Wednesday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of thirty-two. Sunrise is 7:17 AM and sunset 4:55 PM, for 9h 37m 15s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 5.9% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1968, the NBA awards a basketball franchise to Milwaukee.
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Scott Bauer reports Wisconsin voter purge ruling appealed to state Supreme Court:
A conservative law firm on Tuesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s order putting on hold a ruling that would have forced the removal of up to 209,000 people from the state’s voter rolls.
Attorneys for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) asked the justices to overturn the state appeals court’s Jan. 14 decision. It also asked the high court to undo the stay of a contempt order against the state Elections Commission that the lower court had issued after the commission failed to proceed with the voter purge.
The state Supreme Court on Jan. 13 declined to take the case and bypass the state appeals court. Less than 24 hours later, the appeals court issued its orders that effectively hit the pause button on the case and halted any immediate change to the state’s voter registration rolls.
But WILL argued Tuesday that the state Supreme Court should reverse the appeals court orders because at the time they were issued the appeals court offered no rationale for its action.
However, hours after that motion was filed Tuesday, the appeals court issued its full ruling with its reasoning for putting the cases on hold.
The three judges on the appeals court panel said they granted the stay because the Elections Commission was likely to succeed on appeal. It also said the commission makes a “strong argument” that the power under the law to deactivate a voter applies to local election officials, not the state commission. The lower court judge ordered the commission to remove the voters.
Richie Plass was 16 when he became his high school’s mascot.
The school principal approached him about it, along with the basketball coach and the athletic director. The Shawano Community High School mascot at the time was the Indians. Plass is Menominee and Stockbridge/Munsee, and grew up on the Menominee Indian Reservation. He was one of maybe 15 Native Americans in the school, and the principal knew he could dance. Would he be willing, they asked, to dress up as the Shawano Indian and perform at halftime?
It was 1968. His time as mascot would last three games, and would end in tears. The experience would be with him for the rest of his life.
Today, Plass is an educator and the curator of “Bittersweet Winds,” an exhibit of more than 400 artifacts that show how Native Americans have been depicted in culture — from caricatured mascot images to plastic toys and old cowboy movies. In November, more than 50 years after he graduated, he came back to Shawano High School to show the exhibit in the school library. Plass is also an activist, calling for an end to Native American mascots in schools and professional sports.