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"Supporters and detractors clash at a court hearing for Racine County man who committed election fraud to make a point"
RACINE – A five-minute court hearing set the stage for an angry clash Friday between the dozens who convened to support a man who committed election fraud in tribute to former President Donald Trump's false election claims and those who brought American flags and a sign that read "democracy demands justice."
The verbal confrontation on the steps of Racine County's courthouse Friday afternoon preceded a hearing on charges filed by the state Department of Justice against Harry Wait, a 68-year-old Union Grove man who leads a local group known as H.O.T. Government that promotes false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Wait was charged in September with two counts of election fraud and two counts of unauthorized use of an individual's personal identifying information after he fraudulently requested absentee ballots for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Racine Mayor Cory Mason to show violations of the law are possible.
"Our goal is to seek justice," Rick Wiegel of Mount Pleasant said while holding a handmade sign that said, "Lock Harry Wait Up."
"For them it's all about voter suppression. They want to keep the general public from voting," said Wiegel, who generally votes for Democratic candidates.
Supporters of Wait, some of whom wore t-shirts that read "Harry's Army" and "Harry's Fight is Our Fight," confronted Wiegel, including Jay Stone, who unsuccessfully ran for state Senate and has filed a series of complaints over elections that have been rejected or dismissed.
"You assholes want to let everyone out of jail," Stone yelled at one point and then called one Wait detractor a derogatory term involving male genitals.
As Wait greeted his protesters, one responded with "tell it to the judge, Harry."
"You people attending are actually helping me — I appreciate it," Wait said.
The courtroom was packed for a hearing that lasted just a few minutes. Before it began, Wait advised his supporters not to speak to anyone from the DOJ.
"They're on a witch hunt," he said.
According to the criminal complaint, an investigator with the DOJ's Division of Criminal Investigation alleges Wait requested eight ballots but all but two individuals gave him permission to do so.
The charges came two months after the state DOJ launched an investigation into the scheme to commit election crimes by Wait and others who believe Trump lost the 2020 presidential election because of voter fraud despite a lack of evidence supporting their claims.
Wait freely spoke about the crime at the time and contacted Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling and others about his actions.
In one email to Schmaling, Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson, Vos and others, Wait said, "I stand ready to be charged for exposing these voting vulnerabilities when I ordered Mason's and Vos's absentee ballot online, all without providing a photo I.D. or identifying myself."
Schmaling did not arrest Wait and instead publicized the plot on social media as being helpful in rooting out vulnerabilities in the state election system and blamed the Wisconsin Elections Commission, calling on commissioners to remove a way voters can easily request ballots online.
Wait's case has become a symbol of the false claims that continue to shape Wisconsin politics over the legitimacy of Joe Biden's presidency.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has praised Wait's actions, calling him a "white hat hacker."
Wait faces up to six years in prison for each count of using the personal identifying information of Vos and Mason without their permission, a felony crime. He faces up to six months in prison for each count of election fraud, which is a misdemeanor.
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I think many of us can relate to having health issues that affect our work-life. If anyone understands nonprofits as well as housing (landlord/tenant) issues, if you're up to it, please comment, and I'll give you my email. The same blog, cross-posted, take your preference. I don't want to say too much, but... I need advice.
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Mount Pleasant officials hope to attract another company to the Foxconn site that they've spent millions to prepare
STURTEVANT - Using public money, Mount Pleasant improved its infrastructure anticipating a massive Foxconn factory and $1.4 billion worth of investment.
With that not happening, village officials believe they can attract another national or international company to the massive and largely vacant site.
"We've put in a lot of infrastructure folks," said Claude Lois, Foxconn's project manager hired by Mount Pleasant. "We've sized this at the time for Foxconn Generation 10, but today, actually because of all the work we did we are sitting pretty good for all the work we did for the future."
Lois spoke during a special meeting of the Racine County Board and the Mount Pleasant Village Board Tuesday — the first time a public update on Foxconn has been given since 2019. Foxconn representatives were invited to participate but declined.
Residents were not allowed to speak during the meeting but were given a chance to submit questions in advance. Those questions were not answered during the meeting.
Foxconn land acquired, prepared but what will be built?
After spending eight months wooing semiconductor chip manufacturing giant Intel Corp., Racine County officials learned in December the company chose Ohio instead of the Foxconn site.
Jim Paetsch, executive director of the Milwaukee 7, helped to negotiate the Racine County Intel pitch. He said Foxconn was cooperative throughout the process.
Paetsch said what Intel liked about Mount Pleasant will be attractive to other companies including farming and battery manufacturers.
"The really good news is Mount Pleasant and Racine County have a really good site," Paetsch said. "We're looking forward to pursuing more opportunities in months to come. What people don't understand sometimes about economic development is, if you don't have a site, you don't have a deal."
But some residents say hypothetical deals aren't good enough.
Kim Mahoney is one of the few remaining homeowners still living on the Foxconn site. Mount Pleasant closed negotiations on buying her property in 2019.
"People gave up their homes for a $10 billion investment and 13,000 jobs, not for speculation as to what might get built there," said Mahoney, who attended the meeting.
Mount Pleasant and Racine County created a $911 million special taxing district in 2017 to support the Foxconn project.
That money was used to pay for land acquisition, massive infrastructure upgrades and other expenses in Mount Pleasant, according to the agreement. More than 100 homes and properties were purchased — sometimes through the eminent domain process — so Foxconn could assemble its site.
According to the agreement, the money will be recouped over 30 years with funding and property tax revenue from Foxconn and other businesses in the district.
Local officials have repeatedly said they are protected because Foxconn must make minimum tax payments equal to about $30 million beginning in 2023, regardless of the project’s completion status.
They reiterated this message on Tuesday saying Foxconn has met all of its financial obligations including tax payments and special assessment payments totaling $22 million.
In December 2021, Foxconn qualified for nearly $30 million in Wisconsin tax credits for creating 579 eligible jobs and investing $266 million in the facility.
It's still unclear what Foxconn is doing
After much hype surrounding Foxconn's arrival in Wisconsin in 2017, it has been unclear for years what the company's plans are for Wisconsin.
In April 2021, the state revised its $2.85 billion contract with Foxconn to create more realistic goals including the creation of 1,454 jobs — 11% of the original plan — by 2024.
Foxconn has said it has invested approximately $900 million in Wisconsin, which includes a nearly 1-million-square-foot "advanced manufacturing" facility in the Village of Mount Pleasant, a 300,000-square-foot "smart manufacturing center," a 120,000-square-foot "multipurpose building" and a 100-foot tall "high performance computing data center globe."
But it has been unclear what type of day-to-day work is actually being done in those buildings.
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It's been some months since Nicki Minaj and others amplified the falsehood that COVID vaccines made men's testicles swell up. And now some researchers have found that the COVID-19 virus gets into the penis, prostate, and testicles of some men, and can cause long-term problems with their sexual health and fertility.