The Daily Populous

Friday March 22nd, 2019 night edition

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Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess brushed aside GOP concerns that striking down the lame-duck laws would leave thousands of other statutes passed in so-called extraordinary sessions susceptible to challenge.

Evers called the ruling a victory, saying Republicans went too far with the lame-duck laws.

Lawmakers passed the lame-duck laws during a December extraordinary session, which is a previously unscheduled floor period initiated by majority party leaders.

They warned the judge that invalidating the concept of extraordinary sessions could expose more than 3,000 pages of laws passed during such sessions to legal challenges.

The judge denied Tseytlin's request for a stay and called the lawyer's warning that an injunction would create legal chaos an "alarmist domino-theory.".

Less than two hours after Niess blocked the laws Evers ordered Kaul to pull out of the lawsuit.

Five labor unions have sued in Dane County arguing that the laws steal power from the executive branch and transfer it to legislators, violating the separation of powers doctrine. »

'Cancel Brexit' petition passes 2m signatures on Parliament site

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A petition calling for Theresa May to cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50 has passed two million signatures.

The petition has long since passed the 100,000 signatures that means it will be considered for debate.

In January, MPs debated whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal, after a petition calling for that got 371,673 signatures. »

ACLU: Black man detained while moving into own Kansas home

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He added that if he were white “we wouldn’t even be having this conversation right now.”.

“Each of these incidents would be concerning had they been alleged independently,” the ACLU said in the letter to the attorney general’s office.

“Together, they suggest a pervasive culture of racial bias and systemic process failure within the Tonganoxie Police Department. »

Microsoft Says the FCC 'Overstates' Broadband Availability in the US

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Microsoft this week was the latest to highlight the US government’s terrible broadband mapping in a filing with the FCC, first spotted by journalist Wendy Davis.

In it, Microsoft accuses the FCC of over-stating actual broadband availability and urges the agency to do better.

The FCC’s broadband data is received via the form 477 data collected from ISPs. »

The Benjamin Franklin Effect: How to Build Rapport by Asking for Favors – Effectiviology

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The Benjamin Franklin effect is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to like someone more after they do that person a favor.

The rival obliged, and a week later Franklin returned the book, with a letter expressing how much he liked it.

One example of the Benjamin Franklin effect appears in a study where participants took part in a cognitive task which allowed them to earn some money. »