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
“We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that we are facing a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Wisconsin. We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus. We need folks to start taking this seriously, and young people especially—please stay home as much as you are able, skip heading to the bars, and wear a mask whenever you go out. We need your help to stop the spread of this virus, and we all have to do this together.”
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a new public health emergency on Tuesday as cases grow among young people. This order mandates face coverings again and is set to expire in 60 days.
“We need to remember that most respiratory viruses see their peak activity in Wisconsin between late fall and early spring. We need to do everything we can now to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prepare for the winter. That is why we need to continue wearing masks and practicing physical distancing.”
Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin’s Chief Medical Officer and the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases
“Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has enabled the continuing illegal conduct of Governor Evers in issuing repeated emergency declarations and a failed statewide mask mandate. The Legislature has the constitutional and statutory authority to call an extraordinary session and put an end to the improper actions of the Governor.
“I fear that some Republican leaders will now hide behind a court challenge to avoid taking an up-or-down vote on rescinding the Governor’s third Covid-19 emergency declaration. A court challenge could take weeks or months to get a final decision, but citizens would still be under the dictatorial rule of an incompetent Governor.
“We can vote to rescind the emergency declaration in extraordinary session and still commence court challenges to the Governor’s abusive actions to prevent future illegal conduct.
“I am calling on Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to immediately call the Legislature back into session to pass a joint resolution ending Governor Evers’ new illegal and unnecessary emergency declaration. The Legislature is empowered to end any emergency declaration issued by a Governor through the simple passage of a joint resolution that doesn’t require the Governor’s approval.”
State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater)
“Why not listen to [RBG’s] dying wish apparently to allow the next president to make this decision?”
A reporter questioning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about his decision to move forward on the new Supreme Court vacancy
“I prefer another thing she said recently, which was she thought the number of the Supreme Court ought to be nine.”
“Our Senate majority will do exactly the same thing in 2020 that we did in 2016: Follow Senate history, follow the clear precedent in each situation, and do exactly the job we were elected to do. We are going to vote on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court this year.”
“Due to the diligence of this president and the Republican Senate, we will soon see an outstanding conservative woman — one who respects both the sanctity of life and the sanctity of our nation’s institutions — fill this court vacancy. Nothing less than the future of our nation is at stake.”
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and author of the new book “Necessary Noise: How Donald Trump Inflames the Culture War and Why This is Good News for America”
“Ginsburg was a champion of something, but it wasn’t justice for the unborn. Sure, the left’s superhero was a tireless and relentless liberal judge, but she won’t go down in history as the saint Democrats suggest, far from it… because of her pro-abortion stance, millions of unborn babies won’t have the opportunity to remember Ginsburg, who fought up until the end for the legal right for mothers to kill their unborn babies.
“What an awful legacy to leave behind, let alone carry into the hereafter.
“While I’m sorry for her family’s loss, let’s be honest; the crocodile tears flowing down leftists’ faces have little to do with Ginsburg. Democrats mourn because they are about to lose their “insurance policy,” with the Supreme Court set to return to its commonsensical roots of interpreting the law rather than legislating it.
“Oh, the agony.”
Columnist Susan Stamper Brown
“He’s a sleepy guy. He’s the lowest energy individual I’ve ever seen. So we’ll see what happens, but he’s lidding up. Maybe he’s going to be great at the debate. You know, he’s been doing it for 47 years.”
President Trump on Biden
“Did you see he did a lid this morning again? Lid. Lid. Do you know what a ‘lid’ is? A ‘lid’ is when you put out word you’re not going to be campaigning today. So he does a lid all the time.
“I’m working my ass off. I’m in Texas, I’m in Ohio–I’m in North Carolina, South Carolina. I’m in Michigan. I’m all over the place. Michigan, Wisconsin…But he puts a lid on.
“So a lid. I didn’t know what the hell a lid is. I’ve only been doing this for three and a half years, right? But a lid is, you know, you’re not going to go out today. You’re going to stay in your apartment or, let’s put it this way, in his basement. So early in the morning, he’s put a lid on. That means nothing for the day. I guess they do that for the press. The fake news goes home, and they say how great he is as a candidate.“
President Trump on Biden
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
SCOTUS nomination: we have to wait
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK