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Klobuchar and Franken optimistic about prospects for the GOP Senate

MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen
While Sen. Al Franken, center right, will be returning to Washington with colleague Sen. Amy Klobuchar, center left, they will be in the minority.

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  1. Submitted by Jim Halonen on 11/05/2014 - 11:28 am.

    Working together?

    Now that Senate control has flipped to the GOP, why now the talk of “working together”. Didn’t that happen, and why not, over the course of the last eight years with Democrat majority?

  2. Submitted by Ralf Wyman on 11/05/2014 - 12:08 pm.

    Uh oh

    “…they all pledged a strong willingness to want to work together,” Klobuchar said. “We talked about tax reform, about the ways to bring the overseas money back to our country…”

    I smell a big, juicy bipartisan tax giveaway to global multinationals.

    Just for reference, these companies are awash in cash. Their balance sheets are incredibly strong, they are doing stock buybacks, increasing dividends to shareholders, and for the most part not bothering to invest free cash in new property, plants and equipment here in the US.

    Repatriating more cash to the US is not a problem we need urgently to fix. Especially if it means another excuse to hand big business a tax break.

  3. Submitted by Howard Miller on 11/05/2014 - 01:34 pm.

    Why will Republicans compromise?

    Senate Republicans have vigorously obstructed anything President Obama supported, even programs (like Romneycare) that they used to support.

    The American people have rewarded Republicans for 6 years of obstruction by handing them control of both the US House and the US Senate.

    Why would they compromise on anything at all? They won everything but the presidency by their obstructionist ways.

    I expect economic and military blackmail by Republicans to pressure him to sign laws that no Democrat should support.

    That’s how they rolled in the minority, that’s how they lead the US House since 2010, and that is how they’ll roll going forward. They’ll put highly partisan bills preferred by the far right wing before the president, tied to things that matter, like paying soldiers, honoring the pubic debt, keeping social security and medicare for elderly citizens …

    and we’ll learn just how strong Mr. Obama’s spine is, how willing he is to stand on principle. The rest of his party- exceptions like Al Franken aside – ran away from the president instead of supporting his policy successes – economic recovery, eliminating Osama Bin Laden, ending the Iraq and Afghan occupations, providing better health insurance to many more Americans …. and there wasn’t a whisper about those programs from the DNC. Al Franken ran the campaign every Senate Democrat should have run.

    It seems Republicans hate government but love to rule. Democrats love government, but hate to take a firm stand for anything at all, refuse to have the spine to bring principle into their governance. How disappointing, really.

    • Submitted by jody rooney on 11/06/2014 - 08:13 am.

      Very well said

      I think the Franken ads and the Peterson ad with the track manufacturer in Marshall were probably the best this season.

      On the other hand I would have love to have heard an old Al Franken monolog on the other election ads.

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