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May 27, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Sarah Yacoub for WI-AD30

The daughter of two research scientists, Sarah understood from a very young age the value of critical thinking and problem solving. Her willingness to question what’s in front of her, and strive for what’s right - not what’s easiest - remains a constant in her journey to stand up for those who need it most. Whether working to provide no-cost legal representation to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, or working to instill values of kindness and faith in her children, Sarah always shows up with the determination of a momma bear protecting her cubs.

After receiving a J.D. and passing the California Bar, Sarah went to work at the LA County District Attorney’s Office. She got hands on experience with the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between. While she would never trade the experience and perspective she gained on the job, Sarah knew that she wanted a different environment for her kids to grow up in. She wanted them to know open space, cozy winters, and strong family values.

Sarah currently resides in Hudson with her husband, a biomedical physicist at the University of Minnesota, and their children. God and scripture play an active role in their family life. Sarah believes that faith serves as a guiding light through troubled waters and the complexities of being human.

Bearing witness to the suffering and hardships faced by so many throughout her career solidified Sarah's commitment to helping those who need it most. Given the failures of current leadership, from healthcare to the economy to the justice system, Sarah believes that running for Assembly in Wisconsin’s 30th District is the path through which she can make the biggest difference in her community.

Sarah is qualified, experienced and possesses the grounded morality so many career politicians lack.


May 27, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Deb Andraca for WI-AD23

I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, and an active community volunteer. I’ve worked for large international companies, political campaigns, trade associations and non-profit organizations. I've spent 17 years in our district working hard to make our neighborhoods better for our families, but I believe that things are headed in the wrong direction.

My career began in politics. After graduating from Syracuse University, I moved to Washington DC where I worked for the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group of large and small renewable energy companies. While working full-time I earned my master’s degree in political management at George Washington University. When my husband’s career moved us to Chicago, then Houston, and then finally Milwaukee, I was a press secretary on a Congressional re-election campaign, a communications director and lobbyist at the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest, and a Vice President at FleishmanHillard Public Relations.
After many years as a stay at home mom, I went back to school for my teacher’s license. While substitute teaching, I experienced a lockdown drill in my kids' school for the first time. The lights were turned off, students were gathered away from doors and windows, and the entire classroom of third graders was totally silent. Dead silent. It was incredibly frightening for all of us in the classroom. We should not have to live this way, and so I decided to take action.

For many years, as a constituent, I tried to convince Representative Jim Ott to support common-sense gun laws. To take action to prevent climate change. To support our public schools and teachers. To ensure all Wisconsin families had access to affordable, high-quality health care. Most of my calls, letters and meeting requests were ignored. So I decided that if I can’t change our Representative’s MIND, I would have to change his JOB. And I believe I am the right person to do it.

When my kids were little and I was a stay-at-home mom with my daughters, I tried to do as much as I could to improve our community. I led two Girl Scout troops, volunteered at our local school, hosted fundraisers for the Urban Ecology Center, and served as PTO board member and president. As my daughters got older and more independent, I started taking classes at Alverno College to earn my teacher’s license and became active with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.

All of these experiences -- professional and volunteer, political and academic -- have prepared me to represent the 23rd district in Madison. I promise to work hard on behalf of all of the families in Grafton, Thiensville, Mequon, Bayside, Fox Point and Whitefish Bay. I am so happy that my daughter, Mia, will turn 18 just a few weeks before election day, and her very first vote will be for her Mom. She jokes that I have to EARN her vote -- just like I hope to earn your vote on November 3rd.


May 27, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Paul Piotrowski for WI-SD24

As a retired officer for the Stevens Point Police Department, Paul proudly served his hometown for close to 27 years. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, earning a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and previously served as the Stevens Point City Clerk.

As an officer for the Stevens Point Police Department, Paul served in various roles including Patrol Sergeant, Community Resource Sergeant, Patrol Officer, Supervisor and Community Resource Officer while also representing the department on different committees and commissions like Portage County Alliance for Youth, the Family Crisis Center Advisory Board, and Triad with the senior citizens.

Paul and his wife Cindy live in Stevens Point. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.


May 27, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Michelle Knoll for PA-HD44

As a lifelong resident of Allegheny County, Michele has dedicated her career to creating opportunity for our community. She has served as an Educator, School Board Director, and Community Advocate in the 44th District for nearly 40 years. Michele will take her hands-on understanding of our community and decades of know-how to Harrisburg to fight for us.

Michele will carry on her family’s long legacy of service and hard work for the region–her ancestors fought for Pennsylvania’s freedom in the Revolutionary War and Civil War, her Great Great Grandfather worked in the steel mills in McKeesport, her father served in World War II, and her mother was a lifelong educator.

Michele and her husband Doug are proud to have raised their family in the 44th. All three of their daughters graduated from public schools in the District, and now work as advocates for education and the environment. Michele and Doug are also blessed to have four grandchildren.

