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04/28/14

White, middle-aged (plus), and male? I plead guilty as hell!

I skipped last week’s “Together Apart” panel discussion on race at the First Unitarian Society. You can’t have a true dialogue until you invite folks like Dr. Ben Carson or Sheriff David Clarke. Or Paul Ryan. Instead, your humble Squire strapped on the electrodes for the Buzzfeed quiz to determine his level of White Privilege.

Posted at 07:38 AM | Permalink | Comments: 6

04/26/14

Verona voters rout the progressives

Say one thing for them, progressives fight to win — even if they have to stoop to playing the race card. “The Democrats came after me in the last week of the campaign,” Mike Willett reports. His opponent put out a lit piece displaying the nonpartisan County Board candidate with the supposedly hated governor. “Mike Willett Stands With Scott Walker. Do You?” it screamed.

Posted at 07:41 AM | Permalink | Comments: 4

04/25/14

Verona moderates, independents regroup

It was “a perfect storm,” remembers former alderman Nancy Bartlett of the progressive takeover of Verona. It started with the furor over Walker’s Act 10 collective bargaining reforms in 2011. Helping mix that cauldron was one Erika Hotchkiss, a professionally trained political operative who turned her newly purchased coffeehouse into Verona’s Walker Recall Central. She would strike the first blow, upending an eight-year incumbent for County Board in 2012.

Posted at 07:00 AM | Permalink | Comments: 1

04/24/14

Progressives cause havoc on Verona City Council

Verona’s weekly newspaper was prescient: “There will be an unprecedented change the likes the council has never seen before,” the Press predicted last spring. It did not take long for the eight-member City Council, now evenly divided after the surprise election of four progressives, to boil over in dissension. One month in, holdover alderman Jeremy Charles said the “new political climate … had taken a toll on his health, well-being and ability to reason with other alders.”

Posted at 07:57 AM | Permalink | Comments: 3

04/23/14

Progressives move into Verona, run for office

“Verona has never seen an election cycle like this,” The Verona Press marveled after the April 2013 municipal election. No one could remember when all four incumbent aldermen in an election cycle had been challenged, much less defeated.

Posted at 07:43 AM | Permalink | Comments: 3

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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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