In Tuesday’s primary election.
The Blaska Policy Werkes decision desk was right on the money predicting Tr•mp-endorsed election denier Janel Brandtjen would lose big to Speaker Robin Vos’s man for state senate in suburban Milwaukee. We had it at Dan Knodl 60%, Brandtjen 30%, Van Mobley 10%. Final score was 57% to 28% to 15%. Must be a lot of RINOs in Waukesha, Washington, and Ozaukee counties!
Forecasting liberal Milwaukee judge Janet Protasiewicz to win Tuesday’s primary was a no-brainer. (Our specialty!) We wrongly predicted Jennifer Dorow would also emerge from the four-way (sounds like a 1970s porno) but the Waukesha judge lost to conservative nominee Dan Kelly, who got our vote. More concerning, adding votes of the two liberals totals 53.9% of the total statewide vote.
Protasiewicz and hometown judge Everett Mitchell ran up the score in Dane County, getting 82.7% of the vote. Our county votes heavily and gave the two liberals a 91,527 vote head of steam over the two conservatives. If Kelly loses on April 4, Republicans who gave us Tim Michels will blame Dane County but not Kelly’s tie-in to Tr•mp.
There’s hope for Madison WI!
Satya Rhodes Conway blew away the field for Madison mayor, besting Gloria Reyes and Scott Kerr 60% to 28% to 12%. We predicted 48% to 42% Reyes over Mayor Satya. That’s a real surprise! (!!!) Especially since Reyes won a who’s who of local endorsees. Got to think G.L.O.R.I.A. (GLORIA!) will find it more difficult to raise the oodles it will take to overcome Mayor Satya. For Common Council, five of the six Madison aldermanic candidates Madison Safety Council endorsed survived Tuesday’s winnowing.
• But Colin Barushok faces an uphill battle in the UW campus-dominated District #2, losing 71% to 22% to incumbent radical Juliana Bennett.
• Former alder Paul Skidmore was eliminated in District 9. If Nino Amato can marry his 28% to Paul’s 22% they can bring down incumbent cop-hater Nikki Conklin, who took an even 50%.
• Although Ald. Sheri Carter was redistricted into District 10, her 54% looks good against Woke incumbent Yannette Figueroa Cole’s 38%.
• In open District 12, pro-safety Amari Latimer Burris is within striking distance of Julia Matthews, 31% to 34%. Interim alder Barbara Vedder did not run.
• In #14, Ike Knox posted a strong 41% of the vote against the survivor of that three-way, Noah Lieberman, at 30%. That’s Sheri Carter’s old district.
• Barbara Harrington McKinney is another pro-safety alder redistricted to new territory. She posted 40% to incumbent Matt Phair’s 41%.
George Orwell, call your office
Pecksniffs are laundering Roald Dahl’s children books to expurgate words of un-Wokeness. The author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is being bowdlerized. In solidarity with Dahl, Dr. Seuss, and Mark Twain, Blaska is going back over his last thousand blogges to amp up the offensive triggering.
Devil in the details
Flush with play money, WI Gov. Tony Evers wants to mandate 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave benefits for public and private sector workers alike.
Minnesota Democrats are considering a similar program. “As with any “free” money offer, the proposal enjoys broad popular support,” a Minnesota think thank found. However, no one knows how much this new benefit will cost taxpayers and employers. Estimates of just the start up costs exceed $2 billion, and the program will require more than 300 additional bureaucrats to administer, the American Experiment said.
More fools’ gold
Roger Stone/Sidney Powell/Pillow Man zombies rejoice the imminent arrival of the Rapture! Kevin McCarthy is giving Fox News host Tucker Carlson access to all of the US Capitol security footage from January 6, according to CNN. (But what do they know?)
Friar Tuck will finally validate the Trumpbot theory that Nancy Pelosi held open the doors to the Capitol on J/6 but forgot to tell Ashli Babbitt. If that were anything more than a wet dream, wouldn’t the Speaker hold a press conference and announce it himself? Big news! New sheriff in town! and all that?
Meantime, the Proud Boys want to subpoena Tr•mp to testify that he ordered them to storm the Capitol on J/6. Watch him hide behind executive privilege.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Instead, the Speaker is telling Tucker: You want the video? You can have it! If you can find evidence of the greatest conspiracy since the faked moon shot, be my guest! Your failure will be on you, not me.
Trump lackey Dan Kelly is just what the Dems wanted (and orchestrated).
Congratulations to Judge Janet.
Kelly was already beaten by Karofsky after being appointed by Walker and it will happen again. He’s an election denier, member of the Federalist Socie ty, an advisor to WILL and got paid 120k to “advise” on the fake electors. Good luck Kelly. You’re going to need it.
The “Extremist Dan Kelly” commercials have started. His campaign is DOA.
The only thing that’s gonna stop Judge Janet now is a heart attack.
12 weeks family shows how out of touch evers is. This would ruin many small business. How can so many politicians have no clue on how the economy operates? Additionally, it would further raise health care cost. Just another case of utopia vs reality. Ridiculous!
Family leave is discriminatory against individuals who choose not to have children. A fairer program would be some kind of generic leave that people could use to fit their particular lifestyle. You could choose your time to have a baby and I could use mine to pick lint from my navel.
Yup. We childless people, get the privilege of picking up the slack of the child bearers.
Except the package Evers proposed is paid family and medical leave, not just paid family leave so it applies to literally everyone (unless you’re immortal). And the family part includes leave to care for a sick parent or other family member too, not just children.
So not, it does not discriminate against people who don’t choose to have kids. By contrast the proposal Tim Michels endorsed last fall was indeed just parental leave to care for kids.
Fair enough but more accurate to say does not wholly discriminate. I’m not even saying take away or reduce birth related leaves but also provide leave alternatives for those who will never have children.
Wait, so Blaska, you’re saying there is no conspiracy regarding Jan 6? Hallelujah, you’re “Insurrection fever” has finally broken. Welcome back!
Dave, don’t give Satya too much credit!
Getting 59.5% of the vote by spending 86% of the money does not make for a very stable position.
Madison Mayoral race by the numbers
Candidate Vote Total Spending (Price per Vote)
Satya 43,822 $47,710 $1.09
Gloria 20,507 $7,466 $0.36
Scott 8,658 $90 $0.01
Based on the cash advantage Gloria has the Mayor’s Office is well within her reach!
Appreciate you throwing your hat in the ring, Mr. Kerr!
FWIW, you didn’t even have to spend that Red Cent to secure The Gotch’s vote.
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12 weeks? It takes a decade to raise a child to maturity. If you’re gonna have kids, you need to make that your career. There isn’t enough room in the state daycare facilities, er schools, for more inconvenient children.
It’s not a childless woman’s duty to babysit your children so you can sit at a desk checking boxes and filling out forms.
“It takes a decade to raise a child to maturity.” (bolds mine)
Raise them responsibly and maturity will surely follow.
Those bike trails better be clear so I can ride to and from on taxpayer’s dime. Let’s see how many cars can we store in body shop lots again. They do not need those gas guzzling machines.
They’ll be clear as a summer’s day, unlike The Gotch’s street.
Parks Department employees aren’t going to chisel that ~3″/7.5cms of crusty ice off’n the BIKIE Trail/Lane/Path/Boulevard/Bridge system of, so they probably loaded ’em down with “eco-friendly” salt.