In Wisconsin, 2 Huge Races Stand Between G.O.P. and Near-Total Power

The governor’s race this fall, along with a pivotal State Supreme Court contest next spring, will decide whether Republicans can solidify their grip on the swing state and remake its voting laws.

#elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #elections-governors, #evers-tony-1951, #michels-tim-1962, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

Why Wisconsin Is the Most Fascinating State in American Politics

What happens there in November will offer a preview of the political brawls to come.

#democratic-party, #internal-sub-only-nl, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

In Wisconsin, Robin Vos Fires the 2020 Election Investigator He Hired

Robin Vos, the speaker of the State Assembly, said he was ending a widely criticized 14-month inquiry into the state’s 2020 results led by Michael Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.

#gableman-michael-j, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vos-robin-j, #wisconsin

Wisconsin Republicans Embrace Trump in a Race Defined by 2020 Grievances

Tim Michels, the former president’s choice in the primary for governor, beat an establishment-backed rival to set up a closely watched November race against Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat.

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Tim Michels Is Wisconsin Republicans’ Choice for Governor

He has contemplated trying to overturn the 2020 election, a legal impossibility that is a popular cause among Wisconsin Republicans.

#elections-governors, #kleefisch-rebecca, #michels-tim-1962, #midterm-elections-2022, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #wisconsin

In Wisconsin Primary, G.O.P. Voters Call for Decertifying 2020 Election

Donald Trump’s supporters have turned anger over his defeat two years ago, and the false notion that it can still be reversed, into central campaign issues ahead of the battleground state’s primary.

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In Wisconsin, Mandela Barnes Is Already Looking Past the Democratic Primary

Mr. Barnes, Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor, consolidated his party’s support in his bid to take on Ron Johnson, one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the Senate.

#barnes-mandela, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #johnson-ron-1955, #midterm-elections-2022, #senate, #wisconsin

How Is Senator Ron Johnson Still Competitive?

He has a way of winning Wisconsin Senate races in spite of his weird behavior. Democrats see ousting him this fall as key to keeping the Senate.

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Pitching G.O.P. on Gay Marriage Bill, Tammy Baldwin Leaves Nothing to Chance

The second-term Democrat was the first openly gay woman elected to Congress. Now she is leading the effort to rally Republican support for legislation that would protect marriage equality nationwide.

#baldwin-tammy-suzanne-green, #collins-susan-m, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #johnson-ron-1955, #law-and-legislation, #murkowski-lisa, #portman-rob, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #supreme-court-us, #tillis-thomas-r, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

After New Abortion Laws, Some Patients Have Trouble Obtaining Miscarriage Treatment

Surgical procedures and medication for miscarriages are identical to those for abortion, and some patients report delayed or denied miscarriage care because doctors and pharmacists fear running afoul of abortion bans.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #gynecology-and-gynecologists, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #miscarriages, #missouri, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #states-us, #stillbirth, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #wisconsin, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Wisconsin Supreme Court Prohibits the Use of Most Drop Boxes

The ruling by the court, which has a narrow conservative majority, comes as Republicans have tried to limit voting access in the state’s cities.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #republican-party, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #wisconsin

Avian Influenza Is Affecting Wild Mammals

As a new version of bird flu spread through North America this spring, scientists began finding the virus in red foxes, bobcats and other mammals.

#avian-influenza, #birds, #canada, #foxes, #h5n1, #mammals, #michigan, #united-states, #wisconsin, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Michigan Mink Mystery: How Did an Interspecies Outbreak Unfold?

The puzzling coronavirus cases highlight ongoing surveillance challenges and blind spots.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #animals, #antibodies, #canada, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deer, #dogs, #livestock, #livestock-diseases, #michigan, #minks-animals, #netherlands, #ontario-canada, #taxidermy, #wisconsin, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Wisconsin Democrats Sue G.O.P. Fake Electors Over 2020 Scheme

In the first lawsuit of its kind, two real Electoral College delegates from 2020 are seeking damages from 10 fake ones who tried to help Donald Trump overturn his defeat in the state.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #chesebro-kenneth, #electoral-college, #fines-penalties, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #troupis-james-r, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

Trump Allies Are Still Feeding the False 2020 Election Narrative

Fifteen months after they tried and failed to overturn the 2020 election, the same group of lawyers and associates is continuing efforts to decertify the vote, feeding a false narrative.

