Politics


Representative-elect Sylvia Ortiz-Velez (D-Milwaukee) and Representative-elect Francesca Hong (D-Madison) are among the 16 new members of the state Assembly. (Graphic illustration by Morgaine Ford-Workman)
The Wisconsin 24: Meet Francesca Hong and Sylvia Ortiz-Velez

Hong is the first Asian American elected to the Wisconsin Legislature. Ortiz-Velez will be pushing to legalize medical marijuana to reduce opioid addiction.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, center (R-Rochester) addresses the media along with Majority Leader Jim Steinke (R-Kaukauna) and Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) after protesters took down two statues June 23 on the grounds of the Capitol Square. (Photo © Andy Manis)
Vos Defends $53,000 Salary Despite the Fact Legislature Hasn’t Met in Seven Months

The state’s most powerful Republican also says “it’s way too early to tell” if President-elect Joe Biden won the election, which he won.

Christine Neumann-Ortiz at Count Every Vote event
Crunching the Numbers: How to Interpret Biden’s Milwaukee Performance

Despite population loss, organizers spur a boost in turnout.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) holds a Capitol press conference Tuesday.
Evers Introduces New Proposals to Deal With COVID-19. Vos Holds Presser but Offers Nothing.

Highest single-day loss of life is met by Wisconsin Republicans with a call to study ideas. Legislature hasn’t met in eight months.

Incoming Assembly representatives (from left to right) include Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R-Fox Crossing); Clint Moses (R-town of Menomonie),and Lee Snodgrass (D-Appleton). (Graphic illustration by Morgaine Ford-Workman)
The Wisconsin 24: Meet Rachael Cabral-Guevara, Clint Moses, and Lee Snodgrass

Snodgrass sees redistricting as top priority, while Cabral-Guevara and Moses point to managing the economic, healthcare fallout from COVID19.

Nurses staff the COVID-19 testing site at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie. (Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic Health System)
Mayo Nursing Administrators Are Being Asked to Work Nursing Shifts

Mayo’s five hospitals in the northwest region are at 100% of capacity, more than 300 nurses and medical staff quarantined.

Incoming Democratic members of the Assembly Deb Andraca of Whitefish Bay and Sara Rodriguez of Brookfield. (Graphic illustration by Morgaine Ford-Workman)
The Wisconsin 24: Meet Deb Andraca and Sara Rodriguez

Andraca and Rodriguez are the only Democrats to flip Assembly seats from red to blue.