End of Legislative session means it's campaign time for politicians

  • Article by: Baird Helgeson and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 26, 2013 - 7:01 AM

Exhausted DFL and Republican legislators quickly turned their attention to voters around the state.

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bizsmithMay. 26, 13 4:21 AM

I will think twice before I vote for any incumbent.

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gopyleMay. 26, 13 6:15 AM

The motivation for many of these people seems to be in being reelected, following their party, and criticizing the other party more than just doing their job objectively.

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threein2May. 26, 13 6:48 AM

“There was no balance and there was no compromise this year, and we feel our policies are better for Minnesota,” said House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown. --- And surely the recent sessions of Republican control could be characterized as "balanced"? I hardly think so.

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wisebookMay. 26, 13 7:01 AM

As a Democrat, I don't mind saying that I observe that it is when you are in the minority that one can separate the skillful policy makers from your run-of-the-mill used car salesman/politician. Unsurprisingly, it was often the women who were able to work behind the scenes to accomplish some of what the wanted even though they were in the minority.

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garagewineMay. 26, 13 7:12 AM

When is it not "campaign time" for this group?

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avejoeconMay. 26, 13 7:25 AM

And surely the recent sessions of Republican control could be characterized as "balanced"? I hardly think so.---------------They were balanced. They kept taxes down for EVERYONE. Unlike the demorats!

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theagonybhoMay. 26, 13 7:45 AM

First off the Republicans never had a clean sweep with the legislature and Governor. As we saw this session total control is a bad thing, no checks and balances. The GOP can campaign on do you want higher taxes? Dayton ran on tax the rich but everybody got a bump. With Obamacare coming the DEMS got trouble.

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andrew172May. 26, 13 8:24 AM

Regardless of which party enacted the current laws, we must hold our elected leaders accountable for the results. The fiscal results will be telling and growing government at the expense of the private economy will lead to less than optimum results. When businesses leave Minnesota, we must remember the DFL enacted these anti-business rules that nudged them out. Remember when the DFL said only Republicans take care of the rich? Wasn't it the DFL and Dayton that used PUBLIC money to help fund the new Vikings stadium, the Mayo clinic, and Mall of America? The press lets them get away with these absurd talking points. No one ever holds people accountable any more, We allow lies to be told and the character of a liar will inevitably lead us to a bad place. I would only hope that citizens of Minnesota know the voting record of their politicians. There is nothing that my elected person can do to salvage my vote. She was an abysmal failure.

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kebu80May. 26, 13 8:28 AM

Dayton's army of tax and spenders should be easily defeated in the next election when everyone figures out the taxes that the Democrats just threw at ALL of us. Of course the bleeding heart, uninformed liberals will still vote Democrat no matter what. Even as Dayton is robbing them blind. Go Repubs!

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greg62May. 26, 13 8:32 AM

Democrats will have a hard time getting re-elected after their extremely poor performance recently. Their main priorities seem to have been tax hikes and homosexual marriage, and Minnesotan's were against both.

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