Monday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of thirty-one. Sunrise is 6:57 AM and sunset 5:20 PM, for 10h 22m 11s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 97.9% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1763, the Treaty of Paris cedes formerly French-controlled land, including the Wisconsin region, to England.
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Patrick Marley and Eric Litke report Most of the Wisconsinites targeted for removal from voter rolls cast ballots in 2016:
Many of the 232,000 Wisconsinites at the heart of a lawsuit over who should be on the state’s voting rolls are reliable voters, with nearly three-quarters of them casting ballots in the 2016 presidential election.
The frequency with which they vote shows why Democrats and Republicans alike are scrambling to find their supporters and get them to update their voter registrations. With Wisconsin a top target in this year’s presidential election, they want to ensure they get their backers to the polls in November.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission in October identified 232,576 registered voters who it believes may have moved. Conservatives have filed a lawsuit to try to force those voters off the rolls.
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis of data from the commission shows the voters in question are ones who often show up at the polls:
72% of them voted in the 2016 presidential election.
89% of them have voted in at least one election since 2006.
31% voted in all three presidential elections since 2008, 52% voted in at least two of them and 78% voted in at least one of them.
Arthur Delaney reports Trump Administration Quietly Goes After Disability Benefits:
Under the proposed change, the government would look more closely at whether certain disability insurance recipients still qualify as “disabled” after they’ve already been awarded those benefits. While recipients already have to demonstrate their continuing disability every few years, the proposal would ramp up the examinations, potentially running still-eligible beneficiaries out of the program.
The extra reviews will help “maintain appropriate stewardship of the disability program,” the administration said in the proposal, arguing current rules fail to account fully for the possibility of medical improvement.
It’s just one of several unilateral moves the Trump administration has made against social programs that make it easier for people to survive without labor market income. The proposals may save the government a few dollars, but they also send a political message that President Trump is cracking down on the “takers” Republicans have vilified for decades.
Rafael Carranza reports Sacred Native American site in Arizona blasted for border wall construction:
The contractor that is building President Donald Trump’s border wall in southwestern Arizona began blasting this week through a site that the Native American O’odham people consider sacred to make way for newer, taller barriers.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed the contractor started blasting through the site called Monument Hill at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument west of Lukeville “in preparation for new border wall system construction within the Roosevelt Reservation.”
The Roosevelt Reservation is a 60-foot-wide swath of federally owned land along the border in Arizona.
Since construction began in August, crews have been clearing that 60-foot swath – relocating certain plants, including the state’s iconic saguaros, to other parts of the national park.