State of Minnesota Archives: on Government Reform


Tina Smith: Restore voting rights to ex-felons

Q: Restore voting rights after release from prison?

Jason Lewis: Believes voting rights should be restored to felons once they have completed parole. Says each state should decide on laws.

Tina Smith: Co-sponsored bill to restore Voting Rights Act enacted to prevent discriminatory changes to state voting laws and procedures.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Minnesota Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Jason Lewis: Abolish FISA court which violates civil liberties

I voted against the FISA reauthorization while in Congress. I pushed for much-needed reforms to FISA, but the reforms didn't command support of the majority of the House, despite the much-publicized civil liberties abuses. I could not in good conscience support the threats to privacy posed by a blanket extension of FISA surveillance without meaningful reforms. Now I think we are beyond the point of reforms. Simply put, it's time to stand up for civil liberties and abolish the secret court.
Source: 2020 Minnesota Senate campaign website LewisForMN.com Jul 8, 2020

Jim Newberger: Opposes regulation of political contributions

Campaign Finance: Require political ads & PACs to disclose their largest funders? Oppose decisions like Citizens United, which allows unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Amy Klobuchar: Yes to both. Cosponsored DISCLOSE Act, requiring full disclosure of advocacy groups' campaign contributions. Cosponsored amendment to overturn democracy-threatening decision.

Jim Newberger: Unknown on ads. No to limiting political donations. Opposes regulation of political contributions.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Minnesota Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Karin Housley: Supports free market for campaigns, and Citizen United

Campaign Finance: 1. Require political ads to disclose their largest funders? 2. Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Smith: 1. Yes. Sponsored DISCLOSE Act. 2. Reverse by Constitutional Amendment.

Housley: 1. Unclear. Said we need "adequate regulations" to ensure candidates raise funds ethically & transparently but supports "free market" for campaigns. 2. Yes. Supports Citizen United: "I would be in support of the way it is right now.

Source: 2017-2018 Minnesota special election CampusElect.org Guide Nov 1, 2018

Tina Smith: Reverse Citizens United by Constitutional Amendment

Campaign Finance: 1. Require political ads to disclose their largest funders? 2. Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Smith: 1. Yes. In 2018, cosponsored DISCLOSE Act, requiring organizations spending more than $10,000 in an election cycle to disclose donors' names. 2. Reverse Citizens United by Constitutional Amendment.

Housley: Supports Citizen United: "I would be in support of the way it is right now."

Source: 2017-2018 Minnesota special election CampusElect.org Guide Nov 1, 2018

Jeff Johnson: Require voters to show photo ID

Q: Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements, even if they prevent some people from voting?

Jeff Johnson (R): Yes. Supports requiring voters to show photo ID, although Minnesotans rejected that idea in a 2012 vote.

Tim Walz (D): No. Strengthen & reauthorize Voting Rights Act. Remove barriers to voting.

Source: CampusElect.org 2018: Minnesota legislative voting records Oct 9, 2018

Tim Walz: Limit corporate campaign donations, and disclose all

Q: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?

Jeff Johnson (R): Unknown.

Tim Walz (D): Yes. Co-sponsored 2012 DISCLOSE Act, requiring full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures.

Q: Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Johnson: Unknown.

Walz: No. Disagrees with Supreme Court decision that lifts limits on corporations' & unions' spending in US elections.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Minnesota Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Tim Walz: Remove barriers to voting

Q: Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements, even if they prevent some people from voting?

Jeff Johnson (R): Yes. Supports requiring voters to show photo ID, although Minnesotans rejected that idea in a 2012 vote.

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Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Minnesota Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Jeff Johnson: Government needs to give the power back to the people

Our state desperately needs a fundamental change in the size, scope, and philosophy of government. This means taking power away from government and giving it back to the people. We must create a mindset in government that it is a servant of the people, not the other way around. I will push for term limits, initiate a top-to-bottom audit of the programs Minnesota taxpayers fund and veto any omnibus bill that does not adhere to the single-subject rule.˙
Source: 2018 Minnesota JohnsonForGovernor.org campaign website Sep 1, 2018

Jeff Johnson: People make better decisions on spending than government

I believe that government can only exercise authority granted to it in the Constitution. I believe that people make better decisions about how to spend the money they earn than government. I support school choice and the empowerment of parents to control the education of their children. I believe the right to keep and bear arms for personal protection is a fundamental individual right. I am pro-life. My Christian faith guides every decision I make.
Source: 2018 Minnesota JohnsonForGovernor.org campaign website Sep 1, 2018

Karin Housley: Supports Citizens United: let corporations participate

On big money in politics: "I'd rather be out talking with communities," Housley said. "I wish campaigns didn't have to cost so much, but they do. I'm in support of a free market when it comes to campaigns."

