How a new Legislature earns respect

  • Article by: TIM PENNY, TOM HORNER
  • Updated: December 1, 2012 - 5:01 PM

Three ways to shore up Minnesota.

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luzhishenDec. 1, 12 5:34 PM

Legislators should also pass ranked-choice voting and offer the promise that Minnesotans no longer will have to cast their ballots for the least objectionable candidate. - this assumes that someone who's not objectionable will make it through the DFL, GOP, Green, Independence, and other parties. It's no panacea.

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garykhansonDec. 1, 12 5:35 PM

Great job. I especially like the idea of voting that eliminates the one receiving the least amount of votes so we no longer get a poor governor (Pawlenty) because a third party candidate was in the race taking votes from a person of similar views. Pawlenty never got a majority of the votes.

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kingtutskyDec. 1, 12 5:49 PM

Well, the Democrats were voted into a trifecta- the House, Senate, and Governorship. Look for greatly increased spending, reduction of accountability, and lots of blame-placing when things get worse. Welcome to Minnesota, land of 1000 liberals.

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erikj3Dec. 1, 12 7:31 PM

"For their part, Democrats need to be mindful that the public has lost trust in the Legislature's ability to get things done." When Republicans were in charge, maybe. Which is why voters booted them out of office and put the responsible DFL back in charge.

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sunnyreaderDec. 1, 12 7:42 PM

One of the first bills ought to be raising the bar on when a Constitutional Amendment is put on the ballot. At a minimum a 2/3 majority before it ever gets as far as the last two did.

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Jakein08Dec. 2, 12 5:57 AM

A very thoughtful and well written editorial. I believe that many of these things will be accomplished now that the legislature has changes hands. No more borrowing from the tobacco fund, schools budgets, or the rainy day fund to "balance the budget." No more raising the property taxes either. No more legislating through constitutional ammendments. Let's have some honest leadership for a change!

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my4centsDec. 2, 12 8:09 AM

Some of what Horner and Penny propose are simply self-serving ideas. Ranked choice voting is a gimmick to attract more third-party votes, and would actually be worse than what we have now. A large number of people already vote based on what they can find out about the candidates 1-2 days before the election. This would simply allow the ill-informed to hedge their bets. One person, one vote is the fairest way to run an election.

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dakmarknetDec. 2, 12 9:50 AM

sunnyreader - I agree completely with your idea. I am writing to my Rep. to propose that.

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sundialDec. 2, 1210:01 AM

kingtutsky: Minnesota has way more that 1000 liberals. Some would say that's a good thing.

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arspartzDec. 2, 12 1:36 PM

Great job. I especially like the idea of voting that eliminates the one receiving the least amount of votes so we no longer get a poor governor (Pawlenty) because a third party candidate was in the race taking votes from a person of similar views. Pawlenty never got a majority of the votes.

Governor Dayton won with only 43.6 of the vote. This goes both ways. With RCV we would have a good Governor now.

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