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Henry Redman

Henry Redman

Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.

Secretary-designee Crim inspects a rollercoaster (photo courtesy of DSPS)

Wisconsin State Fair canceled

By: - May 28, 2020

The 2020 Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled, with organizers citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.  The fair’s 12-member board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel the event. The fair, which was scheduled for Aug. 6-16, typically draws more than one million visitors over 11 days. Public health officials are currently advising against gatherings […]

Teen marcher at Milwaukee Federal Building calling for DACA protections, alongside Voces de la Frontera. (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

‘We’re riding it through’: pandemic adds more burden for DACA recipients and families

By: - May 28, 2020

Like many college students, Daniel Gutierrez Ayala has had to make some difficult adjustments because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The political science and Spanish major at Cardinal Stritch University had to take two incomplete grades as his classes moved online. His 16-year-old sister is also at home adjusting to online high school. His parents have […]

An absentee ballots for the April 7 election. (Photo by Henry Redman)

Elections Commission approves more than $6 million in spending, will send ballot applications to most voters

By: - May 27, 2020

With only a few short detours into partisan bickering, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) approved spending more than $6 million in grant money provided to the state by the federal CARES Act to help administer elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The money will go toward mailing an absentee ballot application to most registered voters, helping […]

Dane County

Dane County, Madison officials fight over reopening too soon, decision-making process

By: - May 27, 2020

A fight over coronavirus response in Wisconsin has broken out between executive leadership and legislative officials. But it’s not between Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm and the Republican majority in the State Legislature.  Instead, it’s between Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, Public Health Madison and […]

Bascom Hall on the UW Madison campus in fall

UW faculty worry about ‘power grab’ by Cross at budget listening sessions

By: - May 26, 2020

On May 7, news broke of University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross’ plan to address the financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic collapse.  Cross’ “Blueprint for the University of Wisconsin System Beyond COVID-19” faced an immediate backlash from faculty, staff, students and politicians who say that they have been burned […]

Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer tourism season but officials unsure of what’s coming

By: - May 22, 2020

In normal times, Memorial Day weekend in Wisconsin would mean a start to the state’s summer tourism season. Boats would be put into the water, grills would be lit up, the Brewers would be on TV and travelers would flock to Door County, Lake Geneva, the Northwoods and Wisconsin Dells.  But spring is turning to […]

UW-Oshkosh economists find link between Wisconsin’s in-person voting and increase in COVID-19

By: - May 21, 2020

Areas with high in-person voting rates in Wisconsin’s April 7 election saw increases in positive COVID-19 test results in the weeks that followed, according to a working paper published this week by economists from UW-Oshkosh and Ball State University.  Municipalities across Wisconsin were forced to consolidate polling places for a variety of reasons — including […]

Cambridge

Caught on the line between stay-at-home and reopened

By: - May 19, 2020

Driving east on U.S. Highway 12, about 20 miles from Madison, the speed limit quickly drops from 55 mph to 25 mph as U.S. 12 becomes the Village of Cambridge’s Main Street.  Cambridge, with a population of about 1,500, is home to the Cambridge High School Blue Jays and Main Street is lined with boutiques […]

An absentee ballots for the April 7 election. (Photo by Henry Redman)

‘Important lessons learned’ says Elections Commission report on April 7 absentee voting

By: - May 18, 2020

A report released Monday by the Wisconsin Elections Commission shows that thousands of absentee ballots were rejected or never returned in the April 7 election, but that proportionally the amount of ballots not counted did not differ from past elections.  The April 7 election was held under controversial circumstances as debates rose over the use […]

Closed Sign

Counties, cities rescind local stay-at-home orders, citing shaky legality

By: - May 15, 2020

Several Wisconsin counties and municipalities have rescinded local “Safer at Home” orders, citing legal advice against implementing them in the aftermath of Wednesday evening’s Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling throwing out the statewide order. After the court’s 4-3 ruling against Gov. Tony Evers and Andrea Palm, secretary-designee for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Kenosha […]

A resident waits in line to vote at a polling place in Milwaukee for the April 7, 2020, primary election. Residents waited sometimes more than two hours to vote at this site, one of the few polling places open in the city after most were consolidated due to a shortage of poll workers fearful of contracting COVID-19. Photo by Scott Olson | Getty Images

Milwaukee-area Assembly candidate collects 1,000 signatures by mail

By: - May 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has upended every aspect of political campaigns and elections in Wisconsin, including the process for candidates obtaining ballot signatures.  With door knocking unavailable because of the pandemic, candidates are forced to think creatively to collect the signatures they need to get their names on the ballot. In the hotly contested 23rd Assembly […]

A collection of open signs in different languages

Supreme Court ruling leaves complicated patchwork of local stay-at-home orders

By: - May 15, 2020

After a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling struck down the state’s Safer-at-Home order, county and municipal governments were left to fend for themselves, with some instituting their own orders while others encouraged businesses to open “safely.”  At a press briefing Thursday afternoon, Gov. Tony Evers expressed frustration over the chaos caused by the court’s ruling, and […]