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2020 Wisconsin Elections

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COVID-19 
Executive Order #82: Declaring Public Health Emergency
Emergency Order #1: Requiring face coverings  FAQ
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
League of Wisconsin Municipalities: Emergency Orders-Plans - Local
Forward Analytics: Wisconsin COVID-19 Summary

Friday August 14, 2020 - Updated 4:32pm

Governor

9:08am
Gov. Evers. First Lady Evers announces the Wisconsin 19th Amendment Celebration Committss's next "Women Who Inspire" nominee. 
4:08am
Gov. Evers. Delivers Democratic Radio Address on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity. 

Legislative

4:32pm
Wisconsin AFL-CIO. Releases voting records for 2018 Lame Duck and 2019-2020 State Legislative Sessions. 
2:27pm
Sen. Wirch. Named 2019-2020 "Friend of Public Health."
11:01am
Sen. Jacque. GOP weekly Radio Address: Supporting law enforcement. 
10:19am
Sen. Fitzgerald. Praises President on Israel deal. 
10:18am
Sen. Marklein. Column: Session recap: Roads. 

4:09am
Chippewa Herald. Bernier gets prescription for hydroxy. 

State Agencies

1:20pm
DOT. Seeks feedback on public involvement plan for the Wisconsin Rail Plan 2050. 
1:19pm
DOR. Equalized Values Report shows healthy increase in property values. 
12:09pm
DATCP. One week left to apply for Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council. 
10:20am
DWD. Youth apprenticeship releases first tier of occupational pathway curriculum modernization. 
4:07am
DMA. Newly minted circuit court judge and Citizen Soldier serves his state and nation as both a judge and Guardsman. 
3:50am
DATCP. Alerts consumers to tech support robocalls. 

Economy/Business

9:23am
The Hill. Markets rise as economy struggles; 'It does not make any sense.'
9:06am
Reuters. U.S. retail sales rise less than expected in July. 
4:11am
Washington Post. The recession is over for the rich, but the working class is far from recovered.  
3:08am
WEAU. The pandemic continues to affect employment in the Chippewa Valley. 
3:04am
Reuters. U.S. hits fiscal cliff with jobs, economic recovery in the balance. 

Coronavirus

9:22am
A Better Wisconsin Together. Wisconsinites come together to thank Governor Tony Evers to keeping us safe with a mask mandate. 
3:49am
DMA. County, tribal emergency managers are front line of coordinated response. 
3:48am
DVA. Letter to King community regarding COVID-19.

2:28pm
Fox 11. New coronavirus cases, positive test rate return to high levels. 
9:09am
Wisconsin Public Radio. DHS hospital partners say COVID-19 testing material have been diverted from Wisconsin. 
4:05am
Up North News. COVID-19 tracing getting harder in Wisconsin because people lie about their contacts.
3:44am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Three dead, 23 sickened in Pierce County outbreak; mass testing conducted Thursday. 
3:41am
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Wisconsin tribal casinos using UV light to 'kill' coronavirus, tech could work in schools. 
3:39am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Evers has about $300 million more federal aid he can spend to fight COVID-19. 
3:18am
Racine Journal Times. After deaths at Racine County nursing home, Federal VA nurses called in to help. 
3:01am
WAOW. State, national leaders speak out against diversion of testing supplies. 
3:00am
Fox 6. 'Promising news:' Milwaukee County sees progress in COVID-19 fight, not enough to advance gating criteria. 
2:59am
Wisconsin Public Radio. DHS: 943 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Thursday. 

Education

1:21pm
UW-Eau Claire. Renovations illuminating for Haas Fine Arts Center venues. 
1:16pm
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. To Racine Unified: District must meet legal requirement to bus students to private schools. 
11:58am
UW-Milwaukee. School of Architecture and Urban Planning welcomes Sarah Aziz and Lindsey Krug as 2020-21 Fitzhugh Scott Fellows. 
10:18am
TransfertoVirtualSchool.com Wisconsin parents still have time to enroll their children in an established online charter school. 

11:09am
NBC 15. WIAA opens door to playing fall sports in the spring. 
11:05am
U.S. News & World Report. Foxconn's $100 million pledge to university largely unmet. 
9:10am
Wisconsin Public Radio. 'Rather know that they're safe than have them in the classroom with me': Wisconsin teachers worry about face-to-face fall instruction. 
3:24am
WQOW. Chippewa Falls School District reveals back-to-school plan. 
3:16am
Fox 6. Oak Creek-Franklin schools to begin 2020-21 year virtually; return to in-person learning possible. 
3:14am
WISN. Schools statewide wait for guidance on shutdown threshold. 
3:13am
WISN. Board members, teachers targets of name-calling in back-to-school talks. 
3:09am
WEAU. How a shortage of substitute teachers and bus drivers is affecting Wisconsin. 
3:05am
CBS 58. Milwaukee Health Department says it has received reopening plans from more than two dozen schools .
3:03am
Wisconsin State Journal. UW-Madison still waiting on Foxconn's $100 million pledge two years later. 

