DFLers expect 'progress' with new majority

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE and RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 8, 2012 - 9:39 AM

Outgoing Republican leader says they shouldn't get too comfortable.

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brianjapanNov. 7, 1210:19 PM

Bet Marky Dayton is happy. He can tax spend tax spend tax tax spend, spend, spend

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comment229Nov. 8, 12 4:28 AM

Some of us really need to read the article and work on those comprehension skills before commenting. As for Zellers comment "I absolutely expect next election ... there will be a little bit of a correction." That is what happened this time. In the last election, the tea party band wagon started rolling and people joined in with the "throw the bums out" attitude, but forgot one simple concept. What if the new kids coming in were worse? The democrats must throw out a gesture of good will, and Dayton has expressed a desire to do that. Ask if Pawlenty would have?

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comment229Nov. 8, 12 4:29 AM

What is really going to be interesting is to see which state, the republican controlled state of Wisconsin, or the democratically controlled Minnesota, does better in the next couple of years.

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georifaNov. 8, 12 6:49 AM

Comparing Wisconsin and MN is an interesting proposition -- but we should look at 4 to 10 years down the road and not the next couple of years. It takes time for policies to impact the economy.

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EleanoreNov. 8, 12 7:20 AM

I look forward to progress in paying back the loan with interest, the legislature took from the schools. I also expect the new DFL legislature to become constitutionally compliant with it's responsibility to create and maintain a uniform system of schools, and fully fund it going forward with non illigitimate progressive taxation, while ending the unconstitutional attack on Minnesotans that is property tax in this state. When they show me that plan and get it done, I may even start voting DFL.

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arielbenderNov. 8, 12 7:29 AM

I have to say watching Zellers and Dean pout their way through their news conference yesterday was a real treat. They're still in complete denial and take no responsibility for their ouster. The fact is they squandered two years with absolutely nothing to show except a sex scandal, a government shutdown and two failed constitutional amendments. People couldn't wait to throw them out. And I guarantee, the Dems won't make the same mistake.

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shushyn78Nov. 8, 12 7:37 AM

The three leaders are wary of committing to tax inceases or gay marriage? What a joke. The DFL has won the Lottery. They are consorting with their people just how far they are gonna shakedown the rich people and stick a fork in the Bible thumpers.

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SUMMITNov. 8, 12 7:58 AM

Republicans: if you want to regain some seats here's a few pointers. 1. Tell Grover Norquist to stick his pledge, voters want you beholden to them not a lobbyist. Doesn't mean you ever have to vote for a tax increase, just be your own man/ woman. 2. drop all the divisive social crap. you thought it would drive the base but the plan exploded in your face, don't repeat same mistakes. 3. Minnesotans want our government when either party is in control, to fix issues and advance policies that enhance our quality of life. Simply shouting NO or denigrating government will turn off more voters. Democrats beware of the hubris displayed by the last legislature and do not follow their lead.

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rickbmnNov. 8, 12 8:09 AM

Pretty sad state when progress means tax and spend and tax and spend some more as if money is not an issue. Do we REALLY need all these programs and spending? If you actually had to analyze a write a personal check to fund all this stuff, would you?

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rickbmnNov. 8, 12 8:13 AM

Eleanore: A little honesty would be nice. Stop use the code words and euphamisms. What you really mean is you want the teachers unions to get more money. We have been spending more and more money on schools every year and getting poorer and poorer results, and all we hear is we need more money. Well, we have given the money, but it is NOT going to the kids.

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