Candy corn brats + new vaccine clinic

Morning Update: Friday, Oct. 8, 2020

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Candy corn brats + new vaccine clinic

Good morning, Madison.

It’s candy corn brat season! The Jenifer St. Market has brats made with Lake Louie Brewing Oktoberfest & candy corn.

The store says the brats are “slightly sweet & not scary at all!”

via Jenifer St. Market Twitter

I'm going to drop by later today to grab some. Hopefully they haven't sold out yet.

- Sam

❌ Remember that subpoena issued to Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway earlier this week? It has effectively been canceled, the Journal Sentinel reports.

  • Michael Gableman is leading one of the Republican-backed investigations into the November 2020 election in the state. He walked back his request just days after making it.
  • Rhodes-Conway wasn’t the local official to get a subpoena earlier this week. Gableman did the same for officials in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Racine and Kenosha. He also subpoenaed the director of the state Elections Commission.
  • Now, his team plans to mostly rely on documents that have already been released due to public records requests, the Journal Sentinel reports.
  • Rhodes-Conway said this: “If they need any additional information that we haven't already produced, they really can just call us and ask or they can make an open records request. It's not complicated."
  • Feeling a bit confused about all of this? I promise you aren’t alone. The situation is pretty complicated. Republicans have organized three separate investigations into the election despite a lack of evidence of any wrongdoing.

🏘️ A new $2.5 million grant will be used to address youth homelessness in the area.

  • The city of Madison and local service providers will use the money to help young people experiencing housing insecurity, but some of the specifics of the project are still TBD, the Cap Times reports.

💉 Alliant Energy Center will be the site of a temporary vaccine clinic starting Tuesday.

  • The site will be administering booster shots as well as first and second shots for people who haven’t done that yet.
  • The site will be able to vaccinate 220 people a day, officials say. Appointments are recommended.

🔍 A team at the UW is researching online misinformation.

  • The research will involve buying and testing social media ads to determine what methods of debunking misinformation are most effective.
  • “This project will help determine what corrections of misinformation are effective and get that information to professional fact checkers, who can work in real time to correct misinformation circulating on social media,” journalism professor Mike Wagner said in a university press release.

💵 Several Wisconsin billionaires made Forbes’ list of the 400 richest people in the United States.

  • Wisconsin billionaires: John Menard, Diane Hendricks, Herbert Kohler, Jr., Judy Faulkner, and James Cargill, II. Members of the Johnson family (H. Fisk Johnson, S. Curtis Johnson and Helen Johnson-Leipold) also made the list.

🍂 Walk, bike, boat, or drive to see the fall colors with suggestions from Destination Madison.

  • Check out the list here.
  • We’re at 25% fall colors right now, according to this tracker. We should be at peak fall colors in Dane County during the last week of October. Many northern counties are experiencing peak colors now.

🥣 Can you help this person find some soup?

  • This Reddit user is looking for a “hearty cup of beef vegetable soup” in Madison but hasn’t had any luck finding one yet.
  • Do you have a suggestion but don’t have a Reddit account? Send us an email at with your soup knowledge and we’ll post it from our account.

📚 Lunchtime read: "How a Madison elementary school responded to four COVID-19 positives in one morning" (Cap Times)

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 54.1%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.2%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.

📅 The weekend!

Friday, Oct. 8

Saturday, Oct. 9

  • Redistricting Reform with the Madison West Kiwanis. Hosted by Fair Maps Wisconsin. 10-11 a.m. Virtual.
  • Thriller Dance Class with instructors from Variations Dance Studio at Winnequah Park in Monona. 10 a.m. $35, includes beer and pizza.
  • Oktoberfest Pub Crawl. Check-in at 10 a.m. at Whiskey Jacks. $5 stein, $5 refills.
  • Octoberfresh Vintage Market at Robinia Courtyard. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Featuring 20 vendors, food, and drinks.
  • Bark Scoot and Boogie benefitting Shelter from the Storm Pet Rescue at Spay Me! Clinic. Drinks, music, food, auction. 2-8 p.m. $10 for adults, kids are free.
  • “The Incredibles” screening at Bordner Park. From IMDb: “A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.” 6 p.m. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 10