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Blue Ribbon Commission to Support Rural Prosperity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 08 June 2020 16:16

oconto-county-peoplePanel will hold listening sessions, make recommendations on rural resilience.


MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers today named leaders from around the state to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity. The governor announced the commission during his State of the State speech in January. The commission will be tasked with developing long-term strategies on how Wisconsin can best support the needs of rural Wisconsinites and rural communities.

tony-evers-cap“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Wisconsin’s rural communities were facing challenges to their very survival,” Gov. Evers said. “It is more important than ever to listen to the concerns of our rural residents and support them in finding solutions.”

The commission members include:

  • Bob Atwell, President & CEO, Nicolet National Bank, Green Bay
  • Thelma Heidel Baker, Owner Bossie Cow Farm, Random Lake
  • Brittany Beyer, Executive Director, Grow North, Rhinelander
  • Pamela Boivin, Executive Director and Loan Officer, NiiJii Capital Partners, Inc. (NiiCaP), Keshena
  • David Falk, General Manager, ND Paper, Biron
  • Tom Landgraf, Principal, Dimension Development, LLC, Madison
  • Rachel Sauvola, Agriscience Teacher, New Richmond High School, New Richmond
  • Lauren Thompson, Co-President, Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council, Woodville
  • Gina Tomlinson, CEO, Cochrane Co-op Telephone Company, Cochrane
  • Susan Townsley, Clinical Social Worker, Stonehouse Counseling, Viroqua
  • Jeff Tucker, Vice President of Business Development & Care Innovation, Marshfield Clinic, Eau Claire
  • Cheu Vang, Owner, Vang C&C Farms, Jefferson


The commission is expected to hold listening sessions around the state later this summer on the impact of COVID-19 on rural communities and businesses, as well as the challenges and opportunities the pandemic has created. The commission’s recommendations will help to form the biennial state budget, which Gov. Evers will introduce early next year.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will provide logistical and administrative support to the commission. In his State of the State address this year, Gov. Evers directed WEDC to create the Office of Rural Prosperity, and the organization recently named Kelliann Blazek as the first director of the office.

“WEDC is committed to helping rural communities and businesses in our state build long-term resilience,” said WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. “By exploring new economic opportunities and improving the quality of life we can help rural communities weather the current conditions and emerge stronger for future generations.”

More information about the commission, its activities, and the Office of Rural Prosperity is available at wedc.org/rural-prosperity.

 
City of Green Bay Ends Curfew PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Green Bay Mayor's Office Press   
Monday, 08 June 2020 09:51

george-floyd-protest-mdsnProtests are peaceful and curfew unneeded.

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Gov. Evers Appoints Kori Ashley as Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 05 June 2020 19:47

kori-ashley-wisbarCimple vacancy filled by dynamic judge who pushes for real change.


MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers announced today his appointment of Kori Ashley as Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge. The appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Dennis R. Cimple, effective September 11, 2020.

tony-evers“Kori Ashley will be a dynamic judge who pushes for real change,” said Gov. Evers. “We know that the criminal justice system is broken, and that it has an overwhelming disproportionate impact on people of color. As an attorney, Ashley has worked tirelessly to correct this. Now she’ll do so on the bench.”

Ashley is currently an attorney with Legal Action Wisconsin, where she helps clients with conviction records gain employment. Ashley successfully prevailed before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in a case requiring the State’s Crime Information Bureau to remove from background reports arrests that do not result in a charge or conviction. These reports are frequently used by landlords and employers. Her work in securing the decision will benefit thousands of Wisconsinites.

“I applaud Governor Evers for his appointment of attorney Kori Ashley to the Milwaukee Circuit Court. Kori is a passionate professional who has used her voice to help others find their own,” said Judge Maxine White. “The hallmark of her career has been to work tirelessly to provide access to justice to those who would otherwise be foreclosed due to their race, economic status or personal circumstance. There are many of us who attribute our success to persons like Kori who unselfishly extend their talents to empower and support others. She will be an excellent judge.”

Ashley earned her undergraduate degree from DePaul University and her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She was in private practice for four years before joining Legal Action of Wisconsin in 2016. Ashley is highly involved in the community, including serving as the chair of the State Bar Board of Governors, a coach for the Golda Meir High School Mock Trial Team, and a member of the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers.

 
Jacob Frost Added as Dane County Circuit Court Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 05 June 2020 10:11

jacob-frostMadison attorney will bring a much needed perspective to the bench, as an individual with a physical disability and an advocate for folks with disabilities.


MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers announced today his appointment of Jacob Frost as Dane County Circuit Court judge. The appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard Niess.

tony-evers-cap“Frost is an excellent attorney and I am confident he will serve Dane County well as a fair and impartial judge,” said Gov. Evers. “He will also bring a unique and much needed perspective to the bench, as an individual with a physical disability and an advocate for folks with disabilities, on how we can work to ensure our courts are accessible and just for all.”

Frost is currently a partner at Boardman & Clark LLP in Madison, where he specializes in civil litigation and family law. He is a member of the firm’s ethics committee. Frost is also the treasurer of the Dane County Bar Association. He previously served as board president of Access to Independence, a nonprofit organization which provides resources, services, and advocacy for people with any type of disability.

“I heartily welcome Jacob Frost to the Dane County Circuit Court,” said Judge Niess. “Frost has appeared repeatedly in Branch 9 over the years on civil and family cases. He is always prepared, efficient, cheerful, helpful, prompt, and respectful to all. His work is thorough, his arguments on point, his command of the applicable law evident, and his demeanor unfailingly pleasant. He will be an asset to the judiciary.”