She noted while sometimes it's necessary to spend large sums to campaign in population-thin areas like greater Minnesota, the high influx of donor and political action committee dollars complicates races.

Often, Housley said, a candidate is endorsed by a group or message they don't support themselves and this also plays out with how outside money--or money funding political campaigns or candidates by groups outside the constituency--is handled in national elections.

Housley said she is in support of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling granting corporations personhood, or similar rights and privileges as human beings--Citizens United v. FEC. "I would be in support of the way it is right now," she said.

Source: Brainerd Dispatch: 2017-8 Minnesota Special Senate Election Jul 31, 2018

Lori Swanson: Fight to make campaign financing fairer & all-inclusive

We should overturn Citizens United.˙ Corporate spending on elections drowns out the voices of regular people.˙ As AG, Lori filed briefs in opposition to the Citizens United decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, and she supports efforts to encourage a fairer, more inclusive political process.˙ She supports strengthening Minnesota campaign finance laws to require better transparency on election spending and supports efforts to encourage small donor participation in the election process.˙
Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website LoriSwanson.com Jul 4, 2018

Paula Overby: Make voter registration easier

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Make voter registration easier"?

A: Support--I support that. Diversity of opinion is our strength. Polarization is our undoing.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Minnesota Senate candidate May 13, 2018

Jim Newberger: No need to make voter registration easier

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Make voter registration easier"?

A: Oppose.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Minnesota Senate candidate Mar 15, 2018

Karin Housley: Switch from partisan way of governing back to compromise

What's the place of bipartisanship today in national politics? "It's missing. I think it's missing and that's why a lot of people are frustrated with our politicians. Because they dig their heels in and somewhere along the way compromise got to be a bad word. I'm still going to stick to my core principals and values, but it doesn't mean I'm not going to work with the other side to listen to theirs and find something in the middle. I think the public is very frustrated with their politicians."
Source: Hutchinson Leader on 2017-8 Minnesota special election Feb 18, 2018

Tina Liebling: Require disclosure of state legislature perks

We must promote high ethical standards and transparency for all who have the honor to serve the public.

Our laws permit public officials to take trips--junkets--that are paid for by foundations or other organizations (but not by lobbyists). These organizations include ALEC, an organization of large corporations that writes corporate-friendly legislation for legislators (almost always Republicans) to introduce in their states. My amendment to require disclosure of these trips by members of the Minnesota House was voted down by Republicans.

Not all sponsored trips are bad, but the recipient should be required to disclose these perks to the public. We must make sure that the wealthy and well connected play by the same rules as everyone else.

Public money should be invested only where the public--not billionaire owners or another special interest group--will reap the benefits commensurate with the investment. This is why I voted "no" on the Vikings and Twins stadium deals.

Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website TinaLiebling.com May 2, 2017

Heather Johnson: Term limits for Congress, local officials, and judges

Source: 2014 Minnesota Senate campaign website, "Platform" Jul 31, 2014

Jim Abeler: Photo ID for voting

Question topic: People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Abeler: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Mike McFadden: Effective but limited government, stressing "limited"

He laid out few hard and fast policy positions. Instead, he said he repeatedly that he will concentrate on a message of "effective but limited government" stressing the later part of that equation. "We've done a really good job of talking about the limited government as Republicans. We now need to focus on the effective piece. Government needs to work better," said McFadden, who has a resume that is long on business credentials and short on political ones.

Asked how limited government should be--drowned in bathtub? Slightly smaller than current? Would he close federal departments? -- McFadden demurred, "my focus is going to be on making things more effective."

"Politics is the art of the possible not the art of the pure," he said. "And I think what's happened in Washington is we've had too much purity on both ends of the spectrum."

Source: Star-Tribune on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Oct 28, 2013

Mark Dayton: Make even-years "The Unsession", to eliminate laws & rules

Back in 1998, when I first ran for Governor, a campaign that most people have forgotten and I would like to, there was a TV commercial for the soft-drink 7-Up. Contrasting itself to Coke & Pepsi, it proudly called itself the "un-cola."

