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Will Kenneally is the Digital News Editor for the news unit of PBS Wisconsin. He hails from Madison where he studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, he ...

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Michael Gableman stands in front of an image of a law library.

Politics

Gableman Extends Messaging Effort in New Video as Subpoena Plans Remain Unclear

What's next for local officials from five Wisconsin cities in a Republican probe into the state's 2020 vote is uncertain, even as the former state Supreme Court Justice leading it raises the rhetorical stakes in a second video message.

Monday October 11, 2021


Claire Woodall-Vogg sits at a desk with an office phone resting betweeen her ear and shoulder.

Elections

Gableman Subpoenas Election Documents in 5 Wisconsin Cities Receiving Facebook-Related Election Funding

No widespread fraud was reported in Wisconsin's 2020 election, but a Republican-backed investigation is seeking to spotlight the role of a Facebook-linked group that helped cities fund changes to their elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday October 1, 2021


A profile portrait of Rep. Chuck Wichgers on the Wisconsin Assembly floor with seated legislators in the background.

Politics

Republican Lawmakers Push Bill That’s a Proxy in Fight Against ‘Critical Race Theory’

Along a party-line vote, the Wisconsin Assembly passed legislation that would set new requirements for how issues related to anti-racism and anti-sexism are taught in schools.

Tuesday September 28, 2021


Michael Gableman stands in front of an image of the Wisconsin Capitol building.

Elections

Gableman Releases Video Promising ‘Full Investigation,’ Possible Subpoenas

The former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice released a video giving an outline but few details on his investigation into the 2020 election.

Tuesday September 21, 2021


A red conductor's podium overlooks the green turf of the UW Marching Band's practice field on the UW-Madison campus.

Coronavirus

COVID-19 Hits the UW Marching Band as 2021 Badgers Football Season Begins

Practices for the iconic UW-Madison musical troupe were halted for two days after several members tested positive for the coronavirus following its first two performances at Camp Randall.

Thursday September 16, 2021


A stone gate marks the entrance to the U.S. Army installation Fort McCoy.

Politics

Wisconsin Lawmakers Visit Fort McCoy, Focus on the Vetting of Afghan Refugees

Over the course of two weeks, Republican and Democratic lawmakers from Wisconsin stopped by a U.S. Army base near La Crosse to check out how thousands of new immigrants from Afghanistan are being housed before resettlement around the country.

Monday September 13, 2021


One Year Since the Blake Shooting in Kenosha

Social Issues

One Year Since the Blake Shooting in Kenosha

Reporter Will Kenneally talks to Kenosha residents about the past year and their hopes for the future as this week marked one year since the Jacob Blake shooting.

Friday August 27, 2021


A La Crosse MTU bus sits parked in behind a water truck.

Policy

Wisconsin’s Federal Lawmakers Are Split on $1 Trillion Infrastructure Package

Here & Now extra: Under a proposal passed by the U.S. Senate and to be taken up by the House, the state is slated to receive more than $7.2 billion in funding for transportation improvements and other investments.

Tuesday August 17, 2021


Wisconsin’s New Probes Into the 2020 Presidential Vote

Elections

Wisconsin’s New Probes Into the 2020 Presidential Vote

Reporter Will Kenneally examines multiple probes being pursued by Republican lawmakers into the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin and details where each stands.

Friday August 13, 2021


Protestors gather in front of the State Street entrance of th Wisconsin Capitol, with one holding a sign reading Forensic Audit.

Politics

Calls for ‘Forensic’ Audits of 2020 Vote Splits Wisconsin Republicans

Pushing back against the pace and scope of an investigation launched by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, state Rep. Janel Brandtjen is pursuing her own effort to scrutinize how the presidential election between Biden and Trump was conducted in the state.

Tuesday August 10, 2021


Madison Area Technical College sign on stone wall with blue sky and clouds in background

Education

Technical Colleges in Madison, Milwaukee Deploy Aid to Erase Debt, Boost Enrollment

About $10 million in federal assistance is being deployed to help upwards of 13,000 students at two Wisconsin technical colleges cover unpaid tuition, fees and fines to be able to reenroll in classes.

