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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

KSTP Poll: Minnesotans Support Domestic Partner Benefits for Public Employees 52-41

This is the poll that Outfront was referencing. Now Tom Emmer is worries about wedge issues:

Perhaps surprisingly, the strongest support for same-sex partner benefits came not from the Twin Cities or the northeast, but from western Minnesota.

"I'm still trying to figure out what the thing is with western Minnesota. I'm going to be talking to their representatives when the bill comes up for a vote, I'll tell you that much," said Rep. Jim Davine, DFL-Minneapolis.

Davine, the author of the house bill, found encouraging news in our survey.

But deputy minority leader Tom Emmer, R-Delano, thinks lawmakers should stay away from divisive political issues and stick with more pressing needs.

"The new leadership in the House campaigned on, 'we are going to stay away from wedge issues.' What happened to the promise?" Emmer said.

Personally I think the Smoking ban is more of a wedge issue than the municipal domestic partner bill. The Governor ought to sit up and take notice.