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You know, if they were Democrats...

..they wouldn't be getting this kind of left-liberal lynching in the press.


Nice Fisking of an obnoxious Star-Tribune editorial attempting to justify the DFL-controlled state Senate's bitter-end refusal to confirm Lieutenant Governor Carol Molnau as Transportation Commissioner and Cheri Yecke as Education Commissioner. This kind of editorial is one of the reasons I stopped taking the Star-Tribune and instead drove five miles into the capital city for the Pioneer Press. The PP may not have been noticeably more conservative, but the average brainpower in the editorial staff was usually greater.


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Apr. 12th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC)
(I really need to suggest this to someone who can actually get it passed)

The state DFL has shown that there is a definite need for a time limit on confirmation hearings. I think if a candidate for a commissioner/secretary position is not given an up or down vote by the full Senate within the legislative session that they are nominated then the legislature has forfeited their right to legislative review and the candidate should be approved automatically. All regular nominations should be made during the first half of the session so the legislature has at least half the session with which to debate the nomination. Debate could be extended into the first half of the next session for post mid-session replacements due to resignation or death but they would have to be voted on by the halfway point of that session or face automatic approval.

It is ridiculous that the DFL has dragged out the nomination of Commissioners Molnau and Yecke for almost two full sessions. They are no longer simply reviewing their qualifications for the positions. They are basing their judgments on whether or not they agree with the policies they have enacted as Acting-Commissioner. This is pure political partisanship at it's worst and it needs to stop for the sake of all future political appointments from either party. People have the right to a fair and speedy trial, they should also have the right to a fair and speedy confirmation hearing.

The exact same argument could be made for Bush's judicial nominees that the US Senate has been holding up with an unprecedented, and possibly unconstitutional filibuster (you only need 51 votes to confirm a judge, not the 60 to end a filibuster).
Apr. 12th, 2004 09:21 pm (UTC)
You're absiolutely right.

As for suggesting it to someone who can get it passed, visit the state legislature's homepage and find out who your state rep and senator are, and start the ball rolling. OTOH, if your rep and senator are DFLers, you may have to find someone else to do the job....or help elect their Republican replacements. ^__^
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