Local

4:29pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Clancy. Supports 25% cut to Sheriff's budget. 
4:23pm
Milwaukee County Exec. Crowley. Stands in solidarity with Milwaukee Art Museum workers union drive. 
4:22pm
Wisconsin AFL-CIO. Letter in support of Milwaukee Art Museum employees. 
11:01am
MCTS. Announces detours ahead of DNC.
11:00am
ALCU of Wisconsin. Commends Waukesha County Jail for lifting religious text and practice restrictions in local jail. 

3:11am
WTMJ. Wauwatosa Police Union: Members have no confidence in Mayor Dennis McBride. 

Congress

1:22pm
U.S. Rep. Steil. Announces innovative challenge for young coders in Wisconsin's First Congressional District. 
11:57am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin; Reps. Moore, Kind, Pocan. Call on President Trump to extend full federal funding for Wisconsin National Guard to fight COVID-19 pandemic. 

11:17am
Reuters. Hopes for a fresh round of U.S. coronavirus relief fade as Congress goes home. 
11:12am
AP. Lawmakers: Postal changes delay mail-order medicine for vets. 
3:17am
CNBC. Coronavirus stimulus stalemate could drag on for weeks as Congress leaves town. 
3:02am
Politico. Besieged on all sides, Ron Johnson says he probe 'would certainly' help Trump win reelection. 

Politics

3:55am
Lowery for 37th Assembly. Only one candidate has pledged to vote against gerrymandering. 

3:42pm
The Hill. Postal service warns states it might miss some mail-in ballot deadlines. 
11:07am
U.S. News & World Report. Trump's counter to Democratic Convention? Swing state trips.
3:12am
WUWM. 'My expectation is they're masking up,' Evers says about Trump's campaign visit to Wisconsin. 
3:10am
WTMJ. One of the youngest ever state Assembly candidates running against 82-year-old incumbent. 
3:07am
CBS 58. Local postal workers feel cuts and changes to USPS will slow down mail, election ballots. 
3:06am
AP. Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes. 

Thursday August 13, 2020

Governor

3:49am
Gov. Evers. Building Commission approves $65 million for key projects. 

Legislative

4:04pm
Wisconsin Paper Council. Selects state Seator Patrick Testin as the trade association's "Legislator of the Year."
3:39pm
Wisconsin Public Health Association, Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards. Announce "2019-2020 Friends of Public Health."
2:01pm
Rep. Hebl. Column: Voting in the time of COVID. 

12:13pm
Cap Times. Legislature releases records of Staush Gruszynski sexual harassment probe. 

State Agencies

4:02pm
DATCP. Wisconsin Farm to School Advisory Council nominations accepted through August 30. 
3:43pm
DOT. Drivers over age 60 have until November 23 to renew their license. 
1:59pm
WEDC. Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity to meet Aug. 14. 
11:40am
DOJ. Launches new incident-level criminal justice data dashboards. 
3:42am
DNR. Ruffed grouse West Nile Virus test results now available. 

Economy/Business

12:45pm
NFIB Wisconsin. Quadrennial problems and priorities survey ranks small business problems. 
11:43am
WMC. What is the coolest thing made in Wisconsin? 
11:42am
WRA, AASEW, Wisconsin Apartment Association. ICYMI: Helping Hands for Housing Landlord Coalition works to keep tenants in their homes. 

9:14am
Reuters. U.S. weekly jobless claims drop below one million; labor market still weak. 
3:46am
Fox 6. 'The system is not built for problems:' Attorneys point to Gov. Walker amid unemployment delays. 

Coronavirus

2:30pm
Gov. Evers. Announces launch of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Investment Dashboard. 

12:39pm
Fox 9. Health official: 44% of Seneca plant's COVID-19 tests in Cumberland, Wis. return positive. 
12:14pm
Green Bay Press Gazette. 'Pretty ugly.' COVID-19 flares up in Marinette, Oconto counties as residents resist safety measures. 
12:08pm
The Hill. CDC director warns of 'worst fall' in history if people don't follow COVID-19 guidelines. 
4:16am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Over 700 in EC County currently quarantined; weekly new cases set another record. 
4:14am
Marshfield News Herald. 'Failure of leadership': Sen. Tammy Baldwin questions Mike Pence about diversions of coronavirus testing supplies. 
3:56am
NBC 26. Hospital visitors limited, case hospitalizations up in Fond du Lac Co. 
3:47am
CNBC. Accuracy of U.S. coronavirus data thrown into question as decline in testing skews drop in new cases. 
3:33am
Fox 11. 7-day average of coronavirus cases in Wisconsin falls; overall activity remains high. 
3:30am
Spectrum News. Fond du Lac County seeing increase in coronavirus cases 

Environment/Outdoors

2:15pm
WXPR. Half of Wisconsin's wetlands to lose federal protection, conservation groups estimate. 

