💖 Happy Valentines Day, Madison!

It's Monday, but we don't have to talk about that.

Did you catch the Big Game yesterday? The Los Angeles Rams bested the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56. If you were just in it for the commercials, I respect that.

Personally, I spent the evening double-featuring the My Bloody Valentine films with friends and a plethora of snacks. (Hot tip: the 2009 version is streaming on HBO Max complete in its made-for-3D glory. You're welcome.)

Consider this newsletter our Valentine's Day gift to you. We love you and hope you have a beautiful day.

Now let's get to the news.

— Hayley


⚖️ It's decided: Ballot drop boxes will not be allowed in April's election.

"It is deeply disappointing that the majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided to institute two sets of rules for the same election cycle, sowing confusion by allowing secure ballot drop boxes for the primary and locking them shut for the general election. Worse, the court has not heard the facts of the case yet and gives absolutely no justification for this ruling." — Satya Rhodes-Conway, Madison mayor

🗳️ State Rep. Timothy Ramthun has announced a bid for governor.

🐺 In a win for wildlife advocates, the gray wolf's federal protections have been restored.

📚 Need help with your taxes? Or an extra set of eyes on that cover letter? Head to the library.

🚨 An update on the police shooting of Quadren Wilson.

  • Some context: Wilson was shot five times in the back on Feb. 3 in Madison by law enforcement pursuing his arrest. The 38-year-old Black man survived the shooting and was immediately booked into the Dane County Jail on an unspecified probation violation following surgery.
  • At a press conference Friday, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office provided some new information on the incident:
    • Twenty-one law enforcement agents from five federal, state, and local agencies were involved in the Feb. 3 arrest.
    • Two agents from the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation fired their weapons during the arrest.
    • None of the officers involved were wearing body cameras.
  • The Dane County sheriff’s department is leading the investigation. They have yet to release the names of the officers involved or why Wilson was arrested.
  • Dig deeper: Silence speaks volumes in the Quadren Wilson case (Tone Madison)

🏀 The biggest comeback in Big Ten history.

😷 Your lunchtime read: What's keeping Madison COVID expert Malia Jones up at night.

  • From the Cap Times: "Today, we don’t know what the next variant could bring, Jones said, explaining that as long as we’re still “trying to ride these very unpredictable, huge surges of cases,” COVID is “clearly” not endemic yet. In this interview, edited for length and clarity, she shared the fear that’s keeping her up at night, why she thinks it's still too soon to take off our masks and why she wants everyone to be much more concerned about kids."

🦠 Covid-19 Update

Source: Public Health Madison & Dane County

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 59.7%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 77.5%

Resources

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


📅 Events: Monday, Feb. 14