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Madison’s progressive heroes of 2013, Part 2

The Emerald City of Madison churns out collectivist scolds like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia. Tuesday’s classic blog was not enough to contain the plentitude. (Two popular movie references in one sentence!) Truly, this is the land of Oz. Pay close attention to these wizards in front of and behind the screen.

Posted at 07:33 AM | Permalink | Comments: 17


Madison’s progressive heroes of 2013, Part 1

As the late folksinger sang, Love me, love me, I’m a liberal. Got to love them progressives — as they prefer to be called — for making our jobs so much easier here at the Blaska Policy Research Werkes and Tanning Salon. Who needs to rebut the redistributive state when our acquaintances on the left do the heavy lifting?

Posted at 07:27 AM | Permalink | Comments: 7


America’s liberal of the year is ...

Time magazine named Pope Frankie One as its Man of the Year. Good man, but too facile a choice. Putting a newly elected pope or president on your cover is punting on first down. The challenge is finding someone who best represents the zeitgeist of the times. As you might expect, the Blaska Policy Research Werkes (and Tanning Salon) is up to the challenge.

Posted at 07:35 AM | Permalink | Comments: 5


Merry Christmas and free speech to all, from our Stately Manor to yours

Merry Christmas from the indentured servants at Blaska’s Stately Manor. The anonymous white lab coats at the Blaska Policy Research Werkes and Tanning Salon have programmed Old Sparky to chime Silent Night. Aide de camp Ruben Mamoulian is deep into the cream sherry. The lovely chatelaine is arrayed in her finery. Number One Son is checking his list and reloading. The Squire himself is piling the sleigh high with consumer goods for the snow-covered journey to brother Mike-boy and Peg’s survivalist compound hidden deep within Grandma’s Woods.

Posted at 08:47 AM | Permalink | Comments: 2


Big Sister wants your business to report your building’s energy usage

Madison’s unemployed may be a protected class, but it’s still open season on the city’s job providers. Seven Madison alders are proposing to require owners of office, manufacturing, and retail buildings over 15,000 square feet and residential apartments over 35 units to report annual energy usage. The city would gather the data and release it to the public.

Posted at 02:29 PM | Permalink | Comments: 18

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About This Blog

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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