Apr 2, 201408:34 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Two more years in the wilderness for Dane County conservatives
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There is no lipstick garish enough to disguise the net loss of one more conservative on the Dane County Board. Tuesday’s election saw my friend Dave Wiganowski go down to defeat in a district that had been gerrymandered for that purpose.
A chunk of the city of Madison was grafted onto his rural and suburban district in order to elect a city resident and labor union attorney. So much for liberal outrage at the state legislative redistricting; so much for honoring communities of interest.
Wiggy came on the same year I was first elected, in 1994, and had served 20 years. He was unafraid to challenge the prevailing wisdom. Dane County lacks that essential check and balance.
County government is now free to tilt at windmills (probably quite literally). The Wisconsin State Journal tells us that the county is now going to examine “every budget item, ordinance change, and service for ways they might either offset or worsen the stark racial disparities that have been documented here in the criminal justice system and several measures of quality of life.”
Folks, conservatives last controlled the Dane County Board in 1996; even then, liberal Rick Phelps was county executive. In other words, for the last 18 years, Dane County has been a liberal plantation. That holds true for the Dane County executive, its sheriff, and its district attorney (now running for state attorney general). All Democrats. As for the judiciary — if you can find the conservative, please let me know.
So don’t blame conservatives if there are racial disparities. That said, are liberals going to impose two codes of conduct, two standards of justice? Isn’t that what the Madison School District is now undertaking?
It hurts that big Kurt Schlicht in Cross Plains will be replaced by a progressive whose priority is global warming and homelessness. Thankfully, Verona voters returned Mike Willett to the county board after experimenting with a liberal. My friend Jon Hochkammer was re-elected mayor of Verona despite the machinations of the county Democrat(ic) party, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi among them. And congrats to Darrel Connor for winning a school board seat in Verona.
Want to bet that city continues to grow at Madison’s expense?
Students, taxpayers, Gov. Walker and Miss Vicki win big
Kenosha is not much on our radar screen here in the Emerald City. But that strong union town just voted for education reform. Kenosha voted for Scott Walker’s Act 10 when it elected two education reform candidates to replace two teachers union sycophants.
Dan Wade and Gary Kunich got 54% of the vote, defeating the two union-backed liberals, who combined for 45%. Significantly, the one incumbent running for re-election finished last.
Wade is the father of former Kenosha teacher Kristi LaCroix, who fought the teachers union. Of course, the young woman was threatened for supporting Walker’s Act 10 reforms. Here’s her story. Kristi is regional membership director for the Association of American Educators, a national non-union, professional teachers association. She spoke at last night’s Pints and Politics event here in Madison.
Brian Schimming tells me that left-wing groups across the state poured tens of thousands of dollars into Kenosha School Board races to protect liberal board members who illegally approved a sweetheart contract with the Kenosha Education Association. That money bought the attack mailer pictured here.
Notice this supposed slam: “Wade and Kunich held a campaign rally with celebrity Tea Party talk radio host Vicki McKenna.” Yeah, and the union-backed candidates brought in the Radio Slymer.