Mark Dayton previews reelection case on BuzzFeed

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Upon first blush, you might think the listicle Gov. Mark Dayton wrote for BuzzFeed Community ("26 More Reasons To Love Minnesota") is nothing more than a fun little piece meant to promote our in-love-with-lists state.

But look closer and you'll see the outlines of the governor's reelection case amid much silliness about the Mall of America, white Christmases, Bob Dylan, and so forth.

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With the state economy doing relatively well and the DFL accomplishing many of its goals since it took control of both branches of the Legislature following the 2012 elections, Dayton has the luxury of trumpeting his achievements instead of playing defense. Here are accomplishments he mentions specifically in his "26 Reasons" piece:

-- Dayton and the DFL got marriage equality done --

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-- Minnesota is ranked in the top 10 states for smarts in part because the governor helped keep tuition costs down --


-- Dayton and the DFL presided over a time when Minnesota's economy has been on the upswing --


(For more, click to page two.)

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Gov. Tortoise head.... bring your head out of its shell and legalize Marijuana. Making it only available to kids in doses that fix their seizures is a nice baby step but that wont happen for 18 months? I hope no one in your family needs this stuff and is an adult. When your stomach has been removed due to a car accident, And you dont feel hunger as those signals come from the stomach and intestines which are now mostly gone, I went from 165 lbs to leaving the hospital against med advice at 107  lbs. They wanted me to die there where they could make me comfortable as I could not take food. Nurses stealing my pain meds and puking constantly. Never go to No.Mem. hospital if you want to live. Get home and have a feeding tube put in and a illiostomy bad to shit in. This was their answer to keep me living. My wife would try and feed me soda crackers to try and get some weight on me so I didn't look like Biafran refugee. One half a bite of a cracker and I could chew on after 20 minutes my mouth was dry completely and I would swallow it with water and promptly throw up! 

Going back to my doctors and I went back to my family doctor the surgeon the put on the illiostomy bag and another doctor to see if there was something else I could do. I have been sober and AA for 15 years then each one of the doctors made a motion with their finger to their lips which we took to mean smoke some pot and you will get hungry. My wife and I were both astonished but I knew I couldn't live this way. And it up going downtown to buy some marijuana from a black kid on a bicycle and I am very lucky that he came back with real product. I had no connections, It had been 20 years since I smoked. I went home right away, rolled a joint, smoked it, bye time I put in a pizza and it got heated up and came out I was famished I get about three pieces which is a first food I've eaten A month and a half and it worked. I found out that after I ate I got very nauseous and I smoked again and was instantly relieved of the nausea. Like using A volcano at times but there's something about the different flavors and feelings you get from the different pot leaves and buds that it makes being sick Little more tolerable that you have something to look forward in the tastes and the flavor and then the remedy. Only being able to use oils or Marinol pills that do not work, is a lame way to go about this there are many people that need the medicine. It sounds like what you made it available for is just little kids that have seizures. At the doses that they use for the children it doesn't even get them high it just fixes the problem. It is not an adult dose and leaves out a lot of people that need that medication which means street drugs will still be the preferred vessel for procuring the medicine that we need. Oh yeah...and you lose the taxes. hope My dictation machine works okay. Please get a grip and learn more and make an actual decision on your own instead of letting the police force lobbyist run your Governorship. You Look silly right now!


Economical use of social media for campaigning!


Classic politician - taking credit for things he had nothing to do with


How's that Medicinal Marijuana legislation going, Gov? Still completely restrictive unless you qualify for 0.001% of cases, and even then, still restrictive?

No vote from this lifelong Democrat.

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