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The messy end to the 2015 session had plenty of blame to pass around. The House Republicans obviously pushed a familiar agenda, but their puffery on making things "right" for Greater MN ended with just that - puffery. Most of what Greater MN was looking for never happened.
But another divide emerged at session end which has greater consequences for the Governor and progressive Democrats. And it sits squarely in the Democratic Senate.
In the run up to the end of the last session and during the back and forth getting ready for the special session, the Republicans made a big deal about Governor Dayton's remarks that "some Republicans hate public schools."
Speaker Daudt and GOP leadership wanted an apology. They felt disrespected and the terminology couldn't be further from the truth. They do NOT hate public education.
Well, I guess I am going to agree with them somewhat. They don't HATE public education. They have a much bigger problem with it. . . .
Speaker Kurt Daudt accomplished the pretty much impossible this session. He promoted a divisive new regional split - Greater MN vs Metro, then proceeded to establish rhetoric that exacerbated that split by telling the state that his House caucus would "deliver" on that regional divide for Greater MN, and then, incredibly, DIDN'T DELIVER.
That is why he has been telling us at every opportunity about the nursing home gains that came about in the health and human services bill. The only meaningful issue that Greater MN groups were able to ascertain from the . . .
In the opinion section of the Star Tribune, the DFLand GOP offered different assessments of the recently ended legislative session.
Kurt Daudt and Jennifer Loon can't seem to grasp the idea that Governor Dayton would be so displeased with the Education bill. And overall, they "accomplished" their goals - which they indicate thusly....
Minnesotans asked state leaders to do three things this year: pass a comprehensive, responsible budget that funds shared priorities, work across the aisle to get things done and end the legislative session on time. We . . .
An Islamic women's 'advocacy group' is DEMANDING a county in Minnesota change its food stamp policies to require a low-price, halal food shelf. The Isuroon Project says there is a 'desperate need' for a culturally specific halal food shelf in the metro area which would cost taxpayers more than $150,000! So far government leaders haven't budged on this issue.
This story was on a conservative site and of course the rhetoric got intense: