Star Tribune columnist: This is one of the 'ugliest' legislative sessions I've seen

Lori Sturdevant has been covering the Minnesota Legislature for 40 years.

May 23, 2018 - 6:27 pm

Star Tribune editorial board writer and columnist Lori Sturdevant has been covering the Minnesota Legislature for over 35 years, and she ranks this session as one of the worst she’s ever seen.

"I do think this one ranks among the ugliest sessions I've covered… It wasn't so much that it was acrimonious, as it was that there was just a disregard, it seemed to me on both sides, for doing the hard work of negotiating,”  she told WCCO Radio’s Adam Carter during the Playing Politics Podcast.

Sturdevant was speaking just after Governor Dayton today vetoed massive tax and budget bills that Minnesota lawmakers passed in the final days of the session.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt agreed with the assessment that there was a “lack of negotiation,” when asked about Sturdevant’s comments on WCCO Radio — but he blamed the governor.

“We tried to engage with the governor last week. I think six different times we tried to meet with him, and he just wouldn’t meet with us,” he said during an interview on the Paul and Jordana show.

In Sturdevant view, part of the problem was that Republicans were looking beyond Gov. Mark Dayton, whose term ends this year.

“It was as if the Republican leadership was going to pretend he's not governor. Well, his term is not over. He doesn't plan to run again, but he's still a force to be reckoned with in terms of enacting bills, and just trying to run over him just wasn't going to work this time.”

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