- For the first time in the 20 years I've lived in the state, the DFL will have total control. They will now control both houses of the legislature and all of the executive branch offices -- governor, secretary of state, attorney general. The Republican Party has nothing. Will the DFL use its power wisely? I know how I'm betting on that one.
- I'm especially surprised that the Voter ID amendment failed, since it's clearly the right thing to do. I suspect the ad that featured Gov. Dayton and our quisling former Governor Arne Carlson was especially effective. They told Minnesota to "send it back to the legislature." Of course, with the legislature we're going to have, it won't see the light of day. The DFL has no interest in ensuring voter integrity, so we won't have any chance of seeing it in Minnesota until 2017 at the earliest. While the GOP could flip the executive offices and the house in 2014 back to its control, the senate will stay in DFL hands until the 2016 cycle.
- Taxes are going to go up, potentially a lot. Dayton and his pals have big plans and they aren't going to be able to pursue any of them unless they get rich people to pay their fair share, or so they think. Rich people have options, and one of the options is to get out of Dodge. While Mark Dayton is incapable of learning that lesson, the rest of us are likely to find out why the mobility of capital has implications for this state, sooner rather than later.
- The failure of the marriage amendment is less surprising. Bottom line is we'll have gay marriage in Minnesota, probably within a year -- the pending court case in Hennepin County will see to that. I really dislike it when these sorts of questions are decided by the judiciary, because it really never settles the issue. Forty years on, we're still arguing about Roe v. Wade. There's a right way to do these things and we've now pretty much assured that we won't get a clean resolution, unless the all-DFL state government decides to make gay marriage the law of the state. And I'm guessing they won't do that.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Picking at the Bones -- Local Edition
Minnesota is a different place today. That's the main takeaway from last night's vote. How so: