprised that the court sided with Governor Walker once again and the Republicans and their attacks on voting rights and collective bargaining.”

Barca adds, “Collective bargaining is vital to securing workers’ rights and helping maintain a strong middle class in Wisconsin and in America. My fellow Democrats and I will continue to fight to protect the middle class and ensure every working family can have a fair shot at economic security.”

Madison Teachers Incorporated Executive Director John Matthews says the decision is not only “extremely disappointing, but is morally bankrupt.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds Act 10, Voter ID, Domestic Partner Registry

WRN file photo

WRN file photo

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has brought legal challenges to Act 10 to a close. On a 5-2 vote Thursday, the justices threw out previous rulings from a Dane County circuit judge, who had said that the Act 10 public union bargaining limits did not apply to local and school unions. It was among several lawsuits which challenged the constitutionality of Act 10, Governor Scott Walker’s signature legislation from 2011, which limits the ability of public employees to bargain collectively. The ruling means Walker and Republicans who control the state legislature can now claim victory in preserving Act 10 as they head into fall reelection campaigns.

The justices also upheld Wisconsin’s photo ID requirement for voters, but that law won’t be implemented unless federal courts also sign off on it. The justices voted 5-2 to dismiss lower court decisions which threw out the ID requirement. A pair of Dane County judges had ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters and the NAACP, which contended that the 2011 law discouraged minorities, the elderly, and young people from voting. Earlier this year, Federal Judge Lynn Adelman ruled the law violated the Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act. State Attorney General J-B Van Hollen has appealed that decision, but a ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is unlikely anytime soon. Wisconsin voters will not need to show ID to vote in the state partisan primaries on August 12th, and probably won’t be required to do so in November’s elections.

The Supreme Court also upheld Wisconsin’s domestic partner registry, which provides same-sex couples in the state with some of the legal benefits of married couples. The unanimous ruling marked a defeat for Wisconsin Family Action, a group which tried unsuccessfully to get the justices to strike down the registry just before its 2009 implementation. The registry provides for hospital visitation rights and various end-of-life decisions to couples who apply.

Walker claims Burke trying to ‘have it both ways’ (AUDIO)

Gov. Scott Walker speaks to supporters at a campaign event. (Photo: Andrew Beckett)

Gov. Scott Walker speaks to supporters at a campaign event. (Photo: Andrew Beckett)

Even though the general election in Wisconsin’s race for governor is still months away, the campaigns of both incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker and likely Democratic challenger Mary Burke are already shifting into high gear. Both campaigns have been out with ads that spar over the issue of outsourcing jobs and Burke’s role at Trek Bicycle, the family-owned company started by her father.

Walker’s campaign has run two ads in the past week that argue Burke, who worked as an executive at Trek, has personally benefitted from the company’s decision to outsource jobs overseas. Burke and the head of Trek, her brother, have maintained she had no role in those decisions and have criticized Walker for attacking a company that employs a thousand workers in Wisconsin.

Speaking with reporters in Madison Wednesday, Walker stood by the decision to go after Burke on the outsourcing issue and her role at Trek. The governor says voters deserve to know both sides of the issue, since Burke has campaigned on her experience at Trek as a reason to support her candidacy. Walker said “you can’t have it both ways if you’re Mary Burke. You can’t say like me for the things you like about this company, but ignore the other things that are out there.”

AUDIO: Gov. Scott Walker (:45)

Walker also noted that Burke’s own campaign ads made outsourcing an issue before he brought it up, by trying to link him to state tax credits that were given by his administration to companies that outsourced job. “She started out with the argument. She made the case about this several weeks ago. We’re pointing out the hypocrisy out of that.”

Walker says he’s running on his record, but claims Burke is trying to run from hers.