Politics & Government

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Extra pens, sanitized voting machines and absentee ballots

BY: - March 16, 2020

Elections clerks around Wisconsin typically have plans for what to do if an election is impacted by a fire, a power outage or other crises. But now, election officials around the state find themselves preparing for an election impacted by a global pandemic.  Wisconsin’s spring election is set to take place on April 7 — […]

Irene Strohbeen, entrepreneur in residence at Lawrence University.

How about paid sick leave, now?

BY: - March 16, 2020

Wanda Lavender, 37, is a manager at a Popeye’s restaurant in Milwaukee. She’s a mother, a grandmother and the breadwinner for her family, making $12 an hour working 40 – 60 hours per week.  “Yesterday my family had to go into self-quarantine,” she says. My son’s teacher tested positive for coronavirus. My son ran a […]

Hand sanitizer sits on a table during a news conference with healthcare workers at the National Nurses United offices in Oakland, California. The National Nurses United held a news conference to express concerns that the Centers for Disease Control is not doing enough to help protect and test healthcare workers who are exposed to patients with the COVID-19 virus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dane County schools closing effective immediately

BY: - March 15, 2020

On order of Public Health Madison & Dane County, the Madison Metropolitan School District and nearly two-dozen other Dane County school districts are closing effective immediately, rather than waiting until Wednesday, officials announced Sunday. Also Sunday, the number of people testing positive for the virus responsible for the illness known as COVID-19 rose to 33, […]

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) smiles after receiving the gavel from Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) following her election as the next Speaker of the House | Win McNamee, Getty Images

U.S. House passes coronavirus response bill; Wisconsin Republicans dissent

BY: - March 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House early Saturday morning approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his support for the bill.  The multi-billion dollar package aims to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, and mitigate its economic effects as fears of recession […]

Gov. Tony Evers and Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm

UPDATE: Dane County schools to close Monday

BY: - March 13, 2020

Updated 3/15/2020 at 3:50 p.m. All Dane County schools will close effective Monday, by order of Public Health Madison & Dane County on Sunday. Also Sunday, the public health agency barred meetings of 50 or more people, and recommended that gatherings of fewer then 50 take place only if necessary. The number of people who […]

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How does the Wisconsin Legislature COVID-19 response stack up?

BY: - March 13, 2020

Where does Wisconsin stand in comparison to other states on its response to COVID-19, the coronavirus that has been declared a pandemic? The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) is tracking various responses and legislation around  the country aimed at combating COVID-19, noting that while the Centers for Disease Control is in charge of the […]

Election 2020 art image with flying ballots, donkey, elephant

Electoral math for toss-up Wisconsin in a “disorienting” week

BY: - March 13, 2020

This week’s Cook Political Report shows Wisconsin to be where we’ve come to expect our state to be for the 2020 presidential election — a true toss up.  The report, which divides the states into “solid,” “likely” and “lean” for Republican and Democratic states, keeps a running tab on where it predicts the electoral college […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening COVID-19 crisis. Trump said the US will suspend all travel from Europe - except the UK - for the next 30 days. Since December 2019, COVID-19 has infected more than 109,000 people and killed more than 3,800 people in 105 countries. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

COVID-19 changes the political landscape

BY: - March 13, 2020

This week marked a turning point. Even President Donald Trump seemed to recognize it. In his address to the nation on Wednesday night, Trump appeared off-balance, his voice dropping to a whisper at several points as he acknowledged the seriousness of the global COVID-19 pandemic, after weeks of calling the disease a hoax, then downplaying […]

Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference declaring a public health state of emergency due to COVID-19 3/12/20

Evers talks COVID-19 impact on gatherings, homeless, meals and voting

BY: - March 12, 2020

Thursday morning Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health state of emergency due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, saying the declaration would give the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and other agencies the tools needed to prevent the spread of this coronavirus.  Topping the news from a press conference, Andrea […]

Census Bureau 2020 Facebook worker ringing a doorbell on a brick house (Via the U.S. Census Bureau)

Indian Country leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census

BY: - March 12, 2020

Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census. This year, tribal leaders throughout the U.S. are urging American Indians and Alaska Natives to be seen and counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. The Census, mandated by the Constitution, counts all people living in the […]

Senate Education Chair Luther Olsen via Wiseye.org on 3/11/2020

Sen. Luther Olsen challenges school-choice advocates over open enrollment

BY: - March 12, 2020

Should students across the state of Wisconsin be allowed to spend part of their day outside their regular school, taking classes at public schools in other districts or at private and charter schools? That was the contentious subject of debate at Wednesday’s Senate Education Committee hearing. Senate Bill 789, introduced by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River […]

Betsy DeVos at a podium at the US Dept of Education

U.S. Senate votes to ax DeVos student loan policy

BY: - March 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to overturn a controversial regulation from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that her critics say hurts defrauded student loan borrowers. Senate Democrats forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to overturn federal rules within 60 days after they’re finalized. The U.S. House […]