Daily Bread for 8.15.23: Legislative Districts Resembling Swiss Cheese

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 76. Sunrise is 6:01 AM and sunset 7:56 PM for 13h 54m 27s of daytime. The moon is new with 0.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

The Whitewater Common Council meets at 6:30 PM. The agenda is a reminder that bad often goes to worse. 

On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in Bethel, New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.

David A. Lieb and Scott Bauer report Lawsuit targets Wisconsin legislative districts resembling Swiss cheese:

Though the Wisconsin Constitution requires legislative districts “to consist of contiguous territory,” many nonetheless contain sections of land that are not actually connected. The resulting map looks a bit like Swiss cheese, where some districts are dotted with small neighborhood holes assigned to different representatives.

Wisconsin’s nationally peculiar practice of detached districts is cited as one of several alleged violations in a recent lawsuit seeking to strike down current Assembly and Senate districts and replace them before the 2024 election.

Like similar cases in states ranging from North Carolina to Utah, the Wisconsin lawsuit also alleges partisan gerrymandering is illegal under the state constitution’s guarantee of equal protection and free speech.

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