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message 1: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11617 comments Good luck with those 4th of July camping plans in The Gopher State. The state parks, along with rest stops and all gov't offices, are now officially closed.

That's it. All done. More than 23,000 people added to the unemployment line (with nobody there to issue the checks).

Even as the talks stalled and the shutdown was imminent, republicans in the legislature were insisting on eliminating unions, prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks and restricting voting rights (must show appropriate state-issued ID to vote).


Hey, MN... wise up and vote those fuckers out.

message 2: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

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message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael It's sad and it's embarrassing and it's inconceivable to me that a political party would be so hung up on their ideology that they'd let something like this happen to the state they serve and to the people whose lives depend on the services they can no longer receive because of their simple greed. The governor has offered a compromise budget and he amended that to compromise even more, but the spending cuts aren't enough for the Republicans because they've drawn the line in the sand at taxes and they refuse to see the taxes for 0.3% of Minnesotans, about 7,500 people making over a million a year, raised. These people are more concerned with protecting a billionaire then they are with protecting abused women, or daycare, or a deaf/blind woman because her aide - the woman who takes her to the store, to the doctor, to her errands - is considered a non-essential service. Instead, they allow the neediest Minnesotans suffer while they engage in hostage-taking bargaining by adding new policy issues to their negotiations. Unfortuntately, I don't think just voting them out is the answer to anything because it was that type of thinking that put most of these state senators into office last year. Until people think making themselves aware and informed about this type of stuff and the people behind the "D" or "R" or "I" is more important than who got voted off of American Idol or who's on So You Think You Can Dance then it will never change.

message 4: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7073 comments What is going on? Wisconsin is messing with Unions and Minnesota is messing with everyone. Crazy talk.

Iowa isn't any better, really, we gave Terry Bumstead a fifth term (not sequetial) and he promised to reduce government. Guess what kind of stuff he vetoed? Oversight of nursing homes, education and health care. So big fat surprise there, right?

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