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Why is Gov. Dayton upset?

Earlier this week, Speaker Daudt told reporters that his relationship with Gov. Dayton was “damaged.” The key question that the Twin Cities media hasn’t asked is why their relationship is damaged. The AP’s Kyle Potter opened his article by saying “Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt will enter 2017 with a ‘damaged relationship,’ […]

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Gov. Dayton to fight MNsure changes

It isn’t a secret that Gov. Dayton will resist attempts to improve Minnesota’s health care system. This article includes a quote from Gov. Dayton that indicates he’s still in denial about Obamacare. First, it’s worth noting that Gov. Dayton said “The average wait time has been measured in seconds. If they’re going to be attacking […]

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Gov. Dayton ignores geography

This article highlights how out-of-touch Gov. Dayton is. It says that Gov. Dayton thinks the 2011 government shutdown was the Republicans’ fault. It wasn’t. He said that Republicans were extremists in 2011. According to the AP article, “Though Dayton conceded Minnesota voters are divided and said he was willing to compromise when he’s outnumbered for […]

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Democrats pick fight on defense spending

Republicans should willingly accept the fight that the Democrats have picked on defense spending. Democrats just picked the fight by filibustering the bill that would fund the military, including funding overseas operations against ISIS. If Democrats are willing to shut down the government over fulfilling the Democrats’ special interest allies’ wish list, Republicans should highlight […]

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Dayton’s history of ultimatums

Now that we’re in the 6th painful year of Gov. Dayton’s administration, we have a historical record to judge his administration on. It isn’t a history of successful negotiating. In 2011, Gov. Dayton attempted to push the GOP legislature into accepting his tax increase proposal when Gov. Dayton shut down the government. Let there be […]

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Does Donald Trump Believe in Smaller Government and More Freedom?

Does Donald Trump have a consistent and coherent set of economic policies? He sometimes says things indicating that he understands Washington is a cesspool of waste. But on other occasions, he seems to be singing off the same song sheet as Bernie Sanders. Which is why, when I recently tried to dissect Trumponomics, I admitted […]

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Levin vs. Rubio, Michael Reagan

To say that Mark Levin has lost it with regards to Marco Rubio is understatement. His latest diatribe reads like the rantings of an unhinged lefty. One statement that questions Levin’s state of mind starts with him saying “But Rubio has no significant accomplishments other than his election to various public offices. He has few […]

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Exporting Oil, Again

Yesterday, I mentioned here that a bill again allowing oil exports had passed the House. Here from Marita Noon is a bit more about it, and some inside baseball about the sausage factory as well. I’m an unabashed ideologue, but I do recognize that if you are a member of Congress, you probably should pay […]

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Time for another Government Shutdown?

A new fiscal year starts October 1, and this is terrifying news for Republicans in Washington. They’re scared that if they don’t give Obama everything he wants, they’ll get “blamed” when the President vetoes annual spending bills and shuts down the government. If this sounds like déjà vu all over again, that’s for a good reason. […]

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Maintaining and Enforcing Spending Caps Is a Huge Test of GOP Credibility on Fiscal Policy

Let’s celebrate some good news. When politicians can be convinced (or pressured) to exercise even a modest bit of spending restraint, it’s remarkably simple to get positive results. Here’s some of what I wrote earlier this year. …one of the few recent victories for fiscal responsibility was the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), which only […]

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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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Tina Smith driving DFL shutdown train

This video shows that Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is driving the DFL’s shutdown train: Check out this partial transcript of Lt. Gov. Smith’s interview with WCCO’s Esme Murphy” ESME MURPHY: Not all lieutenant governors are at the negotiating table. You, as I understand, have been. What has happened with the Majority Leader here, Sen. Bakk? […]

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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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Sarah Palin Should Join the GOP’s Inglorious Basterds in the Senate

In September, 2013, a year before our 2014 election win, I wrote that “19 US Senators fired a shot heard around the world, which led directly to the government being shut down for two weeks. Maybe he drew the short straw, who knows, but of those 19 it was Ted Cruz whoRead More

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The Limits to a “Shut Down only a Tiny Part of Government Shutdown” Strategy

A couple of days ago, I wrote that Republicans should not be intimidated if the White House threatens a government shutdown. Simply stated, prior shutdowns have yielded meaningful policy victories without causing measurable political damage. This isn’t to say that the goal of any fiscal fight is a shutdown. Instead, my point is simply that […]

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Government Shutdown Theater: Republicans Should Not Surrender to Obama’s Blackmail

Notwithstanding the landslide rejection of Obama and his policies in the mid-term election, I don’t think this will produce big changes in policy over the next two years. Simply stated, the GOP does not have the votes to override presidential vetoes, so there’s no plausible strategy for achieving meaningful tax reform or genuine entitlement reform. […]

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Desperate attack vs. the truth hurts

Jeff Johnson’s latest ad is causing quite a stir: Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson released a new television ad today that questions the competence of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson’s ad is titled “Unaware.” The narrator contends that Dayton was unaware of bonuses paid to “failed Obamacare bureaucrats,” the contents of bills he signed and […]

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