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2045, 15 May 20

Local Governments Rescind Unconstitutional Orders

Some sense is prevailing outside of Milwaukee and Madison.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some local health officials in Wisconsin rescinded their stay-at-home orders Friday after attorneys warned they could be vulnerable to legal challenges after the state Supreme Court wiped out Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide order.

But the Wisconsin Counties Association said after Wednesday’s ruling that it was unclear whether whether local orders mimicking the statewide mandate would stand up in court. By Friday, health officials in Kenosha, Brown, Manitowoc and Outagamie counties had dropped orders, as did the cities of Cudahy and Appleton. State Department of Health Secretary

“While the WCA and outside legal counsel did not opine that counties were outright prohibited from taking such actions, they did indicate that overall, the legal basis to do so is likely weak,” Brown County’s attorney, David Hemery, said in a letter Friday to the county’s health officer, Anna Destree.

Wisconsin’s largest and most liberal counties, Milwaukee and Dane, home to about 1.5 million of the state’s 6 million residents, left their orders in place.


2045, 15 May 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann


    While I like idea of liberals in Madison and Milwaukee being locked down….maybe with a wall. Someone will have to pay for their lazy vacation eventually. It will be us slaves in the burbs.

    I suggest just throwing Madison and Milwaukee out of the state.

  2. Mar

    Kevin, you think the GOP will vote for tax increases in an election year?
    I would hope not.
    Dane and Milwaukee counties decided to close down again. Let them deal with their lost tax revenue.

  3. Le Roi du Nord

    That would be an interesting paper exercise, removing the economic benefits of Dane and Milwaukee counties from the rest of WI. We could be Mississippi. But with more snow.

  4. Mar

    “We could be Mississippi. But with more snow.”
    Wow, you just coming up with more and more ignorant statements, Le Roi.
    If Milwaukee and Dane counties were to fall off the face of the Earth, Wisconsin would still survive and even thrive.

  5. Mar

    I am out in the Los Angeles and Orange Counties right now and I spoke to a 2nd grade teacher from Long Beach. They are doing online learning.
    The school district gave everyone free Chromebooks, tried to secure internet access but also told the students and their families were hotspots are.
    She has lost half of her class, they don’t go online, they don’t turn in homework, they just gave up.
    I am confident this is just not just a 1 time thing. This is happening all over the country. We are going to lose a year of education for so many students.
    If they don’t open up the schools in the Fall, we are going to lose hundreds of thousands, if not millions of kids due to the lack of education. That will have huge consequences.

  6. Randall Flagg

    Mar:  I agree we are going to lose a year of education for so many students.  However I would say the main reason is parents are not making them do it.  I know my parents would have made darn sure I did the work.

    And I know a lot of parents who are making sure the kids do their school work, are teaching them themselves, while working as well.

    Or am I being mean holding parents accountable?


  7. Mar

    Yes, parents need to be held accountable but they are also not teachers, and that was thrust upon them with no notice.
    But in the past, parents had to get the kids up in the morning, send them to school and then welcome them home and help with their homework.
    Now,the kids are home 7 days a week, going on for about 3 months now. Besides being a parent, they also have to become a teacher as well. Parents get burned out or they have to go to work.

  8. Randall Flagg

    Oh I agree it’s not easy Mar. But being an effective parent never has been.

  9. Le Roi du Nord

    No mar, WI has more snow on an annual basis than MS.  A self-proclaimed highly educated guy like you should know that, and that Milwaukee and Dane Counties account for a large share of the economic activity in WI.

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