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A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)

Here and Now 2020

Elections Commission Votes to Send Absentee Ballot Requests to Millions

The motion approved by the Wisconsin Elections Commission would send ballot requests to 2.7 million voters. The commission would exclude those who have request forms already on file, or those suspected of moving without re-registering.

May 27, 2020

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a March 9, 2020 campaign event in Detroit, Michigan. (Courtesy: Adam Schultz / Biden for President)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a March 9, 2020 campaign event in Detroit, Michigan. (Courtesy: Adam Schultz / Biden for President)

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Biden Makes Two Virtual Stops in Wisconsin

The Democratic presidential candidate made virtual stops in La Crosse and Milwaukee, discussing plans for rural Wisconsin and criticizing the president's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

May 20, 2020 • West Central Region

An absentee ballot from the 2012 presidential election. (Courtesy: Michael Leland / WPR)
An absentee ballot from the 2012 presidential election. (Courtesy: Michael Leland / WPR)

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Update: Wisconsin Elections Commission Deadlocks on Absentee Ballot Decision

The Wisconsin Elections Commission deadlocked on whether to approve a proposal to send out absentee ballot request forms to all registered Wisconsin Voters. Funding from the proposal would come from federal coronavirus funds, and commissioners were at odds over specifics on how to allocate those funds. Commissioners also debated whether ...

May 20, 2020

National Guard Assists at Polls/Tiffany Wins 7th Cong. Seat
National Guard Assists at Polls/Tiffany Wins 7th Cong. Seat

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National Guard Assists at Polls/Tiffany Wins 7th Cong. Seat

The Wisconsin National Guard was activated again to work polling places in Tuesday's 7th Congressional Dist. special election. About 160 Guard members helped serve the 700 municipalities. They worked in civilian clothes performing the same duties as other poll workers. Republican Tom Tiffany defeated Democrat Tricia Zunker in the 7th Congressional District. It spans 26 Northern Wisconsin counties.

May 15, 2020 • Northern Region

Republican Tom Tiffany will be the next representative from Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District after winning a May 12, 2020 special election.
Republican Tom Tiffany will be the next representative from Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District after winning a May 12, 2020 special election.

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Tiffany Wins Special Election

Republican Tom Tiffany wins the special election to replace Sean Duffy in the state's 7th Congressional District.

May 13, 2020 • Northern Region

Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results
Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results

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Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results

Republican Tom Tiffany beat Democrat Tricia Zunker in the race to replace Sean Duffy for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.

May 12, 2020

Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat
Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat

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Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat

Candidates Tom Tiffany (R) and Tricia Zunker (D) vie for an open seat in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District to replace the retired Sean Duffy.

May 7, 2020 • Northern Region

Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson speaks at a Feb. 27, 2020 meeting.
Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson speaks at a Feb. 27, 2020 meeting.

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Elections Commission to Investigate, Improve Absentee Ballot Issues

The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted Saturday to move forward with a barcode tracking system for absentee ballots and to investigate postal service issues that prevented ballots from getting to voters.

April 18, 2020

Justice-Elect Jill Karofsky on her Victory
Justice-Elect Jill Karofsky on her Victory

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Justice-Elect Jill Karofsky on her Victory

Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky won a 10-year term over incumbent Daniel Kelly, shaving the state Supreme Court's conservative majority down to 4-3. Justice-Elect Jill Karofsky is only the third candidate since 1967 to unseat a justice.

April 17, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Lessons Learned from Milwaukee
Noon Wednesday: Lessons Learned from Milwaukee

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Noon Wednesday: Lessons Learned from Milwaukee

Some have already moved on from last week's election, but its impacts linger. Health officials are looking into the effect in-person voting had on the spread of the coronavirus and state lawmakers are debating how elections should be administered in the future. Neil Albrecht, executive director of City of Milwaukee Election Commission joins us to talk about the lessons learned from Milwaukee.

April 16, 2020 • Southeast Region

Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results
Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results

Here and Now 2020

Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results

Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky beat incumbent Justice Dan Kelly for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Former Vice President Joe Biden won the state's Democratic presidential primary, beating Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders who won the state four years ago.

