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Jun 11, 201412:01 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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Kaleem Caire to renew push for Madison Prep charter school

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There is good news in Madison today. Kaleem Caire will announce sometime within the next two weeks his new challenge, that being with a childhood development organization in (even better news) Madison. His organization is called One City Early Learning Centers.

He and wife Lisa Peyton Caire had seriously considered leaving Madison, for personal family reasons mainly. But they have decided to stay and fight it out here. Madison’s gain.

The former Urban League president says he will renew his quest for a charter school attuned to minority achievement — probably after the fall elections. Madison School Board member Mary Burke, he says, remains a supporter (she donated $2.5 million of her own money to the effort) but doesn’t want the issue to roil her bid for governor as a Democrat, to whom education reform is toxic.

That’s not bold leadership. [See comment below.] Mary Burke is in a unique position to recast the Democrat(ic) Party away from its congenital kowtowing to the public sector unions toward the reform of the La Follettes (who brooked no public sector unions). But she is naturally timid and cowed by the party bosses.

Can anyone say Burke would be a transformative, game-changing governor? Instead, we’re seeing a party boss-driven version of Jim Doyle II — only less colorful. Is Mary’s lipstick beige?

What could be less La Follette than the party bossism now encrusting the Democrat(ic) Party? The party central committee has excluded my man Brett Hulsey, endorsed in the lieutenant governor’s race (more here) and, apparently, in the Iowa-Richland County State Senate race (about which).

On a personal note, the Caires have endured more than their share of turmoil. Their son Jabari, age 20, was viciously beaten May 6 by a young thug over a trivial matter — just two hours after the perpetrator’s release from jail on a previous charge. Jabari sustained a horribly fractured skull. Kaleem says full recovery will take two years. Meanwhile, the (alleged) attacker has been released on a $1,000 bond — that after having walked out on another bond! (More here.)

Kaleem Caire speaks knowledgeably and with compassion about the criminal culture that spawned the (alleged) attacker who, in same ways, is also a victim. The incident points up a hard reality: The victims of social disintegration of the black family overwhelmingly are other black people.

Caire also says his wife has paid the price for his brave stand against the intransigence of the teachers union (which effectively vetoed his proposed Madison Prep charter school because it would have been non-union) by being denied positions for which she had rated highly qualified. Caire has also been hurt by his willingness to work with and speak to conservatives and libertarians.

Madison is very much into Joe McCarthy-ite guilt by association.


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Jun 11, 2014 12:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

$2.5 million seems like pretty bold leadership to me. Disappointing to see you tap dance around this issue, cheerleading Madison Prep out of one side of your mouth, trashing the school's top supporter out of the other side.

Jun 11, 2014 12:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

heck blaska,

that's all you are about,

guilt by association.

not sure you know what free thinking is.

Jun 11, 2014 12:55 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You're way off on the campaign money issue, Dave. The numbers you cite are traditional campaign finances, which of course Cantor would be rolling in. The story is in how much money the tea party groups like AFP funnel to talk show hosts like Mark Levin who spend hours of their daily shows talking up guys like Brat. Money can't buy that kind of support, to say nothing of the kind of advertising money CAN and DID buy that was neither raised nor spent by Brat. More here:

Jun 11, 2014 02:05 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

The Wall Street Journal reports that Brat received no help from the Club for Growth or Heritage Action. The only national conservative figure to back Dave Brat was radio host Laura Ingraham. Do you have other information? Politico is chock-a-block with Cantor/Brat stories today. Here's a good one on the money differential:

Jun 11, 2014 04:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Did you see this ad? Makes Willy Horton look like Sesame Street. That's from these guys:

Dave, their bottom line is compromise is for the weak. They are not interested in amnesty of any kind for immigrants. Is that where you stand, too? As a politician and Tommy Thompson fanatic, are you advocating for stalling the government instead of working toward solutions? Because that's what WDB PAC is all about.

When it comes to talk show hosts, what difference does national make? Is Mark Levin national? Did he rail against Cantor and boost Brat daily? More importantly, was his show financially rewarded with tea party money for doing so? Of course it was. The money that the candidates raise themselves is almost immaterial these days. I've gotten two mailers in as many weeks from AFP talking up Act 10. They're not cheap to produce or mail, and you won't see a dime on the ledgers of Scott Walker or the state party.

Yes it was an upset, but it was also a perfect illustration of how campaigns work in the big money tea party era. Good luck trying to figure out who dropped the cash to finance that commercial. It's virtually untraceable.

Jun 11, 2014 05:21 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

In other words, you have no idea how much either one spent but you prefer to think, without proof, that David Brat outspent a long-time incumbent — an incumbent with tons of name recognition, a staff of 23 to 2 for Brat? A challenger campaign managed by a 23-year-old? Do you have statistics on the airtime ad buys? The number of mailings? Are you suggesting that the talk show host you name, this guy Levin, was on the take? That he was taking Payola?

Whatever the case, the people of that district in Virginia made their decision. They turned out a well heeled incumbent for an upstart. That is called democracy.

Jun 11, 2014 08:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon 4:20 p.m: What is wrong with not being interested in amnesty of any kind? Why are some immigrants required to go through the proper, lawful immigration process but others come here without regard to our laws? This plays well in Madison where bicyclists routinely scoff at traffic laws by rolling through red lights as if they are a suggestion.

Jun 12, 2014 06:46 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yes, I'm suggesting that Levin was dealing in payola. It's how the right wing radio circuit works. What do you think, they're making profits on those gold commercials? Your other words are not mine. I only said that it wasn't as lopsided as you think and the evidence is sitting right there. Those who finance tea party candidates do not wish to have their names out for the public to see during the campaign. They set up PACs and work the issue ad game instead. Also, the margin of victory, while impressive, occurred in a very early primary in a very red district. Those who turned out don't exactly represent mainstream political thought.

When the majority leader goes down, the party's brand isn't unity or effectiveness, it's dysfunction and turmoil.

Jun 12, 2014 07:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well, if it takes dysfunction and turmoil to make Republicans start acting like Republicans, so be it! The Tea Party is holding the GOP's feet to the fire. They want the GOP to quit focusing on social issues like gay marriage and abortion (there's a strong libertarian contingent in the Tea Party that says those issues are none of the government's business anyway) and start working to lower government spending and cut back on job-destroying regulations that are strangling the economy. (This week's story about the FDA trying to strangle the cheese industry by unnecessarily banning wooden cheese boards that haven't killed or hurt a single person is a case in point.) The Tea Party wants to run the federal gravy train of welfare dependency and crony capitalism off the rails. Good for them! As for immigration reform, its biggest backer is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because its members want more cheap labor, not because of any altruistic belief that illegal aliens have somehow "earned" an easier pathway to citizenship. The United States is starting resemble Britain before Thatcher, when too many Brits sat on their butts collecting unemployment while thousands of (legal) immigrants happily filled all the jobs. The Iron Lady would have LOVED the Tea Party!

Jun 12, 2014 02:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Another race-based school . . . I can't wait for progressive 79% white Madison's race problems to be solved by segregation.

I can't even imagine the NPR-tote bag wielding, vuvuzela trumpeting hordes that would descend on the capitol if Scott Walker gave money to a school designed for as many whites as permitted by law, further segregated by gender. Hilarious.

That CT scan of the Claire's kid head in that Cap City Times link? Holy privilege! Sidewalks are hard! Cross-reference with George Zimmerman.

Kaleem's anger at the attacker posting bail . . . is that "justified anger?"

Keep on rockin' in the kind-of-free world Dave!

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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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