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2013 Session: Day One At The Capitol

Posted: 01/08/13 22:36, Edited: 04/24/13 15:28

by Dave Mindeman

I took in the first day of the opening session. I saw the room where the ceremonial swearing-in for the Senators happens. It is the photo taking opportunity for each Senator with a justice of your choice. The actual swearing-in took place on the floor with Justice Gildea, and all at once.

I watched the first couple of hours of the Senate via closed circuit TV in an overflow room. The TVs had closed captioning and the typist or voice activation had a few problems getting the words right. It started to get a little comical as Ann H. Rest came out on the screen as "and the rest" or Ronald Latz became "run at last" and Dan Hall as "ban all".

Little things were noticeable....when the Senators were called up to present their election certificates, Mary Kiffmeyer had to run back to her desk to retrieve hers....while John Marty was dressed smartly in his bow tie.

But today was largely ceremonial. Pomp and circumstance. Although some of the Indian tribes and state aid recipients used the opportunity to make some rather loud vocal points about what they would like to see, it all seemed appropriate.

As I walked outside I could see a number of individuals climbing the steps with hand made signs in hand, ready to let their voice be heard. I saw Richard Carlbom coming out of the side door at the Capitol working his cell phone. And as I passed him, I could see Senator Scott Dibble at the top of the stairs with some family members....early lobbying efforts, maybe?

The halls of the people's House was busy. Lots of young people in suits and formal clothing roaming the halls with errands to run and messages to transfer. Busy...noisy...all with a sense of anticipation. A new session always carries with it a sense of hope and promise. And at least an opening idea that bipartisanship and collegiality can rule the day.

It was a good day to begin.

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