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February 2013

Blaska is a Manski man for that Manski woman!

02/28/13

Blaska is a Manski man for that Manski woman!

Latina immigrant Ananda Mirilli will not wage an uphill write-in campaign for Madison School Board. Can’t blame her. Virtually impossible to get elected if your name is not on the ballot, which it won’t be – thanks to being sandbagged by the temporary candidacy of Sarah Manski, who was recruited for that very purpose, as I first disclosed Wednesday.

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Yes, the Manskis absolutely did target Ananda Mirilli

02/27/13

Yes, the Manskis absolutely did target Ananda Mirilli

Ms. Mirilli reached out to this blog today to confirm that Sarah Manski was, indeed, recruited to run against her – and her, specifically. The Madison School Board candidate, defeated in last week’s three-way primary, said the Manskis spread a rumor that she was recruited by the Great Right Conspiracy to run as a stalking horse for school vouchers. News to me!

Posted at 02:48 PM | Permalink | Comments: 4

Blaska debates an opponent of parental school choice

02/26/13

Blaska debates an opponent of parental school choice

Over the past week, I have been debating one Jeff Simpson over at Forward Lookout, the Progressive Dane-inspired blog site he shares with Madame Brenda and Lukas Diaz. Jeff is an appointed member of the Monona Grove School Board, a defender of teachers unions, an opponent of parental school choice, and a reliable messenger for ever-higher school spending. (Last spring Simpson testified during MG school budget hearings in favor of a $13 million hike in MG school district property taxes.)

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Is teachers union boss John Matthews behind the Manski-gate conspiracy?

02/24/13

Is teachers union boss John Matthews behind the Manski-gate conspiracy?

The Madison Machine has put the fix in to elect a school board wholly beholden to the teachers union. No one suffers more than the poorly served minority community in Madison. Its candidates are being undermined for the benefit of the insider power structure that has allowed the minority achievement gap to grow to alarming levels.

Posted at 12:58 PM | Permalink | Comments: 16

Sarah Manski quits while she’s ahead

02/22/13

Sarah Manski quits while she’s ahead

Sing it with Groucho: “Hello, I must be going.” The withdrawal of Sarah Manski less than 48 hours after she won the primary for one of the Madison School Board seats is so cheap and tawdry it defies explanation. There was no possibility that her husband, Ben Manski, might leave the state, having applied to an out-of-state graduate school?

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So God made a farmer named Donnie Statz

02/21/13

So God made a farmer named Donnie Statz

And took him home this week. His passing called me back to the old neighborhood yesterday, pushing reaction to Gov. Walker’s fine State of the State address last night to another day. Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church in Sun Prairie was packed to overflowing Wednesday for the funeral Mass of Donald Statz. Can there be a finer tribute? He was “Donnie” to everyone who knew him, and so many did, even if only slightly, as I did. (His younger brother Roger was closer in age.)

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Tuesday is Election Day: Justice Ann Walsh Bradley can unlock her doors

02/18/13

Tuesday is Election Day: Justice Ann Walsh Bradley can unlock her doors

"Knock knock." "Who’s there?" "Land shark." If it’s Tuesday, it must be Election Day in Wisconsin. A struggling young writer named Christian Schneider first limned that line, and it’s true – unless we get zapped by a surprise comet. Two races merit our attention.

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Wind up the Sun Prairie farm history Wayback Machine, Part 2

02/15/13

Wind up the Sun Prairie farm history Wayback Machine, Part 2

The city of Madison existed only on Judge Doty’s paper when, in 1837, a party of 37 men passed through a wild landscape almost totally devoid of houses, much less farms. Only five years before, the Native Americans had been cleared out with the defeat of Winnebago Chief Blackhawk, whose people were exiled to Iowa.

Posted at 08:19 AM | Permalink | Comments: 2

Vandalism does violence to democracy even when committed against businesspeople

02/14/13

Vandalism does violence to democracy even when committed against businesspeople

Not that many of our progressive acquaintances would agree. Given a snoot full of party-line propaganda, they come to believe that they ARE “The People.” Armed with a sense of moral superiority, they feel fully justified in shouting down dissent. Convinced that the truth has been revealed to them, alone, hurling a rock or spattering paint on enemy property is (somehow) a blow for democracy.

Posted at 12:13 PM | Permalink | Comments: 7

Back to the future of farming in Sun Prairie, Part 1

02/13/13

Back to the future of farming in Sun Prairie, Part 1

Congratulations to Don and Shirley and Rich and Veronica Statz of Sun Prairie and their families, who will host the statewide Farm Technology Days two years from now, Aug. 25-27, 2015. We grew up just down the road from the Statz family. Hard workers, good neighbors, successful businesspeople, values-oriented.

Posted at 12:48 PM | Permalink | Comments: 1

Major firearms legislation is unlikely

02/12/13

Major firearms legislation is unlikely

Will Congress enact stricter firearms regulations? Not if a poll by The Daily Beast is on target. In the House, 238 oppose the proposed gun laws, 151 support, 15 are swing votes – and 28 are either confused or especially stealthy. Even if one adds the free swingers and the confused to the support column, further gun control loses 194 to 238. In the Senate, 49 outright oppose while 37 support, five swing, and eight are muddy.

Posted at 12:27 PM | Permalink | Comments: 14

Dane County human services chief: Homeless winter camp ‘is not safe’

02/06/13

Dane County human services chief: Homeless winter camp ‘is not safe’

Lynn Green, the hardworking administrator of Dane County’s Human Services Department, tells your faithful bloggeur that Brenda Konkel’s winter camping at Token Creek County Park is unsafe. She says those “Occupy Madison” campers have made their own misery by refusing to play by the rules. Further, they disproportionately drain existing resources from other needy people.

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Please stop ‘helping’ the homeless occupiers

02/05/13

Please stop ‘helping’ the homeless occupiers

The Squire is not without a heart but neither did he furlough his brain. (Nor does he imbibe deer antler spray.) Your blogger has given a spare thought to the miseries of the squalid squatters of Occupy Madison. The heart wishes to speak first. Go ahead, heart. Last week’s torrential downpour flooded their squalid campsite. Then they were snowed under and frozen solid. It’s cold out there, pilgrims! So, we do have pity; we say a little prayer.

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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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