Daily Bread for 3.9.21

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 66.  Sunrise is 6:14 AM and sunset 5:55 PM, for 11h 40m 19s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 15.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

 Whitewater’s Public Works Committee meets at 6 PM.

 On this day in 1954, CBS television broadcasts the See It Now episode, “A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Recommended for reading in full — 

 Patrick Marley reports If approved, Republican voting legislation would face a wave of lawsuits in Wisconsin:

The state could face a raft of legal challenges if Republican lawmakers succeed in enacting restrictions on how voting is conducted in Wisconsin.

“There are numerous constitutional and federal law violations (in the legislation), some of which are just low-hanging fruit. They’d be easy cases to win,” said Jon Sherman, litigation director for the Fair Elections Center in Washington, D.C.

Republican Sen. Duey Stroebel of Saukville disputed that, saying the bills he recently unveiled could withstand legal challenges.

“I’d be hard-pressed to find a more litigious area of the statutes than election law,” Stroebel said in a statement.


Republicans who control the Legislature have made changes to voting laws a top priority after Joe Biden narrowly defeated Donald Trump in Wisconsin’s presidential election.

It’s unclear what measures will get approved, and those that do are sure to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. But if Republicans win the governor’s race in 2022, they may gain a free hand to make the changes they want.

 Kelly Meyerhofer reports UW-Madison chancellor apologizes for keeping COVID-19 discussions private:

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank apologized on Monday for emails she sent last summer suggesting COVID-19 communications between Big Ten leaders be moved to the network’s private portal, an approach one expert on Wisconsin’s public records law called “clearly illegal.”

“I regret the language I used in my email exchange with other Big Ten chancellors, which appears as though I intended to use the Big Ten board portal to skirt my public records responsibilities,” Blank said in a statement to the Wisconsin State Journal. “This was surely not my intention and I apologize for that appearance.”

The University of Wisconsin System is reviewing the matter after learning about it late last week, a spokesperson said Monday.


Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, criticized Blank on Monday for encouraging secret discussions on a topic he said is clearly in the public’s interest.

“It’s clearly illegal for her to use this backdoor channel to conduct the public’s business,” he said. “The calculation with which Chancellor Blank has tried to evade the requirements of our open records law is deeply troubling. I think she’s embarrassed the university and state of Wisconsin.”

 Jennifer Rubin writes The MAGA phenomenon has never been about economics:

An Iowa study found, “Economic distress is not a significant factor in explaining the shift in Iowa voters from Democrat to Republican between 2008 and 2016. The election outcomes do not signify [a revolt] among working-class voters left behind by globalization.”

The Post after the 2016 election reported, “Among people who said they voted for Trump in the general election, 35 percent had household incomes under $50,000 per year. … Trump’s voters weren’t overwhelmingly poor. In the general election, like the primary, about two thirds of Trump supporters came from the better-off half of the economy.” The same was true in 2020. President Biden crushed the incumbent 55 to 44 percent among voters making less than $50,000 and 57 to 42 percent among those making between $50,000 and $100,000.

Albatross faceplants to fame on New Zealand live stream:

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