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There Is One Problem In MN Governing - Kurt Daudt

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/26/17 05:11, Edited: 09/26/17 05:35

by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Daudt has been demonstrating in a very public way, what people absolutely hate about the current political partisanship.

Daudt obstructs on everything...compromising on nothing. And uses political gimmicks to force his will or hide budgetary chicanery.

Daudt is an obstacle, a barrier, a stumbling block, a hurdle, a block, an impediment, and a hindrance. Think that is enough of a description? Well, Daudt is all of that and more. And he is the prime reason why the legislature cannot function and he has cost the state thousands, if not millions, in unnecessary legal fees.

Of course, Daudt never takes any responsibility for any of it. It is always Dayton who is at fault - even though.....

a) Dayton refused to shut the government down and used a line item veto to try to get the legislature to resume talks on remaining issues..

b) Dayton did not opt for his own court suit over the Revenue Department fund denial that Daudt used as an unconstitutional poison pill in the tax bill.

c) Dayton, time after time, tried to move forward on hand shake agreements and the word of a very untrustworthy Kurt Daudt. I doubt Dayton can ever do that again.

Daudt has been constantly attacking the executive branch of government. Not only did he try to unconstitutionally tie the hands of the Governor in the tax bill, but it is Daudt who pushed through that dead of night provision that tries to gut the Constitutional office of State Auditor. Both "ideas" have cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Daudt's methods are not ideas of negotiation, rather they are provocative confrontational methods that lead to showdown. And he attempts to get a clear advantage in those showdowns with gimmicks and trickery.

This is truly no way to operate a government.

People have been saying that they are tired of this type of governance. They want fixes to their health care. Fixes to Medicaid. Fixes to transportation. Fixes to environmental threats. They want government to find bipartisan agreement. But Daudt would rather obstruct the governor and force issues on a "my way or the highway" attitude.

And when he succeeds in his obstruction, he smirks to the press how it is Dayton that has caused the impasse.

Our problem in state government is not Mark Dayton...it is not even Paul Gazelka, GOP Majority Leader in the Senate...and it is not a majority of current legislators.

Our problem is one person - Kurt Daudt.

And the very idea that he might run for Governor and win and start that process all over again from an executive vantage point....well, it is sickening to think about.
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The Essence Of Kaepernick's Take A Knee

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/24/17 12:52

by Dave Mindeman

The current controversy which Trump decided to elevate is the Colin Kaepernick "take the knee" protest during the national anthem.

The conservative mantra has become that these "rich, spoiled athletes" are disrespecting the country that has given them so much. That this, somehow, should be condemned.

Well, first of all - this is free speech. And it is appropriate free speech in that the protest is silent, non-violent and individual. This is the type of speech that promotes discussion without raging rhetoric. We should applaud this, rather than condemn it.

What makes people uncomfortable is that it has struck a chord with the minority community. They empathize with this - they understand what Kaepernick is trying to convey. The real problem here is the uneducated reaction of the critics - the overwhelmingly white critics. Rather than pause for reflection, they go for disdain and dismissal.

Fortunately, the wealthy owners in the NFL (most of them) understand the players point. They have dealt with them contractually and personally and actually get the idea that this is proper free speech protest.

Today the NFL will play their games with all of this in context. Pre-game shows are only casually mentioning it - trying very hard to keep entertainment at the forefront without controversy. I think that is a missed opportunity, but it was expected.

At some point, we have to hope that this country finds a real dialogue about how minority populations are treated in this country - exacerbated by a President who does not care.

Until we get there, these quiet protests are welcomed and encouraged.
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Bloomington Makes Big Commitment To World's Fair - Will MN GOP?

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 09/21/17 00:06, Edited: 09/21/17 00:13

by Dave Mindeman

Minnesota is one of the finalists to host the World's Fair in 2023.

You can debate the value of that - but there is little question that it would be a economic boost with lots of construction jobs.

Bloomington made a significant purchase in preparation...

During a joint meeting Tuesday of the Bloomington City Council and the city's Port Authority, officials voted to buy the Kelley farm property, also known as the Spruce Shadows Farm, for $32.3 million as a possible Expo site.

In addition to the Mall of America and the Minnesota River Valley, the Kelley farm is close to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the light-rail Blue Line and thousands of hotel rooms. "That was one of the largest pieces of property available near light rail," said Mark Ritchie, president and CEO of Minnesota's World's Fair Bid Committee.


Notice the reference to the Blue line light rail. Locations next to transit are necessary in hosting big events. You need to move people and in a location friendly way.

Republicans continue to block light rail development. Will they continue to do that if the World's Fair comes here? Will we be able to show off a complete transit system for those visitors or will they be navigating the piecemeal infrastructure we have been relegated to?

The city of Bloomington seems to be all in. Mark Ritchie has made a strong bid to get Minnesota as one of host finalists. Mark Dayton has done what he can.

Will the legislature? That Republican legislature that keeps telling us they are bringing jobs to Minnesota?

If they want to attract these major events, we need a modern and efficient transportation system.

So far, their efforts in that regard are a big disappointment.
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