Gov. Dayton's crucial days may lie just ahead

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 5, 2012 - 8:30 AM

Any second term likely hinges on his persuasive powers at the Capitol.

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Lowrie02Mar. 4, 12 8:57 PM

Dayton is showing leadership whether one agrees or not! He has made himself available and is not rolling over to the social agenda presented by the GOP!

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dflleftMar. 4, 12 9:27 PM

FIRST OF ALL, he does NOT have favorable ratings. That said, a voter ID bill which he doesn't want has a 99% chance of overwhelming support from Minnesota voters. Secondly, if he were to veto "teacher tenure" reform then he has NO chance of a second term. Thirdly, 2 years ago at the DFL convention in Duluth the Dems wouldn't even let him in because of his poor Senate performance. The ONLY support he has is from the usual hard core DFL left liberals that post here early and often.

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ginny6Mar. 4, 12 9:27 PM

"Dayton increasingly sounds like he is taking a longer view of his position. "I spend every waking minute involved with this job," he said. "I take it very seriously. ...Good Lord and the people of Minnesota willing, I will serve two terms." ------ This could only be said by a reporter who was not paying attention during the campaign. Dayton said over and over when asked during the 20-some debates that he believed it would take two terms to clean up the mess left by Pawlenty and that the people of Minnesota and God willing, he would seek two terms.

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ginny6Mar. 4, 12 9:30 PM

Republican legislators . . . were dismayed by his rapid-fire vetoes of four measures to limit lawsuit liability earlier this year and his public tongue-lashing afterward, in which he accused them of catering to "their special interest friends, the rich and powerful." "That has hurt us, in terms of relationships," said Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester." ------- Dayton did the right things with those vetos. Republicans are passing reactionary legislation and not even attempting to be bi-partisan.

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rpaa0168Mar. 4, 12 9:30 PM

He is, without a doubt, the most worthless governor this state has had in the last 150 years-outside of Jesse "what else can I do for money" Ventura...

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olneymacMar. 4, 12 9:32 PM

Is Dayton showing spine or is he like a spoiled kid throwing a temper tantrum when he doesn't get his way? Ziggy Wilf is his friend, while any GOP is his enemy. Only certain day cay providors were selected to vote for unionization. Not signing a balanced budget, because of not enough taxation and spending. How many big corporations are leaving MN during his tenure because of his non-business friendly administration? Anyway you be the judge.

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sjhuotMar. 4, 12 9:32 PM

I am very impressed with Dayton's performance so far. He has refused to be put into a straightjacket that requires him to refuse to compromise. He has shown leadership on some very difficult items, including the Vikings Stadium Issue. He seems top actually think about the long term implications of what is decided by the legislature and signed by the Governor, rather than just thinking (as do most politicians, R & D) what will happen in the next election.

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ginny6Mar. 4, 12 9:34 PM

Republican legislators . . . dismayed by his rapid-fire vetoes of four measures to limit lawsuit liability earlier this year and his public tongue-lashing afterward, in which he accused them of catering to "their special interest friends, the rich and powerful." "That has hurt us, in terms of relationships," said Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester." ----- A well deserved tongue lashing. Dayton had shown incredible patience with the right wing extremist agenda up to this point. It had to be said.

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truthtimeMar. 4, 12 9:42 PM

Clearly the job of governor suits him better than U.S. Senator. Perhaps he'll get a DFL Legislature at some point in this term or a second.

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elmore1Mar. 4, 12 9:43 PM

Dayton has done a better job of caretaking than I thought he would. Aside from his support for AIS most of his focus has been short term. If he wants to make an impact and be remembered he needs to look at postioning the state for long term success which REQUIRES learning to work with the GOP and the private sector. A continued myopic focus on unions and creating govt funded construction jobs is caretaking and continuing the 1960's DFL agenda. I hope he wants to make a difference.

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