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2020 Wisconsin Elections

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COVID-19 
DHS: COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)
DHS: Outbreaks in Wisconsin (Updated at 2pm daily)
DHS: COVID-19: Facility-wide public health investigations
DHS: COVID-19: Wisconsin deaths
WHA: Situational awareness update
WEDC: Business reopen guidelines
League of Wisconsin Municipalities: Emergency Orders-Plans - Local

Friday June 5, 2020 - Updated 5:32pm

Governor

5:30pm
Gov. Evers. Appoints Kore Ashley as Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge. 
3:43pm
Gov. Evers. Appoints Jacob Frost as Dane County Circuit Court judge.
6:14am
Gov. Evers. Announces Rainbow Pride Flag to fly over State Capitol honoring Pride Month.

3:47am
Fox 11. Evers announces pride flag to fly over Wisconsin Capitol. 

Budget

5:32pm
Gov. Evers. Budget directives 2021-23 budget.  Major budget policies. 

Legislative

3:15pm
Rep. Ramthun. Wisconsinites respect common sense. 
2:04pm
Rep. Shankland. Statement in support of a special session on the UW System. 
10:00am
Sen. Marklein. Column: Dairy Innovation Hub update. 

3:52am
The Center Square. Republican lawmakers unsure about UW's $1 billion credit request. 

State Agencies

4:57pm
DOJ. New Richmond man sentenced to 22 years in prison for murder of his son. 
2:45pm
DATCP. Soybean producers: Dicamba use in Wisconsin after June 3, 2020. 
2:44pm
DATCP. Schwai's Meat & Sausage Market issues voluntary class I recall of three Italian sausage products. 
11:53am
DMA. 5 June Update: Wisconsin National Guard surpasses 100,000 specimens collected for COVID-19 testing. 
10:00am
DATCP. Promotes consumer awareness for World Food Safety Day. 

Economy/Business

3:56pm
DWD. Call Center: Increasing the efficiency to assist Wisconsinites. 
3:55pm
PDPW. Speakers released for Week Ten of The Dairy Signal. 
3:18pm
Opportunity Wisconsin. Statement on May jobs report. 
2:43pm
State Treasurer Godlewski. And Congresswoman Moore hear from small business owners on impact of COVID-19 pandemic. 
11:46am
ABC of Wisconsin. Investing in infrastructure is investing in America. 
9:06am
Dairy Business Association, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative. Dairy groups hire Dale Beaty to lead member relations. 

2:12pm
Miwaukee Biz Times. Milwaukee bars and restaurants have mixed feelings on reopening today. 
2:07pm
Reuters. Surprise U.S. unemployment rate drop leaves out blacks, Asians. 
1:55pm
The Hill. American business bankruptcies rose 48 percent in May. 
11:02am
Door County Pulse. Door County unemployment soars to 20 percent for April.
11:01am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Nonprofits face significant financial, programming challenges, UWM survey finds. 
9:56am
AP. U.S. unemployment drops unexpectedly to a still-high 13.3%.
4:07am
AP. Another huge blow to U.S. workers expected in May jobs report. 
4:05am
Fox 11. New unemployment claims decline, but economists project long, slow recovery from outbreak. 
3:58am
WBAY. Fox Valley businesses reopening efforts see mixed results. 
3:56am
WXPR. Sec. Barca: Deep recession now, fast bounce back possible. 
3:52am
WISC. Weekly unemployment claim number continue decline, DWD secretary says pandemic shows need for upgrades. 
3:50am
WBAY. People put pressure on lawmakers to fix failed DWD unemployment system. 

Coronavirus

12:22pm
DHS. Offers direct payments to long-term care service providers and facilities, emergency medical services, and clinics affected by COVID-19 pandemic. 
10:54am
Marshfield Clinic Health System. Visitation restrictions updated.
9:55am
Public Health Madison & Dane County, City of Madison, Dane County. Public health orders modified to avoid costly legal battle with Washington D.C. lawyers retained by Madison Catholic Diocese. 
9:07am
DATCP. Announces details for $50 million Wisconsin Farm Support Program. 

