Taking over state Legislature is a delicate task for DFL

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON and JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: November 11, 2012 - 6:04 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton says he won't squander Minnesotans' vote of confidence in the upcoming session.

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dtmonkeyboyNov. 10, 1210:49 PM

When Republicans gained control, they ignored the real issues...and instead promoted a conservative social agenda, which voters rejected. As long as democrats tackle the budget first and tread lightly on social issues, they will do ok.

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chuckdancerNov. 10, 1211:32 PM

Like Dayton says, get it done or get out of the way.

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huggybear28Nov. 11, 1212:18 AM

Hopefully there is agreement this session to reform the amendment process. Between the 2008 sales tax increase and the 2 recent amendments clearly it is way too easy to legislate by ballot. Making these amendments pass 2 consecutive legislative sessions would lower the risk of legislators passing amendments as a way to circumvent the governor as done in 08 with the sales tax increase and recently with voter ID and the marriage amendments.

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wcentralNov. 11, 1212:59 AM

Nice article, here's hoping for success for all Minnesotan's. As for Carl the Republican operative, I hope you do get it. The GOP has modeled education on Texas the worst performing of all 50 states, voter reform on Mississippi the worst election system of 50 States, beat up on teachers and all gov't workers, hidden billions of debt in fraudulent accounting since Gov Pawlenty made the books nontransparent, attacked gays while modeling some warped family values in the halls of the capital, and shut down government to prove how they are effective administrators. Here's hoping we get a healthy GOP that's rid itself of bullies, fear mongering, and utter ineffectiveness. They may wish to hire Gov Carlson as a consultant.

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wcentralNov. 11, 12 1:59 AM

Nice article, here's hoping for success for all Minnesotan's. As for Carl the Republican operative, I hope you do get it. The GOP has modeled education on Texas the worst performing of all 50 states, voter reform on Mississippi the worst election system of 50 States, beat up on teachers and all gov't workers, hidden billions of debt in fraudulent accounting since Gov Pawlenty made the books nontransparent, attacked gays while modeling some warped family values in the halls of the capital, and shut down government to prove how they are effective administrators. Here's hoping we get a healthy GOP that's rid itself of bullies, fear mongering, and utter ineffectiveness. They may wish to hire Gov Carlson as a consultant.

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comment229Nov. 11, 12 5:43 AM

I saw a lot of politicians say and write in their campaign ads that thanks to them, there is a budget surplus. They didn't mention the $2.4 billion dollars that they owed the schools. Let's hope that paying the schools back is at the top of the list of priorities, or were my legislators telling lies about the budget surplus? You can't have it both ways.

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comment229Nov. 11, 12 5:46 AM

Another item that should be brought up is the voter I.D. idea. I voted no for the amendment because, simply, that is not where it should be. However, I wish a committee was set up ASAP to get input from the citizens as to what they would like to see in a bill that makes a voter I.D. law sensible, without restricting or penalizing certain groups. It has to be ironed out, with as many of the "variables" ironed out. The best place to start, is with the public to find out what they want; and don't want.

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comment229Nov. 11, 12 5:50 AM

I will also be selfish here. I hope MN sets up some decent health exchanges, allowing a ton of competition, so I (and a ton of other self employed and small business workers) can get affordable insurance again. I won't go into details, because those that have major group, which I once had, won't be sympathetic, and those that are struggling with high premiums and extreme deductibles know what I am saying.

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dakmarknetNov. 11, 12 6:40 AM

What I would tell Dayton and the rest of the Democrats in the house and senate: Take what is being said by the MN Chamber of Commerce with a grain of salt. They are an arm of the Republican party and no matter what you propose or do they will still attack Democrats in 2014. They have the most selfish insterests and they really only represent the largest businesses in the state. Hundreds of small businesses in the state have left the MN Chamber of Commerce and the NFIB because they do nothing to support them. If the Democrats want to hear the voices of those small businesses it would be good for them to listen to Small Business of Minnesota. They are truly the voice of MN small businesses today.

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imrbrisideNov. 11, 12 6:51 AM

Happy to pay more for a better Minnesota. Proud of Dayton's leadership on the Stadium for the Wilf Bros.

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