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  • GOP chairman to seek subpoena power in investigation of Russia probe

    05/28/2020 10:20:03 AM PDT · by RandFan · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/28/20 12:31 PM EDT | BY JORDAIN CARNEY
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) will force a vote next week on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to decide whether or not he has the authority to issue subpoenas as part of his investigation into the FBI's probe of 2016 Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign. Johnson, who chairs the panel, announced the committee vote for Thursday, June 4. The committee will vote on a "motion to authorize the Chairman to issue subpoenas for records and testimony to U.S. Government agencies and to individuals relating to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation, the DOJ Inspector General's...
  • 'Half your crew's not wearing masks!' MSNBC reporter trying to shame people for not wearing masks is caught out by bystander

    05/27/2020 6:05:30 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 26, 2020 | FRANCES MULRANEY
    An MSNBC reporter was called out by a bystander for attempts to shame people not wearing masks when half of his own camera crew were not wearing them. Cal Perry was delivering a Memorial Day report from Lake Geneva as hundreds traveled to enjoy the holiday weekend in Wisconsin, where businesses have reopened post lockdown. He was caught out while delivering a live report, when he attempted to use a passer-by as an example of people not wearing masks, only for the man to hit back with 'half your crew's not wearing masks!' Perry looked sheepish as he finished up...
  • Man derides MSNBC reporter as maskless crew films segment criticizing people not wearing masks(MSNBC hypocrites in WI)

    05/27/2020 5:50:25 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 26, 2020 | Spencer Neale
    An MSNBC camera crew was caught off guard after a man recorded several members of the crew not wearing masks while they did a report scolding other people for not wearing masks. "Are they not worried about their own personal safety?" host Katy Tur asked a masked Cal Perry of those not wearing masks in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. "You can see here, just around, nobody is wearing them," Perry said. "Including the cameraman," said a bystander, who gestured to Perry's team. "Half your crew isn't wearing them, either."
  • Teacher, 36, is arrested for 'having sex with 16-year-old foster son', who used to be her student, after...

    05/24/2020 7:41:01 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2020 | Lauren Fruen
    A Wisconsin teacher is accused of having sex with her 16-year-old foster son after her husband is said to have secretly recorded their alleged trysts. Stephanie Pudlowski, 38, was arrested on May 15 after police say audio and video taken in the home they shared in Oneida County showed she had a sexual relationship with the boy. She has since been charged with sexual assault of a child placed in substitute care, sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older and causing mental harm to a child, NewsWatch12 reports. Pudlowski is said to have met the boy while teaching...
  • Wisconsin shed 439,000 jobs in five weeks; claims overload unemployment benefits system

    05/22/2020 12:44:38 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies Times ^ | May 22, 2020 | Steven Elbow
    New numbers released Thursday show that Wisconsin lost 439,400 jobs in a five-week period after the state went into lockdown in March, a jaw-dropping number that has no historical parallel. “Today's report shows the significant impact that the COVID-19 global pandemic has had on the Wisconsin economy and underscores the importance of rationally and safely reopening our state,” said Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman in a press release announcing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. “A strategy based on science that reduces the likelihood of additional outbreaks and further economic instability is the only way to get...
  • ‘How Can I Be Sick?’ Wisconsin Woman Who Took Hydroxychloroquine For 19 Years To Treat Lupus Still Got COVID-19

    05/20/2020 8:09:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 145 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | 05/20/2020
    OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (CBS Local) — A Wisconsin woman who has taken hydroxychloroquine for 19 years to treat lupus says the anti-malarial drug will not protect someone from COVID-19. Kim, who doesn’t want to show her face or give her full name, says after the pandemic began, she only left her Oconomowoc home to go the grocery store. But by mid-April, she started feeling coronavirus symptoms. “Weak all over. Coughing, fever. The fever was very high,” she told WISN. “It just went downhill from there. I couldn’t breathe no more.” Kim said she tested positive for COVID-19. “When they gave the...
  • Tensions flare over GOP's Obama probes

