Wisconsin Department of Health Services Recommends Masks Again for High Coronavirus Counties

Wisconsin’s public health managers are once again recommending masks for some people in the state.

The state’s Department of Health Services on Tuesday said people in the seven counties that currently have high COVID-19 community levels should wear masks inside once again.

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Governor Evers Expands Program to Address Nursing Home Staff Shortages

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Thursday announced a plan to address the critical staffing needs of nursing homes throughout the state.

Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will expand an existing program that allows employers to recruit new Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).

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Wisconsin Child Likely Died of Fentanyl Poisoning, Officials Say

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Officials are investigating a recent death of a five-year-old child, indicating the young individual likely died of fentanyl poisoning.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office provided an update on the case after the child was found dead last week.

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Republicans Criticize New University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor, Threaten University of Wisconsin Funding

Republicans at the Wisconsin Capitol are not happy with the new choice for chancellor at UW-Madison.

Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, who is the vice chairman of the Senate’s committee for universities and technical colleges, called  Dr. Jennifer Mnookin a “ridiculous choice.”

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Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty Defends Middle Schoolers Accused of ‘Misgendering’ in Kiel Schools

There’s now legal help for three middle school boys in Kiel who are facing a sexual harassment complaint that accuses them of misgendering another student.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty on Monday announced that it is defending the three.

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Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson Joins Resolution Calling for Action on Border Crisis, Crime Spike

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) joined a resolution introduced by his Republican colleagues in the Senate to call on President Joe Biden to take action on border security and a spike in crime across the country.

Wisconsin has been subjected to a wave of violent crime that has included riots, a mass attack on a Christmas parade, and an arson attack on a pro-life group.

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Republican Candidates Promise Tough-on-Crime Approach After Deer District Shootings

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The Republicans running for governor in Wisconsin are promising more cops, more prisons, and say they’ll fire prosecutors who don’t get tough on crime after a violent weekend in Milwaukee that saw more than two dozen people shot.

Milwaukee Police say Friday night’s shootings near the Deer District wounded 21 people. Another of those shootings saw 17 people shot. A string of shootings on Sunday saw another five people shot, including two people who died.

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Wisconsin Nurses: Gov. Evers Sided with Hospitals over Patients

Nurses in Wisconsin say Gov. Tony Evers is making it harder for folks in rural parts of the state to get care.

Evers last month vetoed a proposed law that would have allowed advanced practice nurses to work more independently. Advanced practice nurses currently can provide care, but need to collaborate with a doctor.

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Midwestern States Endure Steep Rise in Drug Overdose Deaths in 2021

U.S. drug overdoses increased 15% between December 2020 and December 2021, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The two-year jump established new records for overdose deaths over previous years.

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Wisconsin GOP Governor Candidate Says She’d Fire DA in Waukesha ‘Parade Massacre’ on ‘Day One’

Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch is running on a get-tough-on-crime agenda to unseat Democrat Gov. Tony Evers, saying Friday his “permissive culture” allowed the 2021 Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy to happen.

“The Waukesha parade massacre killed six people, injured 61. And it’s because of his permissive culture,” she said Friday on the “Just the News – Not Noise” livestream TV show on the Real America’s Voice network.

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More Wisconsin Republican Congressmen Want Federal Investigation into Madison Firebombing

The calls for a federal investigation into a firebombing at the pro-life office in Madison are growing.

Wisconsin’s Republican congressmen Tom Tiffany, Scott Fitzgerald, Glenn Grothman, Bryan Steil, and Mike Gallagher all signed a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland this week, asking the Department of Justice to get involved in the case.

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GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful Kevin Nicholson Calls on Evers to Remove Parole Board Chair amid Decision to Grant Parole for Convicted Killer

GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Nicholson called on Governor Tony Evers to remove the chair of the Wisconsin Parole Commission.

Chairman John Tate II and the panel opted to allow a convicted killer, Douglas Balsewicz, to be released after serving only 25 years of the 80-year sentence he was given.