#eastman-john-c, #electoral-college, #epshteyn-boris, #lindell-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wisconsin

Wisconsin Supreme Court Approves Republican-Drawn Legislative Maps

The court had approved state maps drawn by the Democratic governor, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck down that decision, citing the federal Voting Rights Act.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #evers-tony-1951, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #supreme-courts-state, #wisconsin

In Wisconsin: Stowing Mowers, Pleasing Bees

Can the No Mow May movement help transform the traditional American lawn — a manicured carpet of grass — into something more ecologically beneficial?

#appleton-wis, #bees, #biodiversity, #center-for-biological-diversity, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #grass, #lawns, #lawrence-university, #pesticides, #shorewood-wis, #weeds, #wisconsin

Supreme Court Sides With Republicans in Case on Wisconsin Redistricting

The justices sent a case on legislative maps back to a state court for another look, but they refused a request to block the state’s congressional maps.

#black-people, #evers-tony-1951, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

Off-Duty Officer Shown on Video Putting Knee on Girl’s Neck

The officer, a member of the Kenosha Police Department in Wisconsin, has resigned from his school security job.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #kenosha-wis, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #school-discipline-students, #wisconsin

Fringe Scheme to Reverse 2020 Election Splits Wisconsin G.O.P.

False claims that Donald J. Trump can be reinstalled in the White House are picking up steam — and spiraling further from reality as they go.

#bannon-stephen-k, #conspiracy-theories, #evers-tony-1951, #kleefisch-rebecca, #madison-wis, #my-pillow-inc, #nicholson-kevin-1977, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #swearingen-rob, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wisconsin

Should We Blame Mitch McConnell or Brad Pitt for Gerrymandering?

See, redistricting can be fun.

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Judge Lifts Order Preventing Wisconsin Hospital Workers From Starting New Jobs

ThedaCare had sought to temporarily prevent seven employees from leaving for jobs at Ascension, saying the departures would jeopardize patient care. A judge sided with the workers on Monday.

#ascension-northeast-wisconsin, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #thedacare, #wages-and-salaries, #wisconsin

What Mattered This Week

President Biden rebooted. Democrats feuded. And Republicans watched it all with glee.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2022, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

Ron Johnson Wasn’t Always Like This. The Trump Years Broke Him.

The Trumpiest man in Wisconsin wants another term in the Senate.

#elections-senate, #johnson-ron-1955, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

Fury Alone Won’t Destroy Trumpism. We Need a Plan B.

Steve Bannon is thinking globally and acting locally. He’s not wrong. 

#arizona, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #how-democracies-die-book, #midterm-elections-2022, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #wisconsin

Ron Johnson, G.O.P. Senator From Wisconsin, Will Seek Re-election

The renewed bid for office by Mr. Johnson, who has spread many false claims about the 2020 election and Covid, ensures that both parties will be highly invested in Wisconsin’s 2022 Senate race.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-senate, #johnson-ron-1955, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wisconsin

Storm Could Bring Destructive Winds to Central U.S.

A tornado watch was issued for parts of six states as wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour bore down on parts of the Upper Midwest on Wednesday.

#colorado, #colorado-springs-colo, #des-moines-iowa, #great-lakes, #iowa, #minnesota, #mississippi, #national-weather-service, #nebraska, #polk-county-iowa, #south-dakota, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind, #wisconsin

America’s Anti-Democratic Movement

It’s making progress.

#arizona, #georgia, #michigan, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wisconsin

An Apartment in the Big City, at Wisconsin Prices

After living in Madison for six years, they were ready for a change. But they never dreamed they would find a place so close to New York City.

