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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 . . .
Same Sex Marriage is available to anyone who seeks it. The Supreme Court has ended the debate once and for all.
I still have a tough time wrapping my head around the idea that it was just a narrow 5-4 decision. I have a terrible time understanding the dissent.
The argument seems to be that it should be up to the states to decide - and that makes zero sense to me. How can a same sex marriage couple get married in Minnesota....then move to, say, Texas, and then . . .
Now that the Supreme Court has again affirmed the ACA, conservatives are left to vilifying Justice John Roberts - the "messenger".
I doubt the Chief Justice is a particular fan of Obamacare but even he seemed to think overturning the law and sending health care into chaos over a bit of botched Congressional language was a poor justification.
But Congress has had years of opportunity to change, fix, rehabilitate or mold this law in any form they wanted but there only method of operation was to criticize it or repeal it without replacement.
When a political party is elected to positions of power in a government, there are certain expectations that go with that. When those elections result in that party holding power positions in more than one branch of government, higher expectations go with that as well.
In 2012, the DFL held the reins in both Houses and the Governor's mansion. It was a very productive session, but there were a few under the radar troubling aspects that surfaced. People weren't exactly on the same page. Some progressive initiatives were slowed down...not by . . .