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I have been closely watching a young Democratic Politician in Minnesota lately. He is a lawyer with a sizzling tongue. Ryan Winkler is the DFL State House member out of St. Louis Park Minnesota. This is a suburban first tier Community west of Minneapolis.
The Coen Brothers of the movie "Fargo" were born and raised in St Louis Park.

When Rep Ryan Winkler gets recognized to speak on the Minnesota House Floor, Republicans squirm in their seats. With pointed questions, and quick wit, he has in his first three terms, become a rising political star in Minnesota.  Keep his name in your file. I am sure you will be hearing more about him in the future.

If he has the ambition, I fully expect Ryan Winkler to become Governor of Minnesota within 10 years.

I have embedded some of his comments from floor and committee debates. These only scratch the surface.

Republicans are afraid to answer his questions:

He destroys myths about goverment employees

Here is a clip with a special appearance from GOP Rep Mary (Welfare Recipients are Animals) Franson. 

My favorite clip

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  •  St. Louis Park represent! (3+ / 0-)
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    George3, savvyspy, Intheknow

    Glad to hear we're doing so well!  Heaven knows we still have to make up for Tom Friedman.

  •  Ah, BUT.... (0+ / 0-)

    ... Did he vote for or against corporate welfare for sports stadiums...?

    The above videos make him look really good, and he may be a good legislator for most everything....

    BUT, voting to give corporate welfare to sports organizations so they can build stadiums (during the last two administrations) is not my idea of how to spend money wisely for the state of Minnesota.

    It's my biggest gripe regarding BOTH Dem and Repuke MN legislators of the last ten years.  A year and a half ago these idiots (Repukes) held up a budget bill because they refused to raise taxes on the wealthy (including the governor who proposed the tax hike for him and people in his income/tax bracket), and instead shifted money around so the schools could have some funds, and the like.

    I was very disappointed in Gov. Dayton (whom I otherwise like) when he so strongly favored these stadium bills AND let the legislators tack on the extra stadium costs for other places (St. Paul being one; not sure of the rest) that have ... what is it?  Minor league sports?  Provide jobs?  Yeah... temporary jobs for a year or two or however long it takes to build these monstrosities.  I STILL do not know who paid for the statues outside of the new baseball stadium.  Was it our tax dollars that provided the money for those things, including one for the spouse AND girlfriend abuser?

    The team owners are worth millions or billions and the players are spoiled brat millionaires (who are often felons who make the top of news hours for beating up wives or girlfriends, other men, get caught taking drugs or drunk driving, and import FL prostitutes for sex parties on boats, etc.).  They can damned well afford to pay for the cost of their own playgrounds and sandboxes.  They ought to be contributing huge amounts of tax dollars to the state..., not leaching tax dollars from the state that needs to spend money for schools, teachers, medical costs for those who need help with costs that Medicare won't provide or because they can't afford medical insurance, employee salaries, building and repairing bridges and roads, keeping state parks available to all, et cetera and so on and so forth.

    IF Winkler voted in favor of any of that crap, then he needs to redeem himself in other ways.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 01:51:54 AM PDT

    •  One vote does not make or break Mr Winkler. (1+ / 0-)
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      The Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature have removed  moderates who vote differently than the caucus. I am sure there are more than once President Obama position that we disagree with.

      Mr Winkler is incredibly gifted in his oratory skills. Republicans are afraid to debate him on the House floor.
      He is a shining example of someone defending Democratic values and principles.

      For the record, Mr Winker publically opposed the stadium bill. He worked to make changes.  Later, he did change is mind. He provided a vote to allow the bill to pass.

      Also, for  contruction workers, most jobs are "temporary". Union contruction workers spend their careers moving from one job to another. In doing so, after so many of years of "temporary jobs", a construction worker literally builds up to receiving a pension.  

    •  False argument (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes Winkler did vote for the stadium but that vote had nothing to do with that laundry list of spending ideas you would rather the legislature focus on. The reality is MN House and Senate are dominated by corrupt tea party republicans. they were never going to address ANY of those issues in this session. They are only interested in tax cuts for the rich and gutting education and every other social program in the state.

      Winkler doesn't need to apologize nor redeem himself in anyway. He's a model democrat and I'm going to be proud to vote for him again.

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