12:03pm
WISC. Country Fest 2020 canceled, festival postponed to June 2021. 
12:02pm
Fox 6. 'Implemented a number of changes:' Potawatomi Hotel & Casino will begin phased reopening June 8. 
11:09am
WKOW. Dane County changes church service health restrictions. 
11:06am
Wisconsin Public Radio. DHS: Wisconsin isn't out of the woods with COVID-19. 
4:23am
Racine Journal Times. Racine County has highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in state. 
4:08am
WSAW. 8 more COVID-19 cases in Portage County stem from graduation party. 
3:58am
WXOW. World Dairy Expo 2020 canceled. 
3:57am
Fox 6. Mayor: Milwaukee bars/restaurants can reopen at 25% capacity Friday. 
3:45am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin farmers could receive up to $3.5K through coronavirus aid program. 
3:44am
Appleton Post Crescent. Wisconsin's coronavirus case total nears 20,000, but percent positive continues to trend downward overall. 

Environment/Outdoors

11:03am
WFRV. Record high water levels in May on Lake Michigan-Huron system. 

Statewide

4:58pm
Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway. Statement commemorating Breonna Taylor. 
3:18pm
Rep. Dittrich. Letter to Gov. Evers regarding violence and destruction of state Capitol. 
9:00am
Lutheran Office of Public Policy in Wisconsin. Another crisis that shines light on inequities, and the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change. 
4:29am
Wisconsin Medical Society. Racism is a public health crisis. 

12:27pm
Reuters. Protests against police violence sweep across small-town America. 
4:24am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Protesters have demanded police departments be 'defunded.' Tony Evers says that goes too far. 
4:23am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Brookfield Central students lead protest to show that 'racism is a huge issue.'
4:06am
NBC 26. Gov. Tony Evers speaks out on racial inequality during coronavirus update. 
4:06am
WFRV. "We are a place of privilege:" Sturgeon Bay protesters show up to spread awareness. 
4:04am
NBC 26. Sturgeon Bay protesters and police: "Enough is enough."
3:59am
WTMJ. Peaceful protesters worried message might get lost because of few bad actors. 
3:56am
WEAU. Hundreds in Eau Claire rally for change. 
3:49am
Wisconsin State Journal. Youth a driving force in sixth night of Capitol protests of George Floyd's death. 
3:48am
Wisconsin Public Radio. George Floyd protesters block Beltline in Madison; Milwaukee protesters march to Wauwatosa. 
3:47am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Milwaukee mayor questions use of force by police during protests. 
3:44am
Wisconsin State Journal. Tony Evers stands by deployment of National Guard during Wisconsin protests. 

Courts

9:58am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Mose B. Coffee. 

4:22am
Fond du Lac Reporter. U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear lawyers' challenge of State Bar of Wisconsin dues. 

Education

11:44am
UW-Platteville. Update coronavirus. 
10:55am
UW-River Falls. Zlesak named CAFES Outstanding Faculty Member. 
9:04am
UW-Eau Claire. Continuing Educcation announces June programs. 
9:03am
UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout. Welcome students back to campus for fall semester. 
4:29am
UW System. Board of Regents leadership re-elected. 

4:21am
Daily Reporter. Nation's public schools need major repairs, report finds. 
4:19am
Beloit Daily News. Area school superintendents planning for fall learning scenarios. 
4:15am
Reuters. U.S. schools lay off hundreds of thousands, setting up lasting harm to kids. 
3:54am
Cap Times. As UW System prepares to implement Title IX changes, state DOJ seeks to block them. 
3:53am
Fox 6. UW System president search leader defends advancing single finalist. 

Local

1:58pm
Kewaunee County. Offices to reopen to the public. 
10:02am
AARP. Osceola Chamber's Picnic-to-Go wins Small Dollar, Big Impact grant. 

Congress

1:52pm
U.S. Sen. Johnson. 'Spectacular News': Johnson comments on May jobs report. 
1:51pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. And lawmakers call for greater federal resources to support nursing homes during COVID-19 crisis. 
4:27am
U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Blumenthal. And colleagues introduce legislation to limit unchecked presidential authority under the Insurrection Act. 

4:28am
The Hill. Democrats introduce bill to rein in Trump's power under Insurrection Act. 

Politics

1:00pm
DeTemple for 5th Congress. On ballot to replace retiring Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. 
9:59am
DrydenWire. Clint Moses announces run for the Wisconsin 29th Assembly District. 
8:58am
Callahan for 35th Assembly. Lincoln County Register of Deeds Sarah Koss endorses. 
4:36am
Focus on Rural America. Brad Pfaff, Dan Smith, and Tom Vilsack discuss broken promises in rural Wisconsin with Co-Founder Patty Judge. 

11:02am
Wisconsin State Farmer. State Senate candidate Brad Pfaff calls for change in 'Rural America' panel. 

