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1027, 23 Mar 20

Governor Evers to Suspend Civil Rights Indefinitely

Freedom of assembly? Gone.  Freedom of free exercise of religion? Gone. Freedom of movement? Gone. Perhaps elections suspended? All gone… indefinitely… by the order of a single, mediocre man: our governor, Tony Evers.

The Democratic governor made the announcement on Twitter three days after saying he did not think he would have to issue such an order but that he would do what is scientifically necessary.

He said he would formally issue the order Tuesday and it was expected to take effect within a day or so of that.

The governor did not say how long the order would last or how the state could conduct its April 7 presidential primary and election for state Supreme Court and local offices. Evers for weeks has been encouraging people to vote absentee.

The governor is calling his edict a safer-at home order rather than a shelter-in-place order, as California and New York have. Evers’ phrasing is the same as what’s been used in Ohio and is meant to get businesses to close and people to stay at home without terrifying them or making them think martial law is being imposed.

“I know this has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state,” Evers tweeted. “That’s why issuing a #SaferAtHome order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do, and it’s not something I take lightly. But here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously.”

Under the order, people will be able to go to grocery stores, doctor’s offices and pharmacies and go outside to exercise or walk a dog. But people will be required to stay at home for most other reasons and the governor noted that means “no sleepovers, no play dates and no dinner parties with friends and neighbors.”


1027, 23 March 2020


  1. Jason


  2. Le Roi du Nord

    Even scotty is smarter than to run and get beat again. But in the odd chance that he did get back in the governor’s office he would not doubt ignore the health professionals, fire the scientists, and urge us all to crowd into taverns and public venues.

  3. jjf

    Just like with the actual home seizures for Foxconn – remember those good ol’ days? – even the AR-toting crowd is all “Molon whatevs” now.  They’re more worried about whether Kwik Trip will close down even more.

    Go on, Owen!  Lock and load!  Fight the tyranny!  Lead the charge!  Where will you attack first?

  4. Mar

    Ah, typical Pathological Liar Le Roi, misstating the facts.
    He will be closing factories like Harley Davidson. He will be closing businesses in areas where there are no cases of the virus. And the scientists told him to closes places like Amish woodworking factories? What about the restaurants in Merrill Wisconsin that have no cases nearby. The scientists said that?
    But Le Roi does love dictators but even most dictators don’t do this except under martial law.
    Welcome to martial law. You get who elected you.

  5. Mar

    Is there a way the legislature can remove Evers? Obviously recalling g him is not a possibility because that would be illegal under martial law.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann

    You liberals just to contnue to show how awful you are.


  7. Jason

    But he stated its not martial law, it’s not even as strict as NY, CA, or IL.  So a recall should be good to go.

  8. Jason

    >Even scotty is smarter than to run and get beat again.

    After this is over, you and I will both get more write-ins than Evers will get actual votes (if he can even muster up the pepper to run again).  Most likely he’s a one-and-done because he’s never had to work this hard before.

  9. Mar

    Funny how, with the exception of Ohio, all the states that have shelter in place are Democrat governors.
    The Democrats just love martial law.

  10. Owen

    The legislature can only pass laws to rescind the statutory authority that Evers is using to do this. The people can recall him, but that just triggers a recall election, which Evers could still suspend. Basically, there’s not a helluva lot we can do about within the legal framework we have enacted. We can, however, engage in civil disobedience, protest, and call our elected officials to let them know our wishes.

  11. Jason

    >Funny how, with the exception of Ohio, all the states that have shelter in place are Democrat governors.

    Michigan and and Massachusetts now too.

  12. jjf

    Owen, maybe you can convince AFP WI to conduct some kind of protest along these lines.  That would be great.  Record some robocalls, run some commercials, mail some postcards.  Signed, the WI Dems.

  13. Le Roi du Nord

    mar still hasn’t figured out the difference between opinion and fact. Both his claim and my opinion are mere speculation, based on a very unlikely event. Neither approached iota of reality.

  14. steveegg

    So I was a day off in my prediction to Evers’ response to the GOP request to not, as New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D) put it, “close the valve”.

    The only “good” news on that front is Evers can’t legally use the current declared state of emergency to extend his chokehold beyond May 10 without the Legislature extending the state of emergency.  The bad is he will simply declare a new state of emergency and reset the 60-day clock.

    As for Legislative powers to remove the governor, under Article VII, Section 1 of the state constitution, the Legislature can impeach Evers for “corrupt conduct in office, or for crimes and misdemeanors”, with the same basic rules as federal impeachments (a majority of all elected Assembly members to impeach, 2/3rds of Senators present to convict).  Unfortunately, that would give us Gov. Mandela Barnes.

