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Happy Wednesday, y'all!

Do you need a new smoke alarm?

The Madison Fire Department is teaming up with the American Red Cross Wisconsin Region to provide free home safety visits and smoke alarm installation to Madison homes.

It's been more than a decade since the city has offered an event like this. The "Sound the Alarm" event will be April 15.

You can request a home safety visit here.Additionally, the group is looking for volunteers to help with the effort. You can sign up for that here (don't worry, training and tools will be provided!).

— Hayley


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🗳️ Who won yesterday's election?

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court: Janet Protasiewicz won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, flipping control of the state's highest court to liberals for the first time in 15 years.
  • Madison Mayor: Current Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway was reelected, defeating challenger Gloria Reyes.
  • City Council: You can see all city council results here.

⚖️ What about the referendums?

  • Statewide questions: Voters approved two amendments to the state Constitution that will expand the criteria judges use to determine cash bail for people convicted of violent crimes. Voters also approved a nonbinding resolution about work requirements for welfare.
  • County questions: Dane County voters overwhelmingly said "yes" on two advisory referendums, one about redistricting and the other about the right to privacy. The referendums are just meant to assess public opinion and won't change any laws.
  • City question: Madison voters said yes to a question asking whether or not aldermanic terms should be staggered. This means that starting in 2025, alders in even-numbered districts will be up for election in even-numbered years and alders in odd-numbered districts will be up for election in odd-numbered years.

💉 MMSD is considering ending its Covid-19 vaccine mandate for staff.

  • Madison Metropolitan School District administrators recently shared a memo with the School Board proposing to end the district's Covid-19 vaccine mandate, which has been in place since 2021.
  • The administrators who wrote the memo say the mandate is "out of date and are no longer required for long-term protection or immunity." The group also notes that the national emergency and public health emergency for Covid-19 will end in May.
  • So far, School Board members have been hesitant to support ending the mandate, according to Cap Times. The board could vote on the issue later this month.
Photo via La Fête De Marquette Facebook

🎷 The 2023 La Fête De Marquette music lineup is out.

  • The annual neighborhood festival will return this summer bringing dozens of musical acts, food carts, and more to McPike Park.
  • New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas, funk artist George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, and Americana musician and activist, Hurray for the Riff Raff are headlining this year's festival.
  • The four-day festival is free and hosted by the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center. Fête will run July 13-16.

📣 Your lunchtime read: Union turmoil at CUNA Mutual.

  • Via Isthmus: "After a year of contentious negotiations, workers at one of Madison’s largest private-sector employers, CUNA Mutual Group, say the company has stopped bargaining in good faith, adding new conditions to make meeting more difficult and, as this issue was going to press, firing Joe Evica, the union’s chief steward, who had been suspended by the company in March."
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🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison

Judge Janet Will Be Your Next Supreme Court Justice

$45 million dollars and more than a million votes later, the election result is in: Milwaukee Judge Janet Protasiewicz will be the next Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

Liberal-backed justices will soon have four seats on the state’s high court and a slim majority. All eyes are now on Attorney General Josh Kaul’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s 1849 abortion ban.

Bianca Martin and Dylan Brogan break down the big results from the election.

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