April 14, 2020

Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky.
Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky.

Here and Now 2020

Jill Karofsky Wins Supreme Court Election

Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky beats incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly 55%-45% in an election turned turbulent by the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 13, 2020

Examples of postmarks on absentee ballots received by clerks during the April 7, 2020 election, from a memo prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
Examples of postmarks on absentee ballots received by clerks during the April 7, 2020 election, from a memo prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

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Postmarks Cause Absentee Ballot Confusion

The Wisconsin Elections Commission debated for hours Friday on how to interpret the U.S. Supreme Court order mandating ballots in this April's election have an April 7 postmark if received after Tuesday.

April 11, 2020

Milwaukee voters waited in line for hours as the city goes from 180 polling sites to five amid the COVID-19 pandemic April 7, 2020.
Milwaukee voters waited in line for hours as the city goes from 180 polling sites to five amid the COVID-19 pandemic April 7, 2020.

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State Increases Contact Tracing After In-Person Voting

In-person voting could have exposed more Wisconsinites to COVID-19, as health officials become concerned about the disease's disproportionate impact on the state's African-American population.

April 10, 2020 • Southeast Region

Gov. Evers weighs-in on the April 7 Election and COVID-19
Gov. Evers weighs-in on the April 7 Election and COVID-19

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Gov. Evers weighs-in on the April 7 Election and COVID-19

Gov. Tony Evers shares his plans moving forward after a move to postpone the April 7 election failed, along with updates on the trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin

April 10, 2020

Reaction and Fallout after the April 7 Election
Reaction and Fallout after the April 7 Election

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Reaction and Fallout after the April 7 Election

Here & Now Senior Reporter Zac Schultz reports on the looming legal battles that may follow the controversial April 7 election last week. As the state awaits results from Tuesday’s elections, the frustrations remain high among voters and lawmakers

April 10, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Holding an Election During a Pandemic
Noon Wednesday: Holding an Election During a Pandemic

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Noon Wednesday: Holding an Election During a Pandemic

Wisconsin held an election yesterday in the midst of a statewide order from Gov. Tony Evers to stay at home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Neenah Mayor Dean Kaufert was part of a group of mayors pushing to delay the April 7 elections. He joins to talk about what in-person voting looked like in his community and what he's hearing from his constituents.

April 9, 2020

Bobbie Perkins, 53, waits in line to vote outside the polling site at Marshall High School in Milwaukee on April 7, 2020. She says she requested an absentee ballot that never arrived. The U.S. Postal Service is investigating why some mailed absentee ballots were not delivered. Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe says the state is trying to determine the scope of the problem. (Courtesy: Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch)
Bobbie Perkins, 53, waits in line to vote outside the polling site at Marshall High School in Milwaukee on April 7, 2020. She says she requested an absentee ballot that never arrived. The U.S. Postal Service is investigating why some mailed absentee ballots were not delivered. Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe says the state is trying to determine the scope of the problem. (Courtesy: Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch)

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Returned to Sender: Postal Officials Investigating Wisconsin Absentee Ballots That Were Never Delivered

Update: Wisconsin U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson are calling for an investigation into missing absentee ballots that never reached voters ahead of the April 7 elections. The Democratic and Republican senators wrote a joint letter to the USPS Inspector General to “determine the cause of these failures.”

April 8, 2020

A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.
A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.

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Wisconsin Votes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Wisconsin voters head to the polls with increased caution as the state's spring election moves forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 7, 2020

A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)
A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)

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Fox Point Absentee Ballots Not Sent to Voters

Absentee ballots requested by voters in the Village of Fox Point went undelivered by the United States Postal Services ahead of Tuesday’s elections. The ballots were repeatedly returned to village offices despite USPS saying there was nothing wrong with them, according to Scott Botcher, manager of the Milwaukee County village. ...

April 7, 2020 • Southeast Region

An -I Voted Today- sticker from Wisconsin.
An -I Voted Today- sticker from Wisconsin.

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Live: Where Wisconsin’s Election Currently Stands

6:45 p.m. U.S. Supreme Court Rules Ballots Must Be Postmarked by Tuesday Under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, all absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s election must be postmarked by Tuesday, but can be received as late as April 13. Allowing ballots to be sent later than Tuesday “would fundamentally alter the ...