    As for the possibility of Evers and Barnes trying to fully sidestep a recall of just Evers by having him resign before the petitioners can hand in their petitions, that likely would not work.  Back in 2001, then-Milwaukee County executive F. Thomas Ament (feel free to insert the “U.” in the appropriate place) tried that, and the courts ruled that the election to succeed him, and the temporary successor in the person of the county board chair, would operate under the recall rules and timeline.

  15. steveegg

    As for the coming suspension of the spring election, I have a prediction for the new date – April 6, 2021.

  16. Jason

    >Unfortunately, that would give us Gov. Mandela Barnes.

    He’s even easier to impeach, what with his over due property tax bills.

  17. steveegg

    He’s even easier to impeach, what with his over due property tax bills.

    Given defense against impeachments is strictly a partisan matter, good luck getting to 22 senators even against Spiro Barnes.

  18. Jason

    >Given defense against impeachments is strictly a partisan matter, good luck getting to 22 senators even against Spiro Barnes.


    Good point.  Maybe a Recall of Barnes is the route ;)

  19. jjf

    You have a great plan for gathering signatures, I bet!

  20. Mar

    From Fox Channel 6:”Scores of local leaders sent Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers a letter Sunday warning him that the state isn’t doing enough to protect voters from the coronavirus as the April 7 election approaches.”
    I wonder what is considered a score and where these local leaders are from?

  21. Owen

    I’m seeing that a lot… Evers referenced talking to local officials, etc. several times during his press conference today, but never said who. Give us names! Who are these experts who are shaping public policy?

  22. jjf

    People are saying.  I’ve heard it from many.  Everybody’s talking.  Trump says that all the time.  Now you want names and addresses?

    I’d guess it came from the election clerks.

  23. Le Roi du Nord


    There are 72 counties, who knows how many cities, villages, townships, school districts, etc.  Did you want him to recite every one that was contacted?  Be reasonable.

    What I do know is that our county board chair, administrator, and emergency government manager were and are in routine contact with the state.

  24. jjf

    Mar, it’s an AP wire story.  Perhaps some enterprising reporter will make a request to see the letters.  Or you could.

  25. Owen

    There are 72 counties, who knows how many cities, villages, townships, school districts, etc.  Did you want him to recite every one that was contacted?  Be reasonable.

    Is it too much to ask him to cite one? Three? Something more than “I spoke to a bunch of people and they said to do this.”? I don’t think that’s unreasonable.

  26. MjM

    Owen, they are listed in the story you linked to.  “Local Leaders” does not always mean G’vment….

    I’m part of pastors and religious leaders in Milwaukee who believe that it would be a devastating, pitiful attempt to have the election on April 7, Gregory Lewis, president of Souls to the Polls, said on a conference call with reporters. “If someone is saying we have to stay at home, how can we go out and vote?”
    He was joined by representatives from other groups that want a delay, including the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Voces de la Frontera and the Milwaukee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
    Anyone surprised?

  27. MjM

    @ EggMan…

    You bring up a very interesting question with your “new date… April 6, 2021.” prediction for the upcoming election.

    Consider this black scenario:  SC Justice Kelly’s term is up.  No election takes place because Herr nEvers calls it off under his false pretense of public safety.

    Can Herr nEvers now appoint a replacement?


  28. Owen

    There we go. Finally. It looks like they updated the story since I linked it.

  29. Merlin

    Nice to see that the silly stooge is focused on sleepovers, play dates, and dinner parties. He’s really got his fingers on the pulse of Wisconsin.

  30. dad29

    a single, mediocre man

    Mediocre is far too kind, Owen.

  31. Owen

    What can I say? I’m a softy.

  32. jjf

    MjM, those people don’t matter to you, right?

  33. steveegg

    Mar – A quick look through the initial set of signatories showed a lot of local politicians whose terms in office would likely be extended if the election were postponed.  Some of them weren’t running again, while others were.

    MjM – Depending on how Evers plays it, he’ll be making a lot of judicial appointments because I expect him to order that, unlike local officials, judges and ultimately Justice Kelly, can’t have their terms extended.

  34. Mar

    Well, our governor, who is not very popular, said it will stop April 30 or unless it is extended.
    Just wondering how he is going to enforce it, especially in rural counties.
    And the governor is a pitiful human being who will not suffer by his actions but will make many people suffer because of his stupid decision.

  35. Pat


    I’m sure you’re working overtime blasting him on blogs down there. Let me know where you post so I can read them.

  36. Pat

    And now we have Moscow Mitch blaming the impeachment for Trumps slow reaction to the virus.

    The CDC issued its first warning on Jan 8.

    Trump held campaign rallies on Jan 9, Jan 14, Jan 28, Jan 30, Feb 10, Feb 19, Feb 20, Feb 21 & Feb 28.

    He golfed on Jan 18, Jan 19, Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 7 & Mar 8.

    The first time he admitted the coronavirus might be a problem was Mar 13

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