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April 7 election is back on, absentee ballot deadline changed - Election Commission Emergency meeting

Supreme Court Ruling
April 6, 2020

By order of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court the election will take place tomorrow, April 7.  The  court put out an order minutes ago invalidating Gov. Evers Executive Order this afternoon to postpone the election.

Eau Claire County Health Dept. Briefing 4/6/2020

April 6, 2020

LIVE: April 6, 2020 – Eau Claire County COVID-19 incident updates and voting changes with Eau Claire City Clerk, Carrie Riepl. #StopTheSpreadEC

Number of COVID-19 infections in Wisconsin reaches 2440 with 77 total deaths

covid cases graph
April 6, 2020

The reported state-wide cases of COVID-19 infection increased to 2440 in today's report from the state Department of Health Services. This is an increase of 173 from yesterday's numbers. The number of deaths increased from 68 to 77 in the past 24 hours. There are now 668 hospitalized with the disease. 

In the Chippewa Valley area the number ill are

Dunn County - 5

Eau Claire County - 21

Chippewa County - 16

Breaking - Governor Evers suspends in-person voting

Gov. Evers
April 6, 2020

In a press release this afternoon Governor Evers announced that he is suspending in-person voting on April 7 since the legislature did not act as he requested. It is likely that the Republicans in the state will attempt to put this order through the Wisconsin Supreme Court, so it is possible that this will change again later in the day.

Wisconsin DHS Media Call for 4/6/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 4/06/2020

April 6, 2020

This is today's media conference call with DHS and (usually) the governor. It starts at 1:30 PM. 

In today's briefing the Governor discusses the suspension of in-person voting that was announced shortly before the conference.

Dunn County Health Update 4/3/2020

April 6, 2020

This is the weekly video update from the Dunn County Public Health Department for Friday, 4/3/202.

Wisconsin Republicans file US Supreme Court Appeal on April 7 election

Justice Brett Kavanaugh
April 4, 2020

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

capitol building
April 4, 2020

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.

Wisconsin receives federal disaster declaration

Gov. Tony Evers
April 4, 2020
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.

COVID-19 - the numbers today

COVID-19 Virus
April 4, 2020

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
April 4, 2020

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.

An editorial comment on the April 7 election

Wisconsin Spring Election: Manitowoc Minute

April 4, 2020

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.

April 7 election - changes overnight

ballot box
April 4, 2020

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.

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

April 3, 2020

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.

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

April 3, 2020

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.