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It would seem that the MN Republicans are going to have an election discussion about Gov. Dayton's push for increases in Commissioner salaries. But if they insist on doing that, then let's make sure we have all the facts.
1. If the GOP was so concerned about this, why did they allow a window (July 1st) for the governor to do it? In fact, they legislated it that way (the House GOP voted for it). Why didn't they just slam the door entirely early in the session - they had that option. . . .
Today the Medical Marijuana law took effect and patients could now get their medication. However, very few people are eligible because doctors are reluctant to get involved and the law is so very restrictive.
As to the restrictions, I feel that Minnesota's legislature was much too timid in regards to the writing of this law. They kept watering down the availability until we have come to the point that the medicine is not going to get to the people who need it fast enough.
But I am particularly disappointed with Minnesota's physicians. . . .
It is hard to figure a candidate's positions from fundraising letters, but they often give clues to what kind of a legislator they might be should they get elected.
Here is a quote that came in a campaign e-mail regarding the Mary Lawrence for Congress campaign (via her husband Jim Lawrence)....
For more than 50 quarters as CFO of Northwest Airlines, General Mills and Unilever, I sweated through the last few days of the quarter-end. Sales orders need to come in, and the guys and gals in the warehouses need to work long hours . . .
Same sex marriage won its court case. That much is over.
But Chief Justice John Roberts did not agree with the idea that gay marriage should be an option as the law of the land. He wrote a dissent....and to me it is raises questions about Roberts thinking on the subject.
Take this for instance:
[T]his Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it . . .