Tag: Wisconsin

Bagged Salads Recalled After Hundreds Are Sickened in the Midwest

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning consumers and retailers in eight Midwestern states to stay away from some bagged salad mixes as officials investigate an outbreak of an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite. More than 200 people in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin who reported […]

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Black Teen Says a Group of White Men Yelled Racial Slur, Sprayed Her With Lighter Fluid and Lit Her on Fire

Photo: Shutterstock Early Wednesday morning, a Black teenager says she was sitting in her car when a group of white men sprayed her with lighter fluid, called her the n-word and set her on fire. Advertisement Buzzfeed News reports that the incident occurred in Madison, Wis., and is being investigated as a hate crime. Althea […]

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Suspected White Supremacists Yelling N-Word Set Black Woman Driver On Fire In Wisconsin ‘Hate Crime’

A group of white men yelling racial slurs pulled up in a car next to a Black woman driver in Wisconsin, sprayed her with a flammable liquid and threw a lit lighter at her, engulfing her head and neck with flames. The driver, identified as 18-year-old Althea Bernstein, suffered serious burns on her face and […]

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Protesters Attacked a State Senator and Tore Down a Statue of an Abolitionist in Wisconsin

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Protests in Madison, Wisconsin turned violent on Tuesday night after a Black protester was arrested. Protesters tore down two statues and smashed windows at the state house, and allegedly attacked a state senator. Sen. Tim Carpenter, a Democrat, tweeted on Wednesday morning […]

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Chrystul Kizer, Held in Jail for 2 Years After Killing Her Alleged Abuser, Finally Set Free Thanks to Community Bond Fund

Photo: Sarah L. Voisin (The Washington Post via Getty Images) Chrystul Kizer, a 19-year-old accused of killing her alleged sex trafficker in 2018, was able to step outside Kenosha County Detention Facility in Wisconsin for the first time in two years on Monday. Saddled with an oppressively high bond—originally set at $1 million, then bumped […]

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Farmers Get Billions in Virus Aid, and Democrats Are Wary

WASHINGTON — Cotton farmers were paid 33 times as much in federal subsidies in 2019 as the income they actually lost to trade disruptions, one study showed. Farmers in Georgia, the home state of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, were paid more in federal aid per acre than anywhere else in the nation, another found. Some […]

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Bar May Finally End 43-Year-Old Tradition of Screening Porn on Weekends

For more than 40 years, a Wisconsin bar has hosted something it calls “Smut and Eggs” every Saturday and Sunday morning, which gives its customers the opportunity to eat reasonably priced breakfast specials while watching hardcore porn in a room filled with bleary-eyed semi-strangers. “Why porn? Why not?” Gene Bennett, the now-late owner of Bennett’s […]

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Don’t Bail Out the States

Over 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment over the past six weeks. That is roughly 20 percent of the labor force. And that number is likely to grow larger as most states are ill equipped to handle the onslaught of the newly unemployed. While unprecedented numbers of people are seeking unemployment compensation, many state […]

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Take Some Deep Breaths and Prepare to Wait for Election Results

Americans have come to expect fast and accurate results on election night, ever since The Associated Press started gathering tallies by telegraph in 1848. But the switch to absentee ballots this year could slow things down so it takes a week or more to make accurate calls in some major elections — including, perhaps, the […]

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In 3 Key States That Elected Trump, Bitter Divisions on Reopening

WAUKESHA, Wis. — In Wisconsin, residents woke up to a state of confusion on Thursday after the conservative majority on the State Supreme Court sided with the Republican majority in the Legislature on Wednesday night, overturning a statewide stay-at-home order by Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat. In Michigan, hundreds of protesters, many of them armed, […]

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Wisconsin’s Bar Scene Sure Looks Popping

Less than an hour after the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the state’s stay-at-home order, Wisconsinites were packed into Nick’s on 2nd, a bar in Platteville, Wisconsin. “45 minutes after the bars open in Wisconsin…” reads the caption on a photo Nick’s tweeted out, showing patrons lined up at the bar, tossing back beers. A few […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Says Coronavirus Shutdown Is Overreach

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the extension of the state’s stay-at-home order, siding with Republican legislators in a high-profile challenge of the emergency authority of a statewide official during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, had extended the prohibition on most travel and operations of nonessential businesses until May 26. But […]

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Tom Tiffany Wins House Race for Republicans in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON — Tom Tiffany, a Republican state senator, won a special election on Tuesday to fill a House seat in rural northern Wisconsin, but his margin of victory demonstrated how rural voters in a key battleground state are slipping away from President Trump in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Tiffany defeated Tricia Zunker, […]

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Special Elections in California and Wisconsin: What to Watch For

LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, voters in California’s 25th Congressional District will choose the successor to former Representative Katie Hill, and Wisconsin voters in the state’s Seventh District will look to fill the seat left by former Representative Sean Duffy. The race between Christy Smith, a Democrat and longtime elected official, and her Republican opponent, […]

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Will There Be an N.F.L. Season in 2020?

But the odds that the league will be able to keep to its schedule are decreasing by the day. Before games can be played, teams must first open their offices and training facilities, which have been shut since mid-March, then hold training camps, which are to begin in mid-July. To keep what they call “competitive […]

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Democrats’ Vote-By-Mail Effort Won in Wisconsin: Will It Work Elsewhere?

