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Fresno State's 'Trump Must Hang' Professor Yearns for Classroom Gig
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 6 years ago on
August 30, 2018

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Lars Maischak, whose anti-Trump tweets created conflict and calls for his firing in 2017, says that he has signed a three-year contract with Fresno State.
He will continue to teach his history class, but online only.
After Breitbart in April 2017 exposed Maischak’s tweets that “Trump Must Hang,” the school placed the history instructor on paid leave. He said federal investigators cleared him. He told GV Wire at the time that his tweet “was a dark prediction of what could happen if this country continued to go down its current path.”

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Fresno State allowed Maischak to return for the 2017-18 school year teaching online classes.
Maischak would rather teach students face-to-face in a classroom setting.
“I look forward to returning to the classroom, and to engage in a vigorous debate with anyone who thinks they disagree with me,” Maischak said.
He also said that he is working on a book titled “Fascism in America.”

Road Widening Project Irks Residents

“Official plan line” is an example of bureaucratic jargon that masks the fact that city council decisions impact residents.
For example, the thought of realigning Temperance Avenue between Clinton Avenue and Highway 180 riled up residents at a community meeting in June.
Known as OPL in City Hall lingo, the concept is to widen Temperance to six lanes with traffic lights for better traffic flow. Many residents at that June meeting gave Fresno City Councilman Paul Caprioglio an earful — worried the city would use eminent domain to take their property. They also said that more traffic will harm their rural way of life.
The city says the project, part of the 2035 General Plan, would not cause the city to annex property that is in unincorporated Fresno County.
Council will vote on the OPL at Thursday’s meeting.

Firefighter Contract

Fresno and its firefighters’ union found labor peace with a new contract. The city council will discuss the item Thursday.
Firefighters will receive a 3% wage hike and an increase in the uniform allowance (to $1,200 annually) in the new deal. The IAFF union members ratified the deal last month. The new two-year contract extends until August 2020.

City Hall Vets Receive Promotions

The city of Fresno promoted two longtime city employees to upper management positions.
Jim Schaad is moving from director of transportation to assistant city manager.
Gregory Barfield will assume Schaad’s former duties as interim transportation director. Prior to the bump, Barfield served as Schaad’s deputy.
Both men are City Hall veterans, each with decades of service.

Labor Day Gathering

Labor Day is more than just a chance to enjoy one more day of summer. It is actually to celebrate the work of labor unions.
Many of the area’s unions will celebrate the holiday with their annual breakfast at the Fresno Fairgrounds. The event draws many local politicians, especially during an election year.
In a news release, the region’s Central Labor Council said, “The program will draw attention to public sector workers from law enforcement to healthcare providers who face ongoing attacks from Congress and the White House, despite saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year.”

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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