#content-type-personal-profile, #hoboken-nj, #new-brunswick-nj, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #wisconsin

‘Self Defense’ Is Becoming Meaningless in a Flood of Guns

More guns, no matter in whose hands, will create more standoffs, more intimidation, more death sanctioned in the eyes of the law.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #georgia, #rittenhouse-kyle, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #wisconsin

Waukesha Suspect’s Previous Release Agitates Efforts to Reduce Bail

Darrell Brooks, accused of plowing his S.U.V. through a Wisconsin parade, had been freed on $1,000 bail for a different charge in Milwaukee County, where there is a backlog of cases.

#bail, #brooks-darrell-e, #chisholm-john-t, #criminal-justice, #milwaukee-wis, #waukesha-wis, #waukesha-wis-holiday-parade-attack-2021, #wisconsin

Waukesha Death Toll Rises to 6 as Suspect Is Ordered Held on $5 Million Bail

The Waukesha County district attorney said “there are not words to describe the risk” posed by the man accused of driving through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin and striking dozens.

#assaults, #brooks-darrell-e, #deaths-fatalities, #waukesha-wis, #waukesha-wis-holiday-parade-attack-2021, #wisconsin

Rittenhouse Case Highlights Nation’s Deep Divide on Gun Rights

As groups debate the effect of the verdict, the legislative stalemate shows no signs of changing, and weapons on the street grow.

#crime-and-criminals, #firearms, #gun-control, #gun-owners-of-america, #kenosha-wis, #national-rifle-assn, #rittenhouse-kyle, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #self-defense, #wisconsin

Wisconsin Republicans Push to Take Over the State’s Elections

Led by Senator Ron Johnson, G.O.P. officials want to eliminate a bipartisan elections agency — and maybe send its members to jail.

#elections, #evers-tony-1951, #gableman-michael-j, #johnson-ron-1955, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wisconsin

Why Kyle Rittenhouse No Longer Faces a Gun Possession Charge

The barrel of Mr. Rittenhouse’s rifle was too long, defense lawyers argued, to be in violation of a Wisconsin statute that says minors can’t possess dangerous weapons. His age was also a factor.

#firearms, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #schroeder-bruce-e, #wisconsin

What Aaron Rodgers Should See: Covid Pain in a Wisconsin E.R.

An emergency room doctor laments the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s missed opportunity to promote vaccines instead of dispute them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #green-bay-packers, #national-football-league, #rodgers-aaron, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wisconsin

Reconstructing the Rittenhouse Shootings: How Kenosha Echoed America’s Polarization

In the months leading up to Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial for killing two people, we analyzed hours of footage and interviewed key witnesses from that fatal night in Kenosha, Wis., to understand how the country’s polarization set the scene for violence.

#kenosha-wis, #rittenhouse-kyle, #wisconsin

How Republicans Are Weaponizing Critical Race Theory Ahead of Midterms

Republicans hope that concerns about critical race theory can help them in the midterm elections. The issue has torn apart one Wisconsin suburb.

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Why Democrats See 3 Governor’s Races as a Sea Wall for Fair Elections

Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania all have Democratic governors and G.O.P.-led legislatures. And in all three battlegrounds, Republicans are pushing hard to rewrite election laws.

#elections-governors, #evers-tony-1951, #michigan, #midterm-elections-2022, #pennsylvania, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #whitmer-gretchen, #wisconsin, #wolf-thomas-w

Democrats Lost the Most in Midwestern ‘Factory Towns’, Report Says

The party’s struggles in communities that saw declines in manufacturing and union jobs, and health care, could more than offset its gains in metropolitan areas.

#bay-city-mich, #democratic-party, #factories-and-manufacturing, #great-lakes, #labor-and-jobs, #midwestern-states-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

Afghan Evacuees Stranded on U.S. Military Bases

An estimated 53,000 evacuees from Kabul remain stranded on eight military bases across the country. Thousands more are waiting at U.S. bases abroad to come to the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fort-mccoy-wis, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wisconsin

At the Ryder Cup, the Fans Are Part of the Show

The most un-golf golf tournament in the world brings camaraderie, rambunctiousness and world-class banter to a sport normally played in hushed tones.

