No pay raises for state employees? Where did you hear that before? Class? Try Blaska's Blog on October 14. Two weeks ago! Pay attention, people! I'm trying to tell you something! How many times must I be right before you get the pik-shure?
The sounds of silence
As John Lennon once sang, Well, well, well.
A Dane County prosecutor says she believes Madison Ald. Brian Solomon sexually assaulted a city employee who is assigned to work with the common council. But the district attorney's office won't bring him to trial only because, it says, getting a unanimous jury to convict would be chancy. (Details here from the Wisconsin State Journal.)
Is the Left calling for Ald. Solomon to resign? Not that I can tell. No righteous indignation from The Capital Times. Crickets at Madame Brenda's Forward Lookout website. No protest rallies in front of the Capitol. The drum circles are silent.
The Former Kathleen, County Supes Melissa Sargent and Diane Hesselbine, and Madison Ald. Lisa Subeck suffered no such reticence in organizing a shouting, chanting Capitol rally on July 12 demanding that Supreme Court Justice David Prosser resign for allegedly choking fellow Justice Anne Walsh Bradley. They did so even as the legal system was in the midst of a careful, detailed inquiry. No, the feminist lynch mob could not wait for due process.
When the special prosecutor in that case finished her review of the facts, she announced she would prosecute neither Bradley -- whom she actually names first -- or Prosser. (Read the special prosecutors's conclusion yourself.)
Yes, she named both, suggesting that she had considered prosecuting either, or both before deciding on neither. I cannot find this fact reported anywhere outside of Blaska's Blog. Nor did the prosecutor in that case say that she believed one over the other or, for that matter, whether a crime had even been committed. (Your faithful Squire detailed the denouement here.)
When the details came out it was clear that Prosser was defending himself against an enraged attacker.
Contrast that with the prosecutor's statement in the Solomon case: "I absolutely believe [the accuser's] account."
Why the differing responses? We know why, don't we class? Brian Solomon is a liberal, he's Progressive Dane for chrissakes! He's for the victim (even if he creates some of them).
But David Prosser was a known Republican when he served as a legislator and generally issues conservative rulings and sometimes he shouts and pounds on the table. Unfit for office!
Another defection from teachers union gulag
This is hilarious. The liberal website Dane 101 takes out after another legislator who believes that teachers unions are part of the problem, not the answer. This Republican serves across the big pond to represent Michael Moore's hometown, Flint, Michigan. Says Dane 101 of this legislative menace:
He has been unrelenting in his efforts to strip the teachers' union, the Michigan Education Association, of its power and to kneecap teachers' collective bargaining rights.
Or, as MTI's John Matthews would call him, Public Enemy #3,966 and counting. So, of course, the Michigan teachers union are recalling this nefarious tool of the Koch Brothers. The miscreant is State Rep. Paul Scott, pictured here.
Stories you won't read in The Capital Times
The Hartland school district in Waukesha County is saving $690,000 a year in health insurance. Now that Gov. Walker's collective bargaining reforms are in force, the district is no longer hog-tied to the teachers union's in-house insurance provider and profit center. Yes, competition has been introduced to the public school budget menu:
It's not hard to see why union officials hate the new law so much. It not only breaks up cherished and lucrative union monopolies like high-cost health insurance; it also threatens to break through the union-built wall between teachers and administrators and allow the two sides to work together more closely. The old union go-betweens, who controlled what their members could and could not hear, will be left aside.
So reports the great Byron York in the Washington Examiner. (Thanks Dorothy for the tip.)
Catch the Squire's road show on Joy Cardin's Week in Review extravaganza this Friday morning, October 28, from 8 to 9 a.m. on the Wisconsin Public Radio network. Your message of hope, on the air!