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Sep 13, 201307:36 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Local government watchdog is barking up the right trees

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Local government outside the larger cities flies under the radar. The Tea Party group “We the People of the Republic” proposes to fix that with a website called

My friend Ross Brown describes the website as “a one-stop-shop that allows Dane County residents to quickly learn about happenings in communities throughout Dane County.” will follow school district, municipality, and county government “so residents are better able to control the direction of their communities and hold their local units of government accountable.”

Communities are listed on the site only after at least one person agrees to be a watchdog for a community. The site relies on individual citizen “watchdogs” to sound the alert on issues that may arise. can be found on Twitter using the handle @DaneWatch and on Facebook at

More on Walker’s war on working people (as the unionistas would have it): An Illinois lighting company with 400 employees plans to move across the state line to Kenosha — the second manufacturer in a week to say it will leave northern Illinois for Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The president of the Kenosha business alliance said companies “consider the direction and velocity of the state’s business climate” when making location decisions, and that the elimination of almost all of the tax on production earnings “clearly was in our favor.” Kenosha officials say the company pays great wages and benefits.

Note to the First Lady: The Squire drinks lots of water — usually with malted barley and hops for flavoring.

Kenosha’s public school teachers have decertified their union, HotAir reports. Now that Federal Judge Conley has upheld Act 10 collective bargaining changes, is there any doubt that the law is the law? Yes, a Dane County judge’s hold on affecting Madison Teachers, Inc. awaits overturning by the state supreme court. That is a 4 to 3 formality. Memo to the Madison School Board: hold your ground.


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Sep 13, 2013 08:04 am
 Posted by  coolkevs

Madison School Board - stand your ground - hahahaha
Didn't they already approve a 4.6% property tax raise? I'm still trying to figure how they're able to do that - aren't there caps or is that just for the city government?
And the only one who voted against it? Fiscal hawk and future Dem lightbringer Mary Burke. How will she explain that vote to her constituents who believe in sucking the taxpayers dry to support dubious social programs no matter what the cost.
I'm waiting for the day when I might see my property taxes go down or at least not go up as much in the fair city of Madison - maybe after Act 10 is finally in effect?

Sep 13, 2013 09:45 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Kudos, Coolkevs...Ms. Trek is only pandering for a possible bid for the guv position by voting down the Madison school budget. That way she can claim to be a fiscal hawk when her position on the profligate board is raised as a potential downside for her campaign (I wonder if she has ever publicly stated what she believes an approriate school budget increase should look like?). I do hope that she and/or the state Dem party emphasizes the anointed one's "HAHvard" MBA during her campaign - THAT should really convince the folks outside of fantasy-town how terrific a guv she wuold make. Especially since our current chief exec never finished college - perish the thought - we in the city of the perpetually offended know that unless you have a HAHvard MBA you most certainly must be disqualified from any kind of important government position. After all, without that MBA, how in the world could you possibly think of a way to eliminate the state deficit (oh wait, someone without a college degree already did that...)

Sep 13, 2013 10:13 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You guys sure find her threatening. That's interesting. The fact that WMC feels compelled to release a hokey propaganda ad for the Gov more than a YEAR before the election tells me the ones with access to polling are...not so confident. Interesting.

Sep 13, 2013 10:46 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Another blah, blah, blah, from Blaska.

Oh boy.

Sep 13, 2013 01:59 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

Threatening? I don't think so. I just think she has a couple of issues that she has to reconcile with the Dem base: the recent school board vote and her $2 million support of the Madison charter school.
I guess a year in advance pales in comparison to the Ron Johnson ads 3 years in advance - can you hear the money flush?
Scott Walker propaganda I guess includes Federal Reserve source data, eh? Although I'm sure the right-wing conspiracy folks at Politifact will twist themselves up in knots trying to isolate one statement in the whole thing to say Pants on Fire.

Sep 13, 2013 07:37 pm
 Posted by  ssquared

It is interesting how all the Liberals (aka chickensh*ts) post theit smarmy comments anonymously rather than identify themselves.

Sort'a like Marty Beil, John Mathews, Mary Bell and the rest of the
unionista. Big mouths yea; brave huhu.

Sep 13, 2013 08:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your concern for Burke and the Dem base is touching.

Sep 16, 2013 10:45 am
 Posted by  uwbiz96

"It is interesting how all the Liberals (aka chickensh*ts) post theit smarmy comments anonymously rather than identify themselves."

I enjoy reading the comments on this blog and find them to generally be well informed and often fun, with the near-100-percent exception of those from ssquared, who apparently doesn't recognize irony or hypocrisy. Worse, the blogger and publisher of this site apparently don't understand or care that textual refuse like this, when allowed to fester, tends to stink up the whole place.

I return here for the lively chatter. If I don't find it, I'll stop coming back. Am I drawing an "ssquared or me" line in the sand? Perhaps I am.

Sep 17, 2013 07:18 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wrong 'tude, dude, you should embrace SSquared and his inarticulate, misspelled ramblings ("Big mouths yea; brave huhu." What?). He makes our side of the spectrum look better.

Sep 17, 2013 11:23 am
 Posted by  uwbiz96

I'm not really an "our side" guy. I like to read good things, of which there are a few on this web site. Ssquare's contributions are not good. Any decent editor would delete them. Any decent business person would recognize that they are bad for business.

Why do I care about a business magazine with inattentive editors and imprudent business people?

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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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