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GOP to Dayton: 'Grow up and get serious'


“Grow up and get serious.” That’s the advice the GOP has for Gov. Mark Dayton, at least in terms of education funding. Doug Belden of the PiPress writes, “The basic per-pupil aid that supports Minnesota schools should increase 23 percent, local referendum levies should be relied on less, and the state should invest in all-day kindergarten for low-income children, according to recommendations released Thursday by a panel appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton's administration. The group billed its report as ‘a blueprint for education funding for the 21st century,’ but it was dismissed Thursday by a Republican leader in the House as ‘delusional’ given the state's $5 billion deficit. ‘As soon as we find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, we'll be able to do this,’ said Patrick Garofalo, chair of the education finance committee. The report was released just as Dayton and Republican legislators gear up to negotiate new deals on the education and other spending bills Dayton vetoed Tuesday, but Garofalo said he doesn't expect the document to have much influence on the conversations. ‘We have a $5 billion deficit. Grow up and get serious’, he said.” I mean really, all-day kindergarten for poor kids? When our “job providers” are struggling the way they are? Ridiculous.

The Strib editorializes on St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s Le Plan Grande for Twin Cities stadiums. “There are a number of things to like about Chris Coleman's plan, most notably that his lack of support is another strike against the flawed Arden Hills-Vikings deal. As the mayor pointed out to an editorial writer on Wednesday, a business on St. Paul's Grand Avenue wouldn't benefit from an Arden Hills stadium any more than would a business in Blaine, but its owner would suffer the impact of a county sales tax increase. And we're still waiting to hear how the Vikings and the county intend to finance the $131 million in additional highway construction costs they seem to want to ignore in Arden Hills. (Disclosure: The value of Star Tribune property near the Metrodome will likely be affected by the stadium decision.) Coleman's politically unfeasible bid to shut down Target Center — and relieve downtown Minneapolis of about 200 revenue-producing events a year — is rooted in common sense.”

Charley “Shooter” Walters' throw-away item about Zygi Wilf schmoozing an L.A. stadium developer set off the sports-crazed rumor mill yesterday. But within a few hours Albert Breer of at least was dismissing anything epochal. “AEG CEO Tim Leiweke was in Minneapolis this week and met with Vikings officials, setting off speculation that owner Zygi Wilf might be considering having his team fill the company's proposed downtown Los Angeles stadium. Although that possibility might not be entirely off the table, it's far from the reason that Leiweke was in town. A source with intimate knowledge of the situation said Thursday that Leiweke's Minnesota trip was to tend to business with Target Center, the home of the NBA's Timberwolves and a property managed by AEG. Leiweke has an existing relationship with the Wilf family and the Vikings, which prompted the meeting while the CEO happened to be in the area. The Wilfs primarily were inquiring about the idea of developing an entertainment district around a new stadium in Minnesota. AEG recently has developed such projects in London, Edmonton and Kansas City, and it built the LA Live complex adjacent to Staples Center, home to the NBA's Lakers and NHL's Kings and at the epicenter of the proposed NFL stadium.”                          

Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey files his comment on Dayton’s veto of the Voter ID bill. At “Hot Air,” Morrissey writes, “Dayton vetoed a new voter-ID bill in Minnesota because he said it lacked 'broad bipartisan legislative support.' Perhaps he should have considered what the people of Minnesota thought rather than his coterie of DFL party hacks in St. Paul. A new poll conducted by Survey USA puts Dayton squarely in the 18% fringe of Minnesota politics: Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the voter ID bill saying it lacked ‘broad legislative bipartisan’ support. … [From KSTP-TV] According to our exclusive new SurveyUSA poll, 76% of Minnesotans say they’d vote in favor of voter ID.  Only 18% oppose the idea. Well, a 76% support level is hardly bipartisan, is it?  Why, it’s only the crazed Tea Party wingnuts that really support voter ID requirements, right? Not exactly. … Dayton may think that voter ID doesn’t have broad bipartisan support, but that’s because Dayton doesn’t get out of the mansion much.  All he knows is what he hears from the entrenched DFL party machine, which fears voter ID as an end to their opportunities to manipulate elections.  After years of Election Day shenanigans, even two-thirds of self-described liberals have had enough.”

