Rob Mentzer

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State Launching Vaccine Appointment Website

State Launching Vaccine Appointment Website

It launches in February. Anyone can sign up, those ineligible will go on wait list.

Bucks VP Alex Lasry Gets Vaccinated by “Pure Happenstance”

Bucks VP Alex Lasry Gets Vaccinated by “Pure Happenstance”

Lasry offered vaccine by wife's uncle when doses were close to expiring.

Wisconsin Delegation Votes Party Line on Impeachment

Wisconsin Delegation Votes Party Line on Impeachment

Republicans voted against impeachment, Democrats for it.

Gallagher Assails GOP Push to Nullify Election

Gallagher Assails GOP Push to Nullify Election

Wisconsin congressman calls it a 'dangerous idea' that would 'destroy the idea of American government.'

Wisconsin-Made App Helps You Recycle

Wisconsin-Made App Helps You Recycle

Smartphone app makes it easy to buy products that are recycled, and improve compositing.

State’s Outdoor Recreation a $7.8 Billion Industry

State’s Outdoor Recreation a $7.8 Billion Industry

State officials want to capitalize on pandemic-driven increases in outdoor recreation.

Johnson, Tiffany Join Trump’s Effort to Overturn Election

Johnson, Tiffany Join Trump’s Effort to Overturn Election

Rep. Tom Tiffany signs onto Texas lawsuit and Sen. Ron Johnson calls hearing on election "irregularities."

Wausau Hospital Sends COVID-19 Patients Home, Saving Space for Critically Ill

Wausau Hospital Sends COVID-19 Patients Home, Saving Space for Critically Ill

Aspirus Wausau is sending COVID-19 patients home to make room for sicker patients.

Trump Lawsuit Against TV Station Dismissed

Trump Lawsuit Against TV Station Dismissed

Campaign’s claim of defamation for ad run by Rhinelander TV station dismissed by federal court.

Biden Lead in State Helped by Key Counties

Biden Lead in State Helped by Key Counties

Biden wins 77% of Dane County; Trump margin in Ozaukee, Waukesha counties lower than in 2016.

Hospitalized or Quarantined Can Still Vote

Hospitalized or Quarantined Can Still Vote

Options include finding someone to deliver your ballot or using curbside voting.

Some Wisconsin Hospitals Close to Full Capacity

Some Wisconsin Hospitals Close to Full Capacity

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are at an all-time high across the state.

Could Hmong Voters Decide State Election?

Could Hmong Voters Decide State Election?

They’re the largest Asian American group in Wisconsin, with varied views.

“Think I’m Doing This for My Health?”

“Think I’m Doing This for My Health?”

Trump comes to Janesville. "We win Wisconsin, we win the whole ballgame."

Trump Will Rally In Janesville

Trump Will Rally In Janesville

Airport rally tonight in county where COVID-19 cases up 48% in last week.

Michigan Militia Has Ties to Wisconsin

Michigan Militia Has Ties to Wisconsin

Trained in Cambria and connected to Three Percenters group with Wisconsin members.

Trump Announces $13 Billion Farm Aid

Trump Announces $13 Billion Farm Aid

The president announced the new relief during rally in Wisconsin.

Jill Biden Hears From Moms in Green Bay

Jill Biden Hears From Moms in Green Bay

Virtual event focuses on challenges of virtual schooling.

Jacob Blake Speaks from Hospital Bed

Jacob Blake Speaks from Hospital Bed

“Nothing but pain,” but “stick together… Change your lives out there."

Activist Arrested in Kenosha Joins Curfew Lawsuit

Activist Arrested in Kenosha Joins Curfew Lawsuit

Lawsuit argues that curfew was only enforced against those protesting police brutality.

MU Poll Shows Biden Still Leads Trump

MU Poll Shows Biden Still Leads Trump

Up by 5 points in new poll. Two other polls showed similar lead.

Mask Violation Reporting Form Stirs Debate

Mask Violation Reporting Form Stirs Debate

State mask mandate not enforced by police, but some counties allow people to report on those violating it.

Most Rural Schools Plan In-Person Classes

Most Rural Schools Plan In-Person Classes

Many Districts Plan For Some Virtual School, Especially For Older Students

Pandemic May Decimate State Aid to Local Governments

Pandemic May Decimate State Aid to Local Governments

New report shows the state may have to cut revenue sent to local governments.

Pence Attacks Biden During Wisconsin Visit

Pence Attacks Biden During Wisconsin Visit

Biden campaign called it damage control for Trump's "historic failure of leadership."

Johnson Opposes More Economic Stimulus Funding

Johnson Opposes More Economic Stimulus Funding

Won’t back “even a dime more” until issues with past funding fixed, Republican Senator says.

Wisconsin To Have Nation’s COVID-19 Testing Center

Wisconsin To Have Nation’s COVID-19 Testing Center

Marshfield Clinic wins $22.5 million grant to do testing for multiple studies on virus by CDC.

State Sees Decline in Contested Local Elections

State Sees Decline in Contested Local Elections

Report also finds trends toward lower voter turnout and civic engagement.

61% of State Residents Support Protests

61% of State Residents Support Protests

And Biden now leads Trump by 8% in state, latest Marquette poll finds.

State’s DACA Recipients Vow to ‘Push On’

State’s DACA Recipients Vow to ‘Push On’

Saved by Supreme Court decision, some say they will fight for more immigration reform.

