Daily Bread for 3.31.22: The One Effective Trick Robin Vos Learned He Learned Before Trump

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Thursday in Whitewater will see snow with a high of 36.  Sunrise is 6:36 AM and sunset 7:20 PM for 12h 43m 44s of daytime.  The moon is new with 0.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1889, the Eiffel Tower officially opens.

 While Speaker of the Assembly Vos has spent many months tumbling and fumbling to keep up with rightwing lies about Wisconsin’s elections, there is a one (and perhaps only one) consistent trick Vos has employed throughout his career. He learned it long before Trumpism gripped his party, indeed long before Trump announced his candidacy.

Vos has always known the power of self-serving audacity: taking what he wants, when he wants, defining it as he wants, in defiance of law or tradition.

Although he’s now a shell of his self-promoting self, Vos hasn’t lost his touch for doing what he wants (and sticking others for the costs).

Patrick Marley reports Robin Vos found in contempt of court for failing to turn over records about the Republican election review:

A judge found Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in contempt of court Wednesday for failing to release documents related to a Republican-run review of the 2020 election.

Dane County Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn determined the Rochester Republican and the Assembly as a whole adopted “a collective and abject disregard for the court’s order” from four months ago to turn over documents sought by the liberal group American Oversight under the state’s open records law.

She ordered Vos and the Assembly to turn over records within 14 days and to each pay $1,000 per day if they fail to do that. They will also have to pay some of American Oversight’s legal bills.

Taxpayers will likely be the ones to pay those costs. Vos has approved spending up to $676,000 in taxpayer funds on the election review, but the review and its related legal expenses could exceed that amount.

Well, yes on both counts: Vos should be held in contempt, and he will stick taxpayers for any costs of his defiance.

That’s Vos’s one hasn’t-failed-yet trick: to defy and deny, while leaving others to pick up the tab.

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