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09/12/14

Does your Madison public school teacher get ‘down and dirty’?

In the past several days, I have found an enormous wellspring of pent-up resentment toward the teachers union here in Madison. That disdain can’t help but contaminate the entire school district. There is the perception — accurate, in my opinion — that the teachers union comes first to a school board largely elected by the teachers union. Everyone else — students, parents, and taxpayers — wait in back of the line.

Posted at 08:42 AM | Permalink | Comments: 9

09/11/14

Madison Teachers Inc. has been a bad corporate citizen for too long

Teachers are some of our most dedicated public servants. Many inspiring educators have changed lives for the better in Madison’s public schools. But their union is a horror.

Posted at 08:08 AM | Permalink | Comments: 26

09/08/14

Here’s your headline: ‘Act 10 is working, dammit!’

Where are the headlines? Scott Walker says his 2011 Act 10 reforms already have saved Wisconsin taxpayers $3 billion. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s PolitiFact looked into the claim and on Aug. 20 rated it “mostly true.”

Posted at 08:48 AM | Permalink | Comments: 12

09/02/14

Disagree with this blog? Wave signs and chant mindless slogans!

Why must our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances play drama queen at every difference of opinion instead of engaging in debate like intelligent people? The folks who protest at the Special Olympics picketed a recent Walker campaign fundraising appearance at the Nakoma Golf Club in Madison. (Big news at The Progressive magazine.) Look! A BMW!

Posted at 09:52 AM | Permalink | Comments: 19

08/26/14

Should free-market capitalists enjoy the appearance of free speech?

If you really want to understand the yin and yang of campaign finance law, hire a $300/hour attorney specializing in the field. If you can settle for the gist, one need only understand that the voluminous laws and regulations amount simply to this: avoiding the “appearance of corruption.”

Posted at 12:46 PM | Permalink | Comments: 31

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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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