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Wisconsin Republicans Question Governor’s Plan to Remove National Guard from Veterans Home

There’s finger pointing and some unanswered questions about why Wisconsin’s National Guard troops are leaving the Veterans Home at Union Grove.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, sent Gov. Tony Evers a letter Tuesday asking why the governor is sending the troops home when there continues to be a critical need for frontline workers at the facility.

“Despite the looming withdrawal of the [troops], we have seen no plan put in place to deal with the gap in critical services their departure will create,” Vos and Wanggaard wrote. “The National Guard has been providing necessary assistance to our veterans and the staff at the Veterans Home at Union Grove during this time of need.”

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Wisconsin DOJ: Most People Injured by Police Are Young, White Men

The first report on officer-involved use-of-force in Wisconsin may surprise some people.

Attorney General Josh Kaul on Monday released the numbers on cases where suspects died or were hurt, or where police officers fired their gun while chasing or arresting a suspect.

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Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Rebecca Kleefisch Calls on Governor Tony Evers to Protect Pro-Life Organizations

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch called on Governor Tony Evers to protect pro-life organizations in the state.

The demand follows an apparent arson attack on Wisconsin Family Action, a prominent pro-life group in the state. 

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Wisconsin Family Action Promises It Won’t ‘Back Down’ After Madison Arson

The head of one of Wisconsin’s most prominent pro-life groups is vowing not to be intimidated by a weekend arson at their Madison office.

Wisconsin Family Action’s Julaine Appling said on Sunday that the attack on their office was an attempt to silence pro-life voices in the state.

“While this attack was directly provoked by the leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dobbs case earlier this week, this has far broader implications,” Appling said in a statement. “Apparently, the tolerance that the left demands is truly a one-way street. Violence has become their answer to everything.”

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Wisconsin Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed in 11 Counties

Another 66,000 birds in Wisconsin were put down because of the bird flu this week.

The state’s Department of Agriculture on Thursday said cases were confirmed in Sauk and Pierce counties. New cases were also confirmed in Barron County, which now has the most cases of the bird flu in the state at five.

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Rep. Petryk: Wisconsin Students Will Have to Wait for Gifted and Talented Opportunities

One western Wisconsin state representative says kids looking to get into gifted and talented programs in public schools across the state are out of luck for another year.

Rep. Warren Petryk, R-Town of Washington, on Thursday said Gov. Evers’ veto of his gifted and talented legislation puts a brick on progress for kids who want the most out of their education.

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Wisconsin Man Sentenced to Prison for Ponzi Scheme with Dozens of Victims

A Wisconsin man was sentenced to serve more than a decade in prison after being convicted on charges connected to a Ponzi scheme with roughly 70 victims.

According to a release from the Department of Justice, Robert Narvett was sentenced for one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

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Wisconsin State Superintendent Again Defends Teaching of Race, Class, and Gender

The top teacher in Wisconsin says it is important for all kids in Wisconsin to learn from the author who wants to “upend mainstream ideas about race, class, and gender.”

State Superintendent JIll Underly on Monday responded to Sen. Chris Kapenga’s letter full of questions about a Critical Race Theory author and activist who spoke to teachers in the state back in February.

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Democrats Pouring Millions into Wisconsin to Protect Governor Tony Evers

The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) is pouring millions of dollars into Wisconsin to protect incumbent Governor Tony Evers.

The initial buy, one of the first of the 2022 midterm elections, reserved $21 million worth of airtime for television ads.

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Wisconsin Leaders, Candidates React to Roe Reversal Report

Wisconsin’s two U.S. Senators, governor and candidates for public office are talking about the future of Roe v. Wade.

Gov. Tony Evers took to Twitter Monday night after a report on a leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision first made headlines. He vowed to fight to continue legal abortions in the state.