Monday August 2, 2021


House in Milwaukee with boarded windows

Economy

Milwaukee’s Pandemic Aid Plan Seeks to Address Persistent Urban Woes

City leaders are proposing priorities for spending a historic infusion of federal support that they hope will improve racial equity in Wisconsin's largest and most diverse city.

Tuesday July 27, 2021


Pandemic Recovery Funding in Milwaukee

Economy

Pandemic Recovery Funding in Milwaukee

PBS Wisconsin reporter Will Kenneally examines additional funding for Milwaukee in the American Rescue Plan and how that aid will be implemented in the coming years.

Friday July 23, 2021


Evers Signs 2021-23 Budget, Applies 50 Partial Vetoes

Budgets

Evers Signs 2021-23 Budget, Applies 50 Partial Vetoes

PBS Wisconsin reporter Will Kenneally breaks down Governor Tony Evers' signing of the 2021-23 state budget, his 50 partial vetoes and reactions from Republican lawmakers.

Friday July 9, 2021


Biden Touts Infrastructure in La Crosse

Politics

Biden Touts Infrastructure in La Crosse

PBS Wisconsin reporter Will Kenneally explains President Joe Biden's trip to La Crosse to promote his infrastructure spending plan and shares community reactions to the visit.

Friday July 2, 2021


Ron Johnson sitting at table.

Coronavirus

Johnson’s Vaccine Side Effects Event Prompts A New Round of Condemnations

Continuing a pattern of questioning the safety of coronavirus vaccinations, Wisconsin's Republican U.S. Senator shared several stories about adverse reactions, while doctors warn his message undermines efforts to curb the pandemic.

Tuesday June 29, 2021


Legislators Pass Election Bills, Travel to Arizona

Elections

Legislators Pass Election Bills, Travel to Arizona

The Legislature sends a slate of election bills this week to the governor's desk, as a group of GOP legislators travel to Arizona to witness an ongoing operation to comb through ballots there.

Thursday June 24, 2021


Juneteenth flag flies over Wisconsin Capitol dome

Social Issues

Wisconsin Celebrates Juneteenth as Congress Approves Federal Holiday

"Juneteenth is a day of freedom. Juneteenth is a day of liberation and emancipation," said Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison, reflecting on the history of the June 19 holiday and her groundbreaking role as the first Black legislator to be elected from Dane County. Stubbs kicked off Juneteenth celebrations at the ...

Friday June 18, 2021


Rep. Janel Brandtjen at table at Wisconsin Capitol

Politics

Republican Bill Would Limit How Ballot Drop Boxes Could Be Deployed in Wisconsin

The Assembly elections committee heard testimony on legislation that would narrow the time and places local clerks could receive absentee ballots, part of a series of bills introduced in the wake of the 2020 vote.

Tuesday June 15, 2021


Illustration based on Lady Justice sculpture on wall of Dane County Courthouse in Madison

WisContext

Gatekeepers of the Criminal Justice System: District Attorney Candidates Dwindle in Wisconsin, Even As Office Grows in Scrutiny

Responsible for pursuing cases in court, DAs are becoming more prominent as policing policy becomes more politically controversial, but at the same time, fewer people are running for the office due to reasons that include lower pay and higher stress.

Tuesday June 1, 2021


The Power of District Attorneys

Politics

The Power of District Attorneys

PBS Wisconsin reporter Will Kenneally — in collaboration with Wisconsin Public Radio — explains what district attorneys do and details the power and discretion incumbent DAs hold as they regularly go unchallenged in elections.

Friday May 28, 2021


Joe Parisi

Health

Dane County, Milwaukee Ending Local Mask Orders in Early June

Public health officials in Dane County and Milwaukee are also lifting pandemic-related capacity limits next month, following new CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals. This comes as Republicans introduce a bill to end the $300 federal unemployment supplement.

