The Seven Million Dollar Garage

On today's Fightin Words podcast, hosted on the Twin Cities News Talk Podcast Network:

Early in the legislative session, we’re told that everything must go through a strict protocol of committee review and vetting by public hearing. That’s why we can’t buy beer on Sunday or be secure in our digital papers and affects.

Then the end of session comes along, and suddenly our elected representatives are sneaking a seven million dollar parking garage into a last minute bonding bill.

It’s all a show. They can do what they want, when they want, how they want. Your opinion proves irrelevant.

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Gov. Dayton: unbound = unhinged

When Gov. Dayton said that he wasn’t running for office again, he said that he was finally “unbound.” What he really meant is that he’s finally unhinged. Insisting that the legislature pass Education Minnesota’s universal pre-K program appears to have turned Gov. Dayton into a walking diatribe machine. Doug Grow has noticed that Gov. Dayton’s plan is risky:

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Impulse Control

This past week has been a really, really bad one for Governor Dayton and anyone who thinks he’s ready for prime time as a governor.

First, it the promise (since delivered) of a veto of the K-12 E-12 bill over a few hundred million in spending that a bipartisan majority in the Legislature had already turned down (in support of a program that nobody but Education Minnesota really wants).

And now?   He’s accusing Republicans of “hating teachers”.

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ABM’s latest ad campaign

ABM is launching another ad campaign, this time to push Gov. Dayton’s universal pre-K initiative across the finish line. Predictably, ABM’s latest campaign is filled with dishonesty:


“Minnesota Republicans — especially in the House — need to be held accountable for putting corporations ahead of working families’ priorities,” says Alliance for a Better Minnesota Executive Director Joe Davis. “The GOP repeatedly pushed for special treatment for big business, but shortchanged our schools.”

Here’s how Catharine Richert dropped the hammer on ABM’s BS:

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Our perpetually petulant governor

If Minnesota Democrat voters are capable of any shame, they should be repulsed at the behavior of this state's chief executive.

An irritated Gov. Mark Dayton lashed out at Republican lawmakers on Tuesday, saying he would veto a bill that funds education without providing money for his top priority of universal pre-kindergarten.For the past week, Dayton had intensely lobbied House Republicans and Senate Democrats to add spending for his pre-K plan for four-year-olds.In the final hours of the legislative session, Dayton said he offered to sign all of the other budget bills and even to drop the pre-K plan. In exchange, he wanted Republicans to agree to spend $125 million more on other education items. He said Republicans rejected both offers.Dayton said he was told there is no support for universal pre-K among Republican legislators.


Actually, Little Lord Fauntleroy  Dayton is lying by omission. It wasn't just the GOP who withheld support.

Senator Dave Thompson (R-Lakeville) breaks it down.

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Stop Your Sobbing

Why are “progressives” so annoying?

Their policies?  Their browbeating and illogic?  Their exaggerated sense of their own intelligence?

Yes.  All the above.

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Showering with a raincoat on

"Is not showering with a raincoat on a waste of time? Kind of like our last legislative session was..."

Well, well, well. The session is over and everyone has left the building. It is somewhat fitting that one minute after the last person was gone the dismantling of the building began. How would many of us sum up this session? A mess. A tremendous waste of time and money. In short, it was like kissing your sister. Or, taking a shower with a raincoat on.

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1000 Words

Photographer Glenn Stubbe of the Star Tribune delivers a classic:

I hate people when they're not polite

Meanwhile, at least one Republican lawmaker wants an apology from Dayton:

A long-time teacher and state representative wants Gov. Mark Dayton to apologize for saying some Republican lawmakers “hate the public schools.”Dayton’s remark came during a Tuesday news conference he called to discuss his plans to veto a education funding bill that passed the House and Senate Monday. The $400 million in new spending isn’t enough for Dayton and he’s frustrated it also omits his top priority of universal preschool.

Sondra Erickson, who is from Princeton, offered this statement:

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DFL fight: Bakk vs. Thissen

At the end of each legislative session, each chamber’s leaders issue statements on what did or didn’t get accomplished. Predictably, there’s quite a difference of opinion. Check Rep. Thissen’s statement out:


House DFL Leader Paul Thissen released the following statement: 

“I would grade this session an ‘F.’ House Republicans failed to pass a transportation bill when this was supposed to be the transportation session. They failed to freeze tuition for Minnesota’s students despite our $2 billion budget surplus. They failed Greater Minnesota, ignoring broadband, oil train safety, and local property tax relief. They failed to get their job done on time, chaotically passing a jobs bill with no public input or debate. And they refused to negotiate with Governor Dayton, forcing a special session over their insistence on underfunding Minnesota’s earliest learners.

What makes this session’s failures so disappointing is the golden opportunity that Republicans have wasted- all to protect corporate special interests. With a growing economy and $2 billion surplus, we had the opportunity this session to provide greater economic security to hardworking families, fix our state’s roads and bridges, make college more affordable for students, and take needed strides to ensure all of Minnesota’s earliest learners have the chance to get ahead. 

We should have done much better for hardworking Minnesotans, but Republican failed to deliver results.”

Compare that with Sen. Bakk’s statement:

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The Death Cult

MPR News spoke with Taye Clinton, the 10-year-old boy who was infamously maced, apparently by a Minneapolis cop, at a “Black Lives Matter” protest last week.

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A Beach To Die On

It is, at best, useless for children. At worst, it actively harms them. It is a money suck that school administrators, teachers, early childhood experts, and psychologists think is completely unnecessary at best, and counterproductive at worst.

It is, in fact, nothing but a pay off to the teachers union that bought and paid for Governor Dayton.

And it’s the line in the sand that Governor Flint – Smith Dayton is drawing:.

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