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Scoring update - Monday March 12, 2007

Posted at 5:40 PM on March 12, 2007 by Bob Collins (7 Comments)

I'm having a terrible time these days with the Senate Web site. Now, maybe it's me, but I don't have the same trouble with the House Web site. Quite the opposite, actually, it's as dependable as the day is long. Anyway, today, I can't get anything to load in Senate Briefly page, so I don't have any CP votes other than from what I happened to watch on Channel 17 today ( a relative handful). So today's update on the scoring does not reflect most action taken in Senate committees today. I'll update them when the report of standing committees is released. Bill filings in the House today, are included.

MFL Trivia:

  • I've also added up, but not yet included in the scoring, the House committee hearings tomorrow. Rep. Jim Abeler has 34 bills before committee on Tuesday; a new MFL record.

  • A bill co-authored by Rep. Mary Liz Holberg passed a committee today. It's her first CP (committee passage) points of the year. Rep. Tom Emmer and Sen. Ray Vandeveer are the remaining lawmakers waiting for their first MFL CP points.


    Comments (7)


    I frequently have trouble with the Senate website too... you're not alone.

    And about Abeler and Moe... ugh. I have the 3rd and 4th ranked legislators on my team... and I'm not even close (points wise) to them.

    Posted by gml4 | March 12, 2007 11:10 PM


    This question of what is close is an interesting one. Keep in mind the MFL is a graduated scoring system and the season is very modular in nature. So right now, we've reached the stage where CP points are important; certainly more so than BH and BF points.

    So being 1400 points down, while it sounds like a lot, is relatively insignificant; certainly more significant than a month ago, which was more insignificant than a month before that.

    While someone like Abeler or Moe make it difficult for other lawmakers to grab equal points (and certainly the difference in systems makes it impossible for a senator to keep up with a rep), careful attention to the free agent list is key.

    Take Sine Die. They didn't get to first place merely because of Jim Abeler. They got to first place because they picked up Linda Higgins, WEEKS after I started dropping hints that someone should.

    Even as I look at the list today, I see Neva Walker sitting there. She's having a HECK of a session and is going to accumulate a ton of points. Same thing with Aaron Peterson.

    This is still very much anybody's game. Especially with Gov. Pawlenty threatening vetoes and some of the Senate DFL leaders heading for cover.

    Posted by Bob Collins | March 13, 2007 8:20 AM


    The House website was rehabbed last year Bob, so maybe you need one of the Indefatigable Bill Carriers in the Senate to carry a bill to spend $500K to rehab their website too.

    Anything else we should be throwing money at to get fixed?

    How 'bout them roads? I drove over 300 miles of Minnesota roads yesterday, and most of them were bumpy.

    Go ahead and raise my taxes!

    I don't like the Senate Budget. Hope the House does better.

    Posted by Nancy G | March 13, 2007 8:33 AM


    The MFL points are also a bit skewed at this time due to the inactivity on the House Floor. While the Senate has been passing bills on a regular basis, the House has passed very few. Things will change in a hurry after the March 23rd deadline when all bills will have gone through the committee process. Meanwhile, those of us with few if any Senators on our rosters will be holding on for dear life over the next few days.

    Posted by mike simpkins | March 13, 2007 9:37 AM


    Abeler is chief author of only 16 bills. But he is the king because he is a coauthor of 420! Next year, you might want to think about counting only chief authors. Then you would see a more reasonable balance between house and senate too. Because the house can sign on about 25 coauthors, everyone has a higher count than the senate, who has only 5 authors per bill.

    Posted by linda higgins | March 14, 2007 10:43 AM


    I was thinking about that the other day. The problem with it is I think just including the chief author also minimizes the rookie legislators and favors committee chairs. So I think that would replace one "problem" with "another."

    It's clear the "35" vs "5" co-sponsors difference works places an imbalance on things, however. That may call for a set number of house and senate members on a team in addition to the minimal rule of 2 members of every party.

    That won't change the Power Rankings situation much, but in the grand scheme of things the goal is to make all teams have an equal opportunity to compete, not to have all individual legislators have an equal crack at the power rankings.

    Posted by Bob Collins | March 14, 2007 11:06 AM


    I'd note that Rep. Abeler, though he still leads both leagues in BF, has only 178 points in that category. The rest of his 436 bills he signed on to after filing. But his similarly leading bill authorship totals for last "season" made him a pretty obvious -- to some of us at least -- first draft pick.

    Go Carriers!

    Posted by Doug Gray | March 15, 2007 11:54 AM