Tuesday May 18, 2021


Milwaukee Residents Respond to Derek Chauvin Verdict

Social Issues

Milwaukee Residents Respond to Derek Chauvin Verdict

"Here & Now" reporters Will Kenneally and Murv Seymour report from Milwaukee moments after people peacefully took to the streets with joy following the Derek Chauvin verdicts.

Friday April 23, 2021


food stamps sign

Economy

FoodShare Expansion Will Continue in Wisconsin Despite End to Emergency Order

FoodShare recipients in Wisconsin will continue to receive expanded benefits under an agreement reached between state officials and the federal government, according to Gov. Tony Evers. Food assistance benefits were expanded under federal coronavirus aid legislation that provided for a 15% increase in benefits through June. The expanded benefits required ...

Wednesday April 14, 2021


Vials of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine doses sit in a tray

Health

FDA, CDC Order Pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The pause is due to the appearance of six cases of blood clotting among the more than 7 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses administered. Federal scientists expect to review data over the next few days to determine the vaccine's safety.

Tuesday April 13, 2021


Katie Wright

Social Issues

Wisconsin Officials React to Daunte Wright Shooting

"Words are no longer enough," said Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison, as some legislators talk about ways to move forward after the police killing of another Black man.

Monday April 12, 2021


A screenshot of a March 8, 2021 briefing by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky

Coronavirus

What Can You Do If You’re Fully Vaccinated?

The CDC says fully-vaccinated people may gather without masks.

Friday March 19, 2021


Wisconsin Capitol with text in front

Coronavirus

Wisconsin Moves Health-Based Vaccine Eligibility to March 22

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services moved up the date for the next round of eligibility to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Wisconsinites who have 20 different health-related conditions — including asthma, cancer and diabetes — can begin receiving doses March 22. More information about getting vaccinated can be found online ...

Tuesday March 16, 2021


Ron Johnson

Politics

Johnson Responds to Criticism over Black Lives Matter Comments

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson responded Monday to criticism he received for comments he made last week favorably comparing the Jan. 6 insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol in contrast to Black Lives Matter protesters, saying his remarks had nothing to do with race. Johnson spoke of the Jan. 6 ...

Monday March 15, 2021


What the “American Rescue Plan” Means for Wisconsin

Coronavirus

What the “American Rescue Plan” Means for Wisconsin

As President Joe Biden signed the first major piece of legislation regarding the $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package, Americans are awaiting their third stimulus checks. Here & Now reporter Will Kenneally talks about what is in the bill and what it means for Wisconsinites.

Friday March 12, 2021


Teachers teaching outside in protest

Coronavirus

State Health Department Prepares for Next Round of COVID-19 Vaccinations

As more teachers return to in-person instruction, Wisconsin anticipates the release of a new single-dose coronavirus vaccine.

Thursday March 4, 2021


Twitter photo by Melissa Agard of a Wisconsin Capitol overflow room filled for a public bill hearing on March 3, 2021

Politics

Churches Would Be Exempt From Pandemic Restrictions under New Republican Bill

Legislation would set a statewide policy for places of worship in Wisconsin and preempt local public health orders.

Wednesday March 3, 2021


Barbara Dittrich

Social Issues

Transgender Athletes Would Face Participation Limits Under Republican Bills

Legislation Focusing on K-12 and College Sports Will Likely Not Be Supported by the Governor

Tuesday March 2, 2021


Kathy Bernier

Politics

Pressure from Republican Base Forces Proposed Change to Indefinitely Confined Voters

Sen. Kathy Bernier, R-Chippewa Falls, says anxiety from the GOP base over the 2020 election and expectations for legislative action caused this week's voter bills to be quickly introduced with details to be worked out later.

Friday February 26, 2021


Vaccine

Education

Teachers Will Have to Wait Few Weeks for March Vaccine

DHS will evaluate local health department plans to vaccinate educators, who will become eligible for the vaccine starting Monday.

