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.
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).
John and Renae Feldner of McFarland also cast their ballots on Oct. 20. John Feldner, 70, a retired high school guidance counselor, said they waited in line for around 10 minutes. The couple also voted early in 2018.
"They counted last time, why wouldn't they count this time?"
Barbara and Eugene Summ of Madison, are in their 80s, have been married 61 years and say they never miss a chance to vote.
The couple has been voting absentee in recent years and in the last year or so registered as indefinitely confined after Eugene underwent a knee replacement
@DaphneChen_@madeline_heim Across Wisconsin, overflowing hospitals and spiking case rates are causing panic among health care workers and public health officials who are sounding the alarm that the state is about to enter the most dangerous period of the pandemic yet.
@DaphneChen_@madeline_heim “The timing and confluence with what’s happening in Wisconsin, I don’t think could be worse,” said Amanda Simanek, epidemiologist with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
BREAKING: @SpeakerVos is releasing "new legislative initiatives to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and assist Wisconsinites during these challenging times" at a 2 p.m. press conference in the state Capitol.
@SpeakerVos This is the first possible legislative action in Wisconsin on COVID-19 since April.
More BREAKING: @GovEvers has released a new COVID-19 legislative proposal, too.
Some measures it contains: Allow those out of work to immediately claim unemployment benefits, suspending for another year a requirement that forces people to wait a week before receiving benefits.
@bschoenburg@DougFinkeSJR "Finke has been as rumpled as Schoenburg is dapper, wearing a sport coat almost grudgingly, it seemed, as if in sartorial surrender to statehouse rules setting minimum standards," @brushtoniltimes writes
This leaves the daily newspaper in the Illinois capital city with TWO news reporters, according to the paper's staff page.
Department of Health Services chief medical officer Ryan Westergaard in briefing with @WiHealthNews says Wisconsin is approaching a "tipping point" when hospitals are not able to save everyone who becomes ill.
@WiHealthNews Westergaard says Wisconsin lost control of the outbreak over the summer.
He says a big issue has been predominantly asymptomatic people who aren't limiting interaction with other people.
@WiHealthNews Wisconsin Hospitals Association's Eric Borgerding says staffing in hospitals are "stressed."
"Not only are we seeing demand ... just almost going at a vertical pace, truly, but it's coming at a time when our capacity to treat that demand is becoming more and more diminished."
@majohnso An observer might find the scene at University Hospital in Madison almost reassuring. But this is a vision of just how serious the state's COVID-19 surge has grown these last few weeks.
@majohnso The patients are calm because they are terribly sick and must be deeply sedated. The sedation stops their arms from flailing in fear and confusion, and possibly disconnecting their ventilators.
White House officials are warning Wisconsin's leaders that more people will die unnecessarily if the state doesn't adopt a "more comprehensive" plan to combat the "unrelenting" rise in cases of coronavirus. jsonline.com/story/news/pol…
One model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows between 5,000 and 6,900 lives could be lost to COVID-19 in Wisconsin by Jan. 1 if the virus spread doesn't slow down.
The model predicts the state could see more than 100 deaths per day beginning Dec. 13.
The White House Coronavirus Task Force, which monitors the state's outbreak, in its latest report is again urging state leaders to figure out a response that is more robust and unified than what's in place now.
Chris Olmstead, deputy director for Trump Victory in Wisconsin, on Thursday held a conference call with Trump staffers around Wisconsin and told them to find volunteers to call voters in Pennsylvania whose absentee ballots hadn’t been returned. jsonline.com/story/news/pol…
"Today and for the foreseeable number of days until they decide they are done counting, we are going to be chasing our absentee ballots over in Pennsylvania," Olmstead told his team, according to audio of the call obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Soon after that call, at 5:19 p.m. Thursday, a group called Kenosha for Trump blasted out an email headlined "Volunteers Urgently Needed."
The Trump campaign is seeking volunteers in Wisconsin to call Pennsylvania supporters and ask them to return mail ballots, three days after the election. jsonline.com/story/news/pol…
Volunteers are urged to contact a pair of field directors listed in the email.
The two, Riley Pella and Joshua Williams, are paid staffers for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, filings with the Federal Election Commission show.
"This seems deeply stupid as it seems to be a solicitation to commit voter fraud," said Richard Hasen, an elections law specialist at the University of California, Irvine Law School. "It's hard to believe this is real."
Richland County Clerk Victor Vlasak tells me the Willow clerk went home sick from the polls yesterday and he can't find her or anyone there to bring in ballots from the polling location in the township.
"I don’t know what we’re going to do … we need those numbers," he said.
Vlasak, who has been clerk since 1988, said this is the first time he hasn't received a call from all polling locations with voting totals.
He said everyone is due to bring election materials to his office by 4:30 p.m. today.
He also said he and his office haven't slept since Monday night.