Minnesota Supreme Court rejects GOP shutdown lawsuit

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The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled four Republican senators jumped the gun in saying that Gov. Mark Dayton is overstepping his constitutional bounds by involving the courts in government shutdown contingency plans.

That's because no state money has been ordered to be spent, so there's no crisis, Justice Alan Page wrote today.

The ruling doesn't address the merits of the case.

Sens. Warren Limmer, Scott Newman, Sean Nienow and Roger Chamberlain filed the lawsuit earlier this week, arguing that only the Legislature has the right to appropriate money. Gov. Dayton and Attorney General Lori Swanson have argued that the governor has a responsibility to "protect the lives and safety of the people of Minnesota."

The suit was filed simultaneously in Ramsey County District Court, and Judge Kathleen Gearin has scheduled a hearing in the case for tomorrow.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

OK, Apparently I have to spell this out.  I should just remain quiet, because Gov. Goofy is going to hurt the Democrat Party in Minnesota for a decade by demanding a shutdown.

OK, Right now, the legislator's hands are tied. They are in recess now until the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January.Only the Governor has the ability to call a special session whereas a budget can be passed.No special session, no budget, and the government shuts down.If government shuts down, it punishes the poor, sick, elderly, disabled, and all them government employees.

CALL HIM @ 651-201-3400TELL HIM TO CALL A SPECIAL SESSIONTELL HIM TO NOT PUNISH THE POOR/ELDERLY/DISABLED BY SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, JUST SO HE CAN GET HIS TAX INCREASES.  TELL DAYTON TO STOP HOLDING MINNESOTA HOSTAGE UNTIL HIS DEMANDS ARE METTELL HIM TO PASS A TEMPORARY SPENDING MEASURE TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN WHILE THE DETAILS OF A BUDGET CAN BE HASHED OUT.

Or do nothing. I know exactly where the blame will fall.  Eventually this message will get out there.  The deceivers cannot deceive people forever. People will ultimately learn whose fault this shutdown is.

CALL DAYTON @ 651-201-3400

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

A "lights on" bill would reduce the pain inherent in a shutdown, but it would also prolong this ridiculous non-debate. Dayton would drone on, trying to be equal parts Jack Kennedy and F.D.R., and the republicans would all try to sound like James Dean doing a bad Ayn Rand impression. All sides would be hoping that they sound impressive enough to get their own cable-news show after their careers are over.

I'd rather have the shutdown be as horrible as possible so that the people actually get up and demand that their legislators and the governor solve the problem rather than pointlessly squabble and preen.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

So that's you, and most conservatives I know.  Also the TEA Party and you agree on that.  Everyone is screaming "shut it down"! I say we should push for getting a "lights on bill".  Too many people are reliant on the government free cheese in some way.The "shut it down" crowd I know says, it will show us, what is, and what isn't essential in government.  Then when the axe comes out again, it's clear where to chop.

And yes, cable news shows, and cushy lobbyist jobs.

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