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I hope to see you tomorrow for the opening day of the 170th Wisconsin State Fair! Click here for admissions and times.

Governor Evers announces FREE Cream Puffs if you get your vaccine at the State Fair.


White House issues new eviction moratorium

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The new moratorium was issued in response to rising numbers of new cases throughout the country, mostly attributed to the Delta Variant of the Coronavirus.

This moratorium will last for 60 days, and is targeted to apply to counties where transmission of COIVD-19 is still high.

This new moratorium will be in effect for 60 days, ending October 3rd, 2021.

To qualify for the protections, a renter must provide a completed and signed copy of a declaration with the elements listed in the definition of "Covered Person" (Page 2) to their landlord or the owner of the property where they live. 

From Order Page 14:

Any written document that an eligible tenant, lessee, or resident of residential property presents to their landlord will comply with this Order, as long as it contains the required elements of "Covered person" as described in this Order. In addition, tenants, lessees, and residents of residential property are allowed to declare in writing that they meet the elements of "Covered person" in other languages.

All declarations, regardless of form used, must be signed, and must include a statement that the tenant understands that they could be liable for perjury for any false or misleading statements or omissions in the declaration.

Read the order here.

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If you need help accessing rental assitance contact the Rental Housing Resource Center

For assistance with mortgage issues or foreclosure, contact Take Root Milwaukee

Campaign Integrity Package circulated in the Legislature

I was very proud to join several of my colleagues as we unveiled the Campaign Integrity Package of bills yesterday at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

This package of 7 bills would rein in political spending and demand transparency for political contributions. There should be no more fiscal tricks that allow dark money to influence our politics. The people deserve to know when large donations are made that would influence the decisions of their representatives.

One of the bills would put a referendum of the November 2022 statewide ballot to ask voters if Congress should propose an amendment to override the Citizens United v. FEC decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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New Hours for COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Centers in Milwaukee

From Milwaukee.E-Notify:

To ensure easily accessible COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for everyone, the Milwaukee Health Department is adjusting the hours of the Northwest Health Center (7630 W. Mill Rd.) and Southside Health Center (1639 S. 23rd St.). Additionally, all COVID-19 services at the Northwest Health Center will be moved out of the former Mill Road Library and into the detached garage.

Beginning Monday, August 2, the hours for COVID-19 testing and vaccination at both locations will be:

Monday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday: 12 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 12 – 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing continues at American Family Field every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the east parking lot, designated as the “Yount Lot.” Rapid antigen tests will additionally become available at this location at a future date.

Updated information regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccinations can be found on the Milwaukee Health Department’s website.

Speaker Vos and Assembly Republicans Double Down on the Big Lie

Republicans at the State Capitol are determined to spread false information about the elections that are held in our state. This comes after a decade of Republican overhauls to our elections system in Wisconsin, including completely eliminating the Government Accountability Board and then axing the leaders of the Wisconsin Elections and Ethics Commissions, which they themselves had created.

Recently, Speaker Vos has announced that he will be expanding the scope of the election "investigation" that he created, headed by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman who Vos has named "special counsel." Earlier this month, the two former police officers who were also hired to conduct the investigation quit the affair.

Vos has agreed to pay Gableman $44,000 in taxpayer money to lead the investigation, and recently approved additional investigators with full-time positions. Vos has not made clear how many additional "investigators" he intends to hire using public resources. Gableman has previously claimed that the election was "stolen" during a pro-Trump rally.

No evidence has been brought forward that indicates widespread fraud occurred during the 2020 election, and courts have repeatedly rejected lawsuits filed on behalf of Donald Trump and his allies who have tried to overturn the results of the election in Wisconsin and other states.

In addition to Vos' investigation, the Assembly Elections Committee has been granted subpoena power by the Assembly Republicans. The committee's chairperson, Representative Janel Brandtjen has said that the committee will seek additional election records to complete a "comprehensive, forensic examination" but hasn't provided any details about what that means.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission had to issue a statement on misinformation, after Rep. Brandtjen incorrectly alleged that "tens of thousands of new registrations and votes cast by individuals whose driver's license number, name, and date of birth did not match and were subsequently removed from the state system after their votes were recorded..."

Today we learned that Representative Timothy Ramthun is attempting to secure donations for a fourth investigation of the 2020 general election (Including Vos', Brandtjen's, and the Legislative Audit of the election). He used common QAnon themes in his promotional video for his efforts.

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Doors Open Milwaukee returning in September

Doors Open is planning on returning to in person tours this year on September 25th and 26th with virtual events and online tours from Sept. 25th through October 3rd.

Please remember that some of the most popular exhibits during Doors Open require advanced registration or an admission fee. The schedule and details will become available on August 16th.

The Hunger Task Force Stockbox Doordash begins this month

A brand new senior food delivery program is kicking off this month.

Income-eligible seniors can receive a FREE monthly delivery of a Stockbox including: cereal, milk, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta or rice, protein, fruit juice, canned meat, and cheese.

Visit Hunger Task Force for more information about qualifications and registration.

The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance has won the Historic Preservation Award

The Wisconsin Historical Society's Board of Curators has honored the MPA with its Historic Preservation Award for its decade-long effort to save the Soldiers Home in Milwaukee.

This is a truly deserved honor for a project that has returned the Soldiers Home to our state's veterans and reopened 101 housing units with supportive services for veterans and their families that are at risk of homelessness.

“This award reinforces the incredible historical and architectural value of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home. We are proud to celebrate this award with our many partners as we build upon the momentum of this remarkable preservation project and seek to return even more threatened Soldiers Home buildings to the service of veterans,” said Peter Zanghi, President of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance.

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Kids 15 and under Fish for Free and other discounts

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:

In Wisconsin, kids 15 and under fish without a license every day. So do anglers born before 1927. For everybody else, a variety of license options can get you out on the water quickly and easily. Get your license to relax and enjoy what Wisconsin has to offer!

Getting your first license or just visiting? Discounted license options are available including:

  • First-time Buyer License – for those who haven't fished Wisconsin before or want to return to fishing after at least 10 years without a license. 
  • One-day fishing license – for those anglers that want to give Wisconsin fishing a try for one day only.
  • Resident anglers who recruit someone new to purchase a first-time buyer license can earn points toward a reduced-price license of their choice.
  • Active-duty military on furlough or leave who are Wisconsin residents and veterans.

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