February 2011

I’m back to working on the book. I really set this project aside when the youngest was home in June, and then I entered into a series of excuses starting in July. Last week three people mentioned maybe I out to get back to work. One gently prodded; a second used a slightly condescending tone; but the third basically called me a whiny loser if I didn’t get busy.

Guess which tone finally did it?

So last night before I went to bed I closed out everything that might distract me in the morning, pulled up the research for the section, and had the file open to get started. It worked. I’m happy to say I’m plodding right along again.

This morning I was delving into Act 10. One of the goals in writing this thing is to somehow convey the emotional roller coaster we’ve been on for a year and a half. Nothing beats February 2011. I’ll show you some notes.

Feb 1, blizzard, state of the state address
Feb 6, Packers win super bowl
Feb 9 – article in MJS about $143 million shortfall as tax collections lag
Feb 9 – Blaska – R.I.P. Wisconsin government employee unions
Feb 10 – first article on brb to limit union negotiations (MJS)
Feb 11 – national guard readied
BRB rolled out into Assembly?
Feb 14 – lots of wisopinion articles on brb and upcoming protests
Feb 14 – 1st protest in Madion (feb 13 rally in horicon – see capper’s post)
Feb 15 & 16 big AFSCME, AFL-CIO and SEIU rallies.
Feb 15 – protest (vs. rally, nab the distinction) article at the Daily Page
Bill introduced as floor bill 22 for vote

Supreme court race primary – the race becomes noticed as a potential referendum on the bill
Thursday, Feb 17 – 14 Senators fled
Friday Feb 18 schools closed in Madison, Milwaukee
Reuter’s article
Also, Jesse Jackson here
Saturday Feb 19 – I’m a doctor need a note photo

Feb 21 – Chicago trib article on senators in Illinois
Feb 22 – Senators required to pick up check in person (article)
Scott Walker: Punk’d
February 23, 2011

I mean look at that list! We had the blizzard of a generation, won the Super Bowl, packed the capital, chased Democratic Senators, and watched our Governor be embarrassed on the national stage all in one short month.

(Here’s where it would be easy given another 100 degree day to talk about the snow. I had to pull the screen off a downstairs window to lean out and dig the drift away from my water heater and heating unit exhausts so they wouldn’t cut out on me. Plus, the spouse was out of town – I know, no news there – so clean up for that one was all on me. Do you suppose we could sacrifice a bureaucrat or two in hopes of a weather compromise around here?)

While I’m at it I’m going to share the photo I’ll be using. It’s one of my favorites from the dozen or so to which I’ve negotiated rights. The photographer is our own community’s Nick Schweitzer.

It’s good to be back in the saddle. Let me know if there’s anything missing from that list you found important at the time.

Happy Monday.


  1. Glad you’re back at it! Which tone did I use? I hope I was the condescending one 🙂

  2. Yes, it was you, but like I said, only slightly.

  3. Randy in Richmond says:

    What you left out of your notes for February, 2011, unrelated to Scott Walker, were some fairly significant happenings in your’s and FC’s lives. It was truly a notable month.

  4. BrkfldDad says:

    2/25 – budget repair bill passed
    2/27 – protesters kicked out of Capitol building at closing for the first time.

  5. Thanks BDad. I have it as enacted March 11 – http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/related/acts/10.pdf and will go figure out the 2/25 significance.

    Ah, found it. – http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/116824378.html

    Randy – I guess I better go look. What was going on?

    ** Oh good grief! I had to go back and look but you are right! I’d shut FC down in anticipation of the trial, but Niebler settled with my insurance company at the last minute. Also, I spent 10 days in Oklahoma. It was the last time I ever worked side-by-side with my dad.

    It was a big month.

  6. Ahah! Bdad, the BRB passed the Assembly on that date. It took a while for it to get it done for good.