Policy

Wisconsin faces a public health nightmare: Officials must simultaneously wage war on COVID-19 pandemic and a parallel "infodemic" of false, misleading and dangerous claims that downplay the seriousness of the disease.
Wisconsin's public health agencies each day release a deluge of data about where and how quickly COVID-19 is spreading. The river of information helps communities gauge everything from where to expect new outbreaks to which hospitals are likely to see a flood of patients.
A historically disruptive global pandemic unfolding during an era of deep social and political divisions and widespread distrust in American institutions has led to a swift and fierce politicization of public health.
For people in Wisconsin who are interested in better understanding the pandemic, how it spreads and the ways they can protect themselves and their families, here are explanations for common questions and additional information about COVID-19 resources.
Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out from Wisconsin's April 2020 election, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.
Police unions and the labor contracts they negotiate with local governments are seeing renewed scrutiny in communities across the United States.
Conspiracy theories about contact tracing have percolated on social media since early May, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published guidelines on how state health authorities should implement this "core disease control measure" to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Many police officers in Wisconsin commute to their job from homes in communities different from those in which they work. But how many officers live within and outside the municipal boundaries of the cities where they serve?
The killing of George Floyd, a Black resident of Minneapolis, reignited ongoing protests against police brutality — a movement fueled in part by a widening breach between law enforcement and the local communities they are charged with serving.
Significant numbers of Milwaukee voters were dissuaded from voting on April 7 by the sharp reduction in polling places and the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic — with the biggest effects seen among Black voters, according to a study from the Brennan Center for Justice.