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Oct 18, 201309:00 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Our Miss Burke was created in the la-bore-a-tory

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And a new blog called Take Wisconsin Forward explains, “Why I do not support the Mary Burke strategy.”

“The Mary Burke candidacy, as it is being handled by the brokers of the Democratic Party, is an arranged marriage. ... Nobody enjoys feeling like they’ve been forced in to an arranged marriage. We want to be a part of the process.”

Blaska’s bottom line: This candidate is all packaging, no content. Mary Burke does not stand for anything, except election.

Bonus Material for Platinum Subscribers: Our Miss Burke recycles TV’s Sgt. Schultz to say, “I promise nothing!”

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Oct 18, 2013 09:42 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

For the Record: Who voted against $100 million in property tax relief this week? 12 members of the 99-member Assembly and 5 state senators in that 33-member body — all Democrats. They posed a variety of reasons — from “not enough relief” to the familiar cry for more “investments” in schools.

The no votes in the Assembly were: Berceau, Sargent, Hesselbein, Hebl, Taylor, Pope-Roberts — all from Dane County — and Goyke, Johnson, Kessler, Pasch, Zamarippa, and Zepnick. These are outliers within their own party; 26 Assembly Democrats voted for tax relief, including Peter Barca, the Assembly Democrat(ic) leader.

In the Senate, the 5 (out of a total of 15) Democrats voting no were such supposed moderates as Jauch and Cullen, Dane County’s Miller and Risser, and Lehman of Racine. Even Chris Larson, the fire-breathing Democrat Senate leader from Milwaukee, voted for tax relief.

Oct 18, 2013 11:31 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Good God, Dave, it's a measly $13 average reduction that doesn't even make up for the amount the GOP INCREASED property taxes in their budget of a few months ago (you forgot to mention that). And, we still have a deficit, which this didn't help. Vapid, bumper sticker politics at its worst. So now your economic failure of a Governor and GOP legislature get to crow, "We lowered your property taxes (a truly insignificant amount after increasing them by a larger amount, that is if you live in the right school district)!" It's simplistic, yet hard for most to vote against even if it's practically meaningless. So, which party is it that creates all the cynicism?
P.S. Your Ayers Outrage column sure brought out the lathered-up commenters. Lots a spittle on computer screens with that one. Yeesh, that's an ugly mob you have in your fan base, aside from me (and I AM a fan).
And as a further poke in the eye to all you tea drinkers: nice work in D.C. I'm confident you didn't learn any lessons.
(And no, I am still not Graeme Zelinski.)

Oct 18, 2013 01:07 pm
 Posted by  patricko

Burke's selection is reminiscent of the national Dems picking John Kerry to take on GW Bush.

"Let's see, Vietnam veteran. Check. Purple Heart. Check. Deep pockets. Check. There's no way this guy can lose! He'll mop the floor with W."

Oct 18, 2013 05:20 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

AnnoyingMan, I'll take it that you would have voted against the $100 million biennial property tax cut. Aren't you the precious Madison liberal! But property taxes in Wisconsin, on average, will drop 3 consecutive years after increasing 27 percent the previous decade. If you dispute that, please post the hyperlink. If the Ayers blog produced spittle on the computer screen, at least it threatened no military servicemen and women with nail bombs. So, we'll put you down as a defender of Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground. If I am mistaken about that, feel free to use the occasion to condemn his terrorism, since you took a pass this time around. No comment on Your Miss Brooks?

Oct 19, 2013 05:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Looks like BLASKA is on the defensive already.

Oct 21, 2013 08:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sorry if you find the truth annoying.
Would I have voted against the proposal? I don't know, as I said (read for comprehension!), "It's simplistic, yet hard for most to vote against even if it's practically meaningless." Sounds good, but has no real substance; that's GOP politics for you. Please post YOUR link that property taxes have gone down the three years in a row. Mine sure haven't. And the McGyver Propaganda Mill doesn't count as an honest source.
As for Ayers, I didn't comment because quite frankly I don't know enough about him (you folks should try that concept instead of believing and repeating everything you hear from Rush). The man seems to have had a respected academic career; I doubt he's the Bin Laden you make out to be.
Our Miss Burke? I find your quoting of all the hard left blogs kinda funny. Crocodile Tears Blaska. Your concern for my side is touching. I've told those guys to grow up and quit poisoning our own well because guys like you love it.
I think the bottom line is you guys sure find her threatening.
Annoying as ever (and I didn't even bring up the new John Doe probe - whoops!),

Oct 21, 2013 09:33 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

I must admit I am fascinated by liberals like you, AnnoyingMan, mainly on your thought processes. You criticize the Walker tax cut (Wisconsin ranks 9th highest in property taxes) as "vapid, bumper sticker politics at its worst." When called on it, you pretend not to know how you would have voted. Is it possible that you would have voted in favor of "vapid, bumper sticker politics at its worst"? Then you really are a cynical hypocrite, A-Man.

You back pedal after being called on your vilification of the terrorist Ayers' critics ("I don't know enough about him") yet you can't resist attaching the adjective "respected" to his name. (What did Santayana say about ignorance of history?)

One more thing: I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh. Nor am I the party boss who is force-feeding a content-free candidate on their political party. And you lecture ME (!) about thinking for oneself! I hereby christen thee "Amazing-man!" You are one liberal piece of work!

Oct 21, 2013 01:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Idiot Liberals will complain about both sides of every argument. If Gov Walker raised taxes, they would complain about having to pay more. He lowers taxes, they complain its not enough. Whatever, noone care about your whinning anymore.

Listen A-Man, if you dont want to take the "measley" $13 tax cut, feel free to go here and pay as much more as you'ld like, thought Im complete sure you wont.!-190785552!1901324448&body=pc_step2_amount_body.jsp

Oct 21, 2013 02:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


I recall a primary in WI (won by Kerry) so I don't know where you get your information.. Or maybe you were still in diapers when that took place.

dave: You just can't refrain from calling anyone who disagrees with you (or, God forbid, proves you wrong) names. Bluster, Blather and BS Blaska, howz that work for ya?

Oct 21, 2013 06:39 pm
 Posted by  Mad S.

New focus group results on who best can beat Walker. 1) Anyone with pulse. 2) Anyone with half a brain.

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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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