Two things happened next:
- Dayton battled the Republican legislature's attempts to reduce taxes on the wealthy and gut the rest of the budget. Perhaps you'll remember that we had a government shut-down of our own. The result of Dayton's efforts is that last month the state projected a $1.23 billion budget surplus and our unemployment rate is 4.7%.
- Secondly, our Governor also battled the Republican legislature's efforts to gerry-mander the 2010 redistricting - sending it to neutral courts to be decided.
Then, in the 2012 election, the state legislature turned blue once again.
All of that happened because Democrats won the state governor's race by four tenths of a point in 2010. Think about THAT!
In a few months there are 36 governorships up for grabs - many involving unpopular Republicans in blue/swing states. Anyone who thinks their vote doesn't matter should simply compare what is happening in Minnesota to our sister state of Wisconsin - where Gov. Scott Walker has been in charge for the last four years. And then get involved. It matters!!!