Wisconsin Police Union Supports Reforms

Wisconsin Police Union Supports Reforms

State’s largest police union supports chokehold ban, “bad cop” registry.

FPC Commissioner Blasts Tear Gas Use

FPC Commissioner Blasts Tear Gas Use

Police Chief Alfonso Morales says "the media" makes it seem like they used it more than they did.

Small Town Protests See ‘Thrilling’ Response

Small Town Protests See ‘Thrilling’ Response

"Everyone's coming together" at protests in Wausau, Sturgeon Bay and across the state.

Special Election Will Have In-Person Voting

Special Election Will Have In-Person Voting

Tuesday’s 7th District election in Northern Wisconsin will use many safety measures.

Wisconsin GOP Leaders Make No Election Changes in Special Session

Wisconsin GOP Leaders Make No Election Changes in Special Session

And appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to block absentee balloting extension.

State Unemployment System Overwhelmed

State Unemployment System Overwhelmed

Callers can’t get through, 1.5 million calls last week to Department of Workforce Development.

State’s Election Clerks Prepare for COVID-19

State’s Election Clerks Prepare for COVID-19

Officials plan for worker shortages, potential polling place closures.

Wisconsin Ginseng Festival Cancelled

Wisconsin Ginseng Festival Cancelled

Coronavirus cited for cancelling Wausau event that attracts 2,000 international visitors.

Hmong Leaders Rally Against Deportation

Hmong Leaders Rally Against Deportation

Efforts by Trump administration to deport Hmongs to Laos condemned at rally in Wausau.

Two Bald Eagles Illegally Shot, Killed

Two Bald Eagles Illegally Shot, Killed

Federally protected species, but two slain in rural Wisconsin, investigation ongoing.

State’s Maple Syrup Industry At Risk

State’s Maple Syrup Industry At Risk

Climate change will cause loss of sugar maple trees, hurting $7 million syrup industry.

State’s Hmong Leaders Fear Deportation Plan

State’s Hmong Leaders Fear Deportation Plan

Trump Administration reportedly negotiating with Laos to allow deportations.

Confirmed Coronavirus Case in Wisconsin

Confirmed Coronavirus Case in Wisconsin

Wisconsin resident recently traveled to China, becomes 12th case in US.

Irrelevant If Trump Broke Law, Johnson Says

Irrelevant If Trump Broke Law, Johnson Says

Wisconsin’s Republican Senator is voting against impeachment of president.

Evers Assigns “Homework” to Legislators

Evers Assigns “Homework” to Legislators

Urges a legislative session long enough to pass bipartisan bills on water quality, homelessness, other issues.

Milwaukee Legislators Target Racial Inequality

Milwaukee Legislators Target Racial Inequality

'Disrupting Disparities’ proposals by African American lawmakers include criminal justice reforms.

Wausau May Legalize Snowball Fights

Wausau May Legalize Snowball Fights

National media mockery nudges city to end 58-year-old ordinance that bans throwing snowballs.

Which Republican Is More Trumpian?

Which Republican Is More Trumpian?

GOP candidates for state's 7th congressional district spar over who’s more like Trump.

Shootings by Police Up in 2019. Why?

Shootings by Police Up in 2019. Why?

16 fatal shootings by cops in Wisconsin. Experts point to key causes.

Grothman Backs Bill on Payday Lenders

Grothman Backs Bill on Payday Lenders

Wisconsin congressman says lenders' business model based on ‘ripping off’ customers.

‘Fair Maps’ Groups to Train Activists

‘Fair Maps’ Groups to Train Activists

Anti-gerrymandering summit will be held Saturday in central Wisconsin.

Polluted Wells Issue is Urgent, Legislator Says

Polluted Wells Issue is Urgent, Legislator Says

Rep. Shankland, member of Water Quality Task Force, says state funding needed to help families.

7th Congressional Special Election’s Dates Set

7th Congressional Special Election’s Dates Set

Evers sets February 18 primary, May 12 general election for district Sean Duffy has vacated.

18 School Boards Support Ending the Use of Native American Mascots

18 School Boards Support Ending the Use of Native American Mascots

Around 30 Wisconsin districts use Native American imagery, mascots or nicknames.

An Upcoming Battle in Trump Country

An Upcoming Battle in Trump Country

Duffy’s resignation in state’s northern congressional district gives Democrats hopes they can win it.

State’s Smaller Cities Embrace Bike Share

State’s Smaller Cities Embrace Bike Share

Wisconsin Rapids leads the way. City of 18,000 has logged 1,000 rides.

Lack of Freight Trains Damaging Roads?

Lack of Freight Trains Damaging Roads?

More freight trains could remove 350,000 trucks from northern Wisconsin roads, analysis finds.

Parties Eye Candidates For Duffy’s Seat

Parties Eye Candidates For Duffy’s Seat

Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany and Democratic Rep. Nick Milroy consider run for Congress.

Blackwell Gives At Risk Youth A Better Future

Blackwell Gives At Risk Youth A Better Future

Blackwell was thrust into a political battle when Trump administration announced closure

Baldwin’s Bill Would Save Job Corps Centers

Baldwin’s Bill Would Save Job Corps Centers

Trump Administration wants to close or privatize 120 job training centers for disadvantaged youth.

State Lagged Nation in Income Growth

State Lagged Nation in Income Growth

Report ranks Wisconsin 33rd in average growth in personal incomes since Great Recession.