Thursday June 4, 2020

Governor

4:18am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Facing coronavirus losses, UW System wants special legislative session for line of credit, early fall semester. 
3:55am
WISN. Evers calls for reform of use of force policies, GOP calls for crackdown. 
3:32am
U.S. News & World Report. UW president requests special session to address funding. 

Budget

10:55am
Badger Institute. State budget realities make new prison construction unlikely. 

Legislative

3:28pm
Assembly Colleges & Universities Democrats. Respond to finalist recommendation for UW System President. 
1:52pm
Sen. Nass. UW-System's request for massive line-of-credit. 
12:54pm
Rep. Shankland. Letter to UW System President Cross regarding search and screen committee process. 
10:08am
Rep. Kulp. GOP Weekly Radio Address: June is Dairy Month. 

4:18am
AP. U.S. Legislatures slow to pass laws limiting use of force. 
3:33am
Beloit Daily News. Spreitzer works with Beloiter's to ease unemployment headaches. 

State Agencies

4:22pm
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board. Voyageur canoe trips cancelled for 2020. 
4:21pm
Wisconsin Dairy Alliance. Looks forward to fostering a partnership with DATCP Secretary-designee Romanski. 
2:10pm
AG Kaul. And Gov. Evers defend Title IX.
2:02pm
DNR. Wisconsin State Park campgrounds opening June 10. 
1:59pm
WMC. Attorney General Kaul unfairly hurts farmers & food processors as COVID-19 crisis continues. 
10:09am
WEDC. Wisconsin metros rise in global startup ecosystem ranking. 
9:14am
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. The "precautionary" suspension of administrative rules in Wisconsin prisons does not stop the spread of COVID-19 but is rather used to discipline prisoners and retaliate against them. 

2:39pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Firefighting foam manufacturer refuses regulators' demands to test more wells for PFAS. 
3:36am
WJFW. Election commission picks Jacobs as new chairwoman. 

Economy/Business

11:19am
Boardman & Clark. Labor & Employment Update. 

2:32pm
Milwaukee Biz Times. Wisconsin exports in April hit lowest level since January 2010. 
8:06am
CNBC. Jobless claims, total unemployment level worse than expected. 
4:43am
WXPR. Some April jobless numbers in this area close to depression-era numbers. 
4:20am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Survey shows some recovery in manufacturing, but it's focused at larger firms. 

Coronavirus

3:29pm
Waukesha County Exec. Farrow. Waukesha County large gathering recommendation increases to 100 people. 
1:57pm
Racine Council President Tate. Statement in response to City of Racine having highest COVID-19 numbers per capita in the state. 
1:50pm
Wisconsin Dental Association. Dentists implement COVID-19 safety measures: What to expect at your next appointment. 
12:26pm
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Dane County doubles Second Harvest Foodbank funding to $6 million during COVID-19 pandemic. 
11:13am
DMA. 4 June Update: Wisconsin National Guard conducting mobile testing at sites around the state. 
9:10am
Public Health Madison & Dane County. Alliant Energy Center COVID-19 test site extended through June 24. 

2:42pm
Wisconsin State Journal. 25 residents, 23 staff get COVID-19 at Belmont nursing home in Madison. 
2:31pm
Green Bay Press Gazette. 'We have to reimagine a new future': Wisconsin Native American tribes respond to COVID-19 challenges. 
12:19pm
U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin prisons increase COVID-19 testing, quarantines. 
11:08am
CNBC. As coronavirus hospitalizations rise, U.S. still doesn't have the test and trace tools in place, former FDA chief says. 
9:30am
WTMJ. Summerfest canceled for the first time in history due to 'abundance of caution.'
9:18am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Racine emerges as one of nation's coronavirus hotpots. 
4:33am
NBC 26. New record for coronavirus testing in Wisconsin: More than 16,000 tests. 
4:24am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. For nearly half of county's COVID-19 cases, no clear source of transmission. 
3:45am
WSAW. Country USA, Rock USA festivals canceled. 
3:40am
Wisconsin State Journal. Five Dane County nursing homes among 68 in state with COVID-19 investigations. 

Statewide

12:56pm
Lt. Gov. Barnes. Democratic Weekly Radio Address on the killing of George Floyd. 
12:54pm
Rep. Stuck. Statement on George Floyd and continuing protests. 
11:12am
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Demands law enforcement reforms to address systemic injustice and promote healing. 
10:56am
Rep. Zamarripa. Statement on protests. 
9:09am
Forward Analytics. Releases: Deconstructing Depopulation: Rural Characteristics & Population Change. 
9:06am
DMA. Wisconsin National Guard troops continue mission to support public safety efforts. 

