WISPIRG: Without “Safer at Home” order, state legislature and local governments must act immediately to prevent the spread of COVID-19

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court invalidated the Department of Health Services’ extension of the state’s stay-at-home order on Wednesday, with immediate effect. Wisconsinites are now left with a patchwork of local rules and state and federal guidelines as communities confront a global pandemic that has sickened over a million people and cost at least 84,000 lives in the U.S. WISPIRG Director Peter Skopec issued the following statement in response: “COVID-19 continues to pose a serious risk to Wisconsinites’ health and well-being. Leading public health experts agree that, for now, physical distancing is the best way to limit the spread

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Gov. Evers: Approves Dept. of Health Services statement of ccope, beginning administrative rule making process

MADISON — Following the Supreme Court of Wisconsin’s ruling striking down Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers today approved a statement of scope developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) beginning the administrative rule making process to enact protections for Wisconsinites during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s approval letter is available here and the scope statement is available here. The governor’s statement on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin’s ruling is available here.

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Mayor Rhodes-Conway: Data and science will guide our decision making

Last evening, I was pleased to join Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) Director Janel Heinrich and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi as a new countywide public health order was issued to protect the health and safety of residents. The need to issue the order was maddening, but perhaps predictable. The State Supreme Court ruling struck down the statewide Safer at Home without any plan or safety net for our residents. As County Executive Parisi noted, the order created chaos and confusion statewide. The court ruled that the Department of Health Services acted unlawfully, but then suggested they had

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Andraca campaign: Collects 1000 ballot signatures without leaving home

MILWAUKEE, WI May 14, 2020 — The race for the most-targeted seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly became official today when Deb Andraca, who is challenging incumbent Republican Jim Ott in the 23rd District, submitted 1000 ballot signatures to the state election office. This is hundreds more than is required by state law and all of them were collected exclusively by mail. “As a first-time candidate, I had no idea if we could get even the minimum 200 because collecting signatures during a stay-at-home order has never been done before,” Andraca explained. “We are so grateful to the hundreds of

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Imes campaign: Elected official, environmental nonprofit leader and small business owner John Imes announces candidacy for the 26th State Senate District

MADISON – In a letter to voters today in the 26th State Senate District, John Imes announced his plans to join the race with three other highly regarded candidates for the seat long held by Senator Fred Risser who is retiring as the longest-serving state legislator in the nation. “During this difficult time when both the physical health and economic health of our community are at risk, we need leaders who can bring a uniquely diverse experience working with stakeholders, engage all points of view more effectively and build the coalitions we need to win back a Democratic majority,” said

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Sen. Wirch: Sharing the latest news you can use about COVID-19

enosha – Hello, neighbor.  The news is constantly changing these days, and it can be hard to keep up.  In this update, you will find a review of recent news items. This week, the state Supreme Court issued its ruling on “Safer at Home”; a new national report listed Kenosha and Racine as growing Covid-19 hotspots; mobile testing is coming to Racine; and Dr. Fauci warned of a wave of new cases for states that reopen too soon.  We can all use some good news, so I’ll highlight the great work of two men with Kenosha family ties, David Heide and Dan

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Sen. Nass: The empire strikes back with Safer At Home and Badger Bounce Back Emergency Rule

Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), Co-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR), released the following statement in response to the Department of Health Services (DHS) issuing a Scope Statement to implement an Emergency Rule restoring elements of Public Health Order #28 referred to as Safer At Home and Public Health Order #31 referred to as the Badger Bounce Back Plan: “The Wisconsin Supreme Court clearly ruled that Governor Evers and DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm acted improperly and illegally by forcing every citizen of Wisconsin to stay home, close certain businesses, prohibit freedom of association and harshly restrict

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Rewind: Your Week in Review for May 15

On this week’s episode of “Rewind,” WisPolitics.com’s JR Ross and WisconsinEye’s Steve Walters discuss the state Supreme Court’s ruling against the Evers administration’s stay-at-home order, results from the Marquette Law School Poll and GOP Sen. Tom Tiffany’s win in the 7th CD special election.

