News – January 9th, 2021

(Wisconsin) After initially confining his criticisms to Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump Jr., Wisconsin congressman Glenn Grothman now says Donald Trump also shares blame for this week’s mob violence at the U-S Capitol. In an interview with WOMT radio, the 6th District Republican called the idea of Congress rejecting state electoral votes “a very dangerous precedent.” – WRN

(Juneau) Two Wisconsin congressmen say they’d have voted to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin. Republicans Tom Tiffany and Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau were the state’s only House members who voted to overturn Biden’s victory in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Both said in interviews Thursday that they had have voted to overturn Biden’s Wisconsin win too, had it been subject to a vote. That did not happen because Senator Ron Johnson backed off on his promise to object to the state’s electoral votes, following the mayhem caused at the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters. Now the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board is calling for all three men to either resign, or be removed from office. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Republicans leaders of the legislature’s finance committee say they will pay out the money owed to Milwaukee and Dane Counties for the presidential recall. The Joint Committee on Finance has released funds to both counties, but leaders say they still have concerns over the costs of the recount. Both recounts came in under budget, but Co-Chair Howard Marklein says the counties shouldn’t have rented expensive buildings, and may have overpaid workers. The move comes over a month since the recounts were completed. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A heinous crime against a 7-year-old has prompted legislation at the state Capitol. State Representative Paul Tittl is co-sponsoring  a bill called “Ethan’s Law.” Ethan Hauschultz died in April of 2018 after suffering multiple forms of punishment at the home of his guardian in rural Manitowoc County. The bill would prohibit the out-of-home placement of a child with anyone who has a record of crime against a child. – WRN

(Lodi) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is hosting a virtual public meeting to discuss improvements along Highway 113 between Lodi and the Merrimac Ferry. There are two proposed projects planned along the 6.2-mile corridor. A highway safety project is scheduled for 2023 to reconstruct the Highway 113/County Road V intersection and will include resurfacing, replacement of curb ramps to meet ADA standards and new guard rail end terminals. A second project will resurface the highway and widen the paved shoulders between Lodi and the Merrimac Ferry landing. Work is slated for 2026 which could be moved a year earlier. The virtual meeting is scheduled for January 14th at 5pm and will be streamed on YouTube Live. A brief question and answer session will be provided after the presentation and the public can submit comments via the YouTube chat or email.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Health gave a recent update on the county’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Abby Sauer says on January 6th, local and eligible health care workers – including local EMS personal – began receiving their first two dose series of the coronavirus vaccination from Dodge County health medical staff. She says the health department enrolled as a COVID-19 vaccinator through a process facilitated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in early December. A shipment of 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine was delivered on January 5th. Only entities deemed eligible through the state health department vaccinator program can order and potentially receive as well as administer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The federal Pharmacy Partnership Program administers vaccines to health care workers and residents of skilled nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Sauer says they are currently scheduling vaccinations and follow up second doses for eligible groups without knowing for certain how many doses they will receive each week. She says under the current process, through an order to the state health department, they will not receive conformation of their weekly order until the end of that week. As the weeks progress, Sauer notes vaccine availability will improve making it more realistic for larger groups to get their vaccination. Sauer says it is still likely months away that most residents of Dodge County will be able to get their vaccine. She encourages the public to continue safe practices to limit the spread.

(Madison) Tony Evers is among Democratic governors calling on the Trump administration to accelerate release of coronavirus vaccines. In a joint statement, Evers and seven others, including Minnesota’s Tim Walz and Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, claim that millions of safe, effective COVID19 vaccine doses are being held back. They’ve directed their request to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and U.S. Army General Gustave Perna, who directs the federal vaccine distribution effort. The Evers administration’s vaccine distribution has been criticized by Wisconsin Republicans, particularly Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who says the governor has done a poor job getting vaccine doses to where they are needed. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A state vaccine advisory panel is recommending who should get next round of COVID-19 vaccines in Wisconsin. The plan approved by the Department of Health Services Vaccine Distribution Subcommittee covers one-million people. That includes all people 70 and older, first responders, and education workers. Also, prison and jail workers, inmates, and people living or working in “congregate living” settings like skilled nursing facilities. The plan still needs approval from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Two more prisoners in Wisconsin with COVID-19 have died. The total number of inmate deaths in Wisconsin prisons is now up to 25. Two inmates at Dodge Correctional died in September after contracting the virus. Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections report more than 400 positive cases at the Oakhill Correctional Institution. Public Health Madison and Dane County says 398 prisoners and 54 staff members at the Oregon Correctional Institution have tested positive. There have been more than ten-thousand positive test results among Wisconsin prisoners since the pandemic began. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 3,474 positive coronavirus cases in Friday’s daily update. There are 29,688 active cases in the state, an increase of 808 from Thursday. State health officials recorded 40 deaths bringing that total 5,119. The CDC says 359-thousand people have died nationwide. Dodge County has experienced 126 deaths and 10,637 cases, a one-day increase of 39 positive tests. Health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 305 people, an increase of 39 from Thursday. Washington County has reported 102 deaths along with 956 are active cases. Fond du Lac County has seen 71 deaths, one more than on Thursday, with 612 are active cases. The state says Jefferson County recorded one death Friday for a total of 60 with 497 active cases. Columbia County has reported 33 deaths and 208 active cases. Green Lake County had three additional deaths bringing their total to 13 with 49 cases have been reported in the last two weeks.