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By now, Minnesota election results are completed and the (mostly) good news and bit of bad news (Bachmann re-elected) are no longer the freshest items on the feed. Republican majorities in the state house and senate tried and failed to do an end run around the legislative process with the stupid marriage amendment question.

But it wasn't the only act of legislative douche baggery to come out of the out-going state house, and I am a little disappointed with the lack of coverage; it's actually a lot more important to our political and little-d democratic future.

I had one sign outside my house this year: VOTE NO ON BOTH AMENDMENTS.

There were actually two this year. The other amendment related to voter ID at the polls. As was discussed more extensively in PA, it was an attempt to back door a new Poll Tax and attempt to disenfranchise the elderly, the young and residentially unsettled (read: college students, less affluent/renters), and poorer individuals who might not have a picture ID/driver's license because they can't afford a car/gas.

It was another ALEC-esque attempt at voter suppression. And it failed.

The better news is that the Republican majorities in the state house and senate that put it on the ballot no longer exist. The state senate has returned to Democratic hands after 2 years of Republican control. DFLer's controlled the senate for about forty years before that. It looks as though the dems will take the house as well.

So that's the good news. At least two years' respite from another attempt at constitutionally sanctioned voter suppression and discrimination.

If it's possible I'm hoping that the election will allow for a change in the way constitutional amendments are passed, but I'm not hopeful. Will talk to my local legislators, however.

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  •  How the hell (0+ / 0-)

    did she get re-elected?

    The GOP hate me! I'm black, a woman, disabled veteran, divorced mother and liberal. THEY SUCK!

    by secret38b on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:56:35 AM PST

  •  I love Arne Carlson (4+ / 0-)

    Ahh I could even vote for a Republican governor back in the day.  His ad was great with Dayton.  Both NO campaigns had very effective positive media campaigns.  

    •  the beauty part of owning no TV. (1+ / 0-)
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      I didn't even know Arne did that. Then again, he's been an independent since 1990, after icky icky John Grunseth got pushed out of the race.

      I ♥ airedale terriers.

      by vome minnesota on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:31:48 AM PST

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    •  As it happens... (0+ / 0-)

      Arne Carlson is the ONLY RepublicanI have EVER voted for. And he won the Governorship on a write-in! So he was my only write-in as well!

      For those wondering how Michele Bachmann got re-elected, the MN-6 is the least mobile, the whitest, and the most conservative district in the state. It would not surprise me to find it is the least educated as well (although I am just guessing there). It is heavily populated with a combination of conservative Catholics and protestant evangelicals. It is MCCL (Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life) country.

      Even with these advantages, she won by only ~5000 votes. The tide just wasn't enough THIS TIME. My guess is she'll do better next time in a mid-term election without the national ground game, but if you think of contributing to campaigns, look up the MN-6 in two years. She should at least always have to fight for her political life.

  •  Correction (in a good way!) (1+ / 0-)
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    Actually, the Minnesota Senate was just elected to a four-year term. So the respite is not just for two years; the Republicans can't get control of both houses until the 2016 elections at the earliest.

    Thus, 2018 is the earliest opportunity for a hypothetical Republican Legislature to put an amendment on the ballot!

    •  The Democrats should put a straight up… (1+ / 0-)
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      …equality measure on the ballot, like Maine, Maryland, and Washington and thus preempt the GOP's next anti attempt.

      Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: DemSign.com. Get your We are the 99% Yard Sign.

      by DemSign on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:18:19 PM PST

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      •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe, but the tide is just starting to break in the right direction. I'm not a fan of amending constitutions on the whole (although universal expansion of civil rights is one of the "good" reasons to do it, I would agree). I just worry that it would go down to defeat.

        I think the DFL legislature and governor should start by striking down the gay marriage ban statute and then pass a marriage equality statute.

        This is a long fight, a long game, and let's face it: it was kicked into high gear by the Republicans putting it on the map to scare and motivate their base and Lo! It did backfire by awakening non-crazy people that "Yeah! Why shouldn't gays be able to marry?"

        I think we all can take some heart from the fact that all four anti-gay ballot measures went to defeat. This is a first. The public is coming around. And maybe this the time to "go for it all." I'm a straight who supports gay rights, so maybe I'm being timid. But I'd certainly hate to see the new DFL majority do nothing on this. But anything from repealing the ban to the amendment you suggest would be welcome to me. I'd just hate to see such an amendment get defeated...

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