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UW-La Crosse students honor Gov. Tony Evers for supporting state’s colleges
STATE GOVERNMENT ^top^
– Assembly to vote on abortion bill next week that Gov. Tony Evers has pledged to veto
– GOP touts slate of contentious abortion legislation
– WI GOP defend born-alive abortion bill [Richmond of AP]
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ^top^
– Duffy announces child No. 9 coming this fall … “God isn’t done with our family yet! Baby number nine coming to the crew this fall,” the congressman posted on Facebook. Rachel Campos-Duffy said it best — we aren’t crazy, we are just full of hope for America’s future!” Duffy and his wife are both 47.
– Congressman Sean Duffy, Rachel Campos-Duffy announce they’re having 9th child … Duffy was unavailable for comment
– Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, wife expecting 9th child
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ^top^
– The Milwaukee Aldermanic Race is Heating Up … Some state and local names are vying for positions, including Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic and State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa. As it stands, seven aldermen are running unopposed as Council pres. Hamilton and Ald. Zielinski running for mayor.
– Kreuser: County will invest more in roads, police
– State of the County: Delagrave says county must adapt to the digital era
CIVIL LIBERTIES ^top^
– Concealed carry holder fatally shoots himself during struggle over gun … after threatening to shoot people with whom he was arguing … Delames Jones, 46, died early Monday after the Sunday evening … gunshot wound to his abdomen and right lower extremity, but the cause of his death was still pending. Jones was armed with a holstered, semi-automatic weapon when he became involved in an argument, threatened to shoot and began pulling the weapon from the holster when several people attempted to overpower and disarm him. MPD ruled it self -inflicted.
– Appleton-area faith communities wary about prospect of armed security; in age of random mass shootings
– A WI grandfather picked up for driving without a license fears deportation to Mexico … Raymundo Martinez-Moreno … has been living in Green Bay since 2001 … works temporary jobs, such as cleaning a bakery or landscaping. … says he doesn’t have a criminal record, but [ICE] placed him in deportation proceedings … “I have two children and eight grandchildren, and I don´t want to be separated from them because they are my life,” Martinez-Moreno said in Spanish during a [Voces] news conference … “It’s very tragic, it’s wrong and that’s why we are fighting to bring back driver’s licenses,” said [Voces’] Neumann-Ortiz. … arrest warrant had been issued because he didn’t appear in a 2017 court hearing about a previous charge of driving without a license … He was under ICE custody for 24 days and released after he posted an immigration bond, said [ICE’s] Alberico … case is pending [with USDOJ] … On Thursday, Martinez-Moreno needs to appear at an immigration hearing in Chicago. He doesn’t have an attorney yet.
– Jennifer Cheatham resigning as Madison school superintendent … at a news conference Wednesday. Isthmus confirmed the news … not known when Cheatham, who has led the district since 2013, will step down. Rachel Strauch-Nelson, district spokesperson, did not immediately respond … In March, the superintendent admitted it had been a “trying” school year. There have been several high-profile incidents involving student safety and teacher resignations. For two years, school board meetings have been dominated by a push from Freedom Inc. to remove Madison police officers from four of the district’s high schools.
– MMSD Supt. Cheatham expected to announce plan to resign
– Fox News is the unlikely new power player in the 2020 Democratic primary … Blocked from participating in the lineup of official Democratic debates scheduled for the 2020 presidential cycle, the network that appeals to conservative-leaning voters has muscled its way into the process by offering candidates a valuable commodity: Air time during televised town halls. … “And I’ve always believed in my runs for office and in my governing style that you go not just where it’s comfortable but you go where it’s uncomfortable and that includes on Fox News,” [Klobuchar] told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. … Sanders camp left the town hall upbeat. [2.6M viewers] … Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to the Sanders campaign, said, “the point of going on Fox had nothing to do with Fox but reaching out to the people in America who see Fox. Anybody who wants to be president of this country needs to reach out to all Americans,” he said. … In a statement, [host] Baier said: “I didn’t try to embarrass Senator Sanders, but rather wanted to get a sense of the room about Medicare for all. The fact that the Senator’s people don’t appreciate that is unfortunate. The town hall was fair and balanced as we promised all along.” … [Buttigieg, Gillibrand] have scheduled town halls with the network. [host] MacCallum said the network has reached out to all the other campaigns. … said she knows that DNC chair Perez “has his opinions about why he thinks we would be unfair. But I think we are proving time and time again we are fair. A lot of people are watching. Millions are watching. We have the highest rated town halls.”
– How Voter Access Laws and Passion Brought People to the Polls … Around the country, state efforts to widen ballot access and Trump-era political passion spurred more voters to the polls in November than the last midterm elections in 2014. Nationally, 53% of the citizen voting-age population voted in 2018, a 12-point bump from the previous midterms, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates. … Republican-leaning states such as Montana, Wyoming, New Hampshire and North Carolina already have joined Utah and liberal-leaning Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Vermont in enacting same-day registration. Focus on UT, TX, GA. Graphic: Wisconsin: Midterm turnout 2018 as a percentage of citizens (point change since 2014): 64.6% (9.2)
– Grand River Marsh fishing opportunities down through 2020: due to high water and storm debris
– WBP’s Peacock analysis: How to Improve the Foxconn Contract, Changes could benefit both the state and company.
– Dave Cieslewicz: From Foxconn, no R-E-S-P-E-C-T
HEALTH CARE ^top^
– Medicaid expansion could lower individual market premiums, study suggests
– No layoffs planned in possible Marshfield Clinic, Gundersen merger, CEO [Turney] says
– Wisconsin-based health systems discuss possible merger
– Gundersen, Marshfield Clinic in talks to merge; 19,000 people employed by two organizations
LAW AND ORDER ^top^
– County Opposes Plan to Replace Lincoln Hills, Abele administration says state plan lacks adequate funding, won’t rehabilitate youth.
– Marinette County panel backs bills to help corrections officers
PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY ^top^
– Amid national measles outbreak, UW-Madison weighs requiring vaccinations … Eleven other Big 10 institutions clearly require the vaccine, though some have religious or medical exemptions. No cases reported in WI. UW Health’s Kinsey sees no sign of early-century, now-debunked anti-vaccine movement among new students, but “We are always on alert and monitoring, not only for measles, but any communicable disease outbreak on campus. We track those numbers day by day and week by week,” noted some universities have penalties for unproven-vaccination. State law requires vaccinations for K-12 students, but allows exemptions. DHS shows 85% of kids under 24 months have had at least one measles shot, while 85-95% rate needed to protect community. MATC and UW-Madison clinics offer vaccines for a fee.
– WI GOP Are Deliberately Ignoring Milwaukee’s Lead Pipe Crisis
– Rock County officials say Lyme disease season ‘in full swing’
– Chippewa Falls company [Cray, partnering with AMD] to develop world’s most powerful supercomputer
– ‘A great way to show off’: Neenah will host Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour in June
– CUB’s Content: Why Are We Paying We Energies $430 Million in Profits on a Coal Plant That Shut Down Last Year?
– UW Systems Pres. Ray Cross: UW System is delivering more graduates, deserves strong state support
– George Mitchell: Evers’ DOT endangered project list a foreshadowing of 2020 legislative races
– Dave Zweifel: Plain Talk: Make America great again? No, let’s make it pay again
– Julie Grace: Protecting history or promoting agendas? The use of historic designation nowadays often has nothing to do with preservation.
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