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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.)


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Mar 8, 2016 02:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Love it! I sat on the Town Board of a rural township a few years ago and was just blown away how Dane County micro-managed everything. I don't necessarily agree with the people tasked with re-writing the zoning codes, but at least it is a more diverse group having input. Madison Regressives need to stay focused on Madison, not the surrounding areas where I live!

Mar 8, 2016 03:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Paul Ryan would be a good choice for president. Perhaps Mitt could take the VP slot. An alternative is a McCain-Feingold ticket to be totally inclusive. Republicans apparently like to lose in national elections so these are what could best be described as "dream tickets".

So what can we expect if Ryan and his handlers somehow win the general election? New countries to invade to keep the neocons and Haliburton happy? Can Dick Cheney be cajoled to lend his expertise in introducing "democracy" to more Middle Eastern countries?

How about negotiating more trade deals that would get rid of those pesky U.S. factory workers once and for all? More Starbucks baristas and less tool and die makers! More imports make us stronger. (War is peace and freedom is slavery.) Mazdas and Fiats for all!

President Ryan and the Pope could get started "building bridges" over the Rio Grande. That sure TRUMPS building walls. More sanctuary cities so the upper classes and wanna be snoots never run out of nannies, maids, bartenders, waiters, gardeners, and most importantly....voters. Hell, even Blaska's manor needs a new footman now and then. By the way, how long will it take for Governor Walker to float the idea of bringing in Indian technology workers to state service in order to lessen the burden on taxpayers?

Mar 8, 2016 04:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I noticed your quote from Ruth Marcus. Anything to report from Michael Moore?

Mar 8, 2016 06:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Madison pays the bills for this part of the world. I'd be really interested to see how Bristol would do in Trempealeau County. Could it survive on 2/3 less economy? Does that count for nothing?

Mar 8, 2016 06:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thankfully the Dane GOP minds acknowledged that ALL lives matter. Whew! For a microsecond there it seemed like the white guy might not be heard. Thankfully, our local Republicans (who can't seem to elect a dog catcher) spoke up for those who look like Donald Trump.

Mar 8, 2016 06:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Let's try to set the score straight on a number of points. First, Scot Ross isn't running for Supreme Court. Second, Devin Gatton, leader of "a gay group" isn't gay. So let's ask gay people what they think about Bradley's record instead of a heterosexual head of a bogus "gay group," okay?

Ooo! Ninth best*! We're number nine*! We're number nine*!

* third quarter only

Mar 8, 2016 07:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I noticed your quote from Ruth Marcus. Anything to report from Michael Moore?

Mar 8, 2016 07:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Now Dane County is rewriting its zoning code for the first time since 1938".

You sure about that, Dave? There are several county zoning chapters that didn't exist in 1938, like shoreland and floodplain.. I'll give you a chance to retract/apologize.

Mar 8, 2016 08:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Why don't you do an article on how the current administration has taken control away from the locals? Everything from cell phone towers to frac sand, the locals have no say any more. There have been upwards of 50 different pieces of legislation since 2011 taking what was formerly a local decision and making it a responsibility. There is a Blaska working for WCA, maybe he could explain it to you in simple terms.

The party of small government is no more.

Mar 9, 2016 07:49 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

BS: Blaska,

Bradley's views have not changed one bit. because her party's views have not changed. And yes, I mean her party. (Repubs). She has left work to campaign at a repub fundraiser. Any comments on that? She has placed a tie breaker vote on a case she never even heard. She is bad for us all. And I mean bad.

Even Donald, her mentor, recommends her opponent over her.

Comments anyone?

Oh and by the way, BS: Blaska suites you.

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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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