Amid post-election frustration, Chapman trying to make best of quarantine

Editor's note: This story is the third in Madison Commons' series of profiles focused on the current climate of economic uncertainty and the 2020 election cycle. Long-standing voter Kathleen Chapman is left with frustration and anger after not being able to cast her vote this primary election. As an immunocompromised individual, she has been isolated in her home for more than 30 days. Compromising her health by going to the polls was not a risk she was willing to take. Out of the 11 states holding an April primary, Wisconsin was the only state to hold an in-person election and not postpone.

Madison Commons Media Digest, April 19, 2020

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Governor Evers's extension of 'safer at home' order through May eases some restrictions, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, April 17; Governor Evers closes Wisconsin schools for remainder of school year, Scott Girard, CT, April 16. Wisconsin businesses still waiting on help as federal program runs dry, Chris Hubbuch, WSJ, April 17. Air Force picks Truax for F-35, Stephen Elbow, CT, April 16; Rolling protests of F-35s coming to Madison 'amplifies voices' around State Capitol, Howard Hardee, WSJ, April 19. State may have seen COVID-19 peak without big surge, but officials say risk remains, David Wahlberg, WSJ, April 15. Madison School District will reopen superintendent search in May, Scott Girard, CT, April 14.

School Board will reopen superintendent search in May

Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education President Gloria Reyes announced Tuesday that the board will reopen the Madison schools superintendent search next month. The decision was made in a closed board meeting Monday night.

“Our intent is to see if there are any candidates we feel will be a good fit for us,” Reyes said in an online media briefing.

Finding political identity: How the pandemic changed one UW-Madison student’s primary vote

Dylan Witte can count on one hand the number of times they've brought up politics to their parents. In fact, it was only once, in fourth grade, when they were learning about then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. 

Their father's response was, "Excuse me, what?"

Witte — a nonbinary, queer-identifying UW-Madison junior (who uses they/them pronouns) — thought that was a normal reply. That is until they came to study in the state's politically diverse capital.

Madison Commons Media Digest, April 12, 2020

The Digest continues its summary of essential coronavirus news.  Editorial note: in general, we will drop multiple references to coronavirus, COVID-19, or pandemic from headlines.  Ongoing sources for information have been moved to end. Headlines

Madison, Dane County look to challenging budgets as coronavirus wreaks economic toll, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, April 12. COVID-19 testing capacity growing in Wisconsin, but some patients still can't get tested, David Walberg and Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, April 11.

Spirit of Mother Fool’s carries on amid quarantine

The coronavirus pandemic is hitting small entrepreneurs like Rearick particularly hard. Uncertainties regarding how to continue supporting staff with quarantine periods continuously being extended make these scary times to operate a small business. 

Luckily for Rearick, she has a side gig that is more important than ever as the pandemic upends our economy and labor systems. 

The Bus Stops Here: Public Transit and Dane County Board Elections

In the Spring of even-numbered years, Dane County elects Supervisors for two years. All 37 of them. Does that matter for public transportation? Not so far, but things could and should change. Almost half the seats on the County Board will be occupied by someone new.

School Board Candidate Christina Gomez Schmidt: police in schools can de-esclate conflict

When it comes to one hot-button issue in the Madison School Board race, Christina Gomez Schmidt is in favor of maintaining the status quo.

“I support the SRO’s in our schools,” Gomez Schmidt said, referring to school resource officers, the Madison police officers whose contract has been controversial over the past several years. “I see their role as to build relationships with students and staff so that they can de-escalate conflict.”

River Food Pantry soldiers on with curbside lunch, mobile delivery

When the River Food Pantry’s MUNCH program was initially threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, a staff cook took it upon himself to not only continue serving the typical nine neighborhoods on Madison’s north side, but also to depart from the typical PB&J or turkey sandwich option.