September’s Op-Ed on Election Integrity. It will appear in the Shawano Leader on Friday, Sept. 18th.
The cornerstone of a democracy is the people’s right to elect their leaders. It is vital that our elections are safe and secure.
Today the majority of people in our country get their news from social media, primarily Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They are exposed to a daily dose of hoaxes, rumors, conspiracy theories and misleading news. When it’s all mixed in with reliable information from honest sources, the truth can be very hard to discern.
Facebook has echo chambers where a person only encounters information or opinions that reflect and reinforce their “own opinions”. Facebook is a private company controls the content you see according to algorithms and commercial interests. When a single company which controls the news content for the majority of the population, the possibility of abuse is rampant.
We have yard signs for Joe Biden, Amanda Stuck, Richard Sarnwick (6th Assembly District), Ed Vocke (12th State Senate) and Aaron Damrau (Independent candidate for District Attorney). We are open if you see the “Democratic Party of Shawano County” sign outside the office.
Racine’s Latino county supervisor calls on Vos to resign. Community demands apology.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, blamed immigrants for the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in Racine County in racist and false comments made during a May 14 call with Gov. Tony Evers.
“Frankly, I know the reason, at least in my region, is because of a large immigrant population, where, you know, it’s just a difference in culture where people are living much closer and working much closer,” Vos told Evers as he argued against a statewide response to the pandemic.
Tiffany is co-sponsoring the “Reopen Our Schools Act” with Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks. The bill would require schools to reopen with all their normal operating procedures by Sept. 8. Schools that remain closed or that move forward with virtual learning instead of in-person classes would be denied federal funding for the 2020-21 school year.
Wisconsin became a national laughingstock when some knuckleheads bellied up to the bar after the Supreme Court struck down the state’s “safer at home” order.
The real embarrassment was the court ruling itself. State law in Wisconsin grants broad authority to the governor’s state health secretary to “close schools and forbid public gatherings in schools, churches and other places to control outbreaks and epidemics” and “authorize and implement all emergency measures necessary to control communicable diseases.”