Queer woman of color elected to school board!

Extra, extra, read all abouddit! First queer woman of color elected to Madison school board!

That’s the pitch a good Madison liberal contributed to this morning’s (3-30-17) Wisconsin State Journal.

“Ali Muldrow is a candidate for Madison school board who, if elected, would be the first queer woman of color in the board’s history,” his letter to the editor proclaimed.

Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, and Fannie Lou Hamer step aside! A new civil rights icon is born! But wait, there’s more!

If the city would elect a queer woman of color to the school board, it would evidence [verb, transitive] an awareness and a commitment to progress that Madison has heretofore failed to show … etc. etc.

Are you getting the blatant appeal to white liberal guilt, members of the peanut gallery? Are you grokking the identity politics written in boldface.

Not since James Watt was Reagan’s secretary of interior have so many boxes been checked. What, no wheelchair?

That she is a queer woman of color dictates that she must be a true blue liberal-progressive-socialist. Such is the subtle racism that lies in the corrupted heart of identity politics.

Or could she be a supporter of the Urban League’s Madison Prep charter school (jettisoned by the teachers union and its compliant school board)? She said so on Mitch Henck’s show.

Did she take her child out of the public schools in favor of a private school? Yes she did.

Her opponent, Kate Toews (pronounced “taves”) is a teachers union sycophant. That will get her elected. (Forget it Jake, it’s Madison.)

The irascible squire, for what it’s worth, is voting next Tuesday, April 4, for the queer woman of color.

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You want ‘raging lunatic’? Try Ald. Marsha Rummel

The Squire of the Stately Manor had just entered the elevator of the City-County Building when Sharon Irwin and Shadayra Kilfoy-Flores flew past on the way to Monday night’s (3-27-17) City of Madison Board of Estimates meeting. They were late.

The two missed all the fun. The Board of Estimates (BOE) had just recommended (by a 3-1 vote) to compensate Police Chief Mike Koval for his attorney’s fees defending himself against their charges. That’s $22,000 we, the taxpayer, must pony up for their foolishness.


Ald. Rummel

As if to give the people our money’s worth, Ald. Marsha Rummel — the lone nay vote — performed a comedy routine that would have gotten her gonged by the late Chuck Barris.

We excerpt Madame Brenda Konkel, leader of Progressive Dane, who records  (at her own blog) the remarkable scene. To set the stage, Ald. Rummel had just asked if the BOE could refer the verdict of a quasi-judicial proceeding conducted by an independent agency back to the Police and Fire Commission! 

[City] Attorney [Michael] May chuckles, and says we’re not a party to the case, the chief could, but he got all the charges dismissed so he wouldn’t do that. … He says they don’t have standing to ask them to reconsider.

Rummel says that if she ruled the world she would say “Chief, please go get some anger management training.” “There is no way we can make that recommendation as a part of this authorization?”

Again, Attorney May is almost giggling, but he says you can’t do that with this resolution but you might suggest that to the chief formally or informally or have the mayor suggest it. He’d have to think about if there is any other way to suggest that to him.

Rummel says this is troubling, she understands the argument that was made by attorney May, but here we have an example of behavior that should not just be totally dismissed and cleared and she doesn’t know how, given the parameters we are stuck in, to address it.

She initially thought maybe he pays 1/3 of the bill, but she doesn’t know if they can do that or if it is reasonable given the way the ordinance is. There was something inappropriate in his actions and it doesn’t feel right to her to reimburse all the money.

The irony is that Sharon Irwin had complained to the PFC that Chief Koval had called her “a raging lunatic.” The chief was accurate, but Ms. Irwin has company — and allies — on the Madison Common Council. Last night’s vote was 3-1 to compensate the chief but he’s going to need 4-1 at the Common Council because the compensation requires a three-fourths vote. Continue reading

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Will Madison vote to stick Chief Koval with the bill?

Will the Madison Common Council continue its war on police or will it reimburse Police Chief Mike Koval for the $22,000 he expended out of his own pocket to defend himself against frivolous charges?

We’ll get a hint today (03-27-17) from the council’s powerful Board of Estimates. A budget amendment co-sponsored by Ald. Paul Skidmore would recompense Chief Koval for defending himself before the Police and Fire Commission. Unfortunately, Ald. Skidmore is not a member of the Board of Estimates. Mayor Paul Soglin is the other co-sponsor and he very definitely IS a member. Unfortunately, he won’t be attending. Another commitment.

The remaining six members are these: Maurice Cheeks, Barbara McKinney, Sara Eskrich, Zach Wood, Marsha Rummel, and Michael Verveer. Only one of those, Verveer, has been endorsed by the Madison police officers union. Rummel is virulently anti-cop. All voted for the $400,000 study of police. Progressive Dane is urging a No vote.

The white lab coats here at the Policy Werkes look for Cheeks and McKinney to cover themselves by voting Yes tonight and No when it hits the council floor, which will be after the election April 4. They’re running against two challengers endorsed by the police union: David Handowski and Steve Fitzsimmons, respectively. So they’ve got to behave. At least until April 4.

Because it is a budget amendment, it will require a 3/4ths vote of the 20-member council. The betting line on the Stately Manor’s poll (at right) says the alders stick the chief with the bill. Only takes six to defeat.

Hounded and hectored by a shouting and stalking woman, Koval responded by stating that she was a “raving lunatic.” That was the essence of the complaint that consumed the PFC for months before it dismissed the complaint on March 14 with no discipline imposed.

