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  •  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.

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