D.J. Tice: Skilled politician's latest trick finds its way to court

  • Article by: D.J. Tice , Star Tribune commentary editor
  • Updated: January 6, 2010 - 5:37 AM

At issue: The process of exercising power as the governor did -- with unallotment. As a tactic, it was indeed untested. But never count Pawlenty out.

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crquimbyJan. 4, 10 9:42 PM

Legislators alone can "make" laws. They just can't pass them alone.

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minn12Jan. 4, 1010:21 PM

that I find myself thinking that this is an excellent, well written and FAIR commentary that does not seem to choose sides. It lays out the case from both sides while informing the reader at the same time. I personally believe this judge overstepped her authority and will be reversed, but I have to give credit to the strib on this excellent commentary. I hope this a trend.

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bobbyeffJan. 4, 1010:37 PM

Do you mean latest?

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bikemilesJan. 5, 1012:22 AM

I had a career in local government. Every time a welfare cut was attempted a judge did a last minute injunction trying to block it. As I recall, they never worked permanently.

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garagewineJan. 5, 10 6:41 AM

is not the same as unallotment. Unallotment is a unilateral action. A line-item veto actually requires a bill to be sent to the governor (by the legislature).

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farmeraJan. 5, 10 7:21 AM

Unallotment is akin to a "super-line-item veto," because the legislature has no chance to override it. Perhaps balance could be brought back to the process by allowing the legislature a crack at overriding all vetoes, whether they be regular, line-item, or unallotment. (Special session if necessary.)

Further, since line-item and unallotment vetoes strike at the heart of legislative compromise (without which almost no progress occurs), perhaps only a 60% vote, or even 50%, should be required to override.

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editor25Jan. 5, 10 7:29 AM

Pawlenty delivers blow after blow to the state, waits for the return punches, which never really land on him. By this point BridgeFAIL has punched the state to the canvas. This will put him in good stead with the national Republicans, who love nothing so much as a politician who can remain semi-popular while destroying the government he was elected to lead.

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raylottieJan. 5, 10 8:31 AM

lol. Governor Pawlenty is merely trying to control the growth of government in this high-spending state. He wisely recognizes that no state is an island when it comes to being a good place to do busines or a good place to live. Thank God for Governor Pawlenty!

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editor25Jan. 5, 10 8:57 AM

That's the irony: We're still paying about as much as before, only now we get much less for it. "Free market" economics at work.

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worldcitizenJan. 5, 10 8:57 AM

but we shouldn't spend money we don't have ...

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