Wisconsin News Briefs

Ruling on Ballot Drop Boxes Sure looks like an Effort to Disenfranchise Certain Voters

A Waukesha County judge ruled last week that drop boxes placed by municipalities to collect absentee ballots are illegal under state law. State law requires voters to either mail back absentee ballots or deliver them to the clerk’s office in person.

A challenge to the judge’s ruling is moving forward, and it is expected that a stay or injunction will be sought to allow municipalities to continue to use the drop boxes (including for the February 15 primary election) while the ruling undergoes legal challenges.

The Republican onslaught across the U.S. to change laws to curb voting rights and to suppress the vote in areas that tend to vote for Democrats is anti-democracy and anti-American. The sacred right to vote must be protected at all costs, and we strongly support the City of Milwaukee joining the legal challenges to this suspect ruling in Waukesha.

SHERMAN PHOENIX Foundation Selects First Executive Director

MILWAUKEE – The Sherman Phoenix Foundation announced today that Dr. Stacia

Foundation announced today that Dr. Stacia Thompson has been named as the nonprofit’s first executive director. In this role, she will manage daily operations while building community relationships that support economic equity and empowerment, strategic investment and training, entrepreneurial success and emotional wellness for leaders of color.

Thompson was chosen following a nationwide search led by Goodwill TalentBridge in partnership with the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources.

Dr. Thompson is known for being a change agent in developing economic empowerment and workforce strategies. With deep expertise in community development, program development, entrepreneurial services and economic development, she is also an expert speaker and facilitator for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Her previous roles include tenures at the University of Wisconsin Parkside, Gateway

Technical College, City Colleges of Chicago and most recently the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago.  “I am both honored and thrilled to be chosen as the inaugural Executive Director of the Sherman Phoenix Foundation,” said Thompson. The Board has high standards and created a strong vision for Sherman Phoenix to serve its small business tenants and the Sherman Park Community. I look forward to building upon and further developing the amazing foundation and core tenets that Ms. Sabir, Mr. Adams and the Board of Directors have created.”

Gov. Evers, OCI Announce Cost of COVID-19 At-Home Tests to be Covered by all Health Plans

New requirement comes from Biden Administration as Omicron Cases Surge

MADISON —Gov. Tony Evers and OCI announced today, beginning January 15, all health plans will be required to cover the cost of over the counter, at-home diagnostic COVID-19 tests for their members. This requirement applies to both private health insurance companies and group health plans, like those provided by an employer.