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2020 Wisconsin Elections

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COVID-19 
Executive Order #90: Declaring a Public Health Emergency
Emergency Order #1: Requiring face coverings
Emergency Order #2: Order to aid healthcare facilities 
Emergency Order #3: Limiting public gatherings
DHS: COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)
DHS: COVID-19: Wisconsin Summary Data (Updated at 2pm daily)
WHA: Situational awareness update
League of Wisconsin Municipalities: Emergency Orders-Plans - Local

Friday October 30, 2020 - Updated 4:41pm

Governor

3:35am
Beloit Daily News. Beloit, Rockford still waiting on final rulings for casino plans

Budget

1:38pm
Sen. Darling. Middle-Class Tax Cut Delivers Savings
9:55am
LFB. Tax year 2020 individual income tax reductions under Wisconsin Acts 9 and 10. 

12:33pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Gov Tony Evers says Wisconsin will need to tap into state dollars if federal COVID-19 funds aren't approved soon

Legislative

4:41pm
Rep. Bowen. Statement on continued Republican inaction on cirminal justice reform. 
10:01am
Sen. Marklein. Column: Record attendance at state parks amid pandemic. 
9:30am
Sen. Kapenga. Weekly Republican Radio Address: Exercising your right to vote. 
9:28am
LAB. Report 20-20: Estimate of additional sales and use tax revenue and determination of certain individual income tax rates. Briefing Sheet. 
3:56am
Rep. Stafsholt. Gray wolf de-listed in Wisconsin; Calls for a 2020 harvest season. 

State Agencies

2:57pm
DMA. Wisconsin Army National Guard graduates latest class of officers and warrant officers. 
2:51pm
DATCP. Special pesticide registration proposed for VAPAM HL soil fumigant for us on ginseng. 
1:40pm
Serve Wisconsin. Announces $7.3 million in AmeriCorps funding for Wisconsin as program year kicks off at opening ceremony. 
12:20pm
DWD. Employee Linda Preysz Receives Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award
11:39am
DNR. Environmental review for City of St. Criox Falls project. 
9:26am
DNR. 2020 Wisconsin bear season shows increased hunter success. 

11:42am
Wisconsin State Journal. Foxconn challenges state's refusal to grant state tax credits
3:44am
WJFW. Wolf decision triggers automatic hunt re-start in Wisconsin

Economy/Business

3:36am
WSAW. Sen. Baldwin urges Verso to operate or sell mill in letter sent to board
3:31am
The Center Squre. Wisconsin’s new unemployment claims dip slightly from previous week
3:29am
WTMJ. Milwaukee-area food pantry calls for donations amid 'dramatic' increase in demand
3:17am
Politico. Jobless Americans face debt crunch without more federal aid as bills come due

Coronavirus

11:41am
Brown County Health and Human Services, De Pere Health Department, Oneida Nation Health Department. COVID-19 alert: Community action vital to ending the massive spread. 

3:46pm
Miliwaukee Journal Sentinel. Five days in Wisconsin: More than 20,000 positive coronavirus tests, nearly 200 deaths
12:36pm
Fox 11. Brown County officials issue second Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Alert
12:35pm
Madison.com. Racine says it will 'begin proactive enforcement' of mask ordinance, Safer Racine rules
11:53am
NBC 15. New COVID-19 cases surpass 5,000 in a day for the second time
11:52am
Appleton Post Crescent. October was Wisconsin's worst month for COVID-19 yet — and its surge is one of the biggest ever in the U.S.
11:47am
U.S. News & World Report. COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Continue to Mount in Wisconsin
11:47am
WSAW. City of Wausau mulls mask mandate
9:57am
Wisconsin Public Radio. 'We're In The Surge': Wisconsin Hospitals Face Record Numbers Of COVID-19 Patients
9:40am
Reuters. U.S. faces record surge of coronavirus cases as election looms
4:29am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. One boy with COVID-19 likely led to 116 positive cases at a Wisconsin summer camp, CDC report shows
4:29am
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Five deaths due to COVID-19 reported in Manitowoc County, highest single-day increase yet
3:43am
WKOW. Rock County COVID-19 test site again runs out of test kits early
3:34am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. 4 more EC County residents die of COVID-19, 25 hospitalized in a week
3:34am
Fox 6. City of Milwaukee to enter Phase 4.2 of its public health order
3:30am
WDIO. Wisconsin officials open 71 more community testing sites
3:28am
WTMJ. 2nd highest daily COVID-19 death toll recorded in Wisconsin on Thursday
3:27am
WQOW. 6 more Chippewa Co. residents die from COVID-19 in one day, 4 more in EC Co.
3:26am
WQOW. Eau Claire County has fastest-growing rate of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin
3:25am
USA Today. A Wisconsin doctor lists the patients he's lost to COVID-19. He wonders when people will take it seriously.
3:24am
Wisconsin State Journal. COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Wisconsin prison system; nearly 1,200 active cases
3:22am
Racine Journal Times. 'THIS IS REAL' physicians say in plea to southeast Wisconsin: 'We can't stop fighting COVID-19'
3:21am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee contact tracers face backlog of nearly 1,600 cases as state reports 4,870 new cases and 51 deaths
3:20am
Sheboygan Press. Sheboygan County sees three more deaths involving COVID-19, the most ever reported in a single day
3:20am
Green Bay Press Gazette. Brown County coronavirus: Record 7 deaths pushes county over the 100 mark for the pandemic
3:18am
Fond du Lac Reporter. Three Fond du Lac County residents died Wednesday of COVID-19, death toll reaches 22

