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daudt(Update: On Monday, the same day that I posted the text below, the Minnesota House did produce a bonding bill plan. Which doesn’t mean that Speaker Daudt and his allies won’t wait until the last minute, again, to try to shove it through on an our-plan-or-no-plan-at-all basis.

(“Grossly inadequate” would be one way to describe the House proposal. “Shortsighted” and “small-minded” work, too. As does plain old “cheap.” Here are links to proposals from the:



To me at least, the ending of the 2016 legislative session in Minnesota was quite probably not just some display of ineptitude. I think it was House Speaker Kurt Daudt’s (R-Crown) intent all along to ram through the Republican bonding bill at the last minute, giving Democratic legislators and Gov. Dayton no choice but to go along or get no bill at all. The whole plan may well have originated with Daudt’s handlers at the American Legislative Exchange Council. And, because 2016 turned out to be such a bizarre and horrifying political year, the fact that said plan didn’t entirely work produced no backlash vs. the MN GOP.

And from what I’m seeing so far, the intent may well be to try the same thing again, only get it “right” this time.

As the session reaches the spring recess — leaving about a month left when lawmakers return — the bonding bill is one of the biggest question marks.
Last year, a bonding plan emerged in the last hours of the last day of the session. It failed to reach the governor’s desk after a volley between the House and Senate caused lawmakers to run out of time.

That article is from early April. But as of this writing the House still hasn’t produced a detailed bill.
Yet there are growing indications that Daudt is not the Minnesota Party of Trump’s undisputed golden boy that I and others have believed him to be. Rep. Matt Dean (R-Dellwood) announced a run for governor.

Dean, 51, has a soft-spoken demeanor but is widely viewed as a leader of the conservative wing of the House Republican caucus. Two years ago, he sought the post of House speaker but was defeated by Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, who’s mulling his own bid for governor.
Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman is the only other Republican to declare so far. In addition to Daudt, other Republicans considering the race include Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, GOP Party Chairman Keith Downey, 2014 Republican nominee Jeff Johnson and a handful of other state legislators, including Sen. David Osmek of Mound and Sen. Michelle Benson of Ham Lake.
(Star Tribune)

If Daudt and his fans can’t even impress/intimidate Matt Dean enough to convince him that joining the race would just be a waste of time and effort, things are a lot iffier for him than I have realized up to now.


Minnesota legislative elections news 4/21/16

by Dan Burns on April 21, 2016 · 0 comments

Minnesota-State-CapitolThese updates are not meant to be comprehensive. Just some items of interest that I noticed.
Chilah Brown is DFL-endorsed in SD15, which is where I happen to live. On paper, this is a tough one, because the district is quite red. But with the very fair and pleasing prospects that may – may – be opening up for Democrats everywhere, if things keep going as they are, I don’t consider that anything in Minnesota should be judged out of reach. And in this particular case, it’s an open seat, and Lisa Fobbe showed in 2008 that a DFLer can win here.

John Huot is DFL-endorsed in HD57B, to take on Rep. Anna Wills (R-Apple Valley). Wills hasn‘t been in the news much, but you can see here that she‘s a typical GOP-bot. This is another of many races that will be influenced by the high interest in the MN-02 congressional race.

Ami Wazlawik is DFL-endorsed in HD38B. The incumbent is Rep. Matt Dean (R-Dellwood).

Roger Johnson is DFL-endorsed in SD35. Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) is the incumbent.

“Here’s a list of 35 Minnesota Republicans who love North Carolina’s terrible new law.”


Greg Pariseau for Minnesota House 38B

by Dan Burns on October 10, 2014 · 2 comments

pariseauFrom his website:

Democrats in the legislature worked to advance women’s economic security with laws that promote equal pay for equal work; allowing mothers to stay in the workforce by expanding family leave and providing reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees; and increasing economic opportunity for women in high-wage, high-demand jobs. It’s time women and families get ahead, not just get by. Although we’ve made great strides, women in Minnesota still make 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. We have more work to do to promote economic security for women- which will help grow our economy for all.
(Greg Pariseau for State Representative 38B)

The incumbent, Rep. Matt Dean (R-Dellwood), was regarded as quite a rising star within the party for a time. That doesn’t seem to have had longer-term traction. I suppose that he’s best known to the public at large, to the extent that any individual state legislator is, over a bizarre episode a few years ago.

As you no doubt have heard, our House majority leader got into a public snit last week as part of an assault on the Legacy Amendment. For whatever reason, Dean decided to phrase his criticism of money set aside for the arts as a personal expression of contempt for writer Neil Gaiman, “who I hate.” According to Dean, Gaiman is a “pencil-necked weasel who stole $45,000 from the State of Minnesota.” It should be noted that Dean later recanted, sort of, saying that his mother was making him apologize, which suggests that our bicameral is now run by the sorts of children who used to throw spitballs and stuff other kids into lockers until a teacher caught them.