It must be a conspiracy
Posted at 4:56 PM on April 27, 2007 by Bob Collins (4 Comments)
Well, you'll have to read my rant yesterday to understand the background here. But Channel 17 did it again today. Only worse.
I had my little camera ready to snap a picture of the tote board as the roll call began on the omnibus tax bill (the Votetracker process is pretty impressive, eh?). And they bagged out of coverage of the House right in the middle of the final roll call vote.
Apparently, they couldn't wait for the 45 seconds it would take to see the final result. It was that important to find out it's 24 degrees -- celsius -- in St. Paul.
Sure, I know it's probably automated. But earlier this week they extended the coverage for another debate.
This one was on taxes. I hear tell it's a big issue for a lot of Minnesotans.
For those of you who want to know which DFLers are representing their rich farmers and laborers by voting against the tax increase for the wealthy, here they are:
John Benson (43B)
Robin Brown (27A)
Julie Bunn (56A)
Paul Gardner (53A)
Larry Haws (15B)
Will Morgan (40A)
Kim Norton (29B)
Gene Pelowski (31A)
Maria Ruud (42A)
Marsha Swails (56B)
Andy Welti (30B)
I'd consider it grounds for benching or trading if one of my Team MILVETS DFLers voted against this. Or better yet, a FINE. Well, my team DFLers voted correctly, so I don't need to worry about restructuring my team. My Republicans voted like, well, all the Republicans, so what can I do with them? MFL rules require that my team has a minimum of two.
Posted by Nancy G | April 28, 2007 4:04 PM
with MPR"s Votetracker, you can also manipulate and sort the roll call (by District, by Party etc.) on this and many other votes.
Posted by Bob collins | April 28, 2007 4:18 PM
Many of the DFLers who voted against it represent suburbs, including relatively affluent suburbs.
I suppose DFLers can rise up against them, but these are also the people who helped the DFL get back into power in the House, by winning races in spite of a clueless DFL leadership when it comes to the suburbs.
Their fate, will rest on whether DFL insiders are ready to recognize that a suburban DFLer isn't the same as a Minneapolis (or Iron Range) DFLer.
In other words, is it a "big tent"?
Posted by Bob Collins | April 28, 2007 4:21 PM
Yes, it's a Big Tent. We Farm Girls specialize in envelope stuffing, door knocking, and phone banking for the suburbanites that vote like they represent Farmers. Let's see the Rich Suburbanites do it for their representative government.
Posted by Nancy G | April 30, 2007 9:04 PM