11:01am
Fox 11. 'Enough is enough': Packers organization speaks out on George Floyd death. 
4:28am
Wausau Daily Herald. Wisconsin Republicans wary, Democrats alarmed at Trump's suggestion of using military to quell civil unrest. 
4:26am
Stevens Point Journal. 'I'm not waiting for that to happen': Wisconsin governor says he doesn't believe Trump can calm nation. 
4:00am
WQOW. Hundreds join peaceful protest in Menomonie calling for justice for George Floyd. 
3:59am
WBAY. Vigil in Manitowoc remembers George Floyd and others who died in police custody. 
3:58am
WISC. 'We're not stopping': Young people lead demonstration at Capitol on fifth day of protests. 
3:57am
WKOW. Group of protesters gather in Dodgeville. 
3:56am
NBC 15. Several hundred protesters rally in Sun Prairie: "No longer going to be silenced."
3:54am
WXOW. "We can fix this," protesters raise awareness over racial inequalities, demand action. 
3:44am
Fox 6. 'Stand up against what's wrong:' Protesters march for 6th straight day in Milwaukee. 
3:43am
AP. Trump photo op, talk of military force amp up GOP challenge. 
3:41am
Fox 6. 'Need for recognition:' Lawmakers, protesters weigh in on duration of George Floyd protests. 
3:37am
Wisconsin Public Radio. 'It's time for people to take a stand': Protests against killing of George Floyd continue across Wisconsin. 

Courts

10:55am
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. And Archbishop Listecki aske Supreme Court to expand religious liberty protections. 

3:38am
WCLO. Rock County included in federal lawsuit over local COVID-19 orders. 
3:35am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Conservative group asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear next redistricting lawsuit. 

Education

3:33pm
DNR. Office associate honored with Excellence in University Service Award. 
11:36am
Carthage College. New study: Tyrannosaurus Rex size doesn't determine age. 
10:57am
WIPAC. UW-Madison scientists play instrumental role in proving viability of innovative gamma-ray telescope. 
9:12am
UW-Stout. Students to compete in Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament. 

9:16am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Latest UW restructuring plan faces pushback from faculty, administrators. 

Local

3:55pm
Milwaukee Common Council Members. Joint statement on video of officer restraining protester with knee. 
1:53pm
Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Nicholson. New committee will focus on racial equity. 
11:37am
Public Health Madison & Dane County. Wisconsin wins tobacco & nicotine compliance checks see an increase in tobacco sale to minors. 

Congress

3:29pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. And colleagues introduce $50 billion bill to address child care crisis. 
10:12am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Questions FDA on regulation and oversight of hydroxycholorquine. 
10:11am
NFIB. Senate passage of amended PPP legislation helps provide flexibility for loan forgiveness. 

12:21pm
The Hill. GOP votes to give chairman authority to subpoena Obama officials. 
9:14am
The Hill. GOP shifting on unemployment benefits as jobless numbers swell. 
9:11am
The Hill. GOP chairmen stake out turf in Obama-era probes. 
3:55am
CBS 58. Congresswoman Gwen Moore: 'We are seeing an opportunity.'
3:39am
CNBC. Senate passes bill to give businesses flexibility in spending coronavirus aid, sends it to Trump. 
3:34am
WKBT. Baldwin, Kind request more funding for local dairy farms. 

Politics

3:53pm
State Senate Democratic Committee. Senator Darling is part of the problem. 
12:52pm
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Legislative candidate count highest since 2012. 
12:17pm
Bradley for 28th Senate. 'Injustice does not warrant more injustice.'
12:16pm
Imes for 26th Senate. Begins campaign for state Senate with endorsement from former State Representative Terese Berceau.
10:12am
Kapanke for 32nd Senate. Statement on injustice to George Floyd and ensuing protests. 

2:30pm
La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse senate candidate Dan Kapanke calls for justice for George Floyd, charges for looters. 
4:01am
WKBT. Local Republicans make their case for November elections. 
3:42am
U.S. News & World Report. Report highlights voting inequities in tribal communities. 
3:41am
WXOW. Kapanke commends Governor Evers' peaceful protest protections. 
3:37am
Racine Journal Times. Contested elections coming into focus for fall congressional, legislative and county races.