Drama at the Capitol: House Speaker Kurt Daudt Shouted at, Called "Dictator"

Official state photos
Winkler (R) told Daudt (L) "You are acting like a dictator!"

At the end of a 90-minute hearing on nursing home funding, of all things, Republican House Majority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) ignored a procedural request for a roll call vote and ended the hearing.

That sent Democrats into a blind rage, bringing a chorus of shouting down on Daudt. Because no one ignores procedural requests on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives and walks away unscathed.

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GOP Rep. Tony Cornish Wore His Finest Camouflage Blazer to Today's Gun Hearings

Screenshot of The Uptake's Livestream
Lookin' good big hoss!

Right now the state House is conducting a hearing on a bill (HF 1434) that would lift Minnesota's ban on gun silencers.

Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) chairs the Public Safety and Crime Prevention committee hosting the hearing, and he came dressed for the occasion with a camouflage blazer and handcuff/assault rifle lapel pin combo.

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Christopher Columbus Statue at State Capitol Due for Historic Correction?

Joe Hoover via Wikipedia Commons
Discoverer of America Landed in America

Christopher Columbus isn't too popular around these parts any more.

A coalition of 13 Democrats and one Republican coauthored a bill (HF 1727) introduced yesterday that would redo the engraving beneath his statue at the state Capitol heralding him as "Discoverer of America." This comes less than a year after Minneapolis voted to strip Columbus of his holiday on the second Monday of October, renaming it "Indigenous Peoples Day."

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Closing the Loophole that Allowed Coffee Masturbater John Lind to Walk

Ramsey County
Police say Lind admitted ejaculating in his co-worker's coffee on at least two occasions, but charges were dropped because of a loophole in state law
John Lind is the pervert who allegedly admitted to police he ejaculated into his co-worker's coffee on at least two occasions last year.

The co-worker, who he had a crush on, caught him in the act on August 26. A week later he was charged with fifth-degree sexual assault for the disgusting crime.

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Handicapping the Odds of Minnesota Becoming Freer, From Sunday Liquor to Sports Gambling

Do any of these bills have a shot at passing?
Legislators from the libertarian right and free-spirited left have teamed up this year to author a variety of bills aimed at legalizing stuff Minnesotans want.

The big one every year is Sunday alcohol sales, which by all accounts has its best chance in years of passing. There's also legislation in the works that would legalize fireworks, sports gambling, slot machines at airports, and experimental drugs for cancer patients.

Could Minnesota be on the cusp of becoming a much more fun (and dare we say free?) place to live? Let's set some odds.

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Dayton's Huge Pay Raises Spark Year's First Legislative Slap Fight

Official state photos. From L to R: Rep. Peterson, Gov. Dayton, Rep. Anderson
Ahhhh, politics
Last week Gov. Mark Dayton's private decision to give each of the the state's 26 commissioners and agency heads massive, five-figure raises became public, which set off the best round of petty political slap-fighting we've seen since, well, last year.

There've been passive aggressive open letters -- so many letters! -- political hardball, and some classic mudslinging. Let's all take a deep breath and examine the anatomy of our state's robust political discourse:

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Degenerates Rejoice! Legislator Pushing for Legalized Sports Gambling

Daniel Ramirez via Flickr
Legislators are already trying to legalize better fireworks, Sunday liquor sales and a lower drinking age. Now we can add gambling on sports to the mix.

On Thursday state Rep. Phyllis Kahn will introduce a bill challenging another unreasonable ban the hardworking masses don't support.

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Some Republicans Say Walkers and Bikers Should Pay Extra Fee to Use State Trails

Doug Kerr via Flickr
The tax and spend GOP is at it again
Republicans sitting on the House Environment and Natural Resources committee are sick of freeloading walkers and bikers using state trails for free.

Rep. Tony Cornish channeled his inner Ron Swanson during a hearing Wednesday, calling for an extra fee for trail users. He envisions people paying to "attach a sticker on the back of the bike, or a pass on the back of your shirt or a patch on your leotard or whatever they wear on those bikes," according to MPR.

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Phyllis Kahn Wants to Allow 18-Year-Olds to Drink at Bars

Jess Johnson via Flickr
Do we want 18-year-olds drinking at bars?
A coalition of Democrats and Republicans in the state House are trying to get Minnesota's drinking age lowered back down to 18 -- but only in bars.

Phyllis Kahn, the chief author of bill, says a 2012 Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare opened the door for states to stray from the federally-mandated 21-year-old drinking age.

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Bill Legalizing Exploding, Aerial Fireworks In Minnesota Introduced Today

Jon DeJong via Flickr
We'd really have no reason to venture into Wisconsin anymore if this and Sunday liquor sales passes
Minnesota recently legalized gay marriage and medical marijuana; how about Sunday liquor sales and better fireworks this year?

Five state senators -- four GOP and one DFL -- introduced a bill today that would legalize the sale of "aerial and audible" fireworks in Minnesota.

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