Now that one of the worst legislative sessions is over (rivaled only be the shutdown of 2011), Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is flying from St. Paul to Duluth, Moorhead and Rochester to talk about how bad things have gotten at the legislature. He's kicking off the 2012 election cycle in MN.
DFL legislators from each area will join Dayton, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and hold press conferences at their airport to highlight how little the Republicans were able to do.
For everyone not living under a rock for the last two months, the Republican-led legislature had an incredibly hard time getting any Republicans to support any kind of stadium bill.
They barely passed a bonding bill and it is the smallest in history.
Their tax bill was full of Underwear Gnomes Economic Theory, i.e., it was a joke full of tax breaks for the rich. Furthemore more it hurt the middle class. Gov. Dayton vetoed it. His veto letter is quite illuminating.
The only item of note they were able to accomplish was to pass a ballot measure to write vote suppression into our state's constitution. The MNGOP shrieked about vote fraud they couldn't find and want every voter to produce an ID. The IDs are not the main goal. Their main goal is to eliminate same-day registration. Republicans will have better electoral chances if fewer DFL-leaning demographics like students, seniors, military and minorities are able to vote.
It's time to get out there and elect DFLers to the State House and State Senate!
Let's give Gov. Dayton majorities in both Houses!