- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Hulsey, protester allowed on Wisconsin ballot

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Longshot Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brett Hulsey and convicted felon Gary George, who is running for Congress in Milwaukee, will be allowed on the Aug. 12 primary ballot along with four other incumbent state lawmakers whose nomination papers were challenged, the state elections board decided Tuesday.

The Government Accountability Board, comprised of six former judges, also allowed frequent protester Jeremy Ryan to appear on the ballot as a Republican against U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

George, Hulsey and Jeremy Ryan are all running longshot campaigns against better-known and better-funded incumbents.

Hulsey, who has gotten headlines in recent months for bizarre behavior including promising to hand out homemade Ku Klux Klan hoods at the state Republican Party convention, is challenging Mary Burke in the primary.

He wasn’t given a speaking slot at the Democratic Party convention last weekend but attended and listened to Burke’s speech calling for the party to unify and defeat Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Hulsey’s signatures were challenged by Michael Basford, chairman of the Democratic Party of Dane County. Basford argued that 319 signatures should be disallowed because the person’s address appeared to be written by someone else.

But the board accepted those signatures, saying it was OK to have someone else fill in the person’s address. Hulsey had 2,074 valid signatures, 74 more than required.

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49 Wisconsin counties issue gay marriage licenses

MILWAUKEE (AP) - More county clerks in Wisconsin began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Tuesday, setting aside frustration with the lack of clear direction from the federal judge who declared the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, same-sex couples in counties that weren’t issuing licenses said they felt disadvantaged given Wisconsin’s requirement that residents who wish to wed apply in the counties where they live.

Hundreds of gay couples have married since U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb overturned the ban on Friday. At least 353 licenses have been issued in Milwaukee and Madison, the two cities where most ceremonies are taking place. By Tuesday, 49 county clerks said they would issue licenses to couples that wanted them. Some also were waiving the state’s five-day waiting period so the couples could marry before an expected hold is placed on Crabb’s decision.

Other county clerks said they still wanted more definite direction from Crabb or the state. The judge caused confusion by declaring the ban unconstitutional but not providing an order telling the state how to implement her decision. She is mulling whether to adopt a proposed order from the American Civil Liberties union that would force clerks to issue licenses. The ACLU sued in January on behalf of eight couples.

Meanwhile, Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has appealed Crabb’s decision and asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to order that licenses stop being issued. That court has given Van Hollen and the ACLU until 5 p.m. Wednesday for motions on whether it has the authority to act before Crabb does.

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