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Wisconsin Democratic Senate Candidate Mandela Barnes Reaffirms Support to Abolish Filibuster amid SCOTUS Leak

Mandela Barnes, a Democrat running to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate, utilized a leaked document from the Supreme Court to reiterate his call for an end to the filibuster.

The document from the Court was an initial draft from Justice Samuel Alito that suggested the Court favors overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that federally legalized abortion across the country.

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Sen. Kapenga Presses State Superintendent for CRT Webinar for Wisconsin Teachers

There are new questions for Wisconsin’s state superintendent of schools about critical race theory, politics, and a webinar for teachers in the state.

Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, on Monday released an open letter to State Superintendent Jill Underly that asks her a series of questions about a February webinar featuring activist and author Charlene Carruthers.

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Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Tim Michels Denounces Out-of-State Connections

GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels is distancing himself from his connections to other states, as he runs to lead Wisconsin.

First reported by Wisconsin Right Now, Michels allegedly has extensive holdings in Connecticut and New York.

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School Choice Supporters Encouraged by Latest Marquette Poll on Vouchers

More parents in Wisconsin are getting behind the idea of school choice.

The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows 58% of voters in the state support the idea of ending limits on vouchers for private or religious schools. That would open up school choice to more than just low-income families in many parts of Wisconsin. The poll says 33% of voters oppose the idea.

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Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs Introduce Resolution to Block Proposed Biden Asylum Rule

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05) introduced a measure to block the Biden administration’s plan for the asylum process.

Biden’s proposal, known as “Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers,” would allow asylum request to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials, rather than judges.

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Tea Party Patriots to Focus on Election Integrity in Wisconsin

The latest focus on election integrity in Wisconsin will mean training for poll workers and a conversation about relationships.

The Tea Party Patriots are launching a new statewide integrity tour on Monday.

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Marquette Law School Poll: Voters Have More Trust in 2022 Election

Voters in Wisconsin are beginning to regain trust in the state’s electoral process.

The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows 76% of Republicans and 96% of Democrats said they trusted the results of the April election. Just 67% of independent voters said the same thing.

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New Poll Shows Governor Tony Evers Underwater as November Election Draws Closer

A new poll from Morning Consult showed that Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is “underwater” with voters as the November election draws closer.

More individuals disapprove of his job performance than those who support it. Specifically, 48 percent of residents in the state express their disapproval, while only 45 said they approve of the performance.

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Wisconsin 2020 Election Investigation to Continue

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The investigation into Wisconsin’s 2020 election won’t end until lawmakers are certain about the legal authority to issue subpoenas by the state’s special investigator.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Tuesday issued a statement explaining why he is extending former Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman’s special investigation once again.

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Milwaukee Leaders Target Guns Following Most Violent Weekend of the Year

There’s a lot of talk about doing something about guns after Milwaukee’s most violent weekend of the year.

Milwaukee Police say more than 20 people were shot in separate shootings Saturday and Sunday. Three of the gunshot victims died, including a 10-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.

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Wisconsin Rep. Brandtjen Warns Against Ending Gableman Investigation

One of the leading voices in the push to clarify Wisconsin’s election laws is issuing a warning to her own side about ending the investigation into the 2020 election.

Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, on Monday said the investigation by Wisconsin Special Counsel Mike Gableman must be kept going until the mayors of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine, and Kenosha answer questions about what actually transpired during the 2020 election.

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Election Integrity: New Complaint Alleges Illegal Ballot Harvesting in Green Bay

The nonprofit, conservative law firm the Thomas More Society has filed a new formal complaint against the city clerk of Green Bay, Wisconsin, for allegedly participating in illegal ballot harvesting in a close, April 5 city council election.

The complaint was filed Thursday against city Clerk Celestine Jeffreys with the Wisconsin Elections Commission for allegedly accepting multiple absentee ballots from the hand of a single person several times, according to the Epoch Times.

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Former Milwaukee Mayoral Candidate Bob Donovan Launches State Assembly Campaign

Former Milwaukee mayoral candidate Bob Donovan, who was defeated by Cavalier Johnson, announced on Monday a new campaign for State Assembly.

