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Dear friends and neighbors,

To those who joined me in observing Yom Kippur this week, I hope you had an easy and meaningful fast.

This week also marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month. In his inaugural proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Month, President Lyndon Johnson wrote of the "great contribution to our national heritage made by our people of Hispanic descent -- not only in the fields of culture, business, and science, but also through their valor in battle."

You will also find in this week’s newsletter a redistricting update, information on ransomware threats in Wisconsin, a reminder about the upcoming flu season, and more.

If you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please feel free to contact my office.



Lisa Subeck

State Representative

78th Assembly District

In This Week's Update:

Redistricting Update

Poverty Matters Conference

Ready Set Go! Graduation

Local Pandemic Response and Recovery

Flu Season is Right Around the Corner

Ransomware Threats Increase in Wisconsin

Fall Colors in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Fun Fact

What's Happening?

Contact Me:

109 North, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

Toll-Free: (888) 534-0078

Fax: (608) 282-3690

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Redistricting Update

Gov. Tony Evers, together with Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, announced this week that they are asking a federal court to allow the governor to intervene in a lawsuit filed last month asking a federal court to draw the state’s next set of electoral maps. The governor’s motion, filed by Attorney General Kaul and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, contends Wisconsin law recognizes a joint role for both the governor and the Legislature in the redistricting process, and therefore that the governor should have the opportunity to provide input in the litigation.

The motion also notes the work of the People’s Maps Commission, a nonpartisan redistricting commission created by Gov. Evers in 2020 tasked with drawing fair, impartial maps based on the 2020 U.S. Census to be presented to the Legislature for their consideration and approval. More than 50 Wisconsin counties encompassing more than 80 percent of Wisconsin’s population have passed resolutions or referenda supporting nonpartisan redistricting, and more than 70 percent of Wisconsinites prefer a nonpartisan commission conduct the redistricting process.

The Republican-led Legislature has already been allowed to intervene and has requested that the court dismiss the lawsuit outright. Last December and January, the Republican leaders in the Legislature signed contracts worth more than $1 million with private law firms to help draft and defend new maps.

Click here to read a copy of the Governor’s motion to intervene.

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Poverty Matters Conference

Last week, I was honored to serve as a panelist at the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association’s (WISCAP) Poverty Matters Conference, which was held virtually. I spoke about my work on the Less for Rx prescription drug bill package that I introduced with Gov. Evers last month, as well as the soon to be introduced Wisconsin Opportunity Act that takes a comprehensive approach to ending poverty in our state.

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Ready Set Go! Graduation

On September 11, I was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at the virtual graduation ceremony of the 7th graduating class of the North Side Ready Set Go! Employment Training Program.

The class chose the theme: “We are the greatest version of ourselves, we fight, we win and we prevail right to the end!”

Ready, Set, Go! is an employment and training program from the Northside Early Childhood Zone open to all Northside adults that focuses on communication skills, goal setting, confidence building and conflict resolution. The program helps participants with the soft skills needed for employment and provide them with the tools be more successful for the long-term in the workplace. The program is based upon director Diana Shinall’s innovative Madison Apprenticeship Program (MAP) that has been successful in the Allied Drive area. MAP is a 12-week life skills course where people learn conflict resolution, soft job skills, language arts and money management.

It was a pleasure to join this class for their important day, and I was moved by the stories and the accomplishments of the program’s graduates.

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Local Pandemic Response and Recovery


Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced $58.4 million in funding this week for local and tribal health departments to continue their work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and build a strong recovery. The funding comes from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funding and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and adds to the $106.5 million the Evers Administration has already allocated to local and tribal health departments for COVID-19 response activities in 2021.


The funding will provide resources to meet the public health needs that continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, or to address those needs that have been exacerbated by the pandemic and the associated economic downturn. Potential uses for the funding include: measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 such as testing, contact tracing, and vaccination programs; staffing for public health and safety; enhancing public health programs through improvements like technology infrastructure or data analysis; addressing disparities in health outcomes, including services that connect residents with resources, such as health care and housing navigators, and services that support healthy living environments and healthy childhood environments.

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Flu Season is Right Around the Corner

During the COVID-19 peak last year, measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 also dramatically reduced the number of flu cases both in Wisconsin, and around the world, compared to previous years. Those included social distancing, mask wearing and more frequent hand-washing and sanitizing. This year, experts are expecting more cases of the flu.

The flu season typically runs from around October to April, with the peak in cases usually seen between December and January. During the 2019-20 flu season, Wisconsin had more than 36,000 cases of the flu, over 4,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 183 deaths. During the 2020-21 flu season, just 68 cases were seen, 14 of which required hospitalization. Wisconsin had no recorded flu deaths for the season.

September and October are good times to get vaccinated for the flu, as it takes two weeks for the vaccine to provide immunity. Talk to your doctor about when you can schedule your flu shot.

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Ransomware Threats Increase in Wisconsin

Attorney General Josh Kaul is advising Wisconsinites to be aware of ever-evolving ransomware threats. The COVID-19 health crisis has increased online dependence, which has increased the chance of Wisconsinite exposure to cybersecurity crimes. To date, the FBI has received 41 ransomware reports in Wisconsin this year, compared to 30 reports total in 2020.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software cyber actors use to deny access to systems or data. The malicious cyber actor holds systems or data hostage until the ransom is paid. After the initial infection, the ransomware attempts to spread to shared storage drives and other accessible systems. If the demands are not met, the system or encrypted data remains unavailable.

A person may unknowingly download ransomware onto a computer by executing one of the following actions embedded with malware: opening an email attachment, clicking an advertisement, following a link, or visiting a website. Cyber actors continue to evolve their ransomware tactics over time to extort organizations and citizens. Awareness of these tactics is important to avoid unnecessary exposure.