April 6, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers speaks to students at Winnequah School in Monona, Wis., during an event to kick off the Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program for this school year. (Courtesy: Sgt. Alex Baum / Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs)
Gov. Tony Evers speaks to students at Winnequah School in Monona, Wis., during an event to kick off the Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program for this school year. (Courtesy: Sgt. Alex Baum / Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs)

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Breaking: Evers Suspends In-Person Voting Tuesday

Under an executive order, the in-person election would be delayed until June 9. Republican leaders say they will challenge the order in the state Supreme Court, while elections officials say to continue preparing for Tuesday's election while they wait for litigation.

April 6, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, at a June 13, 2019 news conference.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, at a June 13, 2019 news conference.

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Update: Coronavirus Election Session Gavels In and Out

Republican leaders gavel in and out a special session called by the governor to address voting concerns amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The legislative leaders said they had "grave concerns" about election security, if ballots were cast after Tuesday.

April 5, 2020

Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview
Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview

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Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview

State Supreme Court candidate and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky interviewed by Senior Political Reporter Zac Schultz via Skype.

April 3, 2020

Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview
Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview

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Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview

State Supreme Court candidate and incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly interviewed by Senior Political Reporter Zac Schultz via Skype.

April 3, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers calls for special session to tackle the April 7 election under the COVID-19 outbreak, April 3, 2020.
Gov. Tony Evers calls for special session to tackle the April 7 election under the COVID-19 outbreak, April 3, 2020.

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Breaking: Evers Calls Coronavirus Special Session

The legislation put forward by Gov. Tony Evers would make the spring election largely mail-only and push back the timeline to send absentee ballots to clerks into May.

April 3, 2020

Western District of Wisconsin Courthouse Feb. 16, 2017.
Western District of Wisconsin Courthouse Feb. 16, 2017.

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Update: Federal Court Judge Rules on April Election

The federal judge in Madison extended the deadline to apply for absentee ballots, as well as the deadline for those ballots to be received.

April 2, 2020

Scene from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Scene from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Here and Now 2020

Updated: Milwaukee DNC Postponed Until August

The DNC will be rescheduled to August 17 amid coronavirus concerns. Presidential candidates weighed in on the Wisconsin election, with Bernie Sanders advocating for it to be postponed, while Joe Biden advocated leaving it up to the state.

April 2, 2020

A March 2020 Marquette University Law School Poll shows most Wisconsinites approve of the state's response to the COVID-19.
A March 2020 Marquette University Law School Poll shows most Wisconsinites approve of the state's response to the COVID-19.

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Latest Marquette Law School Poll Surveys Voters on Coronavirus, Elections

Results of the latest Marquette University Law School Poll show the majority of registered voters in Wisconsin think measures to close schools and non-essential businesses and ask people to stay home are appropriate responses to the coronavirus outbreak.  The poll, released Wednesday, asked public opinion around the coronavirus, including how ...

April 1, 2020

Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat
Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat

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Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat

Tom Barrett has been mayor of Milwaukee for 16 years and he's looking to make it an even two decades of running Wisconsin's largest city. “I'm very, very excited about the future of the city because, first of all, there's a lot of great things that are going on in ...

April 1, 2020 • Southeast Region

A sign prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to demonstrate to voters how far apart they should be while they wait in line to vote.
A sign prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to demonstrate to voters how far apart they should be while they wait in line to vote.

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Update: Elections Commission Prepares Municipalities for Voting During COVID Outbreak

Wisconsin Elections Commission votes to clarify rules on indefinitely confined voters, and to supply municipal clerks with cleaning materials and other supplies ahead of the April 7 election. In a meeting Sunday, the commission deadlocked on chastising the Milwaukee and Dane county clerks.

