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Wisconsin Republicans file US Supreme Court Appeal on April 7 election

Justice Brent Kavanaugh

As expected, the Wisconsin Republican Party, Republican National Committee, and the Wisconsin Legislature have all filed an appeal on the April 7 election. In their appeal they ask that absentee ballots postmarked after the April 7 election date not be counted. The previous ruling by Judge William Conley had required that ballots received by April 13 be counted no matter when they were sent. The appeal asks Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh to respond no later than Monday.

Legislature Special Session

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The special session of the legislature is underway. The Senate met for five seconds, gaveling in and gaveling out. Democratic Senators Jon Erpenbach and Tim Carpenter were the only senators present. 

The Assembly has now also had their special session, taking In uch more thoughtful 17 seconds to gavel in and gavel out. 

The legislature is now adjourned until 10 AM on Monday.

COVID-19 - the numbers today

COVID-19 Virus

We may not continue to write an article about this every day unless something really unusual happens, We still wait patiently for a strong indication of the curve flattening. Cases in the state have increased by 200 since yesterday. There are now 2112 confirmed cases of infection in the state. The number of deaths has reached 56, which is a considerable increase since yesterday's numbers. There are 588 hospitalizations, and 28% of those infected are being treated in the hospital. 

State Capitol re-opening to the public for special legislative session

Wisconsin State Capitol

The capitol building in Madison has just opened for the special legislative session. It is likely that they will simply gavel in and gavel out of the session. If we can dig up a live feed of the session it will appear here.

April 7 election - changes overnight

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The status of the April 7 election continues to change. Late yesterday the 7th District Court of Appeals responded to the emergency appeal posed by the state, and national Republican Parties, as well as the appeal from Republicans in the state legislature. The court refused to stay the order from Judge William Conley to change the cutoff date for the return of absentee ballots in the state, which was the main point of conjecture in the appeals.

Vos and Fitzgerald respond to Evers' request for a special session

Robin Vos

Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald today rejected Governor Evers' call for a special session to stop in-person voting and to move the postpone the April 7 election into May as an all-mail election.

Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement.

Crowdsourcing project to add resources for the COVID-19 crisis

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We are starting a project to have community members add resources to the website so that people can find resources to help them through the current situation. This includes things like grocery stores and restaurants that are open, local farmers, government information sources, ways to keep entertained, and a lot more.

April 7 election - where do we stand? - update

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Consider this a practical guide to where things stand for the April 7 election at this time.

Opinion

Why farmers are dumping milk – and how consumers can help

Kara O'Connor

Wisconsin Farmers Union has received a number of inquiries from concerned consumers along the lines of, "Can't farmers do something with the milk other than dump it?  Why are farmers disposing of milk when I'm being limited on milk purchases at the store?"  

This situation is indeed troubling. It is heartbreaking for farmers to have to dispose of their milk like this.

An editorial comment on the April 7 election

Wisconsin Spring Election: Manitowoc Minute

I was in the process of writing an editorial on the current drama that is the April 7 election. Today, for a change, we offer a video editorial. We are heading to a disaster next Tuesday, both from the viewpoint of public safety and the viewpoint of exercising our democratic duty. This isn't a partisan issue, it is an issue fo doing what is right for everyone. I turn this editorial over to that great friend of Wisconsin, Charlie "Manitowoc Minute" Berens. Contact your legislators.

'Over our heads in chaos’: Wisconsin election in flux amid pandemic fears

As states across the U.S. delay their primary elections in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin decided to stay the course — and found itself in complete disarray.

Press Releases and more

Wisconsin receives federal disaster declaration

Gov. Tony Evers
MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers today announced that Wisconsin has been granted a major disaster declaration for the entire state of Wisconsin, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration provides access to Public Assistance programs for all 72 Wisconsin counties and the state’s federally recognized tribes.

Press release from Dunn County Public Health and the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce

MenomonieDunn County Health Department & Chamber of Commerce Menomonie, April 4 th , 2020:

Currently, in Dunn County there are four confirmed cases of COVID-19. 1 recovered, 3 self-quarantined, and 1  ospitalized. All essential businesses and operations are encouraged to remain open; all employers must consider the best ways to lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace.

Governor Evers releases statement on April 7 election

Governor Tony Evers

MADISON  Gov. Tony Evers issued the following statement regarding the upcoming April 7 election. 

“We have three branches of government to ensure a system of checks and balances, and questions about our elections typically rely on all three playing a role.

Wisconsin COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

Data through 3/26 from New York Times, after from Wisconsin DHS

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