WI recount continues; electoral votes challenged; officer in fatal shootings had checkered history; Rittenhouse interview; deaths linked to packing plants grow
Of note: This week we feature our in-depth coverage of the aftermath of Wisconsin’s Nov. 3 election. Reporters Nora Eckert and Anya van Wagtendonk examine the legal arguments made by President Donald Trump’s campaign in forcing a recount in Dane and Milwaukee counties, which went heavily for President-elect Joe Biden. If successful, the effort would invalidate 170,000 in-person absentee ballots cast in the two counties. And in a separate story, van Wagtendonk explores the moves by some Trump allies in battleground states, including Wisconsin, to send Republican electors to Congress to vote for the president, even though Biden won their states’ popular votes.
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Wisconsin Watch — November 21, 2020
It may feel like 2016 all over again for some Wisconsin election officials: a presidential contender wins by about a 20,000-vote margin, there is a nearly even partisan divide and with Thanksgiving around the corner, workers are beginning a recount. But this recount differs in one key respect. President Donald Trump’s campaign is not just looking for an accurate count of votes. The primary aim is to separate out and invalidate tens of thousands of ballots in two heavily Democratic counties that it claims were cast illegally — but in accordance with long-standing practice in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Watch — November 25, 2020
When Wisconsin voters took to the polls on Nov. 3, they were not actually choosing among Joe Biden, Donald Trump and third-party candidates. Rather, they were voting for a slate of 10 partisan electors who would pledge their support for the winner of the popular vote at the Electoral College. The indirect process by which Americans elect a president has been seized upon by some Trump allies hoping to leverage unsubstantiated allegations of fraud in certain key states — including Wisconsin — to push forward a slate of electors who would support President Trump instead of President-elect Biden, who won Wisconsin by about 20,600 votes.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — November 25, 2020
Wisconsin food processing plants have been linked to more COVID-19 cases than had been previously disclosed, including four deaths associated with a Green Bay facility, government data obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows. The Green Bay plant, JBS Packerland, has been linked to at least 417 people who have tested positive, 69 more than previously reported by authorities. Four deaths, including two JBS workers, have been tied to the plant. In the same city, American Foods Group has been linked to 366 cases, more than the previously-reported 241. Smithfield Foods in Cudahy has been tied to 105, up from 86.
WPR — November 23, 2020
Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah lied about a high-speed chase and was involved in two crashes with his patrol vehicle last year, according to internal police documents obtained by Wisconsin Public Radio. Attorney Kimberley Motley, who represents the families of three people Mensah fatally shot while working as a police officer, said that’s not enough. She said she wants Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber fired.
Washington Post — November 19, 2020
A Washington Post examination of video and police records, along with other documents, sheds new light on the mindsets of two people principally involved in the fatal shootings during protests in Kenosha on Aug. 25. One is the shooter, Kyle Rittenhouse, a gun enthusiast who thought of himself as a medic, and the other a homeless man, Joseph Rosenbaum, with a criminal record who was discharged that day from a psychiatric hospital.