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Apr 24, 201407:57 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Progressives cause havoc on Verona City Council

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Fourth in a series. Click for part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Verona’s weekly newspaper was prescient: “There will be an unprecedented change the likes the council has never seen before,” the Press predicted last spring.

It did not take long for the eight-member City Council, now evenly divided after the surprise election of four progressives, to boil over in dissension. One month in, holdover alderman Jeremy Charles said the “new political climate … had taken a toll on his health, well-being and ability to reason with other alders.”

Jon Hochkammer

Michael Bare

“The self-described voting bloc of the new folks are pretty much going to stick to their guns,” he complained. “They ran on a platform of stopping development, stopping the expansion of the city.” Charles’ resignation letter said he joined the council simply to serve and that he did not wish to become a politician. He resigned. (Verona Press, 4-26-13: “Alderman resigns over political climate.”)

Big mistake. That left the now 4-3 progressive majority to pick his successor. The fix was in. They chose one of their own — one Michael Bare, age 31. Employed by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute out of Milwaukee, he described himself as “an advocate for poor and at-risk Wisconsinites.” In other words: a community organizer. He had moved to town just two months before. Bare made it 5-3 progressive.

Bare, The Verona Press marveled, “devotes almost half of his two-page resume to detailing his work with U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold and other political campaigns.”

“Local government should not be partisan,” Mayor Jon Hochkammer lamented. (The county Republican Party does not endorse in nonpartisan elections.)

The new progressive bloc supported giving the public library eight new, full-time positions “without giving due consideration to all other city departments’ needs,” Hochkammer charged. The council had denied funding nighttime coverage for the fire department, for instance. “I attribute this to lack of knowledge of budgeting, and understanding of working within the levy limits imposed by the state,” Hochkammer said.


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Apr 24, 2014 11:04 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

omg. Just saw your Right WI "So Humble So Wonderful" Burke Photoshop win. Can't read there (dirty whiny Lib doncha no), but I just had to come over and LOL. We are amused indeed.

Apr 24, 2014 11:07 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"The self-described voting bloc of the new folks are pretty much going to stick to their guns" really sounds familiar.

"A review of 2011-2012 voting records by a University of Wisconsin academic demonstrates that many Wisconsin legislators are marching in lockstep with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Sixty-one Wisconsin politicians -- or 46 percent of the legislature -- voted with the ALEC agenda one hundred percent of the time."

Apr 25, 2014 08:06 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Number of ballots ALEC will be on 11/04/2014: 0

Number of ballots Koch brothers will be on 11/04/2014: 0

Number of ballots "Faux News" will be on 11/04/2014: 0

Please, please, please let the eternally tone deaf, out of touch moonbat liberals keep campaigning on ALEC, Fox News and the Koch brothers in 2014.
In the face of Obama's Great Depression, (five years and going strong) voters will find it very easy to turn away from the conspiracy theory Democrats and hard core union talking points.
Especially when they'll also be trying to sell the Obamacare train wreck as beneficial.

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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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