“I want to thank Governor Evers for his leadership and for providing me the opportunity to serve the great people of Dane County,” said Frost. “I look forward to working with my fellow judges and most importantly with the people of Dane County to ensure that our courts remain fair and impartial, as well as to improve access to the courts for all, regardless of means or background.”

Frost earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

 
Initial jobless claims drop to 1.9 million PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 04 June 2020 17:00

unemployment-wi-wkowEconomy has begun to improve as the government pumped in trillions of dollars and states have moved to lift some virus-related restrictions.


WASHINGTON, DC - Initial unemployment claims for the last week of May fell to 1.9 million, extending one of the worst unemployment crises in the nation's history.

The figure, while staggering, represented a continued downward trend in weekly claims from an April peak of 6.9 million, giving some economists hope that the worst part of the coronavirus-sparked crisis is in the rearview mirror.

Read the developing report here

 
Obama calls for police reforms, doesn't address Trump PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 04 June 2020 16:40

obama-speaks-6.3.20The town hall event is the first time Obama has made public remarks about the protests that have swept the nation in response to the death of George Floyd.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 June 2020 10:07
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Mario White is New Dane County Circuit Court Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 04 June 2020 11:02

mario-whiteWhite is humbled and honored to be appointed to the Dane County bench by Governor Evers. Says the need for a compassionate, impartial, and independent judiciary has never been greater.


MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers announced today his appointment of Mario White as Dane County Circuit Court judge. The appointment fills a vacancy created by Judge William Hanrahan’s resignation.

tony-evers“As the last week has shown, we need top-to-bottom change in our criminal justice system to address its systemic racism,” said Gov. Evers. “One of the ways we can do this is ensuring we have judges who understand and reflect the communities they serve. As a former teacher and highly accomplished public defender, Mario White will do just that.”

White is currently a Dane County Court Commissioner, where he handles family, criminal, and other proceedings. Between 2008 and 2018, White was an assistant state public defender, representing individuals accused of crimes in Dane County. White also is an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he teaches courses on trial advocacy and coaches mock trial.

“Mario White is a superb addition to the Dane County judiciary. White understands the role of a judge and understands the need for all who come before the court to be heard. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and integrity to the bench. We are confident that he will ensure justice for all,” said Judges Rhonda L. Lanford and Ellen K. Berz.

“I am humbled and honored to be appointed to the Dane County bench by Governor Evers. The need for a compassionate, impartial, and independent judiciary has never been greater. I look forward to bringing my perspective and experiences to the bench to ensure equal justice for all,” said White.

White graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2008. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Oklahoma State University. Prior to law school, White was a high school math teacher for three years in Dallas, Texas.

 
Gov. Evers: We Must Confront Society's Comfort with Racism PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 12:34

tony-evers-address-6.2We need systemic change to address the racism in our state and our country. We must be willing to face it, with clear eyes and open hearts, says the Governor.

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Gov. Evers Announces Three Appointments to the UW Board of Regents PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 02 June 2020 10:27

uw-mdsn-bascom-hillLawyer, student, and businessman replace three former appointees whose terms expired on May 1 of this year.


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday three new appointments to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. The governor has appointed Amy Bogost, Corey Saffold, and Kyle Weatherly. These appointments are effective immediately and replace three former appointees whose terms expired on May 1 of this year. 

tony_evers“Just like the rest of our state, the UW System is facing some unprecedented challenges as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and it's financial and academic impacts on our campuses,” said Gov. Evers. “I am confident in these three regents and their ability to tackle the challenges ahead of us and ensure the continued success of not only the System, but of the Wisconsin Idea.”

amy-bogostRegent Bogost received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin— Madison before continuing on to earn her law degree. Bogost has most recently focused her practice on ensuring justice for survivors of sexual violence, establishing trainings for attorneys to help aid survivors of sexual assault on campuses and has worked with high schools, colleges, and tribal colleges on the implementation of Title IX procedures.

corey-saffoldRegent Saffold is one of two UW System students on the Board of Regents, serving as the non-traditional student representation. In addition to attending the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater, where he studies Criminology, Saffold serves as a Security Coordinator in the Verona Area School District.

kyle-weatherlyRegent Weatherly is the CEO and Co-Founder of Frontdesk, one of the largest and fastest-growing home-sharing companies in the United States, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin— Madison where he received his MPA in Public Management.

 
Randy Romanski Appointed as DATCP Secretary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 02 June 2020 10:11

randy-romanski-wifarmerMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers appointed Randy Romanski on Monday to serve as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Romanski has served as Interim Secretary of the agency since November 2019.

tony-evers-cap“Wisconsin’s agricultural community has dealt with challenges for years, from low prices to trade wars to a global pandemic,” Gov. Evers said. “Randy has done an outstanding job leading DATCP through these challenging times, and I believe he’ll continue to do great work as secretary.”

Across his 30-year career in public service, Romanski has held leadership roles across various Wisconsin state agencies. He previously served as both the deputy secretary and secretary at DATCP under former Gov. Jim Doyle.

“I appreciate Governor Evers’ confidence and trust in me,” added Romanski. “I have been honored to work with the team at DATCP to serve the citizens of the state.  I look forward to continuing that work as we serve as a resource to Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture and consumer communities.”

Gov. Evers' letter appointing interim Secretary Romanski can be found here.

 
National Guard to Support Local Law Enforcement in Madison PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 01 June 2020 05:09

george-floyd-protest-mdsnFew bad actors commit acts of vandalism and violence that put people at risk in Wisconsin capitol protests.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2020 15:31
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