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Gun Safety Advocates Need To Put Their Votes Into Action

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 02/25/18 20:38, Edited: 02/25/18 20:58

by Dave Mindeman

There isn't much that makes me angrier than this stupid suggestion that teachers should be armed and made responsible for protecting kids from gunmen.

Republicans shouldn't pretend that all of a sudden they have some profound respect for the teaching profession and trust them implicitly with saving children in a life or death situation. Damn hypocrites.

They refuse to pay teacher's what they are worth. They cut the funding on basic supplies. They refuse to add funding for school mental health counselors. They get blamed for disciplinary problems...for student failures.....for sub-standard sex education...for what books should or shouldn't be read....and for high parental expectations without parental involvement.

But now, they are the next scapegoat for doing nothing about guns. Republicans know that arming teachers is a ridiculous notion. But they think that people will be distracted by the possibility. That they will be able to change the subject when it comes to guns. Don't take guns off the street - just put more in the schools.

It is assinine. It is hypocritical. And it just adds to the danger.

Stop it. Just stop the insanity. We all know that avoiding the subject of gun proliferation is a smokescreen from gun manufacturers and their congressional campaign donation recipients.

Gun safety laws aren't any threat to the 2nd Amendment. But the more we hide behind that amendment to protect ALL of our 300 million guns, the more dangerous we make America.

No loophole background checks, an enhanced and efficient data system, banning gun stocks, an assault weapons ban are sensible gun regulations which will help save lives. They will not prevent every single shooting incident - we know that. But it will stop more than we do now.

And in addition, we need to stop stupid laws like conceal/carry reciprocity, stand your ground, and refusing to allow gun safety studies by the CDC.

Again, we need common sense and reasonable measures that will take the most lethal weapons out of the hands of the people most likely to abuse them.

I do not understand why responsible gun owners are made to feel threatened by these common sense remedies. But then, I do know why. It is the gun lobby, the NRA, the gun manufacturers who spread the ridiculous notion that their legally obtained guns via proper checks will be taken away if ANYTHING is changed.

The dialogue is always poisoned. The debate unfair and not reasonable. This is about our kids and public safety. The most basic right of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. The Parkland victims were deprived of that basic right because we, as a society, are too cowardly to act.

No more. No more dead students. No more fearmongering. No more threats. No more intimidation.

The majority of America, the 70 to 90% who want gun reform, need to do more that just give an opinion.

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File That Court Suit Against Fischbach

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 02/23/18 22:53

by Dave Mindeman

Just a quick thought about Michele Fischbach as Senator and Lt. Governor.

This is kind of messy. The Democrats must either challenge this or it will be left as the new precedent. It opens a lot of questions about legislation passed in the Senate by a close vote. Fischbach may be casting votes that she is not entitled to do. And when she is chief author of a bill...well it could get complicated.

Bakk and the Senate leadership really need to move this to a court venue. The law should be clearly established in this method and make it clear where we stand.

In addition, if the court would rule that Fischbach cannot hold both offices and an injunction would move her out of the Senate. At least temporarily.

And by temporary, I mean for the entire 2018 session. A special election to replace Fischbach could not possibly happen prior to the end of this short session. So the Senate would be a tie at 33-33.

So, by accident, the Senate would be FORCED to cooperate in a bipartisan manner. Negotiation between the two parties would have to look for an actual remedy rather than just make partisan charges in the press.

Bakk is making a mistake to sit on this. But then, that is nothing new during his leadership tenure.
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Control Of The MN Senate In The Balance

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 02/18/18 14:35

by Dave Mindeman

The 2018 session is about to start and we have a unique situation that will make the MN Senate interesting.

Michele Fischbach is the President of the Senate and a State Senator. She is also, right now, the sitting Lieutenant Governor - as stated by the Minnesota Constitution (because Tina Smith moved on to be appointed US Senator).

So, we have a dispute. The Democrats point to the law that states a legislator cannot hold two offices at the same time. The Republicans point to an older law that allowed a sitting Senator to hold two positions - but that was back in the 1800's. The courts decided to punt it until there is an actual event.

The event begins when the legislature meets and how it will be triggered is anybody's guess. But it needs to be resolved definitively or there will be all sorts of questionable actions taken by the Senate.

If it is ruled that Fischbach cannot hold her Senate seat while being Lt. Governor, then the Senate is a 33-33 tie until a special election can be held. And there is little chance an election can happen before the session ends.

That would mean that Gazelka and Bakk would have to come to some sort of an agreement as to how the Senate can operate.

My guess is that the Republicans will not take any action and force the Senate Democrats to file a court action. And then they will go into a public relations debacle claiming that the Democrats are doing an "unnecessary" power play. Which once again will be the usual hypocrisy because if you reversed the situation the Republicans would be in the courts yesterday.

My feeling is that the Democrats are going to have to play hard ball here. And they better have their messaging in order. This is a very unique situation and frankly, the Democrats have the law on their side; and should make their case in the courts and to the public.

They need our support on this. The Republicans have played too many games in the past and need to be challenged on this one.

Pay attention and keep up with the facts.

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