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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Will the DFL Leadership Call the Governor's Bluff on Sex Ed?

Governor Pawlenty signalled his unhappiness with the sex ed provision getting included in the education bill. I sent DFL leadership: Margaret Anderson Kelliher (house speaker) and Larry Pogemiller (Senate Majority Leader) the following:


I just heard on MPR that Pawlenty says the sex ed language in the
education bill is unacceptable.

Force Pawlenty to veto the whole thing for that reason. Call his bluff.

If DFL leadership doesn't show leadership on this, it will show the only purpose in passing this in the house was election year posturing to get a good vote.


I also asked OutFront Minnesota if they plan to send out an alert urging people to contact Kelliher. This is what I got back:

Regarding your question - right now, OutFront Minnesota is doing what
all the coalition partners are doing on comp sex ed: letting our folks know what happened this week - laying out who voted which way - and asking people to contact their reps to say either 'thank you' for the 'yes' votes or 'I disagree with your vote' for the 'no' votes.

OutFront Minnesota meets regularly with lawmakers and leadership on our issues and so lots of work is being done to move the comp sex ed legislation along.


I followed up:

Just to reiterate: so there will be no alert urging calls to Kelliher
or the Governor? This thing will get dumped from the bill unless Kelliher gets calls otherwise.

You can bet the MFC has their phone network going, so the only calls Kelliher will be getting is from the MFC.

If there's no legislative alert from OFM targetting Kelliher, it suggests that OFM is partisan in targetting - that is, only criticizing the Gov, while not criticizing, challenging democrats.


They clarified:

Correct, no alert. But other work is constantly being done. So please
don't incorrectly frame this as "we're not doing anything" when nothing
could be further from the truth.


The conference committee was working on this bill yesterday and today:

Senate conferees: Wiger; Saltzman; Olson. G.; Dahle; Rummel
House conferees: Mariani, Brynaert, Ward, Slocum, Urdahl

You can contact DFL house leadership to urge them to stand firm on this:

All numbers with 651 prefix:
Speaker of the House
Margaret Anderson Kelliher from district 60A
296-0171
rep.margaret.kelliher@house.leg.state.mn.us

Majority Leader
Anthony "Tony" Sertich from district 05B
459
296-0172
rep.tony.sertich@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Majority Leader
Melissa Hortman from district 47B
377
296-4280
rep.melissa.hortman@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Majority Leader
Tina Liebling from district 30A
296-0573
rep.tina.liebling@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Majority Leader
Frank Moe from district 04A
369
296-5516
rep.frank.moe@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Majority Leader
Michael V. Nelson from district 46A
569
296-3751
rep.michael.nelson@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Majority Leader
Aaron Peterson from district 20A
451
296-4228
rep.aaron.peterson@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Majority Leader
Steve Simon from district 44A
375
296-9889
rep.steve.simon@house.leg.state.mn.us

Minority Leader
Marty Seifert from district 21A
267
296-5374
rep.marty.seifert@house.leg.state.mn.us

Deputy Minority Leader
Tom Emmer from district 19B
261
296-4336
rep.tom.emmer@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Minority Leader
Laura Brod from district 25A
321
296-4229
rep.laura.brod@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Minority Leader
Brad Finstad from district 21B
251
296-9303
rep.brad.finstad@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Minority Leader
Dean Simpson from district 10B
295
296-4293
rep.dean.simpson@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Minority Leader
Kurt Zellers from district 32B
315
296-5502
rep.kurt.zellers@house.leg.state.mn.us

Minority Whip
Denny McNamara from district 57B
271
296-3135
rep.denny.mcnamara@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Minority Whip
Michael Beard from district 35A
207
296-8872
rep.mike.beard@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Minority Whip
Tony Cornish from district 24B
281
296-4240
rep.tony.cornish@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Minority Whip
Matt Dean from district 52B
327
296-3018
rep.matt.dean@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Minority Whip
Pat Garofalo from district 36B
221
296-1069
rep.pat.garofalo@house.leg.state.mn.us

Assistant Minority Whip
Joyce Peppin from district 32A
331
296-7806
rep.joyce.peppin@house.leg.state.mn.us

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