Gov. Evers calls National Guard to the Capitol 

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    A QAnon flag flies in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol at the Dec. 7 pro-Trump election rally. (Henry Redman | Wisconsin Examiner)

    Gov. Tony Evers on Monday called on the Wisconsin National Guard to provide safety and security support at the State Capitol in Madison. 

    State capitols around the country are on high alert following last week’s violent assault on the U.S. Capitol, as militia groups and far-right activists threaten more armed marches and assaults on state capitols over social media.

    “Once again, our state has asked our Citizen Soldiers in the Wisconsin National Guard to answer the call to keep our state, its citizens and its institutions safe,” Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general,  said in a statement. 

    The troops will support the Capitol Police. 

    “To protect operational security, the Wisconsin National Guard will not discuss troop numbers, movements, timelines, equipment, tactics or procedures,” a press release from the governor’s office stated.

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    Ruth Conniff
    Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine where she worked for many years from both Madison and Washington, DC. Shortly after Donald Trump took office she moved with her family to Oaxaca, Mexico, and covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.