Thursday February 25, 2021


Vote Here sign

Politics

New Legislation Would Change Indefinitely Confined Voting

Wisconsin Republicans are moving forward with a series of voting reform legislation that makes significant changes for Wisconsinites looking to vote absentee under the indefinitely confined status. Introduced by Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, the legislation would require a voter to submit a signed physician’s note to receive an absentee ballot ...

Tuesday February 23, 2021


Students line up outside a UW-Madison building

Coronavirus

Dane County Plans COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Teachers

Vaccine Rollout Expands for New Recipient Groups as UW-Madison Sees Spike in Coronavirus Cases

Friday February 19, 2021


Wisconsin 2021 spring primary map

Elections

Map: 2021 Spring Primary Election Results

Election results in the spring primary for state Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Wednesday February 17, 2021


Vote sign

Politics

Wisconsin Spring 2021 Primary Updates

Wisconsin Elections Commisison Administrator Meagan Wolfe says it is a smooth election so far.

Tuesday February 16, 2021


Pharmacy tech handles covid vaccine

Coronavirus

Walgreens to Roll Out Additional COVID Vaccines Around Wisconsin

The retail pharmacy program will bring 17,800 additional vaccine doses to "socially vulnerable" communities.

Thursday February 11, 2021


Children play on school playground

Education

Madison Schools to Open in March

The district will start with kindergarteners, before phasing in first- and second-graders a week later.

Wednesday February 10, 2021


Gov. Tony Evers vetoes a Republican tax cut.

Politics

Evers to Veto Legislature’s COVID Response Bill

Gov. Tony Evers said he would veto the Legislature’s COVID-19 response bill, shortly after the state Senate passed the final version. The final bill contained provisions that were nonstarters for the governor, including an amendment that would limit his ability to declare a COVID-19 public health emergency only to seek ...

Friday February 5, 2021


Tony Evers

Coronavirus

Evers Issues New Mask Mandate Hours After GOP Votes to Repeal

Gov. Tony Evers issued a new public health emergency and mask mandate just hours after the Assembly held the deciding vote to throw out the governor’s current mask order. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, I promised I would: never play politics with your health, trust and follow science and ...

Thursday February 4, 2021


COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus

Feds to Allocate More Vaccine, Milwaukee Eases COVID Restrictions

Milwaukee relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions as the federal government promised a faster vaccine rollout. The new Milwaukee order allows for gatherings of up to 250 people, provided that the gathering remains under 25% of the room’s capacity and allows for 30 square feet of space for every person. Organizers of ...

Tuesday February 2, 2021


Tony Evers

Health

Evers Responds to Legislature’s Efforts to End Emergency Declaration

Gov. Tony Evers would not rule out vetoing the current Republican COVID-19 legislation when it hits his desk, but said during a Friday media briefing that he wants to see what is in the final bill. This comes as a coronavirus aid bill has bounced between both chambers of the ...

Friday January 29, 2021


Robin Vos

Politics

Republicans Hold Off on Ending Mask Mandate, Work to Limit Evers’ Emergency Powers

The Assembly held off throwing out the state's mask mandate while Senate Republicans amended their COVID-19 response bill Thursday with last-minute changes that will allow the state’s mask mandate to end while keeping expanded FoodShare benefits for Wisconsin families. This came after a Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo was released overnight ...

Thursday January 28, 2021


COVID vaccine

Health

DHS Announces Next Round Eligible for Vaccine, Starting Early March

The next group includes educators and childcare workers, as well as essential employees like grocery and food industry workers.

Tuesday January 26, 2021


Image of surgical masks

Health

Medical Society Supports Mask Mandate as Senate Debates Ending It

The Wisconsin Medical Society is pushing for a continuation of the governor’s mask mandate ahead of a state Senate vote Tuesday to overturn the order. If both the Senate and Assembly pass a joint resolution, the Legislature could end the governor’s emergency declaration and corresponding mask mandate. The medical society’s ...

Monday January 25, 2021


Joe Biden

Politics

Wisconsin Officials React to Inauguration as Wisconsin Capitol Remains Quiet

Wisconsin avoided political violence that was feared in the wake of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.