In my campaign, I proposed making an even-year legislative session "The Unsession." Except for responding to a fiscal or other emergency and passing a bonding bill, the session would be devoted to eliminating unnecessary or redundant laws, rules, and regulations; reducing the verbiage in those that remain; shortening the timelines for developing and implementing them; and undoing anything else, which makes government nearly impossible to understand, operate, or support.

I suggest making next year's legislative session the first "Unsession." After this session is concluded, I will ask my agency heads and legislative staff to begin making lists, and working with any legislators, other public officials, and citizens, who wish to spearhead these reforms.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Minnesota Legislature Feb 6, 2013

Jim Abeler: Require photo ID to vote

Jim Abeler voted Yea in a Conference Report Vote on HF 2738.

Legislative title:Requires Photo Identification to Vote

Legislative summary: Vote to adopt a conference report that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters that requires voters to present photo identification prior to voting.Highlights:

Source: Minnesota House voting records (Votesmart synopses) Apr 3, 2012

Erin Murphy: Voted NO on photo ID for voting

Legislative Summary: Voters required to present photographic identification. An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If adopted, it would read [for the relevant part]:

All voters must be subject to identical standards of eligibility verification before voting and the state must make photographic identification available to eligible voters at no cost to them. The following persons shall not be permitted to vote at any election: A person not meeting the above requirements [for photo ID] ; a person who has been convicted of a felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is not mentally competent.

Legislative Outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Dayton on April 4, 2011 and hence reintroduced as constitutional ballot initiative; passed House 72-62 on March 20, 2012; Rep. Erin Murphy voted YES; passed Senate 35-29 on April 4, 2012; defeated 54%-46% by voters as "Amendment 2" on Nov 6, 2012.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF 2738 Mar 20, 2012

Jim Abeler: Require photo ID for voting

Legislative Summary: Voters required to present photographic identification. An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If adopted, it would read [for the relevant part]:

All voters must be subject to identical standards of eligibility verification before voting and the state must make photographic identification available to eligible voters at no cost to them. The following persons shall not be permitted to vote at any election: A person not meeting the above requirements [for photo ID] ; a person who has been convicted of a felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is not mentally competent.

Legislative Outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Dayton on April 4, 2011 and hence reintroduced as constitutional ballot initiative; passed House 72-62 on March 20, 2012; Rep. Jim Abeler voted YES; passed Senate 35-29 on April 4, 2012; defeated 54%-46% by voters as "Amendment 2" on Nov 6, 2012.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF 2738 Mar 20, 2012

Kurt Bills: Require photo ID for voting

Legislative Summary: Voters required to present photographic identification. An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If adopted, it would read [for the relevant part]:

All voters must be subject to identical standards of eligibility verification before voting and the state must make photographic identification available to eligible voters at no cost to them. The following persons shall not be permitted to vote at any election: A person not meeting the above requirements [for photo ID] ; a person who has been convicted of a felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is not mentally competent.

Legislative Outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Dayton on April 4, 2011 and hence reintroduced as constitutional ballot initiative; passed House 72-62 on March 20, 2012; Rep. Kurt Bills voted YES; passed Senate 35-29 on April 4, 2012; defeated 54%-46% by voters as "Amendment 2" on Nov 6, 2012.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF 2738 Mar 20, 2012

Tina Liebling: Voted NO on photo ID for voting

Legislative Summary: Voters required to present photographic identification. An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If adopted, it would read [for the relevant part]:

All voters must be subject to identical standards of eligibility verification before voting and the state must make photographic identification available to eligible voters at no cost to them. The following persons shall not be permitted to vote at any election: A person not meeting the above requirements [for photo ID] ; a person who has been convicted of a felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is not mentally competent.

Legislative Outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Dayton on April 4, 2011 and hence reintroduced as constitutional ballot initiative; passed House 72-62 on March 20, 2012; Rep. Tina Liebling voted YES; passed Senate 35-29 on April 4, 2012; defeated 54%-46% by voters as "Amendment 2" on Nov 6, 2012.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF 2738 Mar 20, 2012

Matt Dean: Constitutional amendment requiring photo ID for voting

Legislative Summary: Voters required to present photographic identification. An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If adopted, it would read [for the relevant part]:

All voters must be subject to identical standards of eligibility verification before voting and the state must make photographic identification available to eligible voters at no cost to them. The following persons shall not be permitted to vote at any election: A person not meeting the above requirements [for photo ID] ; a person who has been convicted of a felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is not mentally competent.

