Best and worst of times in Wisconsin
Friday, June 15, 2012 1:53 PM
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity...." so starts the great novel by Charles Dickens.
Depending on what side you are on, the result of last week's recall election could be the best of times or the worst of times in Wisconsin for you. But regardless of who received your vote in the recall election, you probably would admit that we've been wise and we've been foolish over the past 18 months. And it's all hard to believe.
Here's a list. Best or Worst? Wise or Foolish?
February 2011: New Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker introduces a budget repair bill that eliminates collective bargaining for Wisconsin government workers
February 2011: Packers win the Super Bowl
February 2011: 14 State Senators leave Wisconsin and hide out in Illinois
Spring 2011: Opponents of Walker's budget repair bill protest at the State Capital for weeks
February 2011: Wisconsin doctors sign fake sick notes for teachers protesting at the capital
April 2011: JoAnne Kloppenburg wins the State Supreme Court election but thousands of missed votes in Waukesha County are enough to overturn race-Justice Prosser is re-elected
June 2011: State Supreme Court Justice Bradley accuses Justice Prosser of choking her
October 2011: Brewers win their first division title since 1982 and advance to the National League Championship Series
January 2012: Packers finish the 2011 regular season with a 15-1 record
January 2012: Wisconsin Democrats file about one million signatures and the attempted recall of Governor Walker begins
January 2012: Miss Wisconsin is crowned Miss America
January 2012: A John Doe investigation results in arrests of former Walker aids, charges come later
June 2012: Walker is first Governor in American history to survive a recall election
June 2012: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is slapped by a supporter after conceding to Walker in the recall election