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COVID-19 killed a thousand Wisconsinites in three weeks. These residents don’t see the danger.

By Howard Hardee Wisconsin Watch Dan trusts practically nothing the media and medical establishments say about the COVID-19 pandemic. He considers the threat overblown. And saying as much on Twitter has triggered some heated arguments. “You question anything, you get told you’re going to kill grandma or you’re doing something wrong, and you’re made to […]

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Despite a surge in absentee voting, changes to ballot processing languish in Wisconsin

By Nora Eckert Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. As Claire Woodall-Vogg stood in the middle of an empty Central Count facility days before the Nov. 3 election, it wasn’t just the national spotlight on the city of Milwaukee or the […]

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Illness, stress fill a COVID-19 unit as Wisconsin leaders stalemate

By Bram Sable-Smith WPR/Wisconsin Watch The exterior of University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday afternoon looked remarkably ordinary. A line of cars queued outside of the parking garage, where drivers must still push a button and grab a ticket before entering.Patients streamed in and out of the building. The first hint that these are […]

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‘Proud of my city’: Turnout down, but Milwaukee’s Black voters leapt hurdles to vote

By Anya van Wagtendonk Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. Early in the morning on Election Day, Angela Lang stood in a conference room in the offices of BLOC — Black Leaders Organizing for Communities — on Milwaukee’s north side, addressing […]

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Gretchen Schuldt: DOC should be more open about COVID-19

In late October, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections finally disclosed the number of COVID-19 deaths among people incarcerated in state prisons. That’s good news. But it’s troubling that this disclosure, which revealed that at least five state inmates have died, came only after months of delaying, obfuscating, and covering up. And the DOC is still […]

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Masks, poll watchers, pandemic: Wisconsin prepares for Election Day

This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. As Calena Roberts sees it, voting on Election Day is a ritual. But it’s one that’s been disrupted this year. “My mother-in-law’s 90 years old,” said Roberts, SEIU Wisconsin state field director. “And she and my husband […]

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How Wisconsin voters can ‘cure’ the hundreds of ballots already rejected

By Nora Eckert Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. When Melissa Lemke got a call that her absentee ballot had been rejected, she was convinced there had been some mistake. As an alderwoman in Racine, she knew how important it was […]