Wednesday January 20, 2021


This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. (Courtesy: NIAID-RML)

Health

Wisconsinites Over 65 to Receive Vaccinations Starting Monday

Wisconsin will begin vaccinating people 65 and older as soon as next Monday, which will add about 700,000 new Wisconsinites to the list of those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Wisconsin’s deputy health secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said the decision was made to include this group because older ...

Tuesday January 19, 2021


Andrea Palm

Politics

Palm Leaving as Wisconsin Health Secretary

Wisconsin's health secretary Andrea Palm will leave her post Wednesday to join the Biden administration as a deputy health secretary.

Monday January 18, 2021


Police outside Capitol

Politics

Capitol Remains Quiet Amid Fears of Violence

The Wisconsin Capitol was peaceful Sunday as police braced for possible violent demonstrations that never materialized. The enhanced police presence came in the wake of widespread threats that were reported to target state capitols across the country on Jan. 17. Fewer than 10 protested peacefully and quietly around the Capitol ...

Sunday January 17, 2021


Trump’s Second Presidential Impeachment

Politics

Trump’s Second Presidential Impeachment

The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for the second time one week after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. capitol and killed a capitol police officer. Wisconsin Congressional members voted along party lines.

Friday January 15, 2021


Tony Evers

Health

Evers Announces Mask Mandate Extension, Next Steps for Vaccines

Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday he will extend the state’s mask mandate another 60 days, as the current mandate is set to expire on Tuesday. “While there's light and hope at the end of this tunnel, this virus hasn't gone away,” Evers said during a Friday media briefing. This will ...

Friday January 15, 2021


Workers board up Capitol

Politics

Madison Police: Unaware of Specific Threats, Will Maintain ‘Enhanced’ Posture Around Capitol

Madison’s acting police chief and mayor say they are unaware of specific threats to Wisconsin’s Capitol as police prepare for the possibility of violence ahead of the presidential inauguration. “There’s no specific direct threats to Madison or anything in Madison at this point,” said Madison Acting Police Chief Vic Wahl. ...

Thursday January 14, 2021


Donald Trump

Politics

Wisconsin Reps Vote on Trump Impeachment

The House voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time in four years. Wisconsin's House delegation split the vote along party lines, with Democrats all voting to impeach and Republicans all voting against impeachment. See some of their speeches from the House floor below:

Wednesday January 13, 2021


Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a VERO E6 cell (blue-green) exhibiting elongated cell projections and signs of apoptosis, after infection with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (yellow), which were isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Courtesy: NIAID)

Health

DHS Finds New COVID Strain in Wisconsin

A new strain of the coronavirus, known to be more contagious and which has caused mass shutdowns in the United Kingdom, has been detected in Wisconsin for the first time. The state Department of Health Services said in a news release the new strain was found through routine sequencing of ...

Wednesday January 13, 2021


Tony Evers

Politics

Gov. Tony Evers Delivers 2021 State of the State Address

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tony Evers delivers the State of the State address.

Tuesday January 12, 2021


Man in the US Capitol

Politics

Wisconsin Man Arrested After US Capitol Riots

Kevin Loftus of the Eau Claire area had an initial court appearance Tuesday.

Tuesday January 12, 2021


Workers board up Capitol

Politics

National Guard Activated for Wisconsin Capitol over Fears of Possible Violence

Windows at the state Capitol were boarded up Monday as the governor activated national guard troops to assist Capitol police. This comes as a reported FBI bulletin warns of possible violence ahead of Inauguration Day.

Monday January 11, 2021


Jacob Blake’s Officers Remain Charge Free

Social Issues

Jacob Blake’s Officers Remain Charge Free

“Here & Now’s” Will Kenneally reports from Kenosha on the decision to not charge the police responsible for the Jacob Blake shooting from August 2020.

Friday January 8, 2021


Crowd outside US Senate

Politics

Update: Wisconsin Reps React as Crowd Overtakes the Capitol

Wisconsin officials call for Trump's removal, after a crowd of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol, halting the process of counting the presidential electoral votes.

