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Anti-Dayton billboards bring budget battle to drive time

Minnesota Majority's president Jeff Davis said the billboard campaign was "designed to shame the governor into doing his job."
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Minnesota Majority's president Jeff Davis said the billboard campaign was "designed to shame the governor into doing his job."

There's no avoiding the budget shutdown, even as you're driving past closed rest stops.

Minnesota Majority has four billboards going up on major highways, near Forest Lake, St. Michael, Minneapolis and Inver Grove Heights, with a sarcastic message.

Each has a picture of Gov. Mark Dayton, with the saying "Thanks a lot, Governor Dayton."

One has a picture of him and the state Capitol, with a sign: "Sorry, we're closed." One has a newspaper headline: "Thousands Laid-Off in State Shutdown." One says "Next Rest Area 138 miles (Exit 214 — Iowa.) And one says "Itasca State Park, Closed."

Minnesota Majority’s president Jeff Davis said the billboard campaign was “designed to shame the governor into doing his job and sign the balanced budget bills to get state business back up and running.”

The group says Clear Channel Outdoor advertising refused to put up the billboards, so they found another outdoor advertising company who took their business.

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183 miles is along way, if you've just eaten what Tony Sutton has been trying to feed you.

If Republicans really have enough money to spring for this sort of foolishness, then all they have proven is that the top 2% can afford to pay their fair share of taxes.

Jeez, does anyone actually pay any attention to billboards?

If even Clear Channel rejected these messages, that should tell us something about Mr Davis and his wingnut outliers. Don't forget, this is the same fringe group that wants voter ID to solve a nonexistent voter fraud problem. Nuff said.

Way to behave, Clear Channel!

Let's see if Mr. Davis properly formed a political committee to advertise this issue based political effort. In my opinion he should declare, indicate what he spends, and who contributed. Every other such organization forms a politial fund arm.

In 2008 he successfully defended his organization not having to file or declare his contributors by claiming his organization is educational and therefore exempt - despite that all his attacks are against one party.