Decrying the dangerous budget priorities and threats to health care and education being proposed by President Donald Trump and his right-wing allies in Congress, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin suggested last week that the best news from Washington may be that Trump and people like House Speaker Paul Ryan seem to lack the basic skills required to govern.
“The paralysis may be good in terms of their inability to punish us,” explained Soglin, “but the forecast is not good in regards to the progress we’re making in solving problems, particularly addressing poverty and homelessness.”
The mayor is right. And that’s frustrating.
There is no question that Trump and Trumpism must be resisted. But with so many bad proposals and bad policies coming out of Washington, it is hard to know exactly where to begin resisting.
Here’s a suggestion: Vote in every election!
The Capital Times has argued in recent editorials that the April 4 state and local elections offer a vital opportunity for Wisconsinites to push back against the madness in Washington and against the misdirection of state government by Trump-allied politicians such as Gov. Scott Walker, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.
The race for state superintendent of public instruction is a critical test. The current superintendent, TONY EVERS, is an ardent supporter of public education who has led the fight for Wisconsin’s rural and urban schools over the past decade. He has taken on those who would cut funding for public schools, embraced innovation and succeeded in raising standards. And he has done it all while showing respect for teachers and administrators and while building coalitions that bring together students, parents and taxpayers in support of great schools. His challenger, Lowell Holtz, has aligned himself with forces that embrace the shockingly misguided policies of Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. This election offers an absolutely clear choice for supporters of public schools: Re-elect Evers!
In the race for Dane County Circuit Court judge, both candidates are qualified. But The Capital Times strongly supports Shorewood Hills Municipal Judge MARILYN TOWNSEND. In addition to her experience on the bench and in local government, Townsend has been a stalwart champion of the interests of working people and those who are most vulnerable in a time of assaults on basic protections and basic liberties. Townsend understands that the promise of justice is only made real when jurists reject partisanship and special-interest ties in order to hear the cases of those who lack wealth, power and political connections. The Capital Times believes Townsend would be an outstanding judge.
For Madison School board, The Capital Times recommends: Ali Muldrow and Nicki Vander Meulen.
For Madison City Council, The Capital Times' picks are: District 1: Barbara Harrington-McKinney, District 8: Zach Wood, District 10: Maurice Cheeks, District 11: Arvina Martin, District 14: Sheri Carter.
We also recommend the re-election of Fitchburg Mayor Steve Arnold and Fitchburg District 1 Ald. Dorothy Krause.
Be sure to get out and vote on Tuesday!
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