Reflecting on a wild political year

A massive budget deficit, the longest state government shutdown in history, and a leadership-toppling scandal all mark the 2011 political year. Forum Communications' Don Davis has a timeline of significant events.
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A massive budget deficit, the longest state government shutdown in history, and a leadership-toppling scandal all mark the 2011 political year. Forum Communications' Don Davis has a timeline of significant events.

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