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Apr 16, 201501:56 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Could Madison please have some adult supervision — and some leadership?

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Voters just approved a $41 million spending referendum. Now the Madison Metro School District says it needs to cut $10.8 million to cover a deficit. This is after rewarding its unionized teachers and support staff with a 2.5% pay increase in the budget approved late last year.

Who is running this store? Hint: It ain’t the Koch Brothers.

The cuts will require eliminating 110 positions, mostly teachers. How does this help minority achievement?

The school board rushed to ratify union contracts four years ago while protesters were still camping overnight in the State Capitol. The district scheduled a special meeting on a Saturday morning with only the minimally required public notice. I attended that meeting, but the public — the three of us who found the meeting — were not allowed to speak. The contract required no teacher contribution to their generous health insurance coverage.

School districts that took advantage of Act 10 are not laying off teachers.

Madison is paying for this folly by collecting teachers union boss John Matthews’ dues for him. Some of that money finds its way back to finance the school board members’ election campaigns. Sweet deal for the union, wormy apples for the students and their families, self-tapping screws for the taxpayers.

This is the editorial that the Wisconsin State Journal would print if the Wizard gave it some courage. It is why I have brought suit against the school district and the teachers union. Did Madison elect its school board to lead or kowtow to John Matthews? It’s an open question.

Please, Wizard, some belated courage for the Madison school board.

Disrupting traffic at East High School

The advisory Tuesday said, “Police suggest motorists use Winnebago Street, East Johnson Street, or Williamson Street.”

Blaska’s common-sense advisory reads: Angry motorists suggest police clear East Washington Avenue immediately.

Weather in the 60s. In my day, we called it senior skip day.

Maybe if the Chicago Tribune took a position, the Wisconsin State Journal would reprint the editorial. Greg Humphrey is one of the few local voices (a liberal, at that) to speak out:

While I understand the need to allow for First Amendment rights to be exercised there is also the need to rein in those elements who only aim for disruption. Blasting music from a car and dancing in the street on a weekday on one of Madison’s busiest streets was not meant to spread some deep hidden truths about police violence. It was meant as a power play by a radical group that can never gain citywide acceptance based on their stated goals. So like a child who has been told no at the checkout line they throw themselves on the floor and start to act-out.

My question is why it took so long for the adults who run this city to shut down the theater of the absurd that took place Tuesday? — “Why did it take over 8 hours …

But I don’t blame the police. They must operate in Madison, where City Hall is flooded by the filth and degradation of street people. There’s a difference between a police force working under Mayor David Dinkins and a police force working under Mayor Rudy Guiliani.

Angry motorists missed the connection between costly delays and the April 7 municipal elections. Voters elected a mayor and aldermen who refuse to support their police department when it comes under fire. You asked for leadership positions, now lead. (See if you can find any fiber in Paul Soglin’s “statement.”)

We’ve got a former alderman (Madame Brenda) charging “police violence” for finally clearing off one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares after eight and a half hours. We’ve got a local news media unwilling to expose Young and Truant’s Marxist staffing and training. (The Capital Times has been actively promoting the group. Here is its latest single-sourced “news” story, that source being — who else? — Brandi Grayson. See how it matches her press release.)

(Here is Police Chief Mike Koval’s response to the latest anti-police broadside published by “Your Progressive Voice.”)


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Apr 16, 2015 03:58 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

Dave, do you think your suit is going to make any headway before June 2016 when the contracts expire? It's already been 8 months! Crazy how slow the wheels work when you want a fair(er) shake.

