View Full Version : Minnesota a Microcosm of the Nation?

02-16-2012, 09:06 AM
In November of 2010, Minnesotans overwhelmingly voted in a Republican majority in both houses of the legislature. Democrat Mark Dayton narrowly won the Gubernatorial election over a Tea Party darling with a somewhat checkered past.

Since that time, the state has experienced a shutdown over a budget disagreement, specifically over a tax increase for millionaires. The Governor (who is one of the wealthiest people in the state), wanted new taxes on the rich, Republicans did not. In addition, Republicans pushed through a controversial gay marriage ban amendment that caused one Republican legislator to say he would push the 'hell no' button in voting against that amendment. Unfortunately, he was one of only three Republicans with the guts to stand up against the amendment, and it is now on the ballot in November.

So, how have Minnesotans reacted to the turmoil at the Capitol? In a recent poll, the approval rating of the Republican legislature stood at 17%, while the Governor enjoys a 50% approval rating (only 33% disapprove).

The state is a precursor. The events and the numbers are eerily similar to what is occurring on a national scale. If this doesn't scare Republicans, I'm not sure they will ever get over their delusion. Good luck in November!

02-16-2012, 03:59 PM
Wow, it is hard to believe that 50% approve & only 33% disprove of that guy..

02-16-2012, 04:04 PM
Wow, it is hard to believe that 50% approve & only 33% disprove of that guy..

He's a hell of a lot better as a governor than he was as a Senator. I didn't vote for him (or the Republican, btw), but he's exceeded expectations. When it comes to taking on the right wing nutters, he is everything you wished Obama had been. He is taking no prisoners.