Statewide

3:59am
Wisconsin Ag Connection. Badger Steam & Gas Grounds to Host 2023 Farm Tech Days

Courts

11:37am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. Tavern League of Wisconsin v. Palm - Order. 
9:14am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. OLR v. Michael W Starkweather. 
3:54am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. Tavern Leage of Wisconsin v. Andrea Palm - Petition and appeandix to bypass Court of Appeals. 

3:21am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. State Supreme Court won't take case on misprinted ballots, causing likely delays for tallying votes

Education

10:39am
UW-Stout. New endowed chair drives program innovation for nutrition and food sciences

3:52am
Chippewa Herald. Hitting the reset button: Chippewa Falls superintendent details rationale behind impending school shutdowns
3:22am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. More members of the Wisconsin football program have tested positive for coronavirus for a total of 16
3:19am
Appleton Post Crescent. Neenah middle and high-schoolers to shift to hybrid learning schedule for the month of November

Local

2:19pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Martin. Supports County Executive Crowley's health screening administrative order. 
1:29pm
Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Nicholson. Finance Committee unanimously approves amendment to enhance investments in equity. 
9:17am
Public Health Madison & Dane County. Public Health Madison & Dane County Expands Eligibility Criteria for Drive Through Flu Clinic

Congress

2:20pm
U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Warren, Carper, Warner. Form corporate governance working group to fundamentally reform the 21st century American economy. 
1:30pm
U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Shaheen. Lead Senate call to Trump urging President to make women's inclusion in Afghan peace negotiations a foreign policy priority. 
9:29am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Demands USPS reverse directive banning postal police officers from safeguarding our nation's mail and letter carriers. 
9:16am
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Applauds federal wolf delisting. 
3:58am
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Statement on Gray Wolf Delisting, Management Returning to States
3:57am
U.S. Rep. Gallagher. Cyberspace Solarium Commission Calls for Enhanced Election Security Following RPW Hack

Politics

4:40pm
Protect Our Care. SABOTAGE WATCH: Trump’s War on Open Enrollment
3:35pm
Protect Our Care. Trump’s Failed Pandemic Response and Continued War on Health Care Hurts Communities of Color
2:39pm
Protect Our Care. Congresswoman Moore, Treasurer Godlewski join Wisconsinites to Make Clear that Health Care is on the ballot
1:32pm
Wisconsin Elections Commission. Important Things Voters Should Know for Election Day 
12:19pm
Grothman for 6th Congress. Introduces Farmers for Glenn coalition. 
11:38am
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. GOP Groups Far Behind Dem Groups in Outside Spending
3:55am
Stuck for 8th Congress. Questions Gallagher campaign motives. 

12:22pm
New York Times. In Critical Wisconsin, the Fox Valley May Decide the State’s Winner
11:46am
WISN. Voter beware: Ballot drop boxes close before polls
11:46am
WTMJ. President Donald Trump to speak at rally in Kenosha night before Election Day
9:56am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Oh WOW: Suburban Vote Could Prove Key In Wisconsin’s Presidential Race
9:53am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Democrats have Republicans on the defensive in traditionally safe Milwaukee suburbs
3:43am
NBC 15. Record voter turnout, close election anticipated in Sauk Co.
3:37am
WKBT. Wisconsin election officials confident that voters will be able to safely cast ballots
3:33am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Around 250K US Presidential Absentee Ballots Yet To Be Returned In Wisconsin
3:32am
WTMJ. Milwaukee County sheriff warns aggressive behavior at the polls will not be allowed on Election Day
3:31am
Stevens Point Journal. Over $1 million floods into 24th District Senate race as Piotrowski far outpaces Testin in final weeks of fundraising
3:30am
WTMJ. Local election clerks scramble as stamp costs add up
3:25am
WBAY. Green Bay hospital systems warn Trump rally could lead to negative effects in fight against COVID-19
3:24am
Wisconsin State Journal. DOJ, Attorney General Josh Kaul warn against voter intimidation ahead of Election Day
3:16am
AP. Biden returns to Iowa; Trump plays defense in Mich., Wis.

