Wisconsin Capitol and the Forward statue wearing a protective face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: Nazan Gillie

Cooperation on Wisconsin COVID-19 responses hangs in the balance

A draft of a Republican omnibus bill for a legislative session on COVID-19 response includes some measures — such as temporarily removing a one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits to start — that work...

Picture still murky one day after election

One day after Wisconsin’s spring election, the state has just a smattering of the data needed to get a full picture of how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced voting behaviors.  Since polls closed, a handful of...
A poll worker sits outside of Washington High School wearing a protective mask. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Racial disparities illustrated by Milwaukee’s long voter lines

Election day in Milwaukee offered sobering sights at the five out of 180 polling sites that remained open in the city of more than 600,000. Lines stretched for several blocks, filled with people young...
Judge Jill Karofsky (via Jill for Justice)

Jill Karofsky on Wisconsin’s election mess

In a video-chat press conference at 4:00 pm on Election Day, Judge Jill Karofsky, candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court, thanked poll workers and others who are serving the public during the pandemic, and reminded...
Voter at the entrance to Madison polling station wearing a bandana covering her face.

Pandemic mother-daughter voting

The very first time our newborn daughter went anywhere outside of the house after coming home from the hospital it was to go to our polling place with me to vote in a Wisconsin...

PHOTOS: Madison goes to the polls during pandemic

Around Wisconsin, voters headed to the polls Tuesday despite concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. After days of uncertainty, a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision Monday afternoon meant there would be in-person voting in this year's...

Activists showed up; lawmakers did not

For several weeks, Laura Valderrama has been watching the growing alarm over whether Wisconsin lawmakers would really try to force state residents to vote on April 7, exposing themselves to the spreading novel coronavirus. A...
Voters casting ballots. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

Wisconsin’s closed polls

Wisconsin's April 7 election has been subject to confusion, whiplash and litigation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the Wisconsin Supreme Court's order Monday evening that Gov. Tony Evers does not have the authority to postpone...
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Supreme Court overturns Evers’ election order

The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order delaying the April 7 election and in-person voting until June 9 in a 4-2 ruling. Conservative justices voted with the majority. (Justice Daniel Kelly,...
Gov. Tony Evers at a virtual news conference on 4/6/20 after he delays the April 7 election. (And before the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns his order.)

The COVID-19 crisis appeared to bring Democrat Evers and Republican legislative leaders together

Monday was not only a big day for news from Wisconsin on elections and democracy, it was a monumental day in the relationship between the Wisconsin Legislature, controlled by Republicans, and Gov. Tony Evers,...
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