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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“There’s no secret plan out there.”
Governor Evers saying he has no plans to mandate all Wisconsin schools go virtual. The governor said he believes any decision on how a school should reopen should be made at the local level, as every region is seeing a different prevalence of the virus, and every district varies in enrollment.
“I appreciate the governor’s statements that support in-person instruction, but actions speak louder than words. Earlier this spring, the governor flip-flopped on whether to issue a stay-at-home order. He flip-flopped on whether to move the April 7th Election. I’m fearful that he will cave to pressures from liberal groups and backtrack once again.
“The fight isn’t over yet, and legislators will remain vigilant. I would urge citizens of Wisconsin who support in-person instruction to keep the pressure on the governor.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)
“I intend to keep this up until I am vaccinated and the viral curve is flattened. Wearing a face mask is the responsible thing to do.”
Deb Wahlers of Milwaukee County on the statewide mask mandate ordered by Gov. Evers
“I’m in support of the masks if it’s going to make the virus dissipate. I’m tired of being locked up, I want to go out.”
Tosha Womack of Menomonee Falls
“I personally wear it every time I leave the house, just to be on the safe side.”
Terri Hundhausen of Cudahy
“You’re late! (Wisconsin) should have figured out that if (the virus) is happening all over the world, it would happen here too!”
Steve Schmidly of Buffalo Grove, Illinois
“If we can do one thing to save one life we should be doing it.”
Jennifer Wagner of Kenosha
“I’m 79, you know, I don’t like to be ordered around. We live in the United States and we’re not used to being ordered around. I liked it better when I went into the library and they said nicely, ‘We would really appreciate it if you put on the mask’ and I put it on. I think people are going to get sick from wearing the masks. I think it’s all political. I would like to see Scott Walker back in office. I think he would be handling this much better.”
Bonnie Johnson of Waukesha County
“All these mandates” are making America “more like a communist country. “I think it should be free will. I’m kind of concerned right now, the way it’s going with all the mandates. I know it’s for a good cause, but I think it will cause people to rebel.”
Judy Panyk of Mount Pleasant
“I understand why people like it but personally I don’t like masks because I have a hard time breathing and it’s hard to talk to people on the phone with them on.”
Tina Lopez of Kenosha
“I think he (Gov. Evers) should’ve thought it through more carefully. “Hopefully the supreme court will slap him down again and he’ll figure out how many times am I going to get smacked in the face before I realize this hurts.”
Andy Meitzner of Wausau
“It should be taken seriously, but we don’t need to have our freedoms infringed because of it.”
Cynthia Raatz of Thiensville
“The Adams County Sheriff’s Office will not be investigating violations of the Governor’s Emergency Order requiring ‘face coverings’. We do not have resources to investigate this type of complaint. There are numerous legitimate exemptions to the requirement of wearing a face covering.”
The Adams County Sheriff’s Department
“Please be advised that the Brown County Sheriff’s Office will not be responding to complaints of individuals violating the Governor’s mandate, nor will it be taking any direct law enforcement action as it relates to the Governor’s face covering mandate.”
Brown County Sheriff’s department
“The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office will not be enforcing the Governor’s order that mandates the wearing of masks starting August 1, 2020 nor will we be responding to complaints about mask violations. Aside from a belief that this order is in violation of the Constitution which all deputies of Oneida County have sworn an oath to uphold, the Governor’s order outlines numerous reasons why a person may be exempt from wearing a mask. Several of these reasons have to do with medical and mental health conditions. It is not the place of law enforcement to question citizens about their medical or mental health thus we will not be enforcing the mask mandate.”
Oneida County Sheriff’s Department
“Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released an order for mandatory masks in public. There hasn’t been any ‘mask law’ passed through our state legislature. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office will not participate in any enforcement in regards to the wearing of masks. We believe it is government overreach and unconstitutional on many levels.”
Washburn County Sheriff’s Department
“If cities like New York fail to offer decent in-person schooling options for the next year, many middle- and upper-middle-class families will go elsewhere—and once they enroll their children in suburban schools, it’s unlikely they’ll return.
“The biggest risk would come from school closures lasting longer than a year. It may take two years, or longer, before America is completely safe from Covid-19. Each crisis, though, tends to ratchet up standards for safety. Keep-the-schools-closed advocates claim that we can’t open until it’s safe. What “safe” means varies. Some teachers demand better hygiene, testing, and smaller classes. Others say that schools can’t open until we have an effective vaccine. But a typical flu season kills more children than Covid-19 has so far. By current standards of safety, school closures will become the norm.”
Allison Schrager is a senor fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
“No, I haven’t taken a test? Why the hell would I take a test? That’s like saying … before you got on this program, you’re taking a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?”
Joe Biden is pushing back at Republican assertions that he should take a cognitive test to disprove President Donald Trump’s claim that the Democrat isn’t fit for the Oval Office. Biden grew testy when CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett asked the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee about the matter in an interview.
“What you all know, but most people don’t know. Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things. You go to Florida you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona. So it’s a very different, a very diverse community.”
Joe Biden drew criticism on Thursday when he compared the diversity of African American and Latino communities at a pretaped virtual talk with the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists
“It’s an erasure of Black immigrants, it’s a conflation of the Black experience, it’s ignorant. Biden is not doing himself any favors and the people that are captive Democratic voters, who have no other option but to vote for the Democrat or stay home, aren’t enthusiastic about him.”
Nadia Brown, a professor of political science at Purdue University and author of “Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making”
“To many Americans — especially baby boomers themselves — this news may come as a shock. For them, the term “millennial” has been associated with a youthful, often negative, vibe in terms of habits, ideology, and politics. Now, the oldest millennial is 39, and with their numbers exceeding those of baby boomers, the millennial generation is poised to take over influential roles in business and government.”
William Frey, a senior fellow at Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program
“A few months ago, on an ordinary day in an unremarkable Costco parking lot, I was nearly squashed by an unusually large pickup. Thank God I was wearing a mask.
“As that chrome grille closed on me like a man-eating Norelco shaver, time slowed. It seemed I was watching myself from afar, being nimble for a man my age, darting from the path of a towering, limousine-black pickup with temporary plates, whose driver barely checked his pace. Jerk.
“What the hell was that thing? A 2020 GMC Sierra HD Denali? It was huge! The domed hood was at forehead level. The paramedics would have had to extract me from the grille with a spray hose.”
Dan Neil, auto columnist at the Wall Street Journal
“The learned elites are capable of looking at the most mundane characteristics of society and sneering. In a display of abject elitism, writer Dan Neil has managed to take an isolated personal experience and elevate his near-trauma to a need for bans on the venal vehicles.
“What we have here is the familiar practice of leftist elites who encounter an inconvenience in their personal life and immediately conjure up a way for the government to remedy their discomfort.”
Columnist Brad Slager reacting to Dan Neil and Neil’s call for mandatory safety measures on pickup trucks
“We are not trying to alienate our fan base, and think it is important to support our players. I am very proud of our players and support their right to peacefully protest as they try to bring about meaningful change in our society. When players kneel, they are not disrespecting the flag or the country, but bringing attention to systemic racism and police brutality. Black Lives Matter is not a terrorist or Marxist organization, and I know that they are trying to bring an end to racial inequality. The NFL has decided to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (commonly referred to as the Black national anthem) as part of the broadcasts for all games in the first weekend.”
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Biden not coming to DNC. ZZZZZZZZ
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK