Morning Update: Friday, Oct. 29
Redistricting + road closures
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Hayley is doing a live interview today. She’ll be chatting with members of Star 67, which is part of the lineup for Emo Halloween at High Noon Saloon tonight.
Cover bands are great for reminiscing. If you miss the days when Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan, All-American Rejects, Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance ruled the airwaves… this event’s for you.
And even if you’re not planning on going to Emo Halloween, it’s pretty cool that 100% of the proceeds from the event are going to To Write Love On Her Arms. Catch that interview on our Facebook page at 12:30 p.m.
🗺️ A huge crowd turned out for a public hearing on redistricting at the Capitol yesterday.
- Hundreds of people showed up at the Capitol for a hearing on maps proposed by Republican legislators, WPR reports.
- Polling shows that Wisconsin residents overwhelmingly support allowing a nonpartisan commission to lead this process, but Republican legislators are trying to push through their own proposals.
- This is a complicated process. We continue to recommend WPR's redistricting podcast.
🏥 Do you need to talk to a doctor about lead poisoning?
- Lead paint was banned in the 1970s, but the problem hasn’t gone away. Public Health Madison and Dane County says it assisted families of 56 children who had lead poisoning last year.
- Even small exposure to lead can be toxic to children. This conversation is especially important to have with a medical professional if you are raising kids in an older house or apartment.
- Further reading:
- "Worried about lead poisoning in Wisconsin? Here’s what you should know." (Wisconsin Watch)
- Lead Poisoning information page (Public Health Madison and Dane County)
🗳️ April Kigeya is running for a county supervisor seat.
- If elected, she would represent parts of Middleton and the west side of Madison.
- Kigeya works at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, Madison365 reports.
- What she told Madison365: “I just felt like it was time. I’ve been in the community for a little over 20 years and I figured it was time to take it to the next level and run for a County seat.”
- What is the Board of Supervisors? It’s basically like a city council but for all of Dane County.
🏈 Last night was a good night to be a Green Bay Packers fan.
- They beat the Cardinals 24-21 in Arizona.
- And that was with a bunch of players out due to a combination of injuries and Covid-19 precautions.
✖️ The Republican-led state legislature passed two abortion-related bills. The governor is expected to veto them.
- There’s virtually no chance of these actually becoming law. Governor Evers, who is a Democrat, said earlier this month that “politicians shouldn't be in the business of interfering with decisions a patient makes with their healthcare provider. I will always defend reproductive rights. Period.”
- Key context: Republicans have tried this sort of thing before. Evers vetoed four abortion-related bills in 2019, the Cap Times reports.
- Related: In light of newly-passed abortion restrictions in Texas, the Cap Times published this explainer a few weeks ago that explains what would happen if the precedent established by Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court. Wisconsin has laws dating back to 1849 that could make performing an abortion illegal immediately.
👩⚕️ Legislators advanced a proposal to allow pharmacists to prescribe some forms of birth control. It’s got one more hurdle to cross before becoming law.
- This bill passed the Assembly with bipartisan support, with legislators voting 83-7 to allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control in patch and pill form to women who are 18 years or older.
- The proposal now heads to the Senate.
🚗 The UW homecoming parade will cause some streets around campus to close later today.
- From the city: “Langdon Street and surrounding streets will start to close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29 for the UW Homecoming Parade.”
- The street closures will affect some bus routes, too. The details on those detours are here.
🍂 Ahhh just look at these pretty fall photos from the Cap Times Instagram.
- Next week is expected to be Dane County's peak for fall leaves.
- Want to really savor the fall foliage? Here's a list of scenic route suggestions from Destination Madison.
🦠 Covid-19 Resources
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 55%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.8%
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.
📅 This weekend...
Friday, Oct. 29
- Stroller Parade through Henry Vilas Zoo. "Our animals love to see your costumes! Join us and show of your best costumes to our giraffe, rhino, camels and flamingos!" 11 a.m.
- Main Street Trick or Treat in Verona. Shops and local businesses are waiting for you with treats and goodies. 3:30-5 p.m. Free.
- Happy Hour Jazz with Five Points Jazz Collective at Leopold's Books Bar Caffè. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free.
- Adult Trivia Night at Henry Vilas Zoo. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Alcohol-free, 18+ event. $25.
- Emo Halloween at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tributes to My Chemical Romance and others. Tickets start at $10.
- Armchair Boogie at the Majestic. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. $12 advance, $15 at door.
- “The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun” screening with UW Cinematheque at Vilas Hall. From IMDb: “A girl sells copies of Soleil, the government paper.” 7 p.m. Free.
Saturday, Oct. 30
- Badger Bash: Wisconsin vs. Iowa tailgate at Union South. 8:30-11 a.m. Free.
- Solidarity Saturdays: “Climate Injustice: How are Racism and Climate Change Connected?” at Tenney Park. Organized by 350 Madison, Allies for Black Lives - Madison, and Families for Justice and Groundwork. 11 a.m. Free.
- UW-Madison football vs Iowa at Camp Randall. Kickoff at 11 a.m. Tickets start at $90.
- Badger Halloween Tailgate at the Wisco. Costumes, pumpkin carving contest, outdoor TVs. Starts at 11 a.m.
- Madison-Area Filipino Poets Read live at Room of One’s Own. Featuring Rodlyn-mae Banting, Kabel Mishka Ligot, Hannah Keziah Agustin, and John Paul Martinez. 4 p.m.
- Forward Madison FC vs Chattanooga Red Wolves SC at Breese Stevens Field. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $18.
- Freakin’ Halloweekend at High Noon Saloon. Featuring tributes to Bob Dylan, The Cranberries, The Blues Brothers, David Bowie, and The Strokes. Music by tons of local bands. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
- “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” screening with UW Cinematheque at Vilas Hall. From IMDb: “Five friends head out to rural Texas to visit the grave of a grandfather. On the way they stumble across what appears to be a deserted house, only to discover something sinister within. Something armed with a chainsaw.” 7 p.m. Free.
- The Grasshoppers 2.0 at Harmony Bar & Grill. 8 p.m. $10.
- Samheim celebration at Robinia Courtyard. Music and dance. Starts at 9 p.m.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Live Shadow Cast at Memorial Union. Doors at 9:15 p.m. Free.
Sunday, Oct. 31
- Monroe Street Dog Costume Parade. Proceeds benefit Dane County Humane Society. $15 for entry. 1 p.m.
- Howl-o-Ween dog costume contest at Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona. 1-3 p.m.
- Night of the Dead, a Grateful Dead tribute, at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10.