    05/20/2020 10:44:34 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 20 2020 | Jordain Carney
    Tensions are flaring in the Senate as Republicans prepare to ramp up their investigations into Obama-era officials. Amid public and private pressure from President Trump, GOP senators are increasingly embracing calls to use their congressional power to investigate some of Trump’s biggest grievances stemming from the Obama administration, including the origins of the Russia investigation, the court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and Hunter Biden. Democrats argue Republicans are using their committee gavels to probe Trump’s political enemies, an effort they say is designed to hunt for political fodder against former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive...
  • Senate panel approves subpoena in Biden-related probe as GOP ramps up investigations

    05/20/2020 9:37:51 AM PDT · by RandFan · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 20 May 2020 | By Jeremy Herb
    A Senate committee voted along party lines Wednesday to issue a subpoena as part of the Republican-led investigation into the Ukrainian energy firm that hired former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden. The subpoena is one of several steps Senate Republicans are taking to ramp up probes related to the Obama administration and Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee who will likely challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 8-6 to authorize the subpoena Chairman Ron Johnson requested for Blue Star Strategies, a US public affairs firm that worked...
  • In 3 Key States That Elected Trump, Bitter Divisions on Reopening

    05/15/2020 2:22:44 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 17 replies
    NYT ^ | May 15, 2020 | Kay Nolan, Julie Bosman and Campbell Robertson 4 hrs ago
    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, turned out at the State Capitol in a drenching rainstorm. The state closed the building in advance and canceled the legislative session, rather than risk a repeat of an April protest in which angry protesters carrying long guns crowded inside. In Pennsylvania, some Republican lawmakers...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Governor’s State Lockdown Extension

    05/15/2020 10:19:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 15, 2020 | Matt Kttlle, Wis. — Declaring that the state’s top health official wrongly bypassed legislative oversight, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Evers’ administration’s extended lockdown of the state.The 4-3 decision by the conservative-led court declares Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm’s Emergency Order 28 “unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable.”“Because Palm did not follow the law in creating Order 28, there can be no criminal penalties for violations of her order,” the ruling notes. “The procedural requirements of Wis. Stat. ch. 227 must be followed because they safeguard all people.”Palm’s extended order, issued before Evers’ first stay-at-home edict...
  • Milwaukee Health Commissioner has Elective Knee Surgery During Pandemic

    05/15/2020 8:25:29 AM PDT · by UB355 · 23 replies
    Wisn Newstalk 1130 ^ | May 15th 2020 | Dan O'Donnel
    City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeannette Kowalik has taken a leave of absence to have elective knee surgery, multiple sources confirmed to "The Dan O'Donnell Show" while raising concerns about her commitment to fighting the city's Coronavirus outbreak as well as her apparent hypocrisy regarding frequent admonitions to help "flatten the curve." News/Talk 1130 WISN's Mark Belling reported on Thursday afternoon that Kowalik was taking a leave of absence in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Milwaukee far harder than any other city in Wisconsin. According to an automated email response from Kowalik, she is on leave...
  • Wisconsin bars flooded with patrons hours after state Supreme Court strikes down coronavirus stay-at-home order

    05/14/2020 9:56:42 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2020 | Danielle Wallace
    Several bars across Wisconsin were flooded with patrons just hours after the state Supreme Court issued a ruling striking down an extension of Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order that had been in effect since mid-March to limit the effect of the coronavirus. The 4-to-3 ruling essentially reopened the state, lifting caps on the size of gatherings, allowing people to travel as they please and allowing shuttered businesses to reopen, including bars and restaurants. Nick’s Bar in Platteville, Wis., shared a photo on Twitter with the caption: “45 minutes after the bars open in Wisconsin” showing the establishment packed with mostly...
  • Wisconsin Gov. Says State is 'Wild West' After Stay-at-Home Order Ruling

    05/14/2020 9:42:48 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 93 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 14, 2020 | James Walker
    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said the state was the "Wild West" on Wednesday night after the Wisconsin Supreme Court blocked an extension of his stay-at-home order. The Democratic state leader told MSNBC that judges had created "chaos" in Wisconsin by voting 4-3 against the extension of state lockdown measures until May 26. Wisconsin Supreme Court judges ruled on Wednesday that his stay-at-home extension was "unlawful, invalid and unenforceable." The governor warned that there was "nothing compelling anyone to do anything" in Wisconsin as the novel coronavirus continued to spread across the U.S.
  • Florida Gov. DeSantis calls out other governors for 'draconian' lockdowns: 'You're not a dictator'

