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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