The gulf of St. Paul

Three or so weeks into the legislative session and the hallmark of the session so far has not so much been job creation, but the vast gulf that exists between Republicans and the few DFLers who remain.

Today, for example, the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee passed a bill that would repeal the gun permit laws in Minnesota. That’s not exactly an issue that was much of a hot topic in the campaign, but it’s also one that’s not surprising, either.

Here’s the breakdown of today’s vote:

Legislator Party District Vote

Kerry Gauthier

DFL 07B AGAINST

Bill Hilty

DFL 08A AGAINST

Sheldon Johnson

DFL 67B AGAINST

Carlos Mariani

DFL 65B AGAINST

Rene Moran

DFL 65A AGAINST

Joe Mullery

DFL 58A AGAINST

Linda Slocum

DFL 63B AGAINST

Tony Cornish

Republican 24B FOR

Glenn Gruenhagen

Republican 25A FOR

Tim Kelly

Republican 28A FOR

Andrea Kieffer

Republican 56B FOR

John Kriesel

Republican 57A FOR

Ernie Leidiger

Republican 34A FOR

Joe McDonald

Republican 19B FOR

Bud Nornes

Republican 10A FOR

Steve Smith

Republican 33A FOR

Kelby Woodard

Republican 25B FOR

You probably notice something in that vote; it was along party lines.

There have been nine committee votes at the Legislature so far this year on significant pieces of legislation. In those votes that were roll-call votes, no one DFLer has strayed from his/her party, and one Republican strayed from his/her party (David Dill, a DFLer, voted to repeal the moratorium on nuclear power. GOPer Steve Smith voted against budget cuts)

Gov. Mark Dayton may set a record for vetoes.

You can find bill status and votes on MPR’s Votetracker.

  • Under the current “let’s all work together and get important things done for the people of Minnesota” atmosphere, this comes as a GREAT surprise to me.

  • Alison

    At least they are sticking to their pledges to make this session all about jobs and the budget first and putting other issues aside until later.

  • kwatt

    Perhaps you’ve missed the fact that HF 1 and 2 are swiftly moving through committees and we’ll be voting on the first round of budget bills tonight.