Leidiger catches Agenda 21 and Tenther fever

Are you worried that the United Nations is going to seize your suburban home? Do you think the government should stop paying for Medicare? Well, Ernie Leidiger has the bills for you!

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Leidiger goes “nucular” over House energy bill

The Chinese and House Democrats are coming to sell you solar panels and take away your freedom! Or something like that. See if you can make sense of this Ernie Leidiger argument against the House Energy Bill.

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House passes marriage equality; Carver County Reps vote no

The marriage equality bill passed the Minnesota State House of Representatives today 75-59. Carver County Representatives Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska), Ernie Leidiger (R-Mayer), and Cindy Pugh (R-Chanhassen) all voted no, even after FitzSimmons’s amendment to rename all references to “marriage” in Minnesota statute as “civil marriage”, thereby providing additional reassurance that religious institutions would not be impacted by approval of marriage equality.

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Session endgame heats up with marriage equality vote Thursday

The Minnesota House of Representatives will vote on H.F. 1054 — the marriage equality bill — on Thursday. The movement of this bill to the floor is a signal from leadership in the DFL majority that they have the necessary 68 votes to pass the bill, as Speaker of the House Paul Thissen has indicated he would not bring the bill up for vote unless there was sufficient votes to pass it.

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Which tax provisions will survive?

Yesterday, after an inexplicable false start, the Minnesota State Senate passed its version of the omnibus tax bill. The bill now moves to conference committee where it will be reconciled against the House’s version of the bill as well as Governor Mark Dayton’s budget proposal. This may prove to be more work than expected, given that all three parties in the negotiations are DFL-controlled.

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Survey says: District 112 evaluates referendum options

The Eastern Carver County School District (District 112) School Board has begun weighing potential referendum questions for this fall’s ballot. Is it time to lay the groundwork for a new elementary school in the western part of the District?

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How to go the right way on legislator pay

The State Senate passed pay increases for legislators and the Governor that feature no meaningful reform. Is there a better way to structure pay for our elected officials?

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To the Woodshed We Go

Sometimes, it’s not just the weather that makes you cranky. Sometimes, it’s the politicians that drive you nuts. Let’s take some folks out to the woodshed for some well-deserved constructive criticism.

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GOP’s phony baloney budget math

Republicans comments on the state budget mean they need to come up with nearly $1.5 billion in cuts. But they won’t tell us how they will make their math work.

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