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Crisis at the Capitol: What's for dessert?

State lawmakers are debating a very serious question today. If you guessed it has something to do with the rights of public workers, you'd be WRONG! They are debating adding a new item to the list of official state symbols. Spurred on by some future constituents (4th graders), lawmakers are weighing the pros and cons of making the Cream Puff the Official State Dessert. Now, having been a politico with my fingers on the pulse of state government for more than two decades, I'm able to provide a little perspective here. Back in the 1980's, the legislature disappointed 4th graders all over the state when it decided NOT to name the cranberry muffin the official state muffin, despite the fact that cranberries are a major state product. One state lawmaker said the idea was half-baked and that legislators risk looking foolish when they spend time on such items. Lawmakers looking foolish? I don't think the current legislature has a problem with that. I'm sure we'll see the cream puff right next to the robin (official bird) and Antigo Silt Loam (official soil) in the Wisconsin Blue Book very, very soon. (Complete list of state symbols here, in case you have nothing else to do right now.)

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06/08/2011 8:39AM
Crisis at the Capitol: What's for dessert?
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