In the Wisconsin State Journal, Clay Barbour covers the on-the-ground effects of Wisconsin’s Voter ID bill, signed in to law by Scott Walker two days ago. “ … philosophical arguments matter little to the state’s 1,851 clerks, who are now tasked with enforcing the law. For most of them, the next few months will be spent learning which IDs are legal, what options voters will have if they don’t have an ID and how to deal with the likely increase in provisional ballots. … [the Government Accountability Board] is planning a longer-term educational campaign that will include a media component. Officials estimate it will cost more than $500,000 for billboards and ads, and another $150,000 for public outreach. Those numbers square with similar campaigns in other states. Georgia, which passed photo ID in 2007, spent $850,000 in education and outreach. But none of that is expected to occur before the recall elections take place. Beyond that … poll workers will deal with a major increase in provisional ballots, which are cast when voters do not have proper ID. Such ballots take more time to handle and can delay election results. Wisconsin voters filed just 64 provisional ballots in 2010. That same year they cast more than 5,000 ‘corroborated’ votes, or votes in which a document like an electric bill was used to verify residency. Hermann-Brown said corroborated votes are one indicator of how many people will likely show up without photo IDs in future elections. The new law requires those voters to cast provisional ballots and return with an acceptable photo ID by 4 p.m. on the Friday after Election Day. Another area where Hermann-Brown expects problems is absentee voting. The new law shortens the amount of time for in-person absentee voting at the clerk’s office from 30 days down to two weeks. It will also require voters mailing in ballots to include a copy of their photo ID. ‘Some will forget,’ she said. ‘Some just won’t know. Either way, there will be confusion. And the confusion will lead to longer lines and longer waits.’ ” But please, do your patriotic duty, and vote.

MPR’s Mark Zdechlik — the lucky guy — continues his tour of the deep red heart of Iowa. On the all-but-certain Michele Bachmann presidential candidacy announcement, he writes, “In her video appearance, Bachmann talked about national security, 2012 GOP campaign strategy, and her opposition to raising the debt ceiling. She also called preventing same-sex marriage ‘critical’ and pledged to repeal the Democratic-led health care overhaul. Not having Bachmann at the Des Moines fundraiser was a big disappointment to fans, including Becky Ervin of nearby Urbandale. ‘I'm going to be devastated,’ Ervin said. ‘I wanted to see her again.’ Ervin hopes Bachmann will run. She thinks Bachmann would make a good candidate. 'I think that people really can relate to her. I know I do. It would so nice to have somebody like that that is just like us, just like the regular people.' " By that standard, Dave our mail man should run. He’s a regular guy.

Having  conquered the “how,” Surly beer is now in pursuit of the “where.” Elizabeth Dunbar of MPR reports, “Surly plans to build a $20 million brewery somewhere in the Twin Cities area, but no site has yet been finalized, Ansari said. The brewery is currently in Brooklyn Center. The site needs to be at least six acres and needs to be in a location that could accommodate both a commercial and manufacturing facility, where semis can come and go with loads of beer. ‘We have to put all those pieces together and find a spot that can work,’ Ansari told MPR's Tom Crann.” So that rules out 50th and France, I suppose.

Four thousand fans turned out for Harmon Killebrew’s memorial at Target Field last night. Kelsie Smith’s PiPress story says, “Rod Carew rose from his seat and walked toward the podium behind the pitcher's mound. Before he spoke a word, his love for his former teammate was evident. Carew paused at a large No. 3 made out of flowers, kissed his hand and touched the slugger's number. Carew spoke of his first impressions of Killebrew when he came up as a rookie, of the influence Killebrew had on his life as a player and as a human being, and, finally, he spoke of their last meeting. Carew never called Killebrew by his first name. Killebrew never called him Rod. Instead, he called him ‘Junior,’ a name he chose in Carew's second season in the big leagues, once ‘Rookie’ no longer fit. Carew called Killebrew ‘Charlie.’ In the days before Killebrew's death, Carew sat at his friend's bedside, holding his hand. After visiting for a while, he told Killebrew he should probably go and leave the slugger to rest. ‘He kind of sat up in the bed, gave me a hug and said to me, ‘I love you, Junior,’ Carew said, his voice shaking. ‘And I said, 'Charlie, I will always love you, too.’ ”