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Dept. of Natural Resources: DNR burning permits remain suspended

MADISON, Wis. – Although scattered rain across the state has temporarily reduced fire danger statewide, wildfire season is in high gear with vegetation green-up not yet complete across Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will continue to do all things necessary to protect the public from wildfires. As such, DNR-issued burning permits remain suspended for debris piles, barrels and grass or wooded areas. Cooler temperatures and a lack of rain mean a slow down of green-up across the northern half of Wisconsin. Wildfire season remains active statewide as areas where vegetation appears to be green continue to have dry fuel.

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U.S Rep. Sensenbrenner: Votes against new COVID-19 relief bill

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement after voting against a $3 trillion COVID-19 Democrat spending package: “Nancy Pelosi has decided to present a grab bag of Democrat priorities in this latest piece of coronavirus relief funding. I view this as Democrats unabashedly and carelessly spending taxpayer money. While I have supported the previous relief packages that have assisted our businesses and families during this pandemic, this $3 trillion package is not a responsible way to provide assistance. It is now time lawmakers focus on opening up our economy while keeping citizens safe. Programs like the Paycheck

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Rep. Gallagher statement on H.R. 6800

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after voting against H.R. 6800. “This $3 trillion, 1,800 page bill drafted by Democratic leadership behind closed doors is anything but a Coronavirus relief package. It’s a partisan wishlist that not only highlights the breakdown of our modern Congress, but further delays our ability to get assistance to Americans when we have no time to waste. “Put aside the fact that this bill was written without any hint of bipartisan discussion while Speaker Pelosi kept Congress out of session, and ask yourself: how does sending federal tax dollars to illegal immigrants,

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Sensenbrenner opposes House proxy voting proposal

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement after voting against H.Res. 965 – Remote Voting by Proxy in the House of Representatives: “The House Democrat proposal to allow for a system of proxy voting on the floor of the House of Representatives is not one I can support. This is the most consequential change to House rules in decades. These changes are advertised as short term and limited to the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Likely, they would create a rules precedent that will be followed in the future. A precedent that can easily be construed as

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WISPIRG: Without “Safer at Home” order, state legislature and local governments must act immediately to prevent the spread of COVID-19

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court invalidated the Department of Health Services’ extension of the state’s stay-at-home order on Wednesday, with immediate effect. Wisconsinites are now left with a patchwork of local rules and state and federal guidelines as communities confront a global pandemic that has sickened over a million

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Gov. Evers: Approves Dept. of Health Services statement of ccope, beginning administrative rule making process

MADISON — Following the Supreme Court of Wisconsin’s ruling striking down Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers today approved a statement of scope developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) beginning the administrative rule making process to enact protections for Wisconsinites during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s approval letter

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Sen. Wirch: Sharing the latest news you can use about COVID-19

enosha – Hello, neighbor.  The news is constantly changing these days, and it can be hard to keep up.  In this update, you will find a review of recent news items. This week, the state Supreme Court issued its ruling on “Safer at Home”; a new national report listed Kenosha and Racine

Read More »

Rewind: Your Week in Review for May 15

On this week’s episode of “Rewind,” WisPolitics.com’s JR Ross and WisconsinEye’s Steve Walters discuss the state Supreme Court’s ruling against the Evers administration’s stay-at-home order, results from the Marquette Law School Poll and GOP Sen. Tom Tiffany’s win in the 7th CD special election.

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Dept. of Natural Resources: DNR burning permits remain suspended

MADISON, Wis. – Although scattered rain across the state has temporarily reduced fire danger statewide, wildfire season is in high gear with vegetation green-up not yet complete across Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will continue to do all things necessary to protect the public from wildfires. As such, DNR-issued

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U.S Rep. Sensenbrenner: Votes against new COVID-19 relief bill

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement after voting against a $3 trillion COVID-19 Democrat spending package: “Nancy Pelosi has decided to present a grab bag of Democrat priorities in this latest piece of coronavirus relief funding. I view this as Democrats unabashedly and carelessly spending taxpayer

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Rep. Gallagher statement on H.R. 6800

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after voting against H.R. 6800. “This $3 trillion, 1,800 page bill drafted by Democratic leadership behind closed doors is anything but a Coronavirus relief package. It’s a partisan wishlist that not only highlights the breakdown of our modern Congress,

Read More »

Sensenbrenner opposes House proxy voting proposal

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) offered the following statement after voting against H.Res. 965 – Remote Voting by Proxy in the House of Representatives: “The House Democrat proposal to allow for a system of proxy voting on the floor of the House of Representatives is not one I can

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