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July 2013


Wisconsin’s economy soars, Mary Burke’s candidacy crashes

How does the science go? Something about for every action there is an opposite but equal reaction? That popping sound you just heard was Mary Burke’s exploratory campaign balloon. New economic numbers are in for Wisconsin, and they are very good — which is very bad for Ms. Burke and the Democrats.

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We sang in the State Capitol: ‘Got a permit; it was easy’

On Monday, I organized a singalong at the State Capitol. You may have heard that a group called the Solidarity Singers has commandeered the Capitol rotunda to bash Gov. Scott Walker every weekday at noon since March of 2011. For two and a half years they have imposed the sad songs of Woody Guthrie and their Walker-hate on innocent youngsters school-bused in from places like New London and Little Suamico.

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Why does our district attorney let criminals off with a mere slap on the wrist?

Madison will never get a handle on its quality of life issues until it gets over its race guilt. That is some of the baggage that comes with professing the progressive faith. It results in its own kind of racism, the soft racism of low expectations, of excusing the inexcusable, of double standards that hurt both victim and aggressor.

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Trade Ryan Braun away

I want to grab Ryan Braun by the head, kiss him full on the mouth, and tell him, “You broke my heart. You broke my heart.” His pathetic acknowledgement of guilt is Nixonian in its passive tone. Hand caught in the cookie jar, he only “now” realizes he has “made some mistakes.” He apologizes to anyone he “may have disappointed.” It wasn’t enough he beat the rap on the pee sample through a technicality; he had to sup at the performance-enhancing drug bar.

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Phil is flying high, we’re flying low (plus Trayvon and Martin)

The Stately Manor on Sunday morning echoed with the cries of “PHIL!” Lefty’s surprise win in the (British) Open has lifted spirits here at World Headquarters for the Blaska Policy Research Center and Tanning Booth. The Squire and his doyenne popped champagne corks and granted the indentured servants an extra salt pill in their daily rations. Phil looks like he’s having fun. He plays the game of golf with brio; he fist-bumps his fans, he succors his family.

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Scott Walker’s economic miracle has begun; did anyone notice?

Does one detect a note of schadenfreude among the partisans who note that Scott Walker may not achieve his goal of fostering the creation of 250,000 jobs in his first four years? Make that “unrestrained glee” in the case of The Capital Times, the unofficial mouthpiece of the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. If Wisconsin’s economic ranking drops two places in the International Socialist rankings, the partisan content provider sends sound trucks blaring the message through village and countryside.

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Who are these masked marauders?

Can State Sen. Bob Jauch and Rep. Janet Bewley guarantee that no eco-terrorist will try to harm the employees or property of the Gogebic Taconite iron-mining site in northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Range? If not, then deterrence will do more to protect life and property than the pious palaver of the two Democrats. (“Jauch and Bewley deride G-Tac security measures.”)

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Nothing celebrates Independence Day like peas, explosives, beer, and euchre in the Blaska family

All credit to the younger generation for reviving that hallowed Blaska family tradition of a July 4 family reunion. Tip of the visor to Jessica Blaska-Grady, cousin Johan’s second daughter, and husband Brian for hosting the 2013 edition at their Monona home, right next door to the fireworks at Winnequah Park.

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Crossing the lines: Redistricting is not the real reason for state Republicans’ staggering success

If Republicans are “actually a party driven by WMC, the Club for Growth, the Koch brothers, and ... social-issue extremists,” as the editor of The Capital Times postulated on May 6, how is it that they keep winning elections? For, says the progressive editor, “their success is staggering.” The staggered editor forgot ALEC, Fox News, and talk radio. Creating hobgoblins is one way the political left delegitimizes elections it loses. Another tactic is to complain about being outspent (except when Tammy Baldwin and Barack Obama are doing the outspending). The third is to pretend Republicans win elections thanks to gerrymandering.

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Milverstedt and the craft of freedom, guns, and motorcycles (Plus: Hell breaks out in Meadowood)

Fred Milverstedt says we met back in 1978 when he was flacking for self-made (and later, unmade) millionaire David Carley, who was running in the Democratic primary for governor at the time. The political gig was a brief stop on the Milverstedt life tour — one of his many gigs, some of them actually successful. FritzderKat is one of those legendary Madison figures. To achieve legendary status requires an absence from the main stage, and for the past dozen years Fred has resided in a suburb of Minneapolis. A woman, of course. But legend also requires accomplishment — accomplishment achieved in spectacular (or at least notorious) fashion.

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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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