Daily Bread for 12.18.19

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of eighteen.  Sunrise is 7:20 AM and sunset 4:22 PM, for 9h 01m 55s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 58.0% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred thirty-fifth day.

Whitewater’s Parks & Rec Board meets at 5:30 PM.

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Bruce Vielmetti and Molly Beck report ‘Effort to stop removal of 234K voter registrations heads to federal court, while attorney general tries to stall purge in state court:

An effort to stop the state from removing the voter registrations of 234,000 Wisconsin voters who may have moved heads to federal court as the Democratic attorney general seeks to stall the purge in state court.

Attorney General Josh Kaul on behalf of the state’s Elections Commission on Tuesday filed notice that it would appeal and is seeking to stay an Ozaukee County judge’s order that it immediately remove more than 200,000 names from the roll of registered voters in Wisconsin.

As Kaul filed his notice, the liberal-leaning League of Women Voters of Wisconsin sued in federal court to try to halt the purge of voter names.


It is possible the Court of Appeals, noting the statewide impact and time pressure of the case, could refer the state case directly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where conservatives hold a 5-2 majority.

The state filed its appeal in District IV, located in Madison.

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin had sought to intervene in Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty’s lawsuit against the Elections Commission, but Malloy denied its petition.

Elaine Kamarck writes Why Trump’s tax returns are so important:

In 2014, Eric Trump told the golf writer James Dodson “Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” He has subsequently denied the statement but there are other suspicious connections. For instance, a large number of apartments in Trump Tower in New York and other locations are owned by Russian nationals or by companies thought to be fronts for Russian criminal organizations. The Yale historian Timothy Snyder describes the following: “In Trump World Tower, constructed between 1999 and 2001 on the east side of Manhattan near the United Nations, a third of the luxury units were bought by people or entities from the former Soviet Union.”[1]

The many layers of smoke around Trump and Russia are perhaps best summarized by the following real estate transaction. In 2004, when he was going through bankruptcy, Trump bought a mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, for $41 million. In 2008 Trump sold the mansion to a Russian billionaire named Dmitry Rybolovlev for $95 million. Rybolovlev never lived in the mansion, and held onto it for more than a decade, paying the taxes and upkeep on it.


If Donald Trump’s tax returns and other financial statements reveal that he is not a brilliant businessman but rather a wholly-owned subsidiary of Russians, his presidency will collapse one way or another. Trump’s financial story will provide a motive for what has been an irrational presidency, prone to destructive and “self-impeaching” behavior. It could be the final shoe to drop and it now sits at the Supreme Court.

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