Do not take Dane County for granted!
The Republican primary election is nine days in the rear-view window, but Tim Michels and Rebecca Kleefisch have yet to sit down for their unity breakfast. Sad to say, there remain enough hard feelings to get TV’s Dr. Phil grinding his teeth.
Becky K. is particularly pissed that the Michels camp went negative by circulating a prom picture of one of her under-age daughters with her date who was — horror of horrors! — the son of Brian Hagedorn! That would be the same WI Supreme Court justice who refused to overturn Trump’s defeat in 2020! TRAITOR!!! RINO! One might think using children would be beneath a candidate but one would forget that’s the kind of conspiratorial low road that appeals to certain cultists in our party.
→ “Are Republicans blowing their chance of winning the Senate?” National Review asks: “A couple of key races appear to be close to lost already. … The sputtering, momentum-free Ford Pinto that is Mehmet Oz’s Senate campaign in Pennsylvania is now trailing Democrat John Fetterman by a jaw-dropping 18 percentage points.” And Ron Johnson is down 7 points to (the lesser) Mandela Barnes.
In case you missed it: We broke the story on the Madison teachers union promoting CRT “social justice.” Promised to get back to you with how much taxpayers are paying for that dose of progressive indoctrination. The figure is $175,000, according to the school district’s most excellent spokesman.
We think Anthony Hamilton, candidate for sheriff, is on to something when he criticizes incumbent sheriff Kalvin Barrett for calling them “residents” instead of jail inmates. Must not hurt their tender feelings! Hamilton points out that Barrett was appointed to the job by the most anti-cop governor in memory. That would be Tony Evers, who took the side of Jacob Blake against police and let Kenosha burn. More reason why we’re working for Hamilton. (See it now.)
As for the never-ending Dane County jail project, we’ll let a former mayor do the heavy lifting:
The Dane County Board will decide tonight about what to do about a jail expansion — unless they don’t decide. The Board has three options before them: a project with 825 total beds (18% fewer than we have now), … 725 total beds (28% fewer) or … kicking it over to the voters in a November referendum.
In a county that is growing at a rate of about 15% over a decade, it seems strange to be even contemplating an 18% reduction in the jail, much less 28%. But there might not be enough votes for the additional $10 million (due to new cost projections) to build even the 825-bed facility because a budget amendment takes a super majority. Maybe the best we can hope for is a referendum.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Where was Tim Michels NOT last weekend? Not wooing Dane County’s 250 hard-core Republicans convening at their annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner, is not where. Ron Johnson spoke; Eric Toney for AG, Roger Roth for Lt. Gov, and Anthony Hamilton for sheriff spoke. No Tim Michels. Dane County puts up the third-most Republican votes in the state, after Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties. In the primary election, Dane County went 48.9% for Becky to Michels’ 41.5%. There’s work to be done here, fences to mend, apologies to be made.