Thursday October 29, 2020

Governor

3:03pm
Gov. Evers. Announces Wisconsin National Guard to assist election officials on election day.
2:04pm
Gov. Evers. DHS Secretary-designee Palm announce expansion of Wisconsin's COVID-19 community testing efforts.

Legislative

3:05pm
Rep. Swearingen. Statement on the federal decision to de-list the Gray Wolf.
2:15pm
Rep. Felzkowski. Statement on de-listing of Gray Wolf.
2:01pm
Sen. Wanggaard. Marsy's Law allows victims to protect medical privacy.
1:04pm
Rep. Allen. Unapologetically unifying.

9:49am
USA Today. Marsy's Law was meant to protect crime victims. It now hides the identities of cops who use force. 
3:34am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Assembly Speaker 'Open' To Another Wisconsin COVID-19 Relief Bill
3:27am
WISN. COVID spike: 'Do you fee any responsibility for the mess?' WISN 12 asks Speaker Vos. 

State Agencies

4:24pm
DOT. recognized for digital innovations
2:37pm
DATCP. Rackow Family Sausage issues class I recall for summer sausage products.
1:05pm
DNR. Investigating injury to horse on Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Trail.
12:09pm
DOJ. Takes action to protect consumers in merger of waste collection and disposal corporations.
11:09am
DNR. Environmental review for City of Menasha project.
10:59am
DOJ. How to recognize and report voter intimidation in Wisconsin.
10:01am
WEDC. Bayfield County receives $250,000 state grant to support expansion of a retreat center
9:19am
DHS. Continues Investment in Quality Health Care for Rural Areas
9:19am
DNR. Environmental review for Village of Reesville Project. 

3:24am
WSAW. Lincoln Hills latest monitor report shows both significant improvement and persistent problems

Economy/Business

3:25pm
WHEDA. Altoro elected to executive committee of the National Council of State Housing Agencies.
2:20pm
Wisconsin Technology Council, Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium. vFairs to power interactive virtual platform for November Wisconsin Early Stage event.
1:57pm
Wisconsin Builders Association. Statewide new home permits increase twenty two percent.
1:54pm
Northwestern Mutual. Announces record $6.2 billion dividend payout to policyowners.
9:27am
RENEW Wisconsin. 17 more Wisconsin nonprofits to be powered by renewable energy through Solar for Good Program. 

9:36am
AP. U.S. economy grew at 33% rate in Q3 but recovery is incomplete. 

Coronavirus

10:36am
Survival Coalition. Weekly update October 27: COVID cases and deaths among people with disabilities and older adults in Wisconsin. 

3:22pm
WISC. 193 hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wisconsin as statewide death toll approaches 2K
3:06pm
WBAY. Wisconsin: 51 more COVID-19 deaths as rate rises; almost 15,000 coronavirus cases in 4 days
3:05pm
Fox 11. Wisconsin expanding coronavirus testing. 
1:35pm
AP. ‘So frustrating’: Grave missteps seen in US virus response
1:28pm
Green Bay Press Gazette. Coronavirus is spreading on Wisconsin reservations as some surrounding communities ignore health mandates
9:42am
Reuters. White House advisers warn of 'unrelenting' COVID-19 spread in U.S. Midwest, West. 
9:38am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Small Social Gatherings Drive Increased COVID-19 Cases In La Crosse County
9:37am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. As the crush of COVID cases continues, Wisconsin is on track to run short of ICU beds in two to six weeks
4:10am
Janesville Gazette. Long line of cars waits for COVID-19 testing at BTC
4:10am
La Crosse Tribune. Mayo officials say COVID case rise not due to increased testing, ask residents to "keep their guard up"
4:08am
Juneau County Star-Times. Second large COVID-19 outbreak announced at New Lisbon prison
4:07am
The Hill. Fauci: COVID-19 vaccine likely not available until next year
3:58am
WTMJ. As COVID cases rise, Racine to enforce mask ordinance and capacity limits
3:58am
WQOW. Chippewa County remains at ‘severe’ COVID-19 risk level as cases, deaths rise
3:56am
WKBT. ‘If we don’t change course there will be issues’: La Crosse hospital capacity at risk as COVID-19 affects older people
3:46am
Stevens Point Journal. Wisconsin reports 3,800 new cases, 45 deaths and a record-high seven-day positivity rate of 27.2%
3:44am
USA Today. 'There's no way to sugarcoat it': COVID-19 cases are surging; one American dies every 107 seconds
3:43am
CBS 58. Area health departments falling behind on contact tracing due to COVID-19 surge
3:43am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Barrett: More COVID-19 Restrictions On Milwaukee Public Gatherings Are Possible
3:39am
WISC. Coronavirus testing site at Blackhawk Technical College to close early for 2nd straight week
3:35am
WISN. Surgeon General: Virus can be under control by Thanksgiving
3:30am
Wisconsin State Journal. Amid Wisconsin COVID-19 surge, Trump administration touts rapid testing effort. 
3:29am
Fox 6. COVID-19 surge prompts change for businesses, hospitals
3:29am
WISN. Surge in new coronavirus cases could overwhelm Wisconsin hospitals
3:25am
Green Bay Press Gazette. Brown County reports 8 COVID-19 deaths in 2 days as health care experts discuss emotional toll as the holidays near
3:23am
Fox 6. Wisconsin remains COVID-19 hot spot, per White House

