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How the white political establishment in Madison conspired to keep reform-minded minority candidates down

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David Blaska, who is quickly becoming RightWisconsin's Man in Madison, has been closely following local politics in Dane County for decades.

But even he is shocked and amazed by recent developments in the races for Madison's school board.

Blaska writes:

 

Madison’s minority community is in open revolt against a long-dominant white, liberal political machine it sees as being more beholden to the teachers union than to teaching their children.
 
Their community is miffed that the Dane County Democratic Party is running candidates against two minority-race candidates in the supposedly non-partisan school board election on April 2. Black and Hispanic ire came to a boil when a third minority-race candidate was squeezed out in the primary election by a candidate backed by the state legislature’s two highest-ranking Democrats — neither of them from Madison....
 
Soglin, a long-time Democrat power broker, endorsed Manski as "being committed ... to our schools" — an encomium that sounded cynical and absurd when Manski announced that she was moving to California barely two days after placing first in the February 19 primary.
 
But Manski’s campaign accomplished what it set out to do, thanks to a falsehood her Green Party activist/husband Ben Manski broadcast. The falsehood linked Mirilli to private school vouchers — deeply unpopular in bright blue Madison. The ploy worked. Mirilli finished third and out of the running, leaving non-candidate Manski and another teachers union lackey, T.J. Mertz, on the ballot.

 

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