It started, as so many things do these days, as a hashtag on Twitter.
Regulars at the Minnesota Capitol — staffers, lobbyists, reporters, even lawmakers — began tweeting #mnlegbingo whenever a commonly used catchphrase or bit of legislative jargon was dropped at the Legislature. At first, it was a fun way to track the things that tended to get repeated ad nauseam.
But why just tweet when you can play?
And so we present #mnleg bingo, now available to play via your desktop or mobile device (or, if you're old school, you can print a card). For those who haven’t played bingo in a while, just click on any of the phrases on see on the card below whenever you hear those words come out of the mouth of a Minnesota legislator — you can follow the live proceedings of the House and Senate streaming on the web (and, yes, the free space is — insert politician joke here — completely free). Once you get five spaces in a row — vertically, horizontally or diagonally — you win, and the button on the bottom of the card will prompt you to yell, “Bingo!”
You definitely have to yell, “Bingo!”
No, there isn’t any money in winning MinnPost’s #mnleg Bingo, but there are bragging rights (at least if you choose to share your card on social media). So you got that going for you, which is nice. Good luck.