Monday, August 26th, 2019

Revisiting the predictions of 2013


Each year I consult the magic martini shaker to make a list of predictions and then, because I’m a masochist, I revisit them at the end of the year to see how well I did. This year I did better than most. Any better, and TLC channel will offer me a reality television show as the psychic of Waukesha. The original prediction is followed by the scoring.

(Definition: Scoring  “To mark the surface of (meat, for example) with usually parallel cuts.”

  • Justice Patience “Pat” Roggensack will win re-election.

Yes, yes she did.

  • Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will not receive an appointment from President Barack Obama.

No, no he didn’t.

  • The John Doe investigation into the county administration under Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County Executive will produce no further prosecutions.

That is correct, sir. (Thanks Ed.)

  • Tony Evers will win re-election at State Superintendent for the Department of Public Instruction. The legislature will then take away more of his responsibilities.

Yes, and goodbye Indian mascot review.

  • Neither branch of the legislature will vote to abolish the Secretary of State position or the State Treasurer position.

The Great Seal is still in Doug LaFollette’s hands (unless he lost it again) and the State Treasurer is still handing out money to the public.

  • Voter ID will prevail in court.

Getting closer, but not yet.

  • There will be unsuccessful attempts made to recall Justices David Prosser, Annette Ziegler and Michael Gableman.

The good news is that I was wrong.

  • I will become a paid spokesman for Snickers.

Define “paid.”

  • The city of Waukesha will not break ground on a convention center. No agreement will be reached between the city and the developers on financing.

Bill Huelsman is on Mayor Jeff Scrima’s naughty list. This project is dead like a parrot on Monty Python.

  • Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) will be caught throwing paper airplanes from the chair.

That’s Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer, and throwing paper airplanes is about the only thing he wasn’t accused of by his colleague State Rep Chris Kapenga.

  • Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will be fined for launching fireworks off the Courthouse roof.

Okay, this was intended to be funny, but they still don’t know how the courthouse caught on fire.

  • Governor Scott Walker will not overrule his transportation secretary and the Zoo Interchange project will be delayed.

The Zoo Interchange has not been delayed, just my travel times. By the way, is Graeme Zielinski painting the white lines during construction?

  • Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner will announce his intention to run for re-election in 2014.

The sun also rises.

  • Wisconsin will cut the state income tax.

Winner, winner, I can afford a chicken dinner.

  • The City of Waukesha will receive approval of the diversion from Lake Michigan.

Did I mean in 2013? I meant in 2113. Man, is this taking a long time.

  • Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will again propose a budget with no increase in the tax levy. At least one Milwaukee County Board member will call him a racist because of it.

A budget with no tax increase, but they found other things to say about him this year.

  • Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will drive over one of his own car chase spike strips.

C’mon, you thought this was a shoe-in, too.

  • There will be no long term fix for transportation funding in the next state budget.

And there wasn’t. Watch for higher taxpayer funding for transportation to be included in any income tax/sales tax switch.

  • The state legislature will pass a mining bill acceptable to Gogebic Taconite.

Let the digging begin.

  • Global warming will cause snow and rain, after causing last year’s drought. Tornadoes will be Governor Scott Walker’s fault.

Wow, did I get that one right. I should be a meteorologist.

  • Palermo’s Pizza workers will vote against unionization. There will be no apologies from anyone on the left.

Palermo’s was vindicated and… we’re still waiting on a union vote because Voces de la Frontera keeps obstructing a vote.

  • Christian Schneider will start wearing sunglasses on Sunday Insight with Charlie Sykes.

Maybe he’ll wear sunglasses on Up Front with Mike Gousha.

  • Herb Kohl will announce he’s keeping the Milwaukee Bucks but selling the Milk Barn at State Fair.

So far, keeping the Bucks, and keeping the Milk Barn.

  • No gun control measures will pass the state legislature.

The only good gun control is a steady aim.

  • City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima will announce plans to run for re-election. He will claim to have fulfilled all of his campaign promises – vigorously.

Scrima is dragging this out but I expect him to announce he’s running for re-election any day now.

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