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11/25/14

The Ferguson verdict reflects a split-screen America

The split screens on the all-news cable TV channels Monday night reflected the political divide in America today. There was President Obama on the right half of the screen, the nation’s first black president, pleading for calm while seeming to indict the Ferguson legal system. The left side of the screen depicted a police car billowing fire in Ferguson, Mo.

Posted at 11:50 AM | Permalink | Comments: 7

11/24/14

No union contracts, no problems in Dane County

Collective bargaining died in Dane County and the world didn’t end. Which is not to say that the usual gang of Cassandras aren’t forecasting falling skies. “Joe Parisi has got to go,” Madame Brenda wails. A comment posted at madison.com threatens a labor strike. Really want to test Act 10 and Scott Walker?

Posted at 01:02 PM | Permalink | Comments: 8

11/21/14

Dane County obeys Act 10; won’t collect no union dues

Does Dane County government have better lawyers than the Madison school district? Or just a commitment to obeying the law as duly constituted? Following the dictates of Wisconsin Act 10, Dane County government will no longer deduct union dues from the paychecks of some 2,500 employees spread out among seven labor unions, beginning with the December payroll.

Posted at 12:18 PM | Permalink | Comments: 5

11/20/14

The party of progress overrules the voters

The President of the United States prepares today to go full Mussolini and impose immigration rules by executive fiat. The Madison Common Council knows what is best, so it is poised to prohibit consenting adults from using a substance that has not been proven harmful to non-users — vaping smokeless e-cigarettes. Rule by self-appointed experts. Progressives nationwide are joining with professor Jonathan “Hans” Gruber in demeaning those stupid gun- and religion-clinging voters who, once again, proved democracy is not working by voting wrong. You know it’s bad when even Dana Milbank frets that “Democrats are becoming more willing to purge those who aren’t ideologically pure.” As the Wall Street Journal editorialized this morning,...

Posted at 01:23 PM | Permalink | Comments: 10

11/18/14

Upon further review, the ruling on Nov. 4 stands

The graybacks among us may remember when the soccer moms voted in Bill Clinton, when the religious right elected George W. Bush. Now, a species once heretofore thought near politically extinct is being credited for the Republican onslaught on Nov. 4: old white men.

Posted at 08:22 AM | Permalink | Comments: 14

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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