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2020 Wisconsin Elections

The Election tables listed below are candidates who have declared candidacy. Please note, the listings are in no particular order,...
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K-12 Education and COVID-19 – Part III – Special Education

History Throughout the 1960s school districts had the right to choose whether to participate in special education incentive programs. In...
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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
DHS: COVD-19: Activity level by region and county
WHA: Situational awareness update
WEDC: Business reopen guidelines
League of Wisconsin Municipalities: Emergency Orders-Plans - Local

Tuesday July 7, 2020 - Updated 4:07pm

Governor

11:20am
Gov. Evers. And WisDOT Secretary-designess Thompson announce more than $160 million in transportation aid for local governments. 

1:00pm
Oshkosh Northwestern. Wisconsin elected officials remain divided on Obamacare, even during the pandemic. 
3:12am
Fox 6. Gov. Evers gives UW System go-ahead for sex assault rules. 

Budget

8:24am
CNBC. Cuts to basic services loom as coronavirus ravages local economies and sends states into fiscal crisis. 

11:33am
Wisconsin Public Radio. U.S. Commerce Department: Wisconsin's economy shrunk by 5 percent in first part of 2020. 

Legislative

3:47pm
Wisconsin Council of Churches. Religious leaders ask Legislature to act on COVID-19.  Letter to Sen. Fitzgerald, Speaker Vos.

State Agencies

1:33pm
AG Kaul. Joins multistate lawsuit against Secretary DeVos' attempt to siphon pandemic relief funds away from public schools. 
12:59pm
DOJ. Serial sex offender charged with alleged sexual assault after backlogged kit is tested. 
9:39am
WEDC. State leaders, local officials to celebrate downtown successes during Wisconsin Main Street Days July 7-10.

3:15am
Fox 11. Rock Island State Park closing for remainder of 2020. 

Economy/Business

12:08pm
DWD. Releases information on unemployment data. 
9:43am
WEC Energy Group. We Energies Fondation donates $100,000 to Milwaukee 'Rebuild and Revitalize' effort. 
8:23am
Madison Region Economic Partnership. And regional partners launch fourth installment of statewide COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. 
3:50am
Wisconsin Bankers Association. Treasury releases PPP loan data; Here's the Wisconsin breakdown of $150,000 loans and above. 

11:32am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Businesses could be fined for not enforcing proposed masking mandate. 
11:29am
CNBC. States rush to keep afloat businesses crushed by the pandemic. 
3:47am
Reuters. U.S. pandemic aid program saved 51.1 million jobs, but wealthy and connected also benefited. 
3:27am
Wisconsin State Journal. Tariffs blamed for delay in one of Wisconsin's first large-scale solar farms. 
3:26am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Delaware North has furloughed 1,300 employees at Miller Park and Lambeau Field. 
3:25am
WBAY. Businesses adapt to worker shortage without J-1 Visa Program. 
3:23am
WSAW. Sconni's closes temporarily after part-time employee tests positive for COVID-19. 
3:22am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 5 more Milwaukee-area restaurants close temporarily after workers test positive for coronavirus. 
3:16am
Spectrum News. More than 85,000 Wisconsin companies received PPP loans. 
3:12am
AP. Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans. 
3:10am
Politico. New data shows lawmakers secured millions in small business aid. 
3:09am
MarketWatch. Skyrocketing of COVID-19 cases around the U.S. slows dine-in recovery. 

Coronavirus

2:06pm
Waukesha County Exec. Farrow. New business partners join "Stay Safe to Stay Open" campaign to fight COVID-19. 
12:12pm
Gov. Evers. Announces statewide efforts to distribute PPE to schools, food processors, businesses. 
11:39am
Public Health Madison & Dane County. Releases new orders requiring face coverings. 
8:22am
Rebel Converting. Milwaukee-area company offers 1 million free masks to help residents comply with proposed city mandatory mask ordinance for public places.  Letter to Common Council, Mayor Barrett.