Statewide

4:08pm
Wisconsin Cranberry Research & Education Foundation. To celebrate Research & Educatoin Center groundbreaking. 
3:00pm
Wisconsin Lottery. Holly Jolly raffle returns.

Courts

3:20pm
Wisconsin Supreme Court. O'Bright v. Lynch - order. 
3:17pm
Marsy's Law for Wisconsin. Praises Appeals Court decision upholding victims’ rights to be heard.
9:35am
District IV Court of Appeals. State v. Alan S. Johnson. 
4:15am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. Lindoo v. Evers - order. 
4:15am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. Fabick v. Evers - order. 
4:14am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. Fabick v. Evers - order. 

4:26pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to address ballot issues in northeastern Wisconsin
3:33am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin Supreme Court To Hear Lawsuit Challenging Statewide Mask Mandate
3:32am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. State Supreme Court accepts case that could wipe out Evers' emergency COVID-19 orders

Education

3:24pm
Focus on Energy. Mosinee School District Pencils in Energy Efficiency, Receives Honor
3:06pm
UW-Eau Claire. International research shapes Blugold's college experience, future plans.
2:57pm
UW-Green Bay. Weidner Philharmonic Brass Musicians join together for 6:30 Concert Series, Nov. 16.
2:37pm
UW-Stout. Donated face shields help keep labs open, students safe.
1:59pm
Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. "All ways forward" campaign extended.
1:29pm
UW-Madison. New NIH-funded initiative will examine Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome.
1:28pm
UW-River Falls. Magara Maeda recieves national teaching award.
1:26pm
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Convenes K-12 leaders to focus on emotional wellness of kids.
12:53pm
UW-Madison. Trends in hurricane behavior show stronger, slower and farther-reaching storms.
12:32pm
UW-Madison. Research highlights need for grassland conservation, agriculture support.
12:28pm
UW-Platteville. The department of geography launches new environmental science and conservation program.
12:27pm
UW-Platteville. Alumna to present at the EMS Engineering Seminar Series.
12:26pm
UW-Platteville. Mumma presents research marking 19th amendment anniversary.
12:26pm
UW-Platteville. Update Coronavirus.

3:26pm
WQOW. Lack of rural internet access still a reality; Farmers, teachers say not enough progress has been made
3:23pm
WISC. Milton High School moving to all-virtual learning for at least 2 weeks
4:09am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Chippewa County working with schools on whether to remain open
4:08am
La Crosse Tribune. Onalaska, West Salem and Holmen schools returning to virtual learning, La Crosse extends virtual learning period
3:59am
WCLO. Two Janesville elementary schools return to face-to-face instruction
3:57am
WKBT. La Crosse School District extends virtual learning
3:55am
WEAU. Regis shutting down athletics until Nov. 16 due to COVID-19 quarantines
3:40am
WISC. Argyle schools to close for remainder of week; high school staying virtual through Nov. 9
3:40am
WISC. Waunakee Community School District brings third, fourth-graders back to school
3:39am
NBC 15. Dodgeville Schools switches to virtual learning until Nov. 30

Local

3:38pm
Brown County Exec. Streckenbach. Saves taxpayers $1.3 million.
12:11pm
Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway. Selects Reuben Sanon as Deputy Mayor.
9:15am
Milwaukee County Sup. Clancy. Calls for investing in human needs, shifting resources from wasteful spending. 

