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Everything was good to go for private and religious schools to hold in-person instruction this fall throughout Dane County. After spending thousands of dollars and countless staff hours the schools had met all the county’s requirements for coronavirus mitigation. Then the county changed its mind.Friday evening on Aug. 21st, the county health depart…
 
Everyone has heard of the heartbreaking stories of those, forced out of work by COVID, waiting forever to receive unemployment checks from our state government. Secretary Frostman and DWD were clearly caught off guard by the avalanche of unemployment claims that started in March.The real travesty is that months later, tens of thousands of Wisconsin…
 
Normally, today’s MacIver News Minute would be all about Election Day and the need for everyone to get out to vote.But, we cannot let what happened Saturday night in Wauwatosa go without comment. After protesting once again at Mayfair mall earlier in the day, a large group of over 50 descended upon Police Officer Mensah’s personal home, where his f…
 
Last week, the MacIver News Service reported on a discrepancy with the State’s COVID-19 data because some counties decided not to record the number of negative tests at the same time as they inputted the positive. We still haven’t figured out who signed off on that piece of genius.Now MacIver has discovered another serious discrepancy in the COVID …
 
Last week, Dane County government quietly published a note on its COVID update website that they were behind entering the number of daily negative tests, calling into question the accuracy of the statewide test total published by the Evers Adminstration.After Dane County finally got around to entering the 17,000 backlogged negative tests, their wee…
 
Protestors have targeted Wauwatosa recently because they believe officer Joseph Mensah should be fired. Officer Mensah, who is black, has been besieged by the Black Lives Matter movement after he killed a teenage suspect who fired a gun at him first at Mayfair Mall. The incident is under review.On Tuesday, the Tosa City Council held a public listen…
 
In response to a information request from MacIver, Governor Evers' Adminstration revealed this week that 81% of the Wisconsinites who have passed away from COVID-19, died having another serious, underlying health condition or a what is known in medical circles as a comorbidity.81%. According to DHS, only 1% of the deaths have been caused by COVID o…
 
Happy Belated Independence Day Everyone.Hope you were able to take a few minutes from the festivities to really think about how truly blessed we are to be living here in the United States of America and how extraordinary it was for the founding fathers to create a new nation built on freedom, liberty and justice for all.Given the recent unrest that…
 
Last week in Madison, a government building was fire-bombed, a state senator was attacked by the mob, a driver was pulled from his car and beaten and two statutes were torn down at the capitol.The supposed reason for all this rage and violence - the arrest of protest leader Devonere Johnson.According to numerous reports, Devonere Johnson was arrest…
 
If you thought that the unnecessary and arbitrary COVID-19 lockdown was a thing of the past when the State Supreme Court ruled that the Evers Adminstration’s Safer at Home order was unconstitutional, think again.Ever since that ruling back in May, county governments all across Wisconsin have been attempting to pass local ordinances that give an une…
 
The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau is tracking the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the state’s economy and the news isn’t pretty.Tax collections for April 2020 are down $870 million compared to last April and tax collections for the year are down $380 million compared to last.Some of the drop in tax collections can be attributed to the d…
 
Last week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on a recent phone call between Governor Tony Evers and Legislative leaders.Why is a phone call between politicians newsworthy, you might ask? Because an Evers staffer secretly recorded the phone call without notifying the leaders and then that staffer leaked the recording to the media. Governor Eve…
 
There will be a lot of discussion in the coming months about what needs to change in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd.One idea being talk about is the defunding of the police or the complete elimination of the police department in your community.While some politicians and certain members of the media have attempted to present this radic…
 
Yesterday was, of course, Memorial Day in the United States, the day we set aside to remember and honor all of the brave souls who have served our country in the military and paid the ultimate price to secure the freedom and liberty that too many of us take for granted.Memorial Day is not just another three-day weekend, the unofficial start of summ…
 
Remember the MacIver News story back in March reporting that 43 Wisconsinites had been referred by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to local law enforcement for investigation into possible double voting in the 2018 general election?Of course you don’t. Anything that happened in this world pre Covid-19 seems like it was eons ago.We are finally sta…
 
