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02/24/14

Wisconsin Act 10 plays New York (@Times)

The Sunday New York Times examined the aftermath of Wisconsin Act 10, the legislation that all but ended collective bargaining for government employees (except police and fire). It is well worth a read. The lengthy article is fairly comprehensive except for a gaping hole in the donut.

Posted at 11:08 AM | Permalink | Comments: 17

02/21/14

Sifting through the big Scott Walker (yawn) email dump

Day 2 of the great Walker county executive email dump. Where is Ted Koppel these days? Release the hostages! Oh, wait. Can the news media possibly find any more chaff in the haystack that prosecutors discarded a year ago? The news industry is heavily invested in the story; they fought like heck (sorry, Jay) to get this stuff. Like that awful Father’s Day tie, they’ve got to use it a couple times to justify the expense.

Posted at 09:11 AM | Permalink | Comments: 3

02/20/14

Blaska takes on John Doe, Scott Walker, Hillary: The Movie, and Gerry Mander as the Beaver

What are we to make of the screaming headlines over political campaigning in Scott Walker’s office while he was Milwaukee county executive? Mike Tate and the Democratic echo machine will try to spin it as Watergate on the Lake. Walker partisans will say “nothing to see here.” I am somewhere in between. My standard is this: If you play the game, you play by the rules.

Posted at 09:16 AM | Permalink | Comments: 8

02/17/14

Blaska is just the man to speak against ‘good government’

It has been decided. The cause of good government is best served by adopting Iowa’s system of legislative redistricting and by gelding the First Amendment to prevent corporations from speaking 60 days before an election — with a generous carve-out for corporations like the Wisconsin State Journal, of course.

Posted at 10:35 AM | Permalink | Comments: 23

02/13/14

Are government-mandated living wages coming to an end?

The Wisconsin Legislature is about to pre-empt all municipal “living wage” ordinances (currently requiring a minimum wage of $11.33/hour in Dane and Milwaukee counties) wherever state or federal money is used. Given that most social services are financed by federal and state governments as pass-through spending, that is significant. Turns out Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is a prime backer of Sub 1 to Assembly Bill 750, having just been slammed by a living wage ordinance enacted Feb. 6 by a veto-proof vote of his county board.

Posted at 11:06 AM | Permalink | Comments: 6

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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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