1:46pm
WJFW. Eagle River Cranberry Fest canceled in 2020. 
1:02pm
La Crosse Tribune. State to send more than 2 million cloth masks to Wisconsin schools, businesses. 
12:17pm
WTMJ. Senator Ron Johnson: U.S. 'overreacted' to coronavirus pandemic. 
12:13pm
WKOW. Dane County to enforce mandatory mask policy next week. 
11:36am
Wisconsin Public Radio. While still few, coronavirus cases double within two weeks in one northern Wisconsin county. 
4:00am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. EC County's test-positivity rate for COVID-19 is escalating. 
3:58am
Janesville Gazette. Rock County matches COVID-19 daily record, Janesville pace quickens. 
3:49am
USA Today. Dr. Anthony Fauci warns U.S. is 'knee-deep' in first wave of coronavirus cases and prognosis is 'really not good.'
3:38am
NBC 26. Average age of COVID-19 cases drops from 52 to 36 in Wisconsin, health officials say. 
3:35am
WKOW. Long lines lead to 4+ hour wait times for COVID-19 testing at Alliant Energy Center. 
3:26am
Wisconsin Public Radio. After hitting an all-time high, number of new COVID-19 cases declines slightly. 
3:19am
Fox 6. 'It was insane:' On heels of holiday weekend, some waited 4+ hours for COVID-19 testing at UMOS site. 
3:15am
WISN. Gov. Tony Evers hasn't given briefing on coronavirus pandemic since June 23. 
3:14am
Wisconsin Public Radio. UW tests drug to prevent deadly complication in COVID-19 patients. 

Statewide

11:22am
Wisconsin Dental Association. Borgerding joins as Director of Government Services. 

Courts

9:43am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Ryan M. Muth. 

3:36am
WISC. Group suing over local public health orders asks judge to block Dane County's latest change. 

Education

4:07pm
Marquette University. Theology professor receives Way Klingler Young Scholar Award. 
4:06pm
UW-Stevens Point. Those interested in outdoors can join free ZOOM chats. 
3:19pm
UW-Eau Claire. ADA anniversary exhibition goes digital. 
12:07pm
UW-La Crosse. A hall of fame career - on ice. 

1:00pm
The Hill. Schools face tough road to fall reopening. 
3:55am
Politico. Trump administration bars international college students if their school's classes are all online. 
3:33am
WTMJ. College educators advocate for online-only as coronavirus cases rise among young people. 
3:18am
WQOW. Proposal approved to lease electronic devices to all ECASD students. 
3:17am
WKBT. New committee formed to help decide future of La Crosse School Resource Officers. 

Local

1:55pm
ACLU of Wisconsin. Milwaukee Fire & Police Commission must listen to demands for change, no matter who is in charge. 
1:47pm
Milwaukee Ald. Coggs. Resolution requiring Council approval for purchasing of crowd control and militaristic equipment approved today. 
12:10pm
Sun Prairie Downtown Business Improvement District. Presents new summer events. 
3:39am
Milwaukee Council President Johnson. Gun violence at Midtown Center. 

Congress

2:57pm
WISPIRG. CFPB green-lights predatory payday loans amid COVID-19 pandemic. 
11:24am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. And colleagues introduce 1619 Act to raise awareness, understanding of African American history in schools. 

11:29am
Reuters. Exclusive: U.S. government's boxed food aid promise falls short. 

Politics

11:23am
Pfaff for 32nd Senate. Attorney General Josh Kaul endorses. 
3:52am
Baldeh for 48th Assembly. Wins endorsements of SEIU and WEAC. 

3:34am
NBC 15. Wisconsin's largest cities get $6.3M in grants to support safer elections. 

Monday July 6, 2020

Legislative

1:31pm
Rep. Nygren. Rural workforce housing initative to accept applications July 22. 
11:51am
Rep Meyers. Applauds creation of a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force. 

State Agencies

2:25pm
DNR. Rock Island State Park closed for the season. 
12:39pm
DHS. Wisconsin accepting applications to pilot new aproach to treating substance use disorders. 
12:04pm
DWD. Awarded $9 million to expand Wisconsin apprenticeship. 
11:55am
DMA. 6 July Update: Wisconsin National Guard continues mobile COVID testing at sites around the state this week. 
11:54am
WHEDA. Invites community particpation to kick off rural affordable workforce housing initiative. 
10:05am
OCI. Admistrative Actions June 2020. 

Economy/Business

3:18pm
Boardman & Clark. Labor & Employment Update. 
12:40pm
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Accepting applications for seventh annual Pressure Chamber competition. 
12:38pm
TriEnda. Launches innovative Bulk Bag Pallet. 
3:51am
We Are Many - United Against Hate. Letter to Harley-Davidson: A big thank you for standing up for what's right. 

