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Author: Wisconsin Examiner

Feeding the Hungry: Wisconsin food pantries view the holidays as just another day in a busy year

As the holiday season begins, Wisconsin’s food banks and pantries are working on sending turkeys and stuffing to families across the state, but Thanksgiving is just one out of 365 days in which these organizations work to put food on tables. This year that job has been even harder as they’ve had to completely rethink operations and deal with a number of obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the resulting economic fallout has increased families’ need for help. This year Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves hundreds of agencies across 16 counties, has seen demand go up...

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Billionaire megadoners who fought Wisconsin’s plans to contain pandemic get infected at White House

Trump megadonors Liz and Dick Uihlein, owners of Uline shipping and outspoken opponents of COVID-19 prevention measures, have tested positive for the virus after attending an election night party at the White House. Earlier this year, Liz Uihlein called the pandemic “overhyped,” lobbied legislators to overturn the public health restrictions by Governor Tony Evers, and backed a petition to have the Governor removed from office. A rare and brief interview with The Guardian on April 23 introduced Uihlein by stating: “One of Donald Trump’s most fervent billionaire donors is lobbying against strict stay-at-home rules in the election battleground state...

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Garrity v. New Jersey: The 1967 Supreme Court decision linking Rodney King’s trial to probe of Joseph Mensah

Five Wauwatosa Police officers with important information about the scene of the 2016 police shooting of Jay Anderson were not interviewed as part of the independent investigation into the shooter, Officer Joseph Mensah. Those five officers were not questioned because the city’s police and fire commission (PFC) did not “authorize” Steven Biskupic — the former federal prosecutor assigned to investigate Mensah — to extend certain legal protections. Although the officers have participated in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s investigation into the incident and an internal affairs investigation, questions still remain about what happened at the scene on June 23,...

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Data-Mining during protests: Wisconsin courts consider legality of “trickle down surveillance”

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court asked to consider a new legal frontier regarding police collection of cell data. The District III Court of Appeals has certified a case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court which explores the limits of law enforcement’s ability to download and access cell phone data. The case involves data which was downloaded from a man’s phone by the Green Bay Police Department and later viewed by Brown County Sheriff’s Office deputies in an unrelated case. Using the data originally obtained by Green Bay police, the Brown County sheriff was able to charge the man, George Burch, with first-degree...

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Wisconsin Votes: An unsatisfying result after the worst presidency in American history

How did we come to this point? President Donald Trump made history on Tuesday night with his false declaration of victory while votes were still being counted all across the country. At least, by signaling in advance that he would reject the election results if they did not favor him, Trump had diminished the impact of his own brazen stand. Still, it was a breathtaking display in a country that still likes to think of itself as a democracy. Over the last four years we have been numbed to the fact that we have a president who routinely lies...

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Foxconn’s nearly abandoned manufacturing plant seen as political project for influencing election

State tax credits for Foxconn’s Mount Pleasant operations — once pegged at potentially $3 billion — appear increasingly unlikely. But even without them, the Taiwan-based company’s installation in southeastern Wisconsin will carry a hefty price. The most recent audit report from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) on the tech company’s 2019 job-creation record all but extinguished the prospect for the company to get a payout through the controversial deal reached under former Governor Scott Walker. “The reason why the 2019 credits were rejected was because they’re not in compliance with the contract,” state Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh), the...

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