Cyber-attacks may be prevented by following the Department of Homeland Security – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Click here for best practices for managing risks posed by ransomware.

Apply these practices to the greatest extent possible based on availability of resources:

  • Keep an offline backup of your files
  • Avoid unfamiliar contact through emails, links, advertisements, websites, text messages, etc.

Victims of ransomware attacks are encouraged to resist any urge to fulfill a ransom request. Compliance in response to a ransom does not guarantee the captured data will be returned. Compliance also encourages perpetrators to target more victims and offers an incentive for other cyber actors to get involved in this type of illegal activity.

If you believe you are a victim of a ransomware attack:

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Fall Colors in Wisconsin

Autumn in Wisconsin is all about the color. With over 6 million acres of public lands, 49 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state biking trails plus hundreds of lakes and rivers to explore, Wisconsin has place for everyone to see the colors.

The state’s combination of tree species and climate produce vivid fall foliage, leaving residents and visitors alike looking forward to the annual fall color show. From urban parks to colorful country roads, Wisconsin is packed with color-spotting opportunities throughout the fall season.

Color changes typically occur in far northern Wisconsin during the last week of September and first week of October, with color peaking during mid-October in central Wisconsin and the latter half of October in southern Wisconsin. Timing of the color change varies by species and weather conditions.

Click here to see the official Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report.

Warmer temperatures, especially in the evening, tend to delay fall color because the trees are not getting the signal that fall has arrived. Fall color predictions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are based on mathematical algorithms that factor in historical leaf peak, temperatures, precipitation, leaf volume, health, and day length.

While forests in central and Northeast Wisconsin are right on target, counties in Northwest Wisconsin and the far southern part of the state are encountering drought conditions that may impact fall color in those parts of the state.

The intensity and duration of fall color is affected by spring and summer growing conditions. Severe to abnormal drought in the growing season usually makes the tree leaves change color earlier and the color lasts for a shorter period. In some cases, trees may skip the color change altogether with leaves turning brown before falling.

Click here for more information on the science of fall colors.

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Wisconsin Fun Fact 

Lori Palmeri was elected Mayor of Oshkosh in 2019, and was reelected in 2021. She is the first female, and first Latinx elected to the position. Before that, Palmeri served on the Oshkosh City Council. She also has served on many different commissions, boards, and groups. Palmeri graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Studies, and received her Masters of Urban Planning Degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Palmeri’s father was born in Colombia and immigrated to the United States, and her mother was born here in the United States. Palmeri offers a unique perspective to her leadership that allows her to connect with many different people, regardless of race and ethnicity, in hopes to achieve a more accepting and equal society. 

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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Madison Fall Restaurant Week
September 19, 2021 –September 24, 2021
Hours Vary

This semi-annual event is the perfect opportunity to sample some of Madison’s local offerings. Starting at $25, participating restaurants offer a prix-fixe menu with three courses. Some restaurants will offer a lunch menu for $15. https://www.visitmadison.com/event/madison-fall-restaurant-week/52900/

MogaMove: Mindfulness + Yoga
Monday, September 20, 2021
7 PM
Middleton Public Library
7425 Hubbard Ave., Middleton

Join MogaMind cofounder Patrick Cunningham for MogaMove, a gentle flow-based yoga and mindfulness class accessible for all ages, body types, and abilities. We'll focus on breath and mindful movement while having fun and sharing some laughs. All are welcome. Registration is required as space is limited.

Hilldale Farmers Market 
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 & Saturday, September 25, 2021

8 AM to 1 PM
Located in the parking behind L.L. Bean, off of Segoe Road., Madison

With safety top of mind, our vendors have worked hard to put new practices in place for this year’s market. Face masks, social distancing markers, one-way barriers, & hand-washing stations are just to name a few.
Please note that some vendors may only credit, pre-pay, or exact change (*varies by vendor).Rotating vendors include: Bauman’s Natural Meats, Origin Breads, Farmer Johns Cheese, Keur Fatou Catering, Yellow Dog Deli, The Tailgate Foodie, and many more!

Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, Sept 22

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Central Library
201 W Mifflin St, Madison

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Schedule your Appointment today

Jazz Café: Hanah Jon Taylor & Luke Leavitt

Friday, September 24, 2021
10 AM
1224 Williamson Street., Madison

Every Friday at 10 AM, you can catch a live duo session of Hanah Jon Taylor (woodwind) and Luke Leavitt (piano). Come and start your day with a cup of coffee and some pastries from our Jazz Cafe, 8 AM to 3 PM. Open every day! Check out our list of live music events.. Bring your friends, come in person or watch online! Tell us what you think. We would love to hear from you!

Madison Writing Assistance
Friday, September 24, 2021
3 PM – 6 PM
Sequoya Library
4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members at library branches throughout the city. Our friendly, experienced writing coaches are happy to help with writing projects across a wide range of genres, including resumes, cover letters, application essays, grant proposals, fiction writing, memoirs, and more. For more information, visit this page..

Friday, September 24, 2021
Doors open at 7:30 PM; show starts at 8:00 PM
Bos Meadery
849 E. Washington Ave., Madison

A comedy show no one prepared for! On Friday, September 24, come on out and see how a group of comedians work to make up a thrilling (or…not so thrilling…) stand up set “on the spot” in front of your eyes. The performers will also have a chance to perform their regular, "tested" material, but everything else…is an experience waiting to happen! Price: $10 cover on Eventbrite or $15 cash at door.

Movies with Madison Parks – Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Saturday, September 25, 2021

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Badger Park
418 Burdette Ct, Madison

Grab a blanket or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the FREE show! All are welcome!

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