Morning Update: Wednesday, Dec. 8

Morning Update: Wednesday, Dec. 8

Good morning, Madison!

It's Wednesday and we've got a lot of news to cover so let's dive in.

— Hayley

🏥 "We are full. Period."

"Not only does it affect patients with COVID, it also affects all the other patients that we have to take care of, with strokes and heart disease and cancer diagnoses and diabetes and all of those kinds of things." —  Dr. Imran Andrabi, CEO of ThedaCare.

🏗️ City Council gave the green light to the Hub III.

  • Okay, so it's not actually called "Hub III" but the development — officially dubbed Oliv Madison — comes from the same developers as the Hub and its twin sibling, the James.
  • The 10-story luxury apartment will sit at the corner of the 300 block of State Street and will reserve more than 100 beds for low-income students.
  • Zoning changes for the development passed in the council on a 16-3 vote with Alds. Juliana Bennett, Nikki Conklin, and Jael Currie voting against. A petition circulating among UW-Madison students to stop the building's construction failed to get enough signatures for consideration.

🗳️ Republican Will Martin is running for lieutenant governor.

  • Who is he? Martin is a small business owner and served under both former governors Tommy Thompson and Scott Walker. According to AP, during the Walker administration, he worked for the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority and the Department of Workforce Development.
  • Martin is the seventh Republican candidate in the race for lieutenant governor. Others running include "state Sen. Patrick Testin of Stevens Point; Lancaster Mayor David Varnam; Ben Voelkel, former communications director for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson; David King, founder of Wisconsin God Squad; Cindy Werner, who narrowly lost the 4th Congressional District Republican primary in 2020; and political newcomer Kyle Yudes of Eau Claire." The winner of the Aug. 9 primary will share the ticket with whoever wins the GOP primary for governor.

😷 Dane County Board members want to hear from you on the county’s ongoing mask mandate.

✏️ Death to the standardized test?

⛳ The city's four golf courses are closed for the season.

🚲 Get your BCycle fix before the bikes go into hibernation.

❓ Still confused over the state's voting maps? Here's an explainer.

✈️ Your lunchtime read: Housing development within F-35 flight path expected to proceed.

  • From Tone Madison: "With a moratorium on new development dead in the water, Council representatives and developers continue exploring sound mitigation strategies for F-35s."

🌆 Just for fun: 20 Months of Madison.

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 56.2%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.7%

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

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

Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.

📅 Events: Wednesday, Dec. 8

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