MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a statewide mask order amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the state, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued earlier to kill his “safer at home” order. The Democratic governor on Thursday ordered the wearing of masks starting Saturday. The Wisconsin Supreme Court in May tossed out an order from Evers’ health secretary closing most nonessential businesses. Republicans brought that lawsuit. The state Assembly’s Republican speaker, Robin Vos, says he expects the mask order to face a legal challenge from “citizen groups.”
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials and the U.S. Postal Service are working on streamlining absentee ballot delivery after a crush of complaints from voters who never received their ballots in this past spring’s election. Wisconsin Elections Commission staff said in a report to commissioners ahead of a Thursday evening meeting that they’ve added so-called intelligent bar codes to ballot envelopes that can be scanned at postal centers, verifying the ballots were mailed. The report also said that staff have upgraded the state’s election database to record online applications, saving clerks from having to enter requests manually.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin in its fight with the village of Hobart over its authority to require a special events permit to hold an apple festival. While the lawsuit was about whether the tribe needed a permit for its annual Big Apple Fest, the underlying issue of tribal sovereignty could have wide-ranging impacts across the country. The tribe had support from the state of Wisconsin, the U.S. government and others in its appeal. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned a lower court’s ruling in favor of Hobart, siding instead with the tribe.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Republican legislative leaders and the state’s longest-serving Republican in Congress are breaking with President Donald Trump over possibly delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election. U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke all said Thursday that they oppose delaying the election, a date that is enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change, including agreement from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Steineke tweeted “Hard NO” in reaction to Trump. Vos says, “Elections need to happen for democracy to function.”
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