Apr 3, 201312:11 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Madison progressive political machine hands Scott Walker another school victory
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Congratulations to Madison’s white power elite, especially to Democrats, organized labor, John Matthews and his teachers union. You very well may have elected a teachers union-first (“Collectively we decide ...”), children second school board. You also just handed Scott Walker a powerful case for expanding private school vouchers.
What are you afraid of? That more parents might not choose the taxpayer-coerced public school monopoly? What do you expect, when you leave them no (ahem) ... choice.
I would like to hold out hope that absentee ballots will make the difference, but 279 votes is probably too many for Wayne Strong to overcome to defeat Dean Loumos, who holds an 18,286 to 18,007 lead. If there are 1,333 absentee ballots that need to be counted, as the city clerk’s website advertises, Strong would have to beat Loumos 806 to 527 in those uncounted votes.
(BTW: Is this the new normal? As absentee voting becomes more popular, winners won’t be declared for a week after the election?)
Instead of a retired police officer and mentor to young people, MTI appears to have elected its man for Seat #3. Loumos’ endorsers are almost identical to the camp that endorsed Sarah Manski and T.J. Mertz: Progressive Dane, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, UW Teaching Assistants, leading Democrats or the party itself, MTI and/or John Matthews himself. Mayor Paul Soglin and the Green Party endorsed Loumos and Manski.
What does it tell you that Wayne Strong held his election watch party Tuesday night at Badger Bowl, on Madison’s south side, and that his opponent for Madison School Board held his at the Progressive’s favorite hangout on the Isthmus?
Soglin, Matthews, Loumos – Madison’s white power elite.
At the bowling alley I saw Richard Brown Jr., Isadore Knox, my old boss Kirbie Mack (now that was awkward!), Kaleem Caire, new Seventh District Alderman Maurice Cheeks, Nichelle Nichols (who ran for school board unsuccessfully last year), former school board member Juan Jose Lopez, and Ananda Mirilli (knocked out of the primary by the Manski maneuver). James Howard, re-elected to the school board despite opposition from the Democratic Party of Dane County, made the same Badger Bowl room his election night venue. School board member Ed Hughes showed up, too.
I heard many imprecations (“win or lose”) against Mike Basford and his Dane County Democratic Party: endorsers of Loumos, Mertz, and James Howard’s opponent.
As for T.J. Mertz in Seat #5, what can one say about a candidate who is running unopposed and over a third of voters still choose someone else? Mertz got 65% to Manski’s 31% to 4% write-ins, most of which (presumably) went to Ms. Mirilli. A Joe Bflstk-sized cloud hangs over Mertz and Loumos.