Mar 8, 201601:02 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Give the towns a hand! They got local control
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Hands can tell a lot about whether you got game, as I proved to a guy named Michael; showed some moves I picked up from Bo Ryan.
You’re in big hands with the Bring It! Blogge people.
Imagine if Leland Pan was among those who determined the future of your rural community? Leland is the former campus radical who served on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. He’s the one who unlocked the doors of the City-County Building after hours so the Black Lives Matter hordes could run amok a year ago.
What does it tell you that the Town of Windsor incorporates as a village?
Many of Dane County’s 35 town governments have long chafed at the we-know-best attitude of the downtown Madison Progressive Dane/Democratic Party cabal that controlled their zoning. Until last week, that is.
Governor Walker signed into law Act 178 that allows town government to opt out of county zoning. Allows, does not require. It’s one of two bills co-authored by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who represents Bristol.
“This is a big step; it was pretty important to all of us,” said co-sponsor State Rep. Keith Ripp, the only Republican residing in Dane County.
Guess what? Now Dane County is rewriting its zoning code for the first time since 1938. Funny how that works.
What is less understood, Towns Assn. President Jerry Derr tells me, is that the county must accept all town comprehensive plans as submitted — same as city and village plans — whether those towns withdraw from zoning or not. No more rewrites by downtown bureaucrats. Now THAT is local control.
“Once again, Dane County arrogance and dependence on last minute changes fails them,” comments Supv. Ronn Ferrell.
At least Bristol, population 3,765, is not seceding from Dane County. If they could, my pick would be Trempealeau County; they need the valuation.
That county zoning rewrite committee, BTW, consists of Supervisors Mary Kolar and Nikki Jones; from town government Mary Haley (Pleasant Springs), Tom Wilson (Westport), and Jim Elleson (Vermont); representing builders and real estate, Justin Temple of Temple Builders; and representing agriculture, Jim Haack of Deerfield.
Got to hand it to Paul Ryan
Our missionary work on behalf of Paul Ryan for President is beginning to scare Small Hands Benito Trump.
Republicans at Saturday’s Dane County caucus voted as follows in this straw poll: Paul Ryan 1, Rand Paul 1, John Kasich 8, the Trumpster 8, Marc O’Rubio 14, and Ted Cruz 24. All right, it’s not a groundswell. In truth, caucus-goers were instructed to pick among those currently in the race. Rules? I don’t need no rules. The caucus also approved resolutions declaring, among other principles, that “all lives matter.”
Politico reports that a super PAC calling itself the “Committee To Draft Speaker Ryan” for president has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. Yes, Ryan has disavowed interest in the presidency. The archives here at the Stately Manor also record he said the same thing about the speakership.
Even WISC-TV’s Neil Heinen focuses on Ryan.
Increasingly the eyes of the Republican Party, if not the eyes of America and much of the rest of the world, are turning to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for some semblance of rationality in a presidential primary gone mad. … We believe that Paul Ryan has the intelligence, the wisdom, the internal moral compass, to sway his party and this nation back to some kind of shared purpose and vision.
The Squire’s resolution to place the small-handed Trumpster in the Dumpster was not entertained at the Dane County GOP caucus due to a rule requiring resolutions be submitted two days prior to the caucus. Thus, a bloodbath was averted. (To my regret.)