Evers appoints three new UW regents
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has appointed three new University of Wisconsin System regents. Evers announced Monday that he has chosen Amy Bogust, Corey Saffold and Kyle Weatherly to the board. They replace Jan Mueller, Jason Plante and Torrey Tiedeman. Their terms all expired on May 1. Bogust is an attorney who earned her undergraudate degree at UW-Madison. Saffold will serve as the non-traditional student regent. He attends UW-Whitewater, where he studies criminology. Weatherly is the CEO of home-sharing company Frontdesk.
Wisconsin nears 600 deaths from COVID-19
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The percentage of new positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continues a downward trend. The latest figures from the state Department of Health Services show that 4% of all tests reported Monday were positive. That is the third smallest total in the past two weeks. In total, just over 18,500 people have tested positive in Wisconsin and 595 have died. That was up by three from Sunday. Only about 3,600 tests were reported Monday. That was about half of the 7,300 tests reported on Sunday and more than three times less that the 13,500 that were done on Friday.
Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to hear voter purge case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case seeking to purge about 129,000 voter registrations from the rolls ahead of the November presidential election after previously deadlocking on whether to get involved. Democrats oppose the voter purge, arguing it is intended to make it more difficult for their voters to cast ballots. Conservatives who brought the lawsuit argue that the integrity of the vote is at stake, saying that when records indicate voters may have moved, their registrations should be deactivated. The case is closely watched in battleground Wisconsin. President Donald Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016.
Former Democratic leader Shilling takes lobbying job
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling is joining Dairyland Power Cooperative to work as a lobbyist. The La Crosse-based utility announced her hiring Monday. Shilling resigned last month after 20 years in the Legislature. She spent the last five years as leader of Democrats in the Senate. In her new job as government relations manager she will help develop the utility’s legislative, regulatory and member relations strategies at the state and federal level. Dariyland is based in La Crosse and provides electricity to rural coops and municipal utilities serving nearly 280,000 customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.
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Romanski appointed head of Wisconsin agriculture department
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has appointed Randy Romanski as secretary of the state agriculture department. Romanski has held the position on an interim basis since November when his predecessor was fired by the state Senate. Evers promoted Romanski from the deputy position at the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection after Brad Pfaff’s firing. Pfaff is now running for the state Senate and, if he wins in November, could end up voting on whether to confirm Romanski as his successor. The Senate is not scheduled to convene again until January. Romanski can serve as secretary unless the Senate votes to deny his confirmation.
More unrest, marches across Wisconsin in reaction to Floyd
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Protests continue across Wisconsin, with marchers stopping traffic in downtown Madison after a night of violence in the capital city that resulted in 15 arrests, more damages to businesses and the spraying of tear gas by police. Like in many places across the country, demonstrations over the death of George Floyd across Wisconsin have been mostly peaceful. But there has also vandalism and confrontations with police, continuing a weekend of unrest both in the state and across the country in reaction to Floyd’s death. Volunteers in Milwaukee and Madison also took to the streets on Monday, as they had on Sunday, to clean up damage from the night before.
Key Wisconsin races for November coming into focus
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Key races are coming into clearer focus, with candidates for office in Wisconsin facing a Monday deadline to submit nomination papers. Republicans are looking to maintain their majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly heading into 2021 where the Legislature will be charged with the once-a-decade job of redistricting. There will be seven open seats in the Senate due mostly to retirements. Republicans hold a 19-14 majority there and 63-36 in the Assembly, making it difficult for Democrats to overcome. Republicans also hold five of Wisconsin’s eight congressional seats.
Masses reopen in Milwaukee despite bans of big gatherings
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee reopened Mass to the public over the weekend in many city churches, despite an order that still bans gatherings of more than 10 people. Archbishop Jerome Listeck told the Journal Sentinel said that though much smaller in scale than usual, it gave congregants the ability “to dip their toe in the water.” The churches are limiting attendance to 25% of capacity. The archdioces says it considers religious gatherings to be essential. The archdiocese has made several changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including limiting singing that may increase the spread of the virus.
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