All-nighters are popular but exhausting at Minnesota State Capitol

  • Article by: Jim Ragsdale , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 19, 2013 - 11:36 PM

Working through the night has left legislators and aides bleary-eyed.

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sammy5542612May. 19, 1310:01 PM

Like a fine wine, higher taxes on the rich, unionizing day care workers, and gay marriage take time. The wait is well worth it to have a more progressive Minnesota with social justice!

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tmrichardsonMay. 19, 1311:27 PM

Lillie sure has the public right. Why the heck should we care how hard it is for these legislators when they piddle away months working on things only to make decisions on the most important budget and other items in the wee hours of the night, bleary eyed and with little sleep? Why should procrastination and inability to focus on the most important matters until the very last hours before the deadline--when it's way too late for the public to see the light of day of decisions before they are too late too change-- make us sympathize with legislators?

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baselopeMay. 20, 13 6:35 AM

Completely unprofessional behavior - did we elect college students? Does compromise a few days ahead of time make them feel less important?

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supervon2May. 20, 13 7:10 AM

The real reason is to sneak all the graft under the public's nose when they are arn't looking and then blame it on the other guy.

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dmtrustMay. 20, 13 7:27 AM

Omg, these clowns would all be fired if they acted like this in a private company. Grow up.

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djcrazyMay. 20, 13 9:16 AM

Wow, those of us who work to pay for this and all the new taxes are supposed to feel sorry for them? Give me a break! Those of us that pay for all of this deal with this every day. I hope I don't get a noise violation ticket for my violin playing too loud.

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EleanoreMay. 20, 13 9:43 AM

NFL subsidy. Mayo subsidy. The hallmark of these legislators seems to be corporate welfare at the expense of the state. It's clear these people do not want to do the job we sent them there to do so our duty is to remove them from office every november and put new parties in.

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boomerchickMay. 20, 1311:21 AM

Eleanore, when it comes to the end-of-session circus, it doesn't seem to matter much who we put in there. It's just the way it is. These all-nighters are often followed by a select few legislators meeting as a conference committee to reconcile differences between the House and Senate bills with little or no input from the rest. It is a terrible way to make law and very frustrating to me that there seems to be little we voters can do about it.

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william16May. 20, 1311:29 AM

It's stories like these, as well as the partisan bickering and the constituent haranguing, that explain why so few qualified people wish to pursue this path. Who in their right mind would want to live this life? No wonder so many top-tier legislators have left in recent years, to be replaced by know-nothings and party hacks.

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asj977May. 20, 1311:43 AM

I have no sympathy for these clowns. Shouldn't the budget be the first priority? Set the budget, and then see what programs merit the spending within that budget. If a family functioned the way this government does, they would be in bankruptcy! I'm also sick of looking at sin taxes as a way to pay for everything. I know that it is easy to tax addicts, but let's spread the tax burden around!

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