A ‘Dysfunctional’ Capitol: How COVID-19 Deepened Wisconsin’s Political Divides

Mar 10, 2021

Credit Wisconsin Department of Administration

Heading into 2020, the nation planned to give Wisconsin plenty of political attention.

It promised to be one of the most contested swing states in the presidential race.

But the pandemic put Wisconsin politics on display for an additional reason.

Partisan tensions in Madison grew even deeper as Republican lawmakers fought Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ COVID management plans at seemingly every turn.

For the WXPR special “Here for a Year: The Impact of COVID-19 on Our Lives,” we spoke to JR Ross, the longtime editor at WisPolitics.com, about a state government Ross now calls “dysfunctional.”

Listen to that conversation here.