Election Day is coming, Election day is coming!

The next general election is coming up on November 4, 2014. Early voting began in Wisconsin on October 20 and more voters will head to the polls on Election Day itself.

In an earlier post, we discussed Vote ID in Wisconsin, with updates about the recent changes to the law. While voters will not be required to show photo identification to vote, some questions may still arise:

Happy voting!

Government information on Ebola

Knowledge is an important tool in dealing with health emergencies like the Ebola outbreak.  Here are some government resources on the illness.

Federal/United States

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) site on Ebola, including sections on

The U.S. Government Printing Office’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications offers access to a variety of federal government information resources on Ebola.

A wide range of information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is available, including facts about Ebola; various preparedness checklists for patients, hospitals, and healthcare coalitions; and a handout on “What you Need to Know About Ebola.”

The State Department has an Ebola Fact Sheet for Travelers.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) “is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential” (from USAID–Who We Are).   It has a section on its website about what USAID is doing regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as reports from on the ground.

U.S. Army news, information about Army’s response to Ebola threat has links to articles about units deploying to West Africa to assist the most-affected countries, Army medical institutes and commands, and information about Ebola.


The World Health Organization (WHO) has a number of web pages related to Ebola.  Many are linked from WHO’s home page.  Links to more information, including fact sheets, situation assessments, and situation reports, are available on WHO’s Ebola Virus Disease website.

WHO’s Ebola Portal has links to

West Africa is the epicenter of the outbreak.  The African Union Commission has created a task force “African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) as a contribution to on-going efforts at addressing the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.”  The ASEOWA website includes links to situation reports, and speeches and documents from the African Union.

The United Nations has a Global Ebola Response site.  The UN has created its first-ever UN emergency health mission, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), in response to the crisis.  The Resources section of the site includes links to documents establishing UNMEER.


Fortunately, no cases have been reported yet in Wisconsin.  A press release from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) describes some of the actions it is taking as precautions.  The DHS has a page on Viral Hemorrhagic Disease (the class of diseases Eboloa is a part of), including links to fact sheets in English, Hmong, and Spanish.




Annual Fiscal Report in the news

The La Crosse Tribune reported this week about the release of the Annual Fiscal Report by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA). The report indicates that the state ended the fiscal year 2013-2014 with a budget surplus. Learn more by reading the full report on the DOA website.

Thank you to Abby Swanton at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for calling our attention to this great example of a government document helping us learn more about a current news story.

Documents in the news: Rare Moose Sightings in Wisconsin

WISC-TV Madison reports that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received reports of moose sightings in the Chippewa Valley — a rare occurrence in that part of the state. Find out more about the moose population in Wisconsin from the DNR’s Moose Observations report.

Thank you to Abby Swanton at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for calling our attention to this great example of a government document helping us learn more about a current news story.