Madison Commons Media Digest, November 22, 2020

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Trump Wisconsin recount seeks to throw out tens of thousands of votes in Democratic strongholds, Nora Eckert and Anya van Wagtendonk, Wisconsin Watch, Nov. 21; Wisconsin officials: Trump observers obstructing recount, Michael Tarm, Associated Press, Nov. 22. COVID-19

Wisconsin surpasses 350,000 all-time coronavirus cases, Stephen Cohn, Channel3000, Nov. 21; Wisconsin's positive test rate continues to fall as death toll passes 3,000, Robert Chappell, Madison365, Nov.

Madison Commons Media Digest, November 15, 2020

COVID-19

State reports 5,126 new coronavirus cases, positive test rate hits new high, Robert Chappell, Nov. 14; Dane County pushes past 21,000 cumulative cases as one new death reported, hospitalizations drop, Stephanie Díaz de León, Nov. 14, Madison365. Deaths at 2,573 as Wisconsin tops 300,000 COVID-19 cases, breaking daily record again, Scott Bauer, Associated Press, Nov. 14.

Madison Commons Media Digest, November 8, 2020

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'Relief': Downtown Madison bursts into celebration as Joe Biden wins presidency, Logan Wroge, Wisconsin State Journal, Nov. 7. The Election

Polling gets it wrong again in Wisconsin, Riley Vetterkind, WSJ, Nov. 8. 2020 Election again shows lopsided Republican legislative maps, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, Nov.

Education for children without homes is hard enough; COVID is making it worse

Access to quality education is at risk for housing-insecure children in Madison as their families face the economic blowback of COVID-19 and the end of an eviction moratorium looms. 

Governor Evers announced a $30 million CARES Act fund on Sept. 3, which directs $25 million towards the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program. The next day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a national eviction moratorium in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. However, come Dec. 31, families will be to pay their accumulated rent. If they are unable to do so, they will be evicted, putting children’s access to quality remote learning at risk.

Madison Commons Media Digest, November 1, 2020

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How and when will we know who won?, Wisconsin State Journal, Nov. 1. Politics and Voting

Turnout on UW campuses may be key in close legislative races, Brianna Reilly, Capital Times, Nov. 1. DOJ, Attorney General Josh Kaul warns against voter intimidation ahead of election day, Shanzeh Ahmad, WSJ, Oct.

Madison Commons Media Digest, October 25, 2020

COVID-19

How the federal COVID-19 formula hurt some of Wisconsin's most vulnerable college students, Kelly Meyerhofer, Wisconsin State Journal, Oct. 25. New daily Wisconsin COVID-19 cases remain above 4,000; more than 1,700 dead, Elizabeth Beyer, WSJ, Oct. 25; Positive test rate jumps to 24.6%, average daily deaths reaches 28, Robert Chappell, Madison365, Oct. 24.

It’s finally Badger Gameday! Here’s what that means for campus-area bars

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, football Saturdays usually mean large crowds, packed bars, and a football stadium full of thousands of fans. But this year will be markedly different. Courtney Degen spoke to public health authorities, neighborhood leaders & a bar owner about what Badger football looks like in the pandemic era.

‘Keep a steady flow’: Small shop owners carefully navigating the pandemic

Small business owners have seen a slow but steady flow of customers since Dane County loosened restrictions in early June in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic -- and some have been able to adapt, while others haven't.

With modified options such as operating under reduced hours, offering curbside pickups and focusing on take-out, small business owners on Monroe Street have responded to a changing economic environment making efforts to balance out public health protocols and their footing in the business.