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Walker warriors repudiated values -- Bob Hunt

Walker warriors repudiated values -- Bob Hunt

I was at the state Capitol in Madison a half dozen times during the Act 10 protests. It was inspiring to see people from across Wisconsin.

My fellow state employees and all sort of workers joined in the fight and shared camaraderie. I didn't eat any Ian's pizza. But those stacks of pizza boxes sure smelled good. I've saved T-shirts worn those days, such as "Stop the attack on Wisconsin workers" and "Support the Wisconsin 14" (a reference to senators who left the state).

I was elected to the Lodi School Board in the same Walker wave of 2010. Tea party GOP supporters came out of the woodwork to elect anyone new. It was scary. I avoided my Capitol and union involvement as best I could in this position.

These Gov. Scott Walker warriors were not out for reasonable reform but a repudiation of Wisconsin values. As former state Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, pointed outAct 10 was "less about saving money and more about the ultra-conservative agenda" of Walker's tea party GOP. As Schultz said, before Act 10 “the state benefited from labor peace and cooperation, and I think we would have had a more prosperous state, a more just state, and I’m sad that we don’t have that right now.” 

Me too.

Bob Hunt, Lodi

The only Republican senator to vote against Act 10 a decade ago is our guest on today's political podcast, "Center Stage, with Milfred and Hands." Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

The Great Divide: 10 years since Act 10

A decade later, the Wisconsin State Journal looks back at the historic debate and protests over the controversial anti-union law known as Act 10.

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