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Special Session observations

This morning at 10:00 am, Minnesota’s most recent special session will start. This special session will be a disaster for the DFL on multiple fronts. Harold Hamilton’s explanation makes total sense with me: To say the least, the special session period (the timeframe starting when the regular session adjourned) has been an utter and absolute […]

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Dorholt announces 2016 campaign

Zach Dorholt is back for another bite at the apple: Former state Rep. Zachary Dorholt announced Monday he will run for the Minnesota House District 14B seat. Dorholt was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, but was defeated by Rep. Jim Knoblach by a narrow margin in the 2014 election. The news isn’t […]

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Bakk, the backstabber

The last Friday of the regular session, Sen. Bakk and Speaker Daudt kicked Gov. Dayton out of the room because they’d wasted an entire week negotiating a budget deal but only had agreement on 2 bills. Once they kicked Gov. Dayton from the room, they finished the other bills in 2 hours. Now that Gov. […]

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Will Gov. Dayton shut gov’t down again?

One of the questions that people are asking is whether Gov. Dayton will shut government down again. Based on what Tom Dennis wrote in this Our View Editorial, I’m betting Gov. Dayton will shut government down because he isn’t willing to accept a superior policy to his universal pre-K initiative: Gov. Dayton, you should have […]

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Jack Rogers and Ken Martin

TEA Party Alliance president Jack Rogers is upset with House Republicans for not delivering on his demands for tax cuts: “My heart is heavy with grief from the actions taken by the MN House Majority and some of the MN GOP Senators,” wrote Minnesota Tea Party Alliance president Jack Rogers on his Facebook page. “Unfortunately, […]

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ABM’s latest ad campaign

ABM is launching another ad campaign, this time to push Gov. Dayton’s universal pre-K initiative across the finish line. Predictably, ABM’s latest campaign is filled with dishonesty: “Minnesota Republicans — especially in the House — need to be held accountable for putting corporations ahead of working families’ priorities,” says Alliance for a Better Minnesota Executive […]

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Killing universal pre-K

Gov. Dayton continues to insist that he’ll veto a bill that doesn’t fund universal pre-K. Though he’s been the point person, the personality in front of the cameras, on this issue, Gov. Dayton has had plenty of support from Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, House Minority Leader Thissen and Education Minnesota. This Pioneer Press article puts […]

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DFL declares war against Tom Bakk

The Bible says that a house divided cannot stand. I’ve never known that to be wrong, which means the DFL is heading for a collapse. The DFL, or more specifically Tina Smith, has declared war on Tom Bakk and the state of Minnesota. Whenever there’s a press conference, Tina’s right there, acting as Dayton’s keeper. […]

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The Bakk-Dayton feud escalates

Most everyone with a pulse who’s watched Minnesota politics remembers the outright feud that erupted when Sen. Bakk sabotaged Gov. Dayton’s proposed pay raise for his commissioners, which I wrote about in this post. This is how icy things got between Gov. Dayton and Sen. Bakk: Dayton said he will no longer negotiate with Bakk […]

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Dayton, Education Minnesota sabotage budget deal

Earlier tonight, I wrote this post that said a budget deal had been reached. This picture of Sen. Bakk and Speaker Daudt seemed to confirm that a deal had been reached: Since then, though, Gov. Dayton has tried sabotaging the deal. Here’s the first tweet I saw announcing his opposition to the deal hammered out […]

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Campaign now, shut gov’t down later

The Dayton administration has chosen an odd way of governing. Last night, they negotiated with Sen. Bakk and Speaker Daudt until 7:35. Then they took a late supper break, agreeing to resume negotiations at 9:00 pm. At 7:58 pm, Gov. Dayton’s staff called off the 9:00-midnight negotiating session. Today, rather than resolve a multitude of […]

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Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Smith campaign for Hillary

With less than a week left in the Minnesota legislature’s regular session, Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith aren’t negotiating with legislators to prevent a state government shutdown. Instead, Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will spend Tuesday campaigning for Hillary Clinton: The Dayton/Smith Democrat duo should be focused on the important decisions to […]

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Bakk’s confusing strategy

I’m more than a bit surprised after reading this post about Sen. Bakk’s latest transportation plan. Check this out: In January, Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL lawmakers rolled out comprehensive transportation plans and talked about how urgent it was to do something this year. Republicans held up their hands and said there was no rush. […]

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Hannity can’t grasp concept of divided government

Throughout Sean Hannity’s interview with Paul Ryan, it was painfully obvious that Mr. Hannity didn’t grasp the concept that divided government means one or both sides hate the deals they strike. Here’s the video of Hannity’s interview: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Throughout the interview, Hannity kept complaining that conservatives don’t like this deal […] . . . → Read More: Hannity can’t grasp concept of divided government

Where’s Harry?

When the going got tough, Harry Reid took the day off: “I’m glad now to invite to the microphone our distinguished majority leader in the Senate,” said Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio, gesturing to an empty microphone as House members guffawed. “I’m sorry, Harry’s not here today. Maybe he’ll show up later.” The conventional wisdom […] . . . → Read More: Where’s Harry? . . . → Read More: Where’s Harry?

Suicide squeeze or smart policy?

John Dickerson’s article insists in the opening paragraph that Republicans are committing political suicide. That isn’t what’s happening. Republicans are forcing House and Senate Democrats to vote again for a bill that’s just barely more popular than pneumonia. During the periodic budget fits that have seized Washington for the last several years, President Obama and […] . . . → Read More: Suicide squeeze or smart policy? . . . → Read More: Suicide squeeze or smart policy?

Pelosi, Hoyer show how to play bad hand poorly

This video is a how-to instructional on how to play a bad hand poorly: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com First, it’s amazing how shrill the Democrats are. The American people have tuned House Democrats out, starting with Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer. Here’s what Hoyer said: HOYER: It is a blatant attempt at hostage-taking. […] . . . → Read More: Pelosi, Hoyer show how to play bad hand poorly . . . → Read More: Pelosi, Hoyer show how to play bad hand poorly

DFL pundit: We screwed up

During the Political Analysis segment of At Issue With Tom Hauser, former DFL State Senator Don Betzold admitted that some tax hikes were put into the bill late in the session that Gov. Dayton didn’t know were in the bill he signed. He then talked about how hectic the last weekend of the session is. […] . . . → Read More: DFL pundit: We screwed up . . . → Read More: DFL pundit: We screwed up