Sunday, March 16, 2014

How we defeated the teapublicans in Minnesota

Just like many light blue/swing states, Minnesota was bombarded by the teapublican craze in 2010. Once the midterm elections were over, our state legislature was pure red. Lucky for us, the governor's race was a three-way contest. And so our Democratic nominee - Mark Dayton - squeaked out a win. That made all the difference.

Two things happened next:
  1. 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%.
  2. 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.

As a result of all this, Minnesota set up its own health care exchange (troubled initially, but getting MUCH better) and expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.  Last year marriage equality came to the state - not as a result of a court ruling, but because it was passed by the legislature. Finally, we've had no voting restrictions, stand your ground laws, right to work laws, or curbs on reproductive freedom.

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!!!


4 comments:

  1. Amen. Anyone who is NOT involved this year can go sit down. Either folks volunteer or shut the hell up as far as I'm concerned.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You are so right! People need to understand just how important their vote is. A stay at home nonvoter is the same as a vote for the GOP and supports all of their policies. It is way past time for this message to be pushed everywhere by all.

    ReplyDelete
  3. If we want to continue in the the multicultural direction America is going, we must get off of our collective asses to motivate people to vote. Let this video inspire everyone about the country we want America to be -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGpdULugKo4&feature=youtu.be

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OMG - I LOVE the PS22 Chorus!!! The soloist in that one really has a set of pipes (as they say).

      Delete