3:55am
WBAY. A D.A. goes M.I.A. Where is the Waushara County District Attorney?
3:24am
Green Bay Press Gazette. COVID-19 in Brown County: Health care calls supplant housing as top concern of United Way 2-1-1 calls during pandemic

Congress

4:41pm
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. Applauds Gray Wolf Delisting
4:03pm
Wisconsin Bear Hunters' Association, Inc. Call for 2020 wolf harvest season.
3:39pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Calls on Verso Corporation to do right by Wisconsin Rapids workers.
3:07pm
U.S. Rep. Gallagher. Applauds delisting of Gray Wolf.
1:38pm
U.S. Rep. Tiffany. Applauds removal of Gray Wolf from federal endangered list.
12:18pm
Wisconsin's Green Fire. Statement on wolf delisting and recovery.
11:23am
U.S. Rep. Steil. Joins HUD, Kenosha County Officials to announce $4.4 million to provide safe, healthy homes for southeast Wisconsin families.
10:35am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. (Updated) U.S. Navy will name a new submarine the "U.S.S. Wisconsin"
9:17am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. U.S. Navy will name a new submarine the "U.S.S. Wisconsin."
4:18am
U.S. Reps. Gallagher, Souzzi. Lead Call for Human Shield Sanctions on Hizbollah

1:35pm
U.S. News & World Report. Trump Officials End Gray Wolf Protections Across Most of US
3:34am
WSAW. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says 2nd Coronavirus aid program hurts dairy farmers

Politics

3:47pm
American Majority Action. Conservative group’s ground-game knocks 60,000 doors to get out the vote.
1:36pm
Wisconsin Elections Commission. Rules about “spoiling” your ballot.
1:35pm
Wisconsin Elections Commission. Rules about offering incentives to voters.
12:07pm
Grothman for 6th Congress. Introduces Healthcare Professionals for Glenn coalition.
10:51am
DOJ. How to Recognize and Report Voter Intimidation in Wisconsin
10:50am
RPW. Statement on cyberattack. 
10:38am
Protect Our Care. As the Virus Rages and President Trump Attacks Health Care, Women’s Lives and Livelihoods Are on the Line
9:58am
Plotkin for 8th Senate. Announces endorsement from Governor Tony Evers. 
9:57am
Zunker for 7th Congress. Responds to Vice President Pence campaign event in Central Wisconsin. 
9:29am
ACLU of Wisconsin. Critical Wisconsin counties as high risk of ballot interference against voters of color, report finds. 
9:18am
City of Madison. Options for Voters with Absentee Ballots to Return
9:15am
NextGen Wisconsin. Young Activists All-in Five Days from Election
4:19am
Tiffany for 7th Congress. Clear Winner of Final Debate

3:31pm
U.S. News & World Report. Governor: 400 Wisconsin National Guard Troops to Work Polls
3:13pm
Reuters. Record-breaking early voting in U.S. election tops 80 million. 
3:11pm
New York Times. How Virus Politics Divided a Conservative Town in Wisconsin’s North
9:52am
LA Times. As COVID-19 ravages Wisconsin’s small towns, hostility toward Trump intensifies
9:31am
AP. Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million. 
4:13am
Racine Journal Times. Vos says he is ‘open to a second relief bill’; challenger says it's too little, too late
3:54am
Fox 11. Trump's Friday rally raises concern as COVID-19 numbers rise in Brown Co.
3:53am
WTMJ. Joe Biden attending campaign event in Milwaukee this Friday, sources say
3:47am
Wausau Daily Herald. Vice President Mike Pence shuns quarantine, rallies Trump crowd at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee
3:45am
Wausau Daily Herald. 'Sometimes I fall short': Wisconsin law allowed Rep. Snyder to conceal second OWI from public
3:42am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Mike Pence Stumps In Central Wisconsin, Says COVID-19 Vaccine Coming In 2020
3:42am
CBS 58. Wisconsin AG 'preparing for' possibility of militia groups intimidating voters at polls
3:41am
NBC 26. Wisconsin Elections Commission weighs in on what can't be worn to polling sites
3:38am
NBC 15. Counting absentee ballots starts as soon as polls open on Election Day
3:36am
WISC. ‘Very disappointed’ disability rights group urges voters to make plan following Supreme Court ruling
3:26am
Spectrum News. 'We're Demanding Change': Black Wisconsinites Emerge as Key Voting Bloc