Daily Bread for 8.8.23: WISGOP Election Official Battles Her Own Party

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 83. Sunrise is 5:54 AM and sunset 8:06 PM for 14h 11m 57s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 48.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1876, Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.

Megan O’Matz and Mariam Elba report Bullied by Her Own Party, a Wisconsin Election Official’s GOP Roots Mean Nothing in Volatile New Climate (‘In the face of repeated calls to back Donald Trump’s bogus claims that the 2020 election was stolen, Marge Bostelmann of the Wisconsin Elections Commission remains resolute: “I’m a Republican who stands up for the truth and not for a lie” ‘):

Margaret Rose Bostelmann’s ideals are clear from one glance at her well-kept ranch-style house in central Wisconsin.

A large American flag is mounted near the front door, and a “We Back the Badge” sign on her front lawn announces her support for law enforcement. Bostelmann, a Wisconsin elections commissioner, said she voted for Donald Trump in 2020 and added: “I will always vote Republican. I always have.”

But her fellow Republicans have exiled her and disparaged her, sought to upend her career and, on this day in July, brought the 70-year-old to tears as she discussed what she’s been through over the last several years because she refuses to support false claims that Trump won the state in the 2020 presidential election.

Bostelmann, who goes by Marge, previously served for more than two decades as the county clerk in Green Lake County, overseeing elections without controversy. But two years into her term in a Republican slot on the Wisconsin Elections Commission she became a target, denounced and disowned by the Republican Party of Green Lake County, which claimed she had failed to protect election integrity in the state.

Now a suit filed in June by a Wisconsin man who promotes conspiracy theories about election fraud seeks her removal from the commission. Citing her estrangement from the county party, the suit claims she’s not qualified to fill a position intended for a Republican.

For the evidence-averse, the big election lie is a fundamental truth; challenges to that lie look to them like apostasies.

This mountain of dumped clothes can be seen from space:

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