March 31, 2020

[Voting stickers and sign via pexels.com]
[Voting stickers and sign via pexels.com]

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Update: Polling Locations Consolidate Amid Poll Worker Shortage

During a meeting discussing preparations for the election now one week away, the Wisconsin Elections Commission discussed the shortage of poll workers, the record number of absentee ballots that have been requested, and the special health considerations necessary to conduct in-person voting while minimizing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

March 31, 2020

An absentee ballot from the 2012 presidential election. (Courtesy: Michael Leland / WPR)
An absentee ballot from the 2012 presidential election. (Courtesy: Michael Leland / WPR)

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Update: Evers Calls for Widespread Absentee Ballot Legislation

Gov. Tony Evers asks the Legislature to send all registered voters absentee ballots ahead of April 7 amid election concerns during the COVID-19 outbreak. Later Friday, Evers also loosen licensing requirements for certain healthcare workers.

March 27, 2020

Sen. Fred Risser speaks from the Senate floor Feb. 26, 2015.
Sen. Fred Risser speaks from the Senate floor Feb. 26, 2015.

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America’s Longest-Serving Legislator, Fred Risser, Retires

Wisconsin’s, and the nation’s, longest-serving legislator Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, announced Thursday he will retire after serving 64 years in the state legislature.  The 92-year-old was first elected to the Assembly in 1956, and won a Senate seat in 1962. According to a release from his office, Risser served under ...

March 26, 2020 • South Central Region

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.

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Legislative Leaders Want April Election to Move Forward

On a call with reporters, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said municipalities should be prepared for April 7, but they are not considering altering the date at this time.

March 25, 2020

A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.
A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.

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Absentee Requests Rise Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The covid-19 emergency has Republican and Democratic leaders asking for election rules to be changed. Here & Now's Zac Schultz reports on how the clerks are doing their best to make it all work.

March 19, 2020 • South Central Region

Noon Wednesday: County Election Websites Vulnerable
Noon Wednesday: County Election Websites Vulnerable

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Noon Wednesday: County Election Websites Vulnerable

As Wisconsin voters start going to the polls in the 2020 election cycle, most counties in the state maintain websites that do not employ at least one of two basic practices that would help bolster their digital security and public confidence in their online platforms.

March 11, 2020

Campaign sign at a Bernie Sanders rally in Madison on April 12, 2019.
Campaign sign at a Bernie Sanders rally in Madison on April 12, 2019.

Politics

Sanders to Open Office in Wisconsin

With Bloomberg and Warren out of the presidential race, Wisconsin will have no presidential campaign presence until the Sanders campaign opens their Madison office on Tuesday.

March 6, 2020

Milwaukee mayoral candidate Lena Taylor knocks doors on the city's north side.
Milwaukee mayoral candidate Lena Taylor knocks doors on the city's north side.

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Personalized Video Messages, Right at Your Door

Candidates employ video doorbells to reach voters who are not home.

March 6, 2020

Canon Breaks Down Super Tuesday Results
Canon Breaks Down Super Tuesday Results

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Canon Breaks Down Super Tuesday Results

In the wake of considerable wins from Joe Biden in Super Tuesday states, what is the status of the Democratic race to challenge President Donald Trump. UW-Madison Political Science Professor David Canon shares his insights.

March 4, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Polling the Battleground States
Noon Wednesday: Polling the Battleground States

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Noon Wednesday: Polling the Battleground States

A new poll surveying three battleground states shows Bernie Sanders has the biggest lead in the Democratic primary, particularly in Wisconsin, according to UW-Madison's Election Research Center. Ellie Powell, a political scientist from the center joins us to discuss the results.

February 28, 2020

Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision
Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision

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Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision

A state appeals court overturns an Ozaukee County courts decision directing the state to purge more than 200,000 voters from the rolls.

February 28, 2020

Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson discusses what to do with municipalities that have aging technology at a Feb. 27, 2020 meeting.
Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson discusses what to do with municipalities that have aging technology at a Feb. 27, 2020 meeting.

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Elections Commission Will Scold Municipalities Not in Compliance

The Wisconsin Elections Commission will publicly reprimand six Wisconsin municipalities if they do not upgrade their elections technology soon.

February 28, 2020

Bernie Sanders speaks at a 2016 campaign rally at Carthage College in Wisconsin.
Bernie Sanders speaks at a 2016 campaign rally at Carthage College in Wisconsin.

