PEWAUKEE - Many Gov. Scott Walker supporters expected Tuesday's election to be a close race, but never thought Tony Evers would actually win the governor's seat. Early in Pewaukee Wednesday morning at the governor's watch party, many Republicans left feeling shocked by the turn of events.
"Well they said it would be close, didn't expect this but it's politics in Wisconsin," said Walker supporter Paris Procopis. "It's an interesting state where everything seems to go in different directions."
Throughout election night, people chanted for Walker to get another four years, but despite their wishes not coming true, some see a silver lining.
Despite Democratic wins for governor, attorney general, and state treasurer, Republicans hold majorities in the state Senate and Assembly.
"So we have a check on Evers, and he's got to realize it's a razor thin margin so he can't go so far over the edge to the left. It's a very split electorate right now," said Procopis.
Walker supporters do feel that regardless of the loss, he did a great job as governor and they are thankful for all his hard work.
MINNEAPOLIS - The white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with murder, as authorities imposed overnight curfews to try to stem violent protests over police killings of African Americans that have spread from Minneapolis to cities across the country.
Protesters smashed windows at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, torched a police car and struck officers with bottles. Large demonstrations in New York, Houston, Washington, D.C., and other cities ranged from people peacefully blocking roads to clashing with police.
MADISON, WI - Gov. Tony Evers today announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's We're All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin's small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe.
Funded largely by federal dollars received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this initiative will provide direct assistance to small businesses most impacted by the duration and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These $2,500 cash grants will assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June.
RHINELANDER - 114 colorful flower baskets will soon flood the streets of downtown Rhinelander.
For eight years the master gardeners at Forth Floral have put their effort into making downtown appealing to visitors.
Every April, petunias--one of the easiest flowers to grow and maintain--are picked out by color and grown in the greenhouse.
After that, each basket is displayed in June and watered every day for the rest of the season.
Forth Floral co-owner Ruth Hempel knows the impact the flowers have on people.
"Oh, people just love the hanging baskets. It's just been a real boost, it's good for our community as well as all the visitors that come to town. It just makes downtown a really beautiful place," she said.
A committee works with downtown to fund a campaign to fund the planting and maintenance of the flowers.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the group is struggling to find people to help nurture the plants.
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