    05/14/2020 7:49:40 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 14 2020 | Talia Kaplan
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a message on Thursday for other governors who have implemented “really draconian, arbitrary restrictions” during the coronavirus outbreak, saying, “You don't have unlimited authority and people do have rights.” DeSantis made the comments on “Fox & Friends” in response to a question from host Ainsley Earhardt, who asked if he thinks that “some of these governors that are just doing a one-size-fits-all for the entire state” are “being too strict and going too far.” “I don't think any governor has the authority to restrict anyone unless there’s a direct relationship to combating this virus,” DeSantis...
  • Here's which Wisconsin counties and cities have continued or modified stay-at-home orders

    05/14/2020 7:41:18 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 16 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | May 14, 2020 | MJS Staff
    In the immediate aftermath of the Wisconsin Supreme Court ending Gov. Tony Evers' stay-at-home order, petty tyrants [local governments] around the state began issuing their own measures. Here is an updating roundup of counties and cities that have announced their own measures, or will be continuing to follow Evers' order. Brown County The county is following Gov. Tony Evers' safer-at-home measures until May 20, public health officer Anna Destree said in a statement. "It would be irresponsible to do otherwise given the high number of positive cases found in Brown County," she wrote. "This virus knows no boundaries, including county...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Stay-at-Home Order

    05/14/2020 6:40:05 AM PDT · by Phlap · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/13/2020 | Neil Vigdor
    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 in a 4-to-3 ruling, the court said that Wisconsin’s top health official had not followed the proper process in setting the strict limits for residents.
  • Was California Special Election Beginning of Red Wave?

    05/14/2020 1:48:29 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 75 replies ^ | May 13, 2020 | Mollie Hemingway
    It was just two days ago that ABC News’ election forecaster FiveThirtyEight suggested “Two Special Elections On Tuesday Could Hint At Another Blue Wave In 2020.” The case made by Geoffrey Skelley and Nathaniel Rakich was simple: Supposedly Americans strongly prefer Biden and Democrats over Trump and Republicans, and they are particularly upset with Trump and other Republicans’ attempts to reopen the country as the global Coronavirus pandemic rages. “On Tuesday, we’ll get a taste of whether Democrats’ electoral advantage on paper will hold up in practice, as California and Wisconsin hold special elections for two vacant congressional seats. The...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Wisconsin's stay-at-home order that closed businesses to limit spread of coronavirus

    05/13/2020 7:06:06 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 15 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal ^ | May 13, 2020 | Molly Beck and Patrick Marley
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down Gov. Tony Evers' order shutting down daily life to limit the spread of coronavirus — marking the first time a statewide order of its kind has been knocked down by a court of last resort. The state's highest court sided with Republican lawmakers Wednesday in a decision that curbed the power of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration to act unilaterally during public health emergencies. GOP lawmakers who brought the lawsuit have said the legal challenge was necessary to get a seat at the table where Evers and state health officials make decisions about...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Democratic governor's pandemic lockdown order in first ruling of its kind

    05/13/2020 5:41:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down Governor Tony Evers' coronavirus stay-at-home order in the first ruling of its kind, saying that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended the mandate for another month without consulting legislators. The 4-3 ruling on Wednesday essentially reopens the state effective immediately, lifting caps on the size of gatherings, allowing people to travel as they please and allowing shuttered businesses to reopen, including bars and restaurants. Local governments can still impose their own health restrictions, however. Officials in Dane County, home to state capital Madison, issued a local order minutes after the ruling...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Tony Evers' stay-at-home order that closed businesses, schools to limit spread of coronavirus

    05/13/2020 3:44:23 PM PDT · by T. P. Pole · 87 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | 05/13/20 | Molly Beck
    MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down Gov. Tony Evers' order shutting down daily life to limit the spread of coronavirus — marking the first time a statewide order of its kind has been knocked down by a court of last resort. The state's highest court, which is controlled by conservatives, sided with Republican lawmakers Wednesday in a decision that curbed the Evers administration's power to act unilaterally during public health emergencies.