Politics

New Poll Shows Sanders Leading in Wisconsin

A new UW-Madison poll has Sanders leading the Democratic primary race in Wisconsin with 30% and the rest of the field in the low teens.

February 24, 2020

Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin
Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin

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Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin

Fulton, a town in Rock County, tested new software this week to help ensure the accuracy of votes that get counted. When voters fill out a ballot, they receive an encrypted code that shows how they voted. Voters can later check a list to see that their unique code was counted and that the vote did not change. Officials say they will return to regular voting practices for the rest of 2020.

February 21, 2020 • South Central Region

Map: Tiffany and Zunker Win Congressional Primaries
Map: Tiffany and Zunker Win Congressional Primaries

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Map: Tiffany and Zunker Win Congressional Primaries

State Sen. Tom Tiffany will face Ho-Chunk Supreme Court Justice Tricia Zunker on May 12. They defeated Jason Church and Lawrence Dale in the Republican and Democratic primaries respectively.

February 19, 2020 • Northern Region

Map: 2020 Supreme Court General Election Results
Map: 2020 Supreme Court General Election Results

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Map: 2020 Supreme Court General Election Results

Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly faces Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University Law School Professor Ed Fallone.

February 19, 2020

Wisconsinite votes in Feb. 18, 2020 spring primary.
Wisconsinite votes in Feb. 18, 2020 spring primary.

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Kelly, Karofsky Advance to April General

Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly will face Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky April 7. State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Ho-Chunk Supreme Court Justice Tricia Zunker both emerged from their primaries, and will face each other May 12 to fill Sean Duffy's 7th Congressional District seat.

February 19, 2020

Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Share Philosophy
Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Share Philosophy

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Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Share Philosophy

Ahead of the Feb. 18 primary, candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court share their judicial philosophy on Here & Now. Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly faces Marquette University Law School Professor Ed Fallone and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky.

February 17, 2020

Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District
Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District

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Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District

A report by Here & Now Reporter Zac Schultz breaks down the primary race for the state’s 7th Congressional District. The seat was previously held by Sean Duffy. Now, four candidates are vying for the large district in Northern Wisconsin, including two Democrats and three Republicans. (Videography by Ethan Freel)

February 15, 2020 • Northern Region

Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R-Neenah, announces a Republican tax plan in Kaukauna. (Courtesy: WLUK Fox 11 News)
Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R-Neenah, announces a Republican tax plan in Kaukauna. (Courtesy: WLUK Fox 11 News)

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Republicans Propose Tax Cut with Surplus Money

Legislative Republicans respond to Gov. Tony Evers's call for school funding with property tax cut, setting up a showdown over how to spend the state's surplus money.

February 14, 2020

Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe explains the need for two ballots to the press.
Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe explains the need for two ballots to the press.

Politics

Elections Commission: No Competing Ballots in April Election

The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously to send only one ballot to a majority of absentee voters in the April general election.  To comply with federal law, overseas voters will still receive two ballots in April, but most absentee voters will only receive a single ballot with all races.

February 12, 2020 • Northern Region

New GOP Office Opens in ‘Heart’ of Milwaukee
New GOP Office Opens in ‘Heart’ of Milwaukee

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New GOP Office Opens in ‘Heart’ of Milwaukee

In the 2020 presidential election, the Republican Party of Wisconsin wants to make inroads into the African American vote in Milwaukee. As part of its effort, the party just opened a field office in the heart of the city. “This is the first Republican Party of Wisconsin office in the ...

February 10, 2020 • Southeast Region

Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion
Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion

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Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is issuing and managing “A” and “B” ballots for upcoming elections. City of Superior Clerk Terri Kalan provides clarity on the difference between two separate absentee ballots being sent to voters in the 7th Congressional District.

February 10, 2020 • Northern Region

State of the State: Governing in a Divided Government
State of the State: Governing in a Divided Government

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State of the State: Governing in a Divided Government

State of the State coverage dives into Gov. Evers’ address, including a look at his latest Executive Orders, a number of rural bills, and a call for a Special Session of the legislature. Wisconsin Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Shawn Johnson discusses the Evers’ second State of the State address and examines the role of governing in a divided government.

