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Governor Dayton and the MN lege GOP

by Dan Burns on November 12, 2016 · 1 comment

dayton2Sounds like a good call on the Governor’s part, to me.

Dayton has two more years in his term and doesn’t appear willing to budge on key issues. He says Minnesota voters sent a mixed message by narrowly backing Hillary Clinton for president but also supporting GOP control of the Legislature…
Dayton and Republicans will also face a rerun of divided state government in 2011. That year, a budget impasse between the two sides resulted in a government shutdown.
While Dayton says he’s willing to work with Republicans this year, he warned the outcome could be messy again.
“It’s going to be unrealistic for Minnesotans to send a group of people that are closely divided and have deep differences and expect that it’s all going to be peace and harmony. It’s not,” he said. “They sent a divided government here in St. Paul and they’re going to get divided government for better and for worse.”

Referring to the rest of the article, in reality relatively few people are being screwed by the MNsure price hikes (though there shouldn’t be any, and a DFL legislature would have been primed to see to that). But Minnesota’s corporate media obsessing on that, as well as with the so-called “rural/urban divide,” in order to help out the Party of Trump, may indeed have helped them. Mostly, though, the GOP legislative majorities got there on the coattails of a president-elect who is a misogynist and sexual predator, white supremacist, pathological liar, career criminal…and a ridiculous buffoon. Really something to be proud of.
The elements will in all likelihood be in place for a 2018 backlash election in our favor. It will help if we take every opportunity, between now and then, to identify MN GOP legislators with Trump.
Comment below fold.

From Mac Hall: Wall Street has its own jargon — “the trend is your friend” and “don’t trust your own opinion and back your judgment until the action of the market itself confirms your opinion” — which can be applied to politics.
There is no doubt a “trend” is in the GOP favor … case in point, look at Tim Walz in Minnesota’s First District. It wasn’t too many years ago that Congressman Walz won re-election by winning every single county in the District … now, look at what happened this week … if it wasn’t for Olmsted County (Rochester) and his home county, Blue Earth, Walz would be telling the school board that he was ready to return from his sabbatical. Heck, in Brown County, which is adjacent to Blue Earth, not only did Jim Hagedorn expand his margin from 2014 but he won 21 out of 22 city/townships. For an incumbent to see that heavy of a rejection against a candidate whose campaign rested on ObamaCare, ISIS and failure of Walz to fight for veterans mental health (hmmm … no mention that the Republicans refused to provide any additional dollars for Walz’s Clay Hunt suicide legislation) may be shocking. Yet, I have to ask isn’t this a trend to accepting the GOP talking points ? The follow-up question is, once voters have rejected you, can Walz win them back ?
OK … so you say, so what the rural counties are small … but then look at Olmsted County which Clinton won by just 598 votes out of 80,126 cast. The Minnesota legislature vote favored Republicans in four of six races. Remember it was Olmsted County that delivered the governorship to Tim Pawlenty.
Considering Dayton’s comment “They sent a divided government here in St. Paul and they’re going to get divided government for better and for worse” well that is his opinion for which I say “Don’t trust your own opinion” … he can do something about it.
His choices are simple :
1. Work with the GOP to find acceptable legislative actions
2. Veto
IMO, Dayton’s inability to agree on a special session for legislation on public works spending and tax relief provided voters a view of how ineffective our legislative process has become … and add to that the MNsure stories (David and Ann Buck’s premium increase not only was featured in television ads but got cited in The Chicago Tribune.)
Do Minnesotans want someone promoting the concept of a “government for better or for worse” ?
The choice may be : do we fire the team or the coach? And everyone knows, you cannot fire the team … and whomever the DFL nominates will be brandished as another Dayton. Certain districts are virtually cast in concrete … so the team cannot be fired. It’s the coach that is on the hot seat … and also who follows him.
2018 is a long way off … the likelihood of Klobuchar on the ballot will benefit Dems (ya gotta think that not having a US Senate race hurt DFL candidates this cycle), but if Erik Paulsen decided to run for Governor, that would make the race very difficult … of course, Keith Downey or Kurt Daudt would make things easier.
My early forecast is for another trend election … not a backlash election.

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