Wednesday January 6, 2021


Noble Wray

Social Issues

Officers Not Charged in Jacob Blake Shooting

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced no charges will be filed against officers in the shooting of Jacob Blake. Graveley said the officer who shot Jacob Blake would likely be able to rely on a self defense argument if he decided to take the case to trial. The decision ...

Tuesday January 5, 2021


Voting machine

Politics

Wisconsin Legislators Join Suit to Overturn Election

Two Wisconsin state representatives are joining a lawsuit seeking to overturn the presidential election results. Rep. Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz, and Rep. David Steffen, R-Green Bay, joined the Wisconsin Voter Alliance and plaintiffs from other key swing states in asking a federal court in Washington, DC, to prevent Congress from certifying ...

Wednesday December 23, 2020


Tony Evers

Politics

Evers Floats Compromise Proposal for COVID Aid

Gov. Tony Evers put forward two coronavirus aid bills Monday, which he is asking the Legislature to consider “without delay.” The first bill is a compromise proposal of issues upon which the governor said he and Republican leaders have already agreed. A second bill contains policies the governor says are ...

Monday December 21, 2020


Shirley Abrahamson

Politics

Longest-Serving Supreme Court Justice Dies at 87

Former Justice Shirley Abrahamson was heralded as a trailblazer Monday as the first woman to serve on the bench. With a tenure of 43 years, she was also the longest-serving justice on the high court when she retired in 2019.

Monday December 21, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers: ‘Unacceptable’ Wisconsin Is Getting Fewer Vaccines

Wisconsin is set to receive fewer doses than expected in the next round of Pfizer vaccine distributions, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday. “This is unacceptable,” he said. “Wisconsin citizens deserve the vaccine the federal government promised.” The state received 49,725 doses this week, and is scheduled to receive 35,100 doses ...

Friday December 18, 2020


capacity limit sign

Politics

Supreme Court Hears Capacity Limit Challenge

The case heard before the court challenges an October 25% capacity limit order, and is seen as a possible re-hashing of the case that threw out the state's stay-at-home order in May.

Thursday December 17, 2020


Pharmacy tech handles covid vaccine

Health

Wisconsin Hubs Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Wisconsin has received roughly 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as state health care workers began receiving the vaccine this week. “While the arrival of the vaccine is a critical and exciting milestone, and so very important to our ability to end the covid-19 pandemic, it is early and our ...

Wednesday December 16, 2020


Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Wisconsin Casts Electoral College Votes for Joe Biden

Wisconsin’s Electoral College delegation voted 10-0 for Joe Biden Monday, formalizing the president-elect’s win in Wisconsin as Republicans continue to challenge the result. The vote in the state Capitol at noon came less than an hour after the state Supreme Court rejected the Trump campaign’s push to throw out thousands ...

Monday December 14, 2020


Wisconsin Supreme Court

Elections

Breaking: Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Election Challenge

The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected a Trump campaign challenge to the state election results in a 4-3 decision less than an hour before the state cast its votes in the Electoral College. The decision was written by conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn, who joined the court’s liberals in rejecting the challenge. ...

Monday December 14, 2020


Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

Federal Court Dismisses Trump Suit as Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices heard arguments to throw out thousands of Wisconsin votes as a federal judge rejected a Trump campaign push to overturn the results of the Wisconsin election. The Trump campaign had asked the federal court that, because of irregularities in the election, the state Legislature should decide ...

Saturday December 12, 2020


The Joint Committee on Campaigns and Elections meets to hear testimony Dec. 11, 2020. (Courtesy: Wisconsin Eye)

Politics

Legislative Investigation into Election Devolves into Partisan Rancor

Democrats walked out of a legislative committee meeting tasked with investigating the state’s November election, a hearing which included testimony almost solely from Republican partisans. Testimony was given by invite only, and included conservative talk show host Dan O’Donnell, Republican appointees to the Wisconsin Elections Commission Dean Knudson and Bob ...

