- According to a report released yesterday, 2009 is on pace to be among the deadliest years this decade for domestic violence deaths. The annual report issued by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence indicated thirty people died in domestic violence incidents statewide from January 2009 to July 2009, putting the state on pace to exceed the total of 46 people who died in domestic violence incidents in Wisconsin in 2008. The 46 domestic-violence related deaths in 2008 was five fewer than in 2007, according to the annual report, and it’s important to note the report includes in its totals people who committed suicide after killing another person in a domestic violence incident. In 2008, 10 of the 46 people who died in domestic violence incidents committed suicide.
After seeing a decline in the number of domestic-violence related deaths, it’s more than a little disturbing to see that number on the rise again. While it’s been speculated the economy may be in part to blame for the increased number of domestic violence-related deaths, I believe the economy is just one of many factors that has contributed to the increased number of deaths.
- According to a report published by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Madison-area developer Terrence Wall violated the annual $10,000 limit on campaign contributions to state political candidates and committees in 2005. According to the report, in 2005 Wall contributed $10,605 to five Republican candidates for statewide office and the legislature, as well as Democratic attorney general candidate Kathleen Falk.
- Politico.com is reporting the United States Secret Service is investigating a poll created on Facebook asking users if they supported killing the president. The poll, titled “Should Obama be killed?”, offered users three possible answers: “Yes,” “Maybe, if he cuts my health care” and “No.” The poll – and the third-party application used to create it – were removed from Facebook Monday, shortly after Facebook officials were made aware of the poll by the Secret Service.