Electoral insurrection; policing double standard; no charges in Blake shooting; COVID-19 and caucusing; academic slide
Of note: Today we highlight coverage of the failed effort by President Donald Trump and his supporters to subvert the will of Americans who picked Joe Biden as his successor — through a parliamentary effort to delay Congress’ election certification and a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol during those proceedings on Wednesday.
U.S. House Republicans Tom Tiffany and Scott Fitzgerald of Wisconsin were among the few lawmakers who voted to overturn election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania — and they would have challenged Wisconsin’s results if given the chance, Craig Gilbert and Bill Glauber report for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin racial justice advocates and law enforcement experts noticed a lax police response to the mostly white insurgents that damaged the U.S. Capitol — in stark contrast to how Black Lives Matter protesters were treated in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Wauwatosa last year, Sophie Carson and Bruce Vielmetti report for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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Tom Tiffany, Scott Fitzgerald say they would have rejected Biden’s victory in Wisconsin had there been a vote in Congress
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — January 6, 2021
Wisconsin’s two newest congressmen, Republicans Tom Tiffany and Scott Fitzgerald, were the state’s only lawmakers to vote this week to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential victory in the key swing states of Arizona and Pennsylvania. And Fitzgerald and Tiffany both said in interviews Thursday they would have voted to overturn Biden’s victory in Wisconsin as well, had it been subject to a vote.
See related coverage from Wisconsin Watch: Wisconsin GOP official bucks Trump and draws backlash: ‘There is no fraud in this election’
Recalling tear gas, arrests at Wisconsin protests, local leaders denounce policing ‘double standard’ at U.S. Capitol riots
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — January 7, 2021
In the riots and destruction at the U.S. Capitol this week, Wisconsin law enforcement experts and community activists saw a troubling lack of preparation and a clear double standard in how police treat protesters. The contrast is stark, activists and leaders say, between the mass arrests and rounds of tear gas police fired on Black Lives Matter protesters in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Kenosha over the summer and the seemingly lax approach from Capitol Police to an angry mob of supporters of President Donald Trump.
Read more from Wisconsin Watch: Aggressive policing escalates violence at protests, research shows. A former Madison police chief touts a better way.
Wisconsin Watch — January, 7, 2021
Some towns and villages require residents to choose local candidates in January gatherings. Do these caucuses violate disability and voting rights during a pandemic when public health experts are urging people to stay home?
Wisconsin Watch — January 6, 2021
As the first full semester of U.S. students learning under the pandemic comes to a close, experts are particularly concerned about young people who already were behind. Only 15% of parents surveyed in Wisconsin said their children were learning as much as before the COVID-19 crisis. Some policymakers are pushing for a massive tutoring effort to help students catch up.
Read more: This piece is part of a collaborative reporting project called Lesson Plans: Rural schools grapple with COVID-19. Read the full series here.
Associated Press — January, 7, 2021
A Wisconsin prosecutor’s decision not to bring charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back came as little surprise to some activists for racial justice, who predict laws must change before police are truly held accountable for using force against Black men. After the Aug. 23 shooting that left Blake paralyzed, the decision on whether to charge Rusten Sheskey came down to a familiar question: Was the Kenosha officer justified in using force to protect himself? Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said Tuesday that he was. Graveley said he couldn’t disprove Sheskey’s contention that he feared Blake would stab him as he tried to stop Blake from driving away with three children in an SUV.
Read more: The Wisconsin Department of Justice released files from the investigation into Blake’s shooting, which you can find here.
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