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Oct 10, 201309:49 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Mary Burke comes to us professionally produced and shrink-wrapped

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Chris Taylor worked for eight years as an advocate for the abortion franchise. It was in her job as policy director for Planned Parenthood in 2003 that she lobbied for Assembly Bill 186, which would have prohibited pro-life advocates from coming within 8 feet of anyone on a public sidewalk or 100 feet from an entrance door to an abortion clinic “for the purpose of: 1) passing a leaflet or handbill to the other person; 2) displaying a sign to the other person; or 3) engaging in oral protest, education, or counseling with the other person.”

Anyone so confronted could resort to the courts for damages caused by “emotional distress ... by the prohibited intentional approach for the purpose of passing a leaflet or handbill, displaying a sign, or engaging in oral protest, education, or counseling.”

The bill was such an egregious assault on civil liberties that even the ACLU opposed it. Fortunately, it was defeated. “Chris Taylor, D-Constitution,” the Comrade calls her. There goes my lunch!

In brief (for a change)

• When’s the last time this happened? Employees of the Department of Revenue held a retirement party last week for their department secretary — 16 years after he left the department. Such is the esteem that the Revenuers have for Mark Bugher, who left in 1998 for the Department of Administration. It was his recent retirement as director of the UW-Madison Research Park that prompted the re-retirement party at Revenue. A conference room in the building on Rimrock Road is named for Bugher, the man who could have been governor.

• That new county jail — no, it won’t really cost $85 million. Sheriff Dave Mahoney says it will cost much more, The Capital Times reports today. Word is that Dave Zweifel may finally support building enough jail capacity, now that Democrats support it. Of course, it would have been much cheaper if they had heeded my exhortations seven years ago, as I explained here.

• County Sup. Dave Wiganowsky has an idea sure to drive the education establishment up a tree. A memo distributed Wednesday to all 37 supes relates that, “Among the challenges that continue to face the homeless is access to the facilities to showers. In fact, the Madison Metropolitan School District includes a list of ‘homelessness warning signs’ on their website, which includes poor hygiene as a result of a lack of shower and laundry facilities. Many schools, particularly middle schools and high schools, have shower facilities. I wonder if school districts throughout the county could help to meet the needs of homeless families by allowing them to shower at school a couple evenings each week.” 

• Blaska’s Bring It! blog has not yet reached its debt ceiling!

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Oct 10, 2013 12:19 pm
 Posted by  John

No worries, Mary, I've written your campaign slogan free of charge:

"Mary Burke: because nothing says "voice of the people" like a rich-girl, Ivy educated, Madison liberal spending her Chinese-made bike fortune on a whim to be governor!"

Oct 10, 2013 01:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Let me do one better,

" Scott walker: because nothing says "voice of the people" like a Baptist raised, college dropout, Delavan conservative spending his Koch made fortune to retain the Governor's seat."

Oct 10, 2013 03:07 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

Wow - seems like the roles have reversed. Now the Repubs are complaining about the rich people and the Dems are complaining about the "uneducated". hmmm.... but the "uneducated" governor is speaking a language everyone can understand today - $100 million cut - too bad it's just a drop in the bucket of what really needs to happen re: taxes

Oct 10, 2013 05:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Nope, John wins this one. Sorry Anon, but as the folks at say "keep trying".


Oct 10, 2013 07:48 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I so enjoy your columns. This one is wrong, as usual, and here's why:
Mary Burke. For starters, if I were you or any other self respecting anything, I wouldn't be quoting ALEC Treasurer, Senator Leah "Open Records Law is Only for the Little People" Vukmir. Do you both seriously think Mike Tate could not assemble the requisite backdrop of multihued blah, blah, blah supporters had he chosen to? Not too tough to do here or in Milwaukee. People I know who have conferred with Burke describe her as very analytical. She wouldn't be entering the race if she didn't think she would win. She seems to be striking her own path that has you and the hard right and the hard left all discombobulated. I for one am encouraged and look forward to seeing how this all unfolds. We do have over a year before the election and your Boy Governor has definate vulnerabilities. Obviously. Witness the current clumsy WMC ads to prop him up. If I were you I'd be grasping at straws, too.
Indian mascots. Really Dave, retro-racism? Let me ask, Blaska sounds like a shortened version of a Polish name, are you of that descent? Say you are, would you be honored to find some non-European group "honoring" you as the Fighting Pollocks? Then hearing their opponents coming up with cute cheers against Pollocks? I think you'd find a few Blaska brothers poking someone in the chest with a hard finger and growling, "We ain't nobody's damn mascot." Redskins is not, and never has been, a compliment. They're not even Indians, those folk are from India. Columbus was wrong. So our Native American brothers and sisters are offended to be some stupid (and I do mean stupid) high school team's mascot. It's not your call to say they should be "honored" by that racism.
Chris Taylor. I don't have much to say, here. You disdain her because you're anti-abortion. Pro-choice women love her. She's also smart, I'd underestimate her at your peril.
And to John, all I can say is FDR had some of the same liabilities.

Oct 11, 2013 06:54 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

I thought a pollock was a fish.

Oct 11, 2013 07:03 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

How about the "Fighting Irish"? I've never heard any complaints about that name. Fighting Pollocks doesn't sound too bad to me either. But, isn't Blaska more of a Czech name? Kind of like the Festrunk brothers. I think Dave is more of a wild and crazy guy than a Pollock.

Oct 11, 2013 07:35 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You are so right, it's Polack. My apologies; I guess when it comes to ethnic slurs, my spelling needs some Polish.

Oct 11, 2013 07:46 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Blaska is German Bohemian, so it's the Fighting Bohunks.

Oct 11, 2013 09:11 am
 Posted by  uwbiz96

Wonder why the author of this blog isn't writing about the issue of the day and, instead, simply repeating old arguments? Because he can't address business people on the policies of Republicans and the tea party this week with a straight face. Allow me to help him:

It's the same for the Assembly Republicans who are avoiding the defense of policies that are neither invigorating the local economy nor getting people back to work. Instead, they are making mascots their priority. And their boosters in the blog business are apparently happy to follow along.

Wake up, In Business. Your readers are demanding business content that helps us do our jobs. Instead, this is what you're putting out there. It doesn't take a free market ideologue to see that your readership will look for it elsewhere.

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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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