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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home strategy faced scrutiny in the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, with justices in the court’s conservative majority expressing deep skepticism. The justices heard oral arguments over video conference in the Legislature’s legal challenge of the far-reaching order that seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19. Ed Treleven covered the story for the Wisconsin State Journal, and we have excerpted key quotes from the arguments below.
We also highlight Wisconsin Watch’s examination of the upcoming May 12 election for the 7th Congressional District — when election workers will again try to keep themselves and voters safe during the pandemic. University of Wisconsin-Madison student journalists Francisco Velazquez and Chelsea Hylton along with Wisconsin Watch managing editor Dee J. Hall reported the story as part of an investigative reporting class Hall teaches.
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Some key quotes from today’s Supreme Court oral arguments over Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order. You can watch the arguments in their entirety here.
Data to note
The state Department of Health Services on Tuesday announced health care-related goals Wisconsin must meet to begin gradually reopening the economy under Evers’ “Badger Bounce Back” plan. Data to measure Wisconsin’s progress toward these goals will be available on Friday, the department said, and full details can be found here.
The Evers administration has now announced all key criteria to evaluate under the reopening plan. Below is the full set of metrics. More information can be found here.
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