On this day in 1839, the first patent is issued to a Wisconsin resident (patent #1232 for his improved plow).
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Devi Sashtra reports Bill by Alberta Darling breathes life into UWM professor’s fight for $1 million payout:
Weeks after the state’s financial claims board denied a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee business professor’s $1 million-plus compensation complaint, a senator has proposed a bill to pay him in full with money from the UW System.
That is if the bill passes. If it fails, which is likely, the legislation would enable UWM professor Timothy Smunt to sue the state — essentially taxpayers — for money he says he should have earned through his employee contract.
Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, introduced a bill Friday that would appropriate $1,039,134 in general program operations from the University of Wisconsin System to compensate the former Lubar School of Business dean.
Darling’s spokesman, Bob Delaporte, said the senator proposed the bill because Smunt is one of her constituents.
Delaporte said Tuesday such bills to help constituents are “just a part of being a legislator.”
Oliver Darcy reports Trump invites right-wing extremists to White House ‘social media summit’:
Some of the right-wing media universe’s biggest stars are set to descend on the White House Thursday for what has been billed as a “social media summit” and will likely become a forum for airing claims of anti-conservative social media bias.
In addition to inviting leaders from traditional conservative think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation and Claremont Institute, the White House has requested the presence of far-right internet personalities and trolls, some of whom have pushed conspiracy theories, lies and misinformation.
It’s perhaps the clearest example yet of President Trump legitimizing fringe political allies.
The White House has repeatedly declined to release a list people it expects to attend, but some of the recipients have turned to social media to boast about being invited.
Among them are Bill Mitchell, a radio host who has promoted the extremist QAnon conspiracy theory on Twitter; Carpe Donktum, an anonymous troll who won a contest put on by the fringe media organization InfoWars for an anti-media meme; and Ali Alexander, an activist who attempted to smear Sen. Kamala Harris by saying she is not an “American black” following the first Democratic presidential debates.
Other eyebrow raising attendees include James O’Keefe, the guerrilla journalist whose group Project Veritas tried to trick reporters at the Washington Post by planting a source who told the paper that she had been impregnated as a teenager by failed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore; Charlie Kirk, the founder of the right-wing student group Turning Point USA who sometimes posts misleading information on social media; and Benny Johnson, the journalist-turned-activist who was fired for plagiarism by BuzzFeed and demoted at the Independent Journal Review for violating company standards.