Morning Update: Wednesday, Feb. 23

Morning Update: Wednesday, Feb. 23

Happy Wednesday, Madison!

We've got some pretty big news to share this morning. Some folks have already made the discovery but we're happy to officially announce that you can now reply to our emails!

We're stoked to open the door to new conversations with all of you. And of course to celebrate this momentous occasion, we knew we had to commission Wisconsin artist Rachal Duggan once again to doodle the good news. Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter and you'll see some new friendly faces.

We know you all love the "Do not reply" doodles and we will miss them dearly. But don't worry, we've given them a proper commemoration here.

So, please, send us all the replies. We're always here for your questions, comments, and love letters.

โ€” Hayley

P.S. The city doesn't want you to forget that snow, sleet, and ice must be cleared from your sidewalk by noon today.

๐Ÿ“ฃ The state of Wisconsin's tribes.

  • Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians President Shannon Holsey took center stage at the Capitol to advocate for representation, protection of natural resources, and more in the 2022 State of the Tribes address.
  • Voting and representation: Holsey sharply criticized Republican-authored bills moving through the state Senate that would change Wisconsin election laws, saying the move would make it harder for people to make their voices heard.
  • Environmental issues: Holsey praised Gov. Tony Evers for establishing a task force to address climate change. She stressed the importance of environmental protection, especially for Wisconsin's wolves. She criticized the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for not conducting a thorough environmental analysis of a plan to reroute the Enbridge gas pipeline 5 through the Bad River watershed.
  • Native mascots: Holsey also addressed the ongoing effort to end the use of Native American mascots in sports. There are currently more than 30 schools in the state that use Native American names or imagery in their mascots. โ€œImagine the outcry if there was a team called the Colonizers,โ€ she said.

โœ… Dispatches from City Council.

๐ŸŒ† Vibe check.

  • If you've felt a vibe shift on State Street, well, you're not alone. A proposal from JD McCormick for a new 5-story, 26-unit building on the 400 block of State Street has some residents worried about Madison's most recognizable street. The McCormick development would displace B-Side Records, Sencha Tea Bar, Culture Collectives, and Freedom Skate Shop.
  • As the Cap Times explains, while there are some local landmark buildings dotted along the street, State Street itself is not a local historic district. This means it doesn't have as many protections and restrictions when it comes to development in the area compared to neighborhoods with official historic or landmark designation, like that Langdon Street area, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The city's Urban Design Commission is set to review the McCormick proposal March 30.
โ€œMy business, B-Side records, is one of the five or so oldest retailers downtown. Does Madison really want to homogenize the historic character of our flagship commercial district with another bland high rise structure?โ€ โ€” Steve Manley, owner of B-Side Records

๐Ÿšจ This is your sign to slow down on the Beltline.

  • Cops pulled over nearly three dozen people Monday, all going at least 20 mph over the speed limit. Police reportedly stopped 32 drivers on the Beltline near Old Sauk Road as part of an enhanced traffic enforcement project focusing on speeding and seat belt violations.

๐Ÿ“ฐ Celebrating 50 years of The Black Voice.

  • History lesson: The Black Voice was initially founded in 1971 as a space to amplify Black student voices on a majority white campus. Though the paper had only a two-year run after its launch, UW alumna Jordan Gaines revived it in 2015 as an online publication and its been in production ever since.
  • The University of Wisconsin's publication for "historically silenced voices" is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a screening of a biographical documentary "We the Vision."
  • Though the film was initially set to screen earlier this week, inclement weather led to a postponement. The film will now play March 1 at the Marquee Theater.

๐Ÿ˜ท Edgewood College will still require masks through April 1.

  • As the Wisconsin State Journal reports, the Madison college is taking a two-pronged approach in phasing out its mask mandate. Officials from the school announced masks will still required in classrooms and labs until at least April 1. But starting March 1, masks will be "encouraged but not required" in indoor public spaces on campus.

โœจ Lunchtime look: A photo essay about Wisconsin's teen drag queens.

  • Cap Times photo director Ruthie Hauge takes a look at two teen queens who have found confidence and support in Madison's drag community. Bailey Mosling and Andy Schueler, known in drag as Nemo and Andi Withani, respectively, perform regularly at FIVE Nightclub.

๐Ÿฆ  Covid-19 Update

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.2%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 78%


๐Ÿ“… Events: Wednesday, Feb. 23


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