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Wisconsin AG Kaul sues Trump over Postal Service

BY: - August 20, 2020

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced on Tuesday that he would be joining a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for gumming up the U.S. Postal Service. “The Trump administration’s attack on the USPS shortly before an election in which record-breaking use of mail-in voting will take place must be stopped. I’m working with other AGs […]

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined other victims of gun violence and lawmakers outside the U.S. Capitol to rally for a background-check bill by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Califorina, left. Photo by Andrew Howard | Cronkite News

‘I have not lost my voice’: Gabby Giffords at DNC convention calls for end to gun violence

BY: - August 19, 2020

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords opened the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, recounting her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head and her embrace of activism on gun violence policy. Giffords, of Arizona, appeared in a pre-taped video that included images of her long, painful rehabilitation from the 2011 assassination […]

DNC rural council meeting leaves out rural Wisconsin

BY: - August 19, 2020

After President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by 23,000 votes in 2016, the Democratic party put a renewed focus on the state and its issues — including naming Milwaukee the site of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.  Now that the 2020 presidential campaign is here and the convention has been moved to a virtual format because […]

Wauwatosa officers confront protesters in the days after the incident at Mensah's house. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

The scene as a protester is arrested in Wauwatosa

BY: - August 18, 2020

On Aug. 14, the Wauwatosa police made one of their first arrests of a Black Lives Matter protester after weeks of sustained protests in the Milwaukee County suburb. Protesters had started in Milwaukee, and marched down Wells Street to cross into Wauwatosa. Police confronted the marchers as they reached the city limits. On Aetna St. […]

Congresswoman Gwen Moore speaking on the DNC stage in Milwaukee on Monday, August 17. Photo courtesy of the 2020 Democratic National Convention Committee (“DNCC”), all rights reserved.

Gwen Moore loves us all

BY: - August 18, 2020

Congresswoman Gwen Moore was the first face of Wisconsin to be featured in the opening of the Democratic National Convention kick off in Milwaukee/virtual reality. She appeared live from the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Yes, it was only for 90 seconds — but, per usual, she packed a lot of enthusiasm and fun into […]

A drone, likely operated by police based on its complexity on the first day of demonstrations in Milwaukee. (Wisconsin Examiner | Isiah Holmes)

A look at the DNC’s “security footprint” and plans for the days ahead

BY: - August 18, 2020

Opening day for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) was supposed to be a huge opportunity for Milwaukee. Thousands of people were expected to stream into Wisconsin’s largest city for events spanning four days. The economic boost Milwaukee would have received would have been unrivaled. But then COVID-19 happened, and the format of the DNC had […]

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

Baldwin, Senate Dems demand postmaster address delays before election

BY: - August 13, 2020

Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined her Democratic colleagues in the Senate in sending a letter to U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy expressing “significant concern” about policies DeJoy is implementing that will increase the cost of election-related mail and slow down delivery. The senators wrote to DeJoy  “We … urge you not to take any action that […]

NUTLEY, NJ - FEBRUARY 28: A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Reports of COVID-19 test shortages spark Baldwin letter to VP Pence

BY: - August 12, 2020

In a letter this week to Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) called out the Trump administration for shortages of supplies needed for COVID-19 testing. “The failure of leadership from the Trump Administration is resulting in a rationing of health care in Wisconsin and it is unacceptable,” Baldwin wrote in the letter sent […]

Signs from a pandemic election including health alert at the polls

Takeaways from the August primary, as Wisconsin gets ready for the November election

BY: - August 12, 2020

Wisconsin held its Aug. 11 primary as COVID-19 continues to spread across the state and with just 84 days to go until the Nov. 3 presidential election.  Though the fall partisan primary was not afflicted by last-minute rule changes by the courts or long lines at the polls, the challenges of voting in a pandemic […]

Wisconsin COVID-19 deaths top 1,000; ‘Even one … is one too many,’ says governor

BY: - August 11, 2020

Wisconsin marked a grim milestone as the state’s official death toll from COVID-19 reached 1,000 Tuesday, and then kept climbing. The daily statistical report from the Department of Health Services (DHS) listed 1,006 deaths from the virus since it was first encountered in Wisconsin, eight more than Monday’s total. “Even one death from COVID-19 is […]

For Wisconsin ballot access: Does it matter if Kanye West actually lives at 3202 Big Horn Ave., Cody, WY?

BY: - August 10, 2020

Musical artist and businessman Kanye West’s application to be running for president and on the November ballot in Wisconsin lists a Cody, Wyoming address. His residence is one of the challenges — in addition to potentially invalid ballot signatures and turning those signatures in minutes past the deadline — that the Wisconsin Elections Commission is […]

Pope Conservancy Farm in Dane County white fence with clouds above

Group targets rural voters as poll shows Biden lead

BY: - August 10, 2020

With Wisconsin set to play a crucial role in November’s presidential election, Rural America Fund 2020, an advocacy organization, launched a steering committee last week to convince the state’s rural voters that President Donald Trump’s policies have been bad for agriculture.  The steering committee is made up of educators, farmers and former elected officials. The […]