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Protesters push back on states’ stay-at-home orders

While many Americans are filled with fear, Melissa Ackison says the coronavirus pandemic has filled her with anger. The stay-at-home orders are government overreach, the conservative Ohio state Senate candidate says, and the labeling of some workers as “essential” arbitrary. “It enrages ...

Evers tells Trump Wisconsin could lose $2B due to virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin faces $2 billion in revenue losses due to skyrocketing unemployment and other hits to the economy caused by the coronavirus, Gov. Tony Evers told President Donald Trump in a letter sent this week along with the governors of Michigan and Pennsylvania. The ...

Wisconsin, Alabama awarded F-35 fighter jets

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Air National Guard units based in Wisconsin and Alabama have been awarded squadrons of F-35 fighter jets, the U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday, overcoming vocal opposition from people who live near the base in Wisconsin’s capital city. The jets will be placed with ...

Evers signs pandemic relief package despite misgivings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers signed a sweeping coronavirus relief package Wednesday, setting aside reservations that it doesn't go far enough to help at-risk workers, small businesses and farmers in order to deliver at least some help for state residents. The governor had until ...

Wisconsin Assembly OKs virus bill in virtual session

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly overwhelmingly approved a sweeping coronavirus relief bill Tuesday during a virtual session, the first time state lawmakers have gathered since the pandemic began in the United States. The session took place in the Assembly chamber as usual, but ...

Karofsky tops incumbent Kelly in chaotic Wisconsin court race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A liberal challenger on Monday ousted a conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice endorsed by President Donald Trump, overcoming a successful push by Republicans to forge ahead with last week’s election even as numerous other states postponed theirs due to the ...

Biden, liberal court candidate win chaotic Wisconsin vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A liberal challenger on Monday ousted a conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice endorsed by President Donald Trump, overcoming a successful push by Republicans to forge ahead with last week's election even as numerous other states postponed theirs due to the ...

Cases grow in Wisconsin; death toll at 144

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Wisconsin continued to rise Sunday, as the state began preparing to use Alliant Energy Center as a possible care facility in the event of a potential surge. Gov. Tony Evers announced Sunday that an application ...

Clerks set to count votes in Wisconsin election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Municipal clerks across Wisconsin on Monday were set to start tallying votes from last week’s chaotic presidential primary, a count that was delayed for several days by the legal struggle over whether to postpone the election due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands ...

Assembly plans virtual session Tuesday on coronavirus bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders announced plans Friday to convene the state Assembly next week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began in the state to pass a pandemic relief bill after removing key spending cut provisions Democratic Gov. Tony Evers ...

Wisconsin Republicans accuse Evers of stoking virus fears

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers said Friday that he doesn’t know when Wisconsin businesses will be allowed to re-open, but that it might happen after his current closure order expires on April 24 and that it probably won’t happen all at once. A loosening of restrictions put in ...

Lawsuit seeks release of inmates in Wisconsin due to virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two inmates with preexisting conditions joined together with Disability Rights Wisconsin and criminal defense attorneys Friday to ask the state Supreme Court to release elderly and vulnerable inmates from the state prisons who would be at greatest risk from the ...

Enbridge seeks permits to build Great Lakes oil tunnel

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. applied Wednesday for state and federal authorization to construct an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Michigan waterway that connects two of the Great Lakes. The Canadian company wants to build a roughly 4-mile-long (6.4-kilometer-long) tunnel ...

Wisconsin GOP’s coronavirus bill sets up political fight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s finance committee would have carte-blanche power to reduce state spending as part of a sweeping bill Wisconsin Republicans have proposed to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signaled in an ...

Wisconsin voters forced to choose health or democracy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — If Wisconsin was a test case for voting in the age of the coronavirus, it did not go well for many voters. Thousands were forced to congregate for hours in long lines Tuesday with no protective gear. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health and ...

Voters go to polls in Wisconsin despite coronavirus concerns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters lined up to cast ballots across Wisconsin on Tuesday, ignoring a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in the state’s presidential primary election. The lines were particularly long in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city and a ...

Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Despite federal health recommendations, thousands of Wisconsin voters waited hours in long lines outside overcrowded polling stations on Tuesday so they could participate in a presidential primary election that tested the limits of electoral politics in the midst of a ...

High courts: Wisconsin election must be Tuesday despite virus concerns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is asking hundreds of thousands of voters to ignore a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in Tuesday's presidential primary election, becoming a test case for dozens of states struggling to balance public health concerns with a core ...

Wisconsin election still on, but Supreme Court may intervene

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin moved forward Monday with plans to hold in-person voting for its presidential primary amid the coronavirus pandemic with help from National Guard members staffing the polls, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to intervene. Democratic Gov. Tony ...

Wisconsin GOP appeals to Supreme Court on extended voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to block extended absentee voting in Tuesday's primary, despite public health fears about in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans are asking the high court to undo a federal judge's ...