Thursday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 30. Sunrise is 6:50 AM and sunset 4:29 PM for 9h 39m 08s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 41% of its visible disk illuminated.
Whitewater’s Community Development Authority meets at 5:30 PM.
On this day in 1820, Captain Nathaniel Palmer becomes the first American to see Antarctica. (The Palmer Peninsula is later named after him.)
Rob Mentzer reports Wisconsin Assembly Republicans bar Rep. Janel Brandtjen from caucus meetings (‘Lawmaker supported primary challenge to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’):
One of Wisconsin’s highest-profile deniers of the 2020 election outcome has been barred from attending private meetings of Republican Assembly members.
State Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menominee Falls, is the chair of the Assembly’s elections committee. She has repeatedly attacked Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on election issues and supported a primary challenge to the Republican leader. Those efforts gained the support of former President Donald Trump, who has said Vos should have supported the legally impossible step of decertifying Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election results.
The website WisPolitics first reported that Assembly Republicans had voted to bar Brandtjenfrom their closed caucus meetings. In a terse letter, Rep. Rob Summerfield, who is the majority caucus chair, wrote that its members had lost trust in her due to “continual issues from the past.”
Parties use closed caucus meetings to set political strategy. Vos has not said whether he plans to reappoint Brandtjen to lead the elections committee.
Brandtjen was one of the speakers at Trump’s Wisconsin rally ahead of the GOP gubernatorial primary, which doubled as a rally for Vos’s right-wing primary challenger, Adam Steen. Steen came within 300 votes of defeating Vos.
Brandtjen should have been barred long ago, and shouldn’t have been re-elected to the 22nd Assembly District. (Instead, she won easily in her latest race.)
Temporary shelters, generators sent to Ukraine ahead of winter but ‘much more needed’, EU says: