Last legislative session, DFLers proposed a law to move the Primary Election date from September to August. Republicans opposed the bill because they couldn’t attach an amendment to the bill that required voters present a photo ID before they vote. I’m sure Tom Emmers whined a lot during the debate on that bill. The bill passed with voting divided along party lines. Gov. Pawlenty promptly vetoed the bill because “it had no Republican support.”
This legislative season, the bill will be proposed again. It won’t be proposed because the DFL just wants to try again. It will be proposed again because Minnesota needs to comply with a new federal requirement that a certain time window be allowed to ensure people who want to vote with absentee ballots, mainly soldiers in the field of battle, have the ability to vote.
(I am going to make a snarky comment here: Once again the Democrats are making it easier and encouraging more people to vote. I have an old post about my feelings on photo ID voting.)
So now, the legislature has to spend more time on an issue that should already be resolved because of a whiney partisan argument by a party that relishes opposition more than solutions.
It is a waste of time and money. The “tax and spend” mantra is still recited on the right. I would like to propose “whine and waste” be used to describe republican legislators.