Legislative Outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Dayton on April 4, 2011 and hence reintroduced as constitutional ballot initiative; passed House 72-62 on March 20, 2012; Rep. Matt Dean co-sponsored bill on March 7 and then voted YES; passed Senate 35-29 on April 4; defeated 54%-46% by voters as "Amendment 2" on Nov 6, 2012.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF 2738 Mar 7, 2012

Mark Dayton: Vetoed photo ID requirement for voting

Legislative Summary: Voters required to present photographic identification. An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If adopted, it would read [for the relevant part]:

All voters must be subject to identical standards of eligibility verification before voting and the state must make photographic identification available to eligible voters at no cost to them. The following persons shall not be permitted to vote at any election: A person not meeting the above requirements [for photo ID] ; a person who has been convicted of a felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is not mentally competent.

Legislative Outcome: Equivalent bill vetoed by Gov. Dayton on April 4, 2011 and hence reintroduced as constitutional ballot initiative; passed House 72-62 on March 20, 2012; passed Senate 35-29 on April 4; defeated 54%-46% by voters as "Amendment 2" on Nov 6, 2012.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF 2738 Apr 4, 2011

Tim Pawlenty: Proposed 2-term limit for governor & 12 years for Congress

Pawlenty made good on his promise to pursue term limits, though to no avail. His proposal would have imposed 10-year limits on the Legislature, 12-year limits on Congress, & a 2-term limit on governors. He argued that by imposing such limits, "there woul be less focus on re-election and more on policy." The bill went to a House subcommittee on election law, where it failed to pass with a 5-5 vote. Had it passed the Legislature, the proposal would have gone to popular vote in the 1996 general election.
Source: Sam`s Club Republican, p.15, Minnesota Voting Records HF2186 May 10, 2010

Tom Emmer: Limit PAC contributions, but all others ok

Q: Do you support limiting the number of terms for Minnesota governors, state senators and representatives?

A: No.

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates... Individual?

A: No.

Q: PAC?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: No.

Q: Political Parties?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Source: Minnesota Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Tim Pawlenty: Keep restrictions on liquor licenses near state facilities

Legislative Summary of SF2696:Clarifying the prohibition on the issuance of intoxicating liquor licenses in proximity to certain state institutions.

Summary by OnTheIssues: Allow liquor licenses near county jails, but disallow liquor licenses within 1,000 feet of a state hospital, training school, reformatory, prison, or other institution under the supervision or control of the commissioner of human services or the commissioner of corrections.

Governor's Veto Message: There are many other facilities beyond hospitals, training schools, reformatories and prisons that are under the supervision or control of the Commissioners of Human Services or Corrections. It would surprise me if the Legislature intended to allow liquor sales near all such facilities. Yet, the bill seems to do just that."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 124-8-2 on May/13/04; Passed Senate 57-3-7 on May/14/04; Vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty on May/29/04.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: SF2696 May 29, 2004

Jim Abeler: Keep restrictions on liquor licenses near state facilities

Legislative Summary of SF2696:Clarifying the prohibition on the issuance of intoxicating liquor licenses in proximity to certain state institutions.

Summary by OnTheIssues: Allow liquor licenses near county jails, but disallow liquor licenses within 1,000 feet of a state hospital, training school, reformatory, prison, or other institution under the supervision or control of the commissioner of human services or the commissioner of corrections.

Governor's Veto Message: There are many other facilities beyond hospitals, training schools, reformatories and prisons that are under the supervision or control of the Commissioners of Human Services or Corrections. It would surprise me if the Legislature intended to allow liquor sales near all such facilities. Yet, the bill seems to do just that."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 124-8-2 on May/13/04; Rep. Abeler noted NO; Passed Senate 57-3-7 on May/14/04; Vetoed on May/29/04.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: SF2696 May 13, 2004

Rebecca Otto: Loosen restrictions on liquor licenses near state facilities

Legislative Summary of SF2696:Clarifying the prohibition on the issuance of intoxicating liquor licenses in proximity to certain state institutions.

Summary by OnTheIssues: Allow liquor licenses near county jails, but disallow liquor licenses within 1,000 feet of a state hospital, training school, reformatory, prison, or other institution under the supervision or control of the commissioner of human services or the commissioner of corrections.