The BOE convenes Monday at 4:30 in Room 354 of the City County Building. It is item #15 on the agenda.

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Epic Fail: ObamaCare repeal DOA. GOOD!

The Squire uses his plenipotentiary powers to invoke the Law of Unintended Consequences. (And reserves the right to amend and extend his remarks. For instance, just added “Epic Fail” to the headline, which it is.)

Repeal and Replace just scudded into the ground like the frozen contents of the chemical toilet on an overbooked Airbus. The promise that elected ever-more Republicans in four straight elections after ObamaCare’s passage eight years ago turned out to be a chimera. Lucy pulling the football.

What a joke!

Thank God.

Had Paul Ryan’s fractious house of squalling cats actually repealed and/or replaced, the Mainstream News Media would have broadcast/cablecast/printed hours of heart-rending images of poor working families on their rhetorical deathbeds. Replacing anything always dislocates. But Republicans would have been pilloried.

If ObamaCare really is failing, if a thousand counties really do have only one provider, if premium costs actually have spiked by 25% — the program will die of its own accord. Or it won’t. The other way around is to amend it to death over the next two years. Permit across-state health insurance, remove the penalties for the uninsured, et cetera.

Even so, the Republican brand took a direct hit. Typical is this Facebook acquaintance:

Did I just hear Trump tell a big fat lie? He said his first day in office he would repeal and replace!!

Maybe now some of us are learning that civics lesson we skipped in high school. Y’know, the thing about three branches of government: the President, Congress, the Courts. Plus, Republicans are an ornery bunch.  Continue reading

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It’s not black or white, Madison school board voters!

Congratulations to Chris Rickert for a real journalistic scoop!

The Wisconsin State Journal columnist reveals that a candidate for the Madison Metro School Board sends her child to a private school. This revelation comes after the candidate, Ali Muldrow, appeared to support school vouchers at a candidate forum. Afterward, she tried to walk back that support.

This is Madison, after all, where Your Humble Squire’s mere enunciation of the name “Betsy DeVos” elicited a Mormon Tabernacle Choir chorus of booing and jeering.

Ali Muldrow

Ali Muldrow

Oddly, Rickert does not identify Ms. Muldrow as an African-American, except by implication. But that implication is damning. He quotes the candidate to explain that she withdrew her older child from the public schools because of “experiences that were not only negative, but were particularly racialized.” In other words, the public school was hostile toward a student of color. Nice.

As if to expiate her liberal apostasy, Ms. Muldrow alleges that “private schools retain the ability to discriminate.” Tell that to the 26,000 school choice students in Milwaukee — overwhelmingly black. And all lower income. Ms. Muldrow, you have sufficient funds to pay for private schooling but what about all those low-income families? Do you mind if they take the state subsidy that accompanies every student to the school of their choice? (Public school teachers send their children to private schools at twice the rate of the general public, it says here.)

Ali Muldrow is, as Rickert writes, “Republican’s best advertisement for school vouchers in a part of the state that opposes them.” Roger that.

Do Madison liberals cast off their white privilege by voting for the black candidate? (She’s on Facebook.) Or do they stand in solidarity with the public school teachers union?  Kate Toews, you are a white woman running against a black candidate. Does that make you racist?

Ald. Dave Ahrens and former State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys played the race card against Steve Fitzsimmons and David Handowski, white guys running against black incumbents on the Madison Common Council. MTI, the teachers union, endorses Toews. Will the April 4 election be yet another instance where Madison’s liberal-progressive-socialist hegemony derails black aspirations? (Discuss amongst yourselves.)

The indentured servants here at the Manor have been issued protective smocks as liberal heads explode.

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Madison police endorse 4 candidates, shun 17 sitting alders!

As Rod Serling would say, for your electoral consideration:

  • Consider that all 20 Madison aldermanic seats will be decided on April 4.
  • 19 of those are incumbents seeking re-election.
  • Only 5 incumbents are challenged (and one of the challengers is a write in).

It is remarkable, therefore, that the Madison police union is

  • Endorsing only 4 candidates.
  • Even more significantly, 2 of those endorsees are challengers. In other words, Madison police are supporting only 2 incumbents.
  • The police snubbed 17 incumbents (1 incumbent is not seeking re-election).
Fitz and Handy

Steve Fitzsimmons (l) and David Handowski

Did we tell you the Madison Common Council is anti-cop?  The police endorsed:

In District 1 (far southwest Madison): challenger David Handowski over incumbent Barbara McKinney.

In District 10 (Midvale Hights, Nakoma, Orchard Ridge, Summit Woods, and Allied Drive) challenger Steve Fitzsimmons over incumbent Maurice Cheeks.

The police union is also endorsing incumbents Paul Skidmore, District 9 (far northwest side), and Mike Verveer, District 4 (Downtown Madison).

The police union didn’t have to endorse Verveer or Skidmore, both unopposed, but they did. What’s more, they skipped three of the contested races.

The police union did not endorse Ledell Zellers, Amanda Hall, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Steve King, Zach Wood, Maurice Cheeks, Barbara McKinney, Larry Palm, Sarah Eskrich, Sheri Carter, Dave Ahrens, Denise DeMarb, Samba Baldeh, Rebecca Kemble, Matt Phair, Mark Clear, and Marsha Rummel — 17 incumbents not endorsed! Only 2 incumbents endorsed. One seat (District 11, Tim Gruber is leaving) is open; no endorsement there, either.

Amazing! Here are the Madison police union endorsements.

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