Dayton mocked by billboards for role in shutdown

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Mark Dayton wants you to use Iowa's toilets.
Mark Dayton is taking all the blame for the state shutdown in a new billboard ad campaign.

With his head looking slightly too big for the body it's on, Dayton is shown presenting a series of shutdown-related images in the style of a "Price is Right" girl. The billboards, paid for by conservative agitators Minnesota Majority, make Dayton seem wholly responsible for the fact that state parks and rest areas are closed.
It's sort of ironic, that the people ignoring the Republican majority in the legislature are literally called "Minnesota Majority." But oh well, the billboards are a pretty snappy way to pin the six-day-old shutdown on Dayton.

Minnesota Majority is accepting donations, if you feel like contributing to keep the billboards up.

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Mark Dayton roams Itasca State Park at night to keep you out.



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Guy
Guy

Is there anything more smug and self-righteous than the name "Minnesota Majority"? It implies that every single message they spout is supported by a majority of Minnesotans, which can't possibly be true, but people will believe anything, so why not?

Guy
Guy

It's apparent, judging by our current legislative stalemate and the comments made on this site and elsewhere, that we're all just a bunch of assholes who can't communicate effectively. A billboard isn't a conversation. It's a really expensive bumper sticker.

Not a Fan of Dayton's
Not a Fan of Dayton's

You start with a budget bigger than it's ever been before (Republican agreed to), then Dayton wants it obscenely bigger than that, and yet it's the Republican's fault that they aren't compromising?  The current Republican budget is already a significant increase, i.e. a  compromise. 

CJ
CJ

The Republicans tried to take a page out of the TPAW playbook and wanted to delay more payments to public education as part of their "balanced" budget. Another example of balancing the budget on the backs of the working poor and middle class. Also I believe Dayton on more than one occasion asked for meetings with the GOP before the legislature adjourned. They refused and waited to send their unrealistic budgets at the end of the session thus setting up the stalemate.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

The balanced budget offered by the "Republicans" (both house and senate) was balanced. The Republicans compromised with Dayton already by adding more spending to make this bill the "Largest" spending bill ever. Mark Dayton promised in the debate that he would not shut the government down if he could not get his way with his plan. He wants even more spending and increased taxes. All Dayton needs to do is sign the bill and this is over.

noodleman
noodleman

Wait. Why is it Dayton's fault? He's presented a budget to the Legislature that would have allowed the state parks, rest areas, etc. to remain open and be fully funded. It's the Legislature that should be mocked on those billboards.

CT
CT

Everyone forgets that the other side won't agree either. Minnesota majority is standing up for everything that is wrong. Instead of demanding compromise, they are demanding Daytons head on a plater!

webcelt
webcelt

Shutting down the state isn't hard. Just make demands the other side can't agree to, and then refuse to budge from your position. Dayton apparently can't figure this out, because he keeps trying to split differences and find something both sides can live with. Republicans seem to have it worked out though, because they took a position Dayton could never agree to, and won't move from it. So who is the grownup, and who wanted the shutdown?

Anon
Anon

In TPaw days it was "renegade legislatures", and now it's conveniently the governor's fault. Free eyerolls with long form birth certificate.

Dan McGrath
Dan McGrath

Minnesota Majority conducts or uses polls to select the issues taken on. It's not that hard to determine what the majority position is in our state. Some people just have a hard time accepting that their views are not embraced by everyone because their circle of friends all agree with them. And, of course anyone who thinks otherwise must be a nutcase, a backwoods redneck, uneducated hick or hateful bigot, because after all, you and your friends are the enlightened ones. You figured out the answers to all the world's problems over drinks (or other substances) one night and anyone who can't see that is a dick. The state and the world are bigger than your little circle of think-alikes.

Dan McGrath
Dan McGrath

Dayton wanted to shift education payments even more than the legislature proposed during their negotiations. The legislature's $34 billion budget offer was too big, but Dayton's current budget of $0 (implemented when he vetoed the biggest spending bills in Minnesota history after the legislature adjourned) is obviously too small. Only the governor can call the legislature back into session, and only he is standing in the way of a fully funded (at record levels) state government.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Pretty weak posting from you Mn Voter, shouldn't you have accused all Democrats of being racists?    This comment actually is a little to close to the actual topic of the City Pages posting.   Try to do better after all all Democrats are racist, sexist, Islamic, Atheist, monsters. 

webcelt
webcelt

All Republicans need to do is agree to a small tax increase, and this is over. Dayton moved most of the way to their position, so why can't Republicans just act like grownups and split the difference?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

That would require Republicans to tell the truth about something.

