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  •  Election time once again (1+ / 0-)
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    Just remember, whoever you vote doesn't matter. Just vote. Along as you don't pick DE.

    •  Why no West Virginia on the list? (3+ / 0-)
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      drhoosierdem, LordMike, psychicpanda

      It seems like a state that people might want to see something on this week.

      "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

      by SouthernINDem on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 01:28:16 PM PST

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    •  Unlike in 2012 (3+ / 0-)
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      JBraden, LordMike, DCCyclone

      Minnesota will likely be a useful place to poll in 2014. LOTS of stuff is up in the state that will actually be contested.

      •  It would be good sign if Minnesota goes by se same (0+ / 0-)

        way that in 2012 )

        I voted for Maine )

        •  I am hopeful (0+ / 0-)

          But I am far from convinced. I am leery about what I am seeing going on in St. Paul now. Dayton would be wise to propose his budget now instead if sitting on it. The natives are getting restless, as they say. We want to legislature to be laser-focused on a budget right now, because the chatter of some of the partisan pet projects right about now kind of makes me leery about how it will be perceived

          •  You seem to be really concerned (4+ / 0-)
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            With the possibility of Democrats implementing pieces of the Democratic agenda with their Democratic majority.

            •  well there should be concern about overreach. (2+ / 0-)
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              Dems here are wary of getting into gun control, for instance.  We have enough Democrats representing rural areas here to determine control of the legislature, and that's a concern.

              ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

              by James Allen on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:40:42 PM PST

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              •  Big concern (0+ / 0-)

                Although any gun legislation is DOA in the senate anyways. There are no fewer than 9 DFL senators with A ratings from the NRA, and that is more than enough to kill anything big dead in its tracks.

                The big concern I have is that the legislature is seen as putting anything ahead of the budget. Republicans did this with their pet projects and never got around to a budget and the state got shut down. The Republicans got absolutely murdered in the media, public opinion, and polling. They never recovered from this. If the DFL is seen as putting pet projects ahead of good governance, the electorate can and will turn against our fledgling majority faster than you can say lutefisk.

                Budget first, then partisan agendas.

                •  As long as the budget is done by the end (1+ / 0-)
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                  of the regular session, I'm not worried. Anything they do now they can say they were waiting for the official budget forecast and anything after that is walking and chewing gum at the same time. As long as there isn't a shut down, no one will notice exactly what order things were done in or remember that when voting in 2014.

                  22, Progressive Democrat, MN-08 (home), MN-05 (college)

                  by JonathanMN on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:44:27 PM PST

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                  •  I have little faith in politicians to move quickly (0+ / 0-)

                    I really wish Dayton proposed his budget earlier. Get that out of the way, throw in a little jab towards Republicans "We finished our budget in March, they didn't have one til July" type of thing. That leaves time (a couple months) for some red meat for the base at the end or whatever. I just don't like the headlines I am seeing now "Legislators bored while waiting for budget" "gun control bill first debated by House" etc.

                •  The Republicans didn't have unified control (1+ / 0-)
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                  of Government. As long as we pass a budget and it isn't completely awful, we shouldn't be worried.

    •  I voted for Ohio. (2+ / 0-)
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      I want to see how Kasich is holding up.

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