Friday December 11, 2020


Vote Here sign

Politics

Judge to Rule on State Election Results Within Next Few Days

A federal judge expressed skepticism in the Trump campaign's arguments during a hearing Thursday, indicating that a high bar would need to be met for him to overturn the state's election results.

Thursday December 10, 2020


Flu vaccine promotional image

Health

DHS Rolls Out Flu Vaccine Campaign to Reach Wisconsin Minority Communities

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is looking to increase flu vaccination rates as the state enters the annual flu season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the flu circulates continuously, the infections peak between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is on top ...

Wednesday December 9, 2020


Vote Here sign

Elections

Breaking: Supreme Court Rejects Another Elections Suit, Sharp Words from Conservative Justice

The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected another challenge to the state election results, in a suit brought by the Wisconsin Voter Alliance. Conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn joined the court's liberals in a 4-3 decision. In a concurring opinion, Hagedorn had strong words for the plaintiffs who wanted the high court to ...

Friday December 4, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers Asks Feds to Put Wisconsin Among Top of the List for Vaccine

Evers told federal officials state legislative inaction has left him with few options, and that he wants to prioritize Wisconsin health care workers with the vaccine to help staff overcrowded hospitals.

Thursday December 3, 2020


Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign Files Additional Suit Challenging Wisconsin Election

The Trump campaign has filed an additional lawsuit, this time in federal court, challenging the results of the Wisconsin election. The suit filed in Milwaukee alleged impropriety among absentee ballots “likely tainted more than 50,000 ballots,” and asks the court to allow the state Legislature to determine the outcome of ...

Thursday December 3, 2020


Wisconsin Supreme Court

Elections

Breaking: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Trump Challenge, Directs Suit to Lower Court

The 4-3 decision says the Trump campaign must challenge the results of the presidential election in a lower court first. In the decision, Justice Brian Hagedorn joined the court's three liberal justices.

Thursday December 3, 2020


Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.

Health

Local Officials Push Back on GOP COVID Proposal

“It undermines the ability of public health officers to keep us safe, and it politicizes health care,” says Dane County Exec. Joe Parisi.

Wednesday December 2, 2020


Robin Vos

Politics

Assembly Republicans Propose New Round of COVID-19 Legislation

The legislation would create a $100 million fund to be used for pandemic-related expenses as well as provide for more legislative oversight over the pandemic response.

Tuesday December 1, 2020


Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign Suit Challenges Wisconsin Election Results, Partisanship Grips Elections Commission

The suit asks the state Supreme Court to throw out Gov. Tony Evers' certification of the results while the campaign continues to appeal.

Tuesday December 1, 2020


Joe Biden

Elections

Wisconsin Officials Confirm Election Results for Biden

Joe Biden is officially the winner of Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes after Wisconsin Elections Commission chair Ann Jacobs signed off on the state’s recount Monday. The recount of Democratic strongholds Dane and Milwaukee counties yielded a small change, with Biden increasing his lead over President Donald Trump by fewer than ...

Monday November 30, 2020


electoral college electors

Elections

Suit Seeks to Throw Out Wisconsin Election Results

A group is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to block certification of the election, let state Legislature choose electors.

Tuesday November 24, 2020


Rick Esenberg

Health

Conservative Group Asks Supreme Court to Throw Out Dane County Gathering Ban

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed a petition for original action before the state's high court, seeking to throw out Dane County's ban on indoor gatherings.

Monday November 23, 2020


Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign Asks for Recount of Dane, Milwaukee Counties

The recount of the two counties will start Friday, lasting likely until the Dec. 1 deadline for the state to certify the election results.

Wednesday November 18, 2020


Wisconsin Capitol

Politics

State Leaders Introduce Competing COVID-19 Plans

The partisan rhetoric that had mired previous COVID-19 discussions continued Tuesday despite both sides indicating publicly their desire to work together.

Tuesday November 17, 2020


Person wearing mask

Politics

Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Mask Mandate

The challenge will determine whether the governor can declare successive emergencies.