Michele is committed to serving our community and ensuring a bright future for all. As an Early Intervention Educator for children with disabilities, she has visited families in their homes on a weekly basis for 15 years and understands firsthand the challenges that our community members face. She has served as an educator for over 30 years in Allegheny County, and created a small business to support even more children as a Developmental Therapist. In 2018, she founded a non-profit called Profit Through Pages to increase access to books and literacy for all children in our community.

In addition to teaching and raising her family, Michele has dedicated herself to volunteering. She currently serves on the Board of “Just Harvest,” an organization that educates, empowers and mobilizes people to eliminate hunger, poverty, and economic injustice; and is also a mentor to new mothers in the district through Nurture PA. She previously served on the Board of the North Boroughs YMCA and the Avonworth School Board.


May 27, 2020

With Trump threatening Michigan, lawsuit filed to expand rights of absentee voters

Michigan's statutory requirement that all absentee ballots be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted is being challenged in court.

The League of Women Voters, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and former state Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer, filed the lawsuit Friday in the Court of Appeals against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in her official capacity as Michigan's top elections official.

It claims that a law in place since at least 1929 in Michigan that requires absentee ballots be received by a local clerk's office by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted runs counter to what the lawsuit says is an "unqualified, unconditional state constitutional right for registered voters to vote in all elections by absentee ballot."

In 2018, no-reason absentee voting passed by state referendum, giving voters the right to cast absentee ballots by mail or in person beginning 40 days before an election. Since regular mail can often take days, the lawsuit says the old rule conflicts with the intention of the state referendum to expand absentee voting.


May 27, 2020

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fl.) tests negative for COVID-19

U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell says she has tested negative for the novel coronavirus after possible exposure at a nursing home in the Keys.

Last week, Mucarsel-Powell traveled to the Crystal Health and Rehab Center. That trip came after family members of residents expressed concern to Mucarsel-Powell that they were not notified of positive tests at that facility.

At least 16 individuals have tested positive at the center.

“Thankfully I’ve tested negative for COVID-19,” Mucarsel-Powell said.

“I am glad that my situation shined a light on the struggles so many families with loved ones at nursing homes are going through.

Mucarsel-Powell says she went inside the facility during the visit, with permission of the facility director. Mucarsel-Powell says she was wearing a mask at the time.


May 27, 2020

Texas recommends people bring their own hand sanitizer to vote this summer

With voting in the primary runoff election starting next month in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the Texas secretary of state on Tuesday issued “minimum recommended health protocols” for elections, including a suggestion that voters bring their own hand sanitizer to the polls and that they "may want to consider" voting curbside if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

In an eight-page document, Secretary of State Ruth Hughs laid out checklists for voters and election workers that range from self-screening for symptoms to increased sanitation of voting equipment — none of which are binding and many of which were already being considered by local election officials planning for the first statewide election during the coronavirus pandemic.

In its recommendations, the state said voters should consider wearing cloth face masks, bringing their own marking devices — like pencils with erasers or styluses — and using curbside voting if they have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Voters in Texas have long had the option of having a ballot brought to them outside their polling place if "a voter is physically unable to enter the polling place without personal assistance or likelihood of injuring the voter's health."

The state instructed local election officials to place markings on the floor to facilitate social distancing and to keep at least 6 feet between voting stations. Election officials should also consider having all employees wear masks, the secretary of state said.


May 27, 2020

A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coro

A third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau data shows, the most definitive and alarming sign yet of the psychological toll exacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked questions normally used to screen patients for mental health problems, 24 percent showed clinically significant symptoms of major depressive disorder and 30 percent showed symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

The findings suggest a huge jump from before the pandemic. For example, on one question about depressed mood, the percentage reporting such symptoms was double that found in a 2014 national survey.

The troubling statistics were released last week in a tranche of data from the Census Bureau. The agency launched an emergency weekly survey of U.S. households at the end of April to measure the pandemic’s effects on employment, housing, finances, education and health. In the most recent data release, 1 million households were contacted between May 7 and 12, and more than 42,000 responded.


May 26, 2020

Ford pauses production at Kansas City Assembly Plant due to COVID-19

Ford Motor Co. temporarily paused production at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, on Tuesday to deep clean after a worker tested positive for COVID-19.

A UAW official confirmed an hourly worker had tested positive and the affected area was cleaned to protect other UAW members on the line.

The complete Ford statement, posted Tuesday afternoon, said:

"The safety of our workforce is our top priority. Working closely with the UAW and external experts in infectious disease and epidemiology, we have developed safety standards to protect our workforce. In this instance, our protocol calls for us to deep clean and disinfect the employees work area, equipment, team area and the path the employee took while at the plant today. We are temporarily pausing production at Kansas City Assembly Plant on the Transit side until the deep cleaning is completed. We are notifying people known to have been in close contact with the infected individual and asking them to self-quarantine for 14 days."

Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing & labor communications manager, told the Free Press only the Transit Van side of the plant was affected, that F-150 pickup production was not disrupted, and Transit production resumed after approximately one hour.


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