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Thursday, November 11, 2021
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Honoring Those Who Served on Veterans Day

  • It's Veterans Day—a time for honoring the men and women of this country who have served in the armed forces. 
  • We owe so much of our freedom to veterans like Staff Sgt. Lester Schramm, above, whose son graciously submitted information and a photo to give a face to Wisconsin's soldiers past and present.
  • In 2017, Wisconsin was home to just under 364,000 veterans, according to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, with the largest share being those who served in Vietnam—more than 35%. However, the numbers are no doubt dwindling as the remaining World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans succumb to old age.
  • If you are fortunate enough to have a veteran in your life, no matter the era or conflict, we encourage you today to speak with them. Listen to their stories. Learn to appreciate their commitments and sacrifices just a little bit more today.
—Jonathon Sadowski, Managing Editor

Gerrymandered Maps Are Likely Headed for Evers' Desk Today

  • The Assembly is scheduled to vote on Republican legislators' redistricting maps Thursday. If passed, the maps will go to Gov. Tony Evers’ desk, where they face certain veto, bringing the question of redistricting before the courts.
  • In a Princeton study, researchers created and examined over 1 million computer-generated, legally compliant maps of Wisconsin. Of those million maps, only 30 had the same level of partisan gerrymandering that the map being pushed by legislative Republicans has. The Princeton Gerrymandering Project gave the maps an F for partisan fairness because they lean so heavily Republican.  
  • Other legislation up for a vote Monday are two bills designed to prevent another sexual assault kit backlog. Last year, both bills were approved in the state Senate but died in the Assembly when the Assembly’s GOP leadership added controversial components on immigration and school choice that Democrats opposed. 
  • One proposal would set statutory procedures and timelines for the collection, submission, and processing of kits, while another would require the state Department of Justice to create a database where survivors, law enforcement, and medical professionals could track the status of a particular kit. 
—Reported by Christina Lieffring
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Top Doc: Doctors Are Getting Their Kids Vaccinated Against COVID-19. Here's Why.

  • Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, and the medical consensus is that it's a smart, safe decision for parents to vaccinate their children against the virus that has killed more than 750,000 Americans, including almost 8,700 Wisconsinites.
  • Dr. Ben Weston, chief health policy adviser for Milwaukee County, writes in an op-ed on our website about why every parent should get their child vaccinated to help bring this pandemic to an end.
  • "Our children do not exist in isolation," Weston writes. "They interact with teachers, grandparents, and neighbors—groups who likely possess a higher risk profile for severe illness. Vaccinating our children protects everyone around them."
Read Dr. Weston's full op-ed here.

Election 'Investigators' Testify at Assembly Committee

  • Michael Gableman, the conservative former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice hired to lead Republicans' investigation into the 2020 election, and the investigator behind the Racine County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into seniors voting without special voting deputies during the fall 2020 election and testified and answered questions before an Assembly committee on Wednesday.
  • The inquiries are part of Republicans’ ongoing effort to sow doubt over the integrity of the nation’s electoral system in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s loss to President Joe Biden—an effort emboldened Wednesday by the Republican legislators who invited investigators to testify.
  • Racine County Sgt. Mike Luell and Sheriff Christopher Schmaling have argued that five members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission should be charged with felony election fraud because they issued guidance that election clerks not dispatch poll workers to help nursing home residents vote during the pandemic—something that is normally required but would have been impossible at facilities that didn’t allow visitors due to COVID-19 risks. No charges have been filed in either Racine County or by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul’s office. 
  • Assembly Minority Caucus Chair Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) pointed out that had election clerks sent out deputies and had them turned away at nursing homes, residents of those facilities could have been disenfranchised. Luell called the argument that those residents had a right to vote a "straw man argument," a statement Spreitzer took issue with.
Reported by Christina Lieffring
(Photo Courtesy of the Red Cliff Ojibwe Nation )

Red Cliff Ojibwe Get State's First Indigenous-Language Road Signs

  • The Red Cliff Ojibwe Nation in northern Wisconsin has received the state’s first dual-language road signs.
  • The signs, which contain Ojibe and English Languages, were unveiled during a ceremony on Nov. 3, and can be seen entering the reservation, according to a report in the Green Bay Press Gazette.  Officials said the signs inform motorists that not only are they in Red Cliff Nation, but are entering a sovereign territory.
  • “This is an historic day within our community, and to be recognized with Wisconsin’s first dual-language tribal boundary sign is a tremendous honor,”  said Red Cliff Chairman Christopher Boyd during the ceremony, according to the paper. “(The signs) incorporate our language into state signage and those signs will identify to the general public that travel our area that they are entering the boundaries of our reservation.”
  • The Wisconsin Department of Transportation signs feature the Ojibwe word on top stating “Gaa-Miskwaabikaang,” the traditional name for the reservation, which means “the place where there is red rock cliffs.” The installation of the signs at Red Cliff are the start of an initiative from the DOT to place Indigenous language signs at the entrances for the lands of all 11 federally recognized tribal nations in Wisconsin.
Reported by Cara Spoto
As part of their visit to the White House on Monday, brothers, Bucks, and NBA champions Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo gifted President Joe Biden with a pair of Giannis' custom Nike "Zoom Freak 3" basketball shoes. 
For more on the Milwaukee Bucks' visit to the White House, visit our Instagram and Facebook pages. 
Ever wonder what the deal is with gerrymandering? It's a term you're sure to hear for at least the rest of the year, if not well into the next decade.
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