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March 2013

Sarah Manski keeps Nan Brien out of court; reports lots of Green

03/31/13

Sarah Manski keeps Nan Brien out of court; reports lots of Green

She blew through Monday’s campaign finance reporting deadline as blithely as she ran – and then quit – her race for Madison School Board. But Sarah Manski has finally made an honest woman of her treasurer and protector of the union-dominated old guard, Nan Brien.

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T.J. Mertz: How did Act 10 prevent you from paying your electric bill, and what about your conflict of interest?

03/29/13

T.J. Mertz: How did Act 10 prevent you from paying your electric bill, and what about your conflict of interest?

Thanks to her sudden withdrawal, the only active candidate for Seat 5 on the Madison school board is Sarah Manski-endorsed T.J. Mertz – although both names remain on the ballot. Two troubling issues have emerged.

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Paging Sarah Manski: You can’t leave for California just yet

03/28/13

Paging Sarah Manski: You can’t leave for California just yet

It appears one-time Madison school board candidate Sarah Manski has some homework to do here before departing for California. Monday was the deadline to file campaign finance reports for any funds raised or expenditures made between the last reporting date of Feb. 4 and March 15. Manski was a candidate until Feb. 21 when she said she was quitting the race to move to California. She dropped that bombshell barely two days after knocking out voucher school proponent Ananda Mirilli in a three-way primary.

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Write in Ananda Mirilli for Madison School Board Seat #5

03/26/13

Write in Ananda Mirilli for Madison School Board Seat #5

I am reversing course. I had proposed that everyone check off the name of Sarah Manski, the Madison Political Machine’s plant for Madison School Board in the Tuesday, April 2 spring election. Her name remains on the ballot, after all, and we could make the school board “appoint somebody good,” in the immortal words of Marj Passman.

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A colloquy on school choice and government coercion with Ed Hughes

03/25/13

A colloquy on school choice and government coercion with Ed Hughes

Ed Hughes is one of the more thoughtful liberals in town. We’re lucky to have him on the Madison school board if for no other reason that the alternative could be much worse. There are many more like Marj Passman out there, folks! Mr. Hughes has posted a lengthy post at his must-read blog defending the public school monopoly. Did I say “lengthy”? It is a filibuster.

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Chicago’s public schools are in shutdown mode

03/22/13

Chicago’s public schools are in shutdown mode

May explain why former Chicago schools administrator Jennifer Cheatham sought greater opportunities here in Madison. The Chicago school system is closing 61 school buildings to address a $1 billion deficit; 140 of its 681 schools are at least half-empty. Might not a tiny voice be whispering to Fighting Ed Garvey, John Nichols, Jeff Simpson, the UW School of Education, and other bitter-enders that perhaps the Chicago teachers union bears some responsibility for a) the financial deficit and b) the flight of students out of the public schools?

Posted at 09:17 AM | Permalink | Comments: 4

Charity for Madison’s ‘Occupiers’ means not enabling antisocial behavior

03/20/13

Charity for Madison’s ‘Occupiers’ means not enabling antisocial behavior

What would Jesus do? What would Pope Frankie One do? In taking the name of Francis of Assisi, the new pope encourages all of us to help the less fortunate. It is a welcome message. God is in the details. What truly helps the poor and what only assures that they will remain poor?

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Greece is an economic basket case because of ... austerity?

03/18/13

Greece is an economic basket case because of ... austerity?

Backwards reels the mind. Your humble Squire made Wisconsin a little bit smarter during his appearance on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Week in Review program Friday. He was paired opposite The Progressive magazine’s Ruth Conniff. Feeling entitled to her own facts as well as her own opinions, the Lefty lady postulated that Greece was in the economic dumpster because it had practiced fiscal austerity all these years.

Posted at 01:55 PM | Permalink | Comments: 1

Manski and Democrats used Madison’s minorities as partisan cannon fodder

03/15/13

Manski and Democrats used Madison’s minorities as partisan cannon fodder

Madison Prep was the mouse that roared. How can you explain the fear and loathing Madison’s power elite directed at the Madison Urban League’s proposed charter school? The Urban League’s Madison Prep charter school would have been just one school amid 50 Madison public schools. It would have taught 800 kids out of 27,000 enrolled in the district. The school board would have retained the ultimate authority to shut it down. So why the sturm und drang over this niche school?

