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First off, this year’s governor’s race won’t be a change election. It’s impossible to think of Gov. Dayton or Rep. Walz as change agents. They’re traditional non-thinking DFL establishment types. If the unthinkable happens and Becky Otto wins the endorsement or primary, she’s part of a different wing of the DFL establishment. To be fair, Gov. Pawlenty, Jeff Johnson and Keith Downey are part of the GOP establishment.

Next, it’s important to notice what’s frustrating Minnesotans lately. Topping people’s list of things they hate about government is MNLARS. People expect that renewing their drivers license, transferring the title on a car or getting new license tabs for the family vehicle is fairly effortless. The Dayton administration is the first administration to make those things all-day adventures. It’s also the first administration that isn’t serious about investigating reports of elder abuse and deaths in nursing homes.

Gov. Dayton has been a disaster. He’s raised taxes, presided over a state that’s lost wealth to other states virtually every year and seen high school graduates leave Minnesota in droves. Further, the DFL has done its best to punish businesses through regulations. Because the DFL is highly indebted to the environmentalists, they’ve proposed outrageous regulations.

First, the DFL pushed, then passed, the buffer strips legislation that hurts farmers. Next, the DFL, through the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, aka BWSR, is implementing a stiff penalty against farmers who don’t comply with the DFL’s controversial legislation. That penalty is $500 per linear foot per day. That’s a disaster waiting to happen to Minnesota farmers.

It isn’t difficult to tell that MNLARS is a mess when watching this exchange:

The answers provided were filled with hesitation. They were evasive, too. It felt like Sen. Dan Hall was pulling teeth. Finally, he got a reply.

Just based on whose administration was relatively incident-free vs. whose administration was incident-prone, Gov. Dayton is the governor with the lackluster history.

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