January 24, 2020

Can Gov. Evers’ Nonpartisan “People’s Map” Become A Reality?
Can Gov. Evers’ Nonpartisan “People’s Map” Become A Reality?

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Can Gov. Evers’ Nonpartisan “People’s Map” Become A Reality?

UW-Madison Political Science Professor Ken Mayer breaks down the newly announced “People’s Map” Commission on redistricting. In Gov. Evers’ State of the State address, he laid out plans for a nonpartisan redistricting commission.

January 24, 2020

New Poll Results on Foreign Policy, Impeachment
New Poll Results on Foreign Policy, Impeachment

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New Poll Results on Foreign Policy, Impeachment

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin discusses the latest poll results on President Trump’s Foreign Policy, views towards impeachment and more. The poll found that the majority of surveyed Wisconsin voters disapprove of the recent killing of an Iranian general. Other findings showed that 49 percent of respondents support the exoneration of Trump in the Senate impeachment trials.

January 17, 2020

Will Thousands of Voters Be Purged from Wisconsin Rolls?
Will Thousands of Voters Be Purged from Wisconsin Rolls?

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Will Thousands of Voters Be Purged from Wisconsin Rolls?

UW-Madison Political Science professor David Canon breaks down the looming voter roll case that may impact over 200,000 voters. This week an Ozaukee County judge held three state election commissioners in contempt for not purging the rolls immediately. Canon said that the case “has become a partisan battlefield.” The professor predicts that a legal resolution to the case is still a long way away.

January 17, 2020

Judge Jill Karofsky on her Candidacy for State Supreme Court
Judge Jill Karofsky on her Candidacy for State Supreme Court

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Judge Jill Karofsky on her Candidacy for State Supreme Court

State Supreme Court Candidate Judge Jill Karofsky lays out why she should be elected to the bench. She noted her experience as a judge in Wisconsin and her commitment to advocating for victims.

January 17, 2020

Trump Rallies in Milwaukee
Trump Rallies in Milwaukee

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Trump Rallies in Milwaukee

President Trump’s campaign rally packed UW-Milwaukee's Panther arena this week. Some guests waited for in line for hours to get a front-row seat. Here & Now reporter Zac Schultz said that despite Trump’s long record of failed fact checks, attendees continue to support the incumbent because he is emotionally honest.

January 17, 2020 • Southeast Region

State Supreme Court Candidate: Ed Fallone
State Supreme Court Candidate: Ed Fallone

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State Supreme Court Candidate: Ed Fallone

Marquette Law School Professor Ed Fallone discusses his bid from The Wisconsin Supreme Court. Fallone believes that the state supreme court needs a wider diversity of perspectives and experiences on the bench.

January 10, 2020

Elections Commission Official Discusses the Voter Purge Laws
Elections Commission Official Discusses the Voter Purge Laws

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Elections Commission Official Discusses the Voter Purge Laws

State Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe discusses the voter purge lawsuit and appeal that came quickly following a ruling by an Ozaukee County Circuit Court. The ruling ordered the deactivation of over 200,000 registered Wisconsin voters flagged as having changed their address.

December 20, 2019

New Marquette Poll Shows No Change In Views on Impeachment
New Marquette Poll Shows No Change In Views on Impeachment

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New Marquette Poll Shows No Change In Views on Impeachment

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin explains statewide survey results that found no change in impeachment views following the end of public testimony. The new results show that 40 percent think that President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 52 percent think the opposite. Six percent of respondents said they don’t know.

December 13, 2019

WILL Sues State Elections Agency Over Voter Roll Maintenance
WILL Sues State Elections Agency Over Voter Roll Maintenance

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WILL Sues State Elections Agency Over Voter Roll Maintenance

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) filed a lawsuit against the Elections Commission to remove unresponsive voters from rolls 30 days after getting a letter about whether they’ve moved. Chair of the State Elections Commission, Dean Knudson speaks to current voter roll maintenance and President of WILL Rick Esenberg talks about the lawsuit over voter registration policy.

