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Gooooood morning, Madison!
Any "Succession" fans out there?
Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen the most recent episode and don't want to know what happened, skip straight to the news!
A major plot point of Sunday's episode centered around ballots destroyed in a fire at a Milwaukee County vote counting location, bringing with it allegations of voter fraud and "false flags" that sounded eerily familiar.
While the show is a work of fiction, its writers worked with the Milwaukee Election Commission to do their research and build a scenario that wasn't too far from reality.
So what would happen in this scenario?
The state doesn't have any laws for dealing with a major ballot-destroying event like a fire or severe weather, meaning the process would fall to the courts to manage.
For a full breakdown of what the show did — and didn't — get right, check out this Twitter thread from Wisconsin Elections Commission member Ann Jacobs.
P.S. Read this if you're curious about the subject line.
⚽️ Women's soccer is coming to Madison.
- The owners of Forward Madison FC will launch Wisconsin's first professional women's soccer team.
- The new club will be temporarily known as Madison Women’s Pro Soccer and be part of the USL Super League franchise. Owners say the team's first match will be in 2025, pending renovations to Breese Stevens Field.
- "It feels like women’s sports are having a moment in Madison, and I’m absolutely here for it," Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said at a press conference.
- Related: Women's soccer could have come to Madison years earlier. But The Flock said no — not until the athletes are paid. (Madison Magazine)
📚 It'll be a while before MMSD names a new leader.
- The Madison Metropolitan School District has set a timeline for it to hire a new superintendent, opting to pursue a longer search period to incorporate ample community feedback.
- Candidate selection will be made in March 2024, with the new hire likely to start in summer 2024, according to Cap Times.
- "We just need to be mindful that it hasn’t been that long since the last search, and so people may want to really talk about what they are hoping for but also us recognizing that it hasn’t been that long since we last came to them," School Board President Nichelle Nichols said at a recent meeting.
🚫 Downtown street closures of note.
- Starting Monday, South Broom Street will be fully closed to traffic between West Wilson and West Doty Streets.
- Additionally, eastbound West Wilson Street will be closed between South Broom and South Henry Streets.
- Why? Madison Gas & Electric is doing underground work before a major reconstruction and replacement of utilities in the area kicks off in June.
- The streets won't fully re-open until later this fall.
🌭 Brat Fest is near.
- The annual sausage festival will take over Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center Memorial Day weekend, bringing live music, beer, and, of course, plenty of brats.
- This is the 41st year of Brat Fest. More than 70 artists will perform, including Frankie Ballard, Saving Abel, Tone Loc, Slaughter, and Kid N Play.
- Get involved: The festival is looking for volunteers.
- Don't forget: Vegan Sausage Fest is happening that weekend too.
🩺 Your lunchtime read: Fertility care in Wisconsin faces worrisome unknowns in the wake of Dobbs.
- Via Tone Madison: Aside from cases of pregnancy complications, IVF and other fertility procedures have not been directly affected by Wisconsin’s abortion law, for now. But with its erosion of bodily autonomy and prioritization of embryos over parental decision-making, Dobbs has opened the door to that possibility. For many patients putting thousands of dollars and their bodies on the line, that risk is something they’re not willing to take in a purple state.
🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison
Childcare Centers are in Crisis. Will Wisconsin Step In?
Childcare in Madison can cost more than college tuition. Parents are spending thousands a month, and childcare centers are feeling the squeeze of rising costs. They can’t pay enough to compete with other employers in a tight labor market — and can’t hire fast enough to meet demand. The result is parents, often women, dropping out of the workforce.
Governor Evers has proposed helping parents pay for the cost. But will it make it through the meat-grinder that is our state budget process? State lawmakers could decide any day now.
Ruth Schmidt, executive director of the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, says the situation is dire.
This is a sponsored column from Madison Gas and Electric.
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Wednesday, May 17
- Brews and Q's Taproom Trivia at Young Blood Beer Company - North Street
- Dragonfly Monitoring Walk at UW–Madison Arboretum
- Gib’s Give & Takeaway Comedy Show! at Gib’s
- Jesse Terry + Jeff Burkhart at The Bur Oak
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