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The Games And Soap Opera Of Kurt Daudt

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/29/17 00:49

by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Daudt continues to escalate the impasse. He responded to the Dayton op-ed in the Star Tribune with his own - in which he stated this:

As he left the mediation room, it became shockingly clear to me what really upset the governor is that he did not completely eliminate the Legislature. This should disturb everyone.

As usual, Daudt uses extreme language to further his aims. Dayton's intent from the very beginning of this dispute was to bring the legislature back to talks about disagreements without shutting down the government.

As usual, Daudt has tricks up his sleeve which allow the legislature to continue funding itself without the funding that was line item vetoed....

The governor claimed he was surprised to learn that the Legislature may be forced to dip into the appropriations to the Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) to survive a little longer. We did not hide this from the courts or the governor, and it was wrong for the governor to say we did. The governor and his attorneys have argued since June that his vetoes are constitutional because the House and Senate may be able to take funds from the LCC.

The LCC funds support a lot of legislative offices, and is not meant to be a funding source for day to day legislature funding. But Daudt appears to have decided on using this from the beginning when forced to disclose his plan by the court. He never intended to talk with the governor or negotiate. He has simply decided to frame this dispute as the governor trying to "eliminate" the legislative branch.

Shameless political stunt. But that is how Daudt always operates. Everything he does is politically calculated. He is the epitome of the hyper partisan nature of politics today.

Daudt plans to continue this charade as long as the courts allow it. If it goes into the next session, they will pass a measure to restore those funds and, once again, intentionally force a showdown with the Governor.

Daudt has turned legislating into a 24 hour soap opera. And like the writers of any good soap opera, he looks for that unusual plot twist that will give him the best ratings. He doesn't care about simple governing. About actually getting things done for the people of Minnesota. He wants drama but most of all, to win.

Politics is a game to Kurt Daudt and because of his position - we all have to play.

We need to stop this nonsense as soon as possible.
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There Is One Problem In MN Governing - Kurt Daudt

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/26/17 05:11, Edited: 09/26/17 05:35

by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Daudt has been demonstrating in a very public way, what people absolutely hate about the current political partisanship.

Daudt obstructs on everything...compromising on nothing. And uses political gimmicks to force his will or hide budgetary chicanery.

Daudt is an obstacle, a barrier, a stumbling block, a hurdle, a block, an impediment, and a hindrance. Think that is enough of a description? Well, Daudt is all of that and more. And he is the prime reason why the legislature cannot function and he has cost the state thousands, if not millions, in unnecessary legal fees.

Of course, Daudt never takes any responsibility for any of it. It is always Dayton who is at fault - even though.....

a) Dayton refused to shut the government down and used a line item veto to try to get the legislature to resume talks on remaining issues..

b) Dayton did not opt for his own court suit over the Revenue Department fund denial that Daudt used as an unconstitutional poison pill in the tax bill.

c) Dayton, time after time, tried to move forward on hand shake agreements and the word of a very untrustworthy Kurt Daudt. I doubt Dayton can ever do that again.

Daudt has been constantly attacking the executive branch of government. Not only did he try to unconstitutionally tie the hands of the Governor in the tax bill, but it is Daudt who pushed through that dead of night provision that tries to gut the Constitutional office of State Auditor. Both "ideas" have cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Daudt's methods are not ideas of negotiation, rather they are provocative confrontational methods that lead to showdown. And he attempts to get a clear advantage in those showdowns with gimmicks and trickery.

This is truly no way to operate a government.

People have been saying that they are tired of this type of governance. They want fixes to their health care. Fixes to Medicaid. Fixes to transportation. Fixes to environmental threats. They want government to find bipartisan agreement. But Daudt would rather obstruct the governor and force issues on a "my way or the highway" attitude.

And when he succeeds in his obstruction, he smirks to the press how it is Dayton that has caused the impasse.

Our problem in state government is not Mark Dayton...it is not even Paul Gazelka, GOP Majority Leader in the Senate...and it is not a majority of current legislators.

Our problem is one person - Kurt Daudt.

And the very idea that he might run for Governor and win and start that process all over again from an executive vantage point....well, it is sickening to think about.
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The Essence Of Kaepernick's Take A Knee

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/24/17 12:52

by Dave Mindeman

The current controversy which Trump decided to elevate is the Colin Kaepernick "take the knee" protest during the national anthem.

The conservative mantra has become that these "rich, spoiled athletes" are disrespecting the country that has given them so much. That this, somehow, should be condemned.

Well, first of all - this is free speech. And it is appropriate free speech in that the protest is silent, non-violent and individual. This is the type of speech that promotes discussion without raging rhetoric. We should applaud this, rather than condemn it.

What makes people uncomfortable is that it has struck a chord with the minority community. They empathize with this - they understand what Kaepernick is trying to convey. The real problem here is the uneducated reaction of the critics - the overwhelmingly white critics. Rather than pause for reflection, they go for disdain and dismissal.

Fortunately, the wealthy owners in the NFL (most of them) understand the players point. They have dealt with them contractually and personally and actually get the idea that this is proper free speech protest.

Today the NFL will play their games with all of this in context. Pre-game shows are only casually mentioning it - trying very hard to keep entertainment at the forefront without controversy. I think that is a missed opportunity, but it was expected.

At some point, we have to hope that this country finds a real dialogue about how minority populations are treated in this country - exacerbated by a President who does not care.

Until we get there, these quiet protests are welcomed and encouraged.
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