Daily Bread for 8.4.19

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly sunny, with a shower or thunderstorm in spots late this afternoon, and a high of eighty-four.  Sunrise is 5:50 AM and sunset 8:11 PM, for 14h 21m 30s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 16.2% of its visible disk illuminated.
Today is the nine hundred ninety-ninth day.

On this day in 1862, the 8th Wisconsin Light Artillery participates in reconnaissance of Bay Springs, Mississippi.

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Craig Gilbert writes Wisconsin could swing the 2020 presidential election:

But to many strategists on both sides, the clearest path to victory for Democrats against Trump is to take back Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, since they have a history of voting Democratic and were decided so narrowly in 2016. That logic puts these three at the very epicenter of the 2020 election.

In a nail-biter, any one of them could turn out to be the difference-maker. But there is a sizeable school of thought that views Wisconsin as the most pivotal.


Because it’s seen by many analysts as a little harder for Democrats to win back than Michigan and Pennsylvania, a perception based on the voting history of these states and their demographic makeup.

Wisconsin was not only the “tipping point” state in 2016, it was nearly captured by the GOP in 2000 and 2004 and has produced a lot of Republican victories at the state level over the past decade.

Wisconsin also has a higher share of blue-collar white voters than either Michigan or Pennsylvania, and that group is the president’s demographic base.

None of this guarantees that Wisconsin will “decide” the next presidential election. If the election isn’t close, no single state will be decisive. If it is close, there are a handful of other states that could be difference-makers.

But what it does guarantee is that both sides will have to campaign as if their fates depend on Wisconsin (and a few other places).

They will treat the election as if every vote matters in the handful of states that matter.

(No better place to be than here – a decisive place at a decisive time.)

Joe Deaux reports Steelmaker That Praised Trump Tariffs Now Suing U.S. for Relief:

Less than a year after JSW Steel (USA) Inc. lauded U.S. metal tariffs for aiding the steel industry, the company is suing because it’s not exempted from the levies.

The producer says the Commerce Department wrongfully denied waivers for steel-slab raw materials, forcing the steelmaker to pay tens of millions of dollars in tariffs. It relies on imports of these materials from India and Mexico because the U.S. doesn’t produce steel slab of sufficient quality or quantity, JSW said in its complaint.

(Live by Trump’s tariffs, perish by Trump’s tariffs.)

This One’s for Bicycle Lovers:

The undisputed godfather of the lowrider bicycle. Bike Batman, a real-life superhero who recovers stolen bikes and returns them to their rightful owners. A 15-year-old cyclist who refuses to let a serious health issue get in the way of her dream to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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