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Thursday, June 30, 2005 

Final Hours - Liveblogging #1

The House just had a very close vote on the time to reconvene tomorrow (9 AM tomorrow).

The DFL is about to try to suspend the rules to pass SF 65, the lights-on bill. Rep. Tony Sertich (DFL-Chisolm) is telling legislators why they should pass the bill despite the reasons not to. And the reason is, according to him, simple: 10,000 Minnesotans not knowing whether they'll have jobs tomorrow. He's telling the story of an 18-year old who won't be able to get a driver's license tomorrow, and a recent SCSU grad who won't be able to get her teaching paperwork done if Minnesota's government shuts down. A good start.

Reps. Sykora and Demmer, both Republicans, are urging their colleagues to "think of the children," Sykora talking about how badly schools will be hurt. Are they crazy?!
Pawlenty renewed his call for DFLers to agree to one of his "reforms," which include initiative and referendum, a racino, a ban on school-year teacher strikes, a unicameral Legislature and some version of school vouchers that would allow some children to attend private schools with taxpayer money. Source: Star Tribune, 6/30/05
The hypocrisy is unbelievable. And now Rep. Westrom (R-Elbow Lake) is feigning outrage. Unbelievable.

Somehow the GOP has now turned this into a discussion about professional politicians. I don't understand it. The choice is clear: House Republicans can vote for this lights-on bill and keep the State of Minnesota operating, or they can shut it down. They're talking about the blame game and everything else they can, everything but the issue. It seems clear now that they're going to defeat the suspension of the rules, and they're going to shut down this great state. When you go to work tomorrow (if you're lucky enough, tomorrow, not to work for the State of Minnesota) make sure your friends and colleagues and everyone else know that the Republicans in the Legislature had a chance to do this right. And they failed.

Time for a new post.

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