Minn. Republicans weigh new role in all-Democratic state government: Resist or cooperate?

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 12, 2012 - 3:24 PM
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drichmnNov. 12, 12 2:58 PM

" Some are pressing for sharp contrasts that leave little doubt where each party stands." .... those contrasts already exist. And their focus on social issues and divisive constitutional amendments was rejected at the polls. If they don't yet see that then it doesn't look good for them in 2 years.

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chavistaNov. 12, 12 3:02 PM

Interesting, the Republicans ran the Minnesota legislature for the past two years as "my way or the highway" and now they want the Democrats to play nice. Well, I'm here to tell you that's what the Democrats have always done, "play nice" and they've always been sorry for it later. It's also my biggest peeve with Obama, it's time for him to quit "playing nice"!

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cambec0523Nov. 12, 12 3:30 PM

Well said Chavista. It't time to tax the rich and make it a little easier for rest of us. it is time for the 99 to take what 1% have. This playing nice has gotten most of us know where. It is time that we level the playing field and it starts with the Democrats taking power and passing laws and IRS changes that strip the wealthy of their money. Obama will set it right!

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furguson11Nov. 12, 12 3:32 PM

They could always go with the traditional obstructionist role.

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dysneyNov. 12, 12 3:40 PM

Republicans are still in denial. The entire block was angered about the shutdown and their inability to give ground. "We balanced the budget, we used our credit card."

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roymercerNov. 12, 12 3:43 PM

The GOP better act as a speedbump to slow down all the ruinous legislation that's about to hit Minnesotans. Not everyone can ride in the wagon - we still need a few people to pull it.

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spector075Nov. 12, 12 4:04 PM

"Let them have cake"...good luck Dems

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biltamNov. 12, 12 4:09 PM

Shortridge refers to the IR as "principled opposition?" Seriously? So, Minnesotans are supposed to believe that attempts at unpopular social legislation while ignoring job creation and having interoffice affairs and defaulting on the rent at IR HQ is principled? You gotta love today's republicans.

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xyz123qNov. 12, 12 4:12 PM

Republicans just need to stand back and let the people take a dose of liberalism right between the eyes.

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myob_STNov. 12, 12 4:12 PM

We Dems need to do both. Be clear in our priorities and be true to our ideals - don't start conceding before the negotiations begin (you listening, Mr. President?). Then, when the adults are at the table, find the places we can agree. Everyone is responsible for the outcome.

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