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Jan 1, 201407:33 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison’s progressive heroes of 2013, Part 2

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Jeff Simpson: The Monona Grove School Board member, teachers union sergeant major, and character assassin inaccurately insists on slandering school choice advocate Scott Jensen as a “convicted felon,” even though that conviction was vacated by a higher court.

Dave Cieslewicz struck another blow for the symbolic over the substantive. In solidarity with the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary, the former mayor and avid deer hunter traded in his semi-automatic rifle in favor of a bolt-action rifle, weapon of choice for Lee Harvey Oswald.

Comrade Nichols: Silent during the UW-Madison speech code regime, John continues his crusade against the First Amendment. He has long promoted gelding the First Amendment to prohibit citizens organized as corporations from speaking during an election campaign, with a generous carve-out for newspapers and magazines, of course. Now John argues that while individual persons may have free speech rights, those rights disappear at the ballot box. For instance, they cannot be trusted to determine the mascot nicknames of their children’s schools without the veto power of the Madison government commissars.

Brett Hulsey: The professional environmentalist represents the leafy neighborhoods of Madison’s tenured UW faculty, so you just know he’s got to be an extra-special progressive. It’s been a busy year for our Brett: using campaign funds to buy a beater as a “parade vehicle,” dunking a kid in Lake Mendota while wearing his tight Speedo bathing suit, offering to go best two out of three falls with a female legislative aide, and challenging Assembly Dem leader Peter Barca for leadership. Now that’s entertainment!

Progressive quote of the year #2: “That’s the role of government, where it can do things better as an organization than individuals can do on their own.” — Madison School Board member Mary Burke opposing parental school choice.

Who did I miss? Who gets your award? Cast your vote in the Blaska’s Bring It! first annual Progressive Hero of the Year poll (on the right-hand side of this page).

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Jan 1, 2014 08:53 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The clear winner has to be ferret faced Mary Burke. If for no other reason than by taking on the sacrificial goat role of Scott Walker's next opponent, she'll have her rodent features splashed all over television sets statewide in 2014. Not to mention all the slick color advertisements soon arriving in a mailbox near you, assuring us that Mary is for jobs, even though Trek bicycles are manufactured overseas.

I am surprised that Blaska's nominees didn't mention the union thugs who have been set free to pursue other opportunities as 70 unions voted to dissolve, all thanks to Act 10.

Jan 1, 2014 08:59 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


You have stepped to new lows. The reference to Mayor Dave and Lee Harvey Oswald is absolutely disgusting and disgraceful. Have you no shame?

Jan 1, 2014 04:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks for the laughs, Dave. I really hope in 2014 the liberals can outdo their displays of idiocy they put on for us this year. Then, next year at this time, we will be able to celebrate their shellacking at the polls. And I wonder if Nichols and Debbie Wasserman Schultz will finally update their 1980's hair styles.

Dave, not B

Jan 2, 2014 05:10 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

I like Mssrs. Moran and Mickells as winners. To demonstrate that Bill Ayers can still bomb in 2013 is a unique feat.

Jan 2, 2014 10:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How in the world did an insignificant little mouse turd like Jeff Simpson make this list but Dan Bice, John Sylvester and Segway Boy did not?

Jan 3, 2014 07:30 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Segway Boy was so 2011-12. Seems like his mother came to town and made him clean up his room. The Slymer was a close call; his new zookeepers in Monroe have applied the whip and the chair and he seems to have behaved, altho he still worships at the feet of Marty Beil. Bice works both sides of the street so I don't count him as a Prog. But all good points.

Jan 4, 2014 11:27 am
 Posted by  Fritzderkat

I'd like to nominate a former good friend of 30-40 years who upon learning I had "turned conservative" informed me that he no longer wanted my friendship and that we no longer should communicate. "I'll bet you have guns and motorcycles," he said. When I shared this with other lib/prog friends, even some among the most inveterate, they agreed it is beyond the pale.

Jan 19, 2014 05:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Both of you were lied too! Dave Blaska, who writes a column for, ran a couple of poorly written columns about who he felt his " progressive heroes" were for 2013!

Yours truly actually made the list

Jeff Simpson: The Monona Grove School Board member, teachers union sergeant major, and character assassin inaccurately insists on slandering school choice advocate Scott Jensen as a “convicted felon,” even though that conviction was vacated by a higher court.
and he had a poll, allowing his few readers to vote for theirs, with this
Last I looked, I was winning and I have NOT been notified!

So BLASKA - when will you notify Jeff? It appears you sir are a liar.

Jan 19, 2014 05:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Why not a conservative of the year - I nominate Joel Kleefish

Jan 20, 2014 12:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hi, I am not from Wisconsin, but have always loved the state, from my early years as a teen coming to UW-Parkside for GenCon and then to Milwaukee for all the years after the con moved there, until it left for Indiana, at which time we stopped attending. I wandered onto your blog by happenstance.

As a
'recovered' conservative to a 'recovered' liberal -- seriously? You consider this serious conversation? "Boss" Tate? Seriously, in 2014 you think that is meaningful? You have something to back it up besides the idea that it might sound rhetorically interesting to your most rabid readers? Really?

People posting on a blog think that talking about a woman as rodent faced is real conversation? Really? Seriously?

You may have converted from liberalism, but you perfectly manifest why I joined it.


Reynolds C. Jones
Albany, NY

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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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