December 6, 2019

Impeachment, Dem. Pres. Candidates in Newest Poll
Impeachment, Dem. Pres. Candidates in Newest Poll

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Impeachment, Dem. Pres. Candidates in Newest Poll

With impeachment hearings, U.S. foreign policy, presidential horse-race numbers and the governor's approval all permeating the national discourse, Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin checks in on Wisconsinites’ views with his latest poll.

October 25, 2019 • South Central Region

Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin
Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin

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Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin

Two Democrats, Wausau School Board President Tricia Zunker and Businessman Lawrence Dale, join the 7th congressional district race in Northwest Wisconsin. Outside of Milwaukee, a 5th congressional district candidate state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R) receives a major endorsement from former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

October 18, 2019 • Northern Region

DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Shares Plans for Convention
DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Shares Plans for Convention

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DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Shares Plans for Convention

DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Alex Lasry gives updates on the 2020 Convention and all that it will bring to the state. Next August, Lasry says the convention will bring over 50,000 people to Milwaukee, many of whom have never been to Wisconsin before. He said he thinks the national spotlight will put Wisconsin on the map.

October 18, 2019 • Southeast Region

The Race for the 7th Congressional District Continues
The Race for the 7th Congressional District Continues

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The Race for the 7th Congressional District Continues

The previously announced dates for the special 7th congressional election in the Northwest Wisconsin district must be changed because of a federal law. The seat held by U.S. Representative Sean Duffy until he resigned in September, is now up for grabs. Three Republican candidates are now in the race: Jason Church, Tom Tiffany, Michael Opela Sr.

October 4, 2019 • Northern Region

The Role of Electability and Identity in 2020 Election
The Role of Electability and Identity in 2020 Election

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The Role of Electability and Identity in 2020 Election

FiveThirtyEight Senior Political writer Clare Malone examines the intersection of identity and electability in the upcoming Presidential election. Malone describes ‘electability’ (in the context of this election) as a shorthand for the ability to win over Obama-Trump voters that surprised the nation in 2016. Understanding those voters will be necessary for “electorally key states like Wisconsin,

October 4, 2019 • South Central Region

Candidates Line Up for and Mull Congressional Bids
Candidates Line Up for and Mull Congressional Bids

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Candidates Line Up for and Mull Congressional Bids

Two members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation, the long-serving Jim Sensenbrenner and fourth-term Sean Duffy, announced they are retiring from Congress, and some have already jumped in the race to fill their seats.

September 13, 2019 • Northern Region

Wisconsin at the 'Center of the Political Universe'
Wisconsin at the 'Center of the Political Universe'

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Wisconsin at the ‘Center of the Political Universe’

Wisconsin is sure to be in the spotlight for national campaigns in 2020, and in the wake of the fourth Democratic presidential debate, UW-Milwaukee professor emeritus Mordecai Lee breaks down the candidates' performances and predicts what may be in store for the state. "It feels like we're in New Hampshire," Lee says. "I never thought Wisconsin would be at the center of the political universe."

September 13, 2019 • South Central Region

US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up
US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up

Politics

US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up

Longest serving Wisconsin Congressman, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R) announced that he will not seek another term. Sensenbrenner was first elected to his Waukesha-area seat in 1978. Meanwhile, Democratic state Senator Lena Taylor announced she is running for Mayor in Milwaukee. Incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett has yet to announce if he's running for re-election.

September 6, 2019 • Southeast Region

Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind
Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind

Politics

Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin shares new statewide survey results. The results show President Trump lagging slightly behind Democratic front runners in 2020 match-ups. Respondents favored Vice President Joe Biden 51 percent compared to Trump’s 42 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders is also ahead at 48 percent to 44 percent.

September 6, 2019 • South Central Region

Political Science Prof. on outgoing U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy
Political Science Prof. on outgoing U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy

Elections

Political Science Prof. on outgoing U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy

UW-Superior Political Science Professor Dr. Alisa Von Hagel provides insight on the resignation of U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau. She also forecasts the political future of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Joining the show from Superior, Von Hagel says Duffy’s resignation may be a part of an ongoing trend among Republicans.