It was a shocking margin of victory in what was expected to be a close race: an 11-point blowout by a liberal judge over a conservative incumbent for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Now Wisconsin Democrats are working to export their template for success — intense digital outreach and a well-coordinated vote-by-mail operation […]

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Nearly 20,000 Georgia Teens Are Issued Driver’s Licenses Without a Road Test

Last month, Georgia waived its road-test requirement for most drivers in an effort to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. This week, the state said it had issued driver’s licenses to thousands of teenagers without one. “There have been 19,483 teens who upgraded their permit to a provisional driver’s license with the consent of […]

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After Decades of Service, Five Nuns Die as Virus Sweeps Through Convent

CHICAGO — Our Lady of the Angels Convent was designed as a haven of peace and prayer in a suburb of Milwaukee, a place where aging, frail nuns could rest after spending their lives taking care of others. Songbirds chirped in the sitting area. A courtyard invited morning prayers and strolls for the several dozen […]

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I’m the Judge Who Won in Wisconsin. This Principle Is More Important Than Winning.

On April 7, I was on the ballot in an election that should not have happened. I was running for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court against an appointed incumbent. I came to find out after the election that incumbents in Wisconsin have lost Supreme Court elections only twice in the last half-century […]

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A Few Thousand Protest Stay-at-Home Order at Wisconsin State Capitol

WASHINGTON — A crowd of a few thousand gathered at Wisconsin’s State Capitol Friday, the latest demonstration by conservative activists against statewide stay-at-home orders meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The crowd, bearing Trump campaign attire, Tea Party regalia and American flags, condemned Gov. Tony Evers and his extension of “Safer at Home,” […]

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Madison Protests: Wisconsin Sees Largest Gathering Against Stay-at-Home Orders

WASHINGTON — A crowd of a few thousand gathered at Wisconsin’s State Capitol Friday, the latest demonstration by conservative activists against statewide stay-at-home orders meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The crowd, bearing Trump campaign attire, Tea Party regalia and American flags, condemned Gov. Tony Evers and his extension of “Safer at Home,” […]

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New Polls in 5 Swing States Are Looking Scary for Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump trails Joe Biden in a bevy of new swing-state polling, as voters in state after state say they trust their own governors a lot more than the president to decide how to handle the novel coronavirus. Trump narrowly won Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to pull off his 2016 […]

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In Wisconsin, Virus Creates New Front in Long-Simmering Partisan Wars

Wisconsin had barely finished its fight over whether to hold an election in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic before America’s foremost battleground state began another political brawl over the pandemic itself. Officials from both parties rushed to familiar corners this week, with Democrats rallying behind Gov. Tony Evers’s decision to extend the state’s stay-home […]

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The Quiet Hand of Conservative Groups in the Anti-Lockdown Protests

WASHINGTON — An informal coalition of influential conservative leaders and groups, some with close connections to the White House, has been quietly working to nurture protests and apply political and legal pressure to overturn state and local orders intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Groups in the loose coalition have tapped their networks […]

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Sheriff Told Teen to Take Down Posts About Coronavirus, Family’s Lawsuit Says

A few days after Amyiah Cohoon returned to Wisconsin from a school band trip to Florida in the middle of March, she developed a dry cough, a high fever and breathing problems. Amyiah, 16, was taken to the hospital twice, before being sent home and told to stay inside despite testing negative for the coronavirus. […]

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At Least Seven in Wisconsin Contract Coronavirus During Voting

Milwaukee health officials said they had identified at least seven people who contracted the coronavirus from participating in Election Day on April 7, which was held despite a stay-at-home order issued throughout the state. The seven people were the first identified by Milwaukee officials, who contend that the number may be higher as they are […]

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Vote by Mail in Wisconsin Helped a Liberal Candidate, Upending Old Theories

The liberal candidate in Wisconsin’s hard-fought State Supreme Court race this month prevailed in voting by mail by a significant margin, upending years of study showing little advantage to either party when a state transitions from in-person to mail voting. The gap suggests that Democrats were more organized and proactive in their vote-by-mail efforts in […]

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Wisconsin Judge Daniel Kelly Lost His Election. Now He Wants to Take Part in Deciding Whether Voters Should Be Purged

Photo: Justice Daniel Kelly (Official Facebook) Justice Daniel Kelly lost his Wisconsin Supreme Court seat to Jill Karofsky after getting his ass handed to him in the state’s primary election on April 7. Now, Kelly is indicating that he may rejoin a case that could end in the purging of more than 200,000 Wisconsin voters. […]

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Amy Klobuchar: Trump Votes by Mail. Why Can’t Everyone?

In a democracy, no one should be forced to choose between health and the right to vote. Imagine if days before the November election you learn that your polling place has been closed, that your request for an absentee ballot has gone unfulfilled, and that you have to risk a grave infection by standing in […]

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Democratic Rout in Wisconsin Looms as ‘Clarion Call’ for Trump

WASHINGTON — The surprise defeat of a conservative justice in a statewide Wisconsin election — despite a show of support from President Trump — drove Republicans and Democrats back to their 2020 electoral playbooks on Tuesday, as both parties examined whether a surge of enthusiasm and on-the-ground organization among Democrats could help them capture that […]

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