With the Evers Administration’s Safer at Home order declared unlawful, invalid and unenforceable, we thought this would be a good opportunity to remind everyone where Wisconsin is in our fight against COVID 19.As of Sunday, out of 5.7 million Wisconsinites, 152,000 have been tested for COVID 19. Out of the 152,000 Wisconsinites tested for COVID 19,…
 
The long awaited decision from the State Supreme Court in the Legislature’s lawsuit filed against Gov. Evers and Secretary Palm’s decision to extend the lockdown to late May has finally been issued.Late yesterday, the Supreme Court sided with the Legislature, saying that the Safer at Home order was actually a rule because it sought to impose crimin…
 
The time to reopen Wisconsin is now. Every week that our families cannot go to work, every month that goes by without a full and immediate reopening of Wisconsin, unthinkable damage is being inflicted upon our economy that will forever change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites. The goal of the public health emergency was to slow th…
 
This week, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the Emergency Petition filed against Secretary designee Palm.Legislative leaders believe Palm overstepped her authority when she extended the Evers shelter in place order until May 26th.The stakes in this case could not be higher.A shocking 480,000 Wisconsinites hav…
 
On Tues. Apr. 21st, the legislature filed a lawsuit directly with the State Supreme Court against Health Services Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm, claiming she overstepped her authority in extending Wisconsin's public health emergency indefinitely. If the legislature losses, democracy in Wisconsin will never be the same.…
 
Thousands of Wisconsinites took to the streets this weekend to protest Gov. Evers’ decision to extend the Safer At Home order to May 26th, the order which requires everyone to shelter in place, severely restricts which businesses can stay open and is doing incredible damage to our way of life.Clearly, Wisconsinites are frustrated that, even though …
 
With Election Day now behind us and a concerted effort underway by some to blame Legislative Republicans for holding the vote, it is important to remind everyone how we got here.On March 17th, Evers was asked about postponing the election and responded during a press conference that we could not move it because elected positions should not be left …
 
One of the parts of the Covid 19 response that has not received enough attention is the vital and inspiring work of entrepreneurs and businesses as they mobilize to help our country and our state get through this public health emergency.Businesses like Jockey International based in Kenosha.CEO Debra Waller announced last week that Jockey would be d…
 
Wisconsin Senate President Roger Roth got an odd request from the communist Chinese Consulate in Chicago. They wanted him to introduce a resolution praising the People's Republic's response to the coronavirus crisis. His response is the opposite of what they hoped for.Roth also reacts to Gov. Evers' last minute call for a special session to delay t…
 
Things have been bit crazy around here lately. So let’s pause, set aside all the noise and take stock of where we are. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. You do that by:1) Cleaning your hands often.2) Avoid close contact with people.3) Stay home if you’re sick.4) Cover coughs and sneezes5) …
 
On Friday, a Wisconsin judge made national headlines when he ruled that over 200,000 old and out-of-date voter registrations needed to be removed from the state voter list. State law requires local officials and the Wisconsin Election Commission to remove the names of voters if it cannot be verified that they still live at their old address. Rick E…
 
Across the country, physician assistants are playing a big role in increasing health care access in underserved areas. Current law in Wisconsin prevents that from happening, because PAs can only practice under the direct supervision of a licensed physician. Changing that could lead to better access and lower costs in Wisconsin.…
 
Milwaukee County has been using data-driven decision making for years to lower crime rates and jail time. Too bad the vendor, Justice Point, struggles to provide even the most basic data about its work. Meanwhile, FBI data shows crime has skyrocketed since the county started on this path.Read more: http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2019/11/milwaukee-…
 
With over forty deaths recently attributed to vaping of black market THC products, there is a debate raging here in Wisconsin and across the country about the regulation of tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping.In Wisconsin, there is a bill making its way through the legislature that would raise the legal age to purchase and use tobacco to 21. Joining t…
 
Only about 40 percent of Wisconsin's public school students are proficient at reading and math. When Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R - Fond du Lac) said the vast majority of students are failing, Politifact disputing the meaning of the word "vast" and called him a liar. Rather than back down, he talks to MacIver about the challenges facing Wisconsin publ…
 
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