One step forward. three steps back. Mike Kaszuba of the Strib reports on Tea Party-flavored GOP legislators determined to whack the conservation-arts Legacy Fund completely … on the grounds that is, duh, “a tax.” Says Ksazuba, “a coalition of groups said Thursday that they will work to repeal the specialized fund that funnels money to the outdoors, clean water, parks and trails and arts and cultural heritage. ‘I think the voters were hoodwinked,' said Andy Cilek, president of the Minnesota Voters Alliance, which is joining forces with the North Star Tea Party Patriots and the Northern Liberty Alliance on a repeal campaign. ‘Most people didn't even know it was a tax,’ he said, and were misled into believing they were simply voting to support programs for the outdoors and the arts. Republican legislators have also been critical of the program, although it was unclear Thursday how many would be willing to join the repeal effort.”    

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Comments (12)

Re: "Most people didn't even know it was a tax."

"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to dedicate funding to protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034?"
Yes ......
No ......

I think very few people know that under the proposed voter suppression bill, a driver's license is NOT a valid form of id to vote. Everyone would need to get a special "I am allowed to vote" card. It's beyond disgusting. Since when do we need permission to vote? Since when do we have to pay to vote? No, not for the id directly, but for the birth certificates and other documentation necessary to obtain it.

Hey Surly, I've got the perfect site for you! It's called the Grain Belt Brewery, great location, good transportation access, already built to function as a brewery. And plenty of beer drinkers nearby. I'm serious--a great fit!

Our Republican friends have a huge amount of gall after eight years of backing former Gov. Pawlenty without ever raising even the slightest question as he worked very, very, very hard to create this budget deficit, then skipped town leaving them to deal with it,...

Then telling Gov. Dayton to "grow up."

In their desire to protect the wealthiest citizens of our state, whose wealth has increased massively over the past few years while the rest of us (at least those of us who remain employed) stayed the same or went backward,...

our Republican friends demonstrate all the sophisticated understanding of the income levels, financing, and "job creating" investment habits of their wealthy friends,...

as would be demonstrated by "Little Orphan Annie" if she were to complain that "Daddy Warbucks" was being mistreated if he were revealed to be a massively fraudulent war profiteer and fined for ripping off the government and US taxpayers.


Do we really have to wait another eighteen months before we can retire all the Little Orphan Annie's and Andy's and put functional adults back in charge of the Minnesota legislature?!

Aren't the "years of Election Day shenanigans" more attributable to election judges and officials than voters?

Why spend money to educate poor kids??? REALLY???? "Job providers are suffering" ???
Again REALLY ???? Where do they (the un-named) think that the future work-force is coming from?? Without EDUCATION there is NO that simple enough for the tiny minds to grasp??? Talk about growing up and getting real...LOOK IN THE DARN MIRROR FOOLS.

Why should Dayton "grow up?" He is the one who is acting like an adult. It is the Republicans who are crying because they want everything their way.

The Repubs think Mark Dayton is delusional? I think not. It looks like they need to consult a dictionary to learn what delusional really means. But while they're busy trying to find one suitable for their simple minds, they might want to consider this nugget and how it applies to them:

They say I suffer from delusions
I'm so confident I'm sane
It can't be an optical illusion
So how can you explain
Shadows in the rain

Job providers are struggling? You mean those wealthy surgeons, lawyers, hedge fund managers, stockbrokers, company executives--you mean fewer trips to Europe, keep the Beemer one more year, cut back on the lawn service--Oh, BOO HOO! Garafolo, these are not the job providers.

My guess, particularly since you recently failed to take the Governor up on his compromise offer, is that the people you're thinking of will not be affected by Dayton's proposed tax increase. And here's a newsflash--they won't be adding staff either until there's someone out there who will buy what they're producing. Without demand, this economy is going nowhere. And you're not going to create demand by putting 54000 state workers out of work, cutting health care to the point where people have to choose between health care and eating, and forcing massive teacher layoffs.

Garafolo, get a clue.

No YOU grow up Republicans!

It's the old story;
when you can't answer an argument, call names.

I think the republican leadership needs to go back and read their bible again. Ayn Rand was more honest about who really matters. She named names. Their prosperity gospel was written by a Russian atheist. I just can't visualize her sitting
around a kitchen table chain smoking about which
non-producers to cut.