GOP majority is off to a good start

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The historic changeover at the Minnesota State Capitol has raised up new leaders and produced a new plan for running the legislative machinery.
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Off to a good start, the head of the MN GOP party opened the meeting for announcing committee chairs at the capital. Really, off to a good start. This has never happened before. An unelected official of the GOP opens a meeting to announce the committee chairs. Are you kidding me!
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We hope that they don't fall into the traps of Standard Conservatism. If they do, they're finished.

http://www.examiner.com/economic-policy-in-mi...
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We'll see how cheerful the Pioneer Press is if the new majority starts dismantling the Central Corridor.

Meanwhile, how much DOES Tony Sutton weigh? Will there be some funding to reinforce the infrastructure of the Capitol building?

I mean, let's face it, there's only so much money to go around, especially if the majority honors their promise of austerity.

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Wow an article in Pioneer Press actually praising GOP!

What's next - pig's flying - Did h@ll freeze over?
Did the Vikings win a Super Bowl? Did a Packer walk by a bar? Did a liberal come up with a good idea?

“Keeping the Hive Alive!”

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Whatever wrote:
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Meanwhile, Der Fuhrer Obama went to play his 54th round of golf since getting into office.
He also had time to write a children's book. And, I thought the country had big problems, I must be wrong!
(I don't really believe he wrote it himself.)
An Independent

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An easy to understand explanation of the defeat of the 2008 Republicans and the 2010 Democrats...In 2008, Republicans were voted out because they did not follow their core values. In 2010 Democrats were voted out because they did follow their core values.

Hopefully the GOP learned in 2008 that big government and deficit spending does not work. If not they are toast.
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Nov 18, 2010
 
What happens when john lesch deploys in march. Notice the pp didn't have any nice things to say about him... one of their hometown boys.
Buck hunter

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For way too long we have had one party rule --- and they were both lockstep into more taxes, more regulations, and self preservational actions. Hopefully this will end now --- and we will not be pumping millions of dollars into the educational system with no returns! It is not the money that helps -- it is the attitude and ability. School districts statewide - should have two blueprints for new schools -- and they ONLY get any state funding IF they build a new school with ONE of the TWO blueprints!! Millions upon Millions has been spend on schools that are used for 9 months and look like Asian castles!!!!
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On the upside, the GOP's priorities should become crystal clear during this session. Kinda fun to watch, sort of like a train wreck.
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Why is it , the very wealthy are now coming out and encouraging others to agree ...to the end the Bush Tax Cut on the wealthiest Americans? Gee, maybe they care for our Country and are worried about it!! GOP you need to smarten up a bit!!!
Not as Delusional as You

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Lewis Sinclair wrote:
Meanwhile, how much DOES Tony Sutton weigh? Will there be some funding to reinforce the infrastructure of the Capitol building?
They probably won't have to reinforce it, the overall equation is still in balance, Kelliher's absence takes care of the balancing equation.
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Nov 21, 2010
 
Ms J wrote:
Why is it , the very wealthy are now coming out and encouraging others to agree ...to the end the Bush Tax Cut on the wealthiest Americans? Gee, maybe they care for our Country and are worried about it!! GOP you need to smarten up a bit!!!
The oracle of Omaha is a leftist. Big surprise he supports taxing the rich....he personally pays a miniscule income tax
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Ms J wrote:
Why is it , the very wealthy are now coming out and encouraging others to agree ...to the end the Bush Tax Cut on the wealthiest Americans? Gee, maybe they care for our Country and are worried about it!! GOP you need to smarten up a bit!!!
Please send your extra money to the govt. Why not? You'd be oh so...virtuous.

“Free and Fair Elections”

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Buck hunter wrote:
For way too long we have had one party rule --- and they were both lockstep into more taxes, more regulations, and self preservational actions. Hopefully this will end now --- and we will not be pumping millions of dollars into the educational system with no returns! It is not the money that helps -- it is the attitude and ability. School districts statewide - should have two blueprints for new schools -- and they ONLY get any state funding IF they build a new school with ONE of the TWO blueprints!! Millions upon Millions has been spend on schools that are used for 9 months and look like Asian castles!!!!
I find it very ironic that people are complaining about one-party rule since we haven't had a Democratic governor for 20 years. Steve Sviggum was Speaker of the House in Minnesota for eight years. Despite that, this is one-party rule? I would say what Republicans are really saying is "we haven't had single-party rule for 40 years."

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Patrick from Blaine wrote:
Wow an article in Pioneer Press actually praising GOP!
What's next - pig's flying - Did h@ll freeze over?
Did the Vikings win a Super Bowl? Did a Packer walk by a bar? Did a liberal come up with a good idea?
I think the PP is pretty middle-of-the-road. Who did they endorse for Senator in '08? Who did they endorse for governor this year? I guess unless it is a love-fest for right-wing Republicans it isn't "fair and balanced".
Same as it ever was

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Republicans have great faith in the power of a modified organization chart to change the world. Just because there are 35% fewer committees, doesn't mean there is 35% less work. And while staff might be reduced by 35% in these difficult times, I am pretty sure there won't be 35% fewer lobbyists.
There are still 201 legislators in St. Paul. And until that changes, the size of government remains the same. For whatever that's worth.
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Same as it ever was wrote:
Republicans have great faith in the power of a modified organization chart to change the world. Just because there are 35% fewer committees, doesn't mean there is 35% less work. And while staff might be reduced by 35% in these difficult times, I am pretty sure there won't be 35% fewer lobbyists.
There are still 201 legislators in St. Paul. And until that changes, the size of government remains the same. For whatever that's worth.
Sorry.. but I have to disagree. I'd rather have 501 legislators instead of the thousands of taxpayer waste land, do nothing for anyone, I know what's best for everyone Utopian bills that have come out of these Democrat controlled congress's for years.

Would you mind answering one question? How much is enough?
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This title has nothing to do with the story. The Pioneer Press can hope for happy Republican-Democrat sing alongs all it wants, but the reality is going to be quite different. If you thought nothing got done in the last eight years, just wait to see these next two!
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I expect much less transparency with a Republican legislature. Fewer committees equals fewer chances for the public to testify at the Capitol and more power in the hands of fewer legislators.

Most of the new chairs seem to know very little about their subject area and if they chose to stifle thoughtful debate on important issues our state faces, Minnesotans will suffer.
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* Finance,
* Game, Fish and Forestry,
* Early Childhood Finance and Policy,
* Housing Finance,
* Local Government,
* Civil Justice, and
* Transportation and Transit Policy.

It, again, is telling what committees are eliminated. After all, from their elimination, the GOP is sending the message there are no current or future issues that specifically fall under the purview of those committees.

After all, finances are secure and stable, there are no problems in the housing market, local government is on sound footing, the justice system is fully funded, there are no controversies or upcoming battles in transit funding, early childhood education is a real priority and there are no controversies related to the Legacy funding.

Nothing to see here, after all $500,000 in savings is a cheap price to make all of those issues go away in a substantial way. I think the real question that needs to be asked is: Does the streamlined committee structure make it easier for the lobbyists to influence the form of legislation?

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