Wisconsin in the national spotlight… again

Last week, Wisconsin had its share of press. First, the Governor’s budget included a provision that mandated Internet-media vendors to collect taxes for purchases downloaded by the State’s residents (you know my position on this). Second, the killer of a federal judge’s husband and mother killed himself… it turns out that he was a resident of West Allis (a suburb of Milwaukee and one place I worked as an intern). Third, the State is considering allowing farmers to shoot feral cats (house cats that have adapted to live in the wilderness). It’s been a busy week.

So to add insult to injury, yesterday a 45-year-old man opened fire on churchgoers in Brookfield, Wisconsin (an affluent suburb west of Milwaukee). This tragedy resulted in four innocent bystanders that died on the scene and three that died after arriving at the hospital, four seriously injured people, and the man’s suicide. Investigators are still trying to determine what motive the man had to shoot others. I personally abhor such an act, and hope this does not become some kind of twisted trend.

I don’t know what’s next, but it looks like March in Wisconsin is off to a very bizarre start.

iPod tax articles:

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: Doyle proposes sales tax on Internet downloads

CNN: Wis. legislators to fight ‘iPod tax’

West Allis suicide/Chicago judge’s family slaying articles:

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: Check the back for answers

Reuters news article: Chicago Judge Case May Be Tied to Wisconsin Suicide

Hunting feral cats articles:

The Capital Times article: Humane Society rips feral cat hunt

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: Cat-hunt plan has promoter in cross hairs

MSNBC/Reuters article: Open season on cats in Wisconsin?

Brookfield murder/suicide articles:

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: IT’S HUMAN CARNAGE

MSNBC/The Associated Press article: No motive found in church service shootings