"Who to blame? I have no idea." - Rep. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka).
It occurs that the media coverage of this tomorrow will really show who is interested in what. There certainly can be an untruthful way to cover this, saying that it's still the Democrats' fault because the bill wasn't good enough, it was too little too late, all kinds of things. The correct way to cover this is to say that the DFL tried to keep the lights on.
"I think the damage done to schools under this proposal is worse
than government shutdown!" - Rep. Mark Olson (R-Big Lake). Certainly a fine thing to say with 30 minutes left.
Rep. Davids (R-Preston) just made a joke on MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech. Rep. Sertich called him out on joking around fifteen minutes before a shutdown. And it is. 11:45 PM.
Are they filibustering? With 10 minutes left and not even a vote on the rules suspension, this may not pass even if they stop talking at this instant.
According to Rep. Seifert, it's now entirely the Senate's fault
that we're shutting down! With 5 minutes left! It's all the urban liberals' fault! And Seifert's still talking with 3 minutes left. They've filibustered the bill.
11:59: Roll call vote! Suspension of the rules fails 67-67 (2/3rds, 90 votes, being required) finishing after midnight. The Republican Party of Minnesota, controlling the Governor's office and the House of Representatives, has succeeded in shutting down Minnesota state government. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum are responsible for the first budget-related shutdown of government in Minnesota history.
12:03 AM: Rep. Paulsen moves to adjourn, and the DFL requests a roll call vote. Vote FAILS 67-67!
12:05 AM: The House cannot do anything but adjourn at this point, since the legislative day is over. They're trying to pull a rules move to pass Rep. Knoblach's bill for a one-week lights-on bill. The rules-related motion by Rep. Sertich, whatever it is, has failed 67-67. There's a Republican voting with the DFL on these things, but I'm not sure who it is.
12:12: Rep. Kelliher (DFL-Minneapolis) has proposed to continue the day. Rep. Seifert just stood up and said something to the effect of "Are we going to leave like the Governor, or run away like the Senate?", and was admonished by Speaker Sviggum. A roll call vote is being taken to determine whether the day will continue. I'd try to pick out the Republican voting with the DFL on this, but the image quality on the webcast is so bad that you can't distinguish individual names.
12:22: The board is being held open
, presumably to try to convince the Republican voting with the DFL to change his or her vote.
12:25: The board is being closed. The motion has passed
12:26: This is apparently uncharted waters for the MN House.