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Joe Biden holds virtual rally for Milwaukee voters and blames Trump for dreadful pandemic response

The political restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic has left presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden unable to attend an in-person campaign rally in Wisconsin, and instead a virtual event for voters was held on May 20. During his online speech aimed at Milwaukee residents, the former vice president slammed Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden denounced the lack of effort, saying Trump had “irresponsibly downplayed and delayed action on the virus” which could have prevented the needless loss of one hundred thousand American lives in two months. “COVID-19 is not his fault, the failure to respond quickly...

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Legislation would forbid Presidential rallies in Wisconsin from campaigns with unpaid local bills

Presidential candidates would not be allowed to hold campaign rallies in Wisconsin if they have unpaid bills for past events in the state, under a new proposal from Democratic state lawmakers. The bill was circulating for cosponsors on January 13, the day before President Donald Trump’s Milwaukee re-election event. The legislation was introduced by Representatives Jodi Emerson, D-Eau Claire, and Amanda Stuck, D-Appleton, and Senators Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire, and Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee. It would allow municipalities to charge presidential and vice presidential campaigns estimated security and sanitation costs up front. It would also block local governments from issuing event...

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City of Milwaukee to bid on hosting 2020 Democratic National Convention

Civic leaders recently announced that the City of Milwaukee plans to bid for hosting the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The exposure that a host city gets on both the national and international scene for the better part of a week is invaluable for exposing the region to the world. “This is a very big day for the City of Milwaukee,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “We have wanted to make this bid for many years. With all of the progress and momentum our City has right now, this is the perfect moment for Milwaukee to rise on the national...

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Federal Government rejects Milwaukee County’s 287g bid after community outcry

On November 14 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rejected an application to give Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies authority to separate immigrant families under the 287g program. DHS did, however, approve 287g applications from Waukesha County and 22 other jurisdictions nationwide. The Trump Administration is attempting to expand the 287g program nationwide to deputize local law enforcement as agents in their campaign of mass deportation and terror against immigrant families. “This victory in Milwaukee is a result of our efforts to give voice to the families who have suffered terrible human rights violations at the hands of the Milwaukee...

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Milwaukee Independent among achievement winners honored by Downtown BID

Milwaukee Downtown (BID #21) recognized the Milwaukee Independent with a special award during its Downtown Achievement Awards program, held as part of its 2017 annual meeting on September 28. Over 250 downtown stakeholders gathered to hear accomplishments and upcoming initiatives, as well as celebrate the BID’s 20th year of operation. The program began with the organization’s 20-year highlights followed by the awards ceremony. Catalytic projects and downtown leaders were honored for their contributions to the central business district. Representatives from the downtown community were asked by staff and the Executive Committee to nominate the 2017 Downtown Achievement Award winners....

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Historic King Drive BID designated first Main Street Community in Milwaukee

The announcement in Milwaukee on August 22 was attended by elected officials and community partners, held concurrently with 12 statewide events as part of the first-ever Wisconsin Main Street Day. The Historic King Drive Business Improvement District (BID) No. 8 in the city of Milwaukee has been designated as a Wisconsin Main Street community by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), joining a select group of communities that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to revitalizing their commercial districts. The BID, which was created in 1992, is the state’s 34th currently active Wisconsin Main Street community. It is the only...

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