#fans-persons, #golf, #professional-golfers-assn, #ryder-cup-golf, #whistling-straits-golf-course-sheboygan-wis, #wisconsin

Apple secures first states to support digital driver’s licenses, but privacy questions linger

Apple’s plan to digitize your wallet is slowly taking shape. What started with boarding passes and venue tickets later became credit cards, subway tickets, and student IDs. Next on Apple’s list to digitize are driver’s licenses and state IDs, which it plans to support in its iOS 15 update expected out later this year.

But to get there it needs help from state governments, since it’s the states that issue driver’s licenses and other forms of state identification, and every state issues IDs differently. Apple said today it has so far secured two states, Arizona and Georgia, to bring digital driver’s license and state IDs.

Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah are expected to follow, but a timeline for rolling out wasn’t given.

Apple said in June that it would begin supporting digital licenses and IDs, and that the TSA would be the first agency to begin accepting a digital license from an iPhone at several airports, since only a state ID is required for traveling by air domestically within the United States. The TSA will allow you to present your digital wallet by tapping it on an identity reader. Apple says the feature is secure and doesn’t require handing over or unlocking your phone.

The digital license and ID data is stored on your iPhone but a driver’s license must be verified by the participating state. That has to happen at scale and speed to support millions of drivers and travelers while preventing fake IDs from making it through.

The goal of digitizing licenses and IDs is convenience, rather than fixing a problem. But the move hasn’t exactly drawn confidence from privacy experts, who bemoan Apple’s lack of transparency about how it built this technology and what it ultimately gets out of it.

Apple still has not said much about how the digital ID technology works, or what data the state obtains as part of the process to enroll a digital license. Apple is working on a new security verification feature that takes selfies to validate the user. It’s not to say these systems aren’t inherently problematic, but there are privacy questions that Apple will have to address down the line.

But the fragmented picture of digital licenses and IDs across the U.S. isn’t likely to get less murky overnight, even after Apple enters the picture. A recent public records request by MuckRock showed Apple was in contact with some states as early as 2019 about bringing digital licenses and IDs to iPhones, including California and Illinois, yet neither state has been announced by Apple today.

Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Rhode Island are likely further behind, after finding out about Apple’s digital license plan the very day it was announced at WWDC.

#apple-wallet, #california, #digital-wallet, #driver, #iphone, #mobile-phones, #privacy, #security, #wisconsin

A Blue-Ribbon Affair

In Wisconsin, as in many parts of America, state and county fairs were back this summer.

#4-h-clubs, #agriculture-and-farming, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #education-k-12, #state-and-county-fairs, #wisconsin

Scott Walker: Act 10’s Weakening of Unions Worked in Wisconsin

Act 10’s reforms to weaken public-sector unions helped both schools and taxpayers.

#collective-bargaining, #education-k-12, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #seniority-systems, #teachers-and-school-employees, #walker-scott-k, #wisconsin

Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Paved the Way for Donald Trump’s America

If Democrats want to create an enduring coalition to prevent the unraveling of democracy, they must return to their labor roots.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #collective-bargaining, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

Dear Leader: A Near-Perfect Letter From a Trump Sycophant, Annotated

Chris Kapenga, a Wisconsin Republican leader, wrote a letter to former President Trump that is a valuable master class in sucking up to the party leader.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #wisconsin

Wisconsin G.O.P. Wrestles With Just How Much to Indulge Trump

The former president set off infighting among state Republicans by saying they were not working hard enough to challenge the 2020 results, accusing them of covering up “election corruption.”

#gableman-michael-j, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vos-robin-j, #wisconsin

Biden Administration Backs Oil Sands Pipeline Project

The administration urged a court to throw out a challenge brought by tribal and environmental groups, backing a pipeline that would carry Canadian oil across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

#alberta-canada, #army-corps-of-engineers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #earthjustice, #enbridge-inc, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #minnesota, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #red-lake-nation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

Scientists Report Earliest Known Coronavirus Cases in Five US States

Blood drawn from nine people in the earliest days of the pandemic tested positive for the infection. But some experts questioned the results.

#antibodies, #blood-donation, #china, #clinical-infectious-diseases-journal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #illinois, #massachusetts, #mississippi, #national-institutes-of-health, #pennsylvania, #states-us, #united-states, #wisconsin, #your-feed-science