According to a release from Donovan, he will run as a Republican in the 84th Assembly District, which encompasses a portion of Milwaukee, Greenfield, and Hales Corners.

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Gov. DeSantis Signs Legislation to Strip Walt Disney Company of Self-Governing Status

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Friday to strip Walt Disney World’s special status that granted the amusement park broad powers to self-govern.

The old agreement, which took place in 1967, has permitted the venue to work as a quasi-governmental agency and maintain the same authority as a county government.

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Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Rebecca Kleefisch Promises to Fight for ‘A Good Living’ in New Ad

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch, who is running in the GOP primary, released a new ad with a promise to fight for “a good living” for residents of the state.

Kleefisch, whose campaign has been boosted by state and national Republicans, contended she would help individuals more than incumbent Governor Tony Evers.

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Wisconsin Senators Preach Patience at Medical Marijuana Hearing

No one is going to be completely happy with whatever Wisconsin’s new medical marijuana legislation looks like.

Sen. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, the woman driving the new push for medical pot made that promise on Wednesday as she asked marijuana supporters to be patient with lawmakers.

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Milwaukee Public Schools Lifts Mask Mandate for One Day, Immediately Reimposes Restriction

Milwaukee Public Schools announced on Tuesday that students will be forced to comply with another mask mandate, after the school district lifted the policy for one day.

According to the school district, cases among students and staff increased, influencing leaders to reimplement the restriction. 

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Probable Cause Found in Blystone Financial-Reporting Probe; Election Commission Books Expedited Hearing One Day Before Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Elections Commission (OEC) found probable cause to further investigate and decide two complaints filed against Ohio Republican gubernatorial candidate Joe Blystone’s campaign and booked a full-panel hearing for May 2, one day before the primary election.

Thursday, a Probable Cause panel comprised of commissioners D. Michael Crites (R), Charleta B. Tavares (D) and Ernest C. Knight (I) voted unanimously on an expedited investigation into cases that allege the Canal Winchester farmer and restauranteur improperly reported campaign contributions and expenditures and spent campaign funds for personal use.

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Details Lacking in Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul’s Clergy Sex Probe

Wisconsin’s attorney general said his investigation into clergy sex abuse across the state has resulted in 1,000 calls to his tipline, 204 reports, and one criminal case. But there are some questions the AG is not answering.

Kaul launched his investigation into the Catholic Church in Wisconsin one year ago. On Tuesday, he provided an update on his progress.

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Evers’ Broadband Veto Riles Rural Wisconsin Republicans

A disagreement over who should get free access to high speed internet in some parts of Wisconsin likely means no one is getting a new connection anytime soon.

Gov. Tony Evers last week vetoed SB 365, which would have expanded high speed internet service in rural parts of the state.

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Visits Wisconsin Despite Administration’s Low Approval Numbers

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday visited Wisconsin to tout the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The legislation will send millions to state and local governments to repair and upgrade key pieces of infrastructure.

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Worker Shortage Has Wisconsin Manufacturers’ Poach from Illinois

A dearth of workers in the manufacturing industry is pitting state against state as Wisconsin area manufacturers look to entice Illinois workers away.

The shortage has led Wisconsin manufacturers like InSinkErator and Andis to team up in an attempt to lure Chicago area workers to relocate, The Journal Times in Wisconsin reported.

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Former Governor Tommy Thompson Declines Run for 5th Term

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, who served four terms in the position, declined to run for the position again, according to a new statement.

The Republican, who retains the title of Wisconsin’s longest-serving governor, reportedly met with former President Donald Trump while he was considering his bid.

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Hovde Not Running for Governor, May Run for Senate in 2024

The Republican field for governor in Wisconsin is not growing – at least not yet.

Madison businessman Eric Hovde on Friday told News Talk 1130 WISN’s Jay Weber that he is not running for governor this year.

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