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‘If a Republican did something like this you would have the Capitol in lockdown’

03/14/13

‘If a Republican did something like this you would have the Capitol in lockdown’

Well, hooray for Hazel! Three weeks after Leftist community organizer Sarah Manski pulled the rug out from under Madison school district voters, my old alma mater, The Capital Times, finally uttered its first words of disapproval on Wednesday, March 13, however mild.

Posted at 07:19 AM | Permalink | Comments: 5

Praying for Brett Hulsey

03/13/13

Praying for Brett Hulsey

Just a few thoughts on Brett Hulsey. No, I never thought he was suffering when I served 12 years with him on the county board. I do now. Wield a box cutter in the office, demand that your female office worker go to the mat with you, talk about bringing long rifles into the Assembly chambers and shooting apples off Republicans’ heads at long range – and those are only the most recent “kerfuffles.”

Posted at 08:52 AM | Permalink | Comments: 1

Why liberals are ‘profoundly disappointed’ in The Capital Times’ l’affaire Manski

03/12/13

Why liberals are ‘profoundly disappointed’ in The Capital Times’ l’affaire Manski

Sarah Manski “did the right thing” by quitting the Madison school board race! That’s like praising a bank robber for turning himself in without mentioning the bank robbery. But that’s how The Capital Times whitewashed its dirty laundry in an unsigned editorial written by John Nichols after almost a full week of embarrassed editorial silence.

Posted at 09:56 AM | Permalink | Comments: 2

John Nichols comes clean on Sarah and Ben Manski (almost)

03/11/13

John Nichols comes clean on Sarah and Ben Manski (almost)

I have made an honest man of John Nichols. Well, almost. The prolific columnist has finally fessed up to his close partnership with Sarah and Ben Manski. Well, almost. He did so only after Blaska’s Bring It! submitted a strongly worded series of blunt questions about John’s role in Sarah’s abortive school board candidacy.

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Madison Urban League head calls out Manski and Mertz for dishonest school board campaign

03/06/13

Madison Urban League head calls out Manski and Mertz for dishonest school board campaign

Kaleem Caire, president of the Urban League of Greater Madison, is speaking out against the campaign of deception waged against people of color and others who support doing something now about Madison’s yawning achievement gap instead of blaming Gov. Scott Walker.

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Here we go again; more wrangling over Dane County development policies

03/05/13

Here we go again; more wrangling over Dane County development policies

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi wants to end the commission that helps regulate housing and business development beyond city limits. Parisi announced Monday that he supports abolishing the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPCE), saying the agency had “failed.” Unlike other regional planning commissions throughout the state, CARPCE consists of only one county, Dane.

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Falloneous Fiction

03/05/13

Falloneous Fiction

Remember the SCTV comedy sketch in which Joe Flaherty played a character running for mayor of Melonville against Mayor Tommy Shanks, played by John Candy? Flaherty bills himself as “the candidate who saves people.” Sure enough, as he is taping his campaign ad, somewhere in the distance a woman in the background cries for help and off he goes, in mid-sentence. Sure beats talking about the issues, especially when you suspect those issues might not sell.

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Liberals say (and do) the darnedest things!

03/04/13

Liberals say (and do) the darnedest things!

Where is Art Linkletter when we really need him? Q. When did the Left, which once boasted such intellectuals as John Kenneth Galbraith and Frantz Fanon, revert to such childishness? (A. Probably after Abbie Hoffman put Saul Alinsky into practice.) We submit as evidence Exhibit A: one Graeme Zielinski, the official spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Posted at 09:06 AM | Permalink | Comments: 3

Minority reaction to the Manski gambit: ‘That anger is growing louder. Believe it!’

03/01/13

Minority reaction to the Manski gambit: ‘That anger is growing louder. Believe it!’

Madison’s minority race community is at full boil over the Sarah Manski scandal and they are not going to take it anymore. Blaska’s Bring It! revealed the smoking gun Wednesday of the Manskis’ high-tech slander campaign to block Latina candidate Ananda Mirilli in the low-turnout Madison School Board primary.

Posted at 08:48 AM | Permalink | Comments: 4

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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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