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Did a member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission say she was a partisan appointee?

Yes. Ann Jacobs, a commissioner on the Wisconsin Elections Commission, stated in a tweet that she is a partisan appointee to the commission, in response to conservative radio show host Dan O’Donnell. O’Donnell had tweeted that Jacobs’ criticism of GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels put into question whether the commission could “be fair to Republicans.”

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Is the percentage of Black inmates in Wisconsin seven times higher than the percentage of Black citizens in the state?

Yes. Black people comprised 42% of incarcerated individuals in Wisconsin state and federal correctional facilities in 2020, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In comparison, Black people made up 6% Of Wisconsin’s overall population in the 2020 Census.

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Does Eric Toney want to ‘allow district attorneys to cross county lines to investigate and enforce the abortion ban?’

Yes. Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney, the Republican candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General, wants to allow district attorneys from other counties to enforce Wisconsin’s contested 1849 abortion ban and prosecute abortion cases when the local district attorney declines.

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Has Milwaukee’s homicide rate nearly doubled in the past two years?

Yes. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel homicide tracker, the number of Milwaukee homicides in 2019 was 111. In 2020, the number rose to 204. 2021 saw 212 homicides, marking a 91% increase in the rate of homicides over two years. As of Oct. 21, the FBI reports there were 184 homicides in 2022 in Milwaukee — 24 more than last year at this time.