April 6 will decide whether Madison WI keeps circling the drain. That’s when voters will fill all 20 seats on the Common Council. Madison’s direction really boils down to three critical races:
• The Left is coming after Ald. Paul Skidmore hard in District 9 bordering Middleton. Why? Because, in an epidemic of stolen cars and shootings, he supports law enforcement. Challenger Nikki Conklin is supported by a who’s who of radicals, including the socialists and Progressive Dane.
• In the 14th, common sense council president Sheri Carter is fighting off Brandi Grayson, the social justice warrior with a bullhorn. Grayson has shut down busy rush-hour traffic in her jihad against law enforcement. That she has never been issued so much as an ordinance ticket is evidence that Madison police are not racist or, if they are, they give disrupters like her a pass.
• In the 16th on the northeast side, union iron worker Charles Myadze is challenging the hardcore Marxist incumbent, Rebecca Kemble. Says she is a disciple of the “anarcho-syndicalist” variety of socialism. The police union ranks Kemble the most anti-cop of the 14 incumbents seeking re-election.
⇒ MPPOA ranks 14 council incumbents seeking re-election.
Madison Alder Endorsements
The spreadsheet above lists the known endorsements of the candidates. They read from top left to bottom right according to our estimation of conservative/moderate (upper left) to bat****-crazy Left (bottom right). Yeah, AFSCME (Madison’s public employees union) has gone off the deep end. A few observations:
- Amazing that Dane County Democrats could endorse Brandi Grayson. She is the sworn enemy of reasonable discourse. And Kemble! and Tag Evers! Look at the company these three keep!
- We note that the Chamber of Commerce took a pass on Mike Verveer. True, he is unopposed, but so is Barbara Harrington-McKinney and she got the chamber’s nod.
- We’re puzzled that Mara Eisch hasn’t received more endorsements in the Orchard Ridge/Midvale Heights area on the south west side. She is much better than Yannette Figueroa Cole, who is endorsed by the socialists fergawdsake!
For the worst of the worst, check out the Socialists’ endorsements (marked with hammer & sickle). They include Kemble, Conklin, and Grayson. Still unaccounted for are The Capital Times and the Realtors. We’ll update when they check in.
Better hurry because in-person absentee voting runs Tuesday March 23 through Saturday April 3. The full schedule is now available on the City Clerk’s website. Deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. Thursday April 1. The endorsers:
- Madison Professional Police Officers Assn.
- WI State Journal
- Downtown Madison Inc.
- Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
- South Central Federation of Labor AFL-CIO
- Dane County Democrats
- Four Lakes Green Party
- Progressive Dane
- Democratic Socialists
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Send Skidmore, Carter, Myadze some money via their websites.