2:57pm
NBC 26. Green Bay businesses discuss challenges under COVID-19 in new survey. 
1:16pm
U.S. News & World Report. Vos company received $150K-$350K in coronavirus loans.
1:13pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Layoffs posted for 400 Milwaukee, Madison hotel workers, 1,300 Miller Park and Lambeau Field food service workers. 
11:45am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Major Wisconsin frac sand producer expects to file bankruptcy. 
4:36am
Wisconsin Watch. Lives on hold: Pandemic exposes failures of Wisconsin unemployment insurance system.
4:10am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee evictions up 26% in June as Berrada companies continue to be a force in eviction court. 
3:55am
Fox 11. Restaurants see decline in business on Fourth of July amid pandemic. 
3:42am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Thousands await Farm Support Program payments. 
3:42am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Outdoor dining expanding in Wisconsin cities as pandemic continues. 

Coronavirus

2:54pm
Fox 11. COVID-19 hospitalizations creep up in Wisconsin. 
11:47am
Poltiico. Stark racial disparities emerge as families struggle to get enough food.
4:27am
WISN. 'UPFRONT' recap: Doctor urge young people to take coronavirus seriously. 
3:48am
Fox 6. Milwaukee restaurant to continue food distribution as funding dwindles: 'This is an essential need.'
3:43am
Lake Geneva Regional News. Villages adjust public beach restrictions during health crisis. 
3:41am
WUWM. Coronavirus: Tracking your contacts is good, limiting your social circle is better. 
3:39am
WISC. Despite coronavirus concerns, over 100,000 guests expected at Wisconsin Dells over holiday weekend. 
3:39am
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. Multiple Auburndale Music Fest attendees test positive for COVID-19. 
3:35am
WISN. ESPN: Bucks close practice facility after receiving coronavirus test results. 
3:25am
Wisconsin Public Radio. More than 10 percent of COVID-19 tests come back positive for second day in a row. 
3:16am
Wisconsin State Journal. More homeless people ditching shelters for camp sites amid COVID19 pandemic. 

Statewide

3:37am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Report: Voter participation declining in Wisconsin, civic measures mixed. 

Courts

3:14pm
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. U.S Supreme Court orders Seventh Circuit to reconsider decision in religious liberty case. 

9:37am
Reuters. U.S. Supreme Court restricts 'electors' in presidential contests. 
3:56am
WKOW. Organization files request to block Dane County, Milwaukee pandemic orders. 
3:38am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin Court of Appeals reinstates Racine's COVID-19 ordinance. 

Education

3:48pm
UW-Madison. Coughing visualization illustrates the benefits of wearing a good mask. 
3:47pm
Marquette University. College of Nursing receives scholarship to support disadvantaged students. 

10:14am
Cap Times. Like MMSD, districts around the country planning for fall following votes to end police in schools. 
4:25am
Wisconsin State Journal. As COVID-19 cases increase, UW-Madison employeee concerns about fall semester grow.
3:49am
Fox 6. 'A lot of preparations:' With pandemic ongoing, teachers raise concerns over return to classes. 
3:33am
Baraboo News Republic. Interim dean: Boo-U programs likely won't face cuts but vacant positions will remain open. 
3:29am
AP. Debates turn emotional as schools decide how and if to open. 
3:28am
Politico. 'How the hell are we going to do this?' The panic over reopening schools. 
3:23am
Wisconsin State Journal. As COVID-19 cases increase, UW-Madison employee concerns about fall semsester. 
3:17am
AP. Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college. 

Local

1:28pm
City of Kenosha, City of Green Bay, City of Madison, City of Milwaukee, City of Racine. Wisconsin Safe Voting Plan. 

3:44am
Spectrum News. Call from Milwaukee officials to redirect energy as homicides, shootings increase. 
3:20am
Fox 6. Milwaukee police: 12 hurt in 7 shootings starting around noon on the 4th of July. 
3:18am
WSAW. Drug addiction help in Marathon County changes during pandemic as Wisconsin sees increase in opioid overdoses.  

Congress

3:29am
CNBC. Senate Republicans cool to 2nd round of stimulus checks, direct deposits. 
3:27am
The Hill. IRS, taxpayers face obstacles ahead of July 15 filing deadline. 

Politics

9:27am
Sargent for 16th Senate. Announces campaign endorsement from Tanya Andersen Buckingham. 

2:21pm
Politico. Democrats smell a rout - and the chance to control redistricting in 2021. 
3:47am
NBC News. Warning signs flash for Trump in Wisconsin as pandemic response fuels disapproval. 
3:46am
USA Today. 'Grim resolve': Biden is up big and the Senate is in sight, but Democrats still haunted by fear of letdown.