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May 9, 201311:51 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Is Paul Soglin that stupid?

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Or does he think we are? Hizzoner the mayor of this One Party City has plans to ferret out vendors who might not share his political world view – but don’t worry, he won’t reward friends and punish enemies.

Mayor Paul wants to assemble a database of would-be city government vendors. No, not their services, prices, and contacts – their political proclivities.

“I think it would be a good idea to know if the bidders are contributing to political efforts which go into organizations that may be lobbying for certain kinds of outcomes or working against the interests of the city,” Havana Paul told Patricia Schneider at TCT.

“If they’re supplying the city while they’re behaving like the Koch brothers, it would be good for the public to know it.”

For the record (cue Nixon speaking into the hidden microphone: “but it would be illegal”), Soglin says the city would continue to award bids to the “competent” low bidder. (Wink and a nod.)

Except that city government has proven it is quite willing to practice viewpoint discrimination. In January, a Madison committee turned down an affordable housing grant request from a pro-life organization. It did so despite city attorney Michael May’s admonition that “federal regulations provide that religious or faith-based organizations are eligible to receive [these] funds like any other entity and bar the city from discriminating against such organizations. I must state it is difficult to determine the basis on which the CDBG committee determined not to support the application.” (Attorney May’s Jan. 28 letter.)

Leading the forces to turn down Care Net’s application was Ald. Lisa Subeck, former head of the pro-abortion NARAL.

Soglin actually brags about the chilling effect on constitutionally protected free speech of his latest thought-control measure. Schneider reports that Soglin “is wondering if companies supporting Republican causes would rather lobby against the city or do business with it. He’s betting that exposing such activities might prompt some companies to curtail them.”

Trailblazing Middleton attorney Jim Troupis tells me, “It is McCarthyism by another name. It intimidates, but it does not say it is illegal to give – only we all know the purpose.” Yes, Mr. T., it’s called prior restraint. It poses an impermissible viewpoint test.

Paul practiced economic blackmail for a living before being elected mayor this last time. He was bankrolled by Judy Faulkner, billionaire Epic owner, to attack WMC member companies. The difference here, of course, is that he is using city government’s infrastructure and considerable coercive powers to wage his vendetta.

If Scott Walker or Mike Huebsch had proposed anything like this, Mike McCabe and John Nichols would have gone Graeme Zielinski berserk. But since it’s liberal-on-conservative crime, move along, folks, nothing to see here. I do credit the Divine Miss Vicki and Chris Rickert for quickly picking up on this (if only he wouldn’t slip his punches).


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May 9, 2013 03:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


In Mayor Soglin introducing a resolution to show the campaign contributions and lobbying activities of companies seeking a contract with the city, he goes down a strange path that I will point out by adding some new words to an old speech that Abraham Lincoln gave.
….what will convince them? This, and this only: cease to call progressive liberalism wrong, and join them in calling it right. And this must be done thoroughly - done in acts as well as in words. Silence will not be tolerated - we must place ourselves avowedly with them. Laws must be enacted and enforced, suppressing all declarations that liberal progressivism is wrong, whether made in politics, in presses, in pulpits, or in private. We must join progressives by silencing those who disagree with them. We must pull down our State and federal constitutions and end all references to that evil document, the Declaration of Independence. The whole atmosphere must be disinfected from all taint of opposition to liberal progressivism, before they will cease to believe that all their troubles proceed from us.

And they wonder why many companies don't do business in Madison, little wonder.

May 9, 2013 08:09 pm
 Posted by  Leo

Will Havana Paul sometime soon be releasing the names of all who currently serve on the Madison Politburo? I think we would all like to know who is currently working on our five year plans and on Madison's Great Leap Forward.

May 10, 2013 06:26 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Gee Dave, even the normal liberal commenters at the Crackpot Times are staying clear of this one.

May 10, 2013 09:33 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yes Soglin is that stupid, yes he is. He's an anti-business policy pusher thats for sure.

If Soglin wants to black list every contractor that wont donate to Barack, Communist Baldwin or the goofy Greens...well who the hell is he going to get to do the work?

Anyone left off that list is raging liberal and, well, Liberals DONT work!

- MadisonTaxPayer

May 10, 2013 02:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What? Still with the unhealthy obsession over the Koch Brothers? Hey Soglin - the Koch brothers want to buy the LA Times or other Tribune newspapers. How does THAT sit with you??

May 12, 2013 09:09 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Okay Dave, maybe I am stupid but I know Soglin worked at Epic for a number of years and Epic is not located in Madison, but Verona. So can you explain how she is buying him? On the other hand, it is obvious how ABC Supply bought Walker (which was on tape) to get rid of unions, or how American For Prosperity (founded by one of the Koch Brothers) ran a 10 day bus tour, Stand for Walker. Or WMC supporting Walker and then the budget suddenly goes towards fixing roads.

May 12, 2013 09:21 am
 Posted by  ssquared

I absolutely howled at "Graeme Zielinski berserk". Even funnier than Democrats claiming nothin' wrong with 12 rewrites of Benghazi memo.
While it isn't surprising Soglin thinks like this, it is remarkable that he would state if publicly.
Didn't he realize people from the right are gonna' jump on this?
Is he that stupid or does he merely feel that insulated?

May 12, 2013 12:21 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

There is no "maybe" about it, Anonymous. Paul ran an outfit dedicated to stripping members away from WMC. It was bankrolled by Judith Faulkner. Does Epic's location in Verona create some kind of force field that would negate the previous sentence, Logan? Otherwise, what is its relevance?

May 13, 2013 05:16 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Libertarians state they want transparency, but change their tune when it comes from a democrat. I support the "view" behind Libertarianism, less government involvement, more freedom, but you and many other libertarian politicians, have shown that is just a smoke screen into what is best for me and screw everyone else.

1) Epic is not located in Madison, therefore will not financially gain with exposure of members of the WMC.

2)When ALEC was exposed, members like COKE, Kraft, John Deer, GM, Walgreens all left – looks like a good plan

3) You said unions bought the school board elections, yet you have no problem when WMC actually does buy elections.

4)Soglin uses the term plural clients, and still collecting funds so you can still donate and have your name included.

5)Libertarians state they want less government, yet cry foul when it affects them personally or their “views”.

6) As far as calling anyone who doesn't agree with you Logan, Paranoid Personality Disorder can be treated with treatment and medications therefore even you can be helped.

7)I respect your view on pro life, yet you don’t respect others view on allowing a woman to have the choice based on her own situation. I understand only having one child later in life, to you this child was a blessing. Care net uses tactics like writing Hi Mommy on an ultra sound, or describing in vivid detail abortion practices. Doctors don’t do this inregards to surgeries, even when a patient asks for more information. Care Net advertises as if they are an abortion clinic yet they use the bait and switch techniques. Maybe any man who “looses” sperms without planned sex should be arrested for “child abuse” of a sperm.

May 13, 2013 06:04 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Almost two weeks ago it came out that DOJ found Wisconsin Vouchers discriminating, yet those screaming about the race card, or "it's all about the kids", Kaleem Caire, Derrick Connor, David Blaska, Scott Walker, sit quiet while they wait until their puppetmaster "looks into it". Still going to say Blaska that Madison Prep won't discriminate? When is your next libertarian meeting of the minds so you come back with the same stand?

DPI came out a week ago stating that laws are going to have to change, and media over a week ago shared this discrimination. David Blaska, pro voucher stands quiet.

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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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