Monday November 16, 2020


This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. Image captured and colorized at NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana. (Courtesy: NIAID)

Health

Wisconsin Faces ‘Critically High’ Rates of COVID-19 Activity

The state set a new record of 7,497 new cases Thursday as the Department of Health Service creates a new "critically high" category for COVID-19 spread in Wisconsin.

Thursday November 12, 2020


2020 results map

Here and Now 2020

Why Did the Polls Get It Wrong?

Marquette Law School poll director Charles Franklin discusses the polling error that showed Joe Biden further ahead than the election bore out.

Wednesday November 11, 2020


Tony Evers

Politics

Governor Addresses Wisconsin on COVID-19 Pandemic

The governor addressed the state Tuesday, urging collective action to combat the virus.

Tuesday November 10, 2020


U.S. Supreme Court

Health

Wisconsin Officials Stress Importance of ACA as Supreme Court Hears Arguments

Wisconsin officials touted the importance of the Affordable Care Act as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for its repeal Tuesday. “There's a lot at stake here with these continued efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act as this pandemic rages on,” Gov. Tony Evers said during a news conference ...

Tuesday November 10, 2020


Joe Parisi

Health

Dane County Exec on COVID: ‘We Need Our State Leaders to Govern’

Dane County Exec. Joe Parisi called out state officials for inaction on the coronavirus, saying they need to do more. “The election is over, we need our state leaders to govern,” Parisi said during a Monday news conference. “There are people lying unconscious in ICUs across our state and they ...

Monday November 9, 2020


A sign outside of State Fair Park in West Allis on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (Courtesy: Angela Major / WPR)

Health

New COVID-19 Cases Top 7,000

Wisconsin recorded 7,065 new coronavirus cases Saturday—a new record and an increase of 924 over Friday’s number. This came with 45 new deaths and brought the seven day average to 5,394. Hospitalizations continue to climb in the state as 1,787 Wisconsinites were hospitalized as of Friday. Wisconsin intensive care unit ...

Saturday November 7, 2020


Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Breaking: Wisconsinites React to Joe Biden Winning the Presidency

The Associated Press has called Pennsylvania and the race for the White House for Democrat Joe Biden. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes put the former vice president over the 270 votes he needed to win. Nevada, with its six electoral votes, added to the Democratic candidate’s win. “With the campaign over, ...

Saturday November 7, 2020


Robin Vos

Here and Now 2020

Breaking: Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Orders Investigation into Election

Without offering specifics, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said concerns about mail-in ballots and voter fraud warrant an investigation from the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections. The Wisconsin Elections Commission has said there were no irregularities in Tuesday's election.

Friday November 6, 2020


capacity limit sign

Health

Appellate Court Again Blocks 25% Capacity Limit

An Evers administration order that limited public indoor gatherings to 25% capacity was again blocked by a state appellate court Friday. The order was previously blocked by an Oct. 23 decision by the same court, which Friday’s decision affirmed. In its decision, the court also said the bar-owning plaintiffs who ...

Friday November 6, 2020


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Top Elections Official: No Irregularities Tuesday

Elections commission administrator Meagan Wolfe says she has seen no reports of irregularities Tuesday, despites claims from the Trump campaign.

Thursday November 5, 2020


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All 72 Wisconsin Counties Experiencing Very High COVID Levels

Wisconsin set a new record for daily COVID-19 cases Wednesday as the state neared 6,000 new cases overnight. The state recorded 5,935 new cases and 54 new deaths—setting the seven day average to 4,839. State health secretary Andrea Palm said Wisconsinites needed to take the resurgence of the virus in ...

Wednesday November 4, 2020


Map: Nov. 2020 Election Results

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Map: Nov. 2020 Election Results

Maps of results from the presidential race and U.S. Congress races in Wisconsin.

Wednesday November 4, 2020


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Statement to the Communities We Serve

There is no place for racism in our society. We must work together as a community to ensure we no longer teach, or tolerate it.  Read full statement here.