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Wisconsin election clerks rush to mail ballots after delay

Sep 15 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — Election clerks across the presidential battleground state of Wisconsin rushed to mail absentee ballots Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the state Supreme Court lifted a temporary freeze on sending them while it considered a legal challenge. “Oh, we're busy,” said Wendy Helgeson, the Town of Greenville clerk who also serves as […]

Green Party demands Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling on access

Sep 14 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — The Green Party's candidates for president and vice-president are demanding that the Wisconsin Supreme Court rule Monday that they be placed on the state's ballot. The state's highest court on Thursday ordered a halt to the mailing of all absentee ballots while it considers a legal challenge brought by Green presidential candidate […]

Stars reunite for ‘Princess Bride’ Democratic fundraiser

Sep 14 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — For those who find it “inconceivable” for President Donald Trump to serve a second term, Wisconsin Democrats offered a star-packed live-streamed script reading of “The Princess Bride” to help Joe Biden's campaign in the key battleground state. The original cast of the beloved 1987 film reunited Sunday, along with guest stars including […]

Judge: Kanye West stays off ballot in battleground Wisconsin

Sep 11 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — Rapper Kanye West does not qualify to be on the presidential ballot in battleground Wisconsin after missing a filing deadline, a judge ruled late Friday, upholding a bipartisan decision by the state elections commission. The decision is likely to be rapidly appealed to the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court. That court put the […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court action on ballots raises questions

Sep 11 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to halt the mailing of absentee ballots raised concerns that it could cause delays and confusion in the presidential battleground state. The decision Thursday, 54 days before the Nov. 3 election, was only temporary. However, it's unclear when the court, controlled 4-3 by conservatives, will make a […]

Wisconsin court sets up possible delay in absentee mailing

Sep 10 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a halt in the mailing of absentee ballots until it gives the go-ahead or makes any future ruling about who should be on the ballot in the critical battleground state. The order injects confusion into voting in Wisconsin a week before a state's deadline […]

Wisconsin Democrats think they can avoid mistakes of 2016

Sep 10 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Democrats, stung by President Donald Trump's narrow win four years ago, are confident the lessons they learned will ensure he doesn't do it again. But Republicans say civil unrest that followed a police shooting in Kenosha, and Trump's “law and order” message, will help him win over the crucial white suburban […]

Wisconsin Republicans take no action on policing bills

Aug 31 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature took no action in a special session Monday called by the state's Democratic governor to pass a package of bills on policing policies just over a week after a Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back. Republicans started the session and recessed in both […]

Sanders, rising Democrats call for Midwest to unite to win

Aug 19 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — Sen. Bernie Sanders and others from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party called on Democrats from key Midwestern states Wednesday to work together to not only defeat President Donald Trump, but to also forge ahead with a progressive agenda. They spoke to activists from five Midwestern states during a virtual meeting […]

Wisconsin governor orders masks statewide amid virus surge

Jul 30 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday issued a statewide mask mandate amid a spike in coronavirus cases, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders and some conservatives who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued to kill the governor's "safer at home” order. Evers, a Democrat, declared a new public health […]

Pence casts Biden as socialist bent on ruining America

Jul 17 2020 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. — Vice-President Mike Pence stepped up attacks on Joe Biden with an aggressive speech Friday in the birthplace of the Republican Party, casting the election in under four months as a choice “between freedom and opportunity and socialism and decline.” Pence, drawing sharp contrasts between President Donald Trump’s vision for the country and […]