As the session has progressed, Republicans in the Minnesota House — including Reps. Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, and Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, in a recent letter — continue to complain to anyone who will listen that the House DFL majority isn’t standing up for rural Minnesota (“Democratic majority snubs rural Minnesota,” Page A4, April 23).
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar stood in front of 1,100 mostly liberal Democrats concerned if she talked too much about working with Republicans. “I was wondering how this is going to go over,” she said in an interview after Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Laborites unanimously endorsed her for a second six-year Senate term.
With President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar apparently doing well in Minnesota, those races may not pull as many Democratic volunteers and donors as in other years. Instead, longtime DFL activist Thom Peterson said, legislative races will be the driving force.
Democrats make it clear they blame Republicans for rising property taxes, and will do that even louder in next year’s campaigns. They hope the charge sticks this time. Democratic-Farmer-Laborite candidates for years have said GOP budget cuts, or lack of tax increases, have forced local governments to raise property taxes.
The report’s conclusion was clear: The progressive consensus eroded because Minnesotans lost faith that their taxes were buying good value for the dollar.
Restoring that trust is key to the way forward — especially for Democrats, but also for Republicans who want to understand the state’s changing demographics.
Democratic state senator faces party loyalists today who will determine if he’ll retain their endorsement for the upcoming campaign. Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, Fridley, has been under scrutiny for using his position of power to push a special walleye rule for a northeastern Minnesota lake where he owns a cabin.
Minnesota voters likely will hear little about the trio of Democratic-Farmer-Labor lieutenant governor candidates before the Aug. 10 primary election, but Friday night, John Gunyou, Yvonne Prettner Solon and Robyne Robinson received their 15 minutes of campaign-season fame during a debate aired statewide on Twin Cities Public Television’s “Almanac.
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