Mark Dayton's former home set on fire

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Instead of coming back from the long Fourth of July holiday weekend to find a renewed sense of respect among Minnesota's lawmakers seeking an end to the shutdown, we instead heard that someone tried to burn down Gov. Mark Dayton's former home near Lake Harriet.

"To say that it's politically motivated at this time would be premature," Minneapolis police spokesman Stephen McCarty said in a statement. "But you certainly can't ignore that."

Maybe it was a coincidence, but the suspected arson sounds emblematic of the super-heated debate at the Capitol. And maybe it'll serve as a caution flag when negotiations begin again today, after Minnesotans spent the weekend shut out of campgrounds and state workers started planning for layoffs. State agencies start furloughing workers today as agencies turn out the lights and go home.

It's doubtful, though. Republicans still won't compromise with Dayton over a tax increase to balance the budget and help cover the $5 billion state budget shortfall, even though he whittled it back at the end of last week so that it affected just 7,000 or so Minnesota millionaires. And he won't compromise with them over massive spending cuts, and their insistence on including hot button social issues in the deal.

The two sides are $1.7 billion apart. Republicans refuse to budge off a $34 billion outlay, $1.4 billion less than Dayton wants to spend.

Also today we have a so-called gathering of "wise men," led by former Democratic Vice President Walter Mondale and former GOP Gov. Arne Carlson, who hope to act as some sort of peace brokers between the two sides.

They may just be tilting at windmills.

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Mn Voter
Mn Voter

To hell with them all. Keep the state shut down for another month or six. We will save money by getting state employee level back to 11,000. The rest can become productive and pay into the tax system.

Tinea
Tinea

Its not a matter of who's to blame but that is all anyone seems to care about. Children are going hungry, so called middle income people, who were barely hanging on, are now facing layoffs & basic state services are shutdown. We were once a state proud of the quality of life we offered all of our citizens. Philanthropic support has been a cornerstone of our makeup. Why is asking the very richest percentage of our citizens to give back a few more dollars such a big deal??? It seems as though we have a playground fight going on, this "you can't make me mentality" is sickening. Every thing costs more, we have to spend more to stay even it is that simple.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You can tell a Republican did this.   It's exactly like the war in Iraq.   A stupid pointless act of anger that targets the wrong target. 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

The largest SPENDING bill ever is NOT good enough for Mark Dayton who promised that if he as Governor could not get the legislature to agree to his tax increase that HE "MARK DAYTON" would not shut the state down. It was the TV Debate. Instead of two liberals how about a conservative or are they going to tell Mark Dayton to KEEP HIS PROMISES?As far a burning his old house: Fire bugs are notorious liars. Better look around Dayton and his cohorts for the smell of arson.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Sending in guys like Arne Carlson and Mondale to try to talk sense into that nest of idiots is a waste of time. If it weren't for the fact that it's a total violation of the concept of separation of powers, I'd say we just turn the whole thing over to the MN Supreme Court and let them hash it out. They couldn't possibly do a worse job than Dayton and the GOP have.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Please be civil. Wishing terrible things is not the answer. Saying things like "putting a gun to the head of the american" citizens and other harmful comments don't help get to the root problem.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Tinea: if you got hungry children go get a job and feed them. Don't lay your fertility issues on me! Time for the so called middle income people to man up. What the hell do you expect. Philanthropic support is charity which is not the government taking my money and giving it to their special interest group. It is time the poor and hungry get out of the wagon and push along with the rest of us taxpayers. For that matter it is time to tax everyone exactly the same including the Catholic Church and all the non-profits. Same property tax per square foot. Time to clean the whole system up!

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

That is why Obama continued in Iraq and started another illegal war in Libya! Fake MB you suck!

Jkelly0041
Jkelly0041

What color is the sky in your fantasy world ?

jww
jww

You're so smart.  How bout you head over there and get things done.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Every single post you make is the same goddamn post. Don't you ever get bored of repeating the same crap day after day?

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

I like how close minded you are Mn Voter, but I don't believe you paint the picture of who you really might be. You seem to be very outspoken on these message boards, and I'm willing to bet you wouldn't be in the presence of "middle" to "poor" class people. We have a class system which identifies us instead of unifying us, and people such as yourself make life harder for people caught in between. I'm not saying you are the only one, because some of the poor people make poor people look bad too. But to ignore the fact that poverty is an issue is not very smart on your end. It's so easy to say that they should so call, "jump out of the wagon and push", but you try exerting energy with out fuel and see how far you could push along. That in addition to no water, heat, or anything that you probably take for granted of on a daily basis. Non-profits do not make profit, so is that something you understand or not? There is no CEO raking in the dollars. NPO's benefit the community they work in, something you would know about and care for had you ever walked around the block you reside in. I will say that you make some decent points, but have you ever considered the implications to your points and weighed the pros and cons? If so, I doubt you'd be so one sided on these issues. Also, you must know at least one middle class person in your circle, if you yourself aren't one that is.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

I just might! Of course I might join george soros in the carribean tax free islands.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

When talking to idiots I need to repeat myself zero! Maybe it is starting to sink in - Dayton has lied and needs to go! No I never get bored telling the truth. Dayton and the democrats have no honor and are liar's. 2) Zero, why read the posts and then complain zero?

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

I meant to ask you to consider that maybe you and many others are the "closed minded" ones.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

You would lose your bet Jason. I've been poor and middle class. I've never been rich. I've told my family members on welfare to get educated and develop skills to be productive. I've even helped them but do require seeing a report card. A little direct support is much more impactful.

You accuse me of making it "Life Harder for people caught in between" and you don't have a clue who I am. I've been without water, heat and food. I learned to garden, shot game, fish and developed skills to be a productive member of society. I bought into the "poor" garbage for 50 years. The problem is I see who is going to the food shelves because I volunteer at one. It has become a way of life for way too many people. Even those that need it are "expecting" it now  and complain. 44 Million on food stamps is a problem for society and we need to get those numbers down. We need to make them productive members of society.Non-profits mmm UHC's old CEO made 80 million. Of course the non-profits don't make profit but that is because of the tax code and is abused. The only one I like is "Mary's Place". She understands the true meaning of getting people working. I do contribute to that non--profit. By the way they don't take tax money. Just because the NPO's state they benefit the community doesn't mean they don't pay their executives large salaries. Each of them needs to be evaluated as to their mission and outcomes. I think if you saw the true outcomes you will understand what I'm talking about.

guest
guest

Of course your'e not a troll-you don't even know what that is so that proves it! And you indisputably voted for Dayton- that clinches it. back off , all  you mean liberals!

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

zero: I don't know what you mean by "a troll" - I'm just a citizen who wants open dialogue. I'm only talking from my heart. I sure the hell don't get paid for my thoughts here. It kills me how the so called open minded progressives want to lump everyone into the same kettle. i voted for Dayton because he said he would not shut down the government. I'm really pissed off at him for this.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Because you're tiresome and make almost no salient points. You don't seem like a troll, but if this is a hobby for you then you're certainly pretty bad at it.

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