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Oct 16, 201308:36 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

The Further Misadventures of Our Miss Burke

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That is Our Miss Burke’s conundrum. Pander to the unionistas and she loses the general election. Fail to do so and she loses the primary. And there will be a primary. Oh, yes there will. It will be a time for soul-searching for a party beholden to government employee unions that votes against tax relief, against education reform, against jobs, against court reform.

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Oct 16, 2013 09:34 am
 Posted by  John

“Burke is not exactly attractive to those of us who occupied the streets and Wisconsin’s Capitol building in 2011”

She'll claim she was there ... just watching from her catered skybox. Or perhaps "virtually participating" on her iPad from a cozy ski chalet.

Oct 16, 2013 07:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I think I remember seeing a picture of her posted to the Daily Kos taken in the occupied rotunda. She was on her snowboard, which was mounted to a Segway. She was sporting a cute pink dress with a mug of brew in her hand looking for Robin Vos. Swear to God!


Oct 17, 2013 12:23 pm
 Posted by  jwdoty

You can do better than this. Most of your scenario describes Ron Johnson. As for a family business up to its elbows in China, try Walmart. The real issue is the big money, from personal assets or family or wealthy friends, now required for Wisconsin politics. But that issue won't work for you because you would have to write a bipartisan blog

Oct 17, 2013 12:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Burke is no dummy, she’s well aware moving Trek jobs overseas is much more lucrative than paying some Schmo in Waterloo to do the same thing.

She's also smart enough to know Act 10 won't be going anywhere; regardless if a bunch of crazy people, union goons, teachers and moronic assembly members in orange T-shirts singing songs in the Capital every noon hour for 2 years says it should.

That is why she can’t state any position on anything, she'll enrage her support base. Walker is right and she knows it.

Oct 17, 2013 10:27 pm
 Posted by  Marc E.

David, pls give examples of Jim Rowen’s “most biased” reporting. My recollection is that Jim always sought comments from people he might have portrayed in a negative light, Marc Eisen

Oct 18, 2013 08:58 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Jim Rowen wrote an article on former TGT insurance commissioner John Torgerson who, before he took the post, asked the Ethics Board what he could and could not do, given that he owned a title insurance company in Eau Claire. Rowen wrote the article as if the Ethics Board was chastising Torgerson for wrong doing. Torgerson sued; I don't know the outcome. Those are hard to win. I guess you could say our friend Bill Lueders also inserted a quote from the other side but the story was always based on the liberal viewpoint, with the obligatory "XXX denied the charges." You aren't really suggesting that Jim Rowen is anything but a partisan, are you? If anything, his blogs are more honest for not being dressed in the clothing of a neutral observer. BTW: those do exist: I'm thinking of people like Jeff Mayers, Steve Walters, Dan Bice, Matt DuFour. NOT JIM ROWEN!

Oct 19, 2013 06:40 pm
 Posted by  Marc E.

David: Jim is obviously involved in advocacy now just as you are. Regardless of his political beliefs, he functioned perfectly well as a reporter just as you did during your tenure at the Capital Times. I have no doubt that, after a suitable period of detoxification, both of you could report and write analysis again. I get the feeling though that you believe that reporting, analysis and opinion writing are all pretty much the same thing. Blogging too. Marc Eisen

Oct 20, 2013 08:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Word to the wise for people criticizing Burke / Trek for doing some of their manufacturing in China - They manufacture all their high end bikes in Waterloo and have hundreds of employees there (400 / 600 ?). In addition, they have stores and salespeople all over the country, export product around the world and are a pretty good example of success, taxes and US jobs.

There are plenty of other things to criticize Burke about. The use of some Chinese manufacturing for the low-end bikes is balanced by all the manufacturing, sales, marketing, engineering and finance jobs in Waterloo.

Oct 21, 2013 09:47 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Yes, Jim Rowen "functioned perfectly well as a reporter." Especially at the old Milwaukee Journal. So did Matt Pommer at The Capital Times, Rich Eggleston at the AP, and Judy Davidoff at your old shop. Each of them were careful to seek comments from people they might have portrayed in a negative light. So did Dan Rather at CBS, Jonathan Alter at Newsweek, and Dana Milbank at the Washington Post. The problem was the people shown in that negative light were invariably conservatives/Republicans. Besides last words, they also offered their victims a cigarette and a blindfold. There is a reason the news media is held in low regard by conservatives. What was the New York Times' expose a few Sundays ago? The supposed epidemic of gun deaths among children. Subject matter, presentation, choice of quotes and persons to quote -- all are tricks of the trade of the biased journalist, Marc.

Oct 21, 2013 12:39 pm
 Posted by  JNT

"John Nichols would misquote Tom Jefferson."

Do you have any examples of John Nichols actually misquoting Thomas Jefferson? Or is this just supposed to be hyperbole, as in "If John Nichols were to quote Thomas Jefferson in a defense of Mary Burke, then the quote would surely be fictitious?".

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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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