A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
This teacher, and many more just like him
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ refusal to push for a delay of his state’s Tuesday primary has infuriated fellow Democrats in the state, who are now openly accusing him of failing to prevent an impending train wreck”
POLITICO reporting on Thursday
“There’s this enormous conflict between what we need to do in a democracy in the midst of a pandemic. You can’t have a stay-at-home order but then tell millions of people to go stand in line and congregate near one another across the state. Having an election in the middle of a stay-at-home order makes no sense. It did not have to be this way.”
Racine Mayor Cory Mason
“Our democracy is essential, it must go on. Keeping people safe is the governor’s top priority but we want people to participate in this election. We want as many people as possible to vote from home. We hope the Legislature would work with the governor to extend the time for [ballots] to be counted and to be received. It’s not going to happen (halting the election). He doesn’t want to do it and he also doesn’t have the authority to do it.”
Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff
“It’s been a cataclysmic failure. It has been disappointment after disappointment. I do not believe that he’s shown leadership or good judgment during this crisis.”
POLITICO quoting a Wisconsin-based Democratic strategist who supported Evers’ 2018 campaign
“I had a conversation with him (Evers) several weeks back, I expressed my frustrations to him. I didn’t want to file a lawsuit but said that was my intention if things were not resolved. I’ve been very upfront with him and his staff and legislators about how strongly we feel about how difficult it would be and how wrongheaded it would be to move forward with an election. But unfortunately, we have gotten no action.”
Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich
“This is a significant concern and a very unnecessary public health risk. I can’t move this election or change it on my own. My hands are tied.”
WI Gov. Tony Evers called a special legislative session for 4 p.m. Saturday to extend the election date to May 19 and convert the contest entirely to a mail-in election. His idea was rejected by GOP legislative leaders.
“Hundreds of thousands of workers are going to their jobs every day, serving in essential roles in our society. There’s no question that an election is just as important as getting take-out food. If the governor had legitimate concerns, we could have come to a bipartisan solution weeks ago.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said in a statement
“No matter what the push back is, my goal is to create more family-supporting jobs in the neighborhoods, close to where the people who need the jobs live.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett who is running for re-election
“What will he do in the next four years that he hasn’t done in the last 16? We deserve better.”
State Senator Lena Taylor who is running against Barrett
“It’s a recommendation, they recommend it. I just don’t want to wear one myself.”
President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following that advice himself, saying, “I’m choosing not to do it.”
“We dedicated 75% of my manufacturing to produce cotton face masks. I was up to 10,000 a day. By Friday I want to be up to 50,000 a day. I’m proud to manufacture our production in the United States and more proud to serve our nation in this great time of need.
“Thank you, Mr. President, for your call to action which has empowered companies like My Pillow to help our nation win this invisible war.
“Now, I wrote something off the cuff, if I can read this. God gave us grace on November 8th, 2016 to change the course we were on.
“God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation had turned its back on God. And I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word. Read our Bibles and spend time with our families.
“Our President gave us so much hope where just a few short months ago we had the best economy, the lowest unemployment and wages going up.
“It was amazing. With our great President, Vice President and this Administration, all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that is stronger and safer than ever.”
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Trump Is Right: Economic Shutdown Will Result in Deadly Health Crisis, Scientists Say
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
We’ve got to postpone that election!
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK