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King of mandates finally leaving

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King of mandates finally leaving

Postby JustAMadisonGuy » Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:48 pm

I have to agree, after minimum wage, Austin has been mostly ineffective. I see his recent proposals as the last actions of lame duck radical, none of these items have any real chance of passing, sick leave was a bigger defeat for him then it appeared at the time.

http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/opinion ... 73&ntpid=1

King of mandates finally leaving


A Wisconsin State Journal editorial
March 8, 2007
We're almost going to miss Madison Ald. Austin King.

Almost.

King's "greatest hits" on the City Council the last four years were often entertaining. But like catchy pop songs, they quickly grew tiring and monotonous....
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Postby Lindsey Lee » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:01 pm

I suspect Austin King will understand that this goodbye kiss from the WSJ is really a compliment of a very high order. Austin clearly has been one of the most effective progressives to sit on the city council in many, many years. Those who would like to see progress rolled back are of course happy to see him leave.

I would like to note that Austin did not focus on a few niche issues that make some progressives myopic. Instead, Austin put his heart and energy into issues that affected the working poor. Increasing the minimum wage is just one example.

It is no wonder that Austin gets reactionary forces so bent out of shape. He first confounded them and then he beat them.

I think Madison can be proud that it was not blinded by Austin's youth and instead recognized his great skills. Austin became a force in Madison because of meritocracy winning out.

Finally, for those who might find solace in saying that "Austin King really did not matter anyways" at least appreciate his tenaciousness in getting justice for "Patty." Austin's desire to have Madison make amends for the mistakes described in Bill Luders' book made a difference in that individual's life. But, in some ways, and maybe more importantly, it humanized Madison. It was good for Madison to say we made a mistake and we are going to do what decent people do and make amends. Austin understood that and made a difference.

Many people will hate to see the day when Austin King leaves Madison. I will be one of them.
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Postby Ed Breakfast » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:33 pm

Well said.
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Postby Daisy » Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:34 pm

It speaks well of Austin's relevance to local government that supporters and detractors alike are taking note of his departure.

I can't imagine the WSJ devotes much editorial ink to the farewell of aldermanic non-entities like Skidmark, Compton et al.
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King leaving

Postby LastWord » Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:26 pm

Well, we know that April 3 could be Skidmark's last 'daze' on the Council, but Juicy Compton-- when the hell is that district (16) going to get someone with some brains?

You'd think DC DEMS would be fielding a candidate there, but they'd rather to continue to have a pissing match with PD in other areas of the city...
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Postby mpwhile » Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:22 am

Ed Breakfast wrote:Well said.

Agreed completely.
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Postby Taxed » Tue Mar 13, 2007 1:47 pm

Has anyone been assigned to make sure he doesn't miss his flight outta here?
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Postby Daisy » Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:34 pm

Taxed wrote:Has anyone been assigned to make sure he doesn't miss his flight outta here?
He's coming to crash on your couch for a while, actually.

Is it cool if he uses your wireless network to send instructions to Lauren Woods' PDA, regarding all of the tax-ballooning regulatory mandates he didn't get to?

Oh, and if you could leave some pale ale and cold cuts in the fridge, that'd be cool too.
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Postby Taxed » Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:12 pm

Daisy wrote:
Taxed wrote:Has anyone been assigned to make sure he doesn't miss his flight outta here?
He's coming to crash on your couch for a while, actually.

Oh, and if you could leave some pale ale and cold cuts in the fridge, that'd be cool too.
Actually, I have three jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter he is welcome to. As is common with socialists, Austin has nothing and wants us all to share it equally.
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Postby political genius » Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:13 pm

mpwhile wrote:
Ed Breakfast wrote:Well said.

Agreed completely.


Me four.
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Postby Randy New Man » Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:58 am

Daisy wrote:It speaks well of Austin's relevance to local government that supporters and detractors alike are taking note of his departure.
You mean like when you "take note" of that 2 inch zit finally vanishing from your forehead? Many of us hope his departure will lessen the constant stream of mandates in areas that don't need city government's "help." That hope and not any praise for the opinionated little master of hyperboleâ??s agenda cause me to take note and say, "can I help you pack?"
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