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Jan 21, 201309:11 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

About guns, free choice, Act 10, the incumbent, and Mike Miller

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Act 10 is legal

So sayeth the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Why are we amused but not surprised? Because a Dane County judge ruled it was illegal. That’s the tip-off. Marquette Law prof Rick Esenberg gets to the heart of the matter here:

States are under no obligation to aid the unions in their political activities by providing payroll deductions for union dues. The court noted that “Wisconsin was free to impose any of Act 10’s restrictions on all unions.” The court held that the legislature had a rational and valid reason for passing Act 10 because, as the court said, “Act 10 exhibits a rational belief that public sector unions are too costly for the state.”

Put it this way: If the state of Wisconsin once agreed to deduct union dues from paychecks, it can un-agree.

Tyranny of the majority

Sen. Mike Ellis wants local school districts to decide by referendum whether to permit school choice? So teachers unions can stomp out competition?

The eminent senator objects that school choice draws money away from local school districts, thereby raising property taxes. Memo to the good senator: It’s supposed to draw money away. If the local district is not performing it is supposed to lose market share. The money follows the kid. If the district hikes up taxes to make up the difference instead of downsizing – or, perish the thought, improving – that’s still more reason to throw the bums out.

If Barry Alvarez were in charge, vacancies at UW chancellor, MATC president, and Madison school district administrator would have long ago been filled.

Can you imagine the foofaraw from our acquaintances in the mainstream news media if the Molotov cocktail mixer who crashed the Capitol during Gov. Walker’s state of the state speech had been a Tea Partier? Folks, crazy is crazy. (When gasoline is outlawed, only ...)

Another mighty oak from the glory years of The Capital Times has fallen. No one was more respected than Mike Miller, dean of the court reporters. He was never rattled, always professional. I considered him a friend. With his Stoughton heritage, we once talked of going into tobacco farming on the side; thankfully, nothing came of it. Shared many a shot and a beer with Mike, too soon departed at age 68. Requiescat in pace or, in Norwegian, hvil i fred. (His obituary.)

Comrade Nichols urges The Current Incumbent to go all FDR/second term on this country – “to claim that mandate as boldly as Roosevelt did 76 years ago.” (Read it and weep.) Here’s what boldly claiming mandates got FDR: He lost six Senate seats and 71 House seats in the 1938 midterm election. Besides the fact that in the 1936 election FDR lost only two states whereas The Current Incumbent lost 24 states in the election recently concluded. The other fly in the ointment: In 1936, Democrats and liberals had a four-to-one advantage in the House of Reps. This year, they have a 33-seat deficit.

Perhaps John means that The Current Incumbent should try to pack the court.

Is something special occurring today? I know it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Does one say “Happy M.L. King Day?”) But I can’t shake the impression that some event is occurring today of national importance.

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Jan 22, 2013 08:24 am
 Posted by  uwbiz96

Swing-and-a-miss today. Not your best work.

Jan 22, 2013 11:21 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Your comment gets called a balk.

Jan 22, 2013 06:43 pm
 Posted by  ssquared

Chapman column is excellent.

"un-agree" funny and to the point.

As to yesterdays event, I had the same feeling but decided it was a false echo or maybe just an echo.

Jan 22, 2013 09:05 pm
 Posted by  Michael Miller

Mike Miller was an excellent journalist who produced quality work. I always thought it was cool to share the same name with a man whose byline was attached to stories about some of the most interesting trials in Madison's history. I was fortunate to meet the "other" Mike Miller about a dozen years after I had earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University. He laughed when I told him that some of my high school classmates thought that I was the Mike Miller who had been writing for years for The Capital Times. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

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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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