Statewide

2:03pm
Security Health. Helping clients with essential supplies during trying times. 
11:38am
Children's Wisconsin. 2020 Briggs & Al's Run & Walk goes virtual. 
11:32am
We Are Many United Against Hate. Homegrown Hate & Domestic Terrorism. 

Courts

12:10pm
AP. Federal appeals court: Male-only draft is constitutional. 

Education

4:29pm
Marquette University. Nursing professor named Ascension Wisconsin Sister Rosaline Klein Endowed Professor. 
1:56pm
UW-Stout. University, WITC partner on B.S. in management flexible degree. 
1:54pm
UW-Milwaukee. Pharmeceutical company licenses drug development compounds from UWM Research Foundation. 
11:35am
MacIver Institute. Wisconsin school district employees pay on average $82 a month for health insurance single plan; $200 a month for family plan. 
9:12am
UW-River Falls. Recent grad joins Pierce County Public Health as contact tracer. 

3:58am
WCLO. Survey shows Janesville teachers oppose school district's reopening plan. 
3:46am
CNBC. Coronavirus has upended school plans. It will also worsen racial and economic inequalities, experts warn. 
3:38am
Fox 6. Days after Waukesha County hit record for new COVID-19 cases, district votes on school reopening plan. 
3:34am
WTMJ. Private schools see dramatic spikes in enrollment amid virtual plans for public schools. 
3:31am
U.S. News & World Report. UW-Madison chancellor: 'We're in a real financial crisis.'
3:29am
WBAY. Appleton Area School District to begin school year virtually. 

Local

4:30pm
Adams County, Wisconsin County Forests Association. Establishes Wisconsin's 30th County Forest. 
2:33pm
Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway. "Today the City mourns."
12:46pm
Great Water Alliance. Federal financing means big savings for water ratepayers, Mayor says. 
12:00pm
Charter Communications. Outlines additional $100,000 contribution to support the City of Milwaukee and its residents. 
11:43am
Madison Metro Sewerage District. Salt Savers training equips water softner professionals to cut the daily salt load to freshwater streams. 
11:39am
MCTS. To adjust passenger limit starting Friday, August 14. 
3:50am
Racine Mayor Mason. State of the City Address text. 

4:36am
WSAW. City approves Wausau police task force to review policies. 
4:27am
Fox 6. EPA announces $137M loan to Waukesha for Great Lakes Water Supply Project. 
3:58am
WISN. Morgue ads refrigerated trailer as it exceeds capacity. 

Congress

2:32pm
Center for Media and Democracy. Watchdog groups call for ethics investigation of Senator Ron Johnson's misuse of committee to promote political disinformation. 
2:07pm
U.S. Rep. Grothman. Introduces bill to help alleviate excessive student loan debt. 
12:16pm
U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Murphy. Call on Congressional Budget Office to reexamine junk plans offered by private insurers. 
11:33am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Joins Senate Democratic Caucus in urging USPS to fix delays and avoid cost increases for election mail. 

12:28pm
WTMJ. Senator Johnson on WTMJ: No new COVID-19 stimulus deal until current package is spent. 
12:10pm
Politico. Trump says he opposes USPS funding in an effort to block mail-in voting. 
4:26am
AP. Warning on Russia adds questions about Senate's Biden probe. 
3:45am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin's congressional delegation mostly split by party on Trump's COVID executive orders. 
3:44am
Fox 11. Johnson, Gallagher on Trump's unemployment executive order. 
3:39am
Politico. Standoff over Covid relief could drag into September. 
3:29am
WDIO. Congressman Tom Tiffany visits UWS; talks schools opening up. 

Politics

3:41pm
SEIU Wisconsin State Council. Celebrates primary victories of candidates who will put working people first. 
1:58pm
Voces de la Frontera Action. Appluds victories in Wisconsin partisan primaries; Looks to Biden and Harris for engagement in Wisconsin. 
11:58am
ACLU of Wisconsin. Teams up with Milwaukee Bucks to increase voting participation, civic engagement in Wisconsin. 
11:37am
Survival Coalition. Shares essential information on disability issues for candidates for public office.  Background Papers.
11:34am
Lee for 14th Assembly. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald endorses. 
9:13am
Sargent for 16th Senate. Announces campaign endorsement from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. 

4:18am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Sen. LaTonya Johnson calls fellow Milwaukee Democrat Lena Taylor 'toxic' after facing primary challenge. 
3:57am
WISC. Absentee ballots account for 79 percent of votes cast in Madison as city sees higher voter turnout. 
3:43am
Fox 11. President Trump expected to visit Oshkosh next week. 
3:41am
U.S. News & World Report. Battle lines set for Wisconsin GOP's super-majority push. CBS 58. 
3:36am
Beloit Daily News. Rock Co. officials forecast record turnout, poll worker shortage for Nov. 3 general election. 
3:32am
Wisconsin Public Radio. An avalanche of absentee ballots, shorter lines for Tuesday's primary.