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Daily Bread for 12.1.21: On Schedule, the Pretext for Wisconsin’s Next Gerrymandering

Good morning. Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of 48.  Sunrise is 7:06 AM and sunset 4:21 PM for 9h 14m 45s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 11.1% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1941, Japanese Emperor Hirohito gives the final approval to initiate war against the…

Daily Bread for 11.30.21: Watching the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Redistricting

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 46.  Sunrise is 7:05 AM and sunset 4:21 PM for 9h 16m 07s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 19.6% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1803, in New Orleans, Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to…

Daily Bread for 9.23.21: But Whose New Maps for Wisconsin?

Good morning. Thursday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of 68.  Sunrise is 6:44 AM and sunset 6:49 PM for 12h 04m 28s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 93.8% of its visible disk illuminated.  Whitewater’s Community Development Authority meets at 5:30 PM.  On this day in 1889, Nintendo Koppai…

Daily Bread for 9.22.21: New Political Maps for Wisconsin by March?

Good morning. Wednesday sees the beginning of Fall in Whitewater with mostly sunny skies and a high of 65.  Sunrise is 6:43 AM and sunset 6:50 PM for 12h 07m 22s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 97.7% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1862, Pres. Lincoln issues the Emancipation…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Grants New Trial in State of Wisconsin v. Alan M. Johnson

Alan M. Johnson was convicted in Walworth County of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of his brother-in-law. (Johnson’s late brother-in-law is identified in today’s high court opinion as ‘K.M.’ The events of the case took place in Whitewater, and the Walworth County trial was before Circuit Judge Kristine Drettwan.) Johnson appealed his conviction, and…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects, 4-3, Trump Campaign’s Petition to Overturn Wisconsin Election Result

Earlier this morning, the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied the Trump Campaign’s petition to overturn, on various grounds, Joe Biden & Kamala Harris’s popular-vote victory in the state. (As a matter of law, the state’s high court affirmed a prior judgment and order against the Trump Campaign in the Circuit Court for Milwaukee County, Stephen A.…

Frontline: Supreme Revenge: Battle for the Supreme Court

With the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett days before the 2020 presidential election, conservatives solidified a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court — and the chance to shape American life and policy for a generation. Behind it all was a powerful Republican from Kentucky: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for whom Barrett’s confirmation was…

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on DACA in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows certain persons who arrived in the United States as children to apply for a forbearance of removal. Today, a five-person majority of the nation’s high court ruled in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California that the Trump Administration violated the Administrative…

Practical Implications After Wisconsin v. Palm: The Divide over the Novel Coronavirus

On March 24th, I first began a draft of this post. It seemed to probable then – and it is true now – that Trump would effectually abandon a social distancing or stay-at-home approach, and encourage business as usual to resume promptly. The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling in Wisconsin v. Palm has brought that abandonment to Wisconsin…