Mad Voter in MN CD 4
Mad Voter in MN CD 4

What are you talking about?  The legislature passed 3 BALANCED budgets (largest budgets in MN history), and Dayton vetoed them all.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Dan is lying.   Countless polls support Mark Dayton's position so why is Minnesota Majority doing everything it can to support the less popular Republican position of protecting the rich while balancing the budget on the poor and middle class?   By the way what kind of dork makes fun of Minnesotan's discussing politics over a few beers?   Talk about being out of touch with the majority of Minnesotans.   You must be a weird little creep to think drinking beer is something for a Minnesotan to be ashamed of.    Looks like you don't really understand Minnnesota lying Dan. 

bill.e.goat
bill.e.goat

Just so everyone is familiar, Dan McGrath here is the man behind MN Majority and the na-na-na-boo-boo billboards in question...Dan, you sir are what is wrong with our society.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

From Minnpost:Finally, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty began balancing the budget by changing the shift to a 70/30 split — insisting all the while that he was “holding K-12 harmless.” Suddenly, districts were doing things like cramming 40 kids in a classroom and going to four-day weeks to compensate.Even if he gets his tax hike, Dayton acknowledged in his proposed budget, he will not come up with a pot of money big enough to settle the state’s debts to school districts. Indeed, the 70/30 split will have to remain in force for the next biennium.

But in 2014, it will fall to 90/10. Even without a return to the Halcyon days of full funding, administrators will know what they are getting, and when they are getting it.

Mary Cecconi is executive director of Parents United for Public Schools. “My point last year was that a 70/30 shift without something in law saying how and when it will be paid back is a cut,” she said. “This particular governor is being quite honest.”

Just a friendly reminder people.   Republicans lie about everything because their positions on most issues can only be justified by lying.    Dan McGrath is a liar because he has a tiny brain and will do anything to justify his position.    Keep in mind he loves shifting education payments if a Republican does it.    Republicans will be complete hypocrites if it helps them slam anyone they don't agree with.    Sensible people support Gov. Dayton.  That's why poll after poll shows overwhelming support for this budget plan.   Crazy idiot liars support Republicans, that's why Michele Bachmann is in 2nd place for their Presidential nomination. 

lawremipsum
lawremipsum

The only people moved by the "biggest in history" rhetoric are those who have no economic sense and don't understand rudimentary concepts like population growth or inflation. You must think very little of those you condescend to speak to.

webcelt
webcelt

Only him, and GOP caucuses that never learned in kindergarten that you can't get everything your own way. Why is it so hard for the Republicans to just meet him half-way?

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Fake MB: Sorry to disappoint you. I have family members and friends that are elected democrats. None of them are racist, sexist or monsters. Don't pigeon hole everyone.  

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

The Republicans offered a compromise by meeting him halfway when they offered the largest spending bill ever at over $34,000,000,000 which was up from their 32 billion original offer. but short of Daytons $35 billion. The Republicans then offered additional revenue via the tobacco bonds. Dayton wants class warfare. Dayton keeps changing what he wants, begins to agree then goes back to his old tired RAISE TAXES on the Rich. I hope the Republicans have backbone. With Dayton keeping 22,000 tax consuming positions out of the producers pockets, the budget deficit will get fixed. In 60 days the health costs go away and the state can reduce its costs by the 22,000 jobs. So far the "shut down" has not impacted me. Thanks Mark Dayton 

webcelt
webcelt

They passed one, not three. Where you got that I can't guess, but I can tell you something: Dayton submitted a balanced budget. Republicans rejected it. He's been willing to split the differences, and Republicans haven't. You'd be better off justifying their refusal to compromise instead of pretending they did.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You made one point in your post then you called Guy a drunk.   I responded to your one point then made fun of you for being a nerd.    I like that once you are a proven liar you suddenly ignore the question: Dan McGrath said:  "Minnesota Majority conducts or uses polls to select the issues taken on. It's not that hard to determine what the majority position is in our state." My point:  Multiple polls say the people like Dayton's budget position.   If Minnesota Majority supported what the people wanted they would be on Dayton's side.  Minnesota Majority is not on Gov. Dayton's side hence you are lying about how Minnesota Majority chooses its causes.   What point did I miss exactly lying Dan?  Guy said MN Majority's name was bullshit, you denied it, I proved you wrong.   I think you are missing the point but you are after all a professional liar. 

Dan McGrath
Dan McGrath

I think you miss the point entirely.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

No wonder he is a lying piece of shit that is spreading Republican talking points.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

If you hate shifts Dan the idiot you would love Mark Dayton.  He's the one trying to end the process of shifting and stealing from the schools which the Republicans started.   You'd have to be pretty stupid or pretty dishonest to blame Dayton for the shifts Pawlenty did.  Which is it Dan, stupid or dishonest? 

Dan McGrath
Dan McGrath

No. I hate shifts. It kicks the can down the road and creates a budget hole in the next biennium, perpetuating the deficit problem. It's not a serious solution.

jww
jww

Don't pigeon hole everyone?  You do it all the time...every day.  Look at your posts on here. You are such a fucking hypocrite!

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