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Backup health care facility for COVID patients

State will use backup facility for COVID-19 patients for the first time

BY: - October 7, 2020

As hospitals around the state report they are overwhelmed with patients, a backup facility at State Fair Park in suburban Milwaukee will begin taking COVID-19 patients next week. Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday that the Alternate Care Facility (ACF) will open Wednesday, Oct. 14, to receive patients who are less severely ill, most likely after […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers at the Capitol

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules that the Legislature may represent the state’s interests in court

BY: - October 7, 2020

In a 4-3 decision the conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a case involving an extension on counting absentee ballots that “the Wisconsin Legislature has the authority to represent the State of Wisconsin’s interest in the validity of state laws.” The case arose after Judge William Conley of the U.S. […]

Miller Park, Fiserv Forum will no longer be used as early voting locations

BY: - October 6, 2020

The city of Milwaukee will no longer be able to use Fiserv Forum and Miller Park as locations for early voting, the Milwaukee Elections Commission announced Tuesday.  The stadiums will not be eligible because the city did not include them on its list of early voting locations in June when state statute required they be […]

Wisconsin Voter Helpline at 608-285-2141

Got questions? Call or text for answers on voting in Wisconsin

BY: - October 6, 2020

The pandemic has caused confusion over how to most effectively and safely vote while protecting your health. President Donald Trump and his supporters have been falsely claiming  that mail-in voting is insecure and rife with fraud, while promoting various forms of voter suppression. As a result, people are more worried than ever about how to […]

Marchers with The Peoples Revolution dance and prepare to march from Wauwatosa City Hall. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

PerSISTERS group calls for the respect of peaceful protest in Wauwatosa

BY: - October 6, 2020

A grassroots group known as the PerSISTERS has issued an open letter to Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), calling on the pair to “join us in a statement of commitment to justice and non-violence.” The letter was issued in light of ongoing protests in Wauwatosa, and concerns about what may follow […]

A display made in Civic Park, Kenosha, after the protests, unrest, and shootings that occurred in late 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Newspaper tells the stories of the victims in Kenosha protest shootings

BY: - October 5, 2020

The Washington Post has published an in-depth account of the Aug. 25 Kenosha shootings in which an Illinois teenager killed two men and wounded a third — going deeper than the heavily politicized narratives of the incident. The Post’s reporting about the third night of demonstrations following the police shooting of Jacob Blake focuses on […]

"Ron Johnson" by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Sen. Johnson tests positive for the coronavirus

BY: - October 3, 2020

A statement from Sen. Ron Johnson’s office said that he has tested positive for COVID-19, but he has reported being asymptomatic.  Johnson was not at the ceremony last weekend where President Donald Trump announced he had chosen Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court because he was in quarantine after a previous potential exposure.  He […]

Lt. Gov. Barnes: To stop the spread, change our behavior

BY: - October 2, 2020

With public health almost entirely dependent on voluntary behavior and few enforced restrictions, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes telephoned Friday to get the word out: Wisconsin residents need to do what it takes to stop the spread of COVID-19. “We’re encouraging extreme caution for people across the state,” Barnes said in a phone interview. Compared especially […]

WILKES BARRE, PA - AUGUST 02: David Reinert holds up a large "Q" sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. "Q" represents QAnon, a conspiracy theory group that has been seen at recent rallies. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Rep. Tiffany votes against condemning conspiracy theorists QAnon

BY: - October 2, 2020

On a vote of 371 to 18, The House Friday to condemn QAnon, a far-right, pro-Trump conspiracy theory group that has dispersed misinformation about COVID-19 and believe the enemies of President Donald Trump are a “deep-state,” satan-worshiping, child-sex-trafficking cannibals that include Democrats and media. The movement has been identified by the FBI as a potential […]

High School students from Brooklyn demand that our elected representatives protect students from gun violence and enact sane gun laws. #BrooklynWalksOut (photo by Jeffrey Bary, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

In-depth response from Milwaukee Health Department to Wednesday mass shooting

BY: - October 1, 2020

In the wake of a mass shooting incident, which occurred at a funeral home in Milwaukee on Sept. 30, the city’s Health Department issued a statement invoking the ever-present issue of gun violence. “No family in our community should have to suffer the grief and pain of gun violence — especially while mourning the loss […]

British TV investigation shows how Trump 2016 campaign tamped down Black voters

BY: - October 1, 2020

Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign didn’t just strive to appeal to white working-class voters who believed they had been forgotten — it actively sought to discourage Black voters from going to the polls, a British television news team is reporting. Among those voters targeted for suppression were residents of Milwaukee, in an election upset that […]

Homeland Security pushed talking points sympathetic to Kenosha gunman

BY: - October 1, 2020

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) is calling for an oversight hearing to investigate an NBC News report that the Trump administration prepped federal law enforcement officials to provide a sympathetic description of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Illinois gunman charged with killing two protesters in Kenosha and wounding a third. The network obtained a talking points document […]