DFL News: Trump doubles down

Trump doubles down on his refusal to accept election outcome;
MN Republicans still silent

St. Paul—Yesterday Donald Trump doubled down on his refusal to accept the election outcome saying he would only accept it if he wins. Trump’s remarks came a day after the final presidential debate in which he horrified America by stating when asked if he’d accept the outcome: “I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in suspense.”

 As Republicans across the country weighed in to condemn Trump, Minnesota Republicans, notably Speaker Kurt Daudt, Sen. David Hann and Erik Paulsen have remained silent. In the past Republican former Governor Arne Carlson has called this silence “stunning” and “inexcusable”.

“This is a sad, sad time for Minnesota’s Republican Party,” said DFL Chair Ken Martin. “That they can’t even muster the courage to denounce this demagogue as he attacks the basic pillar of our electoral process  is a stain they will carry with them forever. Republicans have tried to make government look bad by blocking progress on critical issues and underfunding services, and now they’re standing by silently while the basic tenets of our democracy are being demeaned. This is a new low.”

Other Republicans across the country who have spoken out on this issue include Arizona Senator John McCain, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Fmr Ohio Governor John Kasich, multiple Republican Secretaries of State, NJ Governor Chris Christie, FL Senator Marco Rubio.

DFL Dispatch: Statement from DFL Chairman Ken Martin

House Republican Caucus Floor Packet cover with a bucket of water splashing over Governor Mark Dayton

“Today the House Republican Caucus used taxpayer funds to distribute packets to legislators attacking Gov. Mark Dayton.

“It is appalling that the Republicans think it is OK to disrespect a sitting Governor in the manner they did using taxpayer dollars. While Republicans seem gleeful that they have thrown cold water on Gov. Dayton and DFL attempts to move this state forward, the reality is Minnesotans expect more from their elected officials during this special session than juvenile behavior like this exhibited by House Republicans.

“Over the last three weeks, Gov. Dayton fought for a better Minnesota – and he has succeeded. By standing up to House Republicans, and fighting for a better outcome to this legislative session, the Governor has secured significant increases in education funding and better environmental and consumer protections. It is the House Republicans who threw cold water on this session attempting to thwart any real progress on issues of concern to Minnesotans like transportation, education, health care, and the environment.

“I call on Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt to issue an apology to Gov. Dayton and focus on the legislative work at hand.”

June 12, 2015 DFL Dispatch

Albert Lea Tribune: GOP says bye-bye to homestead credit

Published Friday, March 30, 2012; 9:02 am
By Paul Marquart, Guest Columnist

Tough luck. That’s the message that Minnesota Republicans sent to homeowners in Greater Minnesota last week when they passed a tax bill that didn’t address the property tax increases they caused last session.

To understand why their bill was particularly troubling for Greater Minnesota it is helpful to review what happened last year. The budget the Republicans passed to end the state shutdown completely eliminated the homestead credit, a tax benefit that homeowners had cherished and valued for over four decades. This raised property taxes on homeowners, farmers and small businesses.

If you are curious what the elimination of the homestead credit meant to you, I encourage you to take out your 2011 property tax statement and compare it your 2012 statement, which should be coming soon in the mail. You will notice that on line 4A from your 2011 property tax statement the word “homestead” has vanished from your 2012 statement — along with your tax relief.

The permanent elimination of the homestead credit led to $370 million in property tax increases in 2012. The state now has the highest property tax level in our 154-year history. Over the last 10 years property taxes for homeowners have now increased by 92 percent. For farmers, property taxes have increased 150 percent. And Greater Minnesota was disproportionately harmed. Of the property tax increases last year, 64 percent of them came from Greater Minnesota. Rural Minnesota is hit with three times the property tax increases as the metro area. Rural homeowners’ property taxes rise eight times higher than metro homeowners — that’s right — eight times higher and rural businesses saw their taxes rise three times higher than in the metro area.

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MN Progressive Project: Republicans opposed to shining the light on ALEC activities in Minnesota

ALEC Exposed
Image from ALEC Exposed

by: The Big E
Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 18:00:00 PM CDT

When you see a Republican at the legislature unable to explain a finer point of his bill or doesn’t even sounds unfamiliar with her bill, don’t be surprised. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) wrote the bill for him/her. The Koch Brothers funded organization is pushing all kinds of bad ideas in Republican-controlled legislature across the country. They are also hiding as a nonprofit to avoid the transparency lobbyists face.

Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Mpls) proposed shining the light on ALEC’s activities at the State Capitol. Unsurprisingly, the MNGOP is opposed and his amendment failed.

“This was a common-sense amendment that would have added more transparency to our political system,” Sen. Dibble said. “This is the type of information every Minnesotan deserves to have. Our state already has very strong campaign finance and lobbying laws that require lawmakers to disclose which lobbyists send them money; this amendment simply makes sure there’s not a loophole that allows certain special interests to hide from public view.”

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The Cucking Stool: ALEC’s fingerprints all over the Minnesota Capitol

Thanks to The Cucking Stool for this post and video (from Thursday, January 19, 2012):

Common Cause of Minnesota has been dusting for prints, and it has found ALEC’s on more than fifty (I think around sixty, actually, at last count) bills offered in the Minnesota Legislature. ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council. The ALEC website calls ALEC an “individual membership” organization, but as you will hear in this video from Mike Dean, that is hardly the case.

ALEC’s fingerprints all over the Minnesota Capitol from Steve Timmer on Vimeo.

Read the Common Cause Report: “Legislating Under the Influence.”