Recess is test time for Minnesota's House Republicans

  • Article by: Corey Mitchell , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 7, 2013 - 8:23 PM

Liberal activists plan to use the break to press the congressmen on hot-button issues, but Erik Paulsen and John Kline have agendas of their own.

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g55423Aug. 7, 13 9:08 PM

Who will question the Democrats?

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endothermAug. 7, 13 9:42 PM

Translation: Kline and Paulsen are planning to brag about all of the time and money they wasted at our expense. This country is facing real challenges, and all these two do is pander to their wealthy donors while promoting policies that make life harder for everybody else.

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franknjackAug. 7, 1310:26 PM

How is it a test. They only associate with their base. I live in Paulsen's district. When I got tired of the ridiculous surveys he sent out that clearly were only propaganda, he stopped sending me anything. And I've never received notice of any town hall forum. He answers only to those who have paid for him.

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comment229Aug. 8, 13 4:24 AM

I agree with some of the agenda of the GOP but they lost me on health care. It's like the self insured and small businesses don't exist in this country on this issue. I have no idea if Obamacare and the MN exchanges will work, but I do know that what I have right now is a total joke, and it cannot get any worse. Obama tried; Dayton tried; Minnesota tried; to do the health care reforms needed for the self insured. I have yet to see a GOP plan on this issue other than to vote 40 plus times on repealing something that is the law, has not been implemented fully yet, and what are they afraid of? If Obamacare does become a documented dysfunctional mess after it is fully implemented, then I will be willing to listen to the GOP message, if they have one.

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Packman_1Aug. 8, 13 6:17 AM

Somehow, I don't think their hand-picked town hall forums will ask either of them why they voted for the Ryan budget which voucherizes Medicare and drastically cuts social and education programs in order to pay for another tax cut for the 1%. Will they be asked how many times they voted to repeal Obamacare or what their alternatives are? Doubtful. I would imaagine Dick Armey's Freedomworks will be busing in more paid retirees to protest the Dems.

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pitythefoolsAug. 8, 13 7:21 AM

"Fighting Washington for All Americans." It’s a political playbook...

That's it GOP, don't listen to your opposition or your supporters, don't think, just follow the playbook. Memorize the bullet points and repeat them. But don't forget to plan to find a new profession.

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csjohn1Aug. 8, 13 7:35 AM

Voting 40 times to repeal the Affordable Health Care law, yet providing no - absolutely no alternative is all the Right wing can muster. Making a meaningful reform of gun laws was a total duck and cover for the Right Wing. These guys wrap themselves in the American Flag, but patriots they are not.

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localguyAug. 8, 13 7:36 AM

"highlighting House Republicans’ efforts to challenge Democrats at every turn." So they're proud of creating gridlock? I have no problem with them pushing back when they have substantive disagreements, but surely there must be common ground on many issues. Instead, they prioritize politics over governing.

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varthlokkurAug. 8, 13 8:05 AM

Get back to work. The rest of us don't get recess.

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dakmarknetAug. 8, 13 8:05 AM

Ask Kline and Paulson how they will address student interest rates when the rise to 9-10% as they fluctuate with the market. It's like haveing an ARM (adjustable rate mortgage) on your student loans. One year their 3.4%, the next year their 6.2% and climbing. Your monthly payments can rise by $200 (or more) over the life of your loan. This was a terrible result of what could have been a showcase by our Congress that placed education over profits. But Kline and Paulson prefer profits over education. Both of these congressmen need to be voted out of office.

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