Apr 16, 2015 04:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Read to a child,take them to a park and spend some time away from the the chaos--and for the TV news media please park the truck where the people cannot see it.. Do not film people who pander to the reporter and the camera-do not ask a loaded or baited question to get a response for the 6 pm or 10pm news--GET REAL
-Bring newspapers for them to read--The funnies are still my favorite part of the paper and the Sunday funnies I have read to kids for years --yours, mine and ours--Even the Sunday Funnies need some more --like Charlie Brown, Serial comics for kids--I Love to read to the kids and I love when they read to me--I have friends who are teachers --the kids room has a book shelf with books not Doo Dads

We all matter and caring for people is for all people-- no matter the race, color ,ethnic back ground , religion--I understand that we are all different --Maybe growing up in a small town and being educated in a small town has left me with a sense of empathy which is just fine.
I had made a personal observation several weeks back -- a community magazine free to people had an all black cover with the shooting issue
featured--The rack was full at 6:30pm Saturday evening People left it there--They needed and wanted a break--They wanted respite from the craziness.

Apr 17, 2015 09:30 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The DA actually had the state report for 3 weeks as of today.

What is taking him so long?

Apr 17, 2015 09:41 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You folks don't quite understand the situation. Ismael is busy preparing the proper exploitation of this situation. This takes time. Politics is a messy and sometimes time consuming effort. There was a very, very good reason Diamond Jim appointed this hack to his DA post.

Apr 17, 2015 10:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You think this is the only case the DA has? Don't forget they were also waiting on toxicology reports and who knows how backlogged that are is. This is probably the most important evidence on what drugs where digested that day and to what quantity. If Robinson was such a great kid as family wants people to think, why isn't there administrators and teachers saying what a great kid he was just a year ago? Who gave him the drugs? Lots of questions need to be answered.

Apr 17, 2015 10:50 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

This (East protest, Brandi Sharpton, Brenda Konkel, etc.) is pure comedic gold. Konkel's blog is priceless. Thanks for turning me on to that. Truly delusional woman.

For all of those that whine about this being a "business blog" and why all of this "hate hate hate?" - is it starting to become a little more clear to you? How much economic activity was lost with this stunt on East Wash? How many underreported burglaries or home invasions on the SW side happened while Madison police were diverted to East Wash to babysit? How many non-protesting students' education was disrupted by this? Think their future competition (e.g. in Europe or China) is going to school in a community that indulges this?

Meanwhile, yes, we are waiting for the decision from the black DA who has openly championed "Jim Crow-esque" race-specific courts designed to not convict blacks, to announce whether or not he will prosecute this white officer. We will talk all day about police bias, but not this bias in the DA's office.

Madison has created its own cottage industry related to race, and those chickens are coming home to roost. All of the formerly great institutions (schools, courts, churches, government) are tainted. All that is left is business.

Keep howling at the Koch money, yet turn a deaf ear to the Anne E. Casey money that sponsors the "Race to Equity" that the city is obsessed with.

Keep patting yourselves on the back for pointing out some disparities but not others (e.g. distribution of gunfire in Madison).

Get "justifiably angered," but not enough to do anything about it.

Drown in the waters of white privilege, but fail to grab that life preserver.

Sooner or later, business will have had enough and will leave. They will refuse to become tainted because it affects their bottom line. All Madison will have left is its tainted public institutions. A shell with a hollowed out core. Detroit.

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Apr 17, 2015 08:23 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I doubt Ozanne has any cases on his desk. He just walks around making sure everyone else is busy.

It is funny that the school districts that ran out to ratify a contract before Act 10 went into effect are now the ones suffering from their own lack of vision. The rest of the schools in the state, except for Milwaukee, are doing fine.

I think I'll stop visiting Madison if all we have are riots and protests all the time. I'll buy dinner and other items elsewhere.

Apr 17, 2015 08:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

We need some of these:

Apr 18, 2015 08:59 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Shorter Dave and 700: "Them damn kids! Blacks and their sympathizers! And, Marxists!" Thanks for advancing the debate in such a level-headed, non-inflammatory manner.

Apr 19, 2015 08:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

PS - Madison police just rolled out their PR campaign to educate citizens how to be safe in Madison. It involves barricading yourself in your home.

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

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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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