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Wisconsin doesn’t need official state cocktail



The Wisconsin Legislature is again doing what it does best, passing meaningless legislation that accomplishes nothing. In this case, lawmakers are poised to take the important step of naming an official state cocktail. Of course, that would be the Old Fashioned, which in Wisconsin is typically made with brandy rather than whiskey. It is a Wisconsin favorite, particularly during Friday night fish fries. But does Wisconsin need an official state cocktail? We already have dozens of official things, like a state bird, a state grain, even an official state tartan. If the old fashioned is enshrined as official in Wisconsin, it wouldn’t even be all that official. It is only a resolution, not a bill, so it doesn’t require a public hearing or the Governor’s signature. It is the equivalent of naming June as Dairy Month in Wisconsin. But wouldn’t you know it, this idea has bipartisan support. Our lawmakers can’t agree on the big issues like tax reform, or education spending, but they can all raise a glass and pat themselves on the back as they name a state cocktail. Maybe next they will name the official garnish for the drink, or an official state ice cube. Either way, such action does nothing to improve the lives of Wisconsinites. But hey, we have an official state cocktail. Cheers!

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Mike Sladky

    November 10, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Hey Robert, Relax a little.

  2. Fluffy Sather

    November 10, 2023 at 10:13 am

    In your busy day, you have, nothing better to write about? Your no better then our state government officials…

  3. Karen Ziebell

    November 13, 2023 at 9:16 am

    “Your’re” 100% correct, thank you for saying it out loud!

  4. Bell

    November 13, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    The northern half of the state is largely forestland. Many mom and pop resorts, taverns, supper clubs eek out a living with “Old Fashioned” drinks a substantial source of revenue.

    The state cocktail naming is a big deal to those Up North and is appreciated. The flatlanders (Illinoisans) lap it up.

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