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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.


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Apr 2, 2014 11:16 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The oral chemo bill, in its original form, passed the Senate 30-2, so it wasn't exactly a stretch to predict that the watered down Robin Vos version, rewritten by insurance industry lobbyists, would pass by a slimmer margin.

But did rewriting it to make it more palatable to insurance execs make it better? Seems like the better measure is the one that passes by a wider margin, no? Or is the idea to re-craft every piece of legislation until Dale Schultz opposes it?

Go pro, Frank Kaminsky! Gather ye rosebuds!

Apr 2, 2014 12:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Barney Miller situation comedy ended in 1982, a mere 32 years ago. That explains why the Wojo reference is more than a little stale.

Apr 2, 2014 12:38 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

But the folks at the assisted living center are digging it the most! Abe Vigoda lives!

Apr 3, 2014 11:03 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I am a Black democrat who can't agree with you more. Why am I a member of a political party that takes me for granted. Given the current situation and I know that they have lead us down this road. I am serious considering leaving the party and advised all Blacks to seriously consider doing so also. Thank you David for shedding a light on the so called liberal Dems Party leadership

Apr 3, 2014 06:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How do liberals even function at all, knowing the Koch Brothers are behind every movement of every atom on the planet? No wonder they act as looney as they do.

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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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