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13 Jan, 24 tweets, 10 min read
.@GovEvers' third State of the State address will be delivered virtually here:
@GovEvers The speech starts now with a slideshow of Evers pre- and post-start of the pandemic.
@GovEvers And some pretty shots of the Wisconsin State Capitol.
@GovEvers Evers says delivering the address virtually means " you can be as rowdy as you’d like from the comfort of your couch."
@GovEvers Evers pays tribute to the more than 5,000 Wisconsinites who have died of COVID-19.
@GovEvers "They were firefighters, healthcare workers, nuns, educators, entrepreneurs, community pillars, students, veterans, volunteers, bird watchers, card players, and Packers, Brewers, and Bucks fans," Evers says.
@GovEvers 1,074 people are watching the address (according to YouTube)
@GovEvers "When I delivered my last state of the state address, no one could have predicted the rest of the year would go quite like it did. What we now know about 2020 is that it was among the most unrelenting years many of us have ever experienced," Evers says.
@GovEvers "It’s tempting to look back on the year and see a year rife with heartbreak, setbacks, and loss. Because it was," Evers says. "Our statewide efforts to contain this virus were met with costly litigation and resistance nearly every step of the way."
@GovEvers .@GovEvers says he will propose nearly $200 million in the next state budget to expand broadband access.

"Having access to high-speed internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity," he says.
@GovEvers Evers says he's calling a special session, calling lawmakers in to take up legislation to address the state's unemployment system.
@GovEvers Under the Evers admin, the unemployment system has struggled to get income to thousands of people who lost work because of the pandemic.
@GovEvers Evers blames previous admins and state lawmakers for not addressing the outdated system before the pandemic.
@GovEvers Evers typically ends his statewide addresses with the UW marching band in the Assembly chamber.

They're here again, but playing virtually.
@GovEvers .@SpeakerVos is delivering the GOP response to Evers' speech in a bit.
@GovEvers @SpeakerVos Vos appears to be giving his own State of the State address in the Assembly chamber as a response.
@GovEvers @SpeakerVos Vos is delivering the speech to Republicans in the chamber. Democrats are not.
@GovEvers @SpeakerVos .@SpeakerVos says Evers didn't take responsibility for the massive unemployment delays.

"He seemed to cast blame on others and accept very little fault for himself," Vos says.
Vos says "Wisconsin is an embarrassment compared to other states" when it comes to rolling out COVID-19 vaccines.

He asks the public to call a vaccine distribution panel not to prioritize prisoners over the elderly.
.@SpeakerVos says @SenatorDevin and Senate Republicans, in striking a deal with @GovEvers, "caved to the governor's demands."
@SpeakerVos @SenatorDevin @GovEvers After the resolution, Republican lawmakers take up a resolution to honor @SpeakerVos as the longest-serving Assembly speaker
I meant after the response, not resolution*

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12 Jan
It looks like @GovEvers may have a deal with at least Senate Republicans on a new COVID-19 deal.
@GovEvers .@GovEvers: "I’ve been grateful to work together with Republican Majority Leader LeMahieu to find common ground and pass a bill on COVID-19 that reflects a good faith effort in compromise and bipartisanship."
@GovEvers "Although it's not the COVID compromise we originally proposed, AB 1 as amended by the Senate is a good start to support our state’s response to this pandemic. The Assembly should pass AB 1 as it was amended today and send it to my desk for my signature without delay.”
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12 Jan
Senate Democrats are introducing a resolution to require everyone in the state Capitol wear face masks unless they have "a certified medical reason or excuse."

GOP Senate Majority Leader moves to table (or reject) the resolution.
Resolution co-author @TimCarpenterMKE says he will take anyone out to dinner if they can blow out a candle while wearing a face mask.
Senate Republicans reject resolution to require face masks in the state Capitol.
Read 6 tweets
11 Jan
St. Croix County Republican Party tells members to 'prepare for war' and to remove 'leftist tyrants' from local office… via @DanielBice
@DanielBice The top of the party's homepage is the Latin phrase "Si vis pacem, para bellum," which is followed by its translation:

"If you want peace, prepare for war."
@DanielBice State GOP Chairman @AndrewHittGOP said in a statement that violence for political purposes is always unacceptable, no matter where it occurs.

Hitt chided the St. Croix Republican Party for telling its members to "prepare for war."
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3 Dec 20
The Wisconsin Supreme Court rules 4-3 not to accept a lawsuit brought by President Donald Trump's campaign challenging the Nov. 3 election results.
Conservative justice Brian Hagedorn joined the court's liberal minority to reject the petition for original action on the basis that lawsuits over recounts are required by state law to be filed in circuit court, where fact-finding can occur.
"We do well as a judicial body to abide by time-tested judicial norms, even — and maybe especially — in high-profile cases. Following the law governing challenges to election results is no threat to the rule of law," Hagedorn wrote.
Read 13 tweets
3 Dec 20
President Donald Trump's campaign says he has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's election results.
Trump has filed the lawsuit in the Eastern District, according to court records.
The lawsuit is filed against Gov. Tony Evers, state and local election officials, mayors of five liberal-leaning Wisconsin cities, and Secretary of State Doug La Follette (who, unlike other states, does not oversee elections in Wisconsin).
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2 Dec 20
WI health officials expect COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive in a couple weeks.

Health care workers who see COVID-19 patients, residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, people over age 65, and some essential workers will get it first.…
People should expect to receive two shots, either 21 days or 28 days apart, to develop immunity to the new coronavirus.
The second phase will include all those from Phase 1 who have yet to be vaccinated, along with "other critical populations to be determined."
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