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On this day in 1914, the Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and minimum daily wage of $5 in salary plus bonuses.
Christina Lieffring reports Wisconsinites Charged in Jan. 6 Insurrection Quietly Take Plea Deals:
Four of six Wisconsin men charged in attack on nation’s Capitol have pleaded guilty to lesser charges, while two others’ cases are still moving through the court system.
One year after the attack on the US Capitol, four out of the six Wisconsinites charged in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection have taken plea deals, while the remaining two suspects’ cases are still underway.
Kevin Loftus of Eau Claire, Abram Markofski of La Crosse, David Charles Mish Jr. of West Allis, and Brandon Nelson of Madison had all faced charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, and violent entry or disorderly conduct, but ended up pleading guilty to the lesser charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
Markofski and Nelson were each sentenced to 24 months of probation and $1,500 in fines and restitution. Charles received 30 days incarceration and a $500 restitution charge. Loftus’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.
The two remaining suspects’—Michael Fitzgerald of Janesville and Joshua Munn of Melrose—cases are still underway.
Fitzgerald faces the more serious charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer during civil disorder, as well as knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on May 5, 2021.
At the time, Wisconsin Republicans knew this was a violent assault against the constitutional order, but they’ve become tolerant, if not supportive, of insurrection in the year since:
All 10 of Wisconsin’s federal lawmakers condemned the assault on the Capitol when it happened, but with varying degrees of vehemence and outrage.
After the violence, two of the 10 (House Republicans Tom Tiffany and Scott Fitzgerald) sought to overturn the election outcome in Arizona and Pennsylvania and said they would have voted to overturn Wisconsin’s results if the question had come to the floor.
In the months since the attack, the overall divide in Congress between how Democrats and Republicans have responded to — and publicly remembered — these events has grown.
Every GOP lawmaker from Wisconsin opposed impeaching President Donald Trump over the events of Jan. 6, and every one opposed the creation of a bipartisan commission to look into the attack. Every Wisconsin Democrat supported both steps.
These Wisconsin men now join a line of domestic adversaries of America’s foundational principles: Tory sympathizers, Know Nothings, Confederates, Copperheads, Klansmen, and members of the Bund.