Daily Bread for 4.27.21

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of eighty-six. Sunrise is 5:52 AM and sunset 7:51 PM, for 13h 59m 05s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 99.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Finance Committee meets via audiovisual conferencing at 4:30 PM.

On this day in 1986, the city of Pripyat and surrounding areas are evacuated due to Chernobyl disaster.

Recommended for reading in full — 

 Craig Gilbert writes Wisconsin will neither gain nor lose a US House seat in long-awaited reapportionment data:

The U.S. Census Bureau released its highly anticipated 2020 state population counts Monday, showing Wisconsin with 5,893,718 residents, placing it 20th among the 50 states.

The new apportionment data unveiled by the Census Bureau determines the number of U.S. House seats and the number of Electoral College votes for each state over the next decade.

As expected, the size of Wisconsin’s U.S. House delegation will remain unchanged between now and 2032 at eight seats, even though some other Midwestern states —  Michigan, Illinois and Ohio — will lose a seat due to population changes.

Kelly Meyerhofer reports UW-Madison engineering professor who led ‘toxic’ lab will resign this summer:

Akbar Sayeed, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1997, will resign Aug. 1, according to an email sent by department chairwoman Susan Hagness on Monday.

Sayeed’s resignation comes more than four years after the 2016 death of doctoral student John Brady, who left behind a trail of digital evidence documenting the damaging effect Sayeed had on the well-being of students working in his lab.

UW-Madison officials investigated Sayeed’s behavior and found he violated a policy against hostile and intimidating behavior. A university report described the lab’s environment as “toxic.”

The case, first reported by the Wisconsin State Journal in the fall of 2019, brought attention to the power imbalance between graduate students and the faculty advisers who oversee them.

It also brought scrutiny to an administrators’ decision allowing Sayeed to return to UW-Madison in 2020, following a two-year unpaid leave in which he landed a prestigious job working for the National Science Foundation. He was fired from the job after UW-Madison belatedly informed the agency about the circumstances behind his university leave.

Peter Stone reports Republican lawyer is key player in voter suppression drive across US:

It was an abrupt end to two decades as a partner at legal giant Foley & Lardner for the influential and conservative election lawyer Cleta Mitchell.

Days after Mitchell participated in Donald Trump’s controversial 2 January phone call with Georgia’s secretary of state where the then president pressured him to “find” him more votes to reverse Joe Biden’s win, Mitchell resigned her post in the midst of an internal firm review and mounting criticism.

But Mitchell, a combative and top lawyer in the right’s drive to promote unproven charges of sizable voting fraud in 2020 and tighten future voting laws, was not idle for long. She has now emerged in a series of roles that have put her at the heart of what many see as a ferocious Republican push on limiting voting rights that now reaches across America.

Last month, Mitchell was tapped by the libertarian FreedomWorks to spearhead a $10m drive in seven key states including Georgia, Arizona and Michigan to change voting laws to curb potential but unproven election fraud, which many Democrats and legal experts view as aimed at limiting minority votes.

(Note well: if FreedomWorks were ever ‘libertarian,’ it was long years ago; like many other professedly libertarian organizations, it’s controlled by conservative donors.)

Goldendoodle shows stunning breakaway speed, hounds high school runner at finish line:

(Holly the Goldendoodle enters the competition at 1:40 on the video.)

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