The following commentary by House Minority Leader Paul Thissen appears in the StarTribune September 4, 2015 issue:
They won’t have much to brag about in earnest. Maybe that’s why one of their promoters is trashing Hillary Clinton.
Mark Drake, president of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition, recently took to these pages to lay out the case for electing legislative Republicans in 2016: Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers (“For Minnesotans, Clinton may end up being damaged goods,” Aug. 28).
Noticeably absent was any mention of the current House Republican majority’s record, or any ideas they’ve presented for the future of our state.
It’s exactly the kind of politics that most Minnesotans hate.
But the fact that Drake’s entire argument for returning Republicans to the Legislature in 2016 is that Hillary Clinton has — in his clearly biased view — run a bad campaign so far also tells you something about what Republicans have to run on next year.
Which is to say, not much.
Despite making big promises in the 2014 election and in the months leading up to the legislative session in 2015, the Republican majority in the Minnesota House has incredibly little to show for its time here.
In fact, most of the accomplishments Republican legislators are currently touting in their districts — from increased funding for schools to new money (albeit very little) for broadband grants — are thanks only to Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative DFLers.
In reality, legislative Republicans failed at nearly every turn to deliver for the hardworking Minnesota families they so often mention in canned talking points and political speeches. Read More