Governor's Veto Message: There are many other facilities beyond hospitals, training schools, reformatories and prisons that are under the supervision or control of the Commissioners of Human Services or Corrections. It would surprise me if the Legislature intended to allow liquor sales near all such facilities. Yet, the bill seems to do just that."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 124-8-2 on 5/13/04; Rep. Otto voted YES; Passed Senate 57-3-7 on 5/14/04; Vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty on 5/29/04.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: SF2696 May 13, 2004

Tim Pawlenty: Keep approval of local rules with Governor, not Legislatur

Legislative Summary of House File 624: Local government impact notes provided for state agency rule proposals, and legislative approval required for specified rulemaking.

Governor's Veto Message: The bill essentially shifts authority for conducting rulemaking from the executive branch to the legislative branch. Under current law, the legislature has granted the Governor's office final approval authority on all rulemakings. This is sound policy as it provides accountability in a way that does not paralyze either branch of government. House File 624 would impose that responsibility on the already over-stressed legislative process.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 124-8-2 on May/16/03; Passed Senate 60-0-7 on May/16/03; Vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty on May/27/03.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF624 May 27, 2003

Jim Abeler: Shift approval of local rules from Governor to Legislature

Legislative Summary of House File 624: Local government impact notes provided for state agency rule proposals, and legislative approval required for specified rulemaking.

Governor's Veto Message: The bill essentially shifts authority for conducting rulemaking from the executive branch to the legislative branch. Under current law, the legislature has granted the Governor's office final approval authority on all rulemakings. This is sound policy as it provides accountability in a way that does not paralyze either branch of government. House File 624 would impose that responsibility on the already over-stressed legislative process.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 124-8-2 on May/16/03; Rep. Abeler voted YES; Passed Senate 60-0-7 on May/16/03; Vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty on May/27/03.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF624 May 16, 2003

Michelle Fischbach: Shift approval of local rules from Governor to Legislature

Legislative Summary of House File 624: Local government impact notes provided for state agency rule proposals, and legislative approval required for specified rulemaking.

Governor's Veto Message: The bill essentially shifts authority for conducting rulemaking from the executive branch to the legislative branch. Under current law, the legislature has granted the Governor's office final approval authority on all rulemakings. This is sound policy as it provides accountability in a way that does not paralyze either branch of government. House File 624 would impose that responsibility on the already over-stressed legislative process.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 124-8-2 on May/16/03; Passed Senate 60-0-7 on May/16/03; Sen. Michelle Fischbach sponsored HF624 and voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty on May/27/03.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF624 May 16, 2003

Rebecca Otto: Shift approval of local rules from Governor to Legislature

Legislative Summary of House File 624: Local government impact notes provided for state agency rule proposals, and legislative approval required for specified rulemaking.

Governor's Veto Message: The bill essentially shifts authority for conducting rulemaking from the executive branch to the legislative branch. Under current law, the legislature has granted the Governor's office final approval authority on all rulemakings. This is sound policy as it provides accountability in a way that does not paralyze either branch of government. House File 624 would impose that responsibility on the already over-stressed legislative process.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 124-8-2 on May/16/03; Rep. Otto voted YES; Passed Senate 60-0-7 on May/16/03; Vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty on May/27/03.

Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF624 May 16, 2003

Norm Coleman: Frivolous lawsuits raise consumer prices

[On eliminating frivolous lawsuits] Coleman said he supported what he called a common sense approach. Coleman made the point that unnecessary lawsuits are a major expense for business. “The cost of litigation I think doubles the price of a football helmets, it adds about $500 to the price of a car and about $3,000 for a pacemaker, ” said Coleman.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Senatorial debates Oct 21, 2002

Mark Dayton: No PAC money, no soft money

I agree that the exposing of soft money contributions has gravely threatened the quality of our political environment. For my part I have promised not to take any Political Action Committee (PAC) funds, nor will I accept any soft money from the Democratic National Committee. I support most of the provisions of the McCain-Feingold legislation and I support campaign contribution limits and complete disclosure of all amounts and sources of every campaign contribution. I would also propose forming a bi-partisan commission that includes broad-based citizen organizations and whose sole mandate would be to design a campaign financing system that best preserves and enhances democracy and advances interests of all American citizens. I believe that Congress should accept the report of this public Commission and vote on the resulting legislation without changes or amendments. This will be the only way we will get comprehensive campaign finance reform.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

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