August 30, 2019

Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage
Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage

Education

Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage

The 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote, but not all women. Wisconsin Rep. Shelia Stubbs joins us to today to talk about the lesser-known history of the women’s suffrage movement that excluded women of color and why this part of the story shouldn’t be forgotten.

August 14, 2019

Group Challenges Governor’s Power to “Write New Law”
Group Challenges Governor’s Power to “Write New Law”

Elections

Group Challenges Governor’s Power to “Write New Law”

The budget fight continues with the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filing suit this week over the governor’s budgetary partial vetoes.

August 2, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Could Latino vote be a tipping point?
Noon Wednesday: Could Latino vote be a tipping point?

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Could Latino vote be a tipping point?

Four Democratic presidential candidates will make their presence known in Wisconsin tomorrow during a League of United Latin American Citizens town hall. UW-Madison political science professor Ben Marquez talks about how the role the Latinx vote will play a role in the 2020 presidential elections.

July 10, 2019

Who Stands Out Among a Crowded Dem Field?
Who Stands Out Among a Crowded Dem Field?

Elections

Who Stands Out Among a Crowded Dem Field?

UW-Madison journalism professor Mike Wagner joined a group of political scientists in providing live analysis of this week’s Democratic presidential debates. He talks about which candidates he thought broke through the crowded field, and how well they positioned themselves to face President Donald Trump.

June 28, 2019

Burden Breaks Down Redistricting Ruling
Burden Breaks Down Redistricting Ruling

Elections

Burden Breaks Down Redistricting Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts must stay out of cases involving partisan gerrymandering. Barry Burden, UW-Madison political science professor and director of the Elections Research Center, talks about what the decision means for Wisconsin's own partisan gerrymandering case before the court.

June 28, 2019

Court Rules Lame Duck Session Constitutional
Court Rules Lame Duck Session Constitutional

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Court Rules Lame Duck Session Constitutional

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds laws passed and appointments confirmed in last year’s lame duck session, ruling that the type of legislative session is constitutional.

June 21, 2019

Abrahamson Honored at Capitol
Abrahamson Honored at Capitol

Elections

Abrahamson Honored at Capitol

Retiring Justice Shirley Abrahamson is honored at a Capitol event.

June 21, 2019

State Marks Centennial of Being First to Ratify Women's Vote
State Marks Centennial of Being First to Ratify Women's Vote

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State Marks Centennial of Being First to Ratify Women’s Vote

100 years ago today, Wisconsin was the first state in the nation to ratify the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. A celebration at the State Capitol today featured speakers delving into that history and unveiling Wisconsin’s original 19th Amendment document.

June 14, 2019

Kelly for Supreme Court
Kelly for Supreme Court

Politics

Kelly for Supreme Court

Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly announces he will seek a full 10-year term on the Supreme Court, joining liberal candidates Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone.

May 24, 2019

Brakes on Hop 2020 Expansion for Now
Brakes on Hop 2020 Expansion for Now

Elections

Brakes on Hop 2020 Expansion for Now

As Milwaukee gets ready to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, some city officials are pushing to extend the streetcar line to reach the convention site. A committee vote this week tables the expansion for now, putting into question whether the expansion could be finished by next summer.

May 24, 2019 • Southeast Region

Noon Wednesday: Are We Heading Towards Impeachment?
Noon Wednesday: Are We Heading Towards Impeachment?

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Are We Heading Towards Impeachment?

New Democrats are calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, including Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan. Are we heading towards impeachment? Probably not, according to UW-Madison political science and law professor Howard Schweber.

May 22, 2019

High Court Hears Challenge to Lame Duck Session
High Court Hears Challenge to Lame Duck Session

Politics

High Court Hears Challenge to Lame Duck Session

A busy week in the Capitol included Supreme Court arguments challenging December’s lame duck session and an Assembly session that passed a slate of abortion bills.

May 17, 2019

Longest Serving Justice Shirley Abrahamson Retires
Longest Serving Justice Shirley Abrahamson Retires

Politics

Longest Serving Justice Shirley Abrahamson Retires

Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson will finish her 43-year tenure on the bench at the end of the year. The first woman to ever serve on the